Attendees: Kurt Anderson, Georges Belfort,
Linnda Caporael, President, Stephen Derby, Don Drew, Mark Embrechts,
Ron Gutmann, Linda Layne, Jonathan Newell, Ralph Noble, Mark Rea, Susan
Sanderson, Mary Ann Staniszewski, Trina Sego, Don
Steiner, Mary Anne Waltz, Bruce Watson.
President Caporael brought the meeting to order, and asked
for reports from the Standing Committees. Mary Ann Staniszewski,
Chair of the Curriculum Committee, presented a handout of Section III of the
Constitution of the Faculty Senate (attached)
that suggested two title changes in the Constitution: “Dean of Undergraduate
Education” and “Dean of Graduate Education”. The changes to the Constitution
were unanimously approved.
and Tenure Committee
Don Drew, Chair of the Promotion and Tenure (P&T)
Committee reported that three people were recommended for promotion to
Associate Professor with tenure.
and Resources Committee
Ralph Noble, Chair of the Planning and Resources Committee
had nothing to report.
Hoc Committee for Hartford
Susan Sanderson, Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee for Hartford,
identified the new committee members and highlighted key issues for the
committee. A report from the committee is due to the Faculty Senate at the end
of the spring semester.
Professor Ron Gutmann discussed updating the Faculty
Handbook, particularly with respect to P&T. Discussion centered on rumors
that Rensselaer is "raising the bar" for
P&T. Gutmann felt that there were fewer P&T cases in the last year or
two because of reductions in hiring, not because the standards had changed. Don
Drew, Chair of P&T, concurred with this view. A suggestion was made that if
there was in fact a "raising of the bar,"
this was probably occurring at the Dean and Department Chair levels, not in the
P&T Committee. It was noted that not every faculty member was aware of the
"Guidelines to Promotion and Tenure at Rensselaer
by the Faculty Senate Committee on P&T, 1996" It was noted that this
document and the Handbook are available on the web: www.rpi.edu/dept/provost/P&TGUIDE.pdf,
www.rpi.edu/dept/provost/main.html.Jonathan Newell agreed to serve as Chair of a new Standing Committee to
review the Faculty Handbook section on Promotion and Tenure.
of the Minutes of 11/7/2001
Minutes of the last Faculty Senate Meeting, November 7, 2001 and the General Faculty
Meeting of November 28, 2001
were approved with minor revisions and can be viewed on
the Faculty Senate home page: http://www.rpi.edu/dept/facsen/.
for Formal Thank You to President Jackson
A motion was unanimously passed to have President Caporael,
on behalf of the Faculty Senate, send a formal note thanking President Jackson
for her succinct presentation and, as a consequence, providing ample time for
to Curtis Powell
President Caporael will also ask Curtis Powell, Vice
President of Human Resources, to address the Faculty Senate regarding
compensation pay for faculty.
Life Committee Report
Mark Rea presented a short report regarding the Student Life
Committee. A report, from Eddie Knowles, Vice President of Student Life, is
available for review.