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May 18, 1998
Jahan Ramazani, Chair of the Faculty Senate, called the meeting to
order at 12:00 noon. In attendance were Edward Ayers, Rebecca
Kneedler, Benjamin Ray, David Gies, Michael Smith, Sharon Utz,
Patricia Werhane, Michael Williams, Robert Grainger, Marva Barnett,
Robert Reynolds. Richard DeMong, 1998/99 Chair of the Academic
Affairs Committee, was a guest at the meeting.
Mr. Ramazani welcomed everyone to the meeting. He announced the
Faculty Senate election results. The officers of the Faculty Senate
for 1998/99 are David Gies, Chair-Elect and Marva Barnett,
Secretary. The new members of the Executive Council are Rebecca
Kneedler, who will be serving her third term on the Executive
Council, and Kathryn Neeley.
Mr. Ramazani and the Council members discussed the Senate's
standing committees' membership, and appointments for those whose
terms are expiring on each committee. These standing committees are
the Academic Affairs Committee, the Committee on Research and
Scholarship, the Grievance Committee, and the Committee on ROTC
Affairs. Suggestions were made for appointments and reappointments
to the committees. Mr. Ramazani will contact those suggested and ask
if they are willing to serve.
David Gies, Chair of the Committee on Research and Scholarship,
discussed a report on the University's policies and the
administration of the Sesquicentennial awards at the University. The
report was written by Daniel Larson, a member of the Research and
Scholarship Committee. Mr. Larson, at the request of David Gies,
surveyed the practices in different schools and identified policy
issues. The survey was done in response to a request by the Faculty
Senate Grievance Committee to look into the University's written
sesquicentennial policy and possible irregularities in its
implementation. The Executive Council will ask Peter Low to review
the report and respond at the next Executive Council meeting.
Mr. Gies reported on new faculty dining service in the Garden Room
of the Colonnade Hotel. Hours of operation will be 11:30 a.m. to
2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The service schedule will mirror
the academic calendar. There will be quality, upscale, reasonably
priced menu offerings, table linens and fresh flowers, and waited
service. Mr. Gies commented that the faculty must use and support
this initiative if it is to be successful. Notices will be sent to
faculty encouraging everyone to sample the new and improved services
being offered. It is expected that the outstanding food, atmosphere
and service will keep customers coming to the Garden Room!
Mr. Gies will meet with Louis Bloomfield, the 1998/99 Chair of the
Committee on Research and Scholarship, regarding next year's agenda,
which will carry forward such initiatives as Theory Seminars, faculty
dining, and common grounds.
Benjamin Ray, Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, reported on
the junior faculty recommendations. He commented that the Arts and
Sciences Council of Chairs has some reservations regarding the
document. The Council of Chairs indicated that some recommendations
are too detailed, some recommendations are too general, and there is
a limited number of Arts and Sciences members on the Academic Affairs
subcommittee that produced the report. Mr. Ray said the Academic
Affairs Committee should have a follow-up meeting with the Council of
Chairs to further discuss the document and its intention.
Marva Barnett, Chair of the subcommittee that produced the
document, which was based on conversations with junior faculty and
senior faculty in all schools, excluding Medicine, said the
subcommittee will next have a brainstorming session with junior
faculty in Medicine. This meeting will include Karen Rheuban,
Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education.
Mr. Ray reported on the Americans with Disabilities Act in regard
to compliance and implementation at the University. Mr. Ray said the
Learning Needs and Evaluation Center has been revamped and is under
new management. The Center is an excellent source of information on
the ADA. Scott Hunter, the Director of the Learning Needs and
Evaluation Center, will meet with departments and schools to review
the ADA. In consultation with the Academic Affairs Committee, the
Senate may wish to help disseminate to faculty across the University
information about ADA compliance.
Mr. Ramazani recognized Richard DeMong, the 1998/99 Chair of the
Academic Affairs Committee. Mr. Ramazani thanked Ben Ray and David
Gies for their superb leadership of their committees. He also
thanked the outgoing elected members of the Executive Council, Sharon
Utz and Michael Smith, for their outstanding service to the faculty.
Edward Ayers, the 1998/99 Chair of the Faculty Senate, reported on
two basic initiatives for the Senate for the upcoming year. Mr.
Ayers said the faculty have been watching over the course of the year
the discussion associated with rush and intellectual community among
faculty and students. To address his first initiative, Mr. Ayers
would like to establish an agenda to work with students over the
course of the upcoming year. This first initiative would in part
extend the 1997/98 initiative on intellectual community. Mr. Ayers
would like to set a well defined agenda for a Faculty Senate retreat,
to be held soon after the first week of classes in September. This
retreat will include invited students, such as student leaders and
intellectual leaders, attending part of the retreat for discussions
with Senators. Mr. Ayers said the Academic Affairs Committee will be
charged with addressing concerns discussed at the retreat.
Mr. Ayers' second initiative will involve addressing information
technology at the University. He will conduct a survey of colleagues
through e-mail, asking for their thoughts on their department's roll
in information technology. He will also address such questions as
"What are computers doing to the culture at the University?" The
Committee on Research and Scholarship will follow-up on the
The meeting adjourned at 2:10 p.m.
Submitted by Janet Horne, Secretary of the Faculty Senate