Overview: Feb. 2, 2011 Faculty Senate Meeting
The Faculty Senate is part of UofL's shared governance system, which also includes the Staff Senate and Student Government Association. Senators are elected by their peers.
The full body met in regular session Feb. 2 at Ekstrom Library. Chair Bob Staat presided. Here is what happened:
Reports to the Senate
From Justin Mog, assistant to the provost for sustainability; and Rodger Payne, political science professor, chair of the A&S Green Team, and member of the UofL Sustainability Council:
Mog and Payne talked about UofL’s Climate Action Plan. Lessening its carbon footprint and implementing more sustainable business practices are part of the university’s strategic plan. They told the Senate that reaching the plan’s goals will require everyone on campus being involved and making behavior changes — some as relatively simple as being more aware of and cutting their own campus energy use. Faculty, they said, can lead by example, incorporating sustainability into their curriculum, research, service learning projects, etc. “We need to weave sustainability into all that we do,” Mog said. More info on the Climate Action Plan is on the Sustainability website.
From Beth Boehm for Provost Shirley Willihnganz: Associate Provost Boehm stood in for the provost, because Provost Willihnganz was attending the meeting of the university presidents in Frankfort for President Ramsey. Here’s what she reported:
Search Committees: Speed School dean search is at the airport interview stage. The Education dean search committee just had its airport interviews and will bring in candidates for campus interviews in late February. The Executive Vice President for Research and Innovation search should have airport interviews in late February. The Executive Vice President for Health Affairs search committee is narrowing down candidates and should have airport interviews by end of March. Professor Boehm explained that airport interviews are used because often the committee members want to interact directly with the candidates, but the costs for the same-day in-and-out visits are reasonable.
Dean 5-year reviews: Business Dean Charlie Moyer just completed his five-year review and the Board of Trustees Personnel Committee approved his continued appointment. The recommendation for continuation goes before the full board Feb. 8. A&S Dean Blaine Hudson is due for his 5-year review. The review committee will receive its charge Feb. 8.
Commencement: Deans have received letters about changes to the May commencement ceremony. Commencement will be at the KFC Yum! Center and it will be divided in two ceremonies based on units: one at 10 a.m. and one at 2 p.m. The President's Reception will be in between. The SIGS' doctoral hooding ceremony will be May 13 at 2 p.m. also in the Yum! Center.
SACS review: A steering committee will be formed soon for the SACS 5-year interim report.
From Provost Shirley Willihnganz for President James Ramsey: Based on continued growth in research productivity, UofL has once again been named Carnegie Research Very High.
The Council on Postsecondary Education won’t discuss its position on tuition setting for the next academic year until after the legislative session ends. That makes the budgeting process for UofL difficult because the Office of Finance has to guess what numbers to include and it makes it difficult on students who don’t know whether to apply for financial aid.
The state will be giving money back to the universities this fiscal year because of legalities associated with the federal stimulus funds the state received previously. This will make it look like the universities are getting budget increases; however, the “increase” is temporary and on paper only. It will not be in the next fiscal year’s budget.