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December Faculty Senate meeting overview

by UofL Today last modified Dec 12, 2011 02:24 PM

The Faculty Senate is part of UofL’s shared governance system, which also includes the Staff Senate and the Student Government Association.

Senators are elected by their peers. The full body met in regular session Dec. 7 in Chao Auditorium at Ekstrom Library. Chair Bob Staat presided. This is what happened:


Reports to the Senate

Mordean Taylor-Archer, vice provost for diversity and international affairs

Taylor-Archer presented an overview of the diversity plan UofL will follow through 2015. It comes from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, and sets metrics in several areas for students, faculty and staff representation of low-income, STEM and under-represented populations, such as African American, Native American, Hispanic and others. The plan is not quite final. When it is, it will be broadly disseminated.

Sam Connally, vice president for human resources

  • An 8-member group is working on a Salary Equity Study to look internally and externally at faculty salaries.
  • The group has been meeting since July to set up study parameters and methodology.
  • An overview of the study, proposed methodology and proposed study design are at
  • The group plans to have a conference on the methodology before it begins.

President James Ramsey

Ramsey thanked faculty for “all that you do.” Here are some of his other points:

  • The Kentucky Legislature will start a long session in January. It will set the state budget for the next two years.
  • UofL supports the CPE’s budget recommendations, which are to tie university funding to performance and to fund maintenance and operation of facilities built without MO included (the Clinical and Translational Research Building and the Center for Predictive Medicine at UofL); the Research Challenge Trust Fund; and a six-year capital plan, which for UofL would mean money for a Belknap classroom building and repair, renewal and renovation of existing buildings.
  • Gov. Steve Beshear still has to approve assignment of the land lease from University of Louisville Hospital to the proposed merged hospital.
  • UofL’s Charting Our Course campaign to raise $1 billion is going well.
  • Hope to start construction of the student rec center in the spring with a fall 2013 opening date. Plans were delayed while the university sought space for parking near the structure.

Shirley Willihnganz, executive vice president and university provost

Willihnganz told the senate that “In spite of how difficult the years have been because of money, we keep moving forward. I have no doubt that’s because of you.” Among her points:

  • She has asked deans and others to review their budgets to see where they have money and where they don’t. For instance: Are empty faculty and staff lines are going to be filled? Is unspent endowment income really available or is it not available because of donor restrictions?
  • Reviews are scheduled this year for Larry Owsley, vice president for business affairs; Edward Halperin, dean of medicine; Jim Chen, dean of law; and Tom Jackson, vice president for student affairs. She is putting together the review committees.

The Senate will meet again Wednesday, Jan. 11, in Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library.

Prepared by Janene Zaccone, internal communications manager, for the Faculty Senate

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