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Rebecca Kneedler called the meeting to
order at 1:05 p.m. in Room 200 at Ruffner Hall. In attendance were
Jahan Ramazani, Sharon Utz, Janet Horne, Miles Townsend, Patricia
Werhane, Marguerite Lippert, Edward Ayers, Peter Low.
Ms. Kneedler welcomed everyone to the
meeting. She gave an update on the progress of the teaching
conversations that are taking place within the schools/departments at
UVA. This project was initiated by the Academic Affairs Committee,
based on recommendations in the Self-Study Report. Ms. Kneedler
introduced Ed Ayers, Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, to give
the Executive Council an overview of the project.
Mr. Ayers reported that there are already
21 reports in, and more are coming in every day. The reports will be
put on the Web for viewing. The information distilled from the
reports will be compiled into a final report from the Academic
Affairs Committee, and this document will also be available on the
Web. The Academic Affairs Committee will submit a two-to-three page
hard-copy document to the full Senate for consideration and
conversations at the April 16 Faculty Senate meeting. Mr. Ayers took
questions from members of the Council.
It was suggested that this initiative
should be publicized outside the University of Virginia, so that
others are aware of the steps the University is taking to ensure
The Council discussed the "Cavalier's
Distinguished Teaching Chair;" the SCHEV indicator form, which was
sent randomly to faculty; the faculty performance data that SCHEV has
requested; mentoring; legislative town meetings; and the Faculty
The meeting adjourned at 2:50 p. m.
Submitted by Susan McKinnon, Secretary to
the Faculty Senate