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Faculty Senate October meeting overview

by UofL Today last modified Oct 11, 2011 02:03 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 Oct. 5 at Ekstrom Library. Chair Bob Staat presided. This is what happened:

Action

  • Second reading and approval of the School of Medicine personnel document. Changes include making requirements for part-time faculty the same as those for full-time faculty and expanding the definition of scholarly activity. Read the document (opens as PDF).
  • Second reading and approval of sections of Redbook section 4 that relate to dispute resolution (formerly called grievance procedures). The changes are intended to make the process less adversarial and a more collegial process of resolving issues. The Redbook revision process started in 2008 as a result of reports from a committee President James Ramsey set up after the incident with former College of Education Dean Robert Felner to address the faculty grievance process and a committee the Board of Trustees set up to address collegiality. Provost Shirley Willihnganz asked an ad hoc committee to meld the two committee findings into one proposal. The approved Redbook changes now go to the provost who will forward them to legal counsel who will present them to the BoT at the October meeting.
  • Approval of a proposal for a PhD program in justice administration. It will be the only one in Kentucky and will offer a part-time option to allow full-time employees in the justice field to work toward a degree. Read the proposal  (opens as PDF).

Reports to the Senate

President James Ramsey

Here are some of his points:

  • The Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) has put together its budget request to the state for state-funded universities. Within it are:
    • Funding again of the Research Challenge Trust Fund (Bucks for Brains)
    • Adding back money taken away from UofL that will allow for maintenance of new campus buildings
    • Money to support the state’s college readiness efforts, which UofL would use to prepare teachers
  • Ramsey’s fall outreach tour is under way. Each year he visits high schools and newspapers throughout Kentucky. He said he is “encouraged by the quality of students who are interested in UofL.”
  • The Louisville Metro Department of Health and Wellness will have an open forum Oct. 19, 5:45 p.m.-8 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium on the proposed hospital merger.
  • Gov. Steve Beshear has to approve the lease agreement of land the state owns to the new health care entity. Of the parties in Louisville that plan to merge, the state owns the land on which Jewish and University hospitals are located. The land occupied by Kosair’s Hospital is also state owned.

Shirley Willihnganz, executive vice president and university provost

Among her points:

  • UofL is making good progress toward its 2020 Plan goals, which includes progress in research, diversity, student degree completion and sustainability. “Collectively, what we all are doing is making a difference,” she said. “People are living better lives because of what we do.”
  • The CPE has a plan to start using performance indicators in funding universities. If approved by the Kentucky legislature, that would start in fiscal year 2013/2014, the second year of the next state budget cycle. Some of the proposed indicators are graduation rates; graduation rates among lower income, underprepared and underrepresented minority students; degrees in the STEM areas; and efficiency and innovation—including online learning and the number of hours students have when they receive their degrees.

Tony Belak, university ombuds:

Among his points:

  • About 35 queries – 9 pairs and 17 groups of four or more – came through the ombuds’ office last year.
  • More staff than faculty consulted the ombuds.
  • Communication and relationship issues were common.

Enid Trucios-Haynes, faculty grievance officer:

Among her points:

  • No new faculty grievances were filed between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011
  • From previous years, 12 grievances were resolved in the last fiscal year; 2 still are pending.

The Senate will meet again Wednesday, Nov. 3 on the Health Sciences Campus.

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

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