January 8, 2007

Jan 08 2007
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Meeting Minutes


January 8, 2007


Call to Order:

The regular meeting of the Academic Senate, held on January 8, 2007 was called to order at 3:06 pm by Kirtly Jones, Senate President. The meeting was held in room 115 C. Roland Christensen Center.



Kirtly Jones (Senate President), Dan Adams, Stephen Alder, Michael Bastiani, Margaret Battin, Cynthia Berg, Martha Bradley, Richard Brown, Lyle Campbell, Peter Crane, David Derezotes, Gary Ellis, Gene Fitzgerald, Luiza Franca, Leslie Francis, Michael Free, Andrea Goldstein, Dan Goodrick, Peter Goss, Gary Grikscheit, Douglas Hacker, Jan Hobson, Brooke Hopkins, Russ Isabella, Kenneth Jameson, Chares Jui, Mike Kirby, Jacob Kirkham, Kacee Kniazeva, Thomas Kontuly, Richard Lemons, Karl Lins,, Zheng-Rong Lu, Mary Lucero, Clifton McIntosh, Daniel Medwed, Sanford Meek, Erin Miedema, Joey Mortensen, Gerado Okhuysen, Karen Paisely, Lester Partlow, Kathy Pope, Jan Robertson, Edward Rubin, Mayam Safaee, Barry Shultz, Maged Senbel, Randy Silverman, Mikhail Skliar, Bruce Smith, Sandra Smith, Gerald Spangrude, Nancy Staggers, Paul Stout, Michael Timberlake, Peter Trapa, Sharon M. Weinstein, Robert Wendel, Gage Williams, Joanne Yaffe, Mary Youngkin



Excused:  Arlyn Bradshaw, Art Brothman, Ron Bruhn, Jessica Griffith, LaVar Harline, Howard Lehman, Janet Lindslay, Rob O'Neill, Erin O’Connell, John Opitz, Richard Paine, Olivia Sheng


Ex-officio:  A. Loris Betz, Penny S. Brooke, Robert Flores, John Francis, James Graves, Nancy Lines, Paul Mogren, Susan Olson, David W. Persing, Richard Sperry


Others:  Christopher Atkins, Susan Beck, Lindsay Clark, Arnold Combe, Kevin Emerson, Ann Floor, Christopher Hill, Charles Langelier, Chuck Wight, Sarah Wright



The minutes of the Academic Senate meeting of December 4, 2006 were approved unanimously.


Consent Calendar:

The resignations, retirements, faculty appointments, auxiliary, and limited term appointments, appearing in Appendices I dated January 8, 2007 received approval to forward to the Board of Trustees.


The University Distinguished Teaching Award for 2007 was announced. A question was raised by Charles Jui regarding the gender/ethnic makeup of the recipients and how the Teaching Committee selects the recipients. It was proposed that the chair of the Teaching Committee be invited to attend the February meeting to respond to these questions. A motion was made to invite the chair, Barbara Nash, to the February meeting, which motion was unanimously approved.


Executive Committee Report:

Joanne Yaffe, Executive Committee Secretary, summarized her written report of the December 18, 2006 Executive Committee meeting.


Report from Administration:


Senior Vice President David Pershing reported that the Spring Semester enrollment status is holding steady with research funding up 20%. He reiterated that the Legislative session is about to begin and the university’s requests will be focused on the following issues:

1)   The top priority is funds to promote faculty retention and equity in salaries and associated health

benefits compared with other institutions;

2)   funding for more compensation for faculty and staff;

3)   funds for library serials;

4)   funding for operations and maintenance costs for new buildings;

5)   funds for the mandated cost increases for fuel and power;

6)   funding for a special workforce initiative for engineering and nursing;

7)   two system-wide requests for funding for a partnership initiative with Dixie College and a Presidential Priorities initiative for UVSC to have university status;

8)   request for capital funding for a Nursing building, and upgrades to the east campus utility plant;

9)   permission to construct the Student Life Center.


The Senior Vice President provided an update on the administrative searches. Final interviews have begun with the three finalists for the dean of the College of Education. Later this month, interviews for the three finalists for the vice president for diversity will be held. Finally, Peter Stang, dean of the College of Science is stepping down after 10 years to return to full-time teaching and research. An internal search for his replacement is underway.


At today’s Board of Trustees meeting it was announced that SVP Loris Betz received a $20M gift towards a new Pharmacy building from the ALSAM Foundation. Additional fund raising will be undertaken.


Report from ASUU

Jacob Kirkham, ASUU president, reported on several recent activities sponsored by ASUU. A scholarship fair will be held January 11 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and includes 13 colleges and student groups; the Child Care Center on Presidents Circle has been doubled in size; and students will again seek permission from the legislature for a Student Life Center.


The upcoming events are the elections for next year, Rock the U Marathon and the Spring Festival. Kirkham encouraged faculty to support voting by students following comments regarding the low turnout of students voting.


Notice of Intent

Arnold Combe presented a proposal to formalize the university’s standard practice in tracking and reporting research activities. The new policy would formalize the 20+ years existing policy of allocating and certifying the effort reporting requirements for research activities which includes appropriate budgeting, charging and proper certification. A motion was made to clarify several  statements and allow Senators time to discuss the proposed policy with their departments and return the draft to be debated at the February meeting. All agreed.


Debate Items

  1. Susan Beck and Pat Murphy presented the College of Nursing’s new proposed Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), which includes two joint degrees: a Master’s in Healthcare Administration and DNP, and a Master’s in Public Health and DNP. The new degree will soon become the required degree for clinically practicing Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs), Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs), and nursing leaders in health care organizations. The new degree will also fulfill the national mandate to move the required preparation for advanced nursing practice from a master’s level to a practice doctorate level by the year 2015. The proposal was unanimously approved for Fall Semester 2007.


  1. Chuck Wight presented the revised proposed revision to PPM 9-8. After a lengthy discussion and a failed motion to table the discussion, the following language was accepted in Sections 4 and 5 (see italics):

1) Section 4, paragraph 1:  “To receive a baccalaureate degree from the University of Utah, a student must complete at least 122 semester credit hours and any additional hours required by a department or college. Of these hours, at least 40 credit hours must be upper division work…”

Section 4, paragraph 2:  “Additional credit hours or residency requirements may be established by a department or college, with the approval of the appropriate college council. Any requirements greater than 130 hours or any change to residency requirements will require approval of the Academic Senate.” A motion was made to accept the changes in Section 4 and approved with one exception.

2) Change #2 in Section 5, paragraph 2:  “A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 will constitute the university minimum standard for all course work required by the student's major department. A department or college, with the approval of the appropriate college council and the Undergraduate Council, may establish higher minimum grade criteria or other measures of aptitude or achievement to be used as relevant criteria for admission, retention or graduation in that department or college.  The higher criteria must be reported to the Academic Senate. A motion was made to accept changes in Section 5 and approved with one abstention. A motion to accept the proposed revision was made and unanimously approved.

New Business

Professor Chris Hill, Department of Biochemistry, presented an overview of the Campaigns for Sustainable Energy and explained his plan to encourage tax deductible investments in alternative energy sources. Ninety five percent of the electricity used in Utah is generated from coal which contributes to about 50% of Utah’s greenhouse gas emissions. The University of Utah, through funding by ASUU, already makes a large purchase of wind power.



The meeting adjourned at 5:12 pm.