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Minutes for Faculty Senate Meetings

Minutes #9

May 10, 2012


1. The regular meeting of the Faculty Senate was called to order at 3:10 p.m. in the Cherry Auditorium, Chester Kirk Building, Chairperson Eaton presiding.

All members were present except Senators Atash, Blanpied, Buxton, Conley, Dorado, Heikes, Juda, Kincaid, King, Kook, Lloyd, Mead, Mitkowski, Opaluch, Sun, Paton, Pearson-Merkowitz, Shin, Sun, Thomas and Torrens; President Dooley, Vice Presidents Alfonso, Beagle and Weygand; Vice Provosts Beauvais, Bozylinsky and Libutti (Vice Provost McCray was represented by his designee); Deans Bonn, D'Hondt, Higgins, Jordan, Joseph, Kirby, Maslyn, Richmond and Wright, (Dean McKinney was represented by his designee).



A. Announcements

1) Chairperson Eaton welcomed the new senators who were taking their seats at the meeting and thanked them for agreeing to represent their colleagues on the Senate:

Kathleen Davis (2015)
Jeremiah Dyehouse (2013)
William Euler (2014)
Marc Hutchison (2015)
Will Krieger (2015)
John Leo (2015)
Arthur Mead (2014)
Nedra Reynolds (2014)
Marie Schwartz (2013)
Kathleen Torrens (2015)
Mario Trubiano (2015)
Bryna Wortman (2015)
Yinjiao (Joy) Ye (2015)

Seung Kyoon Shin (2015)

K. Wayne Lee (2015)
Bahram Nassersharif (2015)

Catherine English (2005)
Peter Paton (2015)

Mikyong Kim (2015)
Jing Xiao (2015)
Peter Blanpied (2014)

Tracey Taveira (2015)

Michael Cerbo (2015)

2) Chairperson Eaton explained that the Senate, jointly with the Provost, had begun a new tradition the previous spring, recognizing a faculty member whose service to the University has been outstanding. She said that it was her honor to present the second Joint Faculty Senate and Provost Faculty Outstanding Service Award to Dr. Walter von Reinhart, Associate Professor of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures. The award comes with a small plaque and a nametag on a larger plaque that will be hung in a prominent place. There is also $2000 given to the faculty member's department for her or his use.

She said that Professor von Reinhart has served as an advisor in the Honors Program and German International Engineering Program, and taken on leadership roles on the A&S Curriculum and Scholastic Standing Committees, where his knowledge of the curriculum and University Manual safeguards the standards set by the faculty. We recognize and appreciate his work on the University College General Education Committee as well as an advisor in University College. It is, as one of his nominators stated, Walter's "extraordinary mind that embraces detail and vision and an astute intelligence that grasps the essence of each challenge." He has also been described as being "patient in clarifying policy." We acknowledge the respect that his peers have for him and his efforts to make URI a better place.

Chairperson Eaton said that Professor von Reinhart could not attend the meeting that afternoon and introduced Professor Mcintyre, Director of the Honors Program, who accepted the award for him.

3) Chairperson Eaton reminded the Senate that the Faculty Senate Executive Committee adopted as its theme building a "Culture of Community." She said that the full report on Culture of Community was available on the web.  She then presented a brief PowerPoint review of the FSEC's efforts

4) Chairperson Eaton said that it was not only her last Faculty Senate Meeting as chair but there are a number of folks who were retiring as well. She thanked Dean Dayle Joseph of the College of Nursing, Dean Lynn McKinney of the College of Human Science and Services, Associate Dean Will Dvorak from the College of Arts and Sciences and the University Ombud, Professor Emeritus Vincent Rose, and Administrator Evaluation Coordinator Professor William Rosen, who are stepping down as well.

Chairperson Eaton then expressed her appreciation to President Dooley, Provost DeHayes and Vice President Alfonso, Ms. Grubman, Vice Chairperson Larsen and wished him the best as chair during the upcoming year. She also expressed her gratitude to the other members of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee: Senators Marilyn Barbour, Kathleen Davis, Michael Honhart and Michael Rice, as well as former Senator and FSEC Committee member, Stephen Barber. Chairperson Eaton also noted her appreciation to the Officers of the URI AAUP and all of the faculty members who supported her during her term as chair.

