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 Larsen presiding.
All members were present except Senators Blanpied, Clapham, Conley, Ferszt, Kincaid, Leonard, Morin, Opaluch, Paton, Sun, Swaszek, Taveira, Warner, Wittwer and Ye; Vice Presidents Alfonso, Dougan and Weygand; Vice Provost and CIO Bozylinsky, (Vice Provost McCray was represented by his designee); Deans Bonn, Higgins, Maslyn, Richmond, Sullivan and Wright, (Dean Brownell was represented by her designee); Ms. Segal.
2. Chairperson Larsen announced that the Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting #4, December 13, 2012, had been posted on the web. 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.
Chairperson Larsen announced that President Dooley had requested that the President's report be brought forward because the President had a commitment in Providence.
The Senate moved immediately to item 4.
4. REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT
President Dooley identified some of the uncertainties facing the University. He noted that the University did not know when it would have an official governing board to replace the Board of Governors. He explained that what had been expected with regard to federal funding was unclear because of the sequestration budget cuts. The President also remarked that the University was unsure how the Governor's budget for FY'14 might affect URI's admissions effort. He said that he hoped that some of these challenges could become opportunities.
In addition, President Dooley answered questions about the upcoming searches for a Vice President for Administration and Finance and Vice President for Research and Economic Development, noting that it was vital that the positions be filled. He said the University was in the process of hiring a search firm to help find the best possible candidates and that he expected the search firm would meet with the Search Committees and constituent groups on campus to learn what the University was seeking for these positions.
President Dooley then thanked the Senate for allowing him to present his report earlier in the meeting than had been scheduled on the Agenda.
The Senate returned to its regular order of Business.
3. REPORTS OF OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
1) Chairperson Larsen reminded members of the Faculty Senate to wait to be recognized before speaking. He also urged that speakers identify themselves before speaking.
2) Chairperson Larsen commented on the Academic Summit, which had been held on January 18. He said that a number of interesting issues had been raised at the Summit and Provost DeHayes planned to sponsor a series of lunches for faculty members to discuss them.
3) Chairperson Larsen reported that for the past several months the Faculty Senate Office and the Library have been adding Faculty Senate legislation dating back to the early 1960s on the digital commons. He suggested that if senators were interested in looking at the history of the Senate and URI, they could now surf the URI Digital Commons.
4) Chairperson Larsen announced that a day-long Open Space Conference on diversity, equity and inclusiveness at URI was scheduled for Tuesday, February 26, 2013 in the Memorial Union Ballroom. He said more information would be available later.
5) Chairperson Larsen expressed his appreciation to Provost DeHayes for graciously agreeing to sponsor the reception at the University Club after the meeting. He encouraged everyone to attend the reception even if they were only able to stay for a brief time. He said that the reception provides an opportunity for informal conversation.
B. Vice Chairperson Byrd announced that the Minutes of Executive Committee Meetings #17, #18, and #19 were available on the web. He asked if there were any questions.
Discussion ensued regarding the activities of the Administration and Management Review Committee, which had been mentioned in the FSEC Minutes of Meeting #19.
C. Vice Chairperson Byrd moved approval of the members of the Nominating Committee for Officers of the 2013-14 Faculty Senate:
Marilyn Barbour, College of Pharmacy
Peter Swaszek, College of Engineering
Pamela Warner, College of Arts and Sciences
The motion carried.
Chairperson Larsen announced that an agreement with the Provost regarding release time for the Chair and Vice Chair was available on the web (Compensation Agreement for Faculty Senate Chair and Vice Chair).
5. REPORTS OF STANDING AND SPECIAL COMMITTEES
A. Dean Killingbeck presented the Graduate Council's Report No. 2012-13-3 to the Faculty Senate. He asked if there were any questions about the changes. There were none.
Dean Killingbeck moved approval of the section of the Graduate Council's Report that required confirmation. The motion carried.
B. Dean Zawia presented the Curricular Report No. 2012-13-3A from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate: Fifth-Year Master of Oceanography.
A motion was made to approve the report.
During discussion, Professor Kirschenbaum noted that there was incorrect numbering of CHM 112/113 which should have been CHM 112/114 and asked that it be corrected.
Following discussion, the motion carried.
C. Dean Zawia presented the Curricular Report No. 2012-13-3B from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate: Post-BS Entry to Doctor of Nursing Practice.
A motion was made to approve the report.
Following discussion, the motion carried.
D. Chairperson Larsen announced that Professor Mundorf was on sabbatical leave and that Professor Susan Brand had graciously agreed to serve as interim chair. He then introduced Professor Brand.
Professor Brand presented the Five Hundred Second Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee. She said that Section I was informational and asked if there were any questions. There were none.
Professor Brand noted that Section II required confirmation by the Faculty Senate and moved approval. The motion carried.
E. Professor Wenisch presented the informational report from the Constitution, By-Laws and University Manual Committee on Chapters 4 and 7 of the University Manual. He explained that the sections were part of the administrative portion of the University Manual and had been developed in consultation with Vice Provost Katz and approved by President Dooley. He said that if anyone wanted to suggest a change in the sections, they contact Vice Provost Katz or Vice Provost Beauvais.
Professor Wenisch noted that Senator Swaszek had suggested the need for a modification to section 4.14.13. With the agreement of Vice Provost Katz the following as proposed by Professor Wenisch was acceptable as editorial:
4.14.13 A Research Professor shall have a background of successful research, marked by maturity and experience that has earned him/her a national/international reputation in the field with a superior record of refereed publications, and grant funding, or similar accomplishments.
After discussion, the Senate moved to the next item of business.
Vice Provost Libutti and Professor Moakley reported on the J-Term proposal. They used a series of slides and responded to questions throughout the presentation.
7. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
Chairperson Larsen asked if there was any unfinished business. There was none.
8. NEW BUSINESS
Chairperson Larsen asked if there was any new business.
Senator Mitkowski moved that the Faculty Senate approve the following resolution adopted by the URI AAUP Executive Committee:
Resolution Urging URI Provost Donald DeHayes to reinstate the Three-Year Phased Retirement Option
Whereas, the part-time retirement option has served the University of Rhode Island and its faculty well for a number of years by providing a means for faculty to reduce their assigned obligations over a three-year period and a means for the University to reduce its personnel costs, and
Whereas, many faculty members who have chosen the part-time retirement option have actually retired before the end of the three years, thus giving the University greater flexibility in the assignment of academic positions, and
Whereas, many faculty maintain significant professional activities including during semesters when they have no formal obligations and
Whereas, the three-year part-time retirement option can be offered directly by the University of Rhode Island administration
Therefore, be it resolved:
That the Faculty leadership enter into discussions with the Provost to reinstate and improve the current plan allowing for implementation during the spring semester 2013 and
Be it further resolved, that non-tenure track faculty (Appendix F and H) will also be eligible to participate in the phased retirement option.
Following discussion, the resolution was approved.
Chairperson Larsen asked if there was any additional new business. There was none.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:38 p.m.
Sheila Black Grubman