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Minutes for Faculty Senate Meetings

Minutes #6

February 21, 2013

 

1. The regular meeting of the Faculty Senate was called to order at 3:06 p.m. in the Cherry Auditorium, Chester Kirk Building, Chairperson Larsen presiding.

All members were present except Senators Blanpied, Dorado, Ferszt, Heikes, Hu, Hutchinson, Kincaid, Krieger, Mitkowski, Morin, Opaluch, Paton, Pearson-Merkowitz, Swaszek, Torrens, Warner, and Wittwer; Vice Presidents Alfonso, Dougan and Weygand; Vice Provost and CIO Bozylinsky, Vice Provost Libutti, (Vice Provost McCray was represented by his designee); Deans Bonn, Higgins, Maslyn, Richmond, Sullivan and Wright, (Deans Brownell, Corliss, and Kirby were represented by their designee).

2. Chairperson Larsen announced that the Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting #5, January 24, 2013 had been posted on the web earlier that week. He asked if there were any questions, additions or corrections to the Minutes. There were none.

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

3. REPORTS OF OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

A. Announcements

1) Chairperson Larsen welcomed Interim Dean Paul Larrat to his first meeting of the Faculty Senate. He encouraged Dean Larrat to attend regularly. He explained that as an ex officio member of the Senate, Dean Larrat may speak, make motions and second them, but may not vote.

2) Chairperson Larsen reported that for the past two years the Faculty Senate and Provost DeHayes jointly presented an award to a faculty member who has provided the University with outstanding service. He said that Professor Walter von Reinhart received the award last year and Professor Sandy Hicks in 2011.

Chairperson Larsen announced that it was time to solicit nominations for the Faculty Outstanding Service Award for 2013. He said that a memorandum encouraging nominations would be out on Friday, along with the criteria for the award. He encouraged Senators to consider nominating a faculty member for this award, noting that the deadline for submission of nominees is March 28, 2013.

3) Chairperson Larsen expressed his appreciation to President Dooley for graciously agreeing to sponsor the reception at the University Club after the meeting. He encouraged senators and guests to attend.

4) Chairperson Larsen also expressed appreciation to Provost DeHayes for cancelling classes in a timely manner before the recent snowstorm. He also thanked members of the staff who kept things going during a very difficult time.

5) Chairperson Larsen said that he had been asked to remind students and faculty to encourage student participation in the NESSE surveys.

6) Chairperson Larsen noted that there was very full Agenda for the meeting and he encouraged everyone to move forward as expeditiously as possible. He explained that he had promised Professor Rathemacher that he would ask to change the order of business and move to the report of the Ad Hoc Committee on Open Access if item 6, F had not been reached by 4:30 p.m.

 

B. Vice Chairperson Byrd announced that the Minutes of Executive Committee Meetings #21, #22 and #23 were available on the web. He asked if there were any questions.

Chairperson Larsen recognized Provost DeHayes, who had asked for time to follow up on the Minutes of Executive Committee Meeting #23.

Provost De Hayes spoke to the Senate about the rationale for exploring the possible reorganization of health programs across the University. He said that he had appointed a faculty committee, chaired by Professor Ruby Dholakia, to "consider the opportunity to reorganize some or all of the health related programs at URI under an alternative structure and the implications, potentially positive or negative, of moving in that direction." Provost DeHayes shared the membership of the faculty committee. Given the increasing importance and rapidly changing nature of health issues and health care in society, its importance to the economy of RI and the nation, and URI's academic strength in health related fields and professions, it is both critical and timely that we consider the potential and implications of alternative structures.

He assured the Senate that the committee intended to consult colleagues about health programs and then bring any recommendations to the Office of the Provost, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, and the Council of Deans and that the report would be posted for others to read. He said that after recommendations were circulated, the faculty governance system: departments, colleges and the Senate would consider any recommendations they believed should be brought forward. (For the committee's membership and the full charge, click here).  Chairperson Larsen requested that Senators hold questions until new business.

C. Senator Barbour presented the Report of the Nominating Committee. She explained that the Senate now elects the Chair and Vice Chair of the Faculty Senate in February in order to allow time for the officers to make arrangements for the following academic year.

She then placed the following Senators in nomination for Chairperson of the Faculty Senate for the 2013-14 academic year and asked them to stand:

David Byrd, College of Human Science and Services

Michael Rice, College of the Environment and Life Sciences

Senator Barbour asked if there were any nominations from the floor.

There were none.

Senator Barbour asked for and received a motion to close nominations.

Chairperson Larsen announced that Vice Provost Beauvais and Vice Provost Katz have agreed to serve as tellers. He said that during balloting, the Senate would proceed with the Agenda.

D. Vice Chairperson Byrd said that he had two motions on behalf of the Executive Committee.

1) Vice Chairperson Byrd moved the Faculty Senate approve the proposed amendment to section 7.22.10 of the University Manual:

7.22.10 Criteria for Promotion. Promotion shall be based on the extent of value to the University. The prime mission of a university is the discovery and dissemination of knowledge; teaching, research, and service are regarded as the criteria for promotion. Since faculty positions vary in designated responsibility, these criteria may be weighted differently among departments and among individual faculty members in determining value to the University.

