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April 27, 1998
Jahan Ramazani, Chair of the Faculty Senate, called the meeting to
order at 3:00 p.m., in Newcomb Hall, Room 389. In attendance were
Rebecca Kneedler, Ben Ray, David Gies, Michael Smith, Sharon Utz,
Miles Townsend, Patricia Werhane, Michael Williams, Robert Grainger,
Marva Barnett, Peter Low
Guest: John C. Fletcher, M.D., Director of the Center for
Mr. Ramazani welcomed everyone to the meeting. Mr. Ramazani
introduced Dr. John Fletcher, and he had the Executive Council
members introduce themselves.
Mr. Ramazani asked Ben Ray, Chair of the Academic Affairs
Committee, to give the group an overview of the request made by Dr.
Fletcher for a name change to the bioethics program. Mr. Ray told
the Council members that approvals for program name changes are a
function of his Committee, but because of time constraints this
request was being reviewed by the Executive Council for approval.
The M.A. program in Clinical Ethics will be renamed an "M.A. in
Bioethics." The program has been in existence since 1990, and the
name change more closely conforms with the names of other such
programs at peer institutions. The on-Grounds M.A. will be enlarged.
The program has all other needed approvals for the change; the Arts
and Sciences' Committee on Educational Policy and Curriculum and
Policy, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and the State Council for
Higher Education in Virginia. The members of the Executive Council
had a discussion regarding the request, with comments, concerns and
suggestions being voiced. Mr. Ramazani called for a vote by all in
favor of the name change and expanded program. The vote was
unanimous in support of the name change and expanded program.
The next order of business was a discussion on the leadership of
the Academic Affairs Committee, the Committee on Research and
Scholarship, and the Grievance Committee for the upcoming year.
Richard DeMong, a Professor in the McIntire School of Commerce, will
serve as Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee during the 1998/99
year. Louis Bloomfield, a Professor in the Physics Department, will
serve as Chair of the Committee on Research and Scholarship during
the 1998/99 year. James Clawson, an Associate Professor in the
Darden School, has agreed to continue to serve as Chair of the
Grievance Committee for the upcoming year.
There was also a discussion regarding the upcoming Senate
elections for officers -- Chair-Elect of the Faculty Senate,
Secretary of the Faculty Senate, and several nominations are needed
to fill vacated seats on the Executive Council.
Mr. Ray spoke to the group about the recommendations for
interdisciplinary teaching, a document which was drafted by members
of the Academic Affairs Committee, after receiving input from various
schools and departments. The Executive Council members spoke
favorably of the document, and they feel it is a helpful document.
Mr. Ray agreed to incorporate some suggestions made, and it will be
sent electronically to the members of the Faculty Senate in advance
of the meeting on April 29. Copies will also be available at the
David Gies, Chair of the Committee on Research and Scholarship,
spoke to the group about the work of his Committee, including an
update on interdisciplinary programming, faculty dining, technology
issues, and common grounds issues. The University's old Theory
Seminar will be revamped, with funding from Arts and Sciences,
Engineering, Darden, and possibly the Provost and other schools. The
Research and Scholarship Committee will have oversight of the
program. The Executive Council discussed what the program should be
named, with suggestions being made.
In regard to faculty dining, space at Newcomb Hall is not
available. However, Leonard Sandridge, Executive Vice President, has
made available the Garden Room starting in the Fall. The Research
and Scholarship Committee will work with those responsible for lunch
service in the Garden Room. There will be sit-down service and food
of good quality available.
Mr. Gies will address the Senators at the meeting on April 29,
updating everyone on the work of his Committee.
Mr. Ramazani said Pam Higgins, Director of Major Events, said
students may invite faculty, if they wish, to be their guests at the
Intermediate Honors ceremony. Ms. Higgins asked if faculty and
students should be seated together, or separately. The Executive
Council feels the University should try the mix of faculty and
students this year on a trial basis.
The last order of business was a discussion of an article in the
"Washington Post," on April 26, 1998, "Gilmore Ready for A Change In
Agenda -- After '98 Assembly, He Shifts Priorities." The Executive
Council members have concerns about the document, and Mr. Ramazani
will draft a response to it, which will be reviewed and signed by all
Executive Council members.
The meeting adjourned at 5:08 p.m.
Submitted by Janet Horne, Secretary of the Faculty Senate