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Academic Senate: Minutes 10/22/2013
Academic Senate: Minutes 10/22/2013
Call to order and announcements
II. Roll call
Present: Eric Anctil,Michael Andrews, Father Beauchamp, Elena Bernard, Jeff Brown, Brian Els, Lauretta Frederking, Elvia Gaona, Tom Greene, Drew Harrington, Susan Hinken, Joseph Hoffbeck, Steve Mayer, Tamar More, Patrick Murphy, Marie Napolitano, Andrew Nuxoll, Dan Pierce, Bryan Rookey, Alex Santana, Susan Stillwell, Alysse Thomas, Mark Utlaut, Matthew Warshawsky, John Watzke, Aaron Wootton
Absent: Bill Curtis, Julie Kalnin,
meeting from September 17, 2013, were approved as stated.
V. Standing Committee Reports:
a. Executive Committee, Dr. Dann Pierce à the committee met October 2 and discussed a number of transitions that will be taking place on campus. Committee Chair Pierce encourages Senate members to be in dialogue with the Executive Committee. Next meeting is November 5.
b. Committee on Committees, Ms. Susan Hinken à the president has asked the committee on committees to submit the names of up to 10 tenured faculty members from various disciplines of who the chair of the board of regents will select four members to serve on a committee that will aid in the selection of a new president. Names will be submitted by end of next week (month?).
c. Committee on Rank & Tenure, Dr. Mark Utlaut à work continues apace.
d. Committee on Teaching & Scholarship, Dr. Lauretta Frederking à the committee has met once since the last Senate meeting. Three items to report:
1. Committee began initial discussion on faculty submissions for Butine awards and discussed the purpose of the Butine fund, in particular whether Butine should fund program development and school training courses that serve the respective schools sometimes more than the individual faculty member. Dr. Frederking has asked to be invited to a deans’ meeting to hear from them. Second item,
2. The committee wants to understand the finances of the Butine fund more clearly, so it has invited the Provost to its meeting in January.
3. Separate from its work on the Butine fund, the committee is working with the Teaching and Learning collaborative to put together a faculty workshop in January or sometime during the spring semester centered around creative ways to engage faculty in intentional discussions and activities of teaching.
e. Committee on Faculty Welfare, Dr. Tamar More à The committee met with Bryn Sopko and is impressed with the work that Human Resources is doing about initiations for faculty benefits. Committee will meet with the Provost at its next meeting. Also it plans to work on documents such as faculty handbook and RAP (Resources and Procedures) manual, trying to eliminate inconsistencies and providing suggestions for improving process. At its most recent meeting with Provost, the Committee discussed its concerns with the new retirement policy.
f. Committee on Curriculum & Academic Regulations, Dr. Caery Evangelist à CAR met on 24 September and looked at three items:
1. Point of information from School of Education announcing the addition of a third area of concentration to their doctoral program.
2. CAS proposal adding a new minor in Gender and Women’s Studies. The minor is interdisciplinary in nature, drawing on a number of departments from within CAS. This proposal passed.
3. Proposal from the Shiley School of Engineering to institute a master’s degree in biomedical engineering. The program is interdisciplinary in nature and will draw on resources from a number of areas within the University (for both its prerequisites and its core curriculum) including Biology, Chemistry, Math, Physics and the PSOBA. The proposal also passed.
VI. Presidential Advisory Committees:
a. Committee on Student Media, Dr. Elena Bernard à has not met yet.
b. Committee on Athletics, Dr. Alex Santana à met October first.
1. Heard update from Fr. Beauchamp regarding NCAA deliberations on reform
2. Heard presentation by Athletic Director Scott Laykam, announcing that Gary Malecha will be the University’s new faculty rep to NCAA
c. Committee on Health and Safety, Dr. Steven Mayer à we met over fall break.
d. Committee on Information Technology, Dr. Gary Mitchell à discussed issues
relating to online testing (Dr. Mitchell was absent, Dr. Elena Bernard reporting)
Sustainability, Dr. Jeffrey Brown
haven’t met yet/nothing to report. Waiting for
guidance from the sustainability text course.
VII. Other Reports:
a. Fr. William Beauchamp à Presidential Search Committee will consist of three or four faculty members, seven board members, and several staff. Responsibility is primarily tasked to the board. Meetings with candidate(s) will be set up in November.
Other points discussed:
1. Personnel changes: Jim Lyons went to Santa Clara University; Bryce Strang is part of Presidential Leadership Cabinet; Fr. Obermiller returned as special assistant to VP of University Relations.
2. Rise campaign should exceed goal of $175 million.
3. Board took action to include sexual orientation in University’s
nondiscrimination clause, without relinquishing rights to be a Catholic university.
4. Issue with men’s basketball team having to miss up to 13-14 classes this year.
5. Fr. Beauchamp asks Curriculum Committee to consider changes to policy on
enrollment of transfer students; presently University is “transfer unfriendly.”
b. Dr. Thomas Greene à Will advocate for academics in budget meetings
Other points discussed:
1. New retirement plan is a two-year arrangement.
2. Possibility of rewriting faculty handbook, talking to Executive Committee
about where handbook would be adjusted, and then bringing to Senate, in
consultation with deans.
3. Provost wrote a memo on Registration regarding changes of dates in order to
generate less paperwork.
4. Emphasis on supporting undergraduate research: opportunity for allowing
students to become deeply involved; also enhances retention. Contact person is
5. Performance indicators will be examined at meeting with deans on Oct. 23
c. ASUP (Elvia Gaona) à
1. Met last month to talk about the spring forward finance course and registration. Talked with Dr. Baasten and Provost Greene about the pre-professional studies program, and has contacted Fr. Jeff Allison about how that degree works and how we can use that tool to gather a list of students on any professional track. In the meantime, Provost Greene will gather a list of those students and getting them over to their appropriate advisors.
ASUP created a needs assessment of the current library hours. Within
twenty-four hours, over 600 students, including graduate students, filled out
the survey. The survey is out until Oct. 25.
VIII. New Business
a. Proposal for Gender and Women's Studies Minor à Question about the interdisciplinary part, specifically the inclusion of a biological aspect? Response: some of the classes will address the biological aspect ( fetal development, recent research, the body). Approval for the Gender and Women’s studies minor.
b. Proposal from the School of Engineering for a Master’s program in Biomedical Engineering à clarifications: the proposal requires some additional resources, primarily the hiring of visiting faculty to evaluate the program’s success. The financial vice president has strongly recommended that to increase the success of the program, the hire be at the senior level (but not tenured) There will be a trial period and the new person will be able to teach other classes. Temporary nature of evaluative period would not be changed.
Within the School of Engineering, there is a relatively narrow margin in favor for the proposal. The primary draw for this program will come from mechanical engineering and electrical engineering; computer science and civil engineering faculty might not be as involved in the program. Some concerns: fear that there are not enough resources to have an excellent program, and maintaining the balance of undergraduate and graduate education.
Motion to accept the proposal for a Master’s in biomedical engineering passed.
--For Senate Point of Information:
a. School of Education adding a third area of concentration to its Ed program à Completing this additional third option will satisfy __ license which is our original concentration. School of Ed. checked state law to verify that competitors are doing same thing. Courses will be aligned in order to not cut potential enrollment; does not involve adding courses.
the Executive Committee is on the 5th of November. The next Senate
meeting will be on the 19th of November.
Note: All members of the University community are welcome to attend any meeting of the Academic Senate. The meetings begin promptly at 4:00 pm.