David T. Gies, Chair of the Faculty Senate, called the meeting to
order and gave welcoming remarks at 3:00 p.m.
Mr. Gies said the Senate is healthy, energized, and off to a great
start, with a full plate of activities for the year. Some of those
activities include the Faculty Senate Teaching Initiative, the Forum
for Contemporary Thought, increasing attendance at the Garden Room,
the Faculty Senate Faculty Speakers Bureau, and approving a new
degree proposal in the School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Mr. Gies mentioned an upcoming event at the University, National
Make A Difference Day, which is being coordinated by Frank Griffiths,
a University student. Mr. Gies will forward information on the
event, and he encouraged Senate participation.
Mr. Gies introduced and recognized the members of the Faculty
Senate Executive Council, and he thanked the Council members for
their hard work.
President Casteen addressed the Senate. Mr. Casteen thanked the
group for being included in the Faculty Senate Retreat, which was
held on September 10, 1999. The University is becoming increasingly
active in planning retreats and/or planning sessions, Mr. Casteen
said. In addition to the Faculty Senate Retreat, Mr. Casteen
mentioned the All University Planning Retreat, the Board of Visitors
Retreat, deans' planning sessions, and vice presidential planning
Mr. Casteen reported on the successful accomplishments of the
Capital Campaign, which has raised $957 million, as of the
end-of-August. David A. Harrison has given a gift of $10 million to
the University library, Mr. Casteen reported. In addition, the
Faculty Senate will distribute $100,000 in David Harrison award money
again this year, Mr. Casteen reported.
In closing, Mr. Casteen spoke briefly about the controversy
concerning the University's admission policies, and questions and
Mr. Gies distributed and called for a vote on a Senate-supported
statement regarding the University's current admissions policies.
The statement was discussed, with some minor wording changes
suggested. The statement will be amended accordingly, and a motion
was made to enter the amended resolution, it was seconded, and it
Here is the statement as amended:
"The Faculty Senate recognizes the value of diversity in the
classroom and throughout the University and underscores the
importance of maintaining that diversity. We also recognize U.Va.'s
successful history of minority recruitment, retention, and
graduation. Equal opportunity must be one of the stated goals of
higher education. The consideration of race, as one of many factors
for admission to the University, is both appropriate and justified.
The University's policies which have led to these achievements have
created a rich and diverse educational environment absent from the
one-gender, one-race classrooms of the past. Consequently, we endorse
the educational goals of equal opportunity and diversity."
William R. Johnson, Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee,
reported on the work of his Committee. Mr. Johnson introduced the
members of the Committee, and he had them stand and be recognized.
The three tasks that the Committee are currently working on are: 1)
The Faculty Senate Teaching Initiative grants, which will focus this
year on funding projects that bring faculty research and
undergraduate teaching together; 2) evaluating and reporting to the
Provost on the success of the Teaching Initiative; and 3) follow-up
work on faculty/student interaction, based on suggestions made by the
Committee in a report issued last year. In addition, the Committee
will address other issues as the come before the Committee, Mr.
Robert M. Grainger, Chair of the Committee on Research and
Scholarship, reported on the work of his Committee. Mr. Grainger
introduced the members of the Committee. The Committee will continue
to encouraging stronger faculty use of the Garden Room, and will
promote some advertisement, Mr. Grainger reported. The Committee
will also continue work with the Forum for Contemporary Thought, and
Mr. Grainger mentioned some of this year's speakers. Long-term
leadership and funding for the Forum will be addressed by the
Committee this year, Mr. Grainger reported. The Faculty Senate
Faculty Speakers Bureau now has approximately 60 speakers on the
list, and the program will start in November. The program is being
supported by the Alumni Association and the Vice President for
Research and Public Service, Mr. Grainger said. The Committee will
participate in the discussions and offer feedback regarding the
Senate's theme for the year, "Teaching, Research and the Creation of
Knowledge." Additionally, the Research and Scholarship Committee
will address other issues as given to them.
Mr. Johnson presented a new degree proposal from the School of
Engineering and Applied Science, which is titled Computer
Engineering. He gave the group an overview of the program, which has
already been approved by the School of Engineering, the Department of
Electrical Engineering, the Computer Science Department, the Academic
Affairs Committee, and the National Accreditation Board. A motion was
made to approve the new degree program, it was seconded, and it
Mr. Gies announced that the Senate will distribute the Harrison
Award funds of $100,000 again this year. This year's awards will be
used for undergraduate research.
"This proposal, submitted by the Faculty Senate, would create
awards to fund undergraduate research projects. Working in
collaboration with a faculty advisor, each awardee would plan and
implement a research project designed to create new knowledge. The
project would be developed over the academic year with the close
supervision of the advisor, and would be carried out either during
the academic year itself or in the summer of 2000. Twenty-five
awards of $4,000 each ($3,000 for expenses and support of the
undergraduate student, and $1,000 stipend for the faculty advisor)
will be granted on a competitive basis. Each awardee will be
expected to create a bibliography of relevant materials, read and
research the topic in anticipation of carrying out the project,
establish contacts (faculty advisor will be helpful here), create a
detailed work plan, and finally carry out the research. Proposals
should include a budget of anticipated expenditures (travel, food and
housing, research supplies and materials)."
Mr. Gies cited some examples of possible research projects. The
Committee on Research and Scholarship will coordinate this
initiative, Mr. Gies said.
Mr. Gies opened the floor for further discussion of "Teaching,
Research and the Creation of Knowledge," which was first introduced
at the Faculty Senate Retreat on September 10, and is the theme for
the Faculty Senate this year. The group discussed their desired
outcome of such discussions, and they made suggestions of possible
ways to address the issue and create an open dialogue between
faculty, students and administrators. Some Senators suggested that
using the term "scholarship" instead of "research" better represents
the diverse kinds of knowledge development that faculty do across the
Mr. Gies announced the upcoming "October Camp," a series of
activities on the Lawn on Wednesday, October 6, and Thursday, October
7. This event is being organized by Advocates for Diversity in
Education, and will include both students and faculty.
In closing, Mr. Gies recognized a delegation of Norwegian
professors that are visiting the Curry School of Education, and were
in attendance for part of the Faculty Senate meeting.
The meeting adjourned at 4:40 p.m.
Submitted by Sharon W. Utz, Secretary of the Faculty Senate