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December 1, 1997
Present: Jahan Ramazani, Edward Ayers, Rebecca Kneedler, Patricia
Werhane, Robert Grainger, Marva Barnett, Benjamin Ray, David Gies,
Peter Low, Robert Reynolds
Guest: Daniel Larson, Member of the Committee on Research and
Jahan Ramazani, Chair of the Faculty Senate, called the meeting to
order at 3:05 p.m. in room 110 Peabody Hall.
Mr. Ramazani welcomed everyone to the meeting. He recognized Dan
Larson, who joined the meeting to discuss faculty centers at other
David Gies, Chair of the Committee on Research and Scholarship,
described the work of his Committee in creating a report in response
to the charge given to the Committee. He asked the Council members
for their endorsement of the principles of the report, which will be
presented to the full Faculty Senate on December 3rd for endorsement,
if the Executive Council approves it.
Dan Larson discussed the contacts he and the other subcommittee
members have made with other institutions that have faculty centers.
They gathered such information as cost, age, types of facilities,
size, employees, and services offered. It was noted that in order
for any faculty center to be successful, it needed to be inclusive
rather than exclusive.
In regard to already existing indoor spaces at UVa, it was
suggested that Mr. Gies should check with someone from Alumni Hall
regarding the possibility of space to lease. Mr. Gies will also
check with Richard Kovatch, Assistant Vice President for Business
Operations, to get an estimate on costs that would be associated with
renovating the Colonnade Hotel, particularly the kitchen.
In discussing the report in general, and how the recommendations
in the report can be carried forward, some observations were made:
The Speakers Series section of the report needs more work, and if it
is to be "The Faculty Senate Speakers Series," the Senate will need
continued participation in the initiative; in regard to "Common
Grounds," a meeting should be arranged with Leonard Sandridge and
Peter Low; in regard to updates on the renovation of the Colonnade
Club, there should be a meeting with Murray Howard and Shirley
There was a discussion on how funds could be raised to support the
initiatives; suggestions were made and will be followed through. The
work of implementing the recommendations will be carried on by the
Committee during the Spring and next year.
Mr. Ramazani asked the members of the Executive Council if they
would like to endorse the basic principles of the report of the
Committee on Research and Scholarship. Pat Werhane moved to endorse
the report, Ed Ayers seconded to motion, and it passed unanimously.
Mr. Gies will write an Executive Summary of the report to go to
the Senators via e-mail before the December 3rd meeting, and then it
will be distributed at the December 3rd Faculty Senate meeting.
Mr. Ramazani discussed student/faculty interaction, i.e., how this
can be promoted, in accordance with the intellectual community
initiative and student proposals. It was suggested that a committee
be formed in the Spring to generate and collect ideas on intellectual
community between faculty and students and among students. Ed Ayers
will chair the Committee and continue this initiative next year, when
he becomes Chair of the Faculty Senate.
Mr. Ramazani told the Council that the Faculty Senate of Virginia,
of which the Faculty Senate of the University of Virginia is a
member, has scheduled three meetings with SCHEV, the first one is on
December 10 (Mr. Ramazani will attend), the second meeting is on
February 5, and the third meeting is on April 27.
Ben Ray, Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, gave a report on
the work of his Committee -- the Teaching Initiative and Junior
Faculty Development and Retention. Mr. Ray has met with the Council
of Chairs regarding interdisciplinary teaching. Marva Barnett, a
member of the Academic Affairs Committee and the Chair of a
subcommittee of that group, reported on the work of her subcommittee,
and the progress of the planning for the December 15th Junior Faculty
Mr. Ray said that he is continuing to have favorable conversations
with members of the Honor Committee.
Mr. Ramazani offered the assistance of the Executive Council
during the Spring General Assembly session. Mr. Low thanked him and
said he would let him know if there was anything the Executive
Council could do.
The meeting adjourned at 5:05 p.m.
Submitted by Janet Horne, Secretary of the Faculty Senate