David T. Gies, Chair of the Faculty
Senate, called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m.
Welcoming remarks by Mr. Gies
John T. Casteen, III, President of the
University of Virginia, reported on University
initiatives and the Capital Campaign. Some of
the initiatives mentioned were the E-Summit, a
$1 million grant from IBM for technology
initiatives, UVa's collaboration with start-up
companies in Charlottesville, and the growth of
interdisciplinary studies programs at the
Mr. Casteen announced that there will be a
conference on diversity held on Grounds on
February 18 and 19. Mr. Casteen also recognized
the faculty for their work, and he commended the
Senate for the success of the Harrison Awards
initiative. In addition, he told the Senate
about a gift from a donor interested in funding
sabbaticals for faculty members who have taught
University seminars. There will be 2 annual
gifts to faculty members for this initiative,
Mr. Casteen said.
Mr. Casteen reported on the ongoing success
of the Capital Campaign, which has exceeded its
$1 billion goal. Laurie Kelsh, Chief of Staff
in the President's Office, will soon appoint the
5th commission, Mr. Casteen reported.
In closing, Mr. Casteen distributed a
presidential working paper on Assumptions and
Options for the future of the University. The
paper is a draft and not in its final form, Mr.
Casteen said. This paper proposes three
possibilities for the future of UVa:
retrenchment, steady state, and move to Top 10.
The document will be discussed broadly
throughout the spring semester. Senators will
be asked to discuss the document with their
Robert M. Grainger, Chair of the Committee on
Research and Scholarship, reported on the work
of that Committee. The Harrison Awards program
has produced good proposals, Mr. Grainger said.
Mr. Grainger recognized the hard work of the
subcommittee that is reviewing the 156
applications that were received. The
subcommittee members are Paul Cantor, Lori
Graham and Karen Ryan. Announcements of the
Award recipients will be made in early January.
Mr. Grainger said he would like to see this
program continue, and he cited the enthusiastic
interest of undergraduate students and the
quality of their proposals.
Other initiatives the Committee continues to
work on are the Faculty Speakers Bureau and the
Patricia H. Werhane, Chair-Elect of the
Faculty Senate, reported on the work of the
Academic Affairs Committee. Ms. Werhane said
that the 1999/2000 Initiative to Promote
Excellent Teaching has distributed the Call for
Proposals to all eligible faculty members. The
Academic Affairs subcommittee that is working on
enhancing faculty and student interaction has
submitted a report, which details
recommendations, and this report is forthcoming.
The Academic Affairs Committee will work with
the Office of the Provost to have new
tenure-track faculty luncheons during the spring
semester, Ms. Werhane reported.
Ms. Werhane read a request submitted by the
School of Engineering and Applied Science. The
request is to terminate the Master of
Engineering, Master of Science, and Doctor of
Philosophy in Nuclear Engineering. There were
some questions and then the request was voted
on, seconded, and it passed unanimously.
David T. Gies distributed a working paper
that was developed based on comments Mr. Gies
has received regarding teaching and research at
the University. The paper included 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. Each table had a 20-minute discussion
regarding the lists, and notes were taken at
each table based on these discussions. After
the 20-minute discussion, a spokesperson from
various tables commented on some of the issues
raised. Some of the comments made were:
· The sabbatical and conference system
· There needs to be an evaluation system
that focuses on how teaching and research are
· One of the cited barriers to research
was too much committee work, and it was
suggested that perhaps sabbaticals from
committee assignments should be given every five
· The elimination of funding for
sabbaticals needs to be re-thought.
· The terms "scholarship" and "research"
need to be clarified.
· The barriers to a balance between
research and teaching need to be addressed.
· Better incentives need to be put in
A white paper will be created, which will
have an external statement about research and
teaching. In addition, an internal document
will be directed to the administration. This
paper will detail ways teaching and research is
inhibited and how substantive changes might be
The meeting adjourned at 4:30 p.m.
Submitted by Sharon W. Utz, Secretary of the