December 15, 2005
3:00 -5:00 P.M.
Reitz Union Auditorium
Approval of November 17, 2005 minutes Kim Tanzer, Chair
Open Discussion from Floor of Senate
The meeting was called to order at 3:01 P.M.
The minutes of the November 17, 2005 meeting were approved
Chair's Report Kim Tanzer, Chair
Professor Tanzer updated the senate on Policy Council issues of interest. The
Budget Council is looking into merit pay plans. Each unit should have accessible merit pay
plans available. The Academic Policy Council is looking into revisiting the minus grades
issue and is revisiting the student honor code to verify that adequate faculty input was
included in the changes. Contact Joan Frosch if you would like to be involved. The Welfare
Council is looking at tenure practices by college and Kyle Cavanaugh's office is engaging in
discussions and exploration of the potential interests in creating a Dispute Resolutions
Office to handle grievances. The Infrastructure Council is looking into the possibility of
some proceeds of the Library Starbucks going to the library. They are also looking into
Sandra Chance and Barbara Wingo are researching the legality of establishing an
electronic voting policy before a committee to research the subject is created.
Call for nominations for committees will begin on January 20th. (The Friday
following the January 19th Senate meeting.) Self nominations are encouraged. Please have the
approval of the intended nominee before nominating a colleague. Also, verify the nominee
meets any established criteria for committee membership.
The first 2006 Spring Faculty Development Series will take place on January 11. The
subjects are: the importance and benefits of diversity, "Women in Leadership and
Administration," and "Empowering First Generation College Students." All sessions will be
held in room 282 of the J. Wayne Reitz Union.
Professor Tanzer reported that she is working with Joe Goldberg, Student
Government President, and Jess Johnson, Executive Assistant to the Vice President for
Student Affairs, to create a Faculty/Student summit in the spring.
Professor Tanzer presented the grade distribution chart, faculty productivity data,
and tuition data.
President's Report Bernie Machen, President
Dr. Machen reported that he met with the Board of Trustees and state
representatives to review budget priorities for the upcoming year. The priorities are to: have
a statute written that would allow the University set in and out of state tuition for graduate
and professional programs; increase the amount available for state buildings; have state
funded salary increases for faculty and staff; full implementation of the physician upper limit
payment program; continue the state matching donations and matching building funds
program; acquire funds to provide health insurance for graduate students and post doctorial
students on appointments.
Dr. Machen also discussed the Florida opportunities scholarship fund which will
assist families who need tuition assistance but do not qualify for federal financial aid.
Curriculum Changes Sheila Dickison, Chair University Curriculum Committee
Academic Calendars 2007-2008 through 2010-2011
Dr. Dickison presented the 2007-2008 through 2010-2011 academic
BA option to existing BS Degree in Astronomy
C. .. of LiberalArts and Scences
Dr. Dickison presented information about the BA in Astronomy.
Constitution Changes Chris Snodgrass, Chair Constitution Committee
FAAC- Dr. Snodgrass presented the language to eliminate the Faculty Academic
Faculty Senate Chair Elect Voting Procedures
A majority of those Senators voting shall be necessary for election.
The nominee having the greatest number of votes shall be the Chair Elect if such
number represents a majority of the Senators voting. If no nominee receives a
majority of votes, the Senate shall choose the Chair Elect by means of run-off
ballots among nominees with the two highest numbers of votes, until one
nominee receives a majority.
Steering Committee Membership Language- pulled due to new information
regarding the proposed change.
Policy Council Membership Language
Article V Section 7 Part C
The President shall appoint non-voting ex officio members to provide
special expertise on Senate Policy Councils and on Senate and Joint
Committees when necessary.
Article V Section 3
Dr. Snodgrass presented additional language to clarify the roles of policy
Open Discussion from Floor of Senate:
Senators engaged in an open floor discussion of various issues of interest.
The meeting adjourned at 4:03 P.M.
Ex Officio Attendees:
Mary Ann Burg
Lisa McElwee White
Yumiko Hulvey, CLAS
Steve Gottesmann, AST