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September 29, 1997
Jahan Ramazani, Chair of the Faculty Senate, called the meeting to
order at 3:00 p.m. In attendance were Edward Ayers, Rebecca
Kneedler, Janet Horne, Sharon Utz, Miles Townsend, Michael Williams,
Robert Grainger, Marva Barnett, Benjamin Ray, David Gies, Peter Low.
Stephen Schnatterly, Vice Provost for Graduate Studies, was a guest
at the meeting.
Mr. Ramazani welcomed everyone to the meeting. Steve Schnatterly
was introduced to the group. Mr. Schnatterly spoke to the Council
members regarding the relationship between the new Graduate Council
and the Faculty Senate. Mr. Schnatterly said the Graduate Council
was created to address graduate issues/concerns, and that it came
about through recommendations in the Self-Study report and
recommendations of the visiting committee of graduate deans. The
Graduate Council will advise the Academic Affairs Committee on issues
relating to graduate programs. The Graduate Council will help the
Provost sort through issues on graduate education. Peter Low, Vice
President and Provost, will modify the language in the Graduate
Council document to reflect its role as advisory to the Provost.
The next order of business was a discussion of the ongoing
Teaching initiative. Ben Ray, Chair of the Academic Affairs
Committee, reported on the initiative. He said he will be
communicating with Richard DeMong, Academic Affairs Committee member,
regarding a draft which will implement a set of guidelines for the
Teaching grants. Mr. Ray said the guidelines will be distributed in
the near future, and applications for grant money will be due by
February 1, 1998. Awards distribution will begin on July 1, 1998.
Mr. Ray will present this initiative to the full Senate at the
October 7 meeting.
Mr. Ramazani thanked the Academic Affairs Committee and the
Committee on Research and Scholarship for their enthusiastic response
to the charges that were given to the committees after the Faculty
Senate Retreat. He distributed copies of the charges given to the
two committees, which also lists the members of the subcommittees
appointed to address specific issues in the charges. David Gies,
Chair of the Committee on Research and Scholarship, and Ben Ray,
Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, gave brief remarks on plans
of action they have developed for addressing the charges. Each Chair
will give a brief report on the plan of action for their committee at
the Faculty Senate meeting.
The Executive Council discussed the agenda for the October 7
Faculty Senate meeting. The agenda will include remarks by John
Casteen, reports on the Teaching initiative and reports on the
Intellectual Community initiative.
The Council members had a brief discussion on faculty salaries,
led by Robert Grainger, who raised questions of where more
information could by obtained and what the administration is doing to
pursue the issue. There was also a brief discussion of retirement
benefits. Sharon Utz reported on a presentation given by Leondard
Sandridge, which was about established basic retirement options being
offered by the University, and changes being made to the options.
Mr. Ramazani told the group that a member of the Acadmeic Affairs
Committee was resigning, and suggestions need to be made for a
replacement. Finally, the Committee discussed the Minor Hall
incident. Mr. Ramazani will stay informed as the investigations
The meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.
Submitted by Janet Horne, Secretary of the Faculty Senate