Minutes of the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate
Monday, August 28, 2006
Mason Hall, room D5, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Senators Present: Jim Bennett, Jim Sanford, Suzanne Slayden, Peter Stearns, Susan Trencher, Cliff Sutton
Senator Absent: Rick Coffinberger
Discussion - Salary Equity Study Committee: did not provide a report for AY 05-06; Provost asserts that work to assess trends re gender and minority issues very important, within disciplines and access to time in rank. Works as a control to see if anything wildly out of whack in general terms. About ten years ago, Ann Palkovich did a study that showed gender biases, spurred by Don Gantz and John Miller; study done again two – three years later. Last study done two years ago.
Copyright Policy: not ready for consideration by the Faculty Senate this month, better to wait until October. To be presented by Jim Sanford - Jennifer Murphy and Matt Kluger to attend; University Counsel did not feel his presence needed. Suggestion to call a special meeting may be considered. As voice of the general faculty, the Senate will make our opinion known to the BOV.
Faculty Senate Newsletter: in response to question raised, Provost Stearns would not mind funding a stipend for a graduate student, but not tuition remission and requested we send him a proposal. To email, not print copies, publications office does not have resources for this project; to discuss with English/Communications faculty.
General discussion about need for faculty consultation on issues that affect them such as admissions policy, faculty/staff housing initiative, etc. Need for eternal vigilance. To invite Linda Schwartzstein, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Vice President of Enrollment Services, to a future Executive Committee meeting to discuss decisions such as changes in SAT requirements announced in the Washington Post in late May, 2006.
· Report on BOV meeting – Provost Stearns
· Special meeting Sept 13th for consideration of a report from Task Force on Salary Issues.
· Phi Beta Kappa – Marion Deshmukh
· Eulogy for Mel Friedlander – Joe Scimecca
· President Pro-Tem, - Dave Kuebrich, Parliamentarian, Sergeant-at-Arms
· Senators on University Standing Committees responsible for organizing the first meeting to elect a chair.
New Business – Senate Standing Committee Reports
Other New Business
Remarks for the Good of the General Faculty
Adjournment (followed by brief organizational meetings of the standing committees)
Clerk, Faculty Senate