GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
MINUTES OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
OF THE FACULTY SENATE
MARCH 7, 2005
Members Present: Jim Bennett, Lorraine Brown, Michael Ferri, Rick Coffinberger, David Kuebrich, Jim Sanford, Cliff Sutton.
Member Absent: Provost Peter Stearns.
I. Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 9:35 a.m.
II. Approval of Minutes: The minutes of February 9, 2005 were approved as distributed.
Chair Jim Bennett reminded the committee that this meeting was rescheduled from March 14, 2005 (during the week of spring break); our next Faculty Senate meeting takes place Wednesday, March 23rd.
A. Discussion of emeritus faculty representative to attend Faculty Senate and Executive Committee meetings – Meg to contact Aldona to see if retired faculty mailing list exists.
B. Faculty Handbook revision: The Executive Committee met with Esther Elstun to identify areas in the present Handbook in need of revision. After some discussion, a motion to amend Section 2.4 of the 1994 Faculty Handbook was proposed (Attachment A). Should the motion be passed at the next Faculty Senate meeting, the chair will direct the Secretary to send a letter to Rector Dewberry; copies to each member of the Board of Visitors and the President and Provost Stearns. Much emphasis has been placed on the issue of entrepreneurship in the university community. A new mission statement is being drafted by the administration (?) for the consideration of the Board of Visitors at a future meeting. How does this issue fit into the responsibilities of scholarship, teaching, as well as the broad range of service activities performed by faculty? Some schools, such as the School of Management, have encountered this concept more than others. Should career advancement be affected by entrepreneurship? What is its impact upon fundraising?
Jim Sanford reports that the FEA surveys will go out this week.
A faculty member wishes to email to faculty senators a letter cosigned by eleven (ultimately fifteen) faculty in opposition to the University Resolution to Protect Civil Liberties to be discussed at the joint Faculty Senate – AAUP meeting on March 9, 2005. After some discussion, it was decided to invite the faculty member to present the letter at the meeting. While we wish to encourage communication, we also do not wish to generate large volumes of emails to all senators (or faculty). Senators have the privilege of introducing motions. Of Dean Polsby’s letter against consideration of the university resolution, the concern was expressed that it upset the balance of all senators as equals however important it may have been to communicate his position on the resolution as dean of the Law School.
VII. Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 10:37 a.m.
Clerk of the Faculty Senate
The Executive Committee moves that Section 2.4 of the 1994 Faculty Handbook be amended as follows: