May 7, 2007

May 07 2007
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Meeting Minutes


May 7, 2007


Call to Order

The regular meeting of the Academic Senate, held on May 7, 2007, was called to order at 3:12 p.m. by Kirtly Jones, Senate President. The meeting was held in room 115 C. Roland Christensen Center.



Kirtly Jones (Senate President), Dan Adams, Stephen Alder, Margaret Battin, Marc Bodson, Arthur Brothman, David Derezotes, Leslie Francis, Michael Free, Robert Glasgow, Charles Grissom, Ray Gunn, Douglas Hacker, Lavar Harline, David Hillyard, Brooke Hopkins, Russ Isabella, Charles Jui, David Kieda, Mike Kirby, Thomas Kontuly, Lynette Land, Howard Lehman, Janet Lindsley, Karl Lins, Janis Louie, Zheng-Rong Lu, Mary Lucero, Daniel Medwed, Sanford Meek, Lex Newman, Erin O’Connell, Richard Paine, Lester Partlow, Brian Patrick, Kathy Pope, Paul Roberts, Jan Robertson, Barry Shultz, Randy Silverman, Bruce Smith, Sandra Smith, Gerald Spangrude, Nancy Staggers, Paul Stout, Michael Timberlake, Robert Wendel, Gage Williams, Joanne Yaffe, Mary Youngkin


Excused:  Paul Bernststein, Richard Brown, Lyle Campbell, Gene Fitzgerald, Paul Hu, Ken Jameson, Karen Paisley, Chuck Wight


Ex-officio:  A. Loris Betz, Robert Flores, John Francis, James Graves, Nancy Lines, Paul Mogren, Susan Olson, Octavio Villapando, Michael K. Young


Others:  Paul Brinkman, Tina Diekmann, Ann Floor, Dustin Gardner, Maria Newton, David Patton, Stephen Reynolds, Angie, Stefaniak, Janet Theiss, Cathleen Zick


Special Orders:

Kirtly Jones expressed her thanks to the Personnel and Elections Committee and called on the chair, Kristina Diekmann, to conduct the voting for the Senate-elect President and the Senate Executive Committee. Tina explained the process and invited the president-elect candidates, David Kieda and Joanne Yaffee, to present a brief introduction. Tina then instructed the senators to vote first for president-elect and then for the Executive Committee. The ballots were collected and will be announced during the meeting.  Tina also reviewed the process for the remainder of the Senate ballots for the remaining nine Senate committees which will be handed in at a later time during the meeting.


Approval of Minutes

The minutes of the Academic Senate meeting of April 2, 2007 were approved unanimously.


Request for New Business

There was no request for new business.





Consent Calendar

The resignations, retirements, faculty appointments, auxiliary appointments, and limited term appointments, appearing in Appendices I dated April 23, 2007 and May 7, 2007 received unanimous approval to forward to the Board of Trustees.


The University Professors for 2007-2008 was announced. Professor Dennis O’Rourke from the Department of Anthropology and the team of Professor Margaret Battin, Department of Philosophy, Professor Erik Luna, College of Law, and Professor Arthur Lipman, College of Pharmacy received the special rank. A motion to accept the appointments was unanimously approved.


Executive Committee Report

Joanne Yaffe, Executive Committee Secretary, summarized her written report of the April 23, 2007 Executive Committee meeting.


Report from Administration

President Young expressed his appreciation to the senators for their fine work during this challenging year. He presented an update on the new university appointments:  Mike Hardman, Dean of the College of Education; Annie Nebeker Christensen, Dean of Students; Kathy Martinez, Director of the LGBT Resource Center; and the search for the dean of the College of Science is still underway.


President Young informed the Senate of the reintroduction of the Campus Task Force on Security modeled after the successful security force initiated during the Salt Lake Olympic games. The long term, three-fold mission for this Task Force is to: 1) determine proper combination of various security needs, 2)identify early warning signals of potential issues, 3) ensure proper incident response.


President Young reiterated his announcement at graduation, a “Welcome back, all is forgiven” initiative, for former students to return to the university to complete their degrees. He identified four thousand students who have 90 hours of credit who have not received their degrees. Special counseling, child care, and financial resources are potential services that will be provided to assist them in their return.


Report from ASUU

No ASUU representation at this meeting.


Notice of Intent

Susan Olson presented the new policies on evaluation of auxiliary faculty and other instructional personnel in PPM9-7.5 which will ensure that non-tenure track and auxiliary faculty have the same systematic performance evaluation review, promotion guidelines, and governance rights as those who are tenure-track faculty. It was moved that the policies be accepted and be forwarded to the debate calendar. The approval was unanimous.


Debate Calendar

A motion to accept the policies of evaluating auxiliary faculty in PPM9-7.5 was unanimously approved for forwarding to the Board of Trustees.


Janet Theiss presented the College of Humanities restructuring of B.A. Major and Minor in Asian Studies proposal created to drop the requirement of a double major in Asian Studies, reduce the language requirement and increase the focus on geography and total credit hours needed to graduate. A motion to accept the proposal and forward to the Board of Trustees was unanimously approved.


David Patton and Stephen Reynolds introduced the proposal to create a degree of Master of Science in International Affairs and Global Enterprise. This is a jointly offered degree by the David Eccles School of Business, the S.J. Quinney College of Law and the College of Social and Behavioral Science and was designed to combine knowledge of general international business studies and international law for a broader cultural exposure and provide an opportunity to meet the challenges and opportunities of globalization leadership and a broader business application. A motion to accept the proposal and forward to the Board of Trustees was unanimously approved.


Cathleen Zick and Angie Stefaniak presented the proposal to establish a joint degree of Juris Doctor and Maser of Public Policy within the S.J. Quinney College of Law and the College of Social and Behavioral Science.  This degree will provide students who hold the degree an advantage in the growing public affairs job market. Currently, the University of Colorado has the only program in the Intermountain West but a second program will begin at Brigham Young University in the fall. A motion was unanimously approved to accept the proposal and forward to the Board of Trustee


Kathy Pope, standing in for Robert Walzel, explained the proposal to create a Doctor of Musical Arts degree within the College of Fine Arts. Kathy informed the Senate that the University would be the only school in the Intermountain West to offer this degree to advance musical performers to the highest echelon of academic degrees. A motion to accept the proposal and forward to the Board of Trustees was unanimously approved.


Information Items

Paul Brinkman presented the seventh annual report of faculty make up by category as mandated in PPM9-2.2.  Questions were asked regarding diversity, administration and staff being included. Paul responded that the Diversity Committee will be looking at this during fall semester and will plan to include it next fall.


New Business

Tina Diekmann announced the results of the president-elect and Executive Committee elections. The new senate-elect president is David Kieda from Physics, College of Science. The  members of the Executive Committee are:  Timothy Ameel (Engineering), Eric Eddings (Engineering), Gema Guevara (Humanities), Lavar Harline (Business), Thomas Kontuly (Social and Behavioral Science), Karen Paisley (Health), Lester Partlow (Pharmacy), Sandra Smith (Nursing), Paul Stout (Fine Arts), and Mary Youngkin (Libraries). Ballots for the other Senate Elected Committees were collected to be tabulated in the following week.



The meeting adjourned at 4:10 pm.