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Minutes for Faculty Senate Meetings

Minutes #3

November 15, 2012


1. Immediately following a meeting of the General Faculty-Graduate Faculty, the regular meeting of the Faculty Senate was called to order at 3:10 p.m. in the Cherry Auditorium, Chester Kirk Building, Chairperson Larsen presiding.

All members were present except Senators Anderson, Blanpied, Buxton, Conley, Euler, Hutchison, Kincaid, Lloyd, Spivack, Taveira and Welters; Vice Presidents Dougan and Weygand, Vice Provosts Beauvais, Katz and Libutti (Vice Provost McCray was represented by his designee); Deans Bonn, Maslyn Sullivan and Wright, (Dean Kirby was represented by his designee). Mr. Martin; Ms. Segal.

2. Chairperson Larsen announced that the Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting #2, October 18, 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.


A. Announcements

1) Chairperson Larsen announced that the 9th Annual URI Spirit of Giving Holiday Drive officially kicks off this week, offering family sponsorship opportunities, general gift drives (warm clothing, toys, gift cards) and monetary donations to benefit the children and families assisted by Children's Friend. He said that if people are interested there are a number of ways members of the URI Community can become involved and encouraged everyone to look for an announcement about the Drive in email as well as on the University's website.

2) Chairperson Larsen expressed his appreciation to Dean Lori Ciccomascolo from the College of Human Science and Services for graciously agreeing to sponsor the reception at the University Club after the meeting this afternoon. He encouraged everyone to attend, noting that reception gives Senators, ex officio members and guests an opportunity to talk informally after the meeting.

3) Chairperson Larsen reported that he had attended the November 5, 2012 meeting of the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education and had read the Resolution approved by the Faculty Senate on October 18 and spoken in support of the contract between the URI AAUP and the Board. He said that the text of his speech to the Board would be attached to the Minutes of the meeting.

4) Chairperson Larsen said that he wanted to let the Faculty Senate know that President Dooley had spoken in support of the agreement and had said in response to a question that if URI admitted 2,000 more students, 100 new tenure-track faculty members should be hired.

5) Chairperson Larsen expressed his appreciation to Provost DeHayes for his prompt response to Hurricane Sandy. He also said that he applauded the faculty for dealing with students' problems with grace and compassion.

6) Chairperson Larsen noted that at the very end of the previous meeting there had been several last-minute announcements. He said that announcements were in order at this point in the meeting and asked if there were any.

Professor Kirschenbaum, President of the URI AAUP, announced that depositions were scheduled to be taken from two members of the Board the following day but he was unable to say whether or not the Board members would attend the sessions.

7) Chairperson Larsen reminded speakers to wait to be recognized by the chair before they speak. He further suggested that it would also be very helpful if speakers identify themselves before speaking.

The text of Chairperson Larsen's remarks to the Board is attached at the end of these Minutes.

B. Vice Chairperson Byrd announced that the Minutes of Executive Committee Meetings #9, #10, #11, and #12 were available on the web. He asked if there were any questions. There were none.

C. Vice Chairperson Byrd announced that the Executive Committee had withdrawn their recommendation for new Manual sections on Facilities and Administration (Overhead) fund because a few small details had to be worked out between the Executive Committee and the President and Provost. He said that a recommendation from the Executive Committee would be forthcoming in December.


Chairperson Larsen announced that President Dooley informed him that he had no reports at that time except for his approval of all of the legislation printed on the Agenda.


A. Dean Zawia presented the Graduate Council's Report No. 2012-13-1 to the Faculty Senate.

Dean Zawia moved approval of the Graduate Council's Report. The motion carried.

B. Dean Zawia presented the following recommendation to amend section 4.70.10 from the Graduate Council on graduate faculty status:

4.70.10 The Graduate Faculty. Graduate Faculty Status is afforded to faculty members of the University who establish and maintain significant scholarly activity in their field. Its importance lies in the fact that it is a requirement for serving on the research or examination committees of graduate students. All faculty are eligible to be nominated for Graduate Faculty Status by the Chair or Director of the department, school, or program in which they have a formal appointment. A letter of nomination submitted to the Graduate School along with a current curriculum vitae of the faculty member serves to initiate the review process. Nomination is automatic for newly hired tenure-track faculty. Criteria for appointment to the Graduate Faculty focus on the educational background of the faculty member, their past and present scholarly accomplishments, and their ability to serve as capable mentors of students pursuing graduate degrees. The expectation is that faculty a) have earned the highest degree available in their discipline, b) have published or produced products that contribute to their discipline or have distinguished themselves as leading practitioners in their discipline, and c) have the talent to be effective educators to students of the University enrolled in graduate degree programs. Periodic review of Graduate Faculty Status is required. Renewal will be reviewed during each normally scheduled College review of a faculty member. Requests for non-renewal of Graduate Faculty Status will be initiated by the Dean of the College in which the faculty member resides, and will be submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School who will then approve or reject the request.

