Faculty Senate Minutes
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Meier Hall 127
Approved October 19, 2011

Members Present:
Kathleen Parrow, Jami Stone, Gina Gibson, Pamela Carriveau, Nancy Roberts, Chen Wu, John Alsup, Jim Hesson, Parthasarathi Nag, Brittney Seitz-Student Senate President.

Call meeting to order – 3:20 p.m. Approval of the Agenda. Approval of Minutes from September 21, 2011 meeting.

Report from Academic Council meeting. Discussion of whether or not information on sabbaticals reached all departments and schools. Dr. Parrow is looking into what kind of training the student tour guides get and ways the faculty can provide up-to-date information for those students.

Discussion of how faculty should start considering how to reduce major requirements to 120 hours. One possibility is to require students within disciplines to use general education courses as major requirements as well. Please note that if a major has fewer than 40 credits the courses may come out of free/unassigned electives. Faculty are encouraged to be proactive in regards to the possible change to 120 hours.

Senate committees (especially Gen Ed, Library, and Distinguished Faculty committees) and liaisons to other committees. Approval of five faculty for the General Education Committee. Faculty Senate would also like to recruit someone from science and/or math for the Gen Ed Comm. Discussion ensued about whether or not Faculty Senate Committees should be faculty only. There was also discussion of non-faculty coming to committee meetings as guests/consultants. Distinguished Faculty Committee discussed, in particular a sub-committee should be comprised of previous distinguished faculty. Also discussion of streamlining the process.

A faculty member brought up concern that the plan to evaluate and educate faculty in regards to emergency procedures seems to have been dropped.

There was also concern for the fact that class overloads are no longer allowed for full-time faculty.

Testing facilities for make-up exams. Concern for the student athletes as well as other students.

Faculty Senate Constitution changes (draft to be sent via e-mail). Also, Faculty Senate is now comprised of one representative per school and one per college.

Meeting adjourned at 4:51. Minutes respectfully recorded and submitted by Gina Gibson.

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