GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
MINUTES OF THE FACULTY SENATE
SEPTEMBER 6, 2006
Senators Present: Kristine Bell, Jim Bennett, Alok Berry, Deborah Boehm-Davis, Phillip Buchanan, Frieda Butler, Julie Christensen, Rick Coffinberger, Jose Cortina, Allison Frendak, Jeffrey Gorrell, Karen Hallows, Susan Hirsch, Dan Joyce, Matthew Karush, Jim Kozlowski, David Kuebrich, Linda Monson, Jean Moore, Ami Motro, Patricia Moyer-Packenham, Paula Petrik, Peter Pober, Jane Razeghi, Larry Rockwood, Jim Sanford, Joe Scimecca, Suzanne Slayden, Ilya Somin, Ray Sommer, Peter Stearns, Cliff Sutton, June Tangney, Ellen Todd, Susan Trencher, Phil Wiest, James Willett, Jennie Wu, Stanley Zoltek.
Senators Absent: Ernest Barreto, Russ Brayley, Lorraine Brown, Jack Censer, Vikas Chandhoke, Sara Cobb, Lloyd Cohen, Warren Decker, Lloyd Griffiths, Kingsley Haynes, Mark Houck, Menas Kafatos, Richard Klimoski, Jane McDonald, Alan Merten, Daniel Polsby, William Reeder, Shirley Travis, Iosif Vaisman, Mary Williams, John Zenelis.
Visitors Present: Kristen Bieling, Broadside; Mary Bramley, Student Senate; Marion Deshmukh, Associate Professor, History and Art History; Pat Donini, Deputy Director – Human Resources; Dolores Gomez-Moran, Ombudsman for Students; Linda Harber, Assistant Vice President – Human Resources; Robin Herron, Editor, Mason Gazette; Susan Jones, University Registrar; Sharon Kerr, Librarians’ Council; Donna Kidd, Assistant Vice President – Budget and IRR; Marilyn Mobley, Associate Provost for Education Programs; Della Patrick, Staff Senate Liaison.
I. Call to Order and Announcements:
Chair Suzanne Slayden called the meeting to order at 3:01 p.m. and welcomed everyone to the first Faculty Senate meeting of the academic year. Five new Senators: Kristine Bell (IT&E), Frieda Butler (CHHS), Allison Frendak (SPP), Ray Sommer (SPP), and Jennie Wu (CHHS) were welcomed. The new Chair pro tem is David Kuebrich, and Larry Rockwood will serve as Sergeant-At-Arms. The parliamentarian position remains unfilled and requests were made for volunteers. As former parliamentarian, Suzanne Slayden is willing to train someone interested in learning the rudiments of parliamentary procedure. Thanks also to the members of the Executive Committee (Jim Bennett, Rick Coffinberger, Jim Sanford, Cliff Sutton, and Susan Trencher) who continued to serve throughout the summer. The Faculty Senate Office has moved to the Northeast Module, room 129. Senators are reminded to initial the attendance sheet at the rear of the room. Visitors who choose to sign in on the visitor’s sheet provided, will be named in the minutes.
II. Approval of the Minutes of April 19, 2006 and May 3, 2006: The minutes were approved as distributed.
A. Special Meeting on Wednesday, September 13, 2006 for consideration of a report from the Task Force on Salary Issues: The meeting agenda will be sent out later this afternoon. The report will be the only business transacted at the special meeting.
B. Phi Beta Kappa – Marion Deshmukh
The process to initiate a Phi Beta Kappa chapter at George Mason University has begun again. The secretary of Phi Beta Kappa came to campus to provide information about the process and requirements. If approved, a chapter here would be inaugurated in 2010; a three-year approval cycle. All faculty are asked to contact new faculty hired since 2003 to identify those who are Phi Beta Kappa members. The process includes the production of a general report and an on-site visit. A recommendation is then made to the Phi Beta Kappa Senate/Council. It was noted that this effort will be our third try for approval of a chapter at GMU. A long history in which the issue of governance – autonomy from the BOV, political climate under previous governance, the amount of interference in faculty matters especially, was noted. Last time (Fall 2004), cancellation of Michael Moore’s visit in a time proximate to the voting by Phi Beta Kappa raised questions already significant as part of general questioning about faculty governance. Dr. Deshmukh reported that Phi Beta Kappa still receives letters about this incident which has now taken on the weight of academic lore. Among changes in faculty governance since 2004, the election of faculty representatives to BOV committees as well as the expansion university facilities will be open for consideration. Perennially optimistic, Professor Deshmukh noted that at least ten percent of the faculty in the colleges of science and arts must be Phi Beta Kappa members. Undergraduates also become eligible to apply for fellowships sponsored by the program. Dr. Deshmukh expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to address the senate on this issue. She thanked the Senate for allowing us to give an overview.
