Senate Steering Committee
August 17, 2006
3:00 5:00 P.M.
Attendees: Pradeep Kumar
Janie Fouke Chris Snodgrass
Barbara Wingo Kim Tanzer
Frank Bova Guests:
Rebecca Pauly Barry Ache
Rick Yost Kirk Ludwig
Mary Ann Burg Jaquie Resnick
Danaya Wright called the meeting to order at 3:00 PM
The July 6, 2006 steering minutes were approved.
Chair's Report Danaya Wright, Chair
Dr. Wright updated the Steering Committee members on her summer activities. Dr. Wright
has me with deans and college faculty. She will send an email regarding the strategic work
plan to the faculty listserv. She is also meeting with the APA to encourage staff to join in the
Shared Governance plan. Dr. Wright met with Jane Adams to discuss the Internal
Communications Plan. University Relations will publish InsideUF as a weekly insert in the
Alligator for one semester. After one semester the publication will be evaluated to determine
if it should remain a weekly publication or if it should be a biweekly publication.
The Faculty Senate Office is working to obtain the names of those students elected to serve
on University Committees.
Dr. Wright distributed an outline of the Student Government legislative report and emerging
Dr. Wright is working with student government on a tuition initiative and is working to
develop a student faculty task force to create a plan to obtain support from students on a
tuition increase. The plan will contain information about where the extra money will go if
tuition is increased
Dr. Fouke told the steering committee that there are five new staff people at the University
including an Institutional Research director, an Admissions Director and new deans. Dr.
Fouke reported that the budgets for each college were allocated according to the program
Nominating Committee Structure John Leavey, Chair Committee on Committees
This issue was not discussed.
Strategic Work Plan
Barry Ache, Kirk Ludwig, Jaquie Resnick, Strategic Work Plan group
The Strategic Work Plan committee sent their most recent draft of the Strategic Work Plan
to the Faculty Senate Office. The Work Plan includes additional recommendations from
faculty members. The Board of Trustees is looking for a document with measurable goals. It
is important that the faculty view the strategic work plan as a dynamic document. The role
of the Senate is to approve the work plan and the process prior to the Board of Trustees
meeting in September. Dr. Wright will draft language for a resolution. Once the Steering
committee approves of the resolution the work plan committee will present it to the Senate
at the August Senate meeting.
Senate Secretary Danaya Wright, Chair
The Faculty Senate chair will appoint an administrative person to serve as the Senate
Curriculum Items for Policy Council Danaya Wright, Chair
This issue was not discussed.
Constitution Changes for Dean and Department Chair Search Committees
Danaya Wright, Chair
Currently, language in the constitution states that the deans shall consult with three faculty
members for dean and department chair searches. Recommended constitutional changes are
that the majority of the committee members be faculty and that the faculty members are
elected. Dr. Wright will draft a proposal and send it to the Steering committee. After review
by the Steering committee Dr. Wright will discuss the proposal with Drs. Machen and
Budgeting Council Frank Bova, Chair
The Budget council discussed LBR and budget anomalies. The council will also determine
the best way to distribute the program reviews.
Research Council Mary Ann Burg, Chair
The council is meeting soon.
Academic Infrastructure Council Peggy Carr, Chair
Faculty Welfare Council Rebecca Pauly, Chair
The Welfare council will resend the tenure and promotion survey in hopes of obtaining a
better faculty response.
Academic Policy Council Anita Spring, Chair
Approval of Senate Agenda for the August 24th, 2006 meeting Danaya Wright, Chair
The Senate agenda for the August 14th, 2006 meeting was approved with the addition of time
for the Senate to ratify the Strategic Work Plan.
The meeting adjourned at 4:58 P.M