Members present: Tony Brennan, Bob Cousins, Kim Emery, Saeed Khan, Jack Mecholsky,
Members absent: Gene Hemp, Jean Larson, Barbara McDade, Pierre Ramond
Guests: Jess Johnson, Bernie Machen, Will Sexton, Tom Walker, Barbara Wingo, Gene Zdziarski
Tony Brennan convened the Faculty Senate Steering Committee at 3:00 p.m. in 202 Tigert Hall.
Minutes: Minutes of the February 12 meeting were approved.
Chair's Report: Tony Brennan added two information items to the agenda a report from the SW
24th Avenue focus group and the University Curriculum Committee.
The Faculty Academic Advisory Council (FAAC) will meet monthly (third Wednesday at 3:30 in
226 Tigert Hall) with President Machen.
Several nominations have been received for the ad hoc Tenure Committee. The Steering
Committee determined that the Nominations Committee will call for nominations during the
coming week. The Nominations Committee will provide the Steering Committee with the list of
The committee discussed granting leaves of absence for committee members. Such requests will be
referred to the Committee on Committees to handle on a case-by-case basis.
President's Report: none
Forum on faculty representation: The College of Journalism has offered to co-sponsor
with the Faculty Senate a forum on faculty representation. The Steering Committee was not
ready to commit to co-sponsorship until they learned more about the matter. Tony Brennan
will ask Debbie Treise to supply a formal proposal.
Scripps Institute: Win Phillips will present a five-minute overview on the Scripps Institute
at the March Senate meeting.
Constitution Committee: Kim Tanzer reminded the group that the final special Senate
meeting will be held March 2. The first hour will be devoted to policy council language.
The second hour will allow President Machen to introduce his concept of introducing ad hoc
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Faculty Senate Steering Committee
February 26, 2004
3:00 P.M. to 4:52 P.M.
Chair: Anthony B. Brennan
Division of Continuing Education proposed course evaluation form: Chris Sessums,
Director of Distance, Continuing and Executive Education, will present a proposed course
evaluation form at the March Senate meeting.
Textbook adoption/buyback: Jess Johnson, Will Sexton and Dean of Students Gene
Zdziarski appealed to the committee for its support for the UF textbook adoption process.
Students believe that a lack of adherence to the process results in higher costs to students,
particularly as it relates to textbook buyback and the purchase of used books. Mr. Johnson
will make a presentation at the March 18 Faculty Senate meeting.
SW 24th Avenue focus group: Vice President Ed Poppell presented a report from the focus
group that looked at the proposed SW 24th Avenue extension. After studying the situation,
the focus group came to the conclusion that the road would have a significant impact on the
affected area and there was little, if any, mitigation which would be effective. The president
will receive the report and decide if he wishes to move it through the amendment process.
Mr. Poppell will present the report at the March 18 Faculty Senate meeting.
University Curriculum Committee: The University Curriculum Committee will present a
report at the March 18 Senate meeting.
Agenda for March 2, 2004 Faculty Senate meeting: The agenda for the March 2, 2004 special
Faculty Senate meeting was set as:
Senate/Public Forum on policy councils (Kim Tanzer)
Policy Councils (Bernie Machen)
The meeting adjourned at 4:52 p.m.
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