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Jahan Ramazani, Chair of the Faculty Senate, called the meeting to
order at 3:00 p.m. In attendance were Ben Ray, Rob Grainger, Sharon
Utz, Marva Barnett, David Gies, Rebecca Kneedler, Michael Smith,
Janet Horne, Miles Townsend, Pat Werhane, Ed Ayers, Peter Low, Robert
Standing committees of the Faculty Senate were discussed. Mr.
Ramazani announced that the Committee on Research and Scholarship is
now established. Rebecca Kneedler reported that although the
Grievance Committee still needs a few more members, she has gotten
three new members for the Committee. The new Grievance Committee
members are Elizabeth Scott (Law); Anne Schutte (History); and James
Simmonds (Engineering). There was some discussion and suggestions of
people to chair the Grievance Committee. Ms Kneedler has also gotten
two new members for the Academic Affairs Committee. The new members
are George Craddock (Medicine) and George Mentore (Anthropology).
That committee needs one additional member. Ms. Kneedler is also
working with the Committee on ROTC Affairs regarding the election of
new members to replace those whose term is expiring.
Mr. Ramazani reported that Colette Capone had contacted him
regarding a Senate representative on the Benefits Committee. Miles
Townsend will serve on that committee. There also needs to be a
Senate representative to serve on the Athletics Advisory Committee.
Suggestions were made for a representative to the Committee. The
Faculty Senate of Virginia has contacted Mr. Ramazani asking for
representatives from the Faculty Senate of the University of Virginia
(UVA can have 4 representatives). Jahan Ramazani, Chair of the
Senate; Ed Ayers, Chair-Elect; Rebecca Kneedler, Past Chair; and
Robert Grainger will serve as the University of Virginia's
The General Faculty Council would like a liaison from the Faculty
Senate. Mr. Ramazani agreed to be the contact person from the Faculty
The planning committee for the President's retreat asked Mr.
Ramazani about the President's Retreat and decided to make "Building
Intellectual Community" the theme of one of the 2 plenary sessions.
Mr. Ramazani and Ben Ray will give brief presentations at the
The Council members then discussed the Faculty Senate Retreat,
which is scheduled for Friday, September 5, from 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
The Retreat will be titled "Building Intellectual Community." There
has been a strong response to the Retreat. There will be 68 people in
The discussion at the Retreat will result in an agenda for the
Senate for the upcoming year. The Senators will decide what issues
they can address, and how best to address the issues. At the
September 10 Executive Council meeting, the Council members will
discuss major issues that came out of the Retreat. The Academic
Affairs Committee and the Committee on Research and Scholarship will
be given charges based on the recommendations/suggestions addressed
at the Retreat.
Jahan Ramazani will e-mail the full Senate (to include ex officio)
after the September 10 Executive Council meeting to report on the
Retreat in general, and to specifically report on what issues the
Senate will address this year.
Ben Ray handed out copies of the "Faculty Senate Initiative to
Promote Excellence in Teaching." This document was developed from the
information gathered during the University-wide "Teaching
Conversations." He gave an overview of the document and recognized
the hard work of the Academic Affairs Committee and the Senators in
creating the proposal for promoting excellence in teaching. Mr. Ray
went over the elements of the proposal, which are also explained in
the document. There will be an update on the teaching initiative at
the Senate Retreat.
The meeting adjourned at 4:15 p.m.
Submitted by Janet Horne, Secretary of the Faculty Senate