The Faculty Senate at the University of Virginia
September 25, 2007—3:00-5:00 p.m.
Dome Room, The Rotunda
Ricardo Padron, Chair of the Faculty Senate, called the meeting to order. Mr. Padron welcomed everyone.
Chair’s Opening Remarks:
Click here for the full text of Ricardo Padron’s remarks to the Faculty Senate.
John T. Casteen, President
John Casteen addressed the Senate, giving the group a report on the following issues:
Arthur T. Garson, Vice President and Provost
Elizabeth Powell, Chair of the Planning and Development Committee
Elizabeth Powell gave the Senators an overview of the work being done by the Planning and Development Committee. The Committee is working with the administration and the Commission chairs on the Commission on the Future of the University document. The Planning and Development Committee will review the reports and prepare a Senate response to them. Ms. Powell encouraged everyone to attend the October 3rd Faculty Senate meeting. The agenda for that meeting is a report from the Planning and Development Committee and an open discussion with Senators and Commission chairs.
Ms. Powell thanked Dr. Garson and Justin Thompson for their support.
Ann Hamric, Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee
Ann Hamric reported on the work of the Academic Affairs Committee. The Committee has met with David Breneman, Dear of the Curry School of Education, and Eric Patashinik, Professor of Politics, regarding the proposal for the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. There will be a meeting with the full Senate on October 15 to discuss the proposal, followed by an open discussion. A final report will be brought to the Senate by November 1, 2007.
Jennifer Harvey, Chair, Faculty Recruitment, Retention, and Welfare Committee
Jennifer Harvey reported on the survey conducted by the Committee to look at faculty needs and priorities. Dr. Harvey cited a response rate of 61% to the survey, and she cited some of the comments and concerns voiced in the survey. The Committee plans to discuss the survey results with Susan Carkeek, Director of Human Resources, and other University administrators, to see what might be done to address some of the concerns cited.
James Hilton, Vice President and Chief Information Officer – Report on Academic Computing and the Future of UVA
Mr. Hilton said that much of the academy is in the process of being redefined. Two of the forces that contribute to this redefinition are the disruption that technology brings to any information intensive endeavor and the threat of commodization from for-profit institutions. In both of these forces, he suggested that there is opportunity to be found. Computation, simulation, visualization, and communication technologies are, for example, redefining the way many scientists and scholars do their work. Similarly, he noted that where there is commodization there is opportunity to redefine and differentiate. He suggested that part of UVA’s challenge is to find ways to use technology to enhance and scale our “handcrafted” approach to the educational experience.
Mr. Padron offered closing remarks, thanked everyone for attending, and adjourned the meeting.
Adjourned at 5:00 p.m.
Submitted by Pamela Norris, Secretary of the Faculty Senate
FACULTY SENATE MEETING -- SEPTEMBER 25, 2007