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December 15, 1999
Present: David T. Gies, Patricia H. Werhane,
Sharon W. Utz, Kathryn A. Neeley, Houston G.
Wood, III, Donald J. Innes, Jr., Marva A.
Barnett, John D. Lyons, Robert M. Grainger,
William R. Johnson, Peter W. Low
David T. Gies, Chair of the Faculty Senate,
called the meeting to order at 12 noon in Room
481, Newcomb Hall.
Robert M. Grainger, Chair of the Committee on
Research and Scholarship, reported on the
success of the Harrison Awards initiative. Mr.
Gies praised the Committee and the Harrison
Awards Subcommittee for their work on this
project. There were 156 applications received,
with 25 awards to be made in January. It is
envisioned that there will be a media
presentation to announce the award recipients at
the beginning of the semester. The Chair of the
Senate will also recommend to the President that
the program be continued, based on the great
response this year's program has produced.
Mr. Gies reported on a request by Student
Council to extend Clemons Library hours to 24
hours a day. This request was sent to the
University Library, the Provost, and Leonard W.
Sandridge, Executive Vice President and Chief
Financial Officer. It was pointed out that such
issues as additional staffing and security need
to be addressed before any decision can be made.
Mr. Gies will respond to Student Council and
let them know that the Executive Council will
wait for additional information from the
Librarian and other administrators before
commenting on the issue.
Mr. Grainger reported on the work of the
Committee on Research and Scholarship. In
addition to the Harrison Awards selection
process, the Committee continues to work on
improving attendance at the Garden Room.
Customer attendance is increasing, but still is
not enough to make the Garden Room profitable.
The Committee will continue to explore options
for increasing patronage in the Garden Room so
that it will become a profitable enterprise. In
addition, the Executive Council asked Mr. Low to
talk with Mr. Sandridge about the future of the
Garden Room, underscoring the faculty's belief
in the need for the facility and its strong
desire that ARAMARK find a way to improve food
and service for the spring semester.
The suggestion for the Faculty Speakers
Bureau to include giving talks to groups from
grades K-12 continues to move forward, Mr.
Grainger report. The Research and Scholarship
Committee also continues to work with the Forum
for Contemporary Thought.
William Johnson, Chair of the Academic
Affairs Committee, reported on the work of that
Committee. A subcommittee has drafted
suggestions for the enhancement of faculty and
student interaction. Mr. Johnson will report on
these suggestions at the Faculty Senate meeting
on Friday, December 17. In addition, the
1999/2000 Faculty Senate's call for proposals to
Promote Excellent Teaching has been sent to the
faculty, Mr. Johnson reported.
Mr. Gies reported on an inquiry from
President Casteen asking for feedback on the
possibility of funding sabbaticals for two
professors. This funding will come from a donor
who is interested in awarding professors who
have taught U-Sems in the past. The sabbaticals
would be used to fuse teaching and research
concepts. The Executive Council thinks this is
a worthwhile initiative, and they would like the
Provost's Committee on Promotion and Tenure to
select the recipients of the two sabbaticals.
Representatives from Medicine and Nursing, who
are not on the Committee on Promotion and
Tenure, will be added to the Committee to help
with the selection process. Mr. Low will relay
this information to President Casteen.
Peter Low, Vice President and Provost,
reported on the history of the new faculty
member luncheons, which have occurred in the
past. The participants in the luncheons are the
Chair of the Faculty Senate, the Chair-Elect,
the Past Chair, and the Provost. The process
involves sending letters of invitation to all
entry-level tenure-track faculty members,
inviting him/her to attend a new faculty
luncheon and get to know other new faculty
members. There are approximately 70 new faculty
hires each year. There are usually four or five
luncheons, with 6 to 8 faculty members and the
Senate officers and Provost in attendance at
each of those luncheons. The luncheons are held
in the spring, with an aim to keep each event
cross-disciplinary. The faculty members are
asked to respond and give their preference of
dates for attending a luncheon.
Mr. Gies led a discussion regarding the
agenda for the upcoming Faculty Senate meeting.
A working paper will be distributed to all
Senators for discussion at individual tables.
The working paper was created based on comments
Mr. Gies has received regarding teaching and
research after he sent an e-mail message to all
Senators, which requested feedback. The paper
will include a list of ways in which research
enhances the teaching mission and a list of
barriers that now exist which inhibit the
pursuit of research and good teaching. A
Faculty Senate white paper will be created as a
result of the discussions, and it will be used
externally and administratively to dismantle the
problems associated with research and teaching.
The Senate meeting on Friday will be used to a)
identify structural inhibitions to the pursuit
of research and teaching; b) to identify
monetary issues that inhibit the pursuit of
research and teaching and; c) to identify and
use the "positive" points of the document to
explain to the public how research enhances
There will be someone at each table taking
notes of the conversations, and these
conversations will last for 20 minutes, Mr. Gies
Also on the agenda is a request by the School
of Engineering and Applied Science to
discontinue the Nuclear Engineering Program.
Mr. Johnson will brief the Senate on this
request, which has already been approved by the
Academic Affairs Committee. The request to
discontinue the Program will then be called to a
The meeting adjourned at 1:25 p.m.
Submitted by Sharon W. Utz, Secretary of the