June 8, 2015

Faculty Senate Meeting

Minutes

June 8, 2015

601 Rudder Tower

http://facultysenate.tamu.edu

 

In Attendance: Louise Abbott, Gamal Akabani, Ergun Akleman, Derya Akleman, Stephen Alton, Joe Arosh, David Baca, Judith Ball, Debjyoti Banerjee, Guy Battle, Carlos Blanton, William Clark, Greg Cobb, Charles Criscione, Walter Daugherity, Nimir Elbashir, Janice Epstein, Margaret Ezell, Athony Filippi, Jose Fernandez-Solis, David Ford, Elsa Gonzalez, Melinda Grant, Ira Greenbaum, Ayeman Hamouda, Julie Harlin, Angie Hill Price, Shelley Holliday, Jon (Sean) Jasperson, Daniel Jimenez, Mark Johnson, Andrew Klein, Reza Langari, Charles Long, Clint Magill, June Martin, Catherin McNeal, Beth McNeill, Stephen Miller, Bimal Nepal, Bruce Neville, Lynne Opperman, Sorin Popescu, Deva Reddy, Dale Rice, Eric Rowell, Karen Russell, Laura Sare, Mark Sicilio, Nancy Simpson, Karen Snowden, Joe Spurlock III, Bob Strawser, Evan Vestal, Coran Watanae, Hongwei Zhao, Masami Fujiwara

 

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by Speaker Strawser at 3:18 p.m.

Guest Speaker

Michael Young, President, Texas A&M University

                                                                                                                                                           

Speaker Comments

 

Approval of May 11, 2015 Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes

The minutes of the May meeting were approved as submitted.

 

Consent Agenda

GRADUATE COUNCIL – GC REPORT                                       

New Course Request

ACCT 625             Professional Accounting Seminar

EEBL 601               Physiological Ecology

EEBL 602               Population Ecology

EEBL 603               Community Ecology

EEBL 604               Ecosystem Ecology

EEBL 605               Population and Quantitative Genetics

EEBL 606               Phylogenetics and Comparative Biology

EEBL 607               Evolutionary Genomics

EEBL 608               Integrative Animal Behavior

EEBL 610               First Year Graduate Seminar

EEBL 612               Open Source for Open Science Bootcamp

EEBL 681               Seminar

INTA 637              Field Research Methods

INTA 671              The Political Economy of the Middle East

MEEN 602            Modeling and Analysis of Mechanical Systems

MEEN 604            Time Frequency Nonlinear Vibration Control

PHPM 603           Managing Healthcare Data and Information

PHPM 604           Population and Public Health for Health Professionals

SOCI 682              Grant Writing for the Social Sciences

Attachment B

No Action Take Due to Lack of Quorum—Will Appear on July Agenda

 

UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM COMMITTEE – UCC REPORT

New Courses – May 8, 2015

ASTR 103              Introduction to Stars and Exoplanets.

ASTR 104              Introduction to Galaxies and Cosmology

FILM 345              Media Industries.

LMAS 201            Introduction to Latino/Mexican American Studies

Attachment C

No Action Take Due to Lack of Quorum—Will Appear on July Agenda

 

Change in Courses

AGSC 383             Teaching Ag Mechanics

MATH 467           Modern Geometry

STAT 414              Mathematical Statistics I

STAT 415              Mathematical Statistics II

Attachment D

No Action Take Due to Lack of Quorum—Will Appear on July Agenda

 

Change in Curriculum

                College of Liberal Arts

                       Minor in Film Studies

Attachment E

No Action Take Due to Lack of Quorum—Will Appear on July Agenda

 

Change in Curriculum

                College of Science

                       Department of Mathematics

                              BA in Mathematics

Attachment F

No Action Take Due to Lack of Quorum—Will Appear on July Agenda

 

Change in Curriculum

                College of Science

                       Department of Mathematics

                              BS in Mathematics

Attachment G

No Action Take Due to Lack of Quorum—Will Appear on July Agenda

 

Change in Curriculum

                College of Science

                       Department of Mathematics

                              BS in Applied Mathematical Sciences

Attachment H

No Action Take Due to Lack of Quorum—Will Appear on July Agenda

 

Change in Curriculum

                College of Science

                       Department of Mathematics

                              BS in Applied Mathematical Sciences

                                     Computational Science Track

Attachment I

No Action Take Due to Lack of Quorum—Will Appear on July Agenda

 

