1. Call to Order
Chair James D. Martin called the thirteenth meeting of the fifty-fifth session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate to order at 3:00 p.m.
2. Welcome and Announcements
Chair Martin welcomed Senators and Guests.
There is going to be a Spring Campus Dialog on diversity on Tuesday, March 17 at 3 p.m. in the Witherspoon Student Center. Dr. Rupert Nacoste will speak on “Living in a New Racial Frontier.”
The Millennium Seminar will be March 19th at 6 p.m. Dennis Gartman, Publisher of the “Gartman Letter” will be speaking about the economic situation.
The North Carolina Chapter of the American Association for University Professors will have their annual meeting in Chapel Hill on March 20 at 7 p.m. at the FedEx Center.
The Spring General Faculty Meeting will be March 23 at 3 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Talley Student Center.
Nominations for the candidates to serve on the Faculty Senate and the Grievance and Hearings panels are due March 31st and the elections will take place the second week of April.
Update on the Executive Committee Meeting
Chair Martin reported that the committee discussed the General Faculty Meeting and agreed to the focus on the stimulus idea. There was continued discussion about the faculty employee demographics issue.
The committee discussed an issue of concern from a member of the advisory group to the Office of Post Doctoral Affairs.
The last issue talked about was an issue that has been brought up by the Governance Committee and that is the role of faculty in policy revision and approval.
3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 12, February 24, 2009
A motion passed to approve the minutes.
4. Remarks from Provost Nielsen
Provost Nielsen reported that we are still operating on a presumed 7% budget cut for next year, which is about $36.5M for the university overall. He stated that we are going to be hearing a lot about the budget and noted that it will be anxiety type information.
Provost Nielsen discussed the possibility of closing the Natural Resources Library.
Provost Nielsen announced that Duane Larick was appointed Dean of the Graduate School after serving as Interim Dean three times.
The interviews for the CHASS Dean have concluded. Provost Nielsen hopes to make an offer within the next couple of weeks.
Tuition By Credit Hour
Provost Nielsen stated that since tuition by the credit hour is not a topic that is under active consideration any longer in the UNC system, we can take that topic off of our agenda and continue to function the way that we have. He stated that it puts back on the table another serious question, which is how we deal with distance education and regular class.
5. The Stimulus Package and Beyond: The Impact on Higher Ed, and how we can best be prepared to respond
Vice Chancellor of Research and Graduate Studies, Terri Lomax gave a presentation on how the stimulus package will impact higher education.
Vice Chancellor Lomax reported that there is a lot of money coming down the pipe on the federal stimulus and there is a great deal of opportunity for NC State in this. She stated that NC State has always competed extremely well for federal research dollars and this is going to be another opportunity to do that.
6. Old Business: Second Reading—Emeritus Faculty Status and Involvement
P0L095.20.02 Emeritus Faculty Status Involvement
There was some word-smithing and discussion on the document. A motion passed unanimously to approve the resolution/revised policy.
7. Issues of Concern/New Business
Chair Martin read an issue of concern from a faculty member who is concerned about the reduction of the number of subjects, specialists, and government document librarians in reference services over the past decade. What is the rationale behind the library’s decisions?
Chair Martin stated that he sent the email to the Director of Libraries for her response.
Another issue of concern raised was K-12 versus everybody else as part of education.
There was significant discussion on this issue.
Chair Martin agreed to write to President Bowles to find out the status of this state’s money and how the arguments are being made to the big part of education.
The meeting adjourned at 5:05 p.m.