Attendees: Kurt Anderson, Linnda Caporael, President, Don
Drew, PrabhatHajela, Gary
Gabriele, Gerald Korenowski, Linda Layne, Achille
Messac, Jonathan Newell, Randy Norsworthy,
Mark Rea, Susan Sanderson, Trina Sego, Don Steiner Mary Anne Waltz, Bruce
of Minutes from 10/10/2001
President Caporael called the meeting to order. Minutes of
the October 10, 2001
meeting were approved. After approval, however, Susan Sanderson made a motion
to attach Rensselaer's core values to the October 10
minutes. The motion was defeated. The minutes of the October 24, 2001 meeting were then approved
with a minor correction.
from Standing Committees
The President requested reports from the Standing
Committees. Don Drew, Chair of the Promotion and Tenure Committee, reported
that their deliberations would be completed in ten days.
on Executive Committee Trip to Hartford
- Mark Rea
Mark Rea made a report on the Faculty Senate Executive
Committee's trip to the Hartford
campus on October 17 and the following meeting with Provost Peterson on October 30, 2001. In summary, three
issues concerned the Hartford
faculty: sense of disenfranchisement, concern that Rensselaer's
new direction will not continue to serve the existing constituents in CT and
frustration for ignoring their long-standing service to Rensselaer.
The Provost articulated the administration's commitment to "One
Rensselaer," although he acknowledged that this definition is evolving.
Tenure-track positions will become part of the Hartford
campus and they will adhere to the same standards as those in Troy.
Provost Peterson was clear that Hartford
must define its own reason for excellence.
After discussion, a Standing Committee for Hartford
was approved. Susan Sanderson was elected Chair. The committee is charged with
developing a transition plan for faculty at Hartford
consistent with the "One Rensselaer" doctrine.
From Ad Hoc Committee Emanating from 9/11 - Don Drew
Don Drew reported on the Committee on Campus Response to
Global Terrorism. Drew explained that Atsushi Akera
presented a report to the Provost, who approved funding for ongoing efforts.
Hence, the report did not need Faculty Senate support. The committee was
terminated after thanks were expressed to the Chair.
and Guide to P&T Process
At the start of the academic year, Provost Peterson asked
the Faculty Senate Executive Committee (FSXC) to revise the Faculty Handbook.
The FSXC chose to focus first on the Promotion and Tenure process because it
directly affects all faculty. Moreover, it was
acknowledged that the Dean of Faculty position in the Handbook no longer exists,
and that the Provost's role and title need to be integrated into the document.
It was decided to table the discussion on how the Faculty Senate would address
revisions to the Handbook.
on Rensselaer’s Graduate Program
President Caporael introduced Tom Apple, the new Dean of
Graduate Education, who reported on his plans for Rensselaer's
Graduate Programs. His major goals are to improve the quality of Graduate
Education and to attract the best students. After an engaging discussion,
Dean Apple was formally thanked for his presentation and appearance before
the Senate. (Presentation)