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February 2, 1998
Jahan Ramazani, Chair of the Faculty Senate, called the meeting to
order. In attendance were Edward Ayers, Rebecca Kneedler, Janet
Horne, Michael Smith, Patricia Werhane, Robert Grainger, Marva
Barnett, Benjamin Ray, David Gies, Peter Low, and Robert Reynolds.
Also in attendance were Rachel Most, Chair of the Task Force on
Orientation and Daphne Spain, Professor of Urban Planning.
Mr. Ramazani introduced Rachel Most to the members of the
Executive Council and had everyone introduce themselves. Mr.
Ramazani gave the group background information on the work of Ms.
Most and the Task Force on Orientation.
Ms. Most gave an overview of the work of the Task Force, noting
the goals of the new mission statement. Ms. Most said Summer will
probably be added to the orientation process. She asked the
Executive Council for ideas to promote programs, such as lectures and
faculty-led discussions. There was a discussion among the group,
with members of the Executive Council making observations and
suggestions regarding the orientation process. Mr. Ramazani thanked
Ms. Most for attending the meeting and for the hard work of the Task
The next order of business was a report on the work of the
Academic Affairs Subcommittee on Junior Faculty Development and
Retention, which Marva Barnett chairs. Ms. Barnett distributed a
handout which outlines themes, or topics, of concern to all
tenure-track and general faculty members hired at the University of
Virginia since Fall, 1992, with the exception of Medicine. Given the
distinct nature of the work in the School of Medicine, the
Subcommittee will meet separately with colleagues there. Ms. Barnett
and/or members of the Subcommittee will meet with more deans, get
input from medical faculty, and explore Parking and Transportation
The Council members discussed the document and made some
suggestions. Ms. Barnett will revise the document, which will be
distributed by e-mail to the full Faculty Senate in advance of the
February 11, 1998, Faculty Senate meeting. There will be an open
discussion at the Senate meeting, and then the Subcommittee will
develop recommendations based on those discussions. The final
document will consist of a one-page Executive Summary and a longer,
more detailed document.
Mr. Ramazani introduced Daphne Spain, Professor of Urban Planning,
to the Executive Council, and everyone introduced themselves. Ms.
Spain expressed some concerns regarding the use of the University's
logo, and who decides on its dissemination. The use of the
University logo on a Barbie doll was of particular concern to Ms.
Spain. It was pointed out that Charles Vandersee is the Faculty
Senate representative on the Athletics Advisory Council.
The members of the Executive Council feel that the Athletics
Advisory Council should follow more closely the existing procedure of
reviewing any licensing product that is questionable. It was decided
that Mr. Ramazani will write a letter to Terry Holland, Director of
the Athletics, and send a copy to Mr. Vandersee, regarding the issue.
David Gies, Chair of the Committee on Research and Scholarship,
gave the group an update on the activities of his Committee since the
December 4, 1997, Faculty Senate meeting. Mr. Gies will update the
Senate on the work of his Committee at the February 11th Senate
There was a brief discussion regarding a letter Mr. Ramazani has
received from the Chair of the Grievance Committee regarding
procedures for the award of sesquicentennial fellowships. It was
decided that the Committee on Research and Scholarship will address
The meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.
Submitted by Janet Horne, Secretary of the Faculty Senate