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FACULTY SENATE MEETING
February 19, 2013

1. Call to Order
Chair Kellner called the 11th meeting of the 59th session to order at 3 p.m.

2. Remarks and Announcements
Chair Kellner welcomed Senators and Guests.

Chair Kellner announced that candidates are needed for the Faculty Senate elections. 

The meeting scheduled during the week of spring break has been rescheduled to March 12 and there will also be a meeting on March 19th.

Chair Keller reported that he attended the SACS leadership meeting where there was a discussion on the QEP and compliance issues. 

3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 10, February 5, 2013
The minutes were approved as submitted.

4. Remarks from  Duane Larick, Senior Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives
 Senior Vice Provost Larick gave a brief update on projects that he is working on as Senior Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives. Most of his time has been spent on the following topics:

Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program--The greatest challenge they are currently facing is identifying space for the new faculty hires. The Provost has committed significant financial resources for renovation and repair projects to create these spaces.

Academic Productivity--A draft of the Task Force report has been distributed to the Colleges and, as part of the current strategic planning initiative, colleges have been asked to provide an update on their process for and progress on addressing recommendations of the Task Force.

Academic Planning—Dr. Larick reported that the UNC-GA requirement limiting us to no more than 3 programs in the approval process at one time might not be a burden to us. We currently have 2 programs on the list and they may likely be addressed at the April meeting of the BOG.

CALS/COS –Dr. Larick reported that they are currently working on handling the details of implementing the decisions made by the Steering Committee and Implementation Teams.

5. Remarks from Stephen Reynolds
Professor Reynolds gave a status report on QEP Planning.

Dr. Reynolds stated that the QEP, titled Critical and Creative Thinking, is an action plan to enhance student learning. The targeted locations are English 101, FYI Seminars, College 100 level orientation courses and some of the large section courses taught, particularly to freshmen.

The process of planning the QEP will take about two years, culminating in reaffirmation of our accreditation in December 2014.

For more information or to follow the progress of Critical and Creative Thinking at NC State go to:  accreditation.ncsu.edu/qep.

6. Remarks on NTT Rank and Promotion Policy
Betsy Brown, Vice Provost forFacultyAffairs, discussed procedures for promotions in rank for full-time non-tenure track faculty members with rank (e.g., Teaching Assistant Professors).

7. Remarks on Faculty Facilities in Hunt Library
Mohan Ramaswamy, Associate Head for Research and Graduate Services provided an update on the Faculty Research Commons in the Hunt Library.

8.  Issues of Concern
Senate Lucia presented an issue of concern with respect to the sale of the Hofmann Forest. 

Chair Kellner assigned the issue to the Resources and Environment Committee.

Senator Lunardi would like to know more information about the new debit card that the university is offering.

Chair Kellner assigned the issue to the Personnel Policy Committee.

9. Adjournment
A motion passed to adjourn the meeting at 4:40 p.m.

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