David T. Gies, Chair of the Faculty Senate,
called the meeting to order. David expressed
concern for Frances Peyton, who's Mother is very
Call for Faculty Senate nominations for
Chair-Elect and for one member to serve on the
Those nominated for Chair-Elect:
Robert M. Grainger (Arts & Sciences,
Department of Biology)
Houston G. Wood, III (Engineering, Department
of Mechanical Engineering)
Those nominated for membership on the
George M. Cohen, (School of Law)
Julian W. Connolly (Arts & Sciences,
Department of Slavic Languages &
There was one nomination for Secretary of the
Faculty Senate, Michael J. Smith (Arts &
Sciences, Department of Government & Foreign
Affairs). Mr. Smith accepted the nomination,
and no further nominations for Secretary were
John T. Casteen, III, President, spoke to the
Senate. Mr. Casteen's remarks focused on the
University of Virginia's year-end reports. Mr.
Casteen addressed the Capital Campaign's effects
on academic programs. The Board of Visitors has
discussed where to go at the end of the
Campaign. The "Gap Cost" will be calculated in
comparison to other competing schools. The
University has 25 programs nationally ranked,
and the cost of keeping or not keeping the
programs will be calculated. The University has
claimed a place on the "national Stage," Mr.
Casteen commented. Increasingly, the benchmark
is the group of institutions just above U.Va.
Most teaching positions include a combination of
state funds and endowment funds. There are now
700 scholarships and fellowships, Mr. Casteen
said. There is $78 million in academic program
endowments (not including recent gift from Mr.
Batten). The bulk of the new physical space is
research, teaching and clinical use, and the
Stadium. Seventy-five percent of campaign
dollars is earmarked for academic purposes.
Funds will also go toward historic preservation,
health care, etc.
Some of the goals of the Campaign are
maintaining the quality of programs and
increasing the University's endowment. The
University's goals will have to be prioritized,
Mr. Casteen said. The Planning Commission
reports will come in the next few months, with
plans evolving in the fall.
Athletic programs are not subsidized, and
tuition funds need to be kept separate from
athletics. The University has gotten some
revenue from athletics to academic programs, Mr.
Casteen stated. Sometimes athletics is in
deficit at various schools. The University is
trying to endow athletic scholarships, and then
endow the core of the program.
The 2020 Forums have urged the University to
look at Princeton's ability to define itself.
Mr. Casteen said, regarding popular rankings for
U.Va, the University will have to work very hard
to stay even.
Work on budget for 2000-2001:
State appropriations are largely earmarked.
Tuition funds are capped for in state, for
out-of-state, the response rate is strong, but
barely at cost point, Mr. Casteen said.
(African-American applicants and those accepting
are slightly up, but that may change a bit by
Endowment dollars mostly flows to the
schools, and the deans budget this. Addendum
requests will be made to deal with the shortfall
from the State for salaries and payments to
classified staff, Mr. Casteen commented. In
regards to the General Fund, only $95,000 is not
earmarked. The base budget is not regularly
sustained, which causes a problem. Private
dollars will improve this year, due to a 30%
increase in stock market payouts from endowment,
some of which is restricted.
Funding for 2020 Commission plans are,
funding the initial recommendations for research
and public service and international projects
and positions, and funding a Fine Arts studio
arts building, and planning for renovation of
Fayerweather Hall, etc.
Mr. Casteen reported on the Women's
Leadership Council. The group is defining a
three-year work plan, planning to meet four
times a year. The issues raised in the Report
on the Status of Women at U.Va. will be
addressed. Salary equity studies are considered
"unlawful" by the Attorney General (VCU case).
The University will continue to pursue the issue
of salary equity. The Women's Leadership
Council will prioritize and develop a plan of
action. Mr. Casteen commented that the Senate's
Forum was useful and ought to be continued, as
it provides a wider input/audience. Mr. Casteen
took questions from the Senate floor. A full
report on budget issues is available, if the
Faculty Senate would like to have it, Mr.
Brantly Womack, Chair of the International
Commission, reported on the Commission's work.
A new dimension has been created that crosses
schools and links to the administration. The
International Commission will try to develop
both short-range and long-range plans.
