Call to Order: Meeting called to order at 2:04 p.m.
Members Present: Stephanie Puleo, Harry Hamilton, Stacey Ayotte, Kathy Lowe, Michael Patton, Kristin Gilbert, Michelle Duran-McLure, Sally Bell, Elizabeth Thrower, Lanny McMinn, Eric Vaccarella, Sherry Ford
Approval of previous meeting’s minutes: Senator Thrower moved to accept. Senator Ayotte seconded. Motion passed.
Dr. Williams has responded to the non-discrimination language and pre-tenure leave proposals. He is “in accord” with the proposals.
He will recommend amendment for BOT approval on statement on sexual orientation/non-discrimination language. He will submit at BOT meeting in February.
Pre-tenure has been discussed with Provost. He will have revised draft for the Senate to review early in spring semester.
Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting set for Feb. 16th. Faculty Senate will invite them to a pre-meeting social at 2:00 p.m. (in place of our usual Faculty Senate meeting) to be held in reception area outside of Merrill Room.
Senator Hamilton reported on university funding and budget.
UM is last in state appropriation in Alabama (Chronicle article).
Most COPLAC schools (including UM) received funding increases below the state average.
Provided spreadsheet for budget and revenues.
Faculty Handbook Sub-committee: Senator McMinn reported on meeting with President. President continues to communicate his support for faculty governance.
Committee List Sub-committee: Senator Puleo reported for Senator Wicknick. This committee will:
review work from last semester to determine committees needed and to establish committee structure.
write a list of charges for each committee (re: UNA model)
create list of who should populate each
Senator Gilbert noted the need to encourage faculty participation in January family swims (Saturdays 1-3) so that such events will continue to be held each month.
Senator Patton reported that he has been asked to serve on search committee to fill vacant lobbyist position. Faculty Senate should be active in voicing ideas for position requirements.
Senator Thrower reported that she was asked to
investigate what can be done about students
parking in faculty spaces. Faculty Senate will
invite representative from campus police to
attend a meeting this semester to explore
Senator Thrower moved to adjourn. Senators Ayotte and McMinn simultaneously seconded. Meeting adjourned at 2:48 p.m.