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Date: September 26, 2003
The first regular meeting of the University Senate was held on September 8, 2003 in the University Union, Rooms 314-316. The meeting was called to order at 4:07 p.m. by Chairperson Norma Holter.
Professor Eldridge was absent. Interim Provost Leather and Vice Presidents Harnage, Parker, and Rubin were excused.
Professor Anthony requested that an item be added to the agenda: Professor Maria Fracasso, Chair of the Provost Search Committee, will make an interim report to the Senate. There was no objection.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Professor Siegel moved, Professor Lu seconded a motion to approve the minutes of May 5, 2003 as distributed. The motion passed.
INTRODUCTION OF PRESIDENT CARET TO THE UNIVERSITY SENATE
Chairperson Holter introduced the new President, Robert Caret, who was invited to address the Senate.
In his address President Caret emphasized his belief in aggressively developing shared governance. He will actively work with the Senate. He commends the recent creation of the Committee on Resources and Planning and suggests adding a student to it. He plans to attend the Senate meetings whenever he can and looks for ward to moving into the new academic year.
Chairperson Holter thanked him for his remarks.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS
The Nominating Committee consisted of Professors Vatz, Fisher, Hartzler-Miller, Lu, and Tabak.
Parliamentarian: Professor Mark Whitman was nominated. There were no nominations from the floor. Professor Whitman was elected 23/0/0.
Secretary: Professor James Anthony was nominated. There were no nominations from the floor. Professor Anthony was elected 23/0/0. Member at Large: Ms. Debra Berlanstein was nominated. There were no nominations from the floor. Ms. Berlanstein was elected 23/0/0.
Vice Chairperson: Mr. Todd Zimmelman was nominated. There were no nominations from the floor. Mr. Zimmelman was elected 23/0/0.
Chairperson: Professor Norma Holter was nominated. There were no nominations from the floor. Professor Holter was elected 23/0/0.
INTERIM REPORT OF PROVOST SEARCH COMMITTEE
Professor Fracasso, Chairperson of the Search Committee, reported that she has been visiting various groups on campus. She distributed a Questionnaire asking about such matters as background, personal qualities, and pressing issues that the new Provost will face.
REPORTS OF UNIVERSITY OFFICERS
Professor Zimmerman (AAUP-Faculty Association) announced the new AAUP Home Page, which includes a membership page. He thanked Professor Tim Sullivan for his excellent work as President for the past five years.
Professor Siegel (CUSF) reported that they are dealing with problems in clarity in the ART document regarding tenure-track faculty as well as retrenchment policies.
The Senate was recessed until September 15 at 4:00 p.m.
Date: September 26, 2003
The Senate reconvened on September 15, 2003 at 4:00 p.m. in the University Union, Rooms 314-316.
Professor Boules, Eldrige were absent. Ms. Berlanstein, Professor Gallagher, Zimmerman, Vice President Rubin, and Student Senator Zimmelman were excused.
The meeting was called back into session at 4:05 p.m. by Chairperson Holter.
The Agenda was approved as distributed.
Chairperson Holter recognized Interim Provost Leather who addressed the Senate.
Her address was divided into three parts-a report on last year, direction for this year, and her personal reflection on other areas for the University Senate to consider.
Past Year : AY 02-03
She summarized the work of Senior Vice President David Harnage and his staff for developing an "astounding capital plan" for the University.
Vice President Rubin and his staff have developed a pointed strategy for getting Towson's message to the General Assembly. As a result, we have a much stronger bond with key members of the General Assembly.
Professor Vatz has developed a strong relationship with the new Governor, with whom he arranged to visit the campus.
Several areas relating to Academic and Student Affairs were reorganized. One is a new department called the Academic Achievement Center under the AVP for Undergraduate Studies and another is the Career Center working more closely with the Counseling Center.
Under Academic Affairs, the Council of Deans has become the Provost's Council and the deans now meet formally as the Deans' Council. This provides better communication, working and decision making time for Academic Affairs.
Three new deans have been hired in the past year: Deans for the Colleges of Liberal Arts, Business and Economics, and Fine Arts and Communication. She also thanked Dr. Beverly Leetch and Dr. Charlie Flippen for their hard work as Acting Chairpersons.
In the area of program development, the following programs have been approved by MHEC:
Bachelor's in Forensic Chemistry
The joint master's in Accounting and Business Services will be reviewed in October.
Present Year: AY 03-04
We have a new President in place.