5) Chairperson Eaton said that despite its cancellation by the University Club, she wanted to thank Deans Joseph and McKinney for agreeing to sponsor the reception that afternoon.

B. Vice Chairperson Larsen explained that the Minutes of Executive Committee Meetings #24 through #29, with the exception of those for meetings #26 and #28 were available on the web at He asked if there were any questions about the Minutes on the web. There were none.


Vice Chairperson Larsen then moved approval of the following resolution:

Whereas: Nancy Eaton has chaired the Faculty Senate with insight, dedication and good humor;

Whereas: She has continued to promote the visibility and mission of the Faculty Senate and enhance its role in shared governance;

Whereas: She has spearheaded improvements in communication within and outside the Faculty Senate, including pursuing and supporting the theme of a culture of community at the University;

Whereas: She has continued simultaneously to serve as Chair of the Department of Mathematics and has undertaken several important initiatives in that capacity;

Be It Therefore Resolved: That the Faculty Senate of the University of Rhode Island conveys our thanks and appreciation to
Chairperson Nancy Eaton

For her hard work, exemplary leadership and dedication as Chair during the current academic year and half of the previous one;

Be It Further Resolved: That we wish her all the best in the coming year when she will take advantage of the prestigious ACE Fellowship she was awarded to explore more thoroughly the inner workings of administration at different universities.

The resolution was adopted by unanimous applause.


Provost DeHayes asked for permission to present a gift to chairperson Eaton. He explained that when asked what she wanted to be called over the last year and a half, she had suggested that queen would be acceptable. He then presented her with a tiara, which she wore throughout the meeting.

C. Professor Honhart presented the report of the Nominating Committee. He reminded the Senate that the election process had been changed last year. He said that the Senate had begun implementing the new process this spring and had elected the Chairperson and Vice Chairperson for 2012-13 in February, Senator Peter Larsen as Chair and Senator David Byrd as Vice Chair. He noted that the Faculty Senate had also elected Senator Michael Rice to a two-year term, which continues through 2012-13.

Professor Honhart said that the Senate would be electing two Senators to serve 2-year terms on the Executive Committee and one Senator to a one-year term that afternoon. He then placed in nomination the names of the following Senators for the two 2-year terms on the Executive Committee:

Kathleen Davis, Arts and Sciences
Bahram Nassersharif, Engineering
Nedra Reynolds, Arts and Sciences

Professor Honhart asked if there were any nominations from the floor.

Senator John Leo was nominated from the floor.

Nominations were closed.

Professor Honhart asked that the Senate vote for two Senators and reminded the Senate that only Senators whose names appear on the Roster may vote.

Chairperson Eaton said that she had appointed Vice Provost Katz and Ms. Morrissey to serve as tellers. She explained that the tellers would distribute the ballots and leave the room to determine the election results.

She said that as in previous years, the Senate would proceed with the Agenda during balloting and stop for the voting as appropriate.
During balloting, the Senate moved to the next item of business.

D. Senator Barbour presented the recommendation of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee and Joint Committee on Academic Planning: Proposal for a Revised New Program Review Process and moved approval of the recommended changes to the University Manual.

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, the motion carried.

E. Chairperson Eaton announced that Senators Kathleen Davis and Bahram Nassersharif had been elected to the two 2-year terms on the Executive Committee.

Professor Honhart placed the following names in nomination for the 1-year term on the Executive Committee:

David Howard, Department of Theatre Marie Jenkins Schwartz, Department of History

Professor Honhart asked if there were any nominations from the floor.

Senator Nedra Reynolds and Senator John Leo were nominated from the floor.

Nominations were closed.

Professor Honhart asked Senators to vote for one person.
During balloting, the Senate moved to the next item of business.


In President Dooley's absence, Provost DeHayes reported on behalf of the President.

