ABSTRACT of Faculty Senate October 2, 2006
Ira Hyman, 2006-07 Faculty Senate President, called the first Fall Quarter meeting to order at 4:01 pm. Senators accepted the Senate minutes of May 22, 2006, and Standing committee minutes.
§ Hyman noted that Senate meeting times are statutory and wished a good holiday to those celebrating Yom Kippur which happened to coincide with the Senate this year.
§ Hyman will set up a small task force in charge of Faculty Handbook rewrites as the union contract is written. Hyman also reminded Senators that the first task of faculty appointed to the Committee for Evaluating Administrators will be to formulate a review timeline.
§ President Morse reported she recently hosted the Prosperity Partnership, businesses interested in supporting proposals in biology, psychology and biotech high demand fields. Morse reported on her well-received testimony before the HEC Board as Chair of the Council of Presidents (COP).
§ Morse and Bob Frazier, Vice President External Affairs, updated Senators on Waterfront proposals and the $400,000 legislative appropriation: 1) Huxley College chose to visit other campuses on waterfronts to view facilities; Woodring received additional grant money for a Center to serve teachers; and the College of Science and Technology has been looking at potential business startups with faculty and students. Senators asked about the Arts presence, and the possibility of a Faculty Club. A draft report is expected in December.
§ Kris Bulcroft, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, updated Senators on the accreditation process, expected to take place in April of 2008. Faculty can access accreditation resources on her website (linked to the Senate website).
§ Sara Singleton, Legislative Liaison reminded Senators of legislative action regarding textbooks, and Linda Beckman, Budget Director for Student Affairs, with Laura Mann, Bookstore Manager updated Senators on the meaning of the legislation. The decision on textbook orders, including which edition is appropriate, rests with the faculty.
§ Constituent Concerns included 1) a note that the library does not purchase textbooks, but will put textbooks delivered from departments on reserve; 2) photos on rosters may become a reality in Winter Quarter; 3) faculty have trouble getting to back to back classes when they are scheduled on opposite sides of the campus.
Senators adjourned at 5:10 p.m.
APPOINTMENTS AND ELECTIONS – Matthew Liao-Troth, Officer
Elected to the following Senate Standing Committees:
Senate Library Committee (3 yr terms): Kathleen Tomlonovic
Academic Technology Committee: Chris Suczek, College of Science and Technology; Steve Ross, College of Business and Economics
Senate Committee on Evaluation of Administrators: 9 tenured faculty from the Colleges
Other: Employee Training and Development Council: 1 faculty, any area
Announcement of Upcoming Meetings:
Academic Coordinating Commission holds its first meeting on Tuesday, October 10, 2006 in OM340. Curricular minutes for review are due one week prior to the regular meeting at 12 Noon in OM350. The new ACC handbooks are in the mail this week.
Academic Technology Committee meets Wednesday October 11th in MH154 at 4 pm.
University Planning Council meets for its second meeting of the quarter on OM435 on October 17th. The agenda includes review of the Committee’s future role.