Faculty Senate Minutes
September 17, 2010

Attendance: Allred, Anderson, Benibo, Bhattacharya, Etheridge, Garrett,
Kantangur, Katz, Li, Loveland, Mehrubeoglu, Miller, Moody, Picou, Ridley, Rogers, Sefcik

Ex-Officio: Benson-Landau, Graham, Guffey, Meyer, Smart

Guests: Erin Sherman

1. Speaker Katz called the meeting to order at 2:05 PM.

2. Approval of minutes

2.1. The April 23, 2010 minutes were approved as presented (Etheridge moved, Benibo seconded).

2.2. The minutes from the August 20, 2010 Faculty Senate Retreat were approved as presented (Rogers moved, Benibo seconded).

3. Welcome and Introduction

4. Speaker's Report

4.1. Calendar Committee - please review proposed calendars and provide comments to Katz. 

4.2. Task Forces - Katz has asked the Provost to provide a list of all task forces on campus including makeup, charge, reporting and notification.

4.3. Provost Search Update - committee has developed a list of candidates.  Off-site interviews at the end of the month in Dallas with on-campus interviews to be scheduled mid to late October. Contact Kelly Quintanilla for more information.

4.4. Scholastic Standing Task Force - nothing new.

4.5. Digital Measures - Katz is working with Orser to make changes to the system to permit more flexibility in activities entry. 

4.6. August, December, May meetings - the FS constitution states that we need to meet every month during which we have classes (includes December and May). Do we need these meetings? The Provost suggests that lack of meetings may delay or eliminate faculty input into policy decisions made during these months.  

4.7. Senate Priority Assignments to Committees - please double check assignments. Committee chairs should convene a meeting by the next senate meeting.

4.7.1. Benibo noted that David Miller (Nursing) would fill the last spot on academic affairs.

5. Minor in Education Approval (attachment)

5.1. Meyer briefly described the justification for the minor. Sefcik moved to approve, Rogers seconded. The motion passed (18 for, 0 against, 0 abstentions).

6. University Policy Revisions

6.1. Animal Use 15.99.99.C1.01

6.1.1. Erin Sherman, research compliance officer, outlined the proposed changes to the document. The intention of the revisions is to streamline the process to speed up approvals. Ridley moved to approve, Bhattacharya seconded. The motion passed (18 for, 0 against, 0 abstentions).

6.2. Workload-related policies - Katz asked senators to share documents with faculty in their area. Etheridge moved to table the first two, Garrett seconded. The motion passed (18 for, 0 against, 0 abstentions).

6.2.1. Faculty Workload 12.03.99.C1 - Tabled

6.2.2. Assignment of Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty Workload Credit 12.07.99.C1.01 (File is labeled 12.99.99C2.02) -- Tabled

6.2.3. Full-Time Non-Tenure Track Faculty Positions 12.0799.99.C12.012 Full-Time Non-Tenure Track Faculty Positions Meyer noted that the "professional" designation was essentially the same as the current "clinical" designations but that faculty in certain areas, would prefer to use the term professional to fit the nature of the discipline (e.g., clinical works for education and nursing but not for science). Miller moved to table the proposal, Ridley seconded. The motion passed (12 for, 4 against, 2 abstentions). Katz will email copies for discussion. Please provide comments to Katz by October 4th.

7. Committees

7.1. Academic Affairs Committee - no report

7.2. ABE Committee - Bhattacharya reported that the committee has worked on structure and deadlines, and has sent out notices for all the awards. Please respond in a timely manner to awards-related requests. Committee is planning to publish rubrics for award nominee evaluations on the Web site to assist faculty in developing application packets and understanding how applications are evaluated. Graham has offered to send reminder notices about award deadlines.

7.3. Budget Committee - No Report.

7.4. Committee on Committees - Committee has not met yet. Rogers commended Bonnie on her assistance with committee assignments over the summer.

7.5. Faculty Affairs - no report

8. Katz noted that the agenda needs to be posted 10 days in advance of meeting so please provide him with information in a timely manner.

9. Provost comments

9.1. Interim Provost Guffey noted that he has been very impressed with our speaker.

9.2. He noted there are plenty of errors in A&M system statistics related to faculty productivity.

9.3. He mentioned that calendar issues related to the overlap between Summer Session 1 and the end of CCISD calendar term. We need to keep monitoring this issue.

9.4. Colleges are scheduling budget hearings this semester. Each unit has been instructed to include a plan for a 5% cut and an additional 10% cut in the budget.

9.5. Policy changes to faculty emeritus status (handout provided). Sefcik moved to approve. Etheridge noted that we needed to suspend the rules to vote on this policy. Etheridge moved to suspend the rules, Rogers seconded. The motion passed (18 for, 0 against, 0 abstentions). Sefcik moved to approve changes to emeritus status, Bhattacharya seconded. The motion passed (18 for, 0 against, 0 abstentions).

10. Other issues?

11. Katz adjourned the meeting at 3:25 PM.

Respectfully submitted
Karen A. Loveland,
Faculty Senate Secretary