Time: 3:15 p.m.
Place: Hulman Memorial Student Union 227
Present: Chairperson H. Hudson, Vice Chair S. Lamb, Secretary Sr. A. “Samy” Anderson
J. Harper, N. Lawrence, R. Schneirov, V. Sheets, J. Tenerelli
Ex-Officio: Provost Maynard
I. Minutes of the February 17, 2004, meeting were approved. (Lawrence, Lamb 6-0-1)
II. Administrative Report
1) the Leaves Committee has completed its work; recommendations will be sent to the Provost this Friday;
2) there are a number of searches currently in progress;
3) current guidelines for promotion and tenure does not allow for separation of promotion and tenure;
4) University policy for TB testing is being discussed;
5) noted receipt by the University of a $3K Lilly grant for attracting and retaining faculty;
6) on-campus budget presentations are scheduled for next week (open meetings).
III. Chair Report
1) election ballots for the 2004-06 Faculty Senate have been received;
2) committee service solicitations have been sent to faculty; colleagues are encouraged to volunteer for service;
3) noted Board actions at the February meeting and seminar presented on the work of the Compensation Committee;
4) now through June is the proposed schedule for the work of three committees on strategic planning elements: Experiential Learning, Eminent Programs, and Community Engagement—committee work will be presented at the June Board of Trustee’s meeting;
5) provided an update on work of the Provost Search Committee.
1) Approved motion to send to AAC the Center for Public Services and Community Engagement proposal. (Harper, Tenerelli 7-0-1)
2) Approved a motion to reaffirm the Senate’s original action on the 2004-2005 academic calendar, with a request that the motion be brought to the Cabinet. (Harper, Anderson 5-0-3)
3) Per Handbook, Section III, page 6, “The activities and products of the University Promotions and Tenure Oversight Committee are subject to the University Faculty Senate’s primary authority to formulate policy and procedures governing faculty appointment and awards of academic rank and tenure.” sent to FAC a charge to determine whether a specific degree should be classified as an appropriate terminal degree and to make a recommendation to Executive Committee. (Harper,
4) Recommended that Chair Hudson send a request to the PTOC that when it finds unit policies in compliance, copies will be sent to the Office of Academic Affairs, and to the Senate Office. (Sheets, Anderson voice vote)
5) Recommended that a rationale be developed for a faculty member to participate in Board of Trustees meetings and that the rationale be presented to the President for consideration by the Board. (Lamb, Sheets 7-0-1)
V. Fifteen Minute Open Discussion
1) Concern raised that the Ombudsman is not allowed to attend student grievance hearings.
2) Information on salary dollars for next year is not available yet.
3) There is need for more loading zones for faculty close to departmental offices.
VI. Executive Committee liaisons provided updates on standing committee activity.
The meeting adjourned at 5:07 p.m.