The University officers have tried to protect the Academic Affairs Division as much as possible from the budget cuts, but that division now has no contingent budget for FY04.
Goals for the Year
Full review of faculty P&T.
Furthermore the Academic Affairs Division will:
Work on required changes to the current Towson University Strategic Plan.
Three Final areas:
Re-examine faculty workload.
Some areas for the University Senate to consider:
1. Complete examination of the Senate composition and its committees.
Finally, Interim Provost Leather made some comments on what Towson University should look for in a new Provost:
1. An understanding of changes taking place in Higher Education in the 21st century.
Chairperson Holter thanked Provost Leather for her address.
UPDATE ON MASTER PLAN
Vice President Harnage and the members of the Facilities Management Planning Staff delivered a very informative presentation complete with many slides on their concept of a new vision for Towson's physical layout.
Following the update on the Master Plan, Interim Provost Leather took questions and comments from the Senate.
Professor Vatz voiced concern about grade inflation, particularly as it relates to adjunct faculty.
Professor Hartzler-Miller asked for clarification on the issues of "Effectiveness and Efficiency." Dr. Leather noted that the Regents are going to be scrutinizing this very carefully. We need to demonstrate to the Legislators and the Governor what we are doing. Joint Programming will be a big issue.
Professor Stein asked about the statement that Towson must become more research intensive. Dr. Leather said that this assumes a move to the Carnegie category of "Research Intensive" since we now have doctoral programs. The Carnegie Commission has changed its requirements to change from "Comprehensive" to "Research Intensive." This is in part a move to advocate for more funding. The Provost Search Committee and the candidates will need to discuss this.
Professor Pitcher expressed concern about the differences in the way graduate students and undergraduates evaluate faculty.
Provost Leather clarified the American Democracy Project by saying that this is a coalition that seeks to infuse universities with citizenship development. The President believes we must work in relating higher education to democracy.
Professor Siegel noted that she hopes that new search for the new Dean of the College of Education will provide for interaction with the liberal arts.
REPORTS OF EX OFFICIO SENATORS
Vice President Parker deferred his report.
Professor Siegel (CUSF) deferred her report.
Professor Zimmerman (AAUP/FACULTY ASSN) was excused.
Ms. Pica (SGA) deferred her report.
REPORTS OF SENATE OFFICERS
Chairperson Holter reported that the Ad Hoc Committee on Merit has completed its work. Its report will come to the Senate through the University Promotion and Tenure Committee. She thanked Professors Jack Osmond, Jay Nelson, and Dianne Taylor.
1. Professor Anthony moved, Professor Stein seconded a motion: To receive the preliminary report of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Review of College Constitutions. (Motion 03 /04-1)
Professor Anthony made the report, which included the following recommendation:
"The Senate gave interim approval to all currently existing college constitutions and by-laws until they can be presented for approval by the Senate at the November 3, 2003 meeting, as stated in the July letter to all College Council Presidents."
It was suggested that the following language be added: "If they fail to submit any changes by that date, then they must revert back to their previously ratified constitution and by-laws."
The motion to receive the report with the recommendation was passed unanimously.
1. Professor Siegel moved, Professor Sullivan seconded a motion: To receive the annual report of the Honors Programs Committee. (Motion 03 /04-2)
Professor McMahon fielded questions. The motion passed unanimously.
2. Professor Stein moved, Professor Lu seconded a motion: To receive the annual report of the Graduate Studies Committee (Motion 03 /04-3).
Professor Cox fielded questions. The motion passed unanimously.
3. Professor Fisher moved, Professor Sullivan seconded a motion: To receive the annual report of the Faculty Development and Research Committee (Motion 03 /04-4).
Professors Radius and Mangurian fielded questions.
The motion passed unanimously.
4. Ms. Correa moved, Professor Forbes seconded a motion: To receive the annual report of the Teachers Education Executive Board (Motion 03 /04-5).
Acting Dean Proffitt fielded questions.
The motion passed unanimously.
NB: Because the first Monday of October (October 6) is Yom Kippur, the next meeting of the University Senate will be Monday, October 20, 2003.
Professor Stein moved, Professor Vatz seconded a motion to adjourn. The motion passed unanimously.
James M. Anthony, Secretary
The University Senate usually meets the first Monday of each month during the fall and spring semesters. The Executive Committee of the University Senate invites all interested parties to attend the meetings in the University Union.
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