Present: William R. Johnson, Daphne G. Spain, Donald J. Innes,
Jr., Robert Davis, Joanne Bechta Dugan, Daniel P. Hallahan, Patricia
A. Werhane, Doris F. Glick, Barbara Nolan, David T. Gies
Guest: James H. Aylor, Chair of the Department of Electrical
William R. Johnson, Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, gave
the welcoming remarks and had everyone introduce himself or
Joanne Bechta Dugan, a professor in the Department of Electrical
Engineering, reported on her department's request for a new degree
program, which is to be called Computer Engineering. James H. Aylor,
Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering, came to the
meeting to support the request for the program. Ms. Dugan gave an
overview of the history of the degree proposal, which she said spans
topics in both the Department of Electrical Engineering and the
Computer Science Department. She reported on the goals, admission
requirements, and the curriculum of the new program. The program has
already been approved by the Computer Science and the Electrical
Engineering departments, and already has been accredited, Ms. Dugan
reported. Mr. Aylor stated that he is in strong support of the
program. After questions and answers among the group, a motion was
made to approve the new degree proposal, the motion was seconded, and
it passed unanimously. The motion will go before the full Senate at
the October 4 Faculty Senate meeting.
David T. Gies reported to the Committee regarding the charge to
the Committee and ongoing initiatives that the Committee will
continue to work on this year. These initiatives include the Faculty
Senate Teaching Initiative and faculty/student interaction. The
Committee will also work on the Teaching and Research initiative that
is this year's Faculty Senate theme, and they will work on other
issues as they arise.
Mr. Gies reported that a proposed Faculty Senate resolution on the
University's policies on affirmative action will be presented to the
Senate at the October 4 meeting, asking for a vote of approval.
The theme for the Faculty Senate this year, "Teaching, Research
and the Creation of Knowledge," for which discussions began at the
Faculty Senate Retreat, will be further discussed at the October 4
Senate meeting. The Senate will identify goals it hopes to achieve
with this initiative and establish a forum to address the issues
raised so that these goals can be met.
Mr. Johnson reported on this year's agenda for the Academic
Affairs Committee. The agenda will include participation in the
upcoming Teaching Initiatives Forum, which is scheduled for October
1, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. The Faculty Senate Teaching Initiative is
in its third year, and will need to be evaluated this year, Mr.
Johnson reported. The Committee discussed ways to approach the
evaluation process. A subcommittee will be formed to look at such
things as the success of previous Teaching Initiative projects, and
reviewing this year's proposals. The subcommittee will include
Daniel Hallahan, Patricia Werhane, Doris Glick, and Barbara Nolan.
The chair of this subcommittee will soon be appointed.
In addition, a subcommittee will be formed to gather information
and evaluate the success of the Teaching Initiative, and they will
submit their findings to the Provost. This subcommittee will include
Daphne Spain, someone from the Teaching Resource Center, and Joanne
A subcommittee will also be formed to continue last year's work on
faculty/student interactions, which submitted recommendations to the
Committee last year. Some of these recommendations will be addressed
this year. The members of this subcommittee will be Robert Davis,
Donald Innes, Jr., and a third Committee member to be appointed.
The next meeting date was set. The Committee will meet at noon on
Friday, October 29, with lunch being provided. Further details of
this meeting will be forthcoming.
The meeting adjourned at 4:35 p.m.