Members present: Senators Feakes, Bond, Furney, Hazlewood, Hindson, Hurt, McGee, McKinney, Meek, Ogletree, Shah, Winek
Guests: Rebecca Swindal, Staff Council Representative; Mary Dichard, University Star
Meeting called to order at 4:00.
Faculty Development Leaves: The Senate considered the ranking of Faculty Development Leaves and recommended all twelve applicants be awarded leaves. The recommendation goes to the Provost and the Council of Academic Deans.
University Curriculum Committee PPS: The Senate approved a motion to recommend a change in PPS 2.18, Curriculum Committees, paragraph 4, to: “The Faculty Senate will select two tenured faculty members from each college, a staff representative from the University Library, and two students appointed annually by the Associated Student Government as voting members of the UCC. The Director of Curriculum Services in the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs serves as an ex-officio non-voting member. UCC faculty members and the staff representative serve three-year renewable terms. Faculty members of the UCC serve concurrently on the CCC (see paragraph 5) and act as liaisons between the committees.” The reason for the recommendation is the UCC is a high profile, work-intensive committee, and service is not in the best interests of tenure-track faculty.
Senate Accomplishments: In order for the Senate to make its annual report to the Faculty, there was some discussion of Senate accomplishments over the past year. Some issues that came to mind were:
Senator Wilson was designated in his absence to check for additional items and to create a document to circulate to Faculty. Senator Meek agree to help.
Wellness PPS: Staff Council Representative Rebecca Swindal reported that the Staff Council was considering a recommendation that UPPS 04.04.32, Texas State Wellness Program, be altered to allow staff members “either thirty minutes per day five times per week or sixty minutes per day three times per week” to participate in the University’s Wellness Program. The Senate is considering whether it will support the Staff recommendation for the change in the UPPS.
PAAG Agenda Items: The Senate discussed possible items for the next PAAG agenda. The agenda will be completed at next week’s meeting. Items considered:
Minutes: Minutes for 04/02/08 and 04/07/08 were approved as amended.