Senate Steering Committee
April 13, 2006
3:00 -5:00 P.M.
Danaya Wright Carol Kem
Bernie Machen Sheila Dickison
Rick Yost David Denslow
Janie Fouke Dennis Jett
Pradeep Kumar Chris Snodgrass
Frank Bova John Leavey
Mike Katovich Pramod Khargonekar
Approval of minutes of the March meeting The minutes of the March meeting were
Chair's Report Kim Tanzer, Chair
Professor Tanzer reminded the council chairs to hold chair elections for the 06-07 AY
before May 15th. Professor Tanzer reported that she met with Danaya Wright, Curt Hannah,
Kyle Cavanaugh and Barbara Wingo to discuss the proposal by the Academic Freedom,
Tenure, Professional Relations and Standards committee regarding the Dispute Resolutions
Officer. Professor Tanzer also updated the steering committee on the senate input to the
strategic work plan and reviewed how the Senate will remain involved in the future.
President's Report Bernie Machen, President
Dr. Machen discussed the faculty survey and the request from the Welfare council to wait a
year and then re-distribute the survey in order to allow more time for the administration to
make progress towards improving areas outlined in the previous survey.
Rick Yost moved to leave the specific timeframe open but to distribute the survey in the late
fall or early spring to allow time to develop the best survey and get the best participation.
Rick Yost accepted an amendment to this motion by Dr. Machen to allow the Senate to
assist Dr. Machen with changing the survey. The motion was modified to read: defer the
survey until the next academic year and change the survey to include feedback from the
Senate and feedback from the Shared Governance Task Force document. The motion was
Dr. Machen also reported on the progress by the Legislature in Tallahassee.
President's Open Floor Discussion:
The steering committee did not have any additional issues to discuss.
Private Note Services Robert Emerson, CBA Faculty member
Robert Emerson discussed the private note services issue with the steering committee. He
has concerns about copy write infringement and the downsides to note services serving as a
substitute for attending classes. He requests that the Senate look into the issue further.
Frank Bova moved to refer the issue to the Academic Policy council and ask them to add
Robert Emerson to the council to discuss. Kim Tanzer suggested that the council create a
task force that will look into the issue and report back to the council. Kim Tanzer will work
with Robert Emerson to create a charge to give to the council. The motion to bring forward
to the Academic Policy Council was approved.
Bologna Process Dennis Jett, University International Center Dean
Dennis Jett reported on the Bologna Process. This Process will culminate in 2012 with an
agreement of European countries to streamline the higher education process by offering 3
year degrees. Currently the University does not have a plan for accepting a student with a 3
year bachelor's degree to graduate studies. The International Center's concern is that if there
is not a plan for accepting students with 3 year degrees the University of Florida will have
difficulty recruiting international students. The issue was referred to the Academic Policy
Council to see what other institutions are doing. Kim Tanzer will work with Dean Jett to
develop a charge for the committee. The Research and Scholarship policy council will
interact with the Academic Policy council to determine what needs to be done.
Compensation Committee Report
David Denslow, Compensation Committee Chair
David Denslow reviewed the compensation committee report and proposed that the
report be given to the Senate at the upcoming meeting. The request was approved.
Humanities Working Group Report
John Leavey and Pramod Khargonekar, Humanities Working Group Co- Chairs
John Leavey and Pramod Khargonekar proposed to issue the preliminary Humanities
Working Group report to the Senate at the upcoming meeting. The recommendations are
that the committee continue to work through the fall and that the committee works to make
the arts and humanities a major focus in the strategic plan. The working group would like
the Senate to endorse a resolution that states that as a Senate we fell that the arts and
humanities are important and endorse the continuation of the committee and the value of
inclusion in the strategic plan. Kim Tanzer will discuss the committee's continued work in
the Chair's report. The working group members will report that they feel that the
recommendations in the report should be part of the draft strategic work plan.
Constitution Committee Report Chris Snodgrass, Constitution Committee Chair
Article V Section 4
Chris Snodgrass outlined the constitution committee's annual report. He also requested
to present the information item regarding the library committee for a vote in September.
Danaya Wright moved to move the constitution language to an action item in April. The
motion was approved.
Barry Ache, Academic Policy Council Chair
0 Strategic Work Group Resolution
Kim Tanzer reported on behalf of Barry Ache on the Strategic Work Plan Resolution.
Nominating Committee Report Carol Kem, Nominating Committee Chair
Carol Kem presented a nominating committee report to be given to the Senate in April. She
outlined some problems with the current nomination process and outlined some concerns
related to recruitment and retention on committees.
Curriculum Committee Sheila Dickison, Curriculum Committee Chair
Name change for Department of Rehabilitation Counseling
Proposed Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training
Proposed Bachelor of Science Biology
Sheila Dickison presented curriculum committee items for the upcoming Senate agenda.
Rick Yost moved to make the BS in Biology an action item in April. The motion was
approved. Dr. Fouke moved to make the Academic Training proposal to an action item in
April. The motion was approved. Danaya Wright moved to make the rehabilitation
counseling proposal to an action item in April. The motion was approved.
Open Access Research Discussion Kim Tanzer, Faculty Senate Chair
The steering committee discussed the issue of open access research and suggested that the
Research and Scholarship Policy Council look at the issue and determine which committees
are already working on the issue and work with them on the issue if necessary.
Brief Council Reports
Academic Policy Council Barry Ache, Chair
No report was given
Budgeting Council Frank Bova, Chair
Frank Bova reported that the library request to share the library Starbucks profits was
declined. The Budget council discussed the budget cycle and process with the Provost. The
council will work towards having more budget workshops.
Faculty Welfare Council Mike Katovich, Chair
Mike Katovich reported that the council sent a letter to the Provost regarding development
of a Web site for faculty and mandatory chair training for new and existing chairs as well as
committee training for tenure and promotion committee members. Dr. Fouke sent the letter
to Debra Walker King who will work on the training. Dr. Fouke also requested more
specific information outlining the content of the desired Web site.
Academic Infrastructure Council Brian Weber, Chair
No report was given
Research and Scholarship Council Richard Yost, Chair
Rick Yost reported that the council is looking into the low cost pharmaceuticals for
developing countries proposal and will look into open access or defer to the appropriate
committee. The council is also looking into centers and the process for evaluation and sun
setting of centers. The council is also looking into the strategic plan process for research and
the 1UF IDC plan. The council would like to report to the Senate at the Special Senate
meeting on May 4th regarding the policy suggestions for the IRB/IACUC.
Approval of April 20, 2006 Senate Agenda The agenda was approved.