September 16, 2014

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Approved 10-14-14




Tuesday, September 16, 2014
115 International Center


Present: M. Becker, G. Burns, N. Bunge, S. Carter, M. Chavez, M. Crimp, T.E. Crockett, W. Davidson, P. Dickson, J. Dudizak, A. Faulkner, M. Floer, K. Forest, J. Francese, L. Harris, G. Howe, R. Maleczka, E. McCallum, D. Moriarty, D. Nails, M. Nair, M. Noel, A. Paganini, J. Powell, S. Printy, M. Raven, F. Ravitch, L. Robinson, J. Rosa, J. Schwartz, J. Sherry, L. Sochay, C. Smith, B. Sternquist, G. Stone, E. Strauss, M. Sticklen, C. Taggart, J. Turner, C. Vermeesch, J. Walton, C. Waters, M. Worden, S. Yoder, B. Zandstra

Absent: President Simon, Provost Youatt, K. Bartig, G. Chao, R. Edozie, G. Fink, R. Fisher, D. Grooms, R. Hula, C. Johnson, X. Liu, J. Maurer, E. Moore, F. Salem, W. Spielman, A. Susarla, E. Torrez, C. Traister, K. Vaninsky, Pending ASMSU Representative, Pending COGS Representative

Meeting began with an open discussion. Introduction of Professor John Beck as a facilitator of the discussion regarding Senate operations for the coming year.

Formal Meeting called to order at 3:45 by Professor Deborah Moriarty, Chair

Approval of Agenda for September 16, 2014
Agenda Approved as Presented

Public Comments (2 minute time limit per speaker; 10 minutes total for comments)

Approval of Draft Minutes for April 15, 2014
April 15, 2014 Minutes Approved as Distributed

President's Remarks - Lou Anna K. Simon
Out of Town

Provost's Remarks - June Youatt
Out of Town

The Steering Committee Chairperson’s Remarks - Professor Deborah Moriarty
Welcome to new and returning members of the Senate and the Interim Secretary for Academic Governance, Professor John Powell and also I want to say thank you to Professor Jacqueline Wright for her 14 years of service as Secretary for Academic Governance. Her leadership was instrumental in directing the governance process through the recent update of the Bylaws.

During meetings this year, we will be utilizing the I-clickers for Faculty Senate and University Council meetings. There is a continuing effort to engage faculty in the Senate. To that end, the At-Large members of the Steering Committee developed and distributed a survey to Senators asking for suggestions for topics for consideration. Thanks to all of you who participated. Your suggestions have been grouped and sent to the Standing Committees for their consideration and recommendations. The next meeting will provide follow-up on the process. There are a number of issues that will be on future agendas that include, but are not limited to, the Faculty Health Care Center and the Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct policy. To facilitate the discussion of these issues, we would like to use the expertise of our members by conducting a series of small-group and large-group focused discussions.

The University Committee on Academic Governance needs additional volunteers to complete its mission.

Professor Powell provided a update on the status of the new Academic Governance website. Some of the features include tracking the progress of issues brought before the Steering Committee, Faculty Senate, and University Council. The “go live” date for the new webpage is October 1st. The new page will continue to improve over the next several months.

University Committee on Curriculum Report
Professor Anthony Paganini, UCC Chairperson moved to accept the report. The motion was passed to accept the report.

The UCC reports the following actions since its last report. There have been 5 new program requests, 9 changes in programs, and 1 program deletion. Over the past year, UCC has approved a Minor in Arts and Cultural Management, Graduate Certificate Human Resource Management and Development, Master of Science in Judicial Administration, Graduate Certificate in Strategic Management, Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Managing Teams. Recent course actions include 15 new courses, 53 course changes, and 14 course deletions. In addition, there is a moratorium on the Bachelor of Science in Economics, and discontinuations of the Master of Science in Integrative Pest Management and the Master of Science in Zoo and Aquarium Management.

Report approved as reported.

Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct
Professor Moriarty identified the topic of Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct, which will be addressed on the Faculty Senate and University Council agendas in October.

Faculty Health Care Presentation to Faculty Senate
Professor Moriarty outlined the process of discussion for the proposal from the Faculty Health Care Council. Following today's discussion, there will be four focus group meetings held in October to gain insight and suggestions from faculty regarding the proposed Center. Those meetings will be synthesized and presented to the Senate in November.

Professor William Davidson presented a progress report on the deliberations of the Faculty Health Care Council regarding a proposal to develop an On-Site Health Center.

New Business

Adjournment: 4:55

Faculty Senate Annual Reports for 2013-2014:
Faculty Grievance Official - Academic Governance has not received report
University Committee on Curriculum
University Committee on Faculty Affairs
University Committee on Faculty Tenure

Committee Meeting Date: 
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 3:15am
Committee Type: 
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