Agenda for the Faculty Senate Meeting

September 5, 2007

Room B-113 Robinson Hall

3:00-4:15 p.m.

 

 

I.          Call to Order

 

II.        Approval of the Minutes of May 2, 2007

 

III.       Announcements

 

               University Budget Report - Provost Peter Stearns

 

 

IV.       Unfinished Business

               None

 

V.        New Business - Committee Reports

 

               A.  Senate Standing Committees

Executive Committee

   Approval of Meeting Schedule for 2007-2008 Academic Year                   Attachment A

 

      ad hoc Committee to Review the University Faculty Evaluation Form

                                                                                                                     Attachment B

Academic Policies

   Approval of Dates for Summer Term 2008                                                 Attachment C

 

Budget & Resources

Faculty Matters

Nominations

Organization & Operations

 

               B. Other Committees

           

 

VI.       Other New Business

 

               A.  Elections

Election of the Secretary of the Senate                                         Nominee:  Susan Trencher

 

Election of Members of Senate Standing Committees                                     Attachment D

 

Election of Members of University Committees                                               Attachment E

 

Election of other Faculty Representatives                                                        Attachment F

 

 

               B.  Motion to establish a Task Force to Improve Research Productivity

                                                                                                                     Attachment G

 

               C.  Motion to approve the proposed University Policy on Misconduct in Research and

   Scholarship                                                                                                 Attachment H

 

VII.     Remarks for the Good of the General Faculty

 

VIII.    Adjournment

[followed by brief organizational meetings of the Senate Standing Committees]


GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

OFFICE OF THE FACULTY SENATE

 MEETING SCHEDULE

FOR AY 2007-2008

 

 

All Faculty Senate meetings take place on Wednesday afternoons

at 3:00 p.m. in Robinson Hall, rm. B113

 

 

September 5, 2007

 

 

October 10, 2007

 

 

November 7, 2007

 

 

November 28, 2007

President Merten to address Faculty Senate

 

 

January 23, 2008

 

 

February 13, 2008

 

 

March 5, 2008

 

 

April 2, 2008

President Merten to address Faculty Senate

 

 

April 30, 2008

 

 

 

 


Attachment B

 

ad hoc Committee to Review the University Faculty Evaluation Form

 

On March 8, 2006, the Faculty Senate passed the following motion:
 
Be it resolved that the Faculty Senate constitutes an Ad Hoc Committee to review the new University Faculty Evaluation form, one year from its implementation.
 
Rationale:
 
At the November 30, 2005 meeting of the Faculty Senate, a motion to approve the pilot course evaluation form (University Faculty Evaluation Form) was approved by a divided house:  22 Senators voting for its adoption and 15 Senators voting against. 
 
Comments prior to the Senate vote were divided along unit lines, with Senators representing the science, technology, and engineering units cohesive in their opposition to the new form as presently constructed.
 
Evaluating the new form following two semesters of its use will allow all members of the university faculty to assess its utility and provide an opportunity for appropriate feedback.

 

 

 

Nominations for members of the committee should be sent to the Nominations Committee. A slate of nominees will be presented on the agenda of the October 10, 2007 meeting.

 


 

Attachment C

 

Approval of Dates for Summer Term 2008

http://summer.gmu.edu/dates08.htm

SESSION A

DAYS                                             DATES                                      EXAM DATES

MTWRF                                        May 19 - June 17                      June 19 & 20

MTWR                                          May 19 - June 17                      June 19

MWF(evenings)*                         May 19 - June 18                      June 20

TRS(evenings)**                        May 20 - June 17                      June 19

* Classes meet MW and the following Fridays: May 30, June 6, 13, and June 20.
** Classes meet TR and the following Saturdays:  May 31, June 7, and 14.

The University is closed in observance of Memorial Day - Monday, May 26, 2008.


SESSION B

DAYS                                             DATES                                      EXAM DATES

MW                                                June 2 - July 14                         July 21

TR                                                  June 3 - July 22                         July 24

University closed in observance of Independence Day - Friday, July 4, 2008.

No standard classes on Thursday, July 3, 2008.


SESSION C

DAYS                                             DATES                                      EXAM DATES

MTWRF                                        June 30 - July 30                       August 1 & 4

MTWR                                          June 30 - July 29                       July 31

MWF(evenings)*                         June 30 - July 28                       July 30

TRS(evenings)**                        July 1 - July 31                          August 2

* Classes meet MW and the following Fridays:  July 11, 18, and 25.
** Classes meet TR and the following Saturdays: July 12, 19, 26, and August 2.

University closed in observance of Independence Day - Friday, July 4th, 2008.

No standard classes on Thursday, July 3, 2008.


SESSION X

Days, dates, and times determined by individual course instructors.


