Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes


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TAMU Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes
July 11, 2022
3:00pm
Via Zoom
http://facultysenate.tamu.edu
The full video recording of the meeting can be accessed on the Faculty Senate website:
 https://facultysenate.tamu.edu/Faculty-Senate-Meeting-Recordings
CALL TO ORDER
Speaker Elect Tracy Hammond called the second meeting of the 40th session to order at 3:08pm.   Due to ongoing social distancing practices resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting was conducted via Zoom.
 
Speaker-Elect Hammond will be monitoring the raised hand function and will monitor the chat.  Registration function is being used to track attendance.
 
GUEST SPEAKERS
 
Greg Hartman, Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for the University and Damon Slaydon, Vice President for Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness.  Alan Sams, Vice President for Operational Innovation also joined to answer questions
 
Update and Q&A on the Path Forward with considerable staff realignment and other issues such as benefits. 
 
Questions and comments raised to Greg Hartman and Alan Sams by: Senator Dana Gaddy, Senator Janice Epstein, Senator Angie Hill Price, Speaker-Elect Tracy Hammond, Senator Clint Magill, Senator Rajesh Miranda, Senator Adam Kolasinski, Senator Adam Haney, Senator Raymundo Arroyave.
Questions and comments raised to Damon Slaydon by: Senator Angie Hill Price, Senator Adam Kolasinski, Vice President for Faculty Affairs N.K. Anand, Speaker Dale Rice,
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
None.
SPEAKER COMMENTS
None.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Senator Matthew Sachs submitted the 2022 report and it was uploaded to the agenda.  All other items on the meeting minutes from the June 13, 2022, meeting was approved as presented.  Attachment B – FS.40.017 Approved
CONSENT AGENDA
The motion passed to approve the June 13, 2022; Consent Agenda as Approved. 
COMMITTEE REPORTS
Core Curriculum Council Course Report –
Nothing to report. 
ITEMS OF BUSINESS
Degree Candidate – Secretary Janice Epstein, moved to approve the number of candidates receiving degrees, including bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.   Speaker Elect – Tracy Hammond launched a poll which was unanimous therefore, it was approved.  Attachment D1 FS.40.040 Approved
Bylaw changes – Core Curriculum, Speaker Elect Hammond launched a poll which was unanimous and therefore, was approved. Attachment D2 FS.40.041 Approved
ITEMS OF NEW BUSINESS
INFORMATIONAL ITEM – Bylaw change to Legislative Committee -Attachment D3 FS.40.042 – Pending Approval
Bylaw changes to Research Committee – Attachment D4 FS.40.043 Pending Approval
These items will be approved during the August 14th Faculty Senate Meeting.
 
 
 
 
OTHER COMMITTEE REPORTS
Academic Affairs – Report presented by committee co-chair, Megan Reynolds which can be found in attachment C1 – FS.40.035
Budget Information – Report presented by committee chair, Adam Pickens which can be found in attachment C2 – FS. 40.036
Legislative Affairs – Report presented by committee chair, Angie Hill Price which can be found in attachment C3 – FS.40.037
Personnel & Welfare – No report presented
Planning – Report presented by committee chair, Clint Magill which can be found in attachment C4 – FS. 40.038
Research – Report presented by committee chair, Matthew Sachs which can be found in attachment C5 – FS.40.039
Speaker Rice thanked the committees for their time and effort.  He also mentioned that the Executive Committee would be preparing the new charges for the coming academic year which will be presented in September.
 
COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
Speaker-Elect Tracy Hammond asked if there were any positive actions or items of concern that are occurring on campus related to diversity, equity and inclusion.
GENERAL TOPICS
Senator Robert Carpenter brought up the topic of economic strain and inflation on staff and graduate students in regard to childcare. 
Vice President for Faculty Affairs, N.K. Anand discussed the launch of the SS Plus Program which would recruit senior level faculty from underrepresented minority groups. 
ADJOURNMENT
Speaker Rice motioned to Adjourn the meeting at 5:07pm. 
 
 
CONSENT AGENDA – Approved as presented
UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM COMMITTEE
 
New Course   FS.40.018 Approved
ENGL 369: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Authorship
 
Change in Courses FS.40.019 Approved
AGEC 481: Ethics in Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics
ARTS 104: Introduction to Graphic Design
ARTS 325: Digital Painting
ECCB 291: Research
ECCB 318: Coupled Social and Ecological Systems
HORT 313: Introduction to Plant Physiology
HUMA 304: Asian Religions
PHIL 465: Ethics After the Holocaust
RWFM 457: Wildlife Ecotoxicology
SCSC 201: American Agriculture
 
Change in courses – Galveston Campus FS.40.020 Approved
MARB 335: Fish Physiology
MARB 405: Marine Parasitology
MARB 408: Marine Botany
MARB 410: Animal Behavior
MARB 414: Toxicology
MARB 437: Pathology of Marine Animals
MARS 410: Physical Oceanography
 
 
Change in Courses – Course Inactivation Proposal FS.40.021 Approved
Texas A&M University - Galveston
Department of Marine Biology
MARB 482: Seminar in Marine Biology
 
Change in Courses – Course Inactivation Proposal FS.40.022 Approved
Texas A&M University - Galveston
Department of Foundational Sciences
MATH 161: Engineering Mathematics II
 
Change in Courses – Course Inactivation Proposal FS.40.023 Approved
College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department of Recreation, Park & Tourism
RPTS 380: Visitor and Resource Protection I
 
Change in Courses – Course Inactivation Proposal FS.40.024 Approved
College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department of Recreation, Park & Tourism
RPTS 381: Visitor and Resource Protection II
 
Change in Courses – Course Inactivation Proposal FS.40.025 Approved
College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department of Recreation, Park & Tourism
RPTS 382: Visitor and Resource Protection III

 
 
 
New Programs
College of Liberal Arts – FS.40.026 Approved
Department of Anthropology
MINOR-MEDA: Medical Anthropology - Minor
Change in Programs – FS.40.027 Approved
College of Liberal Arts
Department of English

BA-ENGL: English - BA
 
Change in Programs – Program inactivation proposal  FS.40.028 Approved
College of Liberal Arts
Department of Liberal Arts
BA-USLA-RPC*: University Studies - BA, Religious Thought, Practices and Cultures Concentration
 
Change in Programs – FS.40.029 Approved
College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department of Food Science & Technology

BS-FSTC-FSO+: Food Science and Technology - BS, Food Science Option
 
Change in Programs – Program inactivation proposal FS.40.030 Approved
College of Liberal Arts
Department of Liberal Arts
BS-USLA-LIB*: University Studies - BS, Liberal Arts Concentration
 
W & C Courses
 
Courses submitted for C – Certification – FS.40.031 Approved
SCSC 484-C: Internship
 
Courses submitted for C – recertification – FS.40.032 Approved
FSTC 481-C: Seminar
PERF 481-C: Capstone Seminar: Performance as Research
 
Courses submitted for W – Certification – Galveston – FS.40.033 Approved
MARS 280-W: Coastal and Ocean Resources
 
Courses submitted for W- recertification – FS.40.034 Approved
INTS 409-W: Culture, Neoliberalism and Globalism
PERF 101-W: Introduction to Performance Studies
RPTS 472-W: Grant Writing and Program Evaluation for Youth Development Organizations
 
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