Change in Curriculum

                College of Science

                       Department of Mathematics

                              Minor in Mathematics

Attachment J

No Action Take Due to Lack of Quorum—Will Appear on July Agenda

 

Special Consideration Item

                College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

                        Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications

                              Minor in Extension Education

                                    Request for a new minor

Attachment K

No Action Take Due to Lack of Quorum—Will Appear on July Agenda

 

Texas A&M University at Qatar

Change in Curriculum

                Texas A&M University at Qatar

                        Chemical Engineering Program

                              BS in Chemical Engineering

Attachment L

No Action Take Due to Lack of Quorum—Will Appear on July Agenda

 

Change in Curriculum

                Texas A&M University at Qatar

                        Chemical Engineering Program

                              BS in Chemical Engineering

Attachment M

No Action Take Due to Lack of Quorum—Will Appear on July Agenda

 

Change in Curriculum

                Texas A&M University at Qatar

                        Electrical Engineering Program

                              BS in Electrical Engineering

Attachment N

No Action Take Due to Lack of Quorum—Will Appear on July Agenda

 

Change in Curriculum

                Texas A&M University at Qatar

                        Mechanical Engineering Program

                              BS in Mechanical Engineering

Attachment O

No Action Take Due to Lack of Quorum—Will Appear on July Agenda

 

Change in Curriculum

                Texas A&M University at Qatar

                        Petroleum Engineering Program

                              BS in Petroleum Engineering

Attachment P

No Action Take Due to Lack of Quorum—Will Appear on July Agenda

 

Change in Curriculum

                Texas A&M University at Qatar

                        Petroleum Engineering Program

                              BS in Petroleum Engineering

Attachment Q

No Action Take Due to Lack of Quorum—Will Appear on July Agenda

 

W-COURSES   - Report May 22, 2015

Courses submitted for W certification

INTS 410                               Gender and the Global Modern: International Perspectives

MATH 442 W                      Mathematical Modeling

SOCI 411                              Social Psychology

SPED 310                              Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities

Courses submitted for W recertification

ARCH 205                             Architectural Design

CLAS 491                              Research

ENGR 401                            Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Design

MATH 220                           Foundations in Mathematics

MATH 491                           Research

PHIL 410                               Classical Philosophy

Courses submitted for C recertification

MATH 442 C                        Mathematical Modeling

Attachment R

No Action Take Due to Lack of Quorum—Will Appear on July Agenda

 

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

SEBAC Report

Attachment S

FS.33.1

Motion Passed

 

                __________________________________End of Consent Agenda____________________________________

 

Informational Review Items New Courses

MEID 605                             Foundations of Medicine I

MEID 606                             Foundations of Medicine II

MEID 607                             Medical Gross Anatomy

MEID 608                             Neuroscience

MEID 609                             Introduction to Disease

MEID 610                             Humanities Ethics Altruism and Leadership I

MEID 611                             Humanities Ethics Altruism and Leadership II

MEID 612                             Introduction to Clinical Skills I

MEID 613                             Introduction to Clinical Skills II

MEID 614                             Evidence Based Medicine, Scholarship, and Research I

MEID 615                             Evidence Based Medicine, Scholarship, and Research II

MEID 616                             Cardiovascular

MEID 617                             Respiratory

MEID 618                             Medical Student Grand Rounds

Attachment T

FS.33.2

Motion Passed

 

Unfinished Business

 

Old Business     

                                                                                                                                                                               

New Business  

                                                                                               

Committee of the Whole

Senator Magill requested that the Graduate Curriculum Committee be reminded of the proper vetting required for courses to be submitted to the Faculty Senate for approval.  This includes a review from the catalog staff, as well as seeking approval from other departments/colleges for courses that overlap in content. 

 

Senator Daugherity provided a brief update on the release of the SSN by the University.  He noted that the Campus Police have now assigned this to their Criminal Investigation unit, and that they are working with the IRS and FBI.  Senator Daugherity expressed hope that the University would release soon the auditor’s report on the incident.

 

Secretary Price requested that the Research Committee be tasked with reviewing the IRB requirements at the University.  Faculty have expressed concern that the IRB is extremely and overly restrictive, and is demanding application to areas beyond what is appropriate, including data that is publicly available and published on the University website .  Faculty are also concerned about the time required for the review process.

 

Adjourn

The meeting was adjourned at 5:04 p.m.