The Executive Council of the Faculty Senate
April 24, 2007 – 10:30-12:00
Newcomb Hall, Board Room
Present: Kenneth Schwartz, Ricardo Padron, Houston Wood, Harold Burbach, Alison Booth, Marcia Childress, Edmund Kitch, Teresa Culver, Janet Herman, Gweneth West, Reginald Garrett, Amy Bouton
Guest: Gertrude Fraser, Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement
Kenneth Schwartz, Chair of the Faculty Senate, called the meeting to order. Mr. Schwartz offered welcoming remarks.
The Councilors talked about elections procedures in the various schools and departments. There are some concerns about the process in some of the schools. Ricardo Padron, Chair-Elect of the Faculty Senate, will address the issue further.
Marcia Day Childress, Chair, Faculty Senate Planning and Development Committee
Commission on the Future of the University
Marcia Childress reported that the subcommittees of the Commission on the Future of the University will submit reports to the full Commission, via the Provost, by May 15. The faculty will stand down for the summer, with staff work continuing through the summer. A formal document will be coming from the President in the fall. The planned date to submit the document to the Board of Visitors is February 2008.
The Planning and Development Committee has discussed issues such as:
School of Leadership, Kenneth Schwartz and Ricardo Padron
Kenneth Schwartz reported that Provost Gene Block is forming a steering committee to address the issues involved with creating a new school. The steering committee will work closely with the Academic Affairs Committee. Ricardo Padron announced that Ann Hamric, a professor in the School of Nursing, will chair the Academic Affairs Committee, 2007/08.
It was suggested that the University should develop a “Planning Office” to oversee tasks such as the development of a new school, since there are presently no guidelines in place.
Faculty Representative on the BOV
Kenneth Schwartz and Ricardo Padron will meet with the Rector of the Board of Visitors and President Casteen on May 18. They will continue to discuss the merits of having a faculty member on the Board of Visitors.
Houston Wood, Chair of the Nominating Committee
The Nominating Committee is not quite finished their work. A report is being prepared, Mr. Wood said, and it will be ready for the May 2 Faculty Senate meeting.
Reginald Garrett, Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee
Faculty Recruitment, Retention and Welfare Committee, Jennifer Harvey, Chair
Kenneth Schwartz reported on this Committee’s work, in Dr. Harvey’s absence. There will be a preliminary report at the May 2, 2007, Faculty Senate meeting. The Committee released a survey to faculty, and there has been over a 50% response rate to date. It was noted that survey respondents confidentially is closely guarded.
The meeting adjourned at 12:00
Submitted by Harold J. Burbach, Secretary of the Faculty Senate