November 10, 2014

Faculty Senate Meeting
Minutes
November 10, 2014
601 Rudder Tower
http://facultysenate.tamu.edu
 
Present: Louise Abbott, Gamal Aka bani, Ergun Akleman, Derya Akleman, Stephen Alton, Carisa Armstrong, Joe Arosh, Raymundo Arroyave, Joseph Awika, Judith Ball, Debjyoti Banerjee,Guy Battle, Leonard Bierman, Michael Benedik, Doug Biggs, Carlow Blanton,  Leonard Bright,John  Buchanan, Christine Budke, Tahir Cagin, Richard Carlson, Jeff Cirillio, Jonathan Coopersmith, Nathan Crick, Charles Criscione, Walter Daugherity, Darryl De Ruiter, Nimir Elbashir, Janice Epstein, Margaret Ezell,Jose Fernandez Solis, Anthony Filippi, David Ford, Gerald Frye, Clare Gill, Daniel Gomez, Elsa Gonzalez, Melinda  Grant, Ira Greenbaum, Ayman Hamouda, Kim Quaile Hill, Angie Hill Price, Richard Hutchinson, Sean Jasperson, Daniel Jimenez, Mark Johnson, Andrew Klein, Karen Kubena, Reza Langari, Jason Lindo, Wenshe Liu, Igor Lyuksyutov, Clint Magill, Vanita Mahajan, June Martin, Catherine McNeal, Beth McNeill, Stephen Miller, Leslie Morey, Christine Murray, Bimal Nepal, Bruce Neville, Mohammad Nutan, Lynne Opperman, Calvin Parnell, Sarin Popescu, John Quarles, Heather Ramsey, Deva Reddy, Dale Rice, Eric Rowell, Karen Russell, Laura Sare, Jorge Semina rio, Ergin Sezgin, Robert Shaw, Nancy Simpson, Karen Snowden, Joe Spurlock II, Bob Strawser, Winifried Teizer, Grace Townsend, Kim-Vy Tran, Nancy Turner, Gretchen Tyson, Evan Vestal, Benjamin White, Matthew Whiteacre, Jim Woosley, Kelly Drake
 
Call to Order
The meeting was called to order by Speaker Jim Woosley at 3:19 p.m.
Guest Speakers
 
Speaker Comments
A new senator from the College of Engineering was sworn in.
In the speaker’s comments, Speaker Woosley announced the Faculty Senate Executive Committee had been meeting with several members of the Board of Regents in a supportive, positive way.
Approval of October 13, 2014 Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes— Attachment A
When the minutes were brought before the body, Senator Angie Price of Engineering asked to have two points included that had been made by Provost Watson on eliciting feedback from faculty and that consolidation does not have to mean centralization. With the addition, the minutes were approved as distributed.
 
 
Consent Agenda
GRADUATE COUNCIL – GC REPORT                                                   
New Course Request – October 2, 2014
Graduate Council Report
BMEN 622           Bioelectromagnetism
BMEN 641           Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
EDCI 701               Elementary Science Instructional Strategies and STEM Learning
EDCI 702               Elementary Mathematics Instructional Strategies and STEM Learning
FSTC 644              Disease Mechanisms of Foodborne Pathogens
MEEN 645            Engineering Applications of Solid Mechanics
MSEN 636            Damage Mechanics and Failure in Composite Materials
NRSC 621             Functional Neuroanatomy
PLAN 624             Digital Communication in Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning
PLAN 667             Site Planning
PSAA 657             Terrorism in Today’s World
PSAA 660             Domestic Terrorism: The Internal Threat to America
PSAA 667             Principles of International Law
PSAA 668             U.S. Law of and Homeland Security
RDNG 610            Elementary Literacy Instruction for Facilitating STEM Learning
RPTS 654              Amazon Field School
SCSC 650              Intellectual Property in the Plant Sciences
VIBS 621               Fundamental Neuroanatomy
VTMI 604             Amazon Field School
Attachment B
FS.32.58
Motion Passed
 
Course Change Request
PHYS 614              Introduction to Methods of Mathematical Physics
PHYS 650              Kinetics of Electronic Processes
WFSC 654            Amazon Field School
Attachment C
FS.32.59
Motion Passed
 
