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Faculty Senate Meeting Overview June 2012

by Janene Zaccone, communications and marketing last modified Jun 11, 2012 01:24 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 June 6 at the School of Dentistry. Chair Bob Staat presided. This is what happened:



  • Had second reading of the Library Personnel documents and approved the proposed changes.
  • Approved a proposed certificate program in autism and applied behavior analysis (opens as PDF)
  • Approved a proposed Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin American and Latino Studies (opens as PDF)
  • Approved changes to the Excused Absence Policy (opens as PDF)
  • Approved a restructuring of dental post-grad certificate programs into a Master of Science in Dentistry program with certification in one of five tracks, endodontics, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics and prosthodontics. UofL currently has post-grad dental certificate programs in each of those areas. By changing the structure to a master’s degree from certificate program, there will be no changes in the course requirements. The restructuring is similar to the structure UofL’s benchmarks use.

Reports to the Senate

James Ramsey, president. Ramsey started his report by answering a question related to a Courier-Journal article that stated Athletics is giving the university $2 million that will help fund faculty/staff one-time $1,200 payments that they will receive in July. Ramsey said the money came from Athletics’ taking over the Humana Gym property on Bradley Avenue, about a mile off Belknap Campus.

Work will start this summer on road extension from Third Street across the railroad tracks to the former Kentucky Trailer property, which the UofL Foundation acquired in 2008 and plans to develop as a research park. Funding is from a state road grant.

Ramsey has attended a couple of orientation sessions to speak to the students and their families. He explained how orientation is the start of the transition from high school to college and feeds into ultimate student success and graduation. He also mentioned the summer Book in Common reading program that has incoming students read the same book. The 2012-13 book is the same from last year: “The Other Wes Moore.” It will be incorporated into classes and into service projects, he said. “We really want this summer to be a time when students begin to feel part of the University of Louisville,” he said.

Shirley Willihnganz, provost. Willihnganz talked about UofL’s budget. She said that 2.2 percent is the base cut for units, with some units taking higher cuts and some taking lower cuts based on the amount of money they get from the general fund and whether they have revenue producing opportunities. She noted that her office is taking a 3 percent cut and that the president’s office is taking a 3.5 percent cut.

Any layoffs are at the discretion of units, she said, and she expects there to be fewer than 20. She is asking units across campus to give qualified laid-off staff “first crack” at jobs when they need to hire someone.

Regarding dean searches: four people are under consideration for interim law school dean. She has given the College of Business search committee its charge. She has charged the School of Public Health and Information Sciences committee and it is working with an outside search firm.

She also mentioned that she has asked people to look at and think about what it means to be a “university of the 21st century,” mentoring and the plight of black males in an urban culture of violence and in terms of educational attainment. She suggested that a campus seminar might be a way for people to come together around that topic. “We need some things to think about and bring us together as community,” she said.

Sam Connally, vice president for human resources. Connally presented the latest information on the Faculty Salary Equity Study. The study will not compare UofL faculty salaries to salaries outside of the university (a market survey). It is designed instead to test whether variations of salaries of women or minority faculty are attributable to gender, race or ethnicity.

The team is completing the design phase and is presenting its update to such groups as the chief academic officers, the Faculty Senate, and the commissions on Diversity & Racial Equality and the Statue of Women.

The study, Connally said, is a “reality check” to determine the equity of UofL salaries. No inequity is suspected, he said. The last studies were in 2002-2003.

The study will follow a regression model. The team is posting information as it presents it to the campus community.

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

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