David T. Gies, Chair of the Faculty Senate,
called the meeting to order. Mr. Gies opened
the meeting with welcoming remarks. The next
Faculty Senate meeting, Thursday, May 11, was
announced. The meeting will be in Newcomb Hall
South Meeting Room, from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Reports from three of the four University
planning commissions were given: The Fine and
Performing Arts, Robert Chapel, Chair; Science
and Technology, Ariel Gomez, substituting for
Anita Jones, Chair; and Public Service and
Outreach, Rebecca Kneedler, Chair. Brantly
Womack, the Chair of the fourth commission,
International Activities, was not represented
and will be invited to the next meeting.
Mr. Robert Chapel gave the first report. The
Commission on the Fine and Performing Arts
conducted an assessment of the long-range needs,
to include Media Studies and Media Arts, Mr.
Chapel said. Facilities and financial support
for the Arts need enhancement, such as creating
and renovating numerous buildings. There is a
great deal of work being done by the University
in this area, Mr. Chapel reported.
Mr. Ariel Gomez reported on work of the
Science and Technology Commission. The goal of
the Commission is to increase the University's
excellence in Science and Technology. The
Commission will capitalize on the University's
strengths to achieve their goals, and the
process will be University-wide, Mr. Gomez
Ms. Rebecca Kneedler, Chair of the Commission
on Public Service and Outreach, reported that
the goal of the Commission is to look at ways to
serve the needs of the Commonwealth and region
with the University's academic expertise. Ms.
Kneedler outlined some recommendations of the
Commission on ways the University might provide
public service and outreach to the Commonwealth
and the region. The Senators were invited to ask
questions of the Commission chairs.
John T. Casteen III, President of the
University, reported on legislative actions and
the Capital Campaign. Mr. Casteen commented
that this year, the legislation has approved the
best budget for the University since the 1980's.
The General Assembly addressed such issues as
overhauling of the University's Classified
System, institutional performance, and a State
match on employee compensation.
Mr. Casteen updated the Senate on the Capital
Campaign, which will end in December 2000. Mr.
Casteen took questions from the group.
Mr. Gies reported on this year's Faculty
Senate Undergraduate Research Awards, which was
a success. The initiative has been extended for
three years, and will grant up to 40 awards next
year. Each award will be in an amount up to
Robert M. Grainger, Chair of the Research and
Scholarship Committee, reported on the work of
that Committee. The Garden Room is doing well,
but attendance is still modest, Mr. Grainger
said. Any input the Senate may have on this
issue is welcome. The Faculty Speakers Bureau
web site is now up. Please browse the site at
Grainger thanked everyone involved in working
with the creation of the web site and with the
administration of the Speakers Bureau. The
Faculty Senate Undergraduate Research Awards
initiative is a good tool for bringing forth the
relationship between scholarship and teaching,
Mr. Grainger said. Members of the Research and
Scholarship Committee will write two position
papers on research and scholarship at the
University, one for outside dissemination and
one to be directed to UVa faculty and
William R. Johnson, Chair of the Academic
Affairs Committee, reported on the work of that
Committee. Mr. Johnson reported on the Faculty
Senate's three-year pilot program, the Faculty
Senate Teaching Initiative to Promote Excellent
Teaching. The program was funded by the Office
of the Provost, at $100,000 per year for three
years. In the first two years of the program,
approximately 70 projects were funded. The
program is now in its third year, Mr. Johnson
reported. The Academic Affairs Committee is
undertaking a review of the program, and the
Committee will evaluate whether the program
should be continued. In evaluating the program,
the Committee will work with the Teaching
Resource Center to identify "innovative"
proposals. The Committee hopes to have an
evaluation of past Teaching Initiative projects
and a recommendation on the continuation of the
program by December 1, 2000, Mr. Johnson
Mr. Gies announced that the Faculty Senate
will sponsor a Forum on The Climate for Women at
UVa. The Forum will be on Monday, April 24, in
the Rotunda Dome Room, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. The
Forum will address the work of the President's
Task Force on the Climate for Women at UVa.
John Casteen will give opening remarks on the
history of the Task Force, and David Gies and
Patricia Werhane will moderate the Forum. There
will be a panel discussion, with five panelists
from across the University: Cindy Aron
(History), Glenna Chang (Dean of Student's
Office), Sharon Hostler (Kluge Children's
Rehabilitation Center), Sondra Stallard (Dean,
Continuing and Professional Studies), and Carl
Zeithaml (Dean, McIntire School of Commerce).
Mr. Gies urged everyone to attend the Forum.
The next Faculty Senate meeting will be held
on Thursday, May 11. The meeting will be in
Newcomb Hall South Meeting Room, from 3:00-5:00
p.m. Next year's nominations for Senate
officers and members to serve on the Executive
Council will be made at this meeting, Mr. Gies
The meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.
Submitted by Sharon W. Utz, Secretary of the