Curriculum Change Request
Certificate in Engineering Therapeutics Manufacturing
Certificate in Quality Engineering for Regulated Medical Technologies
Attachment D
FS.32.60
Motion Passed
 
Special Consideration
Dwight College of Engineering
MS in Engineering Systems Management
Request for Administrative Change Proposal
Attachment E
FS.32.61
Motion Passed
 
Special Consideration
College of Agriculture and Bush School of Government and Public Service
                                Joint Degree between Department of Agricultural Economics and Bush School
Request for joint degree between joint degree between agricultural economics and Bush School
Attachment F
FS.32.62
Motion Passed
 
Special Consideration
Bush School of Government and Public Service
                                Certificate of Homeland Security (CHLS)
Proposal for course prefix changes to CHLS courses
Attachment G
FS.32.63
Motion Passed
 
Special Consideration
College of Architecture
                                Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning
Certificate in Transportation Planning
Proposal to add focus area in Graduate Certificate in Transportation Planning
Attachment H
FS.32.64
Motion Passed
 
 
UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM COMMITTEE – UCC REPORT
October 10, 2014
New Courses
AGEC 438             Investment Planning
AGEC 439             Retirement Planning
AGEC 441             Financial Planning Capstone
ANSC 230             Animal and Research Experience
ARAB 321             Business Arabic
ARAB 323             Media Arabic
BMEN 406           Medical Device Path to Market
BMEN 422           Bioelectromagnetism
INTS 321               Political Islam and Jihad
KINE 404              Coaching Psychology
MATH 225           Advanced Spreadsheet Techniques
MEEN 445            Engineering Applications of Solid Mechanics
MEEN 463            Cogeneration Systems
MKTG 404           Advanced Excel for Marketing Managers
MKTG 430           Marketing Consulting
MKTG 432           Corporate Social Responsibility
MKTG 435           Advanced Selling
PHLT 306              Border Health
PHLT 307              Public Health in the Global Context
PHLT 308              Comparative Global Health Systems
PHLT 309              Population Health Promotion
PHLT 313              Health Care and Public Health System
PHLT 411              Project Management in Public Health
PSYC 450              Clinical Psychology
RENR 345             Outdoor Recreation Consortium
RPTS 404              Sociology of the Community
RPTS 421              Planning and Implementation of Events in Resorts and Hotels
RPTS 444              Service Quality for Hospitality Organizations
SCMT 375            Supply Chain Security
SOCI 203              U.S.-Mexico Border
SPMT 450            Professional Practice in Sport Management
VTPP 439             Non-Coding RNA’s
VTPP 450             Stem Cell Physiology
 
Change in Courses
AGEC 424             Rural Entrepreneurship I
AGEC 425             Rural Entrepreneurship II
ARCH 327             Conceptual Structural Analysis
ATMO 202           Atmospheric Science Laboratory
ATMO 484           Internship
BMEN 207           Computing for Biomedical Engineering
HORT 484             Internship
KINE 223              Introduction to the Science of Health and Fitness
MKTG 335           Personal Selling
MKTG 345           Alternative Media, Public Relations and Sales Promotion
MKTG 445           Advertising Account Planning
MKTG 448           Marketing Management
OCNG 252           Oceanography Laboratory
OCNG 401           Interdisciplinary Oceanography
RPTS 402              Park Planning and Design
Attachment I
FS.32.65
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
                      Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences
                            BS in Community Development
Attachment J
FS.32.66
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                Mays Business School
                      Department of Marketing
                            BBA in Marketing
Attachment K
FS.32.67
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                Mays Business School
                      Department of Marketing
                            Certificate in Advertising
                            Certificate in Retailing
                            Certificate in Sales
Attachment L
FS.32.68
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                Mays Business School
                      Department of Information and Operations Management
                            BBA in Supply Chain Management
Attachment M
FS.32.69
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Education and Human Development
                      Department of Health and Kinesiology
                            BS in Health
                                School Health Track
Attachment N
FS.32.70
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Education and Human Development
                      Department of Health and Kinesiology
                            BS in Kinesiology
                                PK-12 Certification (PEK)
Attachment O
FS.32.71
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Education and Human Development
                      Department of Health and Kinesiology
                            BS in Sport Management - Internship
Attachment P
FS.32.72
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Education and Human Development
                      Department of Health and Kinesiology
                            BS in Sport Management – Non-Internship
Attachment Q
FS.32.73
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                College of Education and Human Development
                      Department of Health and Kinesiology
                            BS in University Studies – Sports Conditioning
Attachment R
FS.32.74
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                Dwight Look College of Engineering
                      Department of Biomedical Engineering
                            Certificate in Engineering Therapeutics Manufacturing
Attachment S
FS.32.75
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum
                Dwight Look College of Engineering
                      Department of Biomedical Engineering
                            Certificate in Quality Engineering for Regulated Medical Technologies
Attachment T
FS.32.76
Motion Passed
 
