September 10, 2013

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September 10, 2013

Board Room, Administration Building

:  President Simon, E. Bank, D. Banks, W. Davidson, W. Donohue, S. Carter, M. Chavez, E. Gardner, M. Goheen, L. McCabe, D. Moriarty, M. Noel, M. Sticklen, C. Taggart, J. Wright; Others:  S. Lott, G. Preston (State News)

Absent:  Acting Provost June Youatt, T. Curry, S. Fletcher

Professor Carter called the meeting to order at 3:17 p.m. with a quorum being present. 

The Agenda was amended adding the item, Mid-Semester Formative Feedback.  The amended agenda was approved.

The Minutes for April 2, 2013 were approved as distributed.

President’s Remarks:
President Simon reported the beginning of the Semester went smoothly and the total enrollment should be known by September 23, 2013.  She noted many issues have occurred as seen in the media.  The President reported that she and Professor Youatt have talked with students regarding the incident and emphasized that the personnel process of individuals need to be respected.  The question for us collectively is how to use this as a teachable moment.   We need to think about faculty development activities related to pedagogy.  We also need to talk about technology and how this may impact academic discourse.  We need to review core documents that have guided discourse and frame challenges that technology poses, exploring models of pedagogy.  It is important to consider novice learners from different backgrounds who are not used to this type of vigorous debate.  Professor Carter asked for volunteers to work on developing a framework on these issues and bring back for discussion.

President Simon reported that the NCAA has raised the academic standards.  The NCAA is to make sure students are academically eligible to play in Bowl games.

Acting Provost’s Remarks:
Acting Provost Youatt is attending an AAU meeting.   

The Steering Committee Chairperson’s Remarks:
Professor Carter reported the Provost Search process is moving smoothly and in order to engage the faculty there will be two Faculty Forums held.  One Forum will be on September 17 at 4pm immediately following the Faculty Senate meeting.  The second Forum will be held September 20, 11:00 to 12:30 at Wells Hall. 

Professor Carter announced that there will be a meeting with Acting Provost Youatt on October 8, 3:15 to 5:00 for College CAC Chairpersons and the Steering Committee to discuss Bolder by Design and the agenda for this year. 

Professor Carter will be attending the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics (COIA) meeting on October 29, 2013 in Indiana.  She noted that COIA is a group of faculty representatives nationwide that provides faculty voice on Intercollegiate Athletics.  This group was invited by NCAA to provide feedback on the proposed NCAA proposed reorganization.  

Professor Davidson reported that the Faculty Health Committee is continuing meetings and is meeting with Human Resources and the consultant on the alternative Health Care Center.  The Health Care Team initiated a proposal on July 1, 2013.

Professor Carter reminded members that the Fall Enrollment is coming in October this year and a presentation will be given at the Faculty Senate meeting in October.

Athletic Council Annual Report:
Professor Kasavana, Chairperson of the Athletic Council, presented a summary of the Athletic Council’s Annual Report (Distributed to members).  A motion was passed to place item on the University Council agenda for September.

Proposed Amendment to the Academic Freedom Policy:
Professor Carter presented the following request for a proposed motion to the Academic Freedom Policy from Professor Debra Nails, Professor of Philosophy:

Professor Nails requests that the Steering Committee consider the addition of the following sentence to the Academic Freedom Policy in section III, between paragraph 3 and 4, of the Faculty Handbook:
Teachers are entitled to freedom to address any matter of institutional policy or action when acting as a member of the faculty whether or not as a member of an agency of institutional governance.

Professor Nails noted in her Memorandum that although this right is taken for granted by most MSU faculty, it should be made explicit because some courts (after the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Garcetti v. Ceballos, 2006) have jeopardized that right. 

Professor Nails also identified two relevant sections of the MSU Faculty Handbook and requested that the Steering Committee involve both committees identified there, and others as relevant, in discussion of the proposed amendment. 

4.3.3 The University Committee on Academic Governance shall conduct a continuing review of the Bylaws and shall be responsible for recommending amendments in these Bylaws to the University Council.

4.6.3 The University Committee on Faculty Affairs shall have shared responsibility with the Provost for the formulation of faculty grievance procedures and on the rights and responsibilities of faculty.

A motion was passed to refer to the University Committee on Academic Governance.

Meetings with Candidates for the Vice President for Strategic Planning, Infrastructure and Facilities (SPIF):
Professor Carter received a request from Professor Powell, who serves on the SPIF Search Committee, that an additional faculty member was needed to meet with the Candidates at 9:30 on September 23, 2013.  A member of the Committee volunteered.

Motion to Create a Health Care Committee:
Professor Davidson proposed a motion to create a Health Care Committee to continue with the work in progress.
A motion was passed and referred to the University Committee on Academic Governance to work on the details and bring back to the Steering Committee.

Mid-Semester Formative Feedback:
Mitchell Goheen, ASMSU Vice President for Academic Affairs, presented a Bill passed by ASMSU General Assembly March 14, 2013.  The Bill was reviewed by the Steering Committee on April 2, 2013 and was advised to submit a proposal.  ASMSU requests implementation of some form of mid-semester formative feedback in addition to the end of semester SIRS online form.  A motion was passed to refer the proposal to UCFA, UCUE, UCGS and UCSA.

Draft Agenda for Faculty Senate September 17, 2013:
The agenda for the Faculty Senate meeting scheduled for September 17, 2013 is as follows:

  • UCC Report
  • Presentation from Department of Police and Public Safety
  • New Business

Draft Agenda for University Council September 24, 2013:
The agenda for the University Council Meeting scheduled for September 24, 2013 is as follows:

  • Athletic Council Annual Report
  • New Business

New Business:

CIC Faculty Leadership Annual Meeting:
Professor Carter announced the CIC Faculty Leadership meeting will be held on October 17 and 18 at Indiana.  She will be attending as Chairperson of The Steering Committee and Professor Sticklen, an At-Large member will also be attending.

COGS Update:
Emily Bank, COGS representative, announced that COGS is partnering with MSU Federal Credit Union and MSU Vice President of Research and Graduate Studies to award more graduate and professional students with COGS conference grant.

Emily reported that the renovation of Chittenden Hall, which will be a graduate student-centric space, should be ready in a year.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:40 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,


Jacqueline Wright
Secretary for Academic Governance

Committee Meeting Date: 
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 3:17pm
Committee Type: 
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