The Executive Council
November 15, 2005 - 11:00-12:30 p.m.
Newcomb Hall, Room 187
Present: Houston Wood, Kenneth Schwartz, Steve Nock, Ed Kitch, Alison Booth, Reg Garrett, Marcia Childress, Susan Kirk, Gene Block
Houston Wood, Chair of the Faculty Senate, called the meeting to order.
Faculty Senate Retreat - Discussion Topics
1. Faculty recruitment and benefits - A discussion of ways to improve hiring of quality new faculty members. Gertrude Fraser, Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement, will be invited to the Retreat to provide input.
2. Accomplishments of the Faculty Senate - the most current accomplishments will be discussed by Marcia Childress, current past-chair of the Faculty Senate; past accomplishments will be discussed by Rebecca Kneedler, a past-chair of the Faculty Senate.
3. A review of the Faculty Senate body, and how Senators are chosen to represent their respective schools -- This presentation will be led by Executive Council members Alison Booth, Department of English, and Steve Nock, Department of Sociology.
4. Faculty Housing Issues
5. An outside facilitator will be hired to lead the meeting. Houston Wood will contact several facilitators and check their availability.
Gene D. Block, Vice President a Provost - Report on the Semester at Sea
Mr. Block said the Semester at Sea Program has been in existence for 25 years. Students that have attended the Program have been uniformly positive about the experience. Courses have improved, with a broad range of talent from both the faculty and the students. Courses must meet academic standards at the University of Virginia, Mr. Block said. The program offers a wonderful experience, commented Mr. Block, and it would fit nicely with the University's international activities. The Program would be an overall plus for the University. The University's proposed relationship is for a five-year contract, and we could discontinue participation in the Program with a two-year notice. The University could know within a few weeks whether our proposal has been accepted.
Leigh Grossman, Vice Provost for International Affairs, is on the agenda for the Senate meeting scheduled for December 9, she can provide additional information on the Semester at Sea.
The meeting adjourned at 12:20 p.m.
Submitted by Teresa Culver, Secretary of the Faculty Senate