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October 20, 1997
Jahan Ramazani, Chair of the Faculty Senate, called the meeting
to order at 3:05 p.m. in the Lower Level Conference Room at Madison
Hall. In attendance were Jahan Ramazani, Rebecca Kneedler, Janet
Horne, Michael Smith, Patricia Werhane, Michael Williams, Robert
Grainger, Marva Barnett, Benjamin Ray, David Gies, Peter Low, Robert
Mr. Ramazani welcomed everyone to the meeting. He informed the
Council members of Harold Burbach's resignation from the Academic
Affairs Committee. Robert McNergney, a Professor in the Curry School
of Education, is being considered as the replacement on the
Committee. Mr. Ramazani asked for a vote on this action, and it was
There has also been a request from the Vice President for
Student Affairs for a representative from the Senate to serve on the
newly formed task force created to make recommendations for the
restructuring of First-Year Student Orientation. Mr. Ramazani asked
the Executive Council to make recommendations for a Senator to serve
on the task force. Recommendations were made, and Mr. Ramazani will
follow-up. It was also suggested that the Executive Council should
request progress reports on the work of the task force.
The Executive Council then discussed the "Review of Complaints
Alleging Serious Misconduct by Faculty Members," a document that was
distributed by Peter Low, Vice President and Provost, at an earlier
meeting. Mr. Low said the document had been created to offer formal
guidelines to deans on how to proceed in incidents alleging
misconduct of a faculty member. At the present time, there are no
formal guidelines in place. Mr. Ramazani asked Michael Smith, a
member of the Council, to lead the discussions with Mr. Low. After
considerable discussion with the Executive Council, Mr. Low decided
that the document will not be invoked at this time.
Ben Ray, Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, spoke on the
progress of the "Teaching Initiative." He said the
for Proposals has been sent via e-mail to various groups,
including the deans, with a request that the Call be passed along to
the faculty in each School. A copy of the Call for Proposals has
also been sent through messenger mail to the deans, department
chairs, and unit heads. A subcommittee has been appointed to review
the proposals as they arrive. Mr. Ray will also meet with Melvyn
Leffler, the Arts & Sciences dean, and he will meet with the
Chair of the General Faculty Council.
The Office of the Provost will create a link to the "Call for
Proposals" document, which is on the Faculty Senate's Web page
(http://minerva.acc.Virginia.EDU/~ facsen/ aaproposals.html). The
Teaching Resource Center will also create a link to this document.
Mr. Ray will speak with the Dean of Arts & Sciences to see if a
link can be made on that homepage as well.
Mr. Ramazani announced that Richard Kovatch, Assistant Vice
President for Business Operations, has sent meal passes for
distribution to Faculty Senate members so that faculty and students
may have an opportunity to dine and converse, in response to the
Senate's Intellectual Community Initiative.
The Executive Council then heard progress reports on the
"Intellectual Community Initiative." David Gies, Chair of the
Committee on Research and Scholarship, gave the first report. He
said the three appointed subcommittees are meeting with people, doing
research, and coming up with great ideas. He will have a detailed
report of progress at the December 3, 1997, full Faculty Senate
Marva Barnett, Chair of the Academic Affairs Subcommittee on
Junior Faculty Development and Retention, gave a report on the work
of her group. She said the Subcommittee is exploring common
interests of junior faculty, parking problems, and how to get new
faculty introduced to senior faculty, and to each other.
Mr. Low said that he, Jahan Ramazani, Chair of the Faculty
Senate, Ed Ayers, Chair-Elect of the Faculty Senate, and Rebecca
Kneedler, Past Chair of the Faculty Senate, will invite tenure-track
faculty in their first year at UVA (in groups of 10-to-12, including
the four hosts) to lunch over the year.
The meeting adjourned at 5:05 p.m.
Submitted by Janet Horne, Secretary of the Faculty Senate