Senate Steering Committee
September 14, 2006
3:00 5:00 P.M.
Attendees: Pradeep Kumar
Kim Tanzer Barbara Wingo
Rebecca Pauly Janie Fouke
Mary Ann Burg
Sandra Chance Guests:
Danaya Wright Jerry Cutler
Rick Yost Carol Murphy
Chris Snodgrass Allan Burns
Frank Bova Tim Taylor
Danaya Wright called the meeting to order at 3:00 PM
The August 17, 2006 steering committee minutes were approved.
Chair's Report Danaya Wright, Chair
Dr. Wright did not present a Chair's report.
Constitution committee items Tim Taylor, Constitution Committee Chair
o Temporary Senator Replacement Policy Senate Bylaw 4 E 2 (e)
Tim Taylor presented the Temporary Senator Replacement Policy language. Dr. Wright
noted the need for language allowing temporary replacements of senators who are on
sabbatical or who have class conflicts for one or two semesters. The constitution committee
will revise the language to include appropriate provisions.
o Honorary Degrees Committee Bylaw 20 and Constitution Article V Section 4 and 5
The Steering committee discussed the proposed changes to the Honorary Degrees
Committee. The Steering committee would like the Committee on Committees to look at
what things have been done in the past to determine whether the Honorary Degrees
committee is appropriately fulfilling the senate's academic oversight mission. The COC will
reevaluate the specific issues of recommendations, naming changes, joint committee status,
emeritus eligibility, sunshine and the role of the committee. Dr. Wingo informed the
committee that if the Senate wished the committee to be out of the sunshine the committee
could only serve a fact finding role and could not create policy. The Steering Committee
would also like the COC to look at other Universities to see if they have committees like this
and revisit the role of the Senate in the namings portion of the committee's work. Dr.
Wright will draft a memo to the COC and ask it to revisit the presented issues.
o Absence policy for councils and committees Constitution Article IV Section 2
The constitution committee will revise the presented language to refer to the bylaws
regarding the absence policy for committees and councils.
o Senate Secretary Constitution Article IV Section 3
The committee will remove the ex-officio non-voting language.
o Dean and Department Chair Searches Constitution Article VI Section 2
The issue will be brought back to the Steering committee in October after Dr. Wright has
discussed the recommendations with the President and the Provost.
Engineering Joint Degree Program from the Curriculum Committee
Sheila Dickison, Curriculum Committee Chair
Dr. Dickison presented a joint degree program proposal. The proposal will be presented as
an information item in September.
Nominating Committee Structure, COM Jacksonville/Gainesville Split
Danaya Wright, Chair
The steering committee discussed folding the nominating committee and the committee on
committees into one committee. The Steering committee declined to move the issue
forward. Frank Bova explained the COM Jacksonville/Gainesville split and asked what
implications this may have for Senate seats. The Steering committee decided that the issue
should be handled internally by COM and that COM will not get any additional Senate seats.
Role of Steering Committee in Facilitating Senate Processes
Kim Tanzer, Past Chair
The Steering committee will discuss this item at the October meeting.
Advisory Council of Faculty Senates Business Danaya Wright, Chair
o Grade Point Values
o ACFS and UFF relationship
Dr. Wright briefly discussed these ACFS issues, which are on the September ACFS agenda.
CLAS discussion Danaya Wright, Chair
The steering committee discussed the CLAS 5 year plan. Dr. Wright presented a resolution
written by John Leavey, who was unable to attend the meeting. The Steering committee
decided to revise the resolution before presenting to the Senate. Anita Spring will draft a
revision of the resolution and distribute to the Steering Committee. The Steering committee
will present the resolution at the Senate meeting as an information item.
Allen Bums discussed some of the proposed changes to the CLAS structure. He explained
how graduate numbers were moved to support stronger programs.
Dr. Wright noted that the Senate should not participate in college issues, but focus on
whether there was adequate faculty input in this process.
Dr. Wright reviewed the Policy Council's role on this issue which is to review the
implications of the CLAS cuts on a University- wide curriculum level.
The Provost is establishing a Budget Allocation Committee to review whether colleges are
over or under funded and has requested faculty names for members of this committee. Dr.
Wright expressed that the appropriate place for this type of analysis is the Budget council.
Council reports will be the first agenda items at the October meeting.
Academic Infrastructure Council
Faculty Welfare Council
Academic Policy Council
Frank Bova, Chair
Mary Ann Burg, Chair
Peggy Carr, Chair
Rebecca Pauly, Chair
Anita Spring, Chair
Approval of Senate Agenda for the September 21, 2006 meeting Danaya Wright, Chair
The Senate agenda for the September 21t, 2006 meeting was approved with the addition of a
resolution regarding the CLAS 5 year plan and shared governance and the removal of the
Honorary Degrees and Dean and Department Chair searches from the constitution
The meeting adjourned at 5:30 P.M