Robert E. Davis, Chair of the Faculty Senate, called the meeting to order.
Mr. Davis announced that a reception was being held for Blaine Brownell, CEO of U-21 pedagogica, at Carr's Hill, at 5:30 p.m. John Casteen extended an invitation for members of the Faculty Senate to attend the event.
Mr. Davis recognized the new members of the Senate. Their terms will begin on June 1, 2004.
"Engaging the Mind" Lecture Series Laura Hawthorne, Director of University Outreach & Executive Assistant to the Provost Megan Raymond, Assistant Director of University Outreach
Laura Hawthorne thanked the Senate for the opportunity to speak to the group. Ms. Hawthorne gave a brief overview of the Faculty Senate Faculty Speakers Bureau, which was created in 1999. The Speakers Bureau is a joint endeavor among the Faculty Senate, the University Outreach Office, and the Alumni Association. The Bureau coordinates University faculty members with various groups that request speakers. These lectures include scholastic enrichment lectures; Commonwealth lectures for civic groups and non-profit organizations; and Alumni Association lectures for UVa alumni groups worldwide. Ms. Hawthorne also spoke about the University's "Engaging the Mind" series of lectures that are presented several times a semester. She introduced Megan Raymond to speak about the "Engaging the Mind" series.
Megan Raymond said the series is built on a community partnership model, fostering dialogue in communities. She said the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, and its regional centers, are co-owners of the series. Over 84,000 people have attend these lectures, with over half being alumni. People truly love U.Va lectures, Ms. Raymond said. Ms. Raymond thanked the faculty for the success of the program.
Remarks by John T. Casteen, III, President
John Casteen reported on the current legislative session. Mr. Casteen presented an overall comparison between the 2001 budget session and this budget session. He also explained what could happen if the legislators fail to reach a budget compromise. Mr. Casteen spoke about the series of town meetings that Virginia legislators have held to get input from the public regarding the current budget situation. Mr. Casteen thanked Senators that attended and spoke at these events. Mr. Casteen spoke about legislative bills of interest to higher education.
In closing, Mr. Casteen expressed his concerns over the lack of security and safety of housing used by some.
Remarks by Gene D. Block, Vice President and Provost
Committee Reports: Academic Affairs - Pamela Kulbok, Co-Chair
Pamela Kulbok acknowledged and thanked Richard Warner, her co-chair of the Academic Affairs Committee. Ms. Kulbok introduced a Position Statement from the Academic Affairs Committee. The Position Statement supports the student-run Honor System at the University of Virginia. She gave an overview of the Position Statement, and an overview of the various discussions the Committee had that led to the creation of the document. Ms. Kulbok also recognized the three members of the Academic Affairs Committee that drafted the document - Kenneth Schwartz, School of Architecture; Marion Moore, Darden School; and Steve Gladis, Division of Continuing and Professional Studies. Ms. Kulbok said the Honor Committee is open to dialogue, and a continuing dialogue between the Faculty Senate and the Honor Committee is encouraged. William Kehoe made a motion for the Faculty Senate to adopt this Position Statement entitled "The Faculty Senate Perspectives on Honor." The motion passed, with two abstaining on this, the 8th day of April 2004.
Robert J. Davis, a member of the Academic Affairs Committee, and a professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, reported on the request from the School of Engineering and Applied Science to close four degree programs. They are:
Mr. Davis gave an overview on the reasons for closing the programs. Mr. Davis reported that the School of Engineering and Applied Science has obtained approvals from all required School levels. Approvals have also been obtained from the Academic Affairs Committee and the Executive Council. A motion was made for Faculty Senate approval for the closing of these programs. The Senate voted to approve the closure of these programs, with one opposed. (April 8, 2004)
Pamela Kulbok reported on the Faculty Senate Dissertation-Year Fellowships for years 2004-2005. There were 65 applications for the five Fellowships that will be awarded. Announcement of the Fellowship recipients will be made the week of April 10. There will be a banquet to honor the Fellowship recipients on April 20, 2004.
In closing, Ms. Kulbok thanked the members of the Academic Affairs Committee for their service this year.
Robert E. Davis recognized Pamela Kulbok, Richard Warner, and the other members of the Academic Affairs Committee for their service to the Faculty Senate.
Robert O'Connell - Chair, Research and Scholarship Committee
Robert O'Connell reported on the Harrison Awards, which are being administered this year through the Center for Undergraduate Excellence, directed by Nicole Hurd. Forty-three students received Harrison Awards this year. There were 140 applications. There were 13 faculty readers of the applications, with half of the readers being members of the Research and Scholarship Committee. The Faculty Senate will continue to have oversight of the program, Mr. O'Connell reported.
The following people will serve on the committee:
Robert E. Davis thanked Mr. O'Connell and the members of the Research and Scholarship Committee for their service.
Malcolm Bell - Chair, Faculty Grievance Committee
The Grievance Committee met on October 10, 2003, to consider a complaint. The Committee unanimously voted to reject the complaint, and not to proceed to an investigation. No other complaints have been received. Mr. Bell also reported that, with regard to the question of complaints received from members of the academic General Faculty, the Committee discussed the possible utility of their reviewing the draft revision of the Policy on the General Faculty. The Committee's interest was communicated to the Provost's Office, but, thus far, they have not been informed about the status of the revision of the Policy.
William Kehoe - Chair, ROTC Affairs Committee
Mr. Kehoe reported that the state of the ROTC at the University is outstanding, with many accomplishments. Mr. Kehoe spoke of some of those accomplishments, mentioning the Air Force ROTC, the Army ROTC, and the Naval ROTC. Captain John Warnecke, Naval ROTC, attended the meeting and was invited to the podium to say a few words.
Robert E. Davis thanked William Kehoe and the other members of the ROTC Affairs Committee for their service.
Faculty Senate Nominating Committee - Michael Smith, Chair
Reginald Garrett, a member of the newly established Faculty Senate Nominating Committee, reported on the work of the Committee, in Michael Smith's absence. The members of the Committee are:
Mr. Garrett announced the slate of candidates:
Houston Wood, III, -- Chair-Elect of the Faculty Senate (School of Engineering and Applied Science)
Deborah Johnson - Secretary of the Faculty Senate (School of Engineering and Applied Science)
*There is one slot open on the Executive Council, and the Constitution and By-Laws calls for at least twice as many nominees as there are seats to be filled. The nominations for the seat on the Executive Council are:
Arlene Keeling (School of Nursing)
Kenneth Schwartz (School of Architecture)
Mr. Garrett called for nominations from the floor for each of these positions - there were none. Voting for the position on the Executive Council will be done by electronic mail, with an announcement of new officers in early May. The new officers' terms will begin on June 1, 2004.
Chair's Report - Robert E. Davis
Mr. Davis recapped some of the work done by the Faculty Senate this year:
Mr. Davis acknowledged the many Senators that serve on Senate and University committees. It has been a rewarding and fascinating year, Mr. Davis commented. Mr. Davis also commented on the fine people serving on the University Board of Visitors. In closing, Mr. Davis thanked the members of the Executive Council, and Frances Peyton, Administrative Assistant to the Faculty Senate.
Robert Davis called Marcia Childress, Chair-Elect of the Faculty Senate, to the podium, and passed the official Faculty Senate gavel to her. Ms. Childress's term as Chair will begin on June 1, 2004.
Ms. Childress thanked Mr. Davis and gave brief remarks.
The meeting adjourned at 4:15 p.m.
Submitted by Robert J. Davis, Secretary of the Faculty Senate