 ATTACHMENT  D

 

FACULTY SENATE STANDING COMMITTEES

 

ACADEMIC POLICIES:

Continuing Member:  Julie Christensen

Nominees:  Jim Kozlowski, Janette Muir, Mary M. Williams, Mike Wolf-Branigin

 

BUDGET AND RESOURCES:

Continuing Members:  Karen Hallows, Joe Scimecca, Ray Sommer

Nominees:  Phil Buchanan, Rick Coffinberger

 

FACULTY MATTERS:

Continuing Member:  Jim Sanford

Nominees:  Frieda Butler, Dave Kuebrich, Patricia Moyer-Packenham, Larry Rockwood

 

ORGANIZATION AND OPERATIONS:

Continuing Members:  Lorraine Brown, Jean Moore, June Tangney

Nominees:  Ernest Barreto, Phil Wiest

 

NOMINATIONS:

Continuing Members:  Linda Monson, Jane Razeghi

Nominees:  Must come from Senate floor

 

 

ATTACHMENT E

 

UNIVERSITY STANDING COMMITTEES

 

ACADEMIC APPEALS: 

Continuing Member:  Lloyd Cohen

Nominees:  Flavia Colonna, Mike Hurley (Provost’s appointee), Walter Morris, Michael Noar, Bob Pasnak

 

ADMISSIONS:

Continuing Members:  Kelly Dunne, Ramon Planas

Nominees:  Frieda Butler, James Carroll, John Kulesza, Eddie Tallent (Dean of Admissions appointee)

 

ATHLETIC COUNCIL:

Continuing Members:  Linda Miller, Phil Wiest

Nominees:  Robert E. Baker, Julie Christensen, Sharon deMonsabert

 

EFFECTIVE TEACHING:

Continuing Members:  Doris Bitler, Bob Smith

Nominees:  Karen Hallows, Giuseppina Kysar, Lynne Schrum, Melanie Szulczewski

 

EXTERNAL ACADEMIC RELATIONS:

Continuing Members:  Deborah Boehm-Davis, Dave Kuebrich, Nance Lucas

Nominees:  Michelle Marks (Provost appointee), Peter Pober, John Riskind

 

GENERAL EDUCATION:

Continuing Members:  Alok Berry, Kim Eby (Provost appointee), Peggy Feerick, Sheryl Friedley, Susan Hirsch (Provost appointee), Christena Langley (Provost appointee)

Nominees:  Don Boileau, Rick Davis (Associate Provost, Chair), Douglas Eyman, R. Claire Snyder, Hugh Sockett, Karen Studd, Cliff Sutton (Provost appointee)

 

GRIEVANCE:

(nominees must be tenured, may not be a chair or serving in administrative capacity)

Continuing Members:  John Crockett, Sheryl Friedley, Miriam Raskin, Joseph Reid

Nominee:  Howard Kurtz

 

 

MINORITY AND DIVERSITY ISSUES:

(nominees must be tenured or tenure-track)

Continuing Members:  David Kravitz, Jim Metcalf

Nominees:  David S. Anderson, Heibatollah Baghi, Raja Parasuraman

 

 

NON-TRADITIONAL, INTERDISCIPLINARY, AND ADULT LEARNING

Continuing Members: Jeng-Eng Lin, Laurie Harmon

Nominees:  Penelope Earley, Steve Ruth, Linda Samuels

 

 

SALARY EQUITY STUDY COMMITTEE:

Continuing Members:  Kristine Bell, Don Seto

Nominees:  Karen Hallows (Provost appointee), Carol Urban


 

TECHNOLOGY POLICY:

Continuing Members:  Melissa Martin, Goodlet McDaniel (Provost appointee), Iosif Vaisman, Steven Weinberger, Stanley Zoltek

Nominees:  Star Muir, Paula Petrik

 

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:

Continuing Members:  Pamela Cangelosi, Susan Durham, Beth Schneider, Andrew Wingfield, Terry Zawacki (ex-officio), Stanley Zoltek

Nominees:  Anne Marchant, Tom Owens, Ellen Rodgers

 

 


ATTACHMENT F

 

OTHER FACULTY REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

TASK FORCE TO EVALUATE THE STUDENT COURSE EVALUATION FORM

Cynthia Beck
Lawrence Butler

Kim Eby (Provost appointee)

Kris Smith

Cliff Sutton

Mary M. Williams

 

TASK FORCE TO IMPROVE RESEARCH PRODUCTIVITY

Alok Berry

Sharon deMonsabert

Bob Smith

 

SATELLITE CAMPUS TASK FORCE

John Crockett

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Attachment G

 

Motion: that a TASK FORCE TO IMPROVE RESEARCH PRODUCTIVITY be established.

 

The Task Force is charged to:

 

1. survey the Faculty about all aspects of management of research and grants that affect productivity;

 

2. discuss whatever problems or issues that are identified with relevant offices and individuals and to seek to resolve the concerns of Faculty; and

 

3. report its findings, in both written and oral form, to the Faculty Senate at the April, 2008 meeting.

