Jahan Ramazani, Chair of the Faculty Senate, called the meeting to
order at 3:08 p.m. in the Garden Room at the Colonnade Hotel.
Mr. Ramazani welcomed everyone to the meeting.
Mr. Ramazani said the primary business of the meeting was a
discussion of the recommendations presented in a report by the
Committee on Research and Scholarship in response to the charge they
have been given.
Mr. Ramazani told the Senators that Richard Kovatch, Assistant
Vice President for Business Operations, had generously given meal
passes to the Senate so that they might enjoy intellectual exchanges
with students. The meal passes were distributed to Senators.
Mr. Ramazani introduced John Casteen, President of the University
of Virginia, and thanked him for his support of Faculty Senate
Mr. Casteen said the University is a top-tier national university,
which is built by validating the work of the students and the faculty
of this Institution. He said the University ought to be doing better
at producing Rhodes Scholars, Marshall Scholars, and other
national-award recipients. Some possible reasons that other
institutions produce more scholars are coaching and better
preparation. Mr. Casteen asked for the Senate's help in assessing
the issue. Mr. Casteen noted that the University does not have a
good mechanism for recognizing and cultivating the achievements of
its faculty, particularly their advancement into national academies.
Mr. Casteen said the faculty ought to have a more active role in
first-year orientation. This could help with the problem of binge
drinking and put the focus on academics. There need to be more
academic-oriented activities during orientation. During the first
weeks of the semester, students are more socially active than active
in academics, Mr. Casteen said. Mr. Casteen said the University
should consider moving the Greek Rush process to the students' second
year at the University. He said historically this has been when Rush
was held until recent years.
Mr. Casteen took questions. Mr. Ramazani thanked Mr. Casteen.
Mr. Ramazani said the faculty and students have engaged themselves
in the intellectual community initiative, and Mr. Casteen's remarks
point the Senate in a useful direction.
Mr. Ramazani then addressed the work of the Committee on Research
and Scholarship. He said the Committee is doing a terrific job, and
that the Committee has earned the respect of the faculty. The
members of the Committee introduced themselves.
Mr. Ramazani introduced David Gies, Chair of the Committee on
Research and Scholarship. Mr. Gies reported on the work of his
Committee. He said his Committee's report in response to the charge
they were given had been reviewed by the Executive Council. The
Executive Council had endorsed the basic principles of the report,
and he asked the Faculty Senate to endorse the principles. Mr. Gies
discussed the content of the report with the Senators. Mr. Gies then
Mr. Ramazani asked for a motion to endorse the principles of the
report. A motion was made, seconded, and passed unanimously.
Mr. Ramazani introduced Ben Ray, Chair of the Academic Affairs
Committee. Mr. Ray reminded the group about the teaching grants, and
said the Committee is ready to take applications and hopes for strong
Marva Barnett, a member of the Academic Affairs Committee,
reported on the work of her subcommittee on Junior Faculty
Development and Retention. She told the group there will be a Junior
Faculty Reception/brainstorming session on December 15. There has
also been an e-mail address of the subcommittee members created so
that messages/comments can be sent to this group
(firstname.lastname@example.org). In addition, there is an anonymous
comments form on the Web at the Faculty Senate website
Mr. Ramazani introduced William W. Harmon, Vice President for
Student Affairs. Mr. Harmon has been asked by President Casteen to
head a task force which will examine and make recommendations on such
issues as Greek Rush, first-year orientation, the student culture of
the institution, and alcohol use. Mr. Harmon said the task force
will create activities and programs that focus on academics to help
fight alcohol-related problems. Mr. Harmon said this is not just a
University issue, it is a Community issue. He will ask for
representation from the Mayor's Office, the Neighborhood Association,
and the Merchant's Association in working to combat the problem.
When asked about a timetable for the report's completion, Mr. Harmon
said he hopes to generate the report during the Spring semester and
present it to Mr. Casteen in May with recommendations for further
Mr. Ramazani thanked Mr. Harmon for addressing the group.
Mr. Ramazani recognized Tom Hutchinson, Past Chair of the Faculty
Senate and Past Chair of the Faculty Grievance Committee, and thanked
him for his hard work and dedication to the Grievance Committee.
Mr. Ramazani recognized James Clawson, a professor in the Darden
School and Chair of the Faculty Grievance Committee, for agreeing to
serve in this role.
Mr. Ramazani thanked everyone for attending the meeting and said
he hoped they could attend a reception at Carr's Hill, given by Mr.
Casteen, that was to begin immediately after the Senate meeting.
The meeting adjourned at 5:05 p.m.
Submitted by Janet Horne, Secretary of the Faculty Senate