Minutes Present: Houston Wood, Kenneth Schwartz, Reginald Garrett, Edmund Kitch,
Alison Booth, Erika James, Marcia Childress, Gene Block
Guest: Anda Webb, Associate Provost for Management
Houston Wood, Chair of the Faculty Senate, called the meeting to order.
- Recent Classified Employee Dismissal - Ed Kitch, a Committee member from
the School of Law, discussed legal issues involved, and his opinion on whether
the Senate should be involved.
- Houston Wood announced that the University has a contract with the Semester
at Sea program. Faculty as a whole should be involved in evaluating the process
of the program. It was suggested that the Faculty Senate have representation
on the Advisory Committee.
- Retreat Planning - There was a discussion of the proposed agenda for the
Retreat. There was also an overview of the work that members of Council are
doing in preparation for the Retreat.
- Living Wage - Mr. Wood distributed a resolution presented by University
students in support of the living wage. Mr. Wood has been asked for the Senate's
support of the resolution. The Councilors discussed thoughts on what (if any)
the Faculty Senate's involvement should be regarding the living wage issue.
Provost's Report, Gene Block, Vice President and Provost
- Gene Block said he would write a policy for general faculty that would
address issues of concern and distinctions between tenure versus non-tenure
faculty. Mr. Block asked the Executive Council to form a committee to review
general faculty issues and concerns, and provide him with recommendations.
Houston Wood suggested talks between the Faculty Senate and the General Faculty
Council so that the Executive Council can make informed recommendations. Gene
Block will respond directly to the General Faculty Council regarding the resolutions
recently put forth by the group.
- Gene Block reported that his office would survey faculty, staff, and students
to get input regarding future academic calendar dates. And then, Mr. Block
said, the University will make the appropriate changes. It was suggested that
the Executive Council continue to have representation on the Academic Calendar
The meeting adjourned at 10:15 a.m.
Submitted by Teresa Culver, Secretary of the Faculty Senate