FACULTY SENATE MEETING
January 21, 2014
1. Call to Order
Chair Zonderman called the ninth meeting of the sixtieth session of the NC State Faculty Senate to order at 3 p.m.
2. Remarks and Announcements
Chair Zonderman updated the Senate on four issues.
1) Research Misconduct: This issue is being reviewed by the Personnel Policy Committee.
2) Eligibility to serve on the Faculty Senate: The question of eligibility to be a Senator will be discussed in the Executive Committee.
3) Faculty Athletics Representative – Dr. Sam Pardue will complete his term as Faculty Athletics Representative at the end of this academic year. The Athletic Council bylaws state that the Chancellor will select the FAR in consultation with the Faculty Senate.
4) President Obama’s Visit – The President announced that NC State will be receiving the Department of Energy Award ($140 million project).
3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 8, January 7, 2014.
A motion passed to approve the amended minutes.
4. Remarks from Chancellor Woodson
Chancellor Woodson informed the Senate that the university has a policy that was adhered to closely and directly to investigate the allegation of research misconduct. The investigation concluded around 2008 and the institution is bound by the policy to confidentiality because of the people involved and the attempt to protect careers and also to protect the ability of the outstanding scientists both from NC State and other institutions that served on the investigative panel.
Chancellor Woodson updated the Senate on the President’s visit. The President made an announcement for a very competitive grant that faculty from NC State led with colleagues around the country to bring one of the national networks of manufacturing innovation to this campus.
Chancellor Woodson provided an update on the tuition issues. The Board of Governors is trying to understand how tuition is calculated, how it is set, and what their role is in the process. The Chancellors are working hard to get the Board of Governors to really “own” tuition and get it out of the State Legislature.
Chancellor Woodson stressed the importance of the Faculty Athletics Representative position and the work that it involves.
Chancellor Woodson announced that the Founders Day celebration will be March 3.
5. Questions and Comments for Provost Arden
Provost Arden took questions from the Senate.
Provost Arden announced that the university will be operating on Status 3 during the expected inclement weather.
6. Presentation – Ben Jenkins, Chair of the Board of Trustees
Chair Jenkins provided a list of personal goals that he hopes to achieve for the university within a seven to ten year period. He also shared work streams that he feels are important in achieving those goals.
The goals include:
- NC State being ranked as a top 25 public university in the country
- Achieving AAU membership
- STEM related colleges and departments would be ranked in the top ten against their peers
- NC State would be ranked in the top ten for federally funded research grants
- NC State’s academic story would be well known and respected throughout the country.
7. Old / New Business
Resolution on Transfer of Tuition Waivers for Dependents of Faculty and Staff
The second reading of the resolution was postponed until the next meeting.
Chair Zonderman announced that Susan Nutter, Vice Provost and Director of Libraries will present at the February 4th meeting.
A motion passed to adjourn the meeting at 4:20 p.m.