He requested the Faculty Senate's advice before the Graduate Council brings a formal recommendation for approval.

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, Dean Zawia said he would bring the recommendation back to the Graduate Council for reconsideration based on the additional information.

C. In honor of the 500th Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee Chairperson Larsen presented Professor Mundorf with a balloon that had been modified to read 500. He also noted that the 500th Report of the CAC was approximately the 419th CAC report prepared by Ms. Grubman and handed her a bouquet of flowers.

Professor Mundorf presented the Five Hundredth Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee. He said that Section I was informational and asked if there were any questions. There were none.

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

Professor Mundorf announced 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 Section III was informational and asked if there were any questions.

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, Professor Mundorf announced that Section III, Part B required confirmation and moved approval of part B. The motion carried.

Professor Mundorf announced that Section IV was a joint report of the Curricular Affairs Committee and the Graduate Council on University Manual Sections 8.81.62 and 8.81.63. He explained that the CAC was recommending approval of the following new section 8.81.62 to replace existing sections 8.81.62 and 8.81.63. He then moved approval of the following:

8.81.62 A course not taught for two successive calendar years and not scheduled for the third year shall be deleted from the public list of curricular offerings (Official University Catalog). Enrollment Services shall determine annually which of these courses will be scheduled for the following academic year as requested by the department chairs or college deans. Courses not scheduled will be considered suspended and will remain on the Enrollment Services non-public list for 4 years. If the suspended course is offered any time during the four-year period, it will be returned to the public list of curricular offerings (University Catalog). If the suspended course is not offered within 4 years it will be considered deleted and may not be offered without approval as a new course.

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, Senator Rice moved to refer the recommendation to the Curricular Affairs Committee. The motion carried.

Dean Zawia asked if there were any questions about the Graduate Council's proposed amendment to the recommendation of the CAC on sections 8.81.62 and 8.81.63.

Discussion ensued.

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



Dean Richmond and Professor Honhart gave an overview of the recommendations of the Ad Hoc Committee on Advising.

Chairperson Larsen announced that 30 minutes would be allowed for discussion before the need to extend debate.

Discussion ensued.

When the time for discussion expired, a motion was made to extend debate an additional fifteen minutes.

Discussion continued.

When the time for discussion expired, a motion was made to extend debate for five minutes.

After discussion, Senator Rice moved to refer the recommendations to the Faculty Senate Executive Committee for consideration and to return to the Faculty Senate with specific recommendations.

The motion carried.

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

Respectfully submitted,

Sheila Black Grubman


Attachment to Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting #3, November 15, 2012

Following is Chairperson Larsen's speech as written (The delivery was modified slightly.  The 29 October date was omitted from the Resolution, for example, since the Board of Governors obviously did not meet on that day):

Chair Adrian, Board.

I am Peter Larsen, Chair of the Faculty Senate at the University of Rhode Island, and I am accompanied by Professors David Byrd and Michael Rice of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee. At our most recent meeting, on Thursday, 18 October, the Senate passed the following resolution and asked for President Dooley to forward it to you.

RESOLVED: The Faculty Senate of the University of Rhode Island supports the actions of the URI AAUP regarding the faculty contract, already agreed upon by the faculty and administration of the University, and we urge the RIBGHE to ratify this contract at its next meeting.

The faculty at URI works very hard, and we are doing a great deal during difficult times -- enrollment is up, the university continues to do well in an increasingly competitive grant environment, university outreach activities continue to expand, and faculty provide professional and community service at local, state, and national levels. We would appreciate it if you, as a Board, could do everything in your power to move negotiations toward a successful conclusion, so our faculty can continue to focus their energies on teaching, service, research, and scholarship befitting a Land-, Sea-, and Urban Grant institution of national reputation.



Sheila Black Grubman

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