Jahan Ramazani, Chair of the Faculty Senate, called the meeting
to order at 3:00 p.m. in the Garden Room at the Colonnade Hotel.
Mr. Ramazani welcomed everyone to the first full Faculty Senate
meeting of the year. He recalled the Faculty Senate retreat, which
was to promote intellectual community at the University and set the
Senate's agenda for the year. The Executive Council has translated
the consensus reached at the retreat into charges to the Academic
Affairs Committee and the Committee on Research and Scholarship. The
charges of the two committees were distributed. He said the Faculty
Senate will also sustain last year's initiative on excellent
Mr. Ramazani introduced the standing committees of the Faculty
Senate, gave a brief description of what they do, and had the members
of each of the committees stand and introduce themselves. The
Executive Council is the steering committee that receives and
coordinates the work of the Senate; the Academic Affairs Committee
played a central role in launching last year's University-wide
conversations on teaching. The Committee oversees curriculum,
academic program review, and academic policy; the Committee on
Research and Scholarship advocates research at the University; the
Grievance Committee investigates and resolves grievances. Tom
Hutchinson, who has served as Chair of the Committee for the past
three years, relinquished that position to Jim Clawson, from the
Darden School; and finally the Committee of Elected Members, who
carry concerns of colleagues to the Senate and report to colleagues
on issues/meetings of interest.
Senior administrators, ex officio members of the Senate, who
were in attendance stood and introduced themselves. They were John
Casteen, President; Leonard Sandridge, Senior Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer; Peter Low, Vice President and Provost;
Robert Reynolds; Vice Provost for Health Sciences; and Karin
Wittenborg, University Librarian.
Mr. Ramazani introduced Mr. Casteen. Mr. Casteen gave a report
on three issues that have moved forward over the Summer. They are a
possible investigation of the University by the Office of Civil
Rights; a letter published in the Cavalier Daily regarding the pay
levels for classified staff, particularly in the Health Sciences
area; and work of the Equal Opportunity Programs Office.
Mr. Casteen said the "Fordice" case, which went before the
Supreme Court, says states must remedy any discriminatory effects
created because of past racial discrimination and segregation. He
said Virginia is subject to the Fordice decision. He also said
Virginia has formed a committee to study Virginia's compliance to the
In regard to the recent gathering of those concerned about the
low levels of some of the University's classified employees, and in
response to a letter published in the Cavalier Daily, Mr. Casteen
said the classified positions at the University are regulated by the
State. That is, the salary is determined by the grade of a position
and the number of steps an employee progresses up the grade level,
which is regulated by the State.
A report called the "Muddy Floor Report," produced by the Equal
Opportunity Programs Office, and just recently surfacing, indicates
that blacks are over-represented in lower-level classified jobs. Mr.
Casteen said blacks are under-represented in the executive/
managerial administrative and professional non-faculty areas at the
University. Mr. Casteen said the
University should use the report to focus on recommendations it
suggests. There is money available to assist in the recruitment of
minority hires at the University, Mr. Casteen said. He mentioned two
such funds used in the Health Sciences area.
Mr. Ramazani introduced Ben Ray. Mr. Ray discussed the "Call
for Proposals" document that was distributed at the meeting. This is
the document that invites grant proposals to aid in the Faculty
Senate's initiative to promote excellent teaching and gives
guidelines for submitting grants. He asked if there were any
comments/suggestions. He told the group that the document will be
widely disseminated and will also be posted on the Senate's home page
Mr. Ray introduced Marva Barnett, Chair of the Academic Affairs
subcommittee appointed to recommend measures that will enhance junior
faculty development and retention. Ms. Barnett told the Senators
that a memorandum has gone out under Jahan Ramazani's and Peter Low's
signatures, requesting information to aid in the study of the
Mr. Ramazani thanked the Academic Affairs Committee and the
Committee on Research and Scholarship for the enthusiasm and energy
that is being put into the intellectual community initiative.
Mr. Ramazani introduced David Gies, Chair of the Committee on
Research and Scholarship. Mr. Gies gave a report on the work and
ideas his committee is addressing in response the charge given to the
Committee. He asked Senators for other ideas and suggestions of
spaces that might be used as a faculty center and gatherings for
intellectual exchanges between faculty/faculty and faculty/students.
Some suggestions were made, and Mr. Gies will follow up on them.
In conclusion, Mr. Ramazani thanked the committees for their
hard work. He invited the Senators to offer any suggestions and/or
ideas. Mr. Ramazani said the ingredients are there for intellectual
community and that everything being done involves collaboration. He
thanked everyone for attending the meeting.
The meeting adjourned at 4:50 p.m.
Submitted by Janet Horne, Secretary of the Faculty Senate