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Academic Senate: MINUTES 01/20/2004
Present: Fr. William Beauchamp, Dr. Jim Carroll, Sr. Maria Ciriello, Dr. Karen Eifler, Dr. Mark Eifler, Dr. Carol Dempsey, Dr. Jeff Gauthier, Dr. Laura Genik, Dr. Greg Hill, Dr. Mark Kennedy, Dr. Jack Kondrasuk, Mr. Larry Larsen, Dr. Larry Lewis, Dr. Marlene Moore, Dr. John Schouten, Dr. David Sherrer, Ms. Diane Sotak, Br. Donald Stabrowski, Sr. Angela Hoffman, Dr. Anita Wynn
Absent: Mr. Amerigo Brioschi, Ms. Michelle Martin, Dr. Terry Favero, Dr. Dakshina Murty, Dr. Steve Royce
Invocation: given by Sr. Angela Hoffman.
October 2003 minutes were approved as written.
Standing Committee Reports
Executive Committee: Dr. Wynn acknowledged the new university president, Fr. Beauchamp. Fr. Beauchamp spoke briefly. He said the he enjoyed his first ten days a president and he was excited and honored to serve the university. He is looking “forward to working with the faculty and staff on this on this campus.” He plans on meeting with every department within the next year. He also discussed the progress and the future process of the strategic plan. Dr. Wynn reported that the executive committee met in December. They discussed issues that dealt with two curriculum proposals (the economics minor and the French studies major) that will be discussed in New Business section. Dr. Wynne also reminded the senate that letters had been sent to the various department chairs reminding them to choose replacements for next year’s senate. The April meeting will welcome the new senators. The executive committee asked the apportionment committee to make sure that all faculty were represented and to offer recommendations to bring about equal representation if needed. Any recommendations will be sent to and considered by the executive committee during the February executive committee meeting. The findings of the executive committee will be brought to the attention of the full senate in February.
Committee on Committee: Dr. Steve Royce was absent, Dr. Wynne announced that there was nothing to report.
Committee on Rank & Tenure: Dr. DakshinaMurty was absent, Dr. Wynne announced that there was nothing to report.
Committee on Teaching & Scholarship: Mr. Larry Larsen reminded everyone that the call went out yesterday for supplemental Butine funding. There are now two different proposal forms. One for equipment requests and other expenses related to research. The other is used exclusively for conference and/or travel.
The goal of the committee is to announce the accepted proposals prior to spring break.
During the last week in January there will be a call for nominees for the teaching and scholarship award.
Committee on Faculty and Welfare: Dr. Jack Kondrasuk reported on the faculty welfare survey concerningpaid benefits and working conditions for the faculty. The return rate was below 50%. The committee is currently discussing the results and what actions should be proposed. A full report would be sent to the president of the university, the executive committee, the senate, and the faculty.
Committee on Curriculum & Academic Regulations: Dr. Mark Kennedy reported that the committee met on 25 November 2003 and voted on two proposals to forward to academic senate. The two proposals will be covered in new business.
Presidential Advisory Committee Reports
Committee on Student Media: Dr. Jeff Gauthier reported that the committee will meet during the last week of January.
Committee on Athletics: Dr. Jack Kondrasuk reported that the committee has yet to meet this term.
Committee on Health & Safety: Sr. Angela Hoffman reported that the committee has not met since October. The spring inspections are scheduled. The emergency plan is still being worked on.
Committee on Computers & Telecommunications: Dr. Jim Carroll reported that Captain Fessler continues the strategic plan process for the plan for technology. The committee will meet during the last week of January to review the current draft. They have also begun a pilot test in course management software. There are 19 faculty across campus who are involved in that.
Student & Faculty Court: Dr. Laura Genik reported that the committee continues not to meet.
Deans Report: Bro. Donald Stabrowski reported that the Deans met with John Soisson, University Relationsand ByrceStrang, Director of Development. During that meeting they discussed the strategic plan.
Amerigo Brioschi- ASUP Vice President and Michelle Martin- ASUP Secretarywere not present
Dr. Kennedy, introduced the proposal for the new economics minor. Dr. Kennedy stated that the committee, while there were some concerns, voted for the program. Dr. Easton spoke to promote the proposal. He stated that the minor fits with the university’s mission. Secondly, the resources to teach the minor in economics are present. According to Dr. Easton “economics is a very important part of the liberal arts and currently our offerings in economics amount to five classes. Dr. Easton claimed that: “There are five Ph.D. qualified economists in the Pamplin school that teach mostly economics. These instructors can teach the new courses that are being offered without overstretching. There is no overlap between the minor in entrepreneurship and the economics minor.
A vote was taken by the faculty senate and the Economics Minor was unanimously approved.
Dr. Kennedy introduced the second new proposal concerning a new French studies major, which will be a replacement for the certificate in French. Dr. Kennedy state that his committee passed the proposal unanimously
Prof. Booth spoke to promote the proposal. Prof. Booth first stated that enrollments in French classes last year have increased considerably. Prof. Booth stated that “The current French certificate is very difficult for students who start in first year French upon their arrival at UP, unless they take more then one advanced French course during one semester of their junior and senior years, which is not always possible That, of course, deters many of them from pursuing this option in the first place.
Second, the certificate does not appear on any of the official university transcripts.
Thirdly, the certificate is poorly understood inside as well as outside the University of Portland since it means different things in different disciplines.
Finally, the introduction of the French studies major will enhance the quality of the foreign language program at UP by offering a recognized a degree in all languages taught. It will attract academically talented students to our campus and retain those who desire to graduate.”
A vote was taken by the faculty senate and the French Major was unanimously approved.
Dr. Mark Kennedy announced that all department heads should send him any curriculum proposals two weeks before the final Tuesday in March.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:45.