ABSTRACT of Faculty Senate February 12, 2007

Ira Hyman, 2006-07 Faculty Senate President, called the Senate meeting to order at 4:06 pm. Senators accepted the Senate minutes of February 5th with amendments, and Standing committee minutes.

§         Hyman welcomed John Lawson, Vice Provost for Information Technology, sitting in for Provost Bodman who is testifying in Olympia; and Roger Gilman, Dean of Fairhaven College, representative to the Faculty Senate from the Provost’s Council. 

§         Hyman reminded faculty that construction of the AIC building began today with the cordoning off of sections of campus. 

§         President Morse reported on the Council of Presidents’ (COP) response to the Governor’s challenge to educate students to a competitive level worldwide. COP’s Legislative Agenda includes funding to improve each institution’s competitive status, improving the process for capital restoration and growth, supporting diversity, and increasing state investments in research for all of the institutions, including support for the Life Sciences Discovery Fund.  The President also reported on other efforts by a variety of groups in the state, all supporting funding for higher education.

§         Senators continued review of Senate committees, including University Planning Council, Academic Technology Committee, the Faculty Standing Committee on Grievance and Sanctions and Salary and Welfare Committee. Senators concur that disbanding any committee should be postponed along a timeline pending further experience with the UFWW contract.  Senators endorse improving communications regarding campus facilities’ issues and with student affairs and acknowledged this may require forming additional standing committees. 

§         Senators will continue to review a draft of language changes to Appendix B of the Constitution.

§         Constituent Concerns.  Senators noted that 1) An improvement to teaching podiums would allow room for “knees”, and could include a central space for placing materials; 2) they would prefer to be able to book travel arrangements at a less costly rate than provided by the travel agency; 3) there is no established process for instituting certain technologies campus wide, such as an electronic journal. 

§         Senators adjourned at 5:52 p.m.


APPOINTMENTS AND ELECTIONS – Matthew Liao-Troth, Officer

Vacancy:  1 faculty to Committee on Assessment of Teaching and Learning