Faculty Senate Meeting Overview June 2014
The Faculty Senate met in regular session June 4 at the Dental School, HSC. Chair Joe Steffen presided.
Chair Joe Steffen briefly outlined an upcoming opportunity for faculty and staff to contribute to the university in a program that will be called “Cards All In.” Steffen said this will replace the usual fall giving campaign aimed at contributing to community agencies. The new campaign, which will be year-round, will continue to offer giving opportunities for local agencies but will also add the university as an option for charitable giving. Steffen encouraged faculty to become involved in the campaign and donate to the university.
Steffen also discussed the current model for summer school that is underway. The model was designed to reengage faculty in summer teaching with salaries that are commensurate with their expertise and to attract more students, he said. Provost Willihnganz is forming a committee to evaluate the model, which Steffen said needed to be in place for several more summers to be able to judge its performance.
Krista Wallace-Boaz reported the Redbook and Bylaws Committee had a first reading of two proposed amendments to the University Libraries bylaws. One proposal deletes a provision in role of the nominating committee that calls for the committee to elect nominees for the Faculty Grievance Committee. This would eliminate a redundancy due to the formation of a university-wide grievance committee. The other redefines the role of the Personnel Committee. The bylaws and proposed changes are on the Faculty Senate website, louisville.edu/facultysenate/, linked to the June agenda.
Allie Funk, Student Government Association representative, will share the SGA’s top five goals with the Senate at the July meeting
Pamela Feldhoff reported the Executive Committee received a briefing on the AlcoholEdu-Haven program and an update on the building and curriculum changes being made in the School of Medicine due to the recent notification that the school was put on probationary status by its accrediting agency.
Feldhoff also commented that the university will be challenged academically when it becomes part of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in July. She said she viewed the challenges as positive for the university.
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 senate will meet again Wednesday, July 2, in the Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library.
--Prepared for the Faculty Senate by Janet Cappiello, UofL Today editor, communications specialist, UofL Office of Communications and Marketing.