ACADEMIC SENATE MINUTES
September 8, 2008
Call to Order
The regular meeting of the Academic Senate, held on September 8, 2008 was called to order at 3:05 p.m. by Paul A. Mogren, Senate President. The meeting was held in room 220 of the Aline Wilmot Skaggs Biology Building.
Roll: David Ailion, Peter Alfeld, Tim Ameel, Ali Amundsen, James, Anderson, Richard Barton, Shmuel Baruch, Paul Bernstein, David Blair, John Bowman, Jennifer Buhler, Connie Bulls, David Carrier, James Caitlin, Vincent Cheng, John Conboy, Karen Johnson for Lynette Danley, Suzanne Darais, David Derezotes, Larry DeVries, Marianna DiPaolo, Nadja Durbach, Daniel Dustin, Eric Eddings, Marlene Egger, Jessie Fan, Kasi Goodwin, Chanel Hammer, Michael Hardman, Sandra Hasstedt, Greg Hatch, Bob Hill, Vladimir Hlady, Lauren Holland, Harriet Hopf, James Caitlin, Randy Jensen, Carol Lim for Steve Kern, David Kiefer, Thomas Kontuly, Bruce Landesman, Edward Levine, Joelle Lien, Janet Lindsley, Laurence Loeb, Janis Louie, Brad Lundahl, Peter Martin, James Metherall,William Michel, Nathan Mounteer, Sam Nazari, Erin O’Connell, David Pendell, Kevin Perry, Ofa Pilivi, David Plumlee, Mollie Poynton, Steve Reynolds, Rita Reusch, Nelson Roy, Brock Royall, Donn Schaefer, Bill Schulze, Tony Serrato-Combe, Randy Silverman, Tim Slover, Paula Smith, Josh Solarez, Harris Sondac, Nancy Staggers, Paul Stout, Therese DeRaedt for Margaret Toscano, Tevita Uesi, Cecilia Wainryb, Sharon Weinstein, Robert Wendel, Adam Wolfe
Ex-officio: A. Loris Betz, Jack Brittain, Penny Brooke, Richard Brown, Robert Flores, James Graves, Nancy Lines, Octavio Villalpando
Others: Coralie Alder, Ann Floor, Joan Gines, Norm Chambers, Jennifer Williams Molock
Excused: Jessica Batty, Hiram Chodosh, Pat Hanna, Garry Hrechkosy, Steve Kern, Daniel Medwed, Maria Newton, R. Lor Randall, Alec Smith, Margaret Toscano
Unexcused: Phil Emmi, RuthAnne Frost, Tom Huckin, Kelly Hughes, Stephane LeBohec, Zheng-Rong Lu, Bam Dev Sharda, Peter Trapa
Approval of Minutes
The minutes of the Academic Senate meeting of May 5, 2008 were approved unanimously.
Request for New Business
There was no request for new business.
The resignations, retirements, faculty appointments, auxiliary, and limited term appointments, appearing in Appendices I dated September 8, 2008 received approval to forward to the Board of Trustees. Other appendices approved during the summer months were sent out as information items.
Unanimous approval was given for Robert Flores to be Parliamentarian, and James Anderson as Executive Committee Secretary.
Executive Committee Report
Jim Anderson, Executive Committee Secretary, summarized his written report of the summer Executive Committee meeting held on June 2nd as well as two electronic approval requests on August 7th and September 3rd in behalf of the Academic Senate.
Report from Administration
President Young presented the State of the University to the entire faculty immediately following this Academic Senate meeting.
Report from ASUU
Patrick Reimherr reported that ASUU had a busy summer and are looking forward to the upcoming activities including the Red Pages guide for students, the Bleed Red Blood Drive competition with Utah State University, Red Fest, the Huntsman Center Food Drive, and Homecoming. Additionally, he reported that their priorities continue to be with the Student Advocacy Board in working on health insurance and taxes; their continued work to lower the price of student text books and to increase membership in the book buyback program; and civic engagement. Patrick reported that ASUU set a goal to register 6,000 students and have already registered over 1,000 students. Their continuing effort to provide an early voting booth on campus was confirmed and will be available on October 21 in the Olpin Union for all faculty, staff and students residing in Salt Lake County with one hour free parking in the east parking lot.
Paul Mogren, Senate President, commented that the cost of textbooks is a big issue and will be discussed informally in the Senate.
Notice of Intent
Chuck Wight clarified the request for a policy to include a student’s emphasis on the transcript but not include on the diploma and explained that several departments and colleges have requested that it be done. Each department/college requesting emphasis appear on a student’s transcript will be sent to the Senate as an information item. A motion from Sharon Weinstein, seconded by James Anderson to forward to the Debate Calendar was unanimously approved.
The Policy on Emphasis received unanimous approval to forward to the Board of Trustees for final approval following a motion by James Anderson, seconded by Sharon Weinstein.
Brad Hayes presented a brief overview on the College of Health’s request for a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. He explained that the degree will bring the Athletic Training Education Program in compliance with national accreditation standard. No additional staff or faculty will be required in the first five years of the program nor will the budget be affected in the move from an emphasis to a stand alone major within the Department of Exercise and Sport Science. A motion from Jim Anderson, seconded by Nancy Staggers, to accept and forward to the Board of Trustees for final approval received unanimous approval.
Scott Ward explained the College of Health’s request for a Doctoral Program in Rehabilitation in the Division of Physical Therapy. The program will focus on the development of scholars and scientists and would be complimentary to the existing Doctorate in Physical Therapy in advancing the scientific knowledge underlying the clinical practice of rehabilitation. A motion from Jim Anderson, seconded by Jim Metherall, received unanimous approval to forward to the Board of Trustees for final approval.
Bill Schulze provided details of the David Eccles School of Business (DESB) request for a Minor in Entrepreneurship. The purpose of the Minor in Entrepreneurship is to provide students with access to training and education in developing entrepreneurial abilities for a service and technology orientated economy and will grant access to students at large at the University as well as the students enrolled at the DESB. A motion from Jim Anderson, seconded by Richard Barton, received unanimous approval to forward to the Board of Trustees for final approval.
David Chapman was invited to comment on the Graduate Council’s report requesting a name change for the master and doctoral degrees for the departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Pharmacology and Toxicology, and explained that it was changed as a housekeeping item to coincide with the current department names.
Chapman also explained the reason for the large number of Graduate Council Reviews submitted at this time. It is an essential part of the faculty governance requested by the Board of Regents and central to the accreditation process. Each department is reviewed on a 7 year cycle with self-study instructions provided. The reviews approved by the Executive Committee included in this month’s agenda are: the Division of Film Studies, the Department of Chemical Engineering, the Department of Family and Consumer Studies, the Department of Physical Therapy, the Department of Biomedical Informatics, the Department of Chemistry, and the Department of Physics.
During the summer, the Executive Committee also approved establishing a permanent study abroad committee; a Minor in Political Science in the Department of Political Science; a request to discontinue the Advisory Committee to the Office of General Counsel. They deferred a request to discontinue the Faculty Committee on Community and Governmental Relations until Assistant Vice President Kim Wirthlin can attend and provide additional information.
There was no new business.
The meeting adjourned at 4:00 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by:
Nancy Lines, Secretary to the Faculty