Present: Richard DeMong, George Mentore, Reuben Rainey,
Robert Davis, Daniel Hallahan, Patricia Werhane, William
Johnson, John Lyons, Edward Ayers
Guests: Frank Griffiths, Student Member of the Academic
Subcommittee on Faculty/Student Interaction
Tina Hong, Cavalier Daily
Richard DeMong, Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee,
called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m., in 110 Peabody Hall.
The following documents were distributed: the agenda,
minutes from the January 29 meeting, scheduling sessions for
student Summer Orientation, and recommendations aimed at
improving student and faculty interaction.
The minutes for the January 29, 1999, Academic Affairs
Committee meeting were read and unanimously approved.
Mr. DeMong asked John Lyons, who chaired the Subcommittee on
Student and Faculty Interaction, to discuss the recommendations
being put forth by that group. The other members of the
Subcommittee are Robert Davis, faculty, Reuben Rainey, faculty,
Melissa Epperly, student, Bud Ghegan, student, Frank Griffiths,
student, Julie Howerton, student, Maria Pulzetti, student, and
Elizabeth Witt, student.
The two goals identified by the Subcommittee are 1) to
improve communication between students and instructors within
courses and 2) to give students greater access to the
intellectual variety of the faculty in all the schools of the
The Subcommittee proposed ideas/initiatives to help achieve
their goals. Some of the ideas proposed are: a) photographic
class lists for undergraduate courses that would include
students' photographs along with their names, b) individual
faculty web pages, including photographs and general
information about the faculty member, c) more post-class
informal meeting places in every building where classes are
held, d) a speakers' bureau of faculty members willing to speak
to student organizations about their research and expertise, e)
more dialogue among faculty and students, f) expanding the USEM
program and making it 3-credits, instead of the current
2-credits, and g) endorsement of the concept of voluntary
informal faculty-student interaction outside of courses.
After Mr. Lyons reviewed the above recommendations, Mr.
DeMong asked if there were questions. Some edits will be made
to the document. Ideas were discussed regarding ways in which
the Senate might initiate some of the recommendations. Mr.
DeMong asked the Academic Affairs Committee if they accepted
the general sense of the document. The Committee voted
unanimously to accept the general sense of the document, and it
will now go before the Executive Council for that group's
Mr. Ayers thanked the Subcommittee for their work on
enhancing faculty/student interaction at the University. Mr.
Lyons agreed to meet with the members of the Executive Council
to discuss the recommendations made by the Subcommittee.
William Johnson is a member of a group that is addressing
desktop replacement at the University, an initiative known as
the "Desktop Computing Initiative." Mr. Johnson reported on the
work of that committee. Mr. Johnson said the plan is to get
the University on a cycle of replacement of computers and to
have all software and hardware relatively uniform. A pilot
project is planned for this summer, and the pilot project will
be evaluated, Mr. Johnson reported.
Daniel Hallahan, who is chairing the Subcommittee that is
reviewing the Faculty Senate Teaching Initiative proposals,
gave a report on the work of that group. There are 44
proposals. The proposals are very innovated, with a lot of
course/web work, and there is a good diversity of schools that
have submitted proposals. April 23 is the target date for the
Subcommittee to make their final decisions. The proposals will
then go to the Office of the Provost for approval. The
Academic Affairs Committee voted on and approved this strategy
for completing the Teaching Initiative selection process.
Mr. DeMong discussed the Honor Committee survey that was
recently distributed to faculty. The survey had input from the
Academic Affairs Committee. The Faculty Senate will take
another look in the fall at the impact (if any) the survey has
The Academic Affairs Committee voted unanimously to endorse
the Harrison Awards Subcommittee recommendations for
Mr. DeMong said there is no further business before the
Committee at this time, and there is no need to schedule
another meeting. Mr. DeMong thanked the subcommittee chairs
and all members of the Academic Affairs Committee for all of
their hard work this year. He further stated that it was a
pleasure to work with each committee member this year.
William Johnson, Department of Economics, will chair the
Academic Affairs Committee, beginning June 1, 1999, Mr. DeMong
The meeting adjourned at 6:40 p.m.