The annual meeting overlapped a full day with the BOV session and included the presence of a few Senators. The main theme revolved around making Mason a great university requiring a good deal of preparation on the part of staff in the provost’s office. The present Board of Visitors is solidly constructive in its desire to advance the university. Results of the discussions of steps necessary for the “great University” initiative included need to clarify the gap in FTE funding between us and a great university; to give the BOV a renewed sense of their responsibility to get more funding from Richmond. The Provost also expressed his belief that we can do a better job reporting to the BOV and ourselves, initiating major education improvements which do not hinge on large infusions of cash, and other measures which do not push beyond the realm of the possible. Criteria include the qualifications of entering freshman, diversity, faculty/student contact outside the classroom; to challenge ourselves to pay more attention to graduate programs, Phi Beta Kappa application process, etc. Assessment on alumni first five years out must be done and is important to demonstrate the need to increase capacity to do this; an example of improvement not at great cost.
Mel Friedlander of Public and International Affairs died suddenly on August 18th while traveling with his wife in Portugal. He taught at GMU since 1984, specializing in the Middle East. He was the author of two books: on Begin and Sadat, as well as general peacemaking in the Middle East. He also worked for the Democratic National Committee and the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). Joe recalled Mel’s leadership of a small Tuesday-Thursday luncheon group (10-30 people); where he was always ready to talk about Middle Eastern policy. Dr. Scimecca recalled Professor Friedlander’s comment when he briefed Donald Rumsfeld at DIA, to the effect that Mr. Rumsfeld did not listen to anyone. A half-dozen or so undergraduate students attended Mel’s funeral, an unusual occurrence and testimony to his greatness as a teacher. He will be missed. GMU will never be the same without him. A moment of silence was observed.
V. New Business – Committee Reports
A. Senate Standing Committees
The committee has received a request to follow up on the issue of reduced parking rates for adjunct faculty.
5. Organization and Operations – no report.
6. Nominations – Jim Bennett: slate of nominations to be presented today after much arm-twisting.
B. Other Committees
1. Faculty Handbook Revision Committee – Rick Coffinberger
The committee continues to work hard and has met regularly over the summer. We expect to meet three times/month this fall; our goal is to wrap up the task by the end of the semester (early January).
2. Task Force on Salary Issues – Rick Coffinberger
Our second report will be presented a week from today (September 13th). Procedures will be similar to the last report given at April 19th special meeting. We have developed a set of “straw” recommendations and request your feedback; then will present recommendations at our October meeting, including some motions.
VI. Other New Business
A. Approval of Meeting Schedule for 2006-2007 Academic Year (Attachment A). The schedule was approved. The rector will also be invited to address the Senate.
B. Elections: Nominations Chair Jim Bennett thanked the members of the committee (Mark Houck, Jim Kozlowski, Jane Razeghi, and Phil Wiest) for their hard work.
1. Election of the Secretary of the Senate
Nominee – Susan Trencher
No further nominations were made from the floor, the motion that nominations be closed was seconded and approved. The nominee was elected unanimously by voice vote.
2. Election of Members of Senate Standing Committees
Continuing Members: Cliff Sutton, Peter Pober, James Willett
Nominees: Julie Christensen, Dan Joyce
Continuing Members: Rick Coffinberger, Phil Buchanan
Nominees: Karen Hallows, Joe Scimecca, Ray Sommer
Continuing Members: Patricia Moyer-Packenham, Jane Razeghi, Larry Rockwood
Nominees: Warren Decker, Jim Sanford
Continuing Members: Jim Bennett, Mark Houck, Phil Wiest
Nominees: Must come from Senate floor
Continuing Members: Ernest Barreto, Alok Berry
Nominees: Lorraine Brown, Jean Moore, Susan Trencher
Jane Razeghi and Linda Monson were nominated from the floor to serve on the Nominations Committee. No further nominations were made from the floor for any of the Senate Standing Committees. A motion to close nominations was made and seconded and all nominees were elected by a unanimous voice vote “aye.” The members of the Faculty Senate Standing Committees will meet at the conclusion of this meeting to elect a chair for each committee.
