January 29, 2008
1. Call to Order
Chair James D. Martin called the tenth meeting of the fifty-fourth session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate to order at 3:00 p.m.
Chair Martin welcomed Senators and Guests.
3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 9, January 15, 2008
The motion passed to approve the minutes.
4. Remarks from Chair Martin
The major focus today is looking at matters of faculty development and we will be looking at the report received from the Faculty Development working group. They have put together a series of recommendations that we all can discuss to see what might be implemented. I also appreciate in the report their emphasis on the need to make sure that faculty development is thought of in the context of the kind of institution that we are.
We have to recognize that faculty development must be a process that needs to require constant attention and continued resources.
The student group called Wolf Pack Environment Student Association is connected with the Focus the Nation Program and is looking to have a national teach-in to call attention to environmental issues on January 31. Their recommendation is that anybody in a class think about these environmental sustainability issues in the context of the material that you are teaching.
Robert Reich will speak at the Millennium Seminar on Thursday, January 31 about “China, India: the future of everything” at 3 p.m. in the Stewart Theatre.
The Executive Committee will meet from 1:30 –2:30 p.m. Thursday.
The Sisterhood Dinner will be February 27 at 6 p.m. in the McKimmon Center. Doctor Rachel Croson will talk about “Don’t Settle for Less: Gender Differences and Negotiation.”
Information will be sent to faculty regarding the review of Susan Nutter, Vice Provost and Director of Libraries and Jose Picart, Vice Provost for Diversity and African American Affairs. There will be review sessions where faculty will give input and there will be response time for faculty as well as surveys available.
There will be a brown bag lunch of the Faculty Senate Strategic Planning Committee on February 7 and February 21 from 11 – 1:30 p.m. in the Faculty Senate conference room.
5. Remarks from Provost Nielsen
Provost Nielson reported that the UNC Tomorrow Commission has finalized their report and that NC State has to develop campus responses. There will be approximately 40 or 50 external people on the Partners Team. In addition the people that are on the Strategy Team have been tasked to go to their constituency groups to get help in providing input. Campus response is due on May 1, 2008.
Provost Nielsen reported that NC State has created a 3-1 degree program with Zhejiang University in China, where outstanding students at that university having completed three years of an undergraduate degree can come here for a year and by proper overlap of degree, they can finish up their graduate degree and then get a one year professional masters degree at NC State. He stated that the students are full paying out of state graduate students. This year six or seven students took advantage of the inaugural opportunity and last semester those students got all A’s and one B, so they are quality students doing a good job.
6. Report from the Faculty Development Work Group
Dr. Betsy Brown, Chairman of the Faculty Development Work Group, gave a summary of the group’s report on the university’s strengths and areas that need improvement dealing with faculty development.
The full report can be found at http://www.provost.ncsu.edu/faculty-dev/
7. Reports: mid year committee updates
The committee made extensive revisions to the General Faculty Bylaws. The bylaws were approved at the General Faculty meeting last fall.
The committee is currently working on revising the Faculty Senate Bylaws. The committee members discovered that two documents were needed; bylaws and operating policy and procedures. They plan to work on an operating policy and procedures document this spring.
Personnel Policy Committee
The committee has taken on the task of dealing with the lack of a hearing policy on campus. They met with a representative from Legal Affairs and she plans to put the guidelines into policy format for the committee to fine-tune the document because through its review the committee found that some language change is needed.
The committee addressed the issue of ombudsman service on campus.
Resources and Environment Committee
The student association proposed a resolution to create a memorial for Riddick Field. The faculty senate endorsed the resolution and Tom Evans has agreed to serve as a member of that planning committee.
The second issue was the Rocky Branch Phase III. The issue was raised about sewage lines construction work around the tennis court and because the tennis courts are build on fairly unstable soil there was concern that there would be damage done to the tennis courts that would require repair
The committee received assurance that the tennis courts are without risk in terms of the completion of the Phase III.
About personal quotations added to university correspondence, especially emails: The committee met with David Drooz from Legal Affairs who explained to them what the origin was and as part of those discussions they concluded that language that exists now is a little bit ambiguous. Senator Anson agreed to rewrite some of the language to make it clear and he and David Drooz are still in the process of exchanging iterations of this.
Senator Williams reported that the GLBT Center has been dedicated and is up and running.
A motion passed to adjourn the meeting at 5 p.m.