October 10, 2000 (3:30-5:00 p.m.)
Fontaine Research Park, 560 Ray C. Hunt Dr., 4th Floor
Present: Patricia Werhane, Robert Grainger, Michael Smith, Rebecca Kneedler, Houston Wood, III, Donald Innes, Jr, George Cohen, Michael Levenson, Julian Connolly, William Kehoe, Doris Glick, Peter Low
Patricia Werhane, Chair of the Faculty Senate, called the meeting to order. Laurie Kelsh, University Planning Officer, contacted Ms. Werhane regarding the Virginia 2020 Reports. The Reports are ready to be disseminated. Ms. Kelsh has asked for feedback from the Senators and their constituents. The final reports from each of the four Commissions, and an Executive Summary, will be posted on the web. The Commissions are Fine and Performing Arts; International Activities; Public Service and Outreach and; Science and Technology. The documents are each approximately 40-pages long. After the Reports are put on the web, the Senate will be notified of the URL so that they may review the documents and/or the Executive Summaries and offer feedback. Peter Low, Vice President and Provost, suggested the Faculty Senate might sponsor a series of fora on the work of the four Commissions. Each forum would include key people, such as Commission heads and document writers, to address the group and answer questions. In addition, the Virginia 2020 Reports will be the key agenda item at the All-University Retreat on November 17.
Robert Grainger, Past Chair of the Research and Scholarship Committee, reported on the Garden Room. Mr. Grainger, Pat Werhane and David Gies met with Robert Sweeney, Vice President for Development, and discussed possible options. Mr. Grainger reported that Mr. Sweeney was very supportive of some endeavor that might result in a faculty-gathering place for meetings, meals, and intellectual discussions. It was suggested that a survey of University faculty be conducted to get wider input on the issue. It was also suggested that other schools be benchmarked. The group discussed other University organizations they might get involved in this initiative, and they discussed the process of creating the survey.
William Kehoe, Chair of the Research and Scholarship Committee, reported on the progress of the Harrison Undergraduate Research Awards. The Call for Proposals has gone to all undergraduate schools and departments, student organizations, and residence halls. In addition, an ad has appeared in the Cavalier Daily and Inside UVA. The deadline for submitting proposals to the Faculty Senate Office is Wednesday, November 8, 2000. The Research and Scholarship Committee is working on finding a volunteer from the Faculty Senate to be the contact person for the Faculty Senate Faculty Speakers Bureau. Mr. Kehoe announced the next Committee meeting, which is on Friday, November 3.
Doris Glick, Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, reported on the work of that Committee. Ms. Glick reported that Karin Wittenborg, University Librarian, was a guest at the last Committee meeting. Ms. Wittenborg discussed Electronic Journals and how they impact the University and the Library. The group discussed the issue. Michael Smith suggested that Ms. Wittenborg send the Senate some electronic data on the issue. It was also suggested that Ms. Wittenborg attend the December 15th Faculty Senate meeting to address the issue and take questions. Ms. Glick commented that the Academic Affairs Committee will meet on October 18,th and they will continue their discussion regarding Electronic Journals.
Ms. Werhane discussed the Course Offering Directory and the possibility of having the Directory in an electronic, searchable database. Ms. Werhane spoke with Carol Stanley, University Registrar, regarding the concept. Ms. Stanley is open to the suggestion, and she said that for the concept to work, the Senate would need to solicit "keywords" from all schools/departments for their course offerings. Mr. Connolly suggested that each Senator ask their constituents for keywords for their course offerings. There should be a list of "controlled vocabulary" words, and each department/school should extract approximately 20 keywords for their offerings. Mr. Connolly agreed to help work on this initiative.
The group discussed the agenda for the October 18th Faculty Senate meeting. The possibility of having a Faculty Senate sponsored interdisciplinary Symposium was also discussed.
The meeting adjourned at 4:55 p.m.
Submitted by Michael J. Smith, Secretary of the Faculty Senate