Senate Steering Committee
January 12, 2006
1:00 -3:00 P.M.
Council member election timeline
Kim Tanzer called the meeting to order at 1:04 P.M.
Kim Tanzer distributed a handout explaining the Faculty/Student summit to gain student
support for tuition increases to increase University resources. She is working with Joe
Goldberg, Student Government President and Jess Johnson. The meeting will be held on
January 24th. The steering committee discussed which faculty members would make the most
contribution to the summit.
Barbara Wingo presented her findings on electronic voting to the steering committee. In
order to vote electronically senators must be electronically present at senate meetings.
The steering committee agreed that the council member elections should be held in the
spring to coincide with elections for committees and the Senate. All current terms ending in
the fall will be extended to the following spring.
Budget Council Dr. Fouke asked the Deans to turn in Merit Pay plans by the end of
March. The budget council is also researching IDC as a budgetary barrier for
interdisciplinary work because the proposed IDC changes do not address the problems
associated with work between centers. The council is also researching the building process to
see where faculty can be involved in the building process to determine the best use of space
to ensure the most effective use of funds. The council will meet with Dr. Fouke to
determine how faculty can get involved in the budget process she is considering changing.
Welfare council- the Welfare council will send a letter to the Provost, the President the
senior vice presidents regarding making a mandatory orientation course for new department
chairs and a refresher course for old chairs. The council would also like improved websites
for the University so information is easily accessible. The council will make a prioritized list
of which websites need the most improvements. Barbara Wingo will send Kim Tanzer a
written opinion on the current tenure issue.
Research council- Rick Yost will report on the IDC and 1 UF changes at the Senate
meeting, Win Phillips will be available for questions. The council is also going to look at
strategic initiatives at the university and determine where faculty involvement should be.
They are also reviewing existing centers. The council is arranging a meeting with Mike
Conlon to discuss PeopleSoft issues.
The meeting adjourned at: 3:13 P.M.