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May 3, 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.
Johnson, Peter W. Low
Guest: Joshua F. Dienstag, Director of the
Forum for Contemporary Thought
David T. Gies, Chair of the Faculty Senate,
called the meeting to order at 1:30 p.m. Mr.
Gies introduced Mr. Dienstag, and had the
members of the Executive Council introduce
Mr. Gies gave the group an overview of the
USEMS initiative being offered by the
University, through the Office of the President.
The initiative will fund sabbaticals for people
that have taught USEMS in the past. Funding
will be available for two faculty members.
Sixteen applications have been received, and a
committee has been appointed by the Provost, and
in consultation with the Faculty Senate
Executive Council. The committee will review the
applications and select two faculty members to
Mr. Gies announced that Sharon W. Utz,
Director of Adult Health in the School of
Nursing, and a member of the Executive Council,
has received an Outstanding Mentor Award, given
by the Office of African-American Affairs.
Mr. Gies gave a summarization of the recent
Forum on the climate for women at U.Va., which
was sponsored by the Faculty Senate. Mr. Gies
commented that the Forum was a good symbolic
gesture, and University-wide work on this
initiative is strongly supported.
William R. Johnson, Chair of the Academic
Affairs Committee, reported on the Committee's
activities. The Faculty Senate Teaching
Initiative grant recipient letters were mailed
this week. Publicity is planned for early fall,
to announce the grant recipients, Mr. Johnson
said. The Committee continues to work on
faculty and student interaction issues. Barbara
Nolan, Vice Provost, will work with the Academic
Affairs Committee on USEMS issues, Mr. Johnson
reported. The Teaching Initiative evaluation
process will begin over the summer, with a
subcommittee working with TRC.
Robert M. Grainger, Chair of the Research and
Scholarship Committee, reported on the work of
the Committee. The Garden Room will close on
May 8, for the summer, Mr. Grainger said. In
addressing the future of the Garden Room, the
Research and Scholarship Committee will look at
such issues as: a) how much is the financial
loss, b) the value of the project, and if it can
be sustained, c) and in what form should the
endeavor go forward, if at all.
Mr. Grainger distributed two draft reports on
teaching and research at the University. One
report will be circulated within the community,
and the other report is for faculty and
administrative review. The Executive Council
was asked to review and send comments on the
documents by Friday, May 5, so that the
documents can be forwarded to the full Senate in
advance of the May 11 Faculty Senate meeting. A
discussion of the documents is planned as an
agenda item for the Senate meeting.
Mr. Dienstag reported on this year's
activities of the Forum for Contemporary
Thought. The Forum is doing well, Mr. Dienstag
said. Mr. Dienstag presented an overview of the
activities of the Forum and attendance numbers
at the various events that have been offered.
Some issues facing the Forum are appointing a
director and additional funding. Mr. Dienstag
will begin work on getting commitments from the
various schools for funds for the Year
2000-2001. Peter Low, Vice President and
Provost, offered additional administrative help
from his office, to assist in Forum activities.
Suggestions were made for next year's
Nominations for Senate officers and
membership on the Executive Council will be made
from the floor at the May 11 Senate meeting.
Suggestions for Faculty Senate standing
committee chairs and members were made. Mr.
Gies and Patricia Werhane, Chair-Elect of the
Senate, will follow-up on those suggestions and
report to the Council.
Mr. Gies reported on the Executive Council's
meeting with local legislators, Senator Emily
Couric, Delegate Paul Harris and Delegate Mitch
Van Yahres. The meeting will be on May 23, from
11:30-1:30 p.m. The new chairs of the Academic
Affairs Committee and the Research and
Scholarship Committee, the new Senate officers
and new Executive Council members will be
invited to this meeting, Mr. Gies said.
Building on the Faculty Senate Forum on the
Climate for Women at U.Va., next year's focus or
theme for the Senate will be "Leadership and
Diversity," Ms. Werhane said.
Mr. Gies reviewed the proposed agenda for the
May 11 Senate meeting, which will be held in the
South Meeting Room at Newcomb Hall, from 3:00 -
The Faculty Grievance Committee has submitted
to the Executive Council suggestions for
revisions to the Faculty Grievance Policies and
Procedures. The Executive Council will review
and discuss these suggestions and will report
their findings to the Grievance Committee by the
fall. The Executive Council was asked to send
comments to Pat Werhane by the end of the
semester. In addition, Kenneth Elzinga, a
former member of the Executive Council, and
James Clawson, Chair of the Faculty Grievance
Committee, will be invited to an Executive
Council meeting at the beginning of the fall
semester. Mr. Elzinga was involved in the 1995
revisions of the Policies and Procedures.
The meeting adjourned at 3:00 p.m.
Submitted by Sharon W. Utz, Secretary of the