Oct. 28, 2019 – Minutes

  1. Call to Order — The October 28, 2019 meeting of the University Senate was called to order at 4:03 m. in Wyly Auditorium by President Michael Swanbom.
  2. Welcome – President, Michael Swanbom, COES – Reminded the university senate members of the importance of the University Senate serves and welcomes new ideas from the members on initiatives and language usage recommendations for preparation of initiatives to administration.
  3. Roll call – Martha Stevens (representing Alicia Kimbell in her absence) called roll: a quorum was met.
  4. Approval of September 2019 Minutes – a motion to approve the minutes was made by Judith Roberts and seconded by Louis Reis; all approved.
  5. Update on Current Initiatives –
    • Office hours – currently under consideration of approval by APC. Question raised by member asking if can now be put into implementation. Dr. Swanbom advised policy is currently not published and therefore recommends hold on putting into implementation until published which is believed to be soon.
    • Holding pattern on other initiatives — Univ. 289A, plans are still to phase out for addressing enrollment impacts.  (2) Faculty members attended COLAs meeting.  Overload rates/caps—planned for implementation in the Winter Qtr.
    • Endowed Professorships for Promoted Lecturers – Dr. Guice and CADs are to perform a review.
    • Policy consolidation and update project underway – Justin Kavalir and Sam Wallace are currently reviewing all policies and procedures looking for redundancy or those now outdated.  Plans are to consolidate to reduce the number of policies and procedures and put in a manual.  Structure of policies pertaining to the University Senate are to begin this year.
  1. Adjourn to Committee Assignments — Dr. Swanbom provided a list of the committee assignments and provided an explanation of the method used for the selection process.  Meeting adjourned for the committees to meet at 4:27 p.m. on a Haskins/Sanford motion.