Faculty Senate Meeting

October 10, 2001

 

Attendees: Kurt Anderson, Linnda Caporael (President), Steve Derby, Don Drew, Gary Gabriele, Prabhat Hajela, Gerald Korenowski, Jon Newell, Ralph Noble, Randy Norsworthy, Bud Peterson (Provost), Mark Rea, Susan Sanderson, Trina Sego, Don Steiner, Mary Anne Waltz, Bruce Watson.

 

Original Minutes of 10/10/2001

 

Agenda

Approval of Minutes from 9/26/2001

Reports from standing committees:

Promotion and Tenure Committee

Planning and Resources Committee

Input from all Senators for the Agenda for General Faculty Meeting
Input from all Senators on Executive Committee’s Upcoming visit to the Hartford

Campus

Reports From the Two Ad Hoc Committee Chairs, Professors Ralph Noble and Donald

Drew

Adjournment

Approval of Minutes from 9/26/2001

President Caporael opened the meeting at 3:10pm. Motion made by Drew to accept minutes of last meeting, seconded by Hajela.  Minutes approved with one correction; "Performance and Tenure committee" should be "Promotion and Tenure committee."

 

Reports from Standing Committees

Promotion & Tenure Committee

Report from Don Drew, Chair of Promotion & Tenure Committee, stated that there were few cases being reviewed this semester.

 

Planning & Resources Committee

Report from Ralph Noble, Chair of Planning and Resources Committee, stated that the Performance Planning Retreats were progressing. Noble stressed the importance of faculty involvement in the process.

 

Input from all Senators for the Agenda for the General Faculty Meeting

Prabhat Hajela led the discussion surrounding the agenda for the upcoming general Faculty Meeting on November 28. Few items were suggested, and President Caporael requested every senator to consult their constituents for suggested topics and report back at the next meeting.

 

Input from all Senators on Executive Committee’s Upcoming visit to the Hartford

Campus

President Caporael led the discussion of items for the upcoming visit by the Executive Committee to the Hartford campus on October 17. Trina Sego reported concerns over the new direction for Hartford and reported that many of the faculty feel disenfranchised. Steve Derby reinforced the notion that there was little happening to reduce that anxiety. Provost Peterson reported that two tenure track positions would be advertised soon and that the search would be nationwide.

 

Reports From the Two Ad Hoc Committee Chairs, Professors Ralph Noble and Donald Drew

Two ad hoc committees concerned with the events of September 11 were formed during the previous meeting of the Faculty Senate. Chairs reported to the Senate. Chair Noble presented a document entitled "Rensselaer's core values" comprised of three core values and a two-part preamble. Senator Newell moved to accept the document without the first part of the preamble, and the motion was seconded by Senator Anderson. After much discussion, the motion was amended to delete the second part of the preamble and the three core values were formally accepted by the Faculty Senate.

 

Chair Drew provided a short statement for the Senate to consider which, in effect, stated that the Faculty Senate supported the activities of the Center for Ethics and Complex Systems as they relate to the events of September 11. Drew further stated that the ad hoc committee had voted to disband. This item was tabled for discussion at the next meeting of the Faculty Senate.

 

Adjournment

A motion to adjourn was made and seconded. The meeting adjourned at 4:00pm.