Senate Steering Committee
June 1, 2006
12:00 -2:00 P.M.
Approval of minutes
Mary Ann Burg Kim Tanzer
Peggy Carr Barbara Wingo
Sandra Chance Danaya Wright
Rebecca Pauly Guests:
Rick Ragan Heshan Illangkoon Grad Senator
Danaya Wright called the meeting to order at 12:10 P.M.
The minutes of the May 11, 2006 of meeting were approved
Meeting with Provost:
Danaya Wright discussed her meeting with the Provost where they discussed the formation
of the library task force. Dr. Wright proposed forming a joint committee to look into the
library issues instead of a task force and the Provost agreed.
Dr. Wright also discussed forming a committee to review the issue of redundancy in classes.
She would like ideas for the charge of the committee. Dr. Wright would also like to work
with the Committee on Committees to revise the structure of the curriculum committee, the
general education council and the Academic Personnel Board. The issue of replacing
senators who are on sabbatical has been given to the constitution committee. Sandra
Chance moved to have the constitution committee investigate the feasibility of creating
language to replace faculty for 1 or 2 semesters because of sabbaticals or course conflicts.
The motion was approved.
Dr. Wright also updated the committee on the shared governance task force report and how
to determine if the college level representative body ensures that an election occurs. Dr.
Wright is meeting with the senators from each college to discuss developing a slate to create
a representative body. The size and process for each committee would be decided by the
senators and would include the dean or dean's designee. The senate work day will include a
two hour chair training workshop, 30-45 minute council meetings and the Senate meeting
with the state of the university address.
Summer Action Plan:
The councils should work this summer to determine what issues should be addressed in the
Research council- Mary Ann Burg reported that the council is not meeting during the
summer. In the fall the Research council will review centers and institutes and the policies
for creating and sun setting these centers and institutes.
Infrastructure council: Peggy Carr reported that the council passed a resolution to be given
to Dr. Wright regarding deferred maintenance. The resolution asks that the steering
committee bring deferred maintenance issue to the ACFS to work on bringing the issue to
The council has asked Dean Harrison to meet with the council in the fall regarding the
library task force. They are going to ask to have graduate student input.
Welfare council- Rebecca Pauly reported for the Welfare council. The council sent out the
tenure surveys. The council is working on the DRO issue with Kyle Cavanaugh. The council
is also looking into having some availability for child care during the county's spring break.
The meeting adjourned at: 1:48 P.M.
The minutes of this meeting will be up for approval at the July 6, 2006 meeting.