International activities need to be nurtured at
grassroots and central level. Central help is
needed for schools, but not central "control."
Substantive areas are: 1) better support for
students and faculty abroad
2) internationalizing the curriculum, such as
a fifth year of extended experience in health
care in Mexico to learn Spanish, etc. (Honors
3) international students and scholars
improve English as second language and develop
4) regional key points - general
relationships can foster related links
5) organizational structure, e.g., Vice
Provost for International Affairs and a
William R. Johnson, Chair of the Academic
Affairs Committee, reported on the Committee's
work. This year, the Academic Affairs Committee
considered and approved a new computer
engineering program, consented to the
elimination of the degree program in nuclear
engineering, and approved a name change for a
program in the Education School. This year's
Teaching Initiative program, which is in the
last year of a three-year pilot program, and is
chaired this year by George M. Cohen,
recommended funding 25 projects at a total
budget of $85,000. The Teaching Initiative
Subcommittee was. An evaluation process for the
entire program has been established, so that the
Faculty Senate will be able to make informed
recommendations to the Provost on the future of
the Teaching Initiative program. Mr. Johnson
also reported that the Academic Affairs
Committee is continuing to work to improve the
intellectual community at the University by
focusing on specific recommendations to enhance
student-faculty interactions that were developed
by a subcommittee chaired by Robert Davis.
These recommendations include making student
pictures available to faculty, creating spaces
around Grounds for student-faculty interactions,
expanding the USEM program, and encouraging
faculty to speak to student groups and to make
themselves visible to students with webpages.
The Committee is now exploring, in consultation
with appropriate members of the administration,
ways of implementing these recommendations.
Robert M. Grainger, Chair of the Research and
Scholarship Committee, reported on the work of
that Committee. On the status of the Garden
Room, Mr. Grainger said that over the course of
the year, people have become more positive
regarding food and service, but finances still
are not clear. The Research and Scholarship
Committee is exploring options for next year.
Mr. Grainger thanked Peter Low for his
sponsorship of the initiative. The Faculty
Speakers bureau has been broadened to three sets
of lectures, and more publicity will be
occurring soon. The Graduate Research Awards
produced some wonderful proposals from students.
Twenty-five awards were given, and the
Committee expects to give forty awards next
year. Mr. Grainger thanked the President and
the Provost for their funding for this
initiative. Mr. Grainger reported that two
papers have been created to describe the
interplay of scholarship and teaching. One of
the papers is for outside dissemination and the
other paper will be directed to faculty and
administration at the University. Drafts of
both documents were distributed, and input was
invited. The deadline for receiving feedback is
James G. Clawson, Chair of the Faculty
Grievance Committee, reported on the Committee's
work. Mr. Clawson thanked the committee
members. Several "Hearing Panels" have been
formed over the year, and Mr. Clawson thanked
them for their service. In the past two years
there have been five inquiries, and have
resulted in some lengthy and complex processes,
with two formal grievances, one on-going case,
and the other cases withdrawn. Two documents
have been submitted to the Executive Council for
review. The documents are related to
termination of faculty and the procedures of the
Grievance Committee, Mr. Clawson said.
Houston G. Wood, III, Chair of the ROTC
Affairs Committee, reported on the work of that
Committee. The primary role of the committee is
to advise the Provost on ROTC faculty
appointments. The ROTC Affairs Committee works
closely with Kathrine Reed, Associate Provost
for Management, when making recommendations.
During the past year, appointments to the Air
Force ROTC, the Army ROTC, and the Navy ROTC
have been recommended to Ms. Reed, and all of
those were duly appointed. The Committee meets
with the ROTC units each year for updates. The
ROTC Affairs Committee also examines student
disenrollment decisions, helps evaluate students
for ROTC Scholarships, reads applications of all
first year students, and attends events with
faculty and students in the ROTC program.
Mr. Gies noted that the Executive Council of
the Faculty Senate is meeting with our local
legislators on May 23, 2000.
Mr. Gies thanked the outgoing Senators and
invited any new business.
The meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.
Submitted by Sharon W. Utz, Secretary of the