Special Consideration
                College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
                      Department of Agricultural Economics
                            BS in Agricultural Economics and MPS in Public Service and Administration
                                Request for a 3+2 program
Attachment U
FS.32.77
Motion Passed
 
Special Consideration
                College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
                      Department of Agricultural Economics
                            Minor in Financial Planning
                                Request for a new minor
Attachment V
FS.32.78
Motion Passed
 
Special Consideration
                Mays Business School
                      Department of Marketing
                            Certificate in Analytics and Consulting
                                Request for a new certificate program
Attachment W
FS.32.79
Motion Passed
 
Special Consideration
                Dwight Look College of Engineering
                      Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution
                            BS in Engineering Technology
                                Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology Option
                                    Request for a new standalone degree program
                                        (BS in Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology)
Attachment X
FS.32.80
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum (from September 2014)
                College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
                      Department of Horticultural Sciences
                            BA in Horticulture
Attachment Y
FS.32.81
Motion Passed
 
Change in Curriculum (from September 2014)
                College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
                      Department of Horticultural Sciences
                            BS in Horticulture
Attachment Z
FS.32.82
Motion Passed
 
 
W-COURSES     
October 17, 2014
Courses submitted for W certification
PHLT 311              Narrative Approach to Public Health
 
Courses submitted for C Course certification
RPTS 402              Park Planning and Design
 
Courses submitted for W re-certification
BIOL 351                               Fundamentals of Microbiology
COMM 435/FILM 489     Rhetoric of Television & Film
ECON/WGST 318              The Economics of Gender and Race
GEOG 324                            Global Climate Regions
MARS 280                            Coastal and Ocean Resources
MARS 430                            Global Tectonics
MARS 431                            Earth’s Climate
MGMT 372                          Advanced Concepts in Organizational Behavior
POLS 209                              Introduction to Political Science Research
POLS 309                              Polimetrics
POLS 368                              Latin American Legislatures
RPTS 426                              Tourism Impacts
RUSS 322                             Masterpieces of Russian Literature
SOCI 420                              Advanced Methods of Social Research
SOCI 445                              Sociology of Law
Attachment AA
FS.32.83
Motion Passed
 
                __________________________________End of Consent Agenda____________________________________
 
Core Curriculum Council
 
COMMITTEE REPORTS
Government Relations Committee/Research Committee/Workplace, Climate & Diversity Committee short updates
 
In committee reports, Senator Jonathan Coopersmith of Liberal Arts, chair of the Legislative Affairs Committee, said the panel would be meeting with members of the Texas Legislature in advance of the next legislative session that begins in January.
Senator Bob Strawser of Mays, representing the Work Place, Climate and Diversity Committee, said the panel was working on a resolution on shared governance and would have something to present at the next Senate meeting.
Senator Ergun Akleman of Architecture, chair of the Research Committee, said the committee was preparing four research surveys on experiences and climate involving research within the university. Subjects of the surveys include proposal preparation, grant administration, research recognition, and research support and infrastructure. He said the findings would be presented to the Faculty Senate and the Executive Committee would be able to take any concerns to the university administration.
Provost Watson noted that about 90 percent of researchers were not filling in surveys sent by SRS and suggested they needed to respond to those surveys.
 
