Time: 3:15 p.m.
Place: Hulman Memorial Student Union 227
Present: Chairperson H. Hudson, Vice Chair S. Lamb, Secretary Sr. A. Anderson
J. Harper, N. Lawrence, R. Schneirov, V. Sheets, J. Tenerelli
Ex-Officio: Provost Maynard
I. Minutes of the November 11 meeting were approved. (Lawrence, Sheets 7-0-1)
II. Old Business
1. FAC Select Committee nominations: approved as amended to be forwarded to the Senate. (Harper, Lawrence 7-0-1)
2. Graduate Council proposal, “The Faculty Senate establish a quorum rule of 50% (currently 5 of 9) for University Faculty Senate standing committees.” Approved as amended. (Tenerelli, Lawrence 7-0-1)
3. Graduate Council proposal regarding the Council’s membership was discussed and action postponed—an Executive Committee reply will be sent to the Council. (Sheets, Tenerelli 7-0-1)
4. Executive Committee’s reply to the Administration’s October 9, 2003, response regarding the Bill of Particulars: The Committee complimented S. Davis and J. Harper for the letter draft they prepared. After discussion and some modifications, the amended copy was approved for transmittal to President Benjamin and text copies forwarded to Faculty Senators. (Harper, Lamb 7-0-1)
III. New Business
1. SAC charge approved (Harper, Lawrence 7-10-1):
Recommend an application procedure for the Faculty Scholarship and a selection process. Indicate the amount and number of awards to be given annually. Provide a rationale for the recommendations based on goals the scholarship should accomplish.
Current balance is $10,462.33
Criteria are: sophomore status; full time enrollment: minimum 3.5 GPA
Selection process should begin in February for the following year
2. Brought to the table for discussion November 17, 2003 Revised Draft on three committees where the Provost is requesting assistance from the Faculty Senate: Student Credit Hour Review, Academic Deans Evaluation, and Electronic Annual Faculty Activities Report. (Anderson, Tenerelli 7-0-1) The Committee agreed that resulting final policy should go through faculty governance. Consensus was that the Executive Committee would nominate four faculty representatives for each committee. Another draft is anticipated from the Provost resulting from Committee discussion.
IV. Administrative Report
Provost Maynard provided copies of a proposal, “Division of Academic Affairs Revised Recommendations of the Special Purpose Faculty and Part-Time Temporary Faculty November 11, 2003”, for future discussion.
V. Chair Report
1) reported that she had met with the School of Technology Faculty Council;
2) presented a request from the Senior Scholars Academy (for later discussion);
3) recommended that faculty attend the interviews for Vice President for Advancement (9:15 Tuesdays and Thursdays this week and next);
4) stated that she is arranging for a change of date for the April Senate meeting (in order to avoid time conflicts with the honors/Senate dinner.
VI. Fifteen Minute Open Discussion
A request was made for future discussion and consideration by the administration: Given the prospect for salary minimal increases this year, suspend pay-for-performance and give standard increases (as called for in the pay for performance policy when the pool is smaller than the cost of living increment) be given; a four-year model would be followed during the next evaluation window.
The meeting adjourned at 5:45 p.m.