George Mason University
Approved Minutes of the Executive Committee Meeting
April 28, 2004

Present: J. Bennett, M. De Nys, E. Elstun, D. Kuebrich, P. Stearns

Chair Jim Bennett opened the meeting at 9:07 am.

I. Approval of Minutes
The Minutes of the March 31, 2004 Executive Committee meeting were approved as distributed.

II. Announcements
A. Faculty representative to the GMU Foundation’s BOT

The GMU Foundation Board of Trustees and its Nominating Committee will review the list of Faculty Senate nominees and will make a final decision on the faculty representative at its June 4, 2004 meeting.

B. FSVA Bylaws and Governor’s Bill HB64
The Faculty Senate of Virginia has revised its Constitution and Bylaws, and all faculty senates have been asked to vote to approve the Bylaws revisions. The Governor has also signed the BOV bill (HB64) that states “the boards of visitors of any four-year state institution of higher education may appoint one or more nonvoting, advisory faculty representatives to their respective boards.” A motion to approve the Bylaws revisions will be submitted as part of the External Relations Committee’s annual report.

C. Teaching Effectiveness Committee/Teaching Evaluations
Per the request of the Committee Chair, a motion to create an Ad Hoc Committee on the Teacher/Course Evaluations will be submitted as part of the Effective Teaching Committee’s annual report.

III. Old Business
Most of the Senate Standing Committees’ business items have been completed this year. The Committee Chairs will let the Clerk know of any pending business for the 2004-2005 academic year so that the website can be updated. It was decided that the Communication with the BOV Committee will be disbanded at the next Senate meeting; it is now redundant since the faculty has a seat on the Faculty and Academic Standards Subcommittee and two representatives to the BOV itself.

IV. Reports from Senate Standing Committee Chairs
A. Academic Policy

The Committee will be submitting a motion concerning Drop Policies at next week’s meeting.

B. Budget & Resources
The Committee is concerned about perceived summer compensation inequities in the School of Management between the full-time professors and the adjuncts who teach during the summer. The Provost stated that paying 10% for SOM professors to teach a second course would cause an unacceptable budget overload because their base salaries are high compared to other schools. He admitted that the adjuncts are paid above matrix, but that the university has to do that for SOM and IT&E because of market forces. It was agreed that there is ambiguity in the Memo of Understanding on this issue.

C. Faculty Matters
The Committee will be submitting a motion concerning Emeritus Faculty, a report on summer school lab compensation, and follow-up recommendations on scientific misconduct.

The Committee has been asked to look into the designation “Administrative Faculty,” since it appears to have very broad usage covering everyone from the university president to librarians to coaches.

The Faculty Senate Office has received 347 Faculty Evaluation of Administrators surveys (36%), which is a lower return rate than last year. Faculty members have again expressed concern about confidentiality and demographic information. An
e-mail will be sent to all faculty members to encourage them to fill out the surveys and send them in.

D. Nominations
Evans Mandes and Susan Trencher have agreed to be the faculty representatives on the Food Services Contract Committee.

E. Organization & Operations
No report.

V. New Business
The issue of grading patterns in the General Education courses will be covered in the General Education Committee’s annual report.

VI. Adjournment
The meeting adjourned at 10:10 am.

Respectfully submitted,
Debi Siler
Clerk, Faculty Senate

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