Members present: Senators Hazlewood, Wilson, Feakes, Brown, Huling, Melzer, Furney, Martin, Conroy, Morey, Stone
Guests: Sigler, Ellis
Meeting called to order at 4:00.
University Research Committee Recommendations: The Senate returned to the URC recommendation tabled at the previous Senate meeting: There should be no bonus points awarded to applicants. Although the Senate was provided with only incomplete data on the effects of awarding first-time tenure-track applicants five bonus points, the data provided suggests it has had no direct negative impact on other applicants. There might be a perception among some applicants that the bonus points harm those who do not receive them, but the data does not seem to bear out this assumption. The Senate did note that the method of awarding bonus points needs to be standardized across colleges, but finally rejected the URC recommendation to end the awarding of bonus points.
Faculty Development Leave Process: The Subcommittee charged with exploring revisions to the Leave process offered a plan for more clearly quantifying the review of applications by providing reviewers a more explicit evaluative rubric of five categories, based upon Leave criteria and the typical questions asked by Senators during applicant interviews. The Senate discussed a number of revisions to the proposed criteria, and charged the Subcommittee to explore how these changes would impact materials sent to faculty at the start of the Leave cycle each year, as well as the relevant PPS. The Senate also voted to suspend the interviewing of applicants as a part of the Leave process.
PAAG Agenda Development: For the May 4 PAAG meeting, the Senate will suggest the following items:
Minutes of 4/20/11 were approved.