Minutes of the University Faculty Meeting
9 March 2010
Broun Hall Auditorium
Dennis DeVries, Secretary
(for a complete transcription of the meeting.)
Call to Order:
Kathryn Flynn called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m.
--The minutes of the 13 October 2009 University Faculty meeting were approved as posted without change.
--The minutes of the 16 February 2010 University Special Faculty meeting were approved as posted without change.
--Kathryn Flynn reminded everyone of the procedural rules for the meeting.
Remarks and Announcements:
Kathryn Flynn invited President Gogue for his State of the University address.
Dr. Gogue focused his comments on four areas:
(1) budget-- Dr. Gogue noted that Auburn University was $75 million short for FY10, and proration added an additional amount to the shortfall. Other states have been reducing student numbers, initiating faculty furloughs, etc. AU has not been the leader in the recession and Dr. Gogue thanked everyone for doing a great job in working through this.
(2) the value of the University Senate-- Dr. Gogue noted that 18 resolutions have passed the Senate recently, of which 17 were approved by his office. The only one not approved (guidelines for the Lecturer/Senior Lecturer positions) is being reconsidered by the Senate leadership. He encouraged those not participating in the Senate to consider participating at some time during their tenure at Auburn. It is clearly an important undertaking.
(3) some metrics/comparison within the SEC- He presented the slides in the PowerPoint file linked here.
(4) aspects of the strategic plan-- He presented a handout and talked about various items in the plan that have been completed.
There were a few questions and some discussion.
--There were no action items.
Academic Freedom Award (James Goldstein, President of AAUP):
--James Goldstein presented the 18th annual award to David Cici. He was nominated by Bill Trimble and the award was accepted on David's behalf by his wife, Christine Cici.
Remarks from the Chair (Kathryn Flynn, Chair)
--Kathryn noted that an email was sent out today regarding the make-up day. She said that it has been a privilege to serve as Chair, thanked her fellow officers, the Steering Committee members, the Rules Committee, members of Senate and University committees, and Bill Sauser (Parliamentarian).
Announcement of Election Results for Chair-elect and Secretary-elect (Claire Crutchley, Chair-elect)
--Claire Crutchley announced that Ann Beth Presley was elected as Chair-elect, and Larry Crowley was elected as Secretary-elect.
There was no unfinished business.
There was no new business.
The meeting was adjourned at 3:52 PM.