Continuing Members: Pamela Cangelosi, Julie Christensen, Michael Hurley (Provost Appointee), Peter Pober, Ellen Todd
Nominee: Lloyd Cohen
Continuing Members: Rose Brenkus, Dan Joyce, Eddie Tallent (Dean of Admissions appointee), Charles Thomas
Nominees: Kelly Dunne, Ramon Planas
Continuing Members: Bob Baker, Sharon deMonsabert, Gerald Hanweck
Nominees: Linda Miller, Phil Wiest
Continuing Members: Alok Berry, Jose Cortina, Harold Geller
Nominees: Doris Bitler, Jane McDonald, Bob Smith
(two nominees must be Senators)
Continuing Members: Lorraine Brown, Michelle Marks (Provost Appointee), Toni Travis
Nominees: Deborah Boehm-Davis, David Kuebrich, Nance Lucas
Continuing Members: Rose Cherubin, Laurie Fathe (Provost appointee), Jim Harvey, Susan Hirsch (Provost appointee), Jim Kozlowski, Christena Langley (Provost appointee), Marilyn Mobley (Associate Provost – Chair), Lolita O’Donnell, Cliff Sutton (Provost appointee), James Willett
Nominees: Alok Berry, Peggy Feerick, Sheryl Friedley
(nominees may not be non-tenured, chairs, or administrators)
Nominees: John Crockett, Cynthia Lont, Miriam Raskin, Joseph Reid
MINORITY AND DIVERSITY ISSUES
(nominees must be tenured or tenure-track faculty)
Continuing Members: Amal Amireh, Wayne Froman, Jennie Wu
Nominees: David Kravitz, Jim Metcalf
NON-TRADITIONAL, INTERDISCIPLINARY, AND ADULT LEARNING
Continuing Members: Jennifer Berger, Eugenia Verdaguer, Mary Williams
Nominees: Jen-Eng Lin, Laurie Harmon
Continuing Members: Josephine Evola (Equity Office appointee), Elyse Lehman (Provost appointee), John Miller, Don Seto
Nominee: Kristine Bell
Continuing Members: Ami Motro, Paula Petrik
Nominees: Melissa Martin, Goodlet McDaniel (Provost appointee), Iosif Vaisman, Steven Weinberger, Stanley Zoltek
WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM
Continuing Members: Tamara Maddox, Tom Owens, Ellen Rodgers, Terry Zawacki (Director of the WAC Program)
Nominees: Susan Durham, Elavie Ndura, Beth Schneider, Andrew Wingfield, Stanley Zoltek
No further nominations were made from the floor for any of the University Standing Committees. A motion to close nominations was made and seconded and all nominees were elected by a unanimous voice vote. In a departure from past practice, Senators elected to University Standing Committees are
responsible to convene a meeting to elect a chair, as well as responsible for the submission of the annual report.
UNIVERSITY SAFETY COMMITTEE
HUMAN RESOURCES AWARDS COMMITTEE
CONFLICT OF COMMITMENT POLICY COMMITTEE
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY COMMITTEE
PATENT POLICY COMMITTEE
RESEARCH RECORDS POLICY COMMITTEE
No further nominations were made from the floor for any of the Faculty Representatives. A motion to close nominations was made and seconded and all nominees were elected by a unanimous voice vote.
Faculty are encouraged to join the Faculty Arts Board. Electrical power in Research I will be turned off for 8 hours, including backup emergency power. An announcement will be sent regarding the opening of the Faculty Lounge – doughnuts are free. Bagels and anything healthy must be brought in by individuals using the lounge. Please email Susan Trencher (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any concerns about the Lounge.
The meeting was adjourned at 3:42 p.m.
PROPOSED MEETING SCHEDULE
FOR AY 2006-2007
All Faculty Senate meetings take place on Wednesday afternoons at 3:00 p.m. in Robinson Hall, rm. B113
September 6, 2006
September 13, 2006:
Special Called Meeting: Report and Recommendations of the Faculty Task Force to Consider Salary Issues
October 18, 2006
November 1, 2006
President Merten to address Faculty Senate
November 29, 2006
January 24, 2007
February 21, 2007
March 7, 2007
April 4, 2007
President Merten to address Faculty Senate
May 2, 2007
May 9, 2007