University of Louisville
Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes
May 7, 2014
The regular meeting of the Faculty Senate was held on May 7, 2014 at 3:00 P.M. in the Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library, Belknap Campus, Joseph Steffen presiding.
Senators Registering Attendance:
A&S: Annette Allen, David Brown, Carrie Donald, Jasmine Farrier, Ron Sahoo, David Simpson, Joe Steffen, Beth Willey, Elaine Wise, Tamara Yohannes CoB: Ben Foster, Bruce Kemelgor, Robert Myers Dentistry: Ricardo Caicedo, Don Demuth, Robert Staat, Education: Patrick Hardesty, Tom Simmons Kent: Seana Golder, Martin Hall Law: Kurt Metzmeier, Luke Milligan, Enid Trucios-Haynes Libraries: Terri Holtze, Margo Smith Medicine: Yousef Abu Kwaik, Forest Arnold, Pamela Feldhoff, Sham Kakar, Brad Keller, David Stirling Music: Ansyn Banks, Krista Wallace-Boaz Nursing: Diane Chlebowy, Valerie McCarthy Part-time Faculty: Donna Gaus, Joseph Gutmann, Rose Mills, Susan Peacock, John Ritz, Michael Wade Public Health: Ray Austin, Speed: Roger Bradshaw, Kevin Walsh
Ex Officio: James Ramsey, Shirley Willihnganz, Ginger Brown, Grant Ford, Allie Funk
Others: Karen Hadley, James Stone, Carrie Daniels, Bob Stenger (ULARP), Gretchen Henry, recording secretary
Press: Janet Cappiello (UofL Today)
Senators Not Registering Attendance:
A&S: John McLeod CoB: Rob Barker Dentistry: Dave Willis Education: Robert Pennington, Daya Sandhu Kent: Wanda Lott Collins Libraries: Gail Gilbert Medicine: Richard Downs, Ted Feldmann, Saeed Jortani, Nobuyuki Kuwabara, Steven Myers Music: Dror Biran Nursing: Karen Singleton Public Health: Scott LaJoie Speed: Bruce Alphenaar, J.P. Mohsen
CALL TO ORDER: – Steffen
MEETING ONE: Election Meeting
INFORMATION ITEM: Introduction of new senators in attendance – Steffen
Chair Steffen asked new senators to stand and introduce themselves. In attendance were: Karen Hadley (A&S), Jim Stone (CEHD) and Carrie Daniels (Libraries). He told them that they are eligible to vote in today’s election, per the Senate bylaws.
ELECTION – Sahoo
Senator Sahoo, CCC Chair, and CCC committee members passed out the ballot packets. Senator Sahoo then went through each vacancy and took nominations from the floor. Votes were cast on each vacancy and the ballot packets were recollected and the committee took them out for tabulation.
OTHER COMMITTEE NEWS – Steffen
- i2A - The vacancy on the Ideas to Action Committee (i2A) has been filled by Beth Willey (A&S).
- Libraries Faculty Advisory Board – members of the former FSCOL, Daniel Weeks (Music) and Valerie McCarthy (Nursing).
- Search committee for Associate VP for Facilities – J.P. Mohsen has volunteered to serve on this committee.
The election meeting was adjourned.
MEETING TWO: Regular Meeting
Call to Order: Steffen
ACTION ITEM: The meeting minutes from April 2, 2014 were approved unanimously as distributed.
ACTION ITEM: First Reading - Consideration of the joint Executive MBA Program – Demuth
This is a new concentration to the MBA program. It is a joint program with the University of Kentucky. It is open to executives with 10 or more years of experience. All the related documents are posted on the Senate’s web site. Currently, students are going out of state for this degree to Vanderbilt and Cincinnati. Each school will host half of the classes, every other weekend. The program would give both schools a national profile as there are few other schools working together jointly. It also benefits the entire state as neither school could produce such a high-level program on their own. The program comes from the Academic Programs Committee and seconded by the Planning & Budget Committee. The proposal for the joint Executive MBA passes unanimously.
REPORT: Staff Senate – Ginger Brown
The Staff Senate met on April 14th. VPHR Connally gave updates on the Great Places to Work and Campus Climate surveys that were recently distributed; the establishment of lactation stations acr9oss campuses; the staff salary study; Bob Staat reported on the medical school’s accreditation issues; and, Provost Willihnganz attended and did a Q&A. The Senate meets again on May 12th.
REPORT: Student Government Association – Grant Ford/Allie Funk
Grant reported that as the semester winds down, so does the SGA activity. The new officers were sworn in after commencement. He thanked President Ramsey, Provost Willihnganz and all the faculty senators for the support of the SGA. He then introduced Allie Funk, the new Academic Vice President for the SGA and representative to the Faculty Senate and its Executive Committee. She is a senior majoring in Political Science and Philosophy, with a minor in Economics.
