Present: Patricia Werhane, Robert Grainger, David Gies, Michael Smith, Houston Wood, George Cohen, Michael Levenson, Julian Connolly, William Kehoe, Doris Glick, Peter Low
Guest: Colette Sheehy, Vice President for Management & Budget
Patricia Werhane, Chair of the Faculty Senate called the meeting to order.
Ms. Werhane welcomed Julian Connolly, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures. Mr. Connolly is the newest member of the Executive Council.
Peter Low, Vice President and Provost, explained the "Institutional Performance Agreement" that the University has agreed to develop, at the request of the Governor. In addition to the University of Virginia, George Mason University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Norfolk State University, and Virginia State University will develop an Institutional Performance Agreement. Mr. Low said the IPA is a different approach to budgeting. Colette Capone will have a draft IPA available in a few days, and the Executive Council has been asked to review the document and give Ms. Capone feedback. Ms. Capone gave everyone an overview of the IPA and distributed a letter from the Secretary of Education, which explains the IPA and provides guidelines for submitting an Institutional Performance Agreement. The document is to be an all- encompassing document, which will include private money. Timothy Robertson and Gordon Rainey, Jr., Board of Visitors members, will also help in the development of the IPA document, Ms. Sheehy said.
The Faculty Senate of Virginia will meet in Richmond on Saturday, September 23, and Ms. Werhane asked that anyone interested in attending the meeting please contact her.
Laura Hawthorne, Coordinator of Public Service, has asked Ms. Werhane to name someone involved with the Senate that would be willing to be the primary contact for the Faculty Senate Speakers Bureau project. The Senate's support and involvement in this initiative is vital to its success, and Ms. Hawthorne would like a Senate spokesperson. Preferably someone who feels passionately about the initiative, and someone that is willing to update the senators on the project, help identify new speakers, and spread the word and encourage other faculty to become involved. William Kehoe, Chair of the Research and Scholarship Committee, will ask for a volunteer from that Committee to accept a one-year appointment as the primary contact for the Faculty Senate Speakers Bureau.
The Executive Council members discussed the Faculty Senate Retreat notes, and began the process of prioritizing the suggestions. The Executive Council's ideas will be brought before the Faculty Senate at the meeting on October 18th. One suggestion made was to have the Course Offering Directory in a searchable database format, which would use "key words" to identify courses in the COD. Other issues the Council members would like to address are ways to encourage international exchanges, and the tenure clock policy.
Ms. Werhane spoke about concerns regarding the University's lack of medical coverage for its graduate students. The Academic Affairs Committee, Chaired by Doris Glick, will address the issue.
Ms. Glick reported on the work of the Academic Affairs Committee. The Committee continues to work on on-going initiatives. The Committee meets on Wednesday, September 20 to discuss Electronic Journals. Karin Wittenborg, University Librarian, and Diane Walker, Associate Librarian for User Services, will attend that meeting to discuss Electronic Journals.
William Kehoe, Chair of the Research and Scholarship Committee reported on the work of that Committee. Mr. Kehoe has met with Robert Grainger, Past Chair of the Committee, to review the on-going initiatives, including the Undergraduate Research Awards. The Committee has meetings scheduled for September 22, November 3 and December 1, Mr. Kehoe said. Mr. Kehoe said the September 22 meeting will focus on an orientation of the work of the Committee and the Undergraduate Research Awards. The Executive Council discussed the Undergraduate Research Awards, and suggestions were made in regard to how the Awards should be administered this year.
Robert Grainger reported on the Garden Room, which is no longer functioning. Pat Werhane, David Gies and Mr. Grainger will meet with Robert Sweeney, Vice President for University Development, to discuss the issue, and to see if there may be other options to explore in an effort to have a faculty dining facility/gathering place for intellectual exchanges.
The next Executive Council meeting will be on Tuesday, October 10, from 3:30-5:00, in the Provost Office Conference Room, 560 Ray C. Hunt Drive, at Fontaine Avenue. There are plenty of parking spaces at the Fontaine location, and parking is free.
The meeting adjourned at 4:40 p.m.
Submitted by Michael J. Smith, Secretary of the Faculty Senate