Minutes for October 4, 2004
Faculty Senate Meeting
st1:date Month="10" Day="4" Year="2004">October 4, 2004
Present: Claire Cross, Marny Rivera, Peter Wu, Jean Maxwell, Terry Longshore, Jon Harbaugh, Lee Ayers, Alena Ruggerio, Dale Vidmar, Connie Anderson, Mark Siders, Kemble Yates, Diana Maltz, John Whitesitt, John Richards, Dan Rubenson, Liyah Larios [standing in for Randy Johnson (ASSOU)], Wilkins-O'Reilly Zinn, Cody Bustamante, Sandra Holstein, Marc Levy.
Guests: Laura O’Bryon, Carl Moody, Paul Steinle, Ed Battistella, Susan Walsh, Sharon Rogers, Jim Wright, Christina Dunlap, Gina Lutz (OSPIRG)
I. Approved Minutes of
A. Previously approved at the September 22nd orientation meeting.
A. Zinn – soliciting new slogans for the newly founded
III. Comments from the President & Provost – Both Drs. Zinser and Potter regret that they had to attend to other university business today that was unavoidable, and will report to the Senate at the next meeting.
IV. Faculty Senate Advisory Council (FSAC) Report (Kemble Yates)
A. High priority discussion for this year appears to be the issues of scholarship, tenure/promotion, and workload.
B. Issues of definition of scholarship are at the fore.
C. Also we must grapple with the fact that some faculty make large contributions to the university in ways other than “traditional” scholarship demands, and how to acknowledge that in our system is also to be a topic of conversation.
D. Setting realistic expectations for a time frame for completion of this conversation – too big an issue to complete in one year (which is why it was not completed last year), and will probably continue for several years.
E. Ayers – Provost Potter is committed to following the language of the constitution as it now stands. If we are going to change the criteria by which scholarship is recognized, it may indeed require a change in the bylaws.
F. Whitesitt – Particularly if this is going to be a multi-year process, then there is an immediate need to better clarify how the current criteria will be interpreted – acknowledging the mixed expectations and unexpected outcomes of some of the tenure/promotion applications that have come forth over the past couple of years. Clarity is necessary in order to appropriately mentor new faculty.
G. Richards –
I. Maltz – will an ad hoc committee be devised to assist with this? Harbaugh – maybe. Ayers – can’t move forward with that idea until we’re clearer as to which groups will contribute to what part of the conversation.
V. General Faculty Committees and Councils Update - Jean Maxwell
A. Empty seats on Senate committees and councils have now been filled, with few exceptions. See current committee & council assignments posted on the Senate webpage.
B. Kemble – move to accept list, 2nd Whitesitt – approved unanimously.
VI. Election Committee Update (Bustamante)
A. Nominations have been received for two positions for Administrative Faculty Reps on Senate, and ballots will go out this week.
B. Goal is to have the election complete by 10/18 Faculty Senate meeting
VII. Student Senate Report (Liyah Larios)
A. First ASSOU meeting to be held on
B. Holding a rally today (Rock the Vote)
C. ASSOU is almost a third of the way toward their goal of registering 2000 voters age 18-25.
1. Will have a bbq for $3/plate.
2. Tables with election issues.
VIII. Action Items – No scheduled actions for today.
IX. Discussion Items
A. IFS Report (Rivera)
1. President of IFS is scheduled to come to SOU and other OUS institutions to discuss the possibility of a general education transfer module that would ease transfer between community colleges and OUS institutions, and between the OUS institutions themselves.
2. What level of input would faculty have in this? Board is planning to implement this in the Fall 2005 quarter. Initiated by the Joint Board Articulation Commission.
3. See attached document for more details.
B. New Voter Project – Gina Lutz (New OSPIRG representative)
1. We are best known as the “Student Vote Coalition”
2. Working with ASSOU to increase the proportion of registered voters aged 18-25.
3. After this stage there will be a “Get Out The Vote” phase of their initiative.
4. Stressed the importance of the “class raps” they’ve been facilitating – visiting various classrooms to discuss the importance of registering to vote and voting.
5. This is one of the four campaigns they’re working on – also working on the textbook price issues, saving
X. Adjourned approximately . Minutes submitted by Marc Levy, Senate Secretary
Updated Monday, February 7, 2005, 15:13:30