February 13, 2017

Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes
February 13, 2017
3:15pm
MSC 2400
http://facultysenate.tamu.edu
 
 
Called to Order 3:22 pm
 
Guest Speakers
Traci Lacy, Public Partnership & Outreach
On the Fulbright Scholars workshop and reception
  • Workshop and reception for Fulbright Scholarships March 9
 
Barbara Abercrombie, Vice President for Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness
On the transition to Workday (December 2017)
  • Update on Workday—Launch is still set for December 1, 2017
  • The questions that guide their discussions now are:
    • Is it going to work? 
    • What needs to happen in order for it to work for us?
  • Questions from Senators
  • Price (ENGL):  Will the log on still be through SSO? Yes
  • Miller (CLA): Are Staff people the primary interface between faculty and the system? Yes
  • Chapan (GEOS) commented on the administrative labor involved; there will be a delegation tool to use.
                                                                                                                                                                       
Speaker Comments
  • Provost Search Committee is up and running; in the middle of taking resumes; deadline is February 15th
  • Trez Jones has been asked to serve as Parliamentarian.
  • Travel Ban-controversial
    • University administration has been working closely with other units to help people affected by the travel ban
  • ICD/Faculty of Color/Emilio Bernal
  • Hiring Freeze
    • A&M might be faring better than others
    • Concerns- but it looks like we might come out okay
  • Reminder that the March meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 20th (changed due to spring break) in MSC 2300A.  Dr. Carrie Byington (new vice chancellor) has been invited to address the Senate and discuss her goals for the HSC at this meeting.
  • The Faculty Senate constitution was distributed for voting this morning. Please encourage your faculty to take a second to vote.
  • We’ll be taking donations for the Aggie Spirit Award at the March meeting. Please consider donating to the students who have displayed outstanding courage and determination in the face of adversity while attending Texas A&M.  If you would like to donate, but will miss the March meeting, you can take donations to the Dean of Faculties office in the YMCA building between now April 21st. 
  • We are beginning the elections process. If you are unsure if your term is expiring, please contact Kelly Drake in the Faculty Senate Office. Additionally, now is the time to start encouraging other faculty members within your college to consider running for the Senate or other university committees.
 
Approval of January 23, 2017 Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes
Attachment A
Minutes approved as distributed
           
Consent Agenda
GRADUATE COUNCIL – GC REPORT – December 2016
Change in Courses
NUTR 684 Professional Internship
NUTR 685 Directed Studies
Attachment B
Pulled for clarification; did not pass
 
 
UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM COMMITTEE – UCC REPORT – December 2016
New Courses
BUSN 299 Professional and High Impact Experiences
MKTG 299 Marketing Professional Organization Involvement
Attachment C
FS.34.271
Motion passed
 
Texas A&M University at Galveston
New Courses
MART 484 Internship
Attachment D
FS.34.272
Motion passed
 
Change in Courses
MKTG 298 Marketing Internship Experience
OCNG 251 Oceanography
Attachment E
FS.34.273
Motion passed
 
Texas A&M University at Galveston
Course Inactivations
MARR 207 Electrical Power I
MARR 211 Steam Propulsion Plants
MARR 306 Electrical Power II
MARR 307 Marine Electronics
MARR 312 Marine Diesel Engines
MARR 401 Marine Auxiliary Systems
MARR 402 Shipboard Automation and Control
Attachment F
FS.34.274
Motion passed
 
Change in Curriculum
      College of Agriculture and Life Sciences  
                      Ecosystems Science & Management
                                       CERT-CU59 Watershed Certificate
Attachment G
FS.34.275
Motion passed
 
Texas A&M University at Galveston
Program Inactivation
      College of Liberal Arts
                      Political Science
                                       CERT-CU1 Advances Research Methods in Political Sciences Certificate
Attachment H
FS.34.276
Motion passed
 
Texas A&M University at Galveston
Program Inactivation
      College of Liberal Arts
                      Political Science
                                       CERT-CU10 Comparative Study of National Politics Certificate
Attachment I
FS.34.277
Motion passed
 
Texas A&M University at Galveston
Program Inactivation
      College of Liberal Arts
                      Political Science
                                       CERT-CU23 European Union Politics Certificate
Attachment J
FS.34.278
Motion passed
 
Texas A&M University at Galveston
Program Inactivation
      College of Liberal Arts
                      Political Science
                                       CERT-CU25 Foundations of Political Theory Certificate
Attachment K
FS.34.279
Motion passed
 
Texas A&M University at Galveston
Program Inactivation
      College of Liberal Arts
                      Political Science
                                       CERT-CU33 International Relations Certificate
Attachment L
FS.34.280
Motion passed
 
Texas A&M University at Galveston
Program Inactivation
      College of Liberal Arts
                      Political Science
                                       CERT-CU37 Law, Politics and Society Certificate
Attachment M
FS.34.281
Motion passed
 
Texas A&M University at Galveston
Program Inactivation
      College of Liberal Arts
                      Political Science
                                       CERT-CU49 Race, Ethnicity and Gender Politics Certificate
Attachment N
FS.34.282
Motion passed
 
Special Consideration Item
      Mays Business School
                      Accounting
                                      CERT-CU68 Internal Audit Certificate
Attachment O
FS.34.283
Motion passed
 
 
W-COURSES – December 19, 2016
Courses submitted for W certification
MARS 460 Marine Science Capstone Undergraduate Research I
MARS 461 Marine Science Capstone Undergraduate Research II
 
Courses submitted for W recertification
GEOG 430 Environmental Justice
PHIL 332 Social and Political Philosophy
PHIL 334 Philosophy of Law
Attachment P
FS.34.284
Motion passed
__________________________________End of Consent Agenda____________________________________
 
Unfinished Business
 
 
Old Business
               
 
New Business
 
 
Information & Discussion Only (not to be voted upon)
                               
 
Committee of the Whole
  • Coopersmith-move that the EC of the FS create an executive action about the travel ban
    • TAMU largest number of students affected by the ban
  • Magill, Computer Science, problem with parking spaces paid for but people (students?) parking in them
    • Daugherity responds—call transportation services. 
  • Provost: hiring freeze, working to get and find out how we get exemptions
    • Jiminez, ENG, Question about hiring
    • Miller, CLA, Question about graduate students who are new
    • If you are hiring them on non-state approved money—proceed or if start date is after September 1, 2017
    • If they need to be hired on state funding, we need to get the waiver.
  • Geoffrey Booth-Met with Deborah Wright, we are in much better shape than people think
    • Also mentioned having an Iranian student—human face to this problem
    • Provost Watson—be careful to do no harm, be careful about how we speak
  • Carlson, GEOS, well positioned with regard to budget, express appreciation to Pres, Provost, chancellor, with regard to our position with the
  • In a good position financially
  • Relatively in quite good shape  
 
Adjourned 4:03 pm