The Executive Council
September 28, 2005 - 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Booker House Conference Room
Meeting Minutes Present: Houston Wood, Teresa Culver, Alison Booth, Erika James,
Reginald Garrett, Edmund Kitch, Rebecca Kneedler, Milton Adams
Houston Wood, Chair of the Faculty Senate, called the meeting to order.
Mr. Wood gave on overview of the Faculty Senate meeting that was held on September
- Concerns raised by President Casteen regarding poor student attendance
in the University's annual retreat. Rebecca Kneedler, a member of the Executive
Council that has attended several of these retreats reported on the work and
goals for past events. Most Councilors said that many faculty members are
not aware of the event. Houston Wood will report to President Casteen regarding
the faculty's unfamiliarity of the retreat.
- Mr. Wood thanked the Executive Council members for their work on the Intolerance
Statement issued on behalf of the Senate. He reported that all University
students will receive a card with emergency information. President Casteen
also expressed concern that he feels alcohol abuse is up, and may be related
to recent racial incidents.
- President Casteen cited statistics for this year's students who will benefit
from Access UVA.
- President Casteen also cited the University's goals for faculty compensation
in relation to the AAU group. The Board of Visitors aims to get University
faculty in the 75th percentile over the next few years.
- The McIntire School will offer a web-based MA in Management Information
Technology, in conjunction with the U-21 Consortium.
- The University's restructuring document will be available online very soon.
- Houston Wood spoke about the Capital Campaign. He would like for the faculty
to have input in terms of the academic mission of the University. He reported
that the deans have submitted case statements. President Casteen has asked
for the Senate's input as well. President Casteen cited statistics on the
Campaign's fundraising successes.
- Gene Block, Vice President and Provost, reported on the racial intolerance
issues. He commented that the incidents are known widely at other institutions,
and work needs to be done to improve negative impressions created by these
- Gertrude Fraser, Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement, reported on a new,
President-mandated diversity web-training for faculty search committees at
- Houston Wood reported that the Faculty Senate voted to approve the Executive
Council's statement against intolerance. It passed by majority vote, with
one person voting not to approve the document.
- Mr. Wood also reported on planning for the Faculty Senate retreat, which
will be held in January, at a date yet to be determined. He asked the Senators
for suggestions for discussion topics at the retreat.
- Mr. Wood has approached President Casteen regarding University support
for children of faculty and staff. Mr. Casteen is looking into the issue,
Mr. Wood reported.
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Discussion Regarding Topics to Address at the Faculty Senate Retreat
Mr. Wood said that he would like suggestions on how the Faculty Senate can
identify and approach initiatives that should be in the Capital Campaign.
Edmund Kitch, an Executive Council member from the School of Law, said exploring
ways that the University can enhance recruiting and retention would be beneficial,
i.e. housing assistance, and improving offerings for new hires, such as tuition
waivers, benefits, and diversity.
It was decided that the Retreat will focus on the following topics:
- Hiring " Retention
- Update on Graduate Support at the University (Roseanne Ford, Associate
Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies.)
In an effort to make Senate meetings more interesting, the Councilors brainstormed
how to invigorate Faculty Senate meetings. Rebecca Kneedler, an Executive Council
member from the Curry School of Education, suggested that Senators should be
emailed, asking for better attendance and participation.
The meeting adjourned at 1:35 p.m.
Submitted by Teresa Culver, Secretary of the Faculty Senate