October 12, 1015

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Faculty Senate Meeting

October 12, 2015
601 Rudder Tower
In Attendance:  Louise Abbott, Gamal Akabani, Ergun Akleman, Derya Akleman, Stephen Alton, Joe Arosh, David Baca, Judith Ball, Debjyoti Banerjee, Guy Battle, Domonic Bearfield, Leonard Bierman, Joseph Boutros, John Buchanan, Christine Budke, Tahir Cagin, Richard Carlson, Luis Filipe Castro, Piers Chapman, Jeff Cirillo, William Beford Clark, Walter Daugherity, Nimir Elbashir, Margaret Ezell, Alva Ferninand, Jose Fernandez-Solis, Anthony Filippi, David Ford, Tammy Frank-Cannon, Lisa Geraci, Kevin Glowacki, Melinda Grant, Ira Greenbaum, Ayman Hamouda, Greg Heim, Kim Quaile Hill, Angie Hill Price, Brian Holland, Alan Honeyman, Jon Jasperson, Daniel Jimenez, Mark Johnson, Trez Jones, Kara Jones-Schubart, Cong Kang, Chris Kerth, Andrew Klein, Gary Kunkel, Thomas Linton, James Long, Charles Long, Blanca Lupiani, Igor Lyuksyutov, Cling Magill, Vanita Mahajan, Beth McNeill, Stephen Miller, Miguel Mora, Leslie Morey, Bruce Neville, Lynne Opperman, Alexandra Pooley, Sorin Popescu, Dale Rice, James Rogers, Eric Rowell, Laura Sare, Jordan Schweitzer, Jorge Seminario, Robert Shaw, Mark Sicilio, Joe Spurlock, John Stallone, Randolph Stewart, Bob Strawser, Michelle Strong, Cecilia Tamborindeguy, Gabriela Thornton, Joe Thornton, Grace Townsend, Kim-Vy Tran, Nancy Turner, Gretchen Tyson, Jyotsna Vaid, Evan Vestal, Hank Walker, Jaye Weston, Richard White, Matthew Whiteacre, Ben Wilhite, Jim Woosley
Call to Order
The meeting was called to order at 3:18pm.
Guest Speaker
Speaker Comments
Speaker Strawser announced that he had met with most committees, and asked the members to come up with specific issues that the Senate could discuss.  He asked the committees to present the issues to Kelly, who will place them before the EC for consideration  at future meetings.  Speaker Strawser would like the Senate to focus on a couple of specific issues at each meeting. 
Speaker Strawser announced that Representative Flores would be meeting with the Legislative Affairs committee and EC on Wednesday. October 14, 2015. 
The Vice Provost made a presentation on the Task Force dealing with Faculty Evaluations and Post Tenure Review.  Vice Provost Benedik is chairing the committee, which is broad based, and is reviewing the Post Tenure Review (PTR) policies from the University’s perspective.  The committee is examining PTR policies at other institutions with respect to Texas Law, and reviewing the PTR guidelines as instituted across campus.  The committee could be happy with the current rule, or recommend revisions with central guidance to make the PTR more uniform across the University.   The committee will also assess what criteria is evaluated, and how good teaching in determined.  Any recommendations for change will have to go through a number of channels including the Faculty Senate before implementation.  Vice Provost Benedik indicated that the process is in month two of a one to two year timeline. 
Two students from the Memorial Student Center (MSC) leadership gave a preliminary presentation on future programs that would help students create faculty relationships outside of the classroom through events sponsored at the MSC. 
Approval of September 14, 2015 Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes
The minutes of the August meeting were approved as submitted.