The motion carried.

2) Vice Chairperson Byrd moved approval of the recommendations on Winter J-Term Session.

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, the motion carried.

 

C. Chairperson Larsen announced that Senator David Byrd had been elected Chairperson of the Faculty Senate for the 2013-14 academic year.

Senator Barbour placed the name of Senator Bahram Nassersharif in nomination for Vice Chairperson of the 2013-14 Faculty Senate.

Senator Barbour asked if there were any nominations from the floor.

Senator Davis nominated Senator Michael Rice

Senator Barbour asked if there were any further nominations from the floor. There were none.

Senator Barbour asked for and received a motion to close nominations.

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

4. REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT

President Dooley announced that the University had retained the services of Korn/Ferry International, an administrator search firm. He said they would assist the University in the searches for both the Vice President for Research and Economic Development and the Vice President for Business and Finance. The President said that a representative of the firm, David Mead-Fox, had already met with the Search Committees and would be on campus the following week to meet with a variety of constituencies to learn what the community was looking for in the Vice President's position. He said that the firm would use the information they gathered to develop a pool of candidates. The names of candidates will be forwarded to the Search Committee and the searches could proceed from there. He said that he was hopeful that on-campus interviews would be conducted before the end of the semester.

5. Chairperson Larsen announced that Associate Vice President Thompson had laryngitis and would not be able to make her presentation on Community, Equity, and Diversity at that meeting. He reminded everyone that "2,000 Voices", the day long open space conference, was scheduled for Tuesday, February 26 at the Memorial Union. Materials on the conference and additional materials on the LGBTQ March 21-27 symposium were distributed to members of the Senate.

6. REPORTS OF STANDING AND SPECIAL COMMITTEES

A. Dean Killingbeck presented the Graduate Council's Report No. 2012-13-4 to the Faculty Senate. He asked if there were any questions about the changes. There were none. He then moved approval of the report. The motion carried.

B. Senator English presented the Five Hundred Third Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee. She said that Section I was informational and asked if there were any questions. There were none.

Senator English noted that Section II required confirmation by the Faculty Senate and moved approval. The motion carried.

Senator English announced that Section III was a joint report of the Curricular Affairs Committee and Graduate Council on 400-level courses. She said that Part A was informational and asked if there were any questions. There were none.

Senator English said that Part B of Section III required confirmation by the Faculty Senate. She made an editorial correction to Part B and then moved approval of Part B as corrected. The motion carried.

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C. Chairperson Larsen announced that Senator Michael Rice had been elected Vice Chairperson of the 2013-14 Faculty Senate. He congratulated Vice Chairperson Byrd and Senator Rice and thanked them both, along with Senator Nassersharif, for being willing to run for the Senate offices for the coming academic year.

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C. Senator Conley presented the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee Report #2012-13-1 and moved approval of amendments to sections 8.54.20 and 8.34.10 of the University Manual.

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, Senator Rice moved to amend section 8.34.10 by adding "or low grades" after "Failure" in the second from the last sentence.

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, the amendment carried.

The main motion as amended carried.

D. Senator Conley presented the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee Report #2012-13-2 and moved approval of the proposed Academic Calendar for 2018-19.

Discussion ensued

Following discussion, the motion carried.

E. In the absence of the Chair of the University College and General Education Committee, Chairperson Larsen asked if there were any questions about the University College and General Education Committee Report #12-13-4, which was an informational report on Honors Course Topics approved for General Education.

Discussion ensued.

After discussion, the Senate moved to the next item of business.

F. Professor Rathemacher presented the Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on Open Access using a Power Point display. She responded to questions during and after her presentation.

7. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

A. Chairperson Larsen said that there was an item of unfinished business. He explained that JCAP had requested that the Senate get an update on the Administration and Management Review Committee under announcements, but that the opportunity had passed. He asked Vice Provost Beauvais and Vice Chairperson Byrd to give an update on the committe's activities.

They gave a brief overview of what has happened since the committee was established in October and responded to questions from members of the Senate. They encouraged Senators to visit the Academic and Management Review Committee's website.

Chairperson Larsen asked if there was additional unfinished business.

B. Provost DeHayes said that he wanted the Senate to be aware that in addition to a plaque for outstanding service, the faculty member who received the Faculty Outstanding Service Award also received $2000.00 transferred to his/her department's operating budget to be used by the winner to support teaching and research.

Chairperson Larsen asked if there was additional unfinished business. There was none.

8. NEW BUSINESS

Chairperson Larsen said that he had promised the body that he would entertain questions about the Provost's announcement about the health initiative. There were none.

Chairperson Larsen asked if there was any additional new business. There was none.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:41 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Sheila Black Grubman