Senate Steering Committee
August 6, 2009
Attendees: David Quillen
Henrietta Logan Guests:
Frank Bova Jill Varnes
Jack Mecholsky Robert Fox
Mary Ann Ferguson Tom Dana
Elizabeth Bolton Harry Daniels
The meeting was called to order: 3:16 PM
The minutes of the July 9, 2009 meeting were approved. Approved
Policy change related to tobacco use on campus Jill Varnes, Healthy Gators 2010 vice chair
The goal of the tobacco policy is for the campus to become tobacco free by July 1, 2010. The
recommendations will be given as an information item at the August Senate meeting.
Consolidation of departments in the College of Education
Tom Dana, Harry Daniels, Faculty Policy Council Chair
This item will be presented at the August Senate meeting as an information item. Harry Daniels
noted that faculty are concerned with the manner in which the reorganization happened, not
concerned about the renaming of the programs itself.
The steering committee discussed the disconnect between past budget reductions and college
Increased hours for receiving an electrical engineering degree
Robert, Fox College of Engineering
This item will be an information item at the August Senate meeting. (note this item was later pulled
from the proposed Senate agenda and will be brought forward again at a later time).
Swine flu update Phil Barkley, Director of the Student Health Care Center
The H1N1 virus is expected to hit in September when students return. Phil Barkely's presentation
will educate faculty about the virus and encourage faculty to advise students to contact the SHCC if
they are sick.
The Steering committee had an open discussion of a number of issues.
The committee discussed possible issues that may arise if two departments are merged that were in
different colleges and thus could have different guidelines. The steering committee agreed that the
welfare council should review the issue and suggest a reasonable policy. Members of the committee
noted that for units in the collective bargaining agreement the rules state that faculty are under the
tenure and promotion rules that they were hired under. It is also noted that tenure and promotion
criteria are set by faculty. The steering committee agreed that the welfare council should state that
tenure and promotion criteria are set by faculty and that non tenure track faculty promotion should
follow the guidelines of tenure track faculty guidelines.
The committee discussed the change in formatting of WUFT Classic 89.
The budget council will have a discussion with the Dean of the College of Journalism and
Communications to understand the process that was followed to make this decision.
The steering committee thought it would be good to have some guiding principles to consider when
making budget decisions that impact the broader community.
Academic Policy Council Tracy Rambo, Representative
Budget Council David Quillen, Chair
The Budget council resolution regarding the division of conferences will be an action item at the
Infrastructure Council Jane Brockmann, Chair
Research and Scholarship Council Henrietta Logan, Representative
Welfare Council Susan Percival, Chair
Approval of Senate agenda:
The August Senate agenda was approved.
Adjourned: 5:00 PM