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April 22, 2008


1.  Call to Order
Chair James D. Martin called the sixteenth meeting of the fifty-fourth session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate to order at 3:00 p.m.

2. Welcome
Chair Martin welcomed Senators and Guests.

Chair Martin congratulated Senator Margery Overton on being elected Chair Elect of the Faculty.

The Executive Committee will meet 3 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2008. 

The Executive Committees from NC State University and UNC-Chapel will meet over dinner on Wednesday, April 30, 2008 at the Dorothy and Roy Park Alumni Center.

Volunteers are needed to serve on the committee to select the book(s) for the campus summer reading.

Mediators are needed to serve the campus in dispute mediations.  Those interested in serving will be professionally trained.

The UNC Tomorrow-Faculty Response is due to General Administration on May 1st.  The Faculty Assembly passed a resolution asking that faculty take a look at the campus responses and provide a perspective, which is to be turned in to the Faculty Assembly on May 31.  Chair Martin proposed that there be two hearing sessions open to the entire faculty as soon as the report comes out in early May. 

3.   Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 15, April 8, 2008
The motion passed to approve the minutes.

4. Remembrance of Professor Emeritus Fikry
Professor Emeritus Fahmy presented a memorial statement to honor the memory of Dr. Mamdouh  “Jim” Fikry, who died of a rare, incurable disease CJD, earlier this month.  Dr. Fikry was a Professor in the College of Engineering from 1980 until his retirement in December 2001.  He served two consecutive terms on the Faculty Senate. 

5. Remarks from Chancellor Oblinger
Chancellor Oblinger congratulated the newly elected senators. 

Chancellor Oblinger commented on and presented a DVD on campus safety.  The DVD dealt with an active shooter situation.

6.  Old Business
Task Force Report and Proposed Regulation Revision for Post Tenure Review
The report was introduced at the last meeting.  The questions that were raised have already been addressed by the task force.

A motion was made and seconded to send the document forward for vetting through the university process.

The motion passed unanimously.

Resolution on Teaching Evaluations
Secretary Kellner presented the resolution for a second reading.

A motion was made and seconded to adopt the resolution.  The motion passed with one opposition.

Resolution in support of Athletics Director Lee Fowler
Senator Williams presented the resolution for a second reading.

A motion was made and seconded to accept the resolution.  The motion passed unanimously.

Chair Martin thanked Lee Fowler for his regular attendance at Faculty Senate meetings and for his continuing efforts to maintain a strong academic/athletics program.

7. New Business
REG 05.20.31:  Tenure Clock
A motion was made and seconded to support the policy.  The motion passed unanimously.

8. Reports
Personnel Policy Committee
Senator Margery Overton reported one item the Personnel Policy Committee worked on is how to move from NC State’s current status of having a hearings guideline on the web to a hearings policy.  She stated that it has been a work in progress and the issue will be addressed next year.

Governance Committee
Senator Moore reported that the Governance Committee has been working on the policies manual.  He handed out a one-page document of what they would like the committee to accomplish next year.

Nomination for 2008-2009 Executive Committee
Chair Martin handed out a list of senators eligible to serve on next year’s Executive Committee.  The six top vote getters will be selected to serve. 

9. Closing Remarks by Chair Martin
Chair Martin thanked Senators for their contributions to Faculty Governance this year.  He also recognized chairs of the Faculty Senate Standing Committees and members of the Executive Committee.

10. Adjournment
A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting.

The motion passed unanimously to adjourn the fifty-fourth session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate.

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