 

The final report should recognize both the strengths and deficiencies of the research environment, should specify the steps that have been taken to resolve problems or deficiencies and state what issues still need to be addressed.

 

The Task Force shall consist of three faculty members elected by the Senate, one of whom must be a Senator, a Provost's appointee and a representative of the Office of Sponsored Programs.

 

 

 

Rationale: George Mason University aspires to increase externally funded research and to gain status as a world-class research university. However, concerns have been expressed about various issues that directly and negatively affect the research efforts and productivity of Mason Faculty, e.g., lengthy approval times for both human and animal experiments; problems with the Office of Sponsored Programs; difficulties with budget management software; and onerous requirements for conducting lab and other research.

 

 

Sponsored by:

Senator Alok Berry (SITE)

Senator Deborah Boehm-Davis (CHSS)

Senator June Tangney (CHSS)

Senator Iosif Vaisman (COS)

Senator Stanley Zoltek (COS)

 

 

In order that the Task Force have enough time to fulfill its charge, the Faculty Senate will be asked to determine that the formation of the Task Force is of “urgent necessity” (Bylaws V.3.) so that nominations and election of members to the committee can take place at the meeting on 5 Sept.

 


Attachment H

 

Motion to approve the proposed University Policy on Misconduct in Research and Scholarship

 

The full text appears at http://www.gmu.edu/facstaff/senate/Misconduct-document.htm

April 26, 2007
To: Suzanne W. Slayden, Chair, Faculty Senate
From: Barry W. Stevens, Director, Research Policy Development
Subject:  University Policy on Misconduct in Research and Scholarship


This memorandum transmits for the consideration of the Faculty Senate a university policy on Misconduct in Research and Scholarship.  As you know, by consensus, the committee that developed the policy endorsed its contents and recommended that it be adopted by the university.  This morning, the Deans and Directors also endorsed the policy. 

A revised policy on research misconduct is needed to replace the university’s moribund 1990 Policy on Scientific Misconduct and bring the university into compliance with the requirements for the receipt of Federal funds.  A draft of the policy was the subject of discussion at the October 5, 2006 meeting of the Deans and Directors.  As a result of that discussion, the committee that had worked on the draft was expanded to include three members of the Deans and Directors and two additional members of the faculty and the draft was thoroughly reexamined.

The expanded committee included the following:
Matt Kluger, Vice President for Research and Economic Development   
Jack Censer, Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Kingsley Haynes, Dean, School of Public Policy
Supported by Jonathan Gifford, Acting Associate Dean
Jim Olds, Director, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study
Chip Petricoin, Professor of Life Sciences
Larry Kerschberg, Professor of Information and Software Engineering
Suzanne Slayden, Associate Professor of Chemistry
Bob Nadeau, Professor of English  
Linda Samuels, Professor of Legal Studies   
Jennifer Murphy, Director, Office of Technology Transfer
Ann McGuigan, Director, Office of Sponsored Programs
Tom Moncure, University Counsel

I chaired the committee and served as facilitator, researcher, and drafter.

Among the principal features of the policy that these individuals endorsed are the following: 

1.  The policy sets out the university’s commitment to the highest standards of ethical, scientific, and scholarly practice and to compliance with the requirements for the receipt of Federal funds.  The policy fully complies with Federal law.

2.The policy applies to both Federally-funded research and other research.

3. “Research misconduct,” as that term is used in the policy, includes only conduct that Federal law proscribes; that is, fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism, but not honest error or differences of opinion.

4. “Research” includes both the kinds of activities addressed by Federal rules on research misconduct and other forms of scholarship.

5. Any allegation of “research misconduct” is addressed under the policy and not under any other university policy or procedure except as the policy provides.  Respecting students, this means that the policy applies to post baccalaureate graduate and professional students who are engaged in Federally-funded or non-coursework-related research and to undergraduate students who are involved in Federally-funded research.  Students engaged in other activities are covered by the Honor Code and the University Code of Conduct.  Respecting faculty, it means that the policy and not the Faculty Grievance Process governs the examination of allegations of research misconduct.

6. The policy clearly assigns responsibility for the various steps in a research misconduct proceeding to the respondent’s Dean or Director, the Vice President for Research and Economic Development, the Provost, or the President.  In doing so, it strikes a balance between unit and central administration and ensures that proceedings are free from both real and apparent lack of fairness.

7. The policy includes all the protections for participants in research misconduct proceedings (respondents, complainants, witnesses, and committee members) that are required by Federal law and adds a number of others, including provisions intended to protect respondents against unfounded allegations.

On behalf of the committee and the Deans and Directors, I would request that the Senate act to bring this important matter to a successful and expeditious conclusion.  Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.


Policy on Misconduct in Research and Scholarship

pdf format http://www.gmu.edu/facstaff/senate/misconduct_policy_FacultySenate-4-26-07.pdf
[Note: See the last two pages of the document for a summary of procedures.]