February 12, 2014 Meeting Summary
The February Senate meeting began with the approval of Larry Engel as the Senate Vice-Chair for 2014-2015. Senate Chair Candy Nelson also announced the formation of a committee to revise the current SET forms and to explore other ways of evaluating teaching; this committee has representation from across the university. Provost Scott Bass discussed undergraduate applications and admissions for fall 2014; although the application processes for special programs are particularly rigorous, applications have skyrocketed. The Senate then discussed voting rights for emeriti faculty, as outlined in the Faculty Manual; there are concerns about emeriti faculty who are no longer involved in units voting on personnel matters or on issues that substantively affect the work of the unit. The Senate voted to table this issue so that appropriate Manual language could be developed. Next, after the Senators' questions were addressed by representatives from the library, the Senate voted to approve the library's new faculty manual; the revisions to the manual bring it into alignment with the main Faculty Manual and create a new category of "continuing-appointment line" faculty. Finally, the Senate heard from the Committee on Learning Assessment, who presented a draft of university-wide learning outcomes. Senators will take this draft back to their units, and the Senate will discuss it further at the March meeting.
January 15, 2014 Meeting Summary
The January Faculty Senate meeting began with a report from Senate Chair Candy Nelson, who highlighted the new emergency care service; she also urged faculty to complete the survey on work/life balance. In his report, Provost Scott Bass spoke about the loss of Don Myers. He also mentioned the work on East Campus, which will include a "technology innovation building," and a recent million-dollar gift to support student work in community-based research. Finally, Provost Bass discussed campus learning outcomes, a draft of which was presented at the Ann Ferren Conference for discussion by faculty. A revised draft will come to the Senate's February meeting for discussion and for eventual approval before the Middle States visit in March. The rest of the Senate meeting was devoted to discussion of the Conflict of Interest and Conflict of Time Commitment procedures. Jon Tubman described the implementation process for COI disclosure, which will include town halls and other informative efforts. The Senate then discussed the proposed COTC procedures, including who should be required to participate in the process, what kinds of activities would be covered, and the reasons for the disclosure procedures; the Senate voted to table the proposed procedure document for further revision.