Consent Agenda
September 3, 2015                               
New Course
BICH 679              Building Scientific Relationships
BMEN 637           Pathologic Basis of Implantable Devices
ECEN 767             Harnessing Solar Energy: Optics, Photovoltaics and Thermal Systems
MEEN 660            Corrosion Engineering
MEEN 669            Alternative Energy Conversion
MGMT 674          Building Scientific Relationships
SCSC 628              Soil Mineralogy Lab
SOCI 683              Professional Writing and Publication
Attachment B
Motion Passed
Change Course Request
CVEN 666             Foundation Structures
ECON 630            Microeconomic Theory II
HISP 602               Spanish Applied Linguistics
PSYC 684              Professional Internship
SCSC 626              Soil Mineralogy
Attachment C
Motion Passed
Special Consideration Item
                Texas A&M University Law School
                                THECB SCH Change in Semester Credit Hours
                                                Master of Jurisprudence
Attachment D
Motion Passed
Special Consideration Item
                Texas A&M University Law School
                                THECB SCH Change in Semester Credit Hours
                                                Master of Jurisprudence in Intellectual Property
Attachment E
Motion Passed
New Courses – September 4, 2015
AGEC 324             Agribusiness Entrepreneurship – Budgeting
ANSC 211             Equine Industry and Career Preparation
ANTH 436            Ancient Egypt
ENTO 321             Beekeeping
ESSM 324             Forest Measurements
FILM 445              Rhetoric of Television and Film
MEEN 439            Solar Energy Engineering
MEEN 469            Alternative Energy Conversion
PETE 337              Junior Student Paper Contest
PETE 437              Senior Student Paper Contest
RELS 436               Ancient Egypt
Attachment F
Motion Passed
Withdrawal of Courses
ESSM 460             Spatial Data Acquisition with Field Methods
Attachment G
Motion Passed
Change in Courses
COMM 435         Rhetoric of Television and Film
ENTO 291             Research
ENTO 484             Professional Internship
ENTO 491             Research
ESSM 415             Range Analysis and Management Planning
ESSM 430             Advanced Restoration Ecology
ESSM 459             Spatial Databases and Programming
ESSM 464             Spatial Project Management
FIVS 291               Research
FIVS 484               Professional Internship
FIVS 491               Research
NUTR 430            Community Nutrition
OCNG 410           Introduction to Physical Oceanography
OCNG 420           Introduction to Biological Oceanography
OCNG 430           Introduction to Geological Oceanography
OCNG 440           Introduction to Chemical Oceanography
PSYC 485              Directed Studies
PSYC 491              Research
RENR 410             Ecosystem Management
Attachment H
Motion Passed
Change in Curriculum
                College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
                      Department of Ecosystem Science and Management
                            BS in Forestry
Attachment I
Motion Passed
Change in Curriculum
                College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
                      Department of Ecosystem Science and Management
                          Minor in Forestry
Attachment J
Motion Passed
Change in Curriculum
                College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
                      Department of Entomology
                            Minor in Entomology
Attachment K
Motion Passed
TAMU Galveston
New Course
MARS 408        Estuarine and Coastal Hydrodynamics
Attachment L
Motion Passed
TAMU Galveston
Change in Curriculum
                Texas A&M University at Galveston
                              Department of Marine Biology
                                    BS in Marine Biology
Attachment M
Motion Passed
TAMU Galveston
Change in Curriculum
                Texas A&M University at Galveston
                              Department of Maritime Biology
                                    BS in Marine Fisheries
Attachment N
Motion Passed
TAMU Galveston
Special Consideration Item
                Texas A&M University at Galveston
                              Department of Liberal Studies
                                    Minor in Maritime Studies
                                          Request for a new minor
Attachment O
Motion Passed
Special Consideration Item
                College of Liberal Arts
                    Department of Performance Studies
                        Minor in Performance Studies
                              Request for a new minor
Attachment P
Motion Passed
Special Consideration Item
                College of Liberal Arts
                    Department of Performance Studies
                        Minor in Music
                        Minor in Theater Arts
                              Request to discontinue minors
Attachment Q
Motion Passed
Change in Curriculum (from August 2015 UCC Meeting)
                Dwight Look College of Engineering
                    Department of Petroleum Engineering
                        BS in Petroleum Engineering
Attachment R
Motion Passed
W-COURSES   - Report September 