REPORT: Provost’s Report - Dr. Shirley Willihnganz
The Provost reported that the Board of Trustees will announce 2 upper-level searches: Interim Dean for the College of Business and an Interim Vice President for Student Affairs. The graduation ceremony this Saturday will be held in 2 sessions, handing out 2900 degrees. There will be 1000 students walking in the afternoon session. The 21st Century Initiative is slogging along. The idea came about as we tried to keep ourselves relevant in the quickly-changing world of higher education. Considering what changes needed to be made, the most glaring was the budget model. We must rethink how we currently conduct business. The Board of Trustees mandated a change in our business practices to have more control over financial dealings. The Speed School and Business Affairs are piloting a service center model in an attempt to centralize responsibility to improve safety and flexibility, while retaining control. Reports from various 21st Century Committees are coming in and will be shared with the Board of Trustees. The Academic Research Priorities Committee is moving ahead and getting ideas from the bottom up. This is the most important work to be done and it must be done correctly. A brief discussion on the low return of course evaluations and the affect it has on untenured faculty. The Provost agreed that evals are a poor way to measure teaching ability.
REPORT: President’s Report - Dr. James Ramsey
President Ramsey said that it had been a hard semester dealing with the weather challenges and the budget challenges in Frankfort. At the Board of Trustees meeting tomorrow, the budget parameters will be presented. The recommendation will be: .65% cut to units; a 2% salary increase; and, a 5% tuition increase. With General Fund cuts at 36% since 2002, it’s been difficult to accomplish all that we have. We have done our best, but it is past time to make some changes. Susan Howarth has worked so hard. The salary equity study was very important and 2% is the best we can do under our current conditions. Asked about the Capital Campaign and the money raised, Dr. Ramsey said that much of the money is restricted by the donors’ wishes. Asked about the number of PhD degrees, about 70 were conferred in December and 73 will be awarded this weekend. It was suggested that biographies of the Board of Trustees be posted on the web site. Also, to facilitate understanding of the UofL Foundation, Senator Wise suggested having a Power Point presentation available on the President’s web site. Dr. Ramsey agreed these were good ideas.
REPORT: Standing Committee Reports
Academic Programs Committee (APC) – Smith – As above, regarding the joint Executive MBA program.
Committee on Committees and Credentials (CCC) –The election results are listed at the end of this report below.
Part-time Faculty Committee (PTFC) - This report was online.
Planning & Budget Committee (P&B) – This committee did not meet.
Redbook & Bylaws Committee (RB) – This report was online. Will have a first reading of the Libraries bylaws in June.
Executive Committee (XC) - This report was available online.
- Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR) – Elaine Wise – This report was available online.
- Human Resources Advisory Committee (HRAC) – Pamela Feldhoff - This report was available online.
REPORT: Faculty Senate Chair – Steffen
Chair Steffen reported that Senator David Brown (A&S/Physics) has been named the Trustee Award winner for 2014. He is an outstanding representative of faculty excellence. The new web site recognizing faculty achievements will go live soon on the Provost’s web site.
Bob Stenger, the ULARP representative to the Faculty Senate, requested that the Provost hold a reception for VSIPs to keep them involved in the University.
Professional headshots are still needed for the updated web site.
Meet on HSC in June - Dental School Room 131.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:35 P.M.
Gretchen Stein Henry
Faculty Senate Secretary
2014 FACULTY SENATE ELECTION RESULTS
- FACULTY SENATE CHAIR
Pamela Feldhoff, Medicine
- FACULTY SENATE VICE CHAIR/EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE CHAIR
Enid Trucios-Haynes, Law
- EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Roger Bradshaw, Speed
Carrie Donald, A&S
- ACADEMIC PROGRAMS COMMITTEE
Don Demuth, Dentistry
Jasmine Farrier, A&S
Margo Smith, Libraries
- COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES AND CREDENTIALS
Ben Foster, CoB
Luke Milligan, Law
Ron Sahoo, A&S
- PART-TIME FACULTY COMMITTEE
Valerie McCarthy, Nursing
Robert Myers, CoB
- PLANNING & BUDGET COMMITTEE
Ray Austin, Public Health
Michael Wade, CoB
- REDBOOK AND BYLAWS COMMITTEE
Roger Bradshaw, Speed
Carrie Daniels, Libraries
- ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE
Joseph Gutmann, A&S
- AWARDS & DESIGNATIONS
Csaba Biro, A&S
- BOOKSTORE ADVISROY COMMITTEE
Lee Larson, A&S
- PARKING ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Karen Karp, Education
Karen Singleton, Nursing
- PARKING APPEALS COMMITTEE
Allen Ashman, Belknap
Katherine Johnson, HSC
J.P. Mohsen, Belknap
- STAFF SENATE REPRESENTATIVE
Robert Staat, Dentistry
- STUDENT CARE TEAM
Eli Karam, Kent
- STUDENT CONDUCT HEARING BOARD
Michel Atlas, Libraries
Elizabeth Grossi, A&S
Ted Feldmann, Medicine
- STUDENT GOVERNMENT