1.Call to Order
Chair James D. Martin called the third meeting of the fifty-fifth session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate to order at 3:00 p.m.
Chair Martin welcomed Senators and guests.
Chair Martin announced that the General Faculty Meeting would be Wednesday, October 15 at 3 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Talley Student Center.
The next Millennium Seminar will be on October 13 and Myles Brand, former President of Indiana University and most recently, former President of the NCAA, will be the speaker.
The Budget 101 Plus (University Budget Forum) will be Wednesday, October 22 at 2 p.m. and another session on Thursday, October 23 at 10:30 a.m.
3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 2, September 9, 2009
A motion passed to approve the minutes.
4. Remarks from John Fountain, Chair of the Department Heads Council
Dr. John Fountain gave an overview on the Department Heads Council.
The Department Heads Council was organized approximately four years ago because the department heads believed that there was not enough communication between them and the administration about policies and regulation changes that were going to occur. The council has a very loose structure and every department head and chairman is automatically a member.
The Council meets with the Provost every semester, both as a Steering Committee and separately as a whole. The Council has academic interests, things like promotion and tenure, that they share very closely with the Faculty Senate and there are also other areas like Facilities and Human Resources, that occupy an enormous amount of department heads’ time.
Dr. Fountain noted that the council is also interested in ongoing issues such as promotion and tenure, statements of mutual expectation, and everything to do with sponsored programs and research allocations.
5. Issues of Concern and Strategic Planning Session
Chair Martin asked the Senators to divide into four groups and requested that each group list and prioritize items that they would like to address in the Faculty Senate this year. The scribe from each group reported back to the entire group.
The items will be transcribed and discussed at a future meeting.
Chair Martin adjourned the meeting at 5 p.m.