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September 24, 1998
Present: Edward Ayers, David Gies, Jahan
Ramazani, Marva Barnett, Kathryn Neeley, Miles Townsend, Robert
Grainger, Janet Horne, Patricia Werhane, Richard DeMong, Peter
Ed Ayers, Chair of the Faculty Senate, called the
meeting to order at 9:00 a.m., in the Alderman Library Conference
Mr. Ayers distributed a document titled
"Coordinating Council of University-wide Groups." This document is
the proposed charter for the Coordinating Council, which is a
clearinghouse organization concerned with the culture and climate of
the educational/workplace environment at the University. The
Coordinating Council consists of representatives of all
University-wide committees and organizations and several ex officio
members. Mr. Ayers asked for comments. The Council members
discussed the document and made comments and suggestions. The
members of the Executive Council feel the Senate should be involved
in this opportunity. There were several sentences in the proposed
charter that the Council feels should be revised. The Executive
Council agreed that the Senate should join the Coordinating Council
of University-wide Groups, providing the Senate can agree with a
revised charter. Mr. Ayers will contact Alex Johnson, who is leading
this initiative, and inform him of the Executive Council's
Richard DeMong, Chair of the Academic Affairs
Committee, gave a report on the work of his Committee. He said the
two major issues the Committee will address this year are follow-up
work resulting from the Faculty Senate/student retreat, and the Honor
Code. His Committee will develop a survey in an effort to identify
the faculty's perception of the Honor Code. Peter Low suggested that
Edmund Moomaw, Executive Director of Institutional Assessment and
Studies, could help with sending out the survey. It was noted that
the Senate's role in the Honor System should be of a facilitative and
There was a brief discussion regarding the Junior
Faculty Initiative, which was part of the charge for the Academic
Affairs Committee for the 1997-98 academic year. Mr. DeMong said his
Committee will continue to work on this initiative in the spring.
Council members made suggestions on activities concerning junior
faculty that could be undertaken this year, including continued
junior faculty lunches with members of the Executive Council, and
input from junior faculty on the medical side of the University.
Louis Bloomfield, Chair of the Research and
Scholarship Committee, was unable to attend the meeting, and Mr.
Ayers reported on the work of that Committee. A poster, which lists
the upcoming events of the Forum for Contemporary Thought, which is a
Senate initiative, was shown to the group. The Committee discussed
the forum, and Mr. Bloomfield will work with Rita Felski, Director of
the forum, on issues related to the forum.
The Information Technology Initiative, another
initiative of the Research and Scholarship Committee, was discussed.
Mr. Ayers said he would ask each Senator to convene his/her
constituents to gain thought on what information technology is doing
to the culture at the University of Virginia and what directions we
should pursue in the future. Mr. Ayers will develop and submit a
draft survey to the Executive Council via e-mail before the upcoming
Faculty Senate meeting, which is on October 8th. Information
technology will be discussed at the October Senate meeting. The
University Library and the Office of Information Technology have
agreed to address faculty concerning information technology at the
The Faculty Senate of Virginia is actively
involved in issues concerning faculty governance at institutions of
higher education throughout the Commonwealth, Mr. Ayers noted. Mr.
Ayers said the Faculty Senate at the University of Virginia needs to
be an active participant in the activities of this organization.
The Executive Council then addressed faculty
and/or organizations requests for the Senate to send e-mail messages
to faculty members. It was decided that any messages directly
related to Senate affairs can be sent without Executive Council
approval, but the Executive Council needs to review and approve
messages that might be something the Senate would want to send, even
though the message may not be Senate-related.
Finally, the Executive Council decided to request
Senate representation on each of the four commissions discussed at
the President's Retreat.
The meeting adjourned at 10:30 a.m.
Submitted by Marva A. Barnett, Secretary of the