He began by conveying the President's regrets for having to miss the meeting. He thanked the outgoing Faculty Senate Executive Committee and welcomed the new Senators on behalf of President Dooley and himself.

Provost DeHayes reminded the Senate that graduate commencement would take place on Saturday, May 19 and the undergraduate ceremonies were scheduled for Sunday, May 20. He urged everyone to participate.

Provost DeHayes reported on the Board of Governors' meeting when they voted not to ratify the collective bargaining agreements. He said that he had tried to make the best case possible for approval and that President Dooley had addressed the board by telephone, but didn't believe the Board wanted to be convinced. He said that he had met with the AAUP leadership prior to the board meeting and immediately following the meeting and Board's decision. He noted that he believed the proposed contract was a good one and that the Union and the Administration were on the same side on this issue. He said he hoped there would be a resolution of this issue as soon as possible.

Chairperson Eaton announced that a run-off election would be held between Senator Reynolds and Senator Schwartz for the 1-year position on the Executive Committee.

During balloting, the Senate moved to its next item of business.


A. Dean Killingbeck presented Curricular Report No. 7-2011-12 from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate. He asked if there were any questions about the informational matters. There were none.

He moved that the Faculty Senate accept the report. The motion carried.

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

Professor Honhart moved approval of Section II. The motion carried.

Professor Honhart said that Section III was a joint report of the Curricular Affairs Committee 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 Honhart then moved approval of part B of Section III. The motion carried.

Senator Reynolds requested and received permission to reconsider Section II and amend the section by adding the following:

College of Arts and Sciences

Gender and Women's Studies Program

CHANGE: Course code for all Gender and Women's Studies courses from (WMS) to "(GWS)."

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, Senator Honhart moved approval of Section II as amended. The motion carried. *

C. Professor Honhart presented the Four Hundred and Ninety-Eighth Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee: Proposal for a B.S. Degree in Psychology. He explained that the proposed new degree required confirmation and moved approval.

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, the motion carried.

Chairperson Eaton announced that Senator Nedra Reynolds had been elected to the 1-year term on the Executive Committee.

She said that the 2012-13 Executive Committee comprised the following members:

Peter Larsen, Chairperson
David Byrd, Vice Chairperson
Kathleen Davis, 2-year term
Bahram Nassersharif, 2-year term
Nedra Reynolds, 1-year term
Michael Rice, year two of 2-year term.

She congratulated the new Executive Committee and wished them a very good year.


D. In Professor Maier-Speredelozzi's absence, Vice Chairperson Larsen moved approval of the University College and General Education Committee Report #11-12, the addition of EGR 109 into the Natural Sciences (N) area of the General Education Program.

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, Senator Morin moved to refer the report back to the UCGE Committee.

The motion carried.


E. Ms. Morrissey, Chair of the Joint Classroom Steering Committee, presented the JCSC Annual Report to the Faculty Senate. She explained that the report was informational and asked if there were any questions.

Discussion ensued.

During discussion, Dean Quina asked that a representative of the Feinstein College of Continuing Education be added to the committee and Ms. Morrissey agreed to ask the Provost and the Faculty Senate Executive Committee to consider the request.

F. Senator Clapham presented the Informational Report from the Athletics Advisory Board to the Faculty Senate. She asked if there were any questions. There were none.


Chairperson Eaton announced that there were two items of business remaining from the Agenda for the April 19 Faculty Senate Meeting.


A. Provost DeHayes and Vice Chairperson Larsen presented the Annual Report of the Joint Committee on Academic Planning and responded to questions about their report.

B. Assistant Vice President Pina presented the Report of the Student Rights and Responsibilities Committee: Update on next edition of the Student Handbook and responded to questions from the Senate.

Chairperson Eaton asked if there was any further unfinished business. There was none.


Chairperson Eaton asked if there was any New Business. There was none.

Chairperson Eaton thanked the Senate and wished everyone a good summer and 2012-13 academic year.

A motion was made to adjourn. The motion carried.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Sheila Black Grubman



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