Minutes of the University Senate Meeting
6 April 2010
Broun Hall Auditorium
Dennis DeVries, Secretary
(for a complete transcription of the meeting, go to, http://www.auburn.edu/administration/governance/senate/website/transcripts/TrScrpt2009-2010/transcript_04_06_10.html)
Present: Kathryn Flynn, Claire Crutchley, Dennis Devries, Russ Muntifering, Robert Locy, Richard Brinker, R. Lee Evans, John Mason, Mary Ellen Mazey, Bonnie MacEwan, Larry Crowley, Andrew McLelland, Norbert Wilson, Sondra Parmer, Charles Mitchell, Barbara Kemppainen, Michael Clay, Yifen Wang, Paul Holley, Ronald Neuman, Eduardus Duin, Prabhakar Clement, Hollie Lavenstein, Daniel Phillips, Sanjeev Baskiyar, Wi-Suk Kwon, Charles Eick, Michael Stern, James Witte, Michael Baginski, James Goldstein, Xing Ping Hu, Keven Yost, Allen Davis, John Mazaheri, Larry Teeter, Mark Fischman, Raymond Kessler, Ellen Abell, Shea Tillman, Robert Bulfin, Andrew Wohrley, Edith Davidson/Herb Rotfeld, Steve Stuckwisch, Bart Prorok, Howard Goldstein, Constance Hendricks, Claire Zizza, Daniel Parson, Jan Kavookjian, Wesley Lindsey, Guy Rohrbaugh, Mike Bozack, Steven P. Brown, Yasser Gowayed, Chris Correia, Jon Segars, Emily Myers
Absent, sending a substitute: Seth Humphrey (for April Staton), Gary Wagoner (for Christopher McNulty), Leslie Keeler (for Monica DeTure), Charles Hendrix (for Jim Wright), Annette Kluck (for Rebecca Curtis), Chase Bringardner (for Heather May)
Absent, no substitute: Richard Guthrie, Larry Benefield, Anne-Katrin Gramberg, Stewart Schneller, Jeff McNeil, Ainsley Carry, Jacob Watkins, James Winfield, Judy Woodrow, David Shannon , Bill Hames, Winfred Foster, Werner Bergen, Paul Swamidass, Anthony Moss, David King, Jennifer Brooks, Casey Cegielski, Robert Voitle, Scott Lewis, Del Epperson, Ralph Henderson
Call to Order:
Kathryn Flynn called the meeting to order at 3:01 PM
She briefly reviewed procedural rules for the meeting.
There were no comments or changes on the minutes from the 2 March 2010 University Senate meeting, so they were approved as posted to the web.
Remarks and Announcements:
Kathryn Flynn (Faculty Chair) invited Dr. Gogue, President, to present comments from the President's office.
Dr. Gogue had several items to mention.
--He mentioned several student awards that had been won recently, including a Goldwater scholarship and SEC athletics awards.
--The budget passed the House this morning, and will go to the Senate this afternoon. At this point the budget is flat, and we'll have to see where it goes in the Senate.
--The Board of Trustees met 2 weeks ago and approved the tuition restructuring plan. He briefly reviewed the restructuring plan.
Questions for Dr. Gogue:
--There were no questions for Dr. Gogue.
Comments from the Chair:
--Kathryn Flynn reminded Senators to share information with their faculty.
--Provost Mazey provided an update concerning the current dean searches
--The next forum on 15 April will deal with enrollment management.
--Kathryn Flynn provided an update on the status of the Lecturer/Senior Lecturer positions. The guidelines for the positions was considered by the Senate, amended to include de facto tenure, and *not* approved by the Provost. The Senate leadership has done a lot of work on this issue, and has sent it to the Non Tenure Track Instructors Committee, and it will come back to the Senate at a future meeting.
--There is a new procedure for re-enrollment for students with medical resignations. Currently they can re-enroll without talking to anyone, and the new procedure will place a registration hold when they resign and they will need medical documentation for the hold to be removed.
--In March at the Special Faculty meeting, there were a number of proposed changes to the Faculty Handbook. These will be sent to the Senators in a revised form prior to the May meeting.
--The Provost's forum on 6 May will be at 3 PM in the Library auditorium and will deal with research issues with Dr. Mason and his staff.
Questions for Dr. Flynn:
--There were no questions for Dr. Flynn.
Approval of Writing Program Advisory Committee (Russ Muntifering, Secretary-elect)
--The proposed committee structure is at:
--There was discussion about faculty input and the guiding principles.
--The proposed change passed unanimously by a voice vote.
Approval of Resolution on Writing in the Curriculum (Linda Glaze, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies)
--The resolution is at:
--There was discussion about time investment by faculty, goals of the resolution.
--The proposed resolution passed unanimously by a voice vote.
The 2010 Healthy Tigers Initiative (Kimberly Braxton Lloyd, Assistant Dean for Pharmacy Health Services and AU Pharmacy Officer).
--The PowerPoint file for this presentation.
Report on Facilities Planning (Dan King, Assistant Vice President,
--The PowerPoint file for this presentation.
There was no unfinished business.
There was no new business.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:36 PM.