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March 18, 2014

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Approved 4-15-14




Tuesday, March 18, 2014

115 International Center

President Simon, Provost Youatt, D. Banks, K. Bartig, M. Becker, C. Borchgrevink, S. Carey, S. Carter, B. Chakrani, E. Charles, M. Chavez, C. Coursaris, E. Crockett-Torabi, W. Davidson, N. DeJoy, P. Dickson, J. Dudziak, J. Dunn, A. Faulkner, M. Ferkany, D. Foran, K. Forrest, X. Gao, Chris Hogan (for E. Gardner), E. Hackert, M. Jacobs, P. Menchik, D. Mendez, D. Miner, D. Moriarty, M. Noel, D. Pathak, L. Robinson, G. Roloff, M. Sticklen, G. Stone, A. Susarla, C. Taggart, C. Vermeesch, F. Villarruel, T. Vogelsang, J. Walton, C. Waters, J. Wright

ABSENT: C. Bolin, W. Donohue, R. Edozie, , K. Greenwalt, D. Grooms, M. Huebner, H. Hughes, M. Kasavana, B. Kleinerman, M. Koot, , R. Maleczka, , J. Maurer, McCabe, H. Mooney, M. Nair, J. Reifenberg, L. Robison, N. Rudolph, F. Salem, M. Shapiro, S. Tekalur, C. Traister, S. Watts, M. Worden

The meeting began at 3:20 p.m. with a full quorum.

Approval of Agenda:
The agenda was amended moving the Update on Social Media/Pedagogy to the University Council meeting on March 25, 2014. The amended agenda was approved.

Public Comments:
There were no public comments.

Approval of Minutes:
The minutes for February 18, 2014 were approved as distributed.

President’s Remarks:
President Simon acknowledged Professor Carter and Professor Powell for their leadership regarding the role of academics and athletics through COIA and other groups. Professor Carter and Professor Powell have played an important role in trying to add a faculty voice in the current deliberations regarding reorganization and valuing within the NCAA.

President Simon also thanked Academic Governance for the work that has been done collectively over the last three years in thinking through issues as it relates to sexual harassment, sexual assault policies and procedures. This work has gotten lost in terms of the press reports in that in 2011 Academic Governance put together an Ad Hoc Committee and worked with Christine Zayko and Paulette Grandberry Russell to revamp and revise policies and practices relating to evolving OCR guidance. The Interim Procedures were taken to the BOT for action in late 2011. The University has continued to work on improving the process as more guidance has been issued.

The ground breaking for the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) occurred this past week. FRIB draws attention to MSU as being an institution that can compete with others and do something of grand style and approach.
The President acknowledged the work of the Provost Search Committee who was very actively engaged and sought a variety of input on the question of who should be the next Provost at MSU. The President thanked Professor Carter and colleagues in Academic Governance for the report by the Governance group and their thoroughness in trying to ask the questions faculty had submitted for the candidates. President Simon announced that it was her honor to say that Dr. June Youatt will be the next Provost of MSU.

Provost’s Remarks:
Provost Youatt thanked everyone and acknowledged that President Simon was right when she said it was difficult being an internal candidate. Provost Youatt thought going through the process was humbling but being selected as Provost is more humbling. Provost Youatt noted that she hoped to continue to bring her willingness to learn, and will take some time in May to be reflective and in the Fall to get out and spend time with faculty and Colleges. It is not an exaggeration that MSU can recruit the best faculty from anywhere in the world given our work and achievements.

President Simon asked to have time on the Faculty Senate agenda in April to go into a Committee of the Whole to have conversation and commentary with Provost Youatt about the big ideas. The President offered Cowles House for a different kind of conversation with Provost Youatt.

The Steering Committee Chairperson’s Remarks:
Professor Carter reported that the RFP for the Flexible Spending Account request has been sent out, according to Renee Rivard. The venders proposals are to be submitted by April 4, 2014 and the decision will be made by July 1, 2014. The vender selected will be in place for January 1, 2015.

The At-Large faculty members of the Steering Committee are nearing the completion of their meetings with the College FAC/CAC groups. A number of issues have come up during these meetings and have been posted on the Governance web site.

University Committee on Curriculum Report:
Professor Dennis Banks, Chairperson of UCC, presented the UCC report. There were two new programs, 18 program changes and three program deletions approved. There were 55 new courses approved, 622 course changes and 38 course deletions approved. There were no Moratoria. There were three discontinuations, one for Biological Science-Interdepartmental, M.S., one for General Science, Master of Arts for Teachers, and the third for Physical Science-Interdepartmental, M.S. There was consultation with UCGS on all of these discontinuations and all were approved by the Provost.

A motion was passed to accept the report.

Steering Committee At-Large Slate of Nominees:

Professor Chavez, Chairperson of UCAG, made a motion to endorse the slate presented to fill two vacancies for the At-Large Faculty of the Steering Committee:

Martin Crimp – Engineering
Ellen Cushman – Arts and Letters
Nora Rifon – Communication Arts and Sciences
Thomas Summerhill – Social Science

The motion to endorse the slate was seconded. Professor Moriarty asked if it was possible to add a name to the slate and if so she would like to add, Mary Noel who currently serves on the Steering Committee and is eligible to serve another two years. Professor Carter indicated that the slate is put forward by UCAG to Faculty Senate to endorse. Professor Carter indicated her interpretation of the Bylaws that the slate could be expanded by the Faculty Senate. A motion was passed to add Mary Noel to the slate of Nominees.

The main motion to endorse the slate with the addition of Mary Noel was passed.

Dual Appointments Policy:
Professor Curry was given voice to speak on the issue. Professor Curry spoke on behalf of Professor Donohue, Chairperson of UCFA. The current policy was revised to clarify the policy with the additional language:

No faculty/ academic staff member holding a full-time, paid appointment at Michigan State University may, during the term of the appointment, or while on leave of absence, simultaneously hold an appointment at another institution. Exceptions to this policy must be approved in advance by the Dean and by the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs (or designee).

A motion was passed to approve the additional language.

Establishment of a New Department – Biomedical Engineering in the College of Engineering:
Provost Youatt presented the request to establish a New Academic Department: A Department of Biomedical Engineering. The proposed department would provide an identity for the biomedical research being conducted across numerous departments, within various colleges, and provide possible academic home to faculty recruited to MSU as part of the Institute for Engineering, Science and Health (IESH).

Following some discussion a motion was passed to approve.

New Business:
There was no further business.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:45 pm.

Respectfully submitted,


Jacqueline Wright
Secretary for Academic Governance


Tapes of complete meetings of the Faculty Council are available for review in the office of the Secretary for Academic Governance, W32 Owen Graduate Hall, 355-2337

Committee Meeting Date: 
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 3:20pm
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