1. Call to Order
Chair James D. Martin called the fifth meeting of the fifty-fourth session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate to order at 3:00 p.m.
2. Welcome & Announcements
Chair Martin welcomed Senators and Guests.
Chair Martin announced that Mark Walker from the College of Management would be replacing Senator Mulvey who resigned from the Senate; 503 votes have been cast for the bylaw revisions and in order for the bylaw revision to pass there needs to be a majority in favor and that majority must be at least twenty five percent of the eligible faculty, which is about 525 votes; Chair Martin encouraged faculty to attend the joint UNC Tomorrow Forum in Chapel Hill on Friday, November l7, 2007 from 3-5 p.m.
Chair Martin announced that here would be a photo session at the next Faculty Senate meeting at 2:30 p.m.
3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 4, October 9, 2007
The motion passed to approve the minutes.
4. Remarks by the Chair
Chair Martin remarked on how to deal with complex issues such as the GEP, the discharge and dismissal code policy, and strategic planning. He stated that if everyone keeps a cool head and work together the meeting would be one of success.
Chair Martin performed an experiment using one half banana and liquid nitrogen to drive a rubber nail into a two by four to show that it is possible to work together and also have splits and factions.
5. Remarks from McQueen Campbell, Chair of the Board of Trustees
McQueen Campbell, Chairman of the Board of Trustees stated that the role of the Board of Trustees is to serve as an adviser not only to the Chancellor but also as an adviser to the Board of Governors. He noted that it helps to have two past trustee members who now serve on the Board of Govenors; Ann Goodnight and Peaches Blank. It helps as the university lobbies not only the Board of Governors, but also, our legislators to have past trustee members serving who understand what our pressing issues are.
Chairman Campbell stated that we are very lucky to have Erskine Bowles as our leader of the UNC system. He has a lot of clout with current legislators, and with his past business experience, he brings a breath of knowledge and also a level of respect for our system.
Chairman Campbell stated that we are fortunate to have Chancellor Oblinger as a leader. During his interactions with the Legislators or the Governor and his executive staff he is often complimented on the leadership that the Chancellor provides.
Chairman Campbell thinks it is important for the university to respond to the UNC Tomorrow to let them know what our hot topics are and what things are important.
GEP Report from Academic Policy Committee
Chair Martin stated that part of a meeting was spent discussing the General Education Program. The Senate did not take any action at that meeting because there was significant concern that more discussion needed to be had, particularly that concern was brought from several faculty from CHASS.
The recommendation today is that the Senate should put forward a motion to endorse the report from the Academic Policy Committee. Any vote that is taken would be an endorsement of the Academic Policy Committee’s report and any vote will be done by secret ballot.
There was much discussion on the report.
The motion was made and seconded to accept an amendment to the Academic Policy Committee’s report. The motion passed to accept the amendments.
A vote by secret ballot was done on whether or not to endorse the report from the Academic Policy Committee as amended.
The motion passed (24 yes, 6 no, 1 abstention) to endorse the Academic Policy Committee’s report as amended.
UNC Code 603/604 Revisions
Chair Martin stated that the code revisions were given to the Faculty Assembly late to mid July. He reviewed the revisions with the Executive Committee and they prepared a document and submitted it to the Faculty Assembly.
A motion passed to amend the wording in section “e” with the language that states, Special Faculty may receive subsequent term appointments.
A recommendation was made to change the wording in section 604.D.2a to read “no less than 14 calendar days and up to 60 calendar days” to file an appeal.
A motion was made and seconded to vote on the amendments to the resolution. The motion passed unanimously.
A motion passed to adjourn the meeting at 5 p.m.