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Overview: Oct. 6 Faculty Senate meeting

by UofL Today last modified Oct 08, 2010 09:27 AM

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 Oct. 6 at the Health Sciences Center. Here is what happened:

Remembering a Colleague

The Senate opened the meeting with a Requiescat in Pace for Thaddeus Dumas, assistant dean of diversity and professor in the College of Education and Human Development. Dumas passed away July 22.

Action Items

The Senate had the first reading of the personnel documents for the School of Music and University Libraries. There will be a second reading and vote on the documents in November.

It also had second readings of the A&S Part-time Personnel document and the CEHD Personnel policy. Both documents passed the Senate.

The Senate approved proposals for post-graduate certificates for adult nurse practitioner, psychiatric nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner. The certificates will allow holders to take the certification exams required to be licensed in those areas.

Reports

Sen. Enid Trucios-Haynes, law professor and faculty grievance officer, gave a report on the grievance office. She noted that the job is difficult because faculty are in distress when they come to her and because the job requires thorough and continual interpretation of the Redbook. Trucios-Haynes told the senators that the various processes for mediation and grievance also create confusion because faculty don’t always know where to start. She said that the new grievance policies should help that situation. She noted no trends in grievances or change in numbers from previous years.

Sen. Melissa Laning reported that the grievance policies with major revisions should be ready for public review soon.

Provost Shirley Willihnganz gave a short report that focused on searches. Here’s their status: Library dean: airport interviews next week. Education dean: charging committee next week. Speed dean: completing committee next week. EVP Health Affairs: due to give recommendations for the post and search soon. VP Research & Innovation: firm hired to conduct search.

The provost also reported that Chair Academic Leadership workshops have started and have been received well.

President James Ramsey gave his monthly report and focused mainly on the economy. His analysis is that it will be a very slow recovery. He talked about the seven strategies UofL is using to generate revenue to keep moving forward. They include turning around underperforming assets and finding such new ways as the downtown Tax Increment Finance area to make UofL less-dependent on state funding. Current efforts, he said, are not a panacea for the financial hits the university takes now, but are to better position it for a few years from now.

The president also talked about his fall Road Trip. He told senators that he is going out into the state to help recruit good students to UofL. With him are admissions counselors, UofL students who come from the towns he visits and faculty who talk with classes about their research or work.

Senate Vice Chair Joe Steffen gave a presentation on recommendations from a faculty committee that has investigated Technology in the Learning Spaces at UofL. The presentation is one of the first in a process that will allow the university community to review the proposals. The report comes from Chief Information Officer and Vice President for Technology Priscilla Hancock and Associate University Provost for the Delphi Center Gale Rhodes.

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