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Summary of Faculty Senate Meeting,    April 4, 2018

Senate Chair Andrea Pearson opened the meeting and the Senate approved the minutes from the March meeting.

President Silvia Burwell presented her Annual Report on the State of the University, which included an update of dean searches and groundbreaking for the new science building. She also updated the Senate on the provost search. The administration has retained an external search firm. This firm will consult faculty and community members before commencement in May and will begin "sourcing" candidates this fall for an ideal start date of January 2019.

President Burwell apprised the Senate as to the "whys" and "hows" of the strategic plan developments. The committees and sub-committees have begun their work. A full draft of the plan will be shared with the faculty during the faculty and staff retreat in the fall.  

Dean of Undergraduate Education Jessica Waters proposed and the Senate approved changes academic regulations 8 & 9 and 8.1 - 8.11 AU Core.

Committee of Faculty Affairs Co-Chairs Max Friedman and Stephen Silvia and Dean for Academic Affairs Mary Clark proposed and the Senate approved changes to the CFA Open Letter with regard to the tenure and promotion process.

Committee of Faculty Affairs Co-Chair Max Friedman and Stephen Silvia proposed and the Senate approved new language for the faculty manual related to disagreement at previous levels of review and recusal and abstaining processes for members of reviewing bodies.  

The Senate Executive Committee proposed and the Senate approved a resolution to clarify academic freedom in the classroom and curriculum while being supportive of diversity and inclusion issues. The Senate welcomes student involvement in curriculum decisions through established channels, such as student representatives on Undergraduate Curriculum Committee and the AU Core.

Provost Scott Bass briefly explained about the Pedagogical Innovation Waiver for faculty who would like to waive the reporting of their SET scores while they introduce or experiment with new pedagogical approaches.