June 2011 Faculty Senate Meeting Overview
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 1 at the School of Medicine. Chair Bob Staat presided. This is what happened:
Senators had their second reading of and approved proposed changes to the College of Education and Human Development personnel document. CEHD faculty already had approved the changes, which included bringing language regarding part-time and term faculty promotion in line with the Redbook. The changes also include recognition of faculty community engagement efforts.
Senators also had first readings of a small change to the College of Arts & Sciences personnel document to clarify voting rights for faculty with appointments in more than one department; and of the Brandeis School of Law’s personnel document and bylaws. Proposed changes to those also address promotion of part-time and term faculty and recognition of faculty community engagement efforts.
The senate will have the second reading and vote on the changes in July.
Reports to the Senate
Provost Shirley Willihnganz: Willihnganz gave both the provost’s and the president’s reports as President James Ramsey was away from campus on vacation. Her points included:
- Blake Haselton was appointed as acting dean of the College of Education and Human Development for the next three years to give the university time to conduct another search for a permanent dean and also to give the college the opportunity to move forward.
- Appointments to the posts of executive vice president for health affairs and executive vice president for research and innovation should be named soon.
- Administration is getting ready for SAC's five-year progress review of the Ideas to Action program. The accreditation organization also will conduct a mini-review of the university. Among the things they will require is the posting of all syllabi online.
- Proposed budget, tuition rates and fees that the Board of Trustees Finance Committee approved in May will go to the full board for consideration in June.
- Because of the construction on Third Street and on The Oval, she urged people coming to Grawemeyer Hall from the Health Sciences Center to ride TARC or to come in via Eastern Parkway to Third.
Janene Zaccone, editor of UofL Today and internal communications manager in the Office of Communications and Marketing, prepared this report at the request of the Faculty Senate.