October 19, 2004
1. Call to Order
Chair Dennis M. Daley called the fifth meeting of the fifty-first session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate to order at 3:00 p.m.
2. Welcome and Announcements
Chair Daley welcomed Senators and Guests.
Chair Daley announced; the Reports on the Admission of First Year Students, the Honors Program, and the White Paper Layer 8 from Information Technology are available in the Faculty Senate Office.
The Libraries will sponsor a symposium on November 12 at the McKimmon Center in conjunction with the current display called ”Transforming Society: The GI Bill Experience at NC State.”
Chair Daley congratulated Senator Bernhard on receiving the Library Faculty Award from the Friends of the Library.
3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 4, October 5, 2004
The minutes were approved unanimously.
4. Memorial Statement for Professor Scott Chilton
Margaret Daub, Department Head of Botany read a memorial statement in honor of Professor Scott Chilton.
5. Remarks from Katie Perry, Senior Vice Provost
Senior Vice Provost Perry reported that the interviews have begun for the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The interviews are scheduled into early November and five candidates will be coming to campus.
College Faculty Committees are working on developing the survey instruments for the review process of three deans: Dean Moore in Education, Dean Solomon in Physical and Mathematical Sciences, and Dean Godfrey in Textiles.
Provost/Chancellor-Designate Oblinger is underway with conversations about the Interim Provost. He plans to do a national search and a search firm will be used in the hiring of the next Provost. Provost/Chancellor-Designate Oblinger is hoping to launch that search by the end of this calendar year with hopes of having a new Provost on board by July 1, 2004 or sooner if possible.
Provost/Chancellor-Designate Oblinger would like to encourage the faculty to consider submissions of nominees for Honorary Degrees.
6. Web Accessibility
Sam Averitt, Vice Provost for Information Technology reported that the University Information Technology Committee considered a web accessibility policy for the university over a period of two years or more and finally came up with such a policy. He stated that we must be able to continue to use online information, materials, and resources in teaching. They are trying to meet our legal obligations in a responsible manner. We have a moral obligation to meet all of our students needs and must do it in a way that is reasonable, which allows us to continue to do our work and to do it effectively for everyone involved.
Vice Provost Averitt noted that as time progresses there would be more things that will have to be taken into account as we use technology to deliver the content.
7. Issues of Concern
Senator Middleton is concerned about the difference in the university leave policy as it applies to the teaching faculty.
Chair Daley assigned the issue of concern to the Personnel Policy Committee.
8. New Business
Grievance Committee Chairs
A motion was made and seconded to elect Shannon M. Carey and Honora F. Nerz to serve as chairs for Grievance Committees.
The motion was voted on and passed unanimously.
Senator Tetro, Vice Chair of the Academic Policy Committee reported that there is a mechanism in place, which will not allow students to register for more than eighteen credits without approval from their advisers.
Senator McRae, Chair of the Personnel Policy Committee urged everyone to fill out the survey on healthcare and insurance. Senator McRae plans to attend the University Reappointment Promotion and Tenure Committee meeting on October 29 when they will be considering the latest changes to academic tenure policy. He will report back to the Senate at the next meeting.
Senator Warren, Vice Chair of the Academic Policy Committee reported that the deans are taking up the issue of daycare on campus and are very interested and enthusiastic and committed to this issue.
Senator Bernhard reported that the Resources and Environment Committee continues to meet. At their last meeting they met on K-12 outreach. They are not yet ready to report but have achieved some agreement on issues. Senator Bernhard has also invited the people from Transportation to their meeting in three weeks to discuss parking and the Wolfline.
Chair Daley adjourned the meeting at 5 p.m.