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October 22, 2013

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Approved 11-19-13




Tuesday, October 22, 2013

3:15 p.m., 115 International Center

  Acting Provost Youatt, M. Baba, D. Banks, M. Becker, T. Bitner, R. Caldwell, S. Carey, S. Carter, E. Charles, D. Clemons, C. Coursaris, E. Crockett-Torabi, T. Curry, W. Davidson, T. Davis, N. DeJoy, P. Dickson, W. Donohue, J. Dudziak, R. Edozie, M. Ferkany, J. Forger, B. Fraser, X. Gao, E. Gardner, B. Lynch (for C. Gelbke), M. Goheen, K. Greenwalt, E. Hackert, C. Hyslop (for C. Haka), D. Heller, C. Alsup (for J. Howarth), P. Hunt (for S. Hsu), M. Huebner, G. Jackson, C. Jackson-Elmoore, T. Wolff (for L. Kempel), R. Kirkpatrick, K. Klomparens, M. Koot, J. Leacher, J. Wagner (for S. Lenway), C. Loeb, K. Maass, R. Maleczka, P. Mantha, J. Martin, J. Maurer, A. Shaw (for D. Maybank), L. McCabe, D. Mendez, B. Miller, D. Moriarty, T. Wehrwein (for M. Mundt), M. Noel, K. Perlberg, R. Brandenburg (for F. Poston), D. Quiroga, A. Sousa (for M. Rappley), L. Robinson, L. Robison, R. LaDuca (for E. Simmons), C. Smith, A. Stannard, W. Strampel, A. Susarla, C. Taggart, S. Teahan, M. Treadwell, J. Turner, C. Vermeesch, P. Whitten, J. Wright, D. Prestel (for K. Wurst)

ABSENT:  President Simon, R. Baidya, J. Balbes, E. Bank, K. Bartig, C. Bolin, C. Brown, B. Chakrani, M. Chavez, J. Conwell, A. Dickerson, S. Dorsey-Walker, G. Dubes, J. Dunn, S. Esquith, D. Estry, A. Faulkner, H. Fitzgerald, S. Fletcher, J. Gaboury, S. Garnett, Y. Gonzalez, D. Grooms, J. Hall, S. Hanson, H. Hughes, Kasavana, B. Kleinerman, K. Kovac, C. Lewis, K. Malik, E. Martinak, P. Menchik, D. Miller, H. Mooney, M. Nair, D. Pathak, J. Pawloski, J. Reifenberg, A. Rice, G. Roloff, N. Rovig, F. Salem, Sellers, M. Shapiro, A. Singh, M. Sticklen, R. Tate, S. Tekalur, C. Traister, F. Villarruel, T. Vogelsang, J. Walton, C. Waters, M. Watt, S. Watts, C. Weidbrecht, N. Willgus, M. Worden

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

Approval of Agenda:
The agenda was approved as distributed.

Public Comments:
There were no public comments.

Approval of Minutes:
There were no minutes for September 24, 2013 due to lack of a quorum.

President’s Remarks:
The President is attending the AAU President’s meeting in Washington, DC. 

Acting Provost’s Remarks:

Acting Provost Youatt reported that the first of three candidates for the Dean of International Studies and Programs is scheduled to give a public presentation today.  The other two candidates are to be on campus in the next few days.  All presentations are being videotaped so faculty may view them.

The first meeting of the Capitol Campaign Advisory Committee occurred last week.  One year from now the Capitol Campaign will be launched to support the work of the University.  The BOT will be meeting this week.  The BOT’s agenda will include the authorization to proceed on the renovation of Chittenden Hall, which will be the new Graduate Center.  The first public performance in the renovated Fairchild Auditorium will be held October 28, 2013. The Fairchild Auditorium has been renovated over the last year to be primarily used by the College of Music.


The Steering Committee Chairperson’s Remarks:

Professor Carter offered congratulations to the President for the coming awarding of an Honorary Doctorate of Law degree from the University of Michigan.  Professor Carter reported that Professor Youatt and the President met with some of the CAC Chairpersons and the Steering Committee to discuss the Bolder by Design initiatives, and responded to questions about the vision for the University.

The schedule of CAC meetings is complete so beginning this month the At-Large members of the Steering Committee will begin meeting with each College.  The purposes are to affirm the links between the Colleges and Academic Governance, to share actions taken by the Steering Committee and Faculty Senate, ant to listen to questions, interests and concerns at the Advisory level.


The Steering Committee created the Ad Hoc Committee on Social Media, Pedagogy, Academic Rights and Responsibilities at the September meeting.  Professor Donohue, Chairperson of UCFA and Professor in the Department of Communication, will head the committee and members include Ron Fisher, Penny Gardner, Manuel Chavez and Liza Potts, in addition to a graduate teaching assistant.  The charge to the Ad Hoc Committee is as follows:

The Ad Hoc Committee on Social Media, Pedagogy, Academic Rights and Responsibilities, is charged with gathering information, examining experiences at other universities, and presenting best practices as they relate to social media, teaching, and speech rights and responsibilities in the classroom. This committee will also make recommendations about how MSU might best utilize this information. The committee will present its results to the Steering Committee of the Faculty Senate in a brief report. 

The Ad Hoc Committee likely will meet two or three times. It will present its results to the Steering Committee of the Academic Senate in a brief report at the beginning of Spring Semester 2014. The Steering Committee will then decide how best to respond to the committee's recommendations.  Professor Carter asked members to direct comments on the subject to Professor Donohue.

Professor Carter reported that the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) will hold the annual meeting for the academic faculty leaders at Indiana University in Bloomington in October. The topics to be addressed at this meeting include the following:

  • International Strategies and International Students
  • The Precarious Future of Shared Governance
  • Issues in Graduate Education, Diversity, and Support for Underrepresented populations among the Faculty
  • Issues in Scholarly Publishing and Academic Presses

There will also be an open forum for matters from our various campuses.  professors Carter and Sticklen will be attending.

Functions of the Office of the Ombudsperson:

Professor Caldwell, the University Ombudsperson, presented an overview of the Office.  The Ombudsman’s Office was established 46 years ago and is the longest continuous Office in the country.  The title was changed from Ombudsman to Ombudsperson several years ago.  Professor Caldwell provided an annual report from last year which provides many details regarding the functions of the Office (See the Governance web site).  The Ombudsperson web site is as follows: www.msu.edu/unit/ombud/index.html 

New Business:

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 3:50 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,


Jacqueline Wright
Secretary for Academic Governance



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


Committee Meeting Date: 
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 3:15pm
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