April 20, 2006
3:00 -5:00 P.M.
Reitz Union Auditorium
Approval of March 23, 2006 minutes
Open Discussion from Floor of Senate
The meeting was called to order at 3:03 P.M.
The minutes of the March 23, 2006 meeting were approved Kim Tanzer, Chair
Chair's Report Kim Tanzer, Chair
Professor Tanzer discussed Senate attendance by unit and by month. Professor Tanzer
reported that she will ask the Constitution Committee to develop language for replacing
Senators for one or two semesters. There is now a calendar on the Senate site that contains
all meetings. Professor Tanzer reported that if Senators meet in colleges the meetings must
be noticed and this can be done through the Senate Web site. Professor Tanzer reported on
the Arts and Humanities working group and noted that the Steering committee endorsed a
request by the working group to continue next academic year. The Shared Governance Task
Force report is complete and the Strategic Work Plan comments are complete.
Provost's Report Janie Fouke, Provost
Dr. Fouke reported on the status of the current admissions process for incoming freshmen.
Dr. Fouke also reported that there is a libraries committee that will evaluate the library
infrastructure. This committee will be chaired by Will Harrison and the committee will work
to develop a 5-10 year strategic plan to focus the library vision.
Dr. Fouke also reported on the status of the various Deans searches across campus and
reported that a job description for the permanent dean of the graduate school has been
created and a search will begin this summer. Dean Emihovich will chair that committee. The
Provost's office is also creating a search committee for an Associate Provost for
Undergraduate Issues. Debra Walker King is working on several initiatives for faculty
development. Marc Hoit is developing a retreat to discuss planning for IT reorganization.
Participants in this retreat will represent all colleges and service units on campus.
Compensation Committee Report
David Denslow, Compensation committee chair
Dr. Denslow reviewed the compensation committee report that compared salaries using
Strategic Work Plan Resolution Kim Tanzer, Chair
Kim Tanzer presented the Strategic Work Plan resolution on behalf of Barry Ache, Chair
of the Academic Policy Council. The Senate requested to wait on approving the
resolution until after they have reviewed the recommended changes and the resolution.
The issue will be reviewed at the May Special Senate meeting.
Humanities Working Group Report
John Leavey and Pramod Khargonekar, Humanities Working Group co-chairs
John Leavey presented the working group's report on reinvigorating the humanities. The
report asks that the University make the arts and humanities a focus of UF's Strategic
Work Plan. The group looked at the average size of departments and peer institutions.
The group will work to further define data and make recommendations.
Nominating Committee Report Carol Kem, Nominating Committee chair
Carol Kem presented information on the upcoming committee elections for Senate and
Joint committees. She presented the election timeline and the nominees.
Chair Elect Elections
Rick Yost was elected chair elect
Sheila Dickison, University Curriculum Committee Chair
School of Health Professions. The motion was approved
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. June Nogle moved to table the issue. The
motion was approved with 54 'yes' votes and 35 'no' votes.
Name Change for Department of Rehabilitation Counseling. The motion was approved
Proposed Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. The motion was approved
Proposed Bachelor of Science in Biology. The motion was approved.
College of Business sunset concentrations no longer in use
Ken Gerhardt, Interim Dean Graduate School
Ken Gerhardt presented the College of Business's request to sunset several concentrations.
The motion was approved.
Constitution Committee Report
Chris Snodgrass, Constitution Committee Chair
Chris Snodgrass presented several proposed constitutional changes.
Article V Section 3 motion was approved.
Article V Section 5 Rick Yost moved to amend the name of the Research
Policy Committee to Research policy council. The motion did not pass. The
original motion was approved.
Article V Section 7. The motion was approved
Article VI Section 5 The motion was approved
Bylaw 20 The motion was approved
Article V. Section 4 The motion was approved
Shared Governance Task Force report
Tony Brennan and Jean Larson, Task Force Chairs
Jean Larson presented the Shared Governance Task Force report and proposed
The resolution passed with one change to the report. Joe Little moved to strike the
language "There are provisions for faculty input" and include language that states "The
faculty shall have a role in". The motion was approved.
Open Floor Discussion:
Senators discussed items of interest.
The meeting adjourned at 5:07 P.M.
Roxanne Connelly (Rutledge)
Ex Officio Attendees:
Michael G. Perri
Connie Dannon- Journalism
Erik Wikstrom- HHP
Gene Zdzarski- DSO
E. Jane Luzar- AA
John Ingram- Libraries
Yumiko Hulvey- CLAS
David Ovillen- CHFM- Comn
Stephanie Hanson- PHHP
Gregory Schultz- COM
Elaine Turner- CLAS
Mary Ann Ferguson- Journalism and
Mary Ann Burg