Informational Items Only
 
Unfinished Business     
In unfinished business, Senator Ira Greenbaum of Science made a motion to remove from the table an item renaming a biology course. The motion was approved. Greenbaum then moved the item as proposed in the October meeting of the Faculty Senate. That motion was approved.
FS.32.84
Motion Passed
 
Old Business
Proposed Revisions to Student Rule IX—Attachment BB                                                                                                                                                                              
New Business
Resolution: Support of Standard Procedures in Campus Moves that Disrupt Faculty Teaching and Research
Secretary Rice moved Attachment CC, a resolution in “Support of Standard Procedures in Campus Moves that Disrupt Faculty Teaching and Research,” that was submitted by the Faculty Senate Planning Committee and brought to the full Senate by the Executive Committee:
WHEREAS, Texas A&M University has established the Council of the Built Environment (CBE) as a mechanism to make recommendations to the President to ensure that the physical campus supports the university's core missions of teaching, research and service, including prioritization and location of new construction as well as use of existing space and renovation plans; and
 
WHEREAS, The CBE serves as a forum with broad representation across campus; and
 
WHEREAS, The CBE seeks input from sub-councils that deal with Facilities Utilization, Technical Review (Infrastructure) Design Review and Deferred Maintenance; and
 
WHEREAS, The CBE has a policy of providing information so that all Colleges will be made aware of potentially vacant space; and
 
WHEREAS, The CBE and sub-councils have the ability to take rapid action when conditions dictate; therefore be it
 
RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate encourages the President to ensure that all proposals involving transfer of space among Colleges and/or Agencies on the TAMU Campus that may disrupt faculty teaching and research activities require review by the CBE before a final decision is reached.
 
Attachment CC
FS.32.85
Motion Passed
 
Committee of the Whole
Speaker Woosley called on Speaker-elect Strawser to take the Senate into the Committee of the Whole.
 
Senator Clint Magill of Agriculture and Life Sciences, said that the serves on the Honor Council. When a student is suspended for an Honor Council violation, the Council is not included in the loop for consideration of the student’s readmission to A&M. Magill said he thought it would be good for the Council to be in the loop. Magill also brought up issues with Google mail, saying that Google stores many communications for a long time. In addition, he noted that he was trying to use Howdy to contact students in class and discovered that semicolons rather than commas between names prevented emails from sending. “These are things that should be looked at,” he said.
 
Senator Beth McNeil of the College of Education brought up an issue of asking faculty to account for student attendance in courses. It is problematic for online courses, she said, if the students hadn’t had an assignment early in the semester. If they were marked as nonpresent, it affected their funding, but the ability for faculty to change that designation went away. “We have a breakdown in that system,” she said. “We need more clarification on how to change if there is an alteration. How much at risk are we as a faculty if we make an error in attendance?”
 
Provost Watson responded that the requirement is federal law. “We cannot give financial aid if we do not validate student attendance early,” she said. In addition, the university needs to validate attendance for the visas of international students. “We didn’t think this up; this isn’t our system,” she said. But it is necessary to validate that they at least showed up.
 
Senator Andrew Klein asked if faculty need to keep track of the last date of attendance for students given incompletes?
 
Senator McNeil asked how faculty can correct an attendance error.
 
Former Speaker Walter Daugherity of Engineering said it could be corrected through the Financial Aid Office.
 
Lynne Opperman of the College of Dentistry said the provost had brought up the role of the Senate vs. CPI vs. Distinguished Professors. “It seems to me the faculty at A&M don’t speak through one voice,” she said. “That significantly weakens us as a faculty and weakens us as a Senate. Will there be any attempt in the Faculty Senate to re-engage these groups?”
 
Speaker Woosley said the Senate Executive Committee was making specific efforts this year to resolve that issue and would be meeting with the CPI and DPs. He also noted there are plans to have townhall meetings in the spring co-sponsored by the Senate and CPI.
 
Speaker-elect Strawser then turned the meeting back to Speaker Woosley.
 
Adjourn
The meeting was adjourned at 4 p.m.