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Minutes for Faculty Senate Meetings

Minutes #7

March 22, 2012


1. The regular meeting of the Faculty Senate was called to order at 3:05 p.m. in the Cherry Auditorium, Chester Kirk Building, Chairperson Eaton presiding.

All members were present except Senators Clapham, Collie, Cooper, Dilworth, Ferszt, Hannel, Hu, Juda, LaPlante, Lardaro, Leonard, Mitkowski, Morin, Sun and Thomas; President Dooley; Vice Presidents Beagle and Dougan; Vice Provosts Bozylinsky and Libutti (Vice Provost McCray was represented by his designee); Deans Bonn, Higgins, Jordan, Joseph, Maslyn and Wright, (Deans D'Hondt and Kirby were represented by their designees); Mr. Martin.

2. Chairperson Eaton announced that the Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting #6, February 23, 2012, had been posted on the web. She asked if there were any additions, corrections to or questions about the Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting #5. There were none.

Chairperson Eaton ruled that in the absence of any comments or corrections, the Minutes were approved.


A. Announcements


1) Chairperson Eaton welcomed Senator Woong Kook from the College of Arts and Sciences who was taking his seat at that meeting.

2) Chairperson Eaton reminded the Faculty Senate that Executive Committee and the Office of the Provost have joined together to offer the second annual award for Faculty Service. She noted that the information had been forwarded by e-mail. She explained that the criteria are also posted on the Faculty Senate website and indicated that copies were available in the front of the auditorium. She suggested that if there are any questions, Senators could contact members of the Executive Committee.

Chairperson Eaton urged that members of the Senate take the time to nominate a colleague who has consistently gone beyond traditional responsibilities to work on behalf of the entire university. She said that it was an opportunity to let faculty colleagues know that their efforts are appreciated. She said that nominations could be forwarded to either the Faculty Senate Office or the Office of the Provost before April 9.

3) Chairperson Eaton announced that URI's Second Annual Spring Humanities Festival was scheduled for March 29 - 30, 2012. The program will begin at 4:00 p.m. next Thursday with a speech by Dr. Lynn Pasquerella, President of Mt. Holyoke College and formerly an outstanding member of the URI Community. She said that Dr. Pasquerella would also deliver the keynote address that evening at 7:30 p.m.

4) Chairperson Eaton thanked Vice President Robert Weygand for graciously agreeing to make a presentation to the Faculty Senate on the University's Budget, as well as sponsor the reception at the University Club after the meeting that afternoon. She encouraged senators and guests to attend and noted that the reception provides Senators, ex officio members and guests with an opportunity to meet one another and to continue any discussions we might have begun during the formal meeting.

B. Vice Chairperson Larsen said that the Minutes of Executive Committee Meetings #20 through #23 were accessible on the web and asked if there were any questions. There were none.



Provost DeHayes explained that President Dooley was in Providence testifying before the legislature on behalf of the University. He said that in President Dooley's absence, he would make a few announcements:


1) Provost DeHayes reminded the Senate that President Dooley's Conversation was scheduled for March 26 at noon. He noted that refreshments would be available and the President would begin to speak at 12:15. He encouraged those whose schedules permitted to attend.

2) Provost DeHayes announced that the official opening of the Experiential Learning and Community Engagement Office was scheduled for Thursday, March 29 at 9:15 a.m. in the Memorial Union. He said that although the unit had been formed earlier and had been in operation, this was an opportunity to make faculty, students and members of the community aware that all aspects of internships would be coordinated through the single office.  He then responded to questions about paid and unpaid internships and how the coordination would give faculty more time with students and less time looking for and setting up placements for students.

3) Provost DeHayes announced that the University was experiencing an all-time record in student applications for the coming year. The Provost noted that the next 5 - 6 weeks constitute the yield season and efforts to encourage accepted student to enroll is extremely important. He reminded everyone that the University is a tuition-dependent institution.

Provost DeHayes asked if there were any further questions. There were none.


Vice President Weygand presented the State of the Budget address for the 2011-12 academic year using a series of slides prepared by the Budget Office.

During and after his presentation, Vice President Weygand responded to questions about the slides and the information he provided.



A. Dean Killingbeck presented the Curricular Report No. 5, 2011-12 from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate. He moved approval of the new courses listed on the report. The motion carried Dean Killingbeck moved approval of the change in the number of credits required for the Master of Library and Information Studies. The motion carried.

B. Professor Mundorf presented the Four Hundred Ninety-Fifth Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee. He said that Section was informational and asked if there were any questions. There were none.

Professor Mundorf asked that Section II be divided and that A and B be considered separately from item C.

Professor Mundorf moved approval of Section II A and B. The motion carried.

Professor Mundorf moved approval of Section II C.

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, Senator Rice moved that the proposed change of the name of the College of Human Science and Services be referred back to the Curricular Affairs Committee with instructions to discuss further the issue in the context of its impact on the University as a whole.

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, a motion was made to terminate debate. The motion carried.

The Senate voted immediately on the motion to refer item C back to committee. The motion carried.

Professor Mundorf announced that Section III was a joint report of the CAC and Graduate Council on 400-level courses. He said that part A of was informational and asked if there were any questions. There were none.

Professor Mundorf then moved approval of part B of Section III. The motion carried.

C. Mr. Humphrey, Senior Associate Director of Enrollment Services, presented the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee Report #11-12-3: Calendar for Summer Session 2013.

Following discussion, Senator Rice moved to approve the proposed summer session calendar. The motion carried.

D. Senator Davis presented the Report of the Council for Research on Proposed Revised Intellectual Property Policy and moved approval of the policy as amended* and with the clarification of cumulative net royalties.**

Senator Davis then introduced Vice President Alfonso, who provided background on the Intellectual Property Policy and Associate Vice President Petell, who used a series of power point slides to explain the proposed policy.

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion the amended motion carried.

E. Senator Barbour presented the Annual Report of the Academic Program Review Committee.

She thanked the other members of the committee who were able to accomplish a great deal even despite their having to proceed without a chair. Senator Barbour said that in addition to the members of the committee, she wanted to thank Ms. Veronica Walsh and Mr. Ian Lester for their support.

Discussion ensued.

F. Professor MacDonnell presented the report of the Admissions Advisory Committee and asked if there were any questions. There were none.

G. In the short time remaining for the meeting, Senator Maier-Speredelozzi began a brief report for the University College and General Education Committee. She also distributed surveys, which she requested be completed and returned to her either at the reception or delivered to Vice Chairperson Larsen at the University Library.

When the time for the meeting expired, Chairperson Eaton declared the meeting adjourned.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Sheila Black Grubman



* Exclude the two Sections on Entrepreneurial Leave III (g)(14)
IV. The Inventor will be allowed to take a part- or full time Entrepreneurial Leave entrepreneurial leave up to 1 year and upon further entrepreneurial leave requests two additional 1 year periods, provided that the Inventor has worked with the Dean and Provost to develop an approved, mutually-agreeable plan to meet teaching obligations.

V. In the case of SBIR grants, under the Entrepreneurial Leave the Inventor will be allowed to dedicate at least 51% of their time to the New Company.

** Clarification of Cumulative Net Royalties to deduct only external IP costs:
The cumulative lifetime gross revenues obtained from royalties, licensing or assignment fees, and/or the proceeds from the sale of equity, and/or the direct proceeds from Institution practicing its own IP, less the external expenses incurred by the Institution or URIRF in procuring, protecting, preserving, and maintaining IP rights, including legal fees associated with the IP, fees for patentability searches, fees arising out of litigation, fees for legal advice, or any fees or costs directly attributable to the IP being licensed.




Sheila Black Grubman

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