Faculty Senate Minutes
Present: M. Hanna, P. Hajela, B. Parson, K. Anderson, M. Embrechts, J. Mitchell, C. Breneman, B. Peterson, L. Kammerer
Absent: L. Caporael, K. Fortun,
Guests: G. Gabriele, Mary Anne Staniszewski, P. Azriel, B. Baeslack, C. McIntyre
President Prabhat Hajela called the meeting to order and
distributed Minutes from the August and September meetings for review in hope
to approve them at the next
It was announced that formation of the ad hoc committee members is almost complete. Currently, there is no feedback. President Hajela asked how the planning process is progressing and if any more help or information is needed from the Senate. Curt Breneman, Chair of the Planning and Resources Committee, stated that no additional support is needed at this point, but possibly after the next meeting. The planning process is still in the primary stages.
Prabhat asked what the sense if from the faculty prospective regarding this process. Kurt Anderson, Senator, stated that the Faculty has doubts that the administration will listen to their concerns and interest. Curt Breneman added that the basic input he has received from faculty so far is reluctance. They are asking “Is this really going to happen in the way that people say it is?” This reluctance comes from past experiences where planning processes were not seen as moving forward and then on the other hand there will be concern that it will move forward too quickly and with large research allocations impending, Faculty will be wondering whether it will help or hurt.
Robert Parson, Secretary of the Faculty, stated that he senses that there are many avenues of communication for faculty to voice their input. He hopes they will take advance to get their information in.
M. Hanna, Chair of the Faculty, stated that the Department of Science is forming four (4) additional committees that will look less at departmental and more over reaching.
d. Diversity & Community
This will provide more input into the process.
Prabhat asked what the faculty initial sense is as to whether this exercise is worthwhile or if there are any concerns that have been identified? It appears to him that there is a strong push to try and get focus area inline with IT & BT to a large extent. His concern is that while that is a good thing, he questions whether the board academic enterprise is somehow being left out.
The next item is the election of a new senator to fill the position vacated by Amy Van Epps. Larry Kammerer has been nominated to fill this position. (Unanimous)
R. Athanasiou, Medical Director made a presentation on TB related health concerns. Free testing will begin on Oct 23th and will run for two weeks. Please inform your graduate students about being tested. Please inform them that the medication is free, and there is no risk to their visa/immigration status.
Prabhat Hajela explained that the review process right now is made up of two parts:
1. Institution level- where Deans of all school are reviewed every five (5) years. This process is now in place but does not invite faculty senate input.
Provost Peterson has issued a memo that outlines the review process for deans. It forms a committee that then has a process where by a committee is established (committee is not made up of administrators, it is made up of faculty.) They do an elevation process, write a report and make a recommendation. This process does not specifically talk about a committee of faculty senate, but it talks about a committee that is charged with the responsibility of soliciting input from the faculty and other administrators. The Provost said that he will send Prabhat Hajela a copy of the memo describing the process.
Bob Parson stated that he thinks the process should be
reviewed before moving forward so that the review processes are not
duplicated. Prabhat stated that the
Faculty Chair, Mike
Hanna, stated that the
Prabhat stated that
based on discussion in the Executive Committee, that the
Curt Breneman asked who is responsible for deciding on Graduate tuition? Provost Peterson said that he believes it is a joint responsibility including the Chair, the Provost Office, and Art Sanderson, Vice President of Research. Prabhat asked if there are any changes to be made, when will they be made. Provost Peterson responded that he thinks they’d be made soon rather than later. He added that Dr. Jackson would like to move forward rather quickly and that he would like to move forward very quickly.
Curt Breneman stated