Senate Steering Committee
December 6, 2007
Attendees: Chris Snodgrass
Rick Yost Amelia Bell
Ellis Greiner Guests:
Barbara Wingo John Leavey
Carol Murphy Mary Ann Ferguson
Danaya Wright Daniel Wubah
Jerry Cutler Jeff Burkhardt
Al Wysocki Tim Davis
Frank Bova Cathy Martyniak
Rebecca Pauly Carol Kern
Janie Fouke Joe Glover
The meeting was called to order at 3:02 PM
The minutes of the November 1, 2007 meeting were approved.
Chair's Report Rick Yost, Chair
Rick Yost reported on the upcoming committee call for nominations. The deadline for
nominations is January 18, 2008. A reminder will be sent to faculty in January.
Volunteers are needed to serve on the Reitz Union master planning committee.
There is concern amongst the faculty regarding the cost reduction efficiency task force
recommendations as they relate to fleet management. Jerry Cutler will meet with Ed Poppell
to discuss these concerns.
The BOT discussed the new Biotechnology building on campus. The Senate will work to
ensure that faulty are notified of meetings regarding this building.
Provost's Report Janie Fouke, Provost
The university has received more than 26,000 applications for admission. The application
process is fully automated. The Provost would like to increase awareness of essay readers
involved in the admissions process and increase the number of faculty readers. Dr. Fouke
also reported on the budget.
Green Initiative Resolution Jeff Burkhardt, Sustainability Committee Chair
This item will be presented as an information item at the December Senate meeting. The
Steering Committee made suggestions for modifications to the structure and title of the
resolution. Jeff Burkhardt will make these revisions and resubmit the resolution to the
Curriculum Committee Items
Daniel Wubah, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education
Request to change degree name from Turfgrass Science to Golf and Sports Turf
This item will be presented as an information item at the December Senate meeting.
Committee on committees John Leavey, Committee on Committees Chair
Committee report format
John Leavey presented a revised committee report form to the Steering committee and asked
Constitution committee Mary Ann Ferguson, Constitution committee chair
Changes to the Constitution
This item will be presented as information at the December Senate meeting.
Dr. Ferguson also discussed some unresolved issues including language that defines a faculty
member and membership of the department. The constitution committee will continue to
work on these issues.
The Steering committee also discussed the recommended changes to the General Education
Committee and the University Curriculum Committee. Constitutional language was
presented as an information item at the November Senate meeting.
Dr. Glover discussed a memo outlining the concerns of college deans regarding the
The Steering committee decided to remove the item from the December action agenda. The
Committee on Committees will revise the proposal to create an even number of Senate
elected members and Presidentially appointed members on the committee, the Senate will
discuss objections raised in bullet number three of the memo at a later date and the Senate
will deliberate the issue of chair. Carol Murphy suggested that the committees have an
elected chair with an appointed liaison who understands the administrative aspects of both
The Senate Chair will appoint an ad hoc committee composed of representatives from the
Committee on Committees, Academic Policy Council, Constitution Committee, the General
Education Committee and the Curriculum Committee Joe Glover, as a representative of the
deans and a Provost office representative to discuss the issues surrounding the selection of
Policy Council Regular Membership and college assemblies Saeed Khan, member
The committee will discuss this item in January.
Welfare Council Rebecca Pauly, Chair
The welfare council is reviewing the responses to the climate survey specifically the areas of:
career development, communication and quality of life. The council is also reviewing the
results of the promotion and tenure survey and whether an apparent lack of mentoring is
college dependent. The council will also look at best practices for mentoring.
Budget Council Allen Wysocki, Chair
The budget council is looking at budget processes in colleges and is waiting for budget
related issues to work on.
Research and Scholarship Council Saeed Khan, Chair
Academic Infrastructure Council Jerry Cutler, Chair
The infrastructure council is looking at information technology governance and models of
IT governance. The council is also looking at ways for the council to be advisory to IT in the
Academic Policy Council Carol Murphy, Chair
The academic policy council is continuing to work on faculty authored course materials and
conflict of interest. The APC voted to set up a task force to look into the Gordon Rule
program. The General Education Committee will report to the University Curriculum
Committee at the January meeting and the issue will come back to the Steering committee at
the January meeting.
Approve Senate Agenda for December 13, 2007 Rick Yost, Chair
The meeting adjourned at 5:45 PM