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Rebecca Kneedler called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m. in
Room 200 at Ruffner Hall. In attendance were Jahan Ramazani, Daniel
Larson, Susan McKinnon, Michael Smith, Janet Horne, Miles Townsend,
Patricia Werhane, Marguerite Lippert and Michael Williams. Gueste
were Peter Low, Vice President and Provost, Muriel Poston, ACE Fellow
and former Chair of the Howard University Faculty Senate, Jim Tybur,
Chair of the Honor Committee, and Sean Bryant, student member of the
Board of Visitors.
Muriel Poston gave an overview of her interest in faculty
governance and her work on the Faculty Senate of Howard
Jim Tybur updated the Council on changes to the Honor System.
He said that a Faculty Advisory Committee has been formed, which is
made up of faculty volunteers. A discussion of the Honor System
followed Mr. Tybur's presentation. It was suggested that students
and faculty, especially those who are skeptical of the System, should
work together to improve it. It was noted that the faculty has an
obligation to help address and remedy the current problems in the
Ms. Kneedler talked briefly about the delayed pay plan, stating
that she has been in contact with the General Faculty Council and the
Employee Council regarding the issue. Ms. Kneedler also discussed
faculty salaries, saying that the administration has made the issue
of faculty salaries a top priority.
Other issues discussed were communication in the Faculty Senate
and the work being done by the Academic Affairs Committee regarding
teaching evaluations. Ms. Kneedler will ask Ed Ayers, Chair of the
Academic Affairs Committee, to attend the next Executive Council
meeting to report on the work of that Committee.
A memorandum from Robert Carey, Dean of the School of Medicine,
was passed out. The memorandum asks the Senate to delegate selection
of scholarship recipients of an endowment from Elizabeth McClung
White to the faculty of the School of Medicine. Ms. Kneedler called
for a motion to so delegate the selection of the Elizabeth McClung
White Scholarhsip recipients. The motion was made, seconded, and it
was unanimously passed. Ms. Kneedler will notify Dean Carey of this
The meeting adjourned at 5:10 p.m.
Submitted by Susan McKinnon, Secretary to the Faculty