Minutes of the University Senate Meeting
March 13, 2008
The March meeting of the University Senate was held at 4:05 p.m. on Thursday, March 13, 2008 in Room 7, Gamble Hall. Tom Petros presided.
The following members of the Senate were present:
The following members of the Senate were absent:
Wilson, H. David
The following announcements were made:
The question period began during the parking update given by Mr. Gallager and was closed at 4:30 p.m.
The chair asked for corrections or additions to the February 7, 2008 minutes. Hearing none, the minutes were approved as distributed.
A motion was made by Mr. Marshall, and seconded by Ms. DeMers, to accept and file the Senate Student Academic Standards Committee, Administrative Procedures Committee, Academic Policies and Admissions Committee, and General Education Requirements Committee annual reports. The motion was approved.
Mr. Jackson presented a proposed change to the Council of College Faculty constitution which would allow the election of the CCF representative to the State Board of Higher Education to take place earlier in the year in order to take advantage of system resources to provide training that would facilitate the work of the CCF/SBHE rep in the year to come. Mr. Perkins moved to accept the change. There was a second by Mr. Poochigian. The motion passed with a vote of 48 for and 1 abstention.
Mr. Rice, on behalf of the Chair’s Role and Compensation Task Force, presented a proposed revision to the Faculty Handbook regarding the role of department chairs. Discussion ensued and questions were answered by Mr. Rice. Mr. Rice moved, and Mr. Marshall seconded, to accept the revision. More discussion ensued. Mr. Marshall moved to amend the proposal by adding a semicolon after the word “staff” in the third paragraph followed by “all chairs serve at the pleasure of the VPAA.” Mr. Rice was not in favor of the amendment. The motion was seconded and defeated with a vote of 1 for, 43 against and 1 abstention. Mr. Kupchella suggested that language be added to include requiring professional development for chairs. It was requested that the Task Force add the professional development language and that Mr. Rice bring the document back to the April Senate meeting.
A motion was made by Mr. Jackson, and seconded by Mr. Perkins, to accept the Curriculum Committee report. The motion passed unanimously.
Lori Swinney, Center for Instructional and Learning Technology, presented information and a demonstration on the clicker standard. Mr. Fisher moved, and Mr. Jackson seconded, to support the recommendation to use the Turning Point clicker. The motion passed with a vote of 43 for, 6 against, and 1 abstention.
Mr. Murphy moved, and Mr. Haskins seconded, to extend the meeting time by 15 minutes. The motion passed.
Ms. Iiams, chair of the Senate Committee on Committees, presented the slate of nominees for Senate committees for 2008-09. Nominations were taken from the floor and the senators were asked to complete their election ballot.
A University Parking Plan resolution, sponsored by Dexter Perkins and Sukhvarsh Jerath and co-sponsored by Don Poochigian, Ric Ferraro and James Haskins, was presented. Mr. Perkins moved, and Mr. Jerath seconded, to approve the resolution. Discussion ensued. The motion was defeated with a vote of 10 for, 36 against, and 1 abstention.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:45 p.m.
Lori Hofland for Suzanne Anderson
Secretary to the Senate