1. Call to Order
Chair James D. Martin called the sixth 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 a volunteer from the Resources and Environment Committee is needed to serve on the Campus Safety Committee. Senator Fleisher volunteered to serve.
Chair Martin announced that there would be some revisions suggested to the academic tenure policy and the policies for dealing with faculty. Given the nature of the policies and the revisions he would like to create a special subcommittee to work on revisions to the academic tenure policy. Anyone interested in participating should contact him.
3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 5, October 21, 2008
A motion passed to approve the minutes.
4. Remarks from Provost Nielsen
General Administration is going to create a new committee on non-tenure track faculty to discuss personnel matters related to non-tenure track faculty. Provost Nielsen would like the Chair of the Faculty to make a recommendation on the selection of a suggested committee representative.
Provost Nielsen reported that NC State is now officially in a 4% holdback by the Office of State Budget. The Governor’s Office had anticipated a 1.2 billion dollars deficit by the end of the year and so the 4% holdback and money from the rainy day fund is designed to cover this.
Planning for the 2009-2011 biennium. The chief budget person at General Administration has no idea what is going to be asked for or what is going to be needed. Provost Nielsen stated that he thinks there will be some percentage of a cut coming next year.
Provost Nielsen reported that the graduate tuition remission budgeted for this year will be the same formula as last year.
Provost Nielsen stated that as part of UNC Tomorrow, they have been asked to send over a compiled list on behalf of the university of all degree programs that we have in cue at General Administration, new ones that are in process at the university and additionally, new degree programs that we might want to begin moving through over the next three years or so.
5. Introduction to the Office of Post Doctoral Affairs
The Office of Post Doctoral Affairs was created August 1, 2008 and it is housed in the Graduate School on Centennial Campus (Research III). The office was created as the result of a recommendation from a task force that was convened in 2003-04 by Dr. John Gilligan. Drs. Linda Hanley-Bowdoin and Rebecca Rufty co-chaired the task force.
Dr. Rhonda Sutton, Director of the Office of Post Doctoral Affairs reports to Dr. Rebecca Rufty, Associate Dean of the Graduate School. There are a total of 313 post docs at NC State and the vision for the office is to enhance, support and promote the postdoctoral experience.
6. Review of Copyright Regulation - REG01.25.03
Senator Paul Williams, Chair of the Resources and Environment Committee reported that the committee met with Peggy Hoon and Suzanne Weiner to review their draft proposals. There were two major issues that arose that have both been addressed in a revised policy.
A motion passed unanimously to accept the revised policy.
Chair Martin reported that there is a second policy having to do with the residency appeals procedure that changes the responsibility process from the Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs to the Dean of Undergraduate Academic Programs and Academic Affairs. The Academic Policy Committee voted to approve the policy.
Secretary Kellner moved to accept the policy without a formal vote. The motion passed unanimously.
7. Old Business
Effect of Budget Cuts/Investments on Instruction, Research and Service
Representatives from several colleges presented feedback on proposed cuts in the colleges.
In response to the discussion Senator Levy introduced the suggestion of a resolution that makes a formal request that the Senate receive copies of the budget-cut reports that are to be provided to the Provost prior to the end of this week. The motion to accept such a resolution was passed.
A motion passed to adjourn the meeting at 5 p.m.