Members present: Tony Brennan, Bob Cousins, Kim Emery, Gene Hemp, Saeed Khan,
Jean Larson, Barbara McDade, Pierre Ramond, Kim Tanzer
Members absent: Jack Mecholsky
Guests: David Colburn, Arnie Heggested, Charles Kibert, Angel Kwolek-Folland, Dave Newport,
Tony Brennan convened the Faculty Senate Steering Committee at 3:00 p.m. in 202 Tigert Hall.
Minutes: Minutes of the January 8 meeting were approved.
Chair's Remarks: Tony Brennan announced that he and Jean Larson would attend the Advisory
Council for Faculty Senates (ACFS) January 29-30. He will give a report at the next meeting.
President's Report: President Machen was out of town and unable to attend.
Provost's Report: Provost Colburn gave a report from the meeting of the Faculty Academic
Advisory Council (FAAC) held earlier today.
The governor's proposed budget was discussed. The governor made no recommendation for
faculty salary raises. The provost and FAAC will make this the top issue to correct with the
Faculty salaries at UF were reviewed and compared to the AAU schools.
With the devolution of commencement exercises, there will be a university-wide celebratory
function for all graduates, their families and friends.
A winter intercession is being considered.
Quality of Life Committee report: Angel Kwolek-Folland distributed a report from the Quality of
Life Committee. They have met with all college administrators. They held eleven faculty forums at
five locations. The committee solicited feedback from faculty and received approximately twenty-
five responses. A planned faculty survey has yet to be finalized. Committee members are currently
writing portions of the final report. The final report will be presented to the Senate at its March
Water Institute: No one was present to speak about the Water Institute.
Constitution Committee: Kim Tanzer, chair of the Constitution Committee, announced the topics
of discussion for the February 5 special Senate meeting. Those items are the definition of faculty
and a discussion of the policy councils. A motion was made and approved that the Steering
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Faculty Senate Steering Committee
January 29, 2004
3:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M.
Chair: Anthony B. Brennan
Committee work with the president and provost to develop the recommended levels of shared
Tenure Committee: Tony Brennan said it is time to put together a committee to study the tenure
process. He asked the Nominations Committee to gather a list of suggested candidates. The charge
of the committee would be to either endorse the current rule or recommend modification.
Sustainability: Dave Newport and Charles Kibert provided an update on the sustainability efforts
at UF. With the transition of leadership at the university, they want to make sure this issue remains
a priority. The primary benefits are an enhancement of UF's reputation in the sustainability arena,
an increase in fiscal efficiency and an improvement in the quality of life, productivity and
Nominations and Elections process: Saeed Khan asked to be included on the February 22 Senate
agenda so that he might remind senators about the nominations process.
Entrepreneurship degree/program: Arnie Heggested gave an overview of the entrepreneurship
program in the College of Business Administration. The program is interdisciplinary with many
colleges on campus. The mission is to teach and inspire students interested in entrepreneurship and
to enhance the entrepreneurial climate on campus. There are currently eight graduate courses
dealing with entrepreneurship. There is one undergraduate course. The college now offers a Master
of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in entrepreneurship.
Proposal for intercession at UF: David Colburn said that the university is studying the possibility
of adding a three-week winter intercession term. A motion was made and approved to form a
committee to study the matter.
The meeting adjourned at 4:46 p.m.
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