George Mason University
Approved Minutes of the Executive Committee Meeting
September 9, 2002
Present: J. Bennett, L. Brown, P. Buchanan, R. Coffinberger, M. DeNys, E. Elstun, D. Kuebrich
Guests: Tom Henessey, Peter Stearns
Chair Jim Bennett opened the meeting at 3:00 pm.
I. Approval of Minutes
The Minutes of the August 21 and September 5, 2002 Executive Committee meetings were unanimously approved.
II. Executive Committee Meeting Schedule
The Executive Committee will meet weekly on Wednesdays at 12:00 noon for the present time. The meetings will be held in 318 Enterprise Hall except for the following dates, when the meetings will be held in D109A Mason Hall with the Provost:
September 18; October 2; October 16; and November 6.
III. Executive Committee Manifesto
The Executive Committee Manifesto was approved as amended and will be distributed by e-mail to the entire faculty.
IV. Faculty Rewards and Incentives Committee Report
The Committee discussed two issues concerning the proposed modifications to the Faculty Handbook included in the Faculty Rewards and Incentives Committee Report.
First, it was suggested that an adjective be used to delineate tenure and non-tenure track faculty in the “fixed-term” titles found in Item 2.1.3. “Teaching” or “term” were offered as possible suggestions.
The second—and more serious—issue concerned an added paragraph to the original report that states: “The candidate for tenure may choose, within two years of entering the tenure track, the chosen area of concentration, teaching or research, provided the candidate is willing to take a higher load in that area.” The consensus was that the wording is vague, misleading, and confusing, and that the sentence should be eliminated entirely.
Dr. Stearns and Dr. Henessey presented information concerning the Board of Visitors’ Committee on Faculty and Academic Standards meeting on September 19th. At that meeting, Mark Grady, Lloyd Griffiths, Lorraine Brown, and Jack Censer will ask the Committee to recommend that the Board delete the above-mentioned paragraph before approving the Report. After the Board makes its decision, the President’s office will inform the Faculty Senate of the outcome. The Senate then has three weeks in which to offer its comments before changes can be made to the Faculty Handbook.
V. Additional Topics
Invitation to Julie Christensen to Speak on Honor Code Issues
Julie Christensen will be invited to address honor code issues at the September 18th Executive Committee meeting.
The meeting adjourned at 4:00 pm.
Secretary, Faculty Senate
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