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, Clapham, Conley, Ferszt, Heikes, Kincaid, Krieger, Leonard, Lloyd, Morin, Opaluch, Paton, Taveira, Thomas and Ye; Vice Presidents Alfonso, Dougan, Weygand, Vice Provosts Beauvais, Bozylinsky, Libutti (Vice Provost McCray was represented by his designee); Deans Bonn, Ciccomascolo, Corliss, Higgins, Kirby, Maslyn, Sullivan and Wright; Mr. Martin; Ms. Segal.
2. Chairperson Larsen announced that the Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting #1, September 20, 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.
3. REPORTS OF OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
1) Chairperson Larsen began by thanking Senator Nedra Reynolds for serving on the Executive Committee through the summer and early fall. He expressed the Executive Committee's appreciation of her time and energy and said they were sad to see her leave. He explained that she is continuing on the Senate and as a member of the Teaching Effectiveness Committee so the Senate can look forward to her continued participation.
2) Chairperson Larsen thanked Professor Emeritus Vincent Rose for graciously agreeing to serve as Ombud until a new Ombud is appointed. He explained that the Ombud serves as a confidential investigator in cases of alleged inequity, unfairness or maladministration and must be an impartial spokesperson, both to the person making the complaint and to the person against whom the allegation is brought.
He asked Senators to think about whether their colleagues have the patience and impartiality to take on this role, and urged that if so, they should ask if they might be willing to serve in this capacity.
3) Chairperson Larsen expressed his appreciation to Provost DeHayes for agreeing to sponsor the reception at the University Club after the meeting. He encouraged everyone to attend and noted that the reception gives Senators, ex officio members and guests an opportunity to meet one another in an informal setting.
4) Chairperson Larsen announced that the Faculty Senate Executive Committee was working on University Manual language for the process for reviewing and allocating Facilities and Administration (Overhead) Funds. He said he expected to have a recommendation for the Faculty Senate to consider at the November meeting.
5) Chairperson Larsen asked everyone to remember to wait to be recognized by the chair before speaking. He noted that it would be very helpful for participants to identify themselves before they speak.
B. Vice Chairperson Byrd said that the Minutes of Executive Committee Meetings #6, #7, and #8 were accessible on the web. He then asked if there were any questions.
Senator Heikes referred to the Minutes from Meeting #8 and suggested that the Executive Committee include Research Scientists were they to "convene a group of research faculty (and CfR members) to address administrative needs specifically in the pre- and post-award process."
Vice Chairperson Byrd agreed that the FSEC would take Research Scientists into consideration as well.
C. Vice Chairperson Byrd asked if there were any nominations from the floor for the sixth position on the Executive Committee.
Senator Rice nominated Senator John Leo.
Senator Davis nominated Senator Marilyn Barbour.
Nominations were closed.
Chairperson Larsen appointed Dean Brownell and Vice Provost Katz to serve as tellers.
Ballots were distributed and collected.
During voting, the Senate moved to the next item of business.
D. Vice Chairperson Byrd announced he had three recommendations on behalf of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee. He said that he would move approval of the first two and hold the third until after item 5, C.
1) Vice Chairperson Byrd moved that that the Faculty Senate amend Manual section 5.70.11 on the Joint Committee on Academic Planning to add the “Associate Vice President for Community, Equity, and Diversity.”
The motion carried.
2) Vice Chairperson Byrd moved that the Faculty Senate suspend the Administrator Evaluation Process (sections 5.76.10-12 and 10.90.10-15 of the UNIVERSITY MANUAL) for two academic years. During 2012-13 and 2013-14 the Faculty Senate will conduct and assess a pilot administrator evaluation process. Recommendations for changes to the administrator evaluation process will be based on the pilot and proposed for the 2014-15 academic year.
Chairperson Larsen introduced Senator Nassersharif, the new Administrator Evaluation Coordinator, who provided the Senate with background on the recommendation.
Following discussion, Dean Quina asked that another phrase replace "who do not head degree-granting colleges" in recommendation "f".
