For each meeting, an agenda digest has been provided to save time
since minutes are lengthy. The digest provides highlights and actions
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Jahan Ramazain, Chair of the Faculty Senate, called the meeting to
order at 3:00 p.m. In attendance were Ben Ray, Robert Grainger,
David Gies, Rebecca Kneedler, Michael Smith, Michael Williams, Miles
Townsend, Patricia Werhane, Ed Ayers, Peter Low. Also in attendance
was Douglas P. Hurd, Chair of the General Faculty Council.
Introductions were made, and a special welcome was extended to Ben
Ray, Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, and David Gies, Chair
of the Committee on Research and Scholarship.
The first order of business was planning for the upcoming Faculty
Senate Retreat, which will be on Friday, September 5. The Retreat is
being held in the Colonnade Hotel Garden Room from 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
The purpose of the Retreat is to formulate the Senate's agenda for
the year, while promoting this year's theme for the Senate, which is
"Intellectual Community." The Retreat will get Senators talking to
each other about issues/concerns, as well as help create a sense of
community in the Senate. The Executive Council brainstormed
strategies and a time frame for the phases of the Retreat.
The Executive Council will meet during the week after the Retreat
to select agenda items for the year and to charge the Academic
Affairs Committee and the Committee on Research and Scholarship with
follwing up particular issues. These two committees will meet the
following week to lay out a plan of response for the year. At the
October 7 full meeting of the Faculty Senate, the committees will
describe their work thus far.
There was a discussion with Peter Low and Doug Hurd regarding the
revisions and reasons for the revisions in the "Policy on the General
Faculty" document. The Council approved the suggested changes.
Mr. Ramazani handed out a document on "Program Review." He told
the Executive Council that the Academic Affairs Committee will review
and discuss the document. The Council will also review the document
and give suggestions/comments to Ben Ray and/or Peter Low. Mr. Ray
will report to the Senate on the findings. Mr. Low commented that
the document is an evolving document, and changes will be made as
necessary. There is not a timetable on completion of the document.
The Committee on Research and Scholarship is now formed, and can
be viewed on the Web.
The meeting adjourned at 4:55 p.m.
Submitted by Janet Horne, Secretary of the Faculty Senate