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February 17, 2000
Present: David T. Gies, Patricia H. Werhane,
Sharon W. Utz, Kathryn A. Neeley, Rebecca D.
Kneedler, Houston G. Wood, III, Michael H.
Levenson, Robert M. Grainger, William R.
David T. Gies, Chair of the Faculty Senate,
called the meeting to order.
The next two Executive Council meeting dates
were set. The dates are as follows: Tuesday,
March 28, from 9:00-10:30, Newcomb Hall Board
Room, and Wednesday, May 3, from 1:30-3:00,
Newcomb Hall Board Room.
The Executive Council discussed the success
of this year's Faculty Senate David Harrison
Undergraduate Research Awards. The Faculty
Senate will continue to administer undergraduate
research projects next year, with funding from
Mr. Gies gave an overview of the events that
led to a University-wide discussion on the
climate for women at the University. The
Faculty Senate will host a forum on "The Climate
for Women at UVa" on Monday, April 24, in the
Rotunda Dome Room. More information on the
forum is forthcoming.
William R. Johnson, Chair of the Academic
Affairs Committee, reported on the work of that
committee. The Committee has received 31
Teaching Initiative proposals, and the Teaching
Initiative Subcommittee will begin reviewing
those proposals. Daphne Spain, a member of the
Academic Affairs Committee, is preparing a
report on the results of the Teaching Initiative
program, which is in its last year of a
three-year pilot. The report will provide
insight into whether the program should/should
not be continued. In addition, the Committee
continues to work on fostering faculty and
student interaction, Mr. Johnson said.
Robert M. Grainger, Chair of the Research and
Scholarship Committee, reported on the work of
that committee. Mr. Grainger updated everyone
on the efforts to keep the Garden Room opened
and profitable. The Garden Room is under new
management and has enhanced its menu selections.
The Committee continues to work with the Forum
for Contemporary Thought, and Mr. Grainger will
update the Executive Council on this initiative
at a later date.
Mr. Gies discussed the Faculty Senate
initiative on "Teaching/Research and the
Creation of Knowledge." The information
collected from Senators at the December Senate
meeting will be the source of information used
to create two Faculty Senate position papers.
The Research and Scholarship Committee will
draft the two position papers. One of the
papers will be distributed internally, and the
other will be used for "outside," public
outreach purposes. The outside position paper
will focus on the Faculty Senate Harrison
Undergraduate Research projects that were funded
this year. Mr. Grainger will have drafts of the
two position papers available for review at the
Executive Council meeting on March 28.
Mr. Gies reported that the Executive Council
has been asked to provide speakers for this
year's Summer Orientation Program for new
students. A sign-up sheet was passed around for
anyone who would like to speak at one of these
sessions. More information on dates, place and
time will be forthcoming.
The Faculty Senate Grievance Committee has
been working on several cases, Mr. Gies said.
Mr. Gies will invite James Clawson, Chair of the
Grievance Committee, to the next Executive
Council meeting so that he can update everyone
on that Committee's work.
Mr. Gies will contact the chairs of the
University's four Commissions and invite them to
the Faculty Senate meeting in May, so that
they can update faculty on their work.
The meeting adjourned at 10:30 a.m.
Submitted by Sharon W. Utz, Secretary of the