The following was accepted as editorial: replace "who do not head degree-granting colleges" with "to whom few or no members of the continuing faculty report." Item "f" to read as follows:
f. In the cases of administrators to whom few or no continuing faculty report, constituency groups will be determined in consultation with the administrator.
Following discussion, the motion carried.
C. Chairperson Larsen announced that Senator Marilyn Barbour had been elected to the Executive Committee. He thanked both Senator Barbour and Senator Leo for their willingness to serve on the Executive Committee.
D. Vice Chairperson Byrd reminded the Senate that he intended to introduce the third recommendation of the Executive Committee after the Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on Advising.
4. REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT
President Dooley announced that he had approved all of the legislation forwarded to him after the September 20 Faculty Senate Meeting.
He thanked the Faculty Senate, the Executive Committee and the Council for Research for their efforts with regard to the facilities and administration (overhead) funds review legislation, which had been approved by the Board of Governors at their September 24 meeting. He also thanked Faculty Senate Chairperson Larsen for his statement at the Board of Governors meeting.
President Dooley asked if there were any questions. There were none.
5. REPORTS OF STANDING AND SPECIAL COMMITTEES
A. Professor Mundorf presented the Four Hundred Ninety-Ninth 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.
B. Professor Maier-Speredelozzi presented the University College and General Education Committee Report #12-13-2: EGR 109. She moved approval of the addition of EGR 109, Engineering in Everyday Life, to the Natural Sciences (N) area of the General Education program.
Following discussion, the motion carried.
C. Dean Richmond and Professor Honhart presented the report of the Ad Hoc Committee on advising and responded to questions from members of the Senate.
3. D. Vice Chairperson Byrd moved approval of the third recommendation of the Executive Committee:
3) That the Faculty Senate adopt the following procedure with regard to the report of the Ad Hoc Committee on Advising (See item 5, C):
a) Accept the report and forward it to the degree-granting colleges and other interested bodies (e.g. University College, the Provost's Office, and the AAUP).
b) Senators will discuss the report with their colleagues in the Dean's office and those involved in advising within their respective colleges.
c) Senators will participate in a forum at the November 15 Meeting of the Faculty Senate and offer concrete proposals on how the recommendations can best be implemented.
Following discussion, a motion was made to amend paragraph c) by inserting "revised and/or" between "be" and "implemented."
The amendment carried.
After discussion, a motion was made to amend the recommendation by replacing "accept" with "receive."
Following discussion, the amendment carried.
The motion as amended carried.
The approved recommendation reads as follows:
a) That the Faculty Senate receive the report (of the Ad Hoc Committee on Advising) and forward it to the degree-granting colleges and other interested bodies (e.g. University College, the Provost's Office, and the AAUP).
b) Senators will discuss the report with their colleagues in the Dean's office and those involved in advising with their respective colleges.
c) Senators will participate in a forum at the November 15 Meeting of the Faculty Senate and offer concrete proposals on how the recommendations can best be revised and/or implemented.
6. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
Chairperson Larsen asked if there was any unfinished business.
Senator Warner asked about the status of the general education proposal.
Professor Maier-Speredelozzi explained that the UCGE Committee was in the process of developing a structure based on the discussions at the April 19 and May 3 Faculty Senate meetings.
7. NEW BUSINESS
Chairperson Larsen asked if there was any new business.
Senator Trubiano moved that the Faculty Senate recess until the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education approved their contract with the URI AAUP.
Following discussion, Senator Rice moved to amend the motion by substituting a resolution that the Faculty Senate urge the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education to approve the collective bargaining agreement with the URI AAUP.
Following discussion, the Senate voted to substitute a resolution for the motion on the floor.
Following informal discussion, the following resolution was placed on the floor:
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 [October 29, 2012].
Following discussion, the resolution was approved. With no objection, the resolution was declared approved by unanimous vote.
Chairperson Larsen asked if there was any further new business.
A motion was made to adjourn.
Several Senators made announcements as the motion to adjourn carried.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:55 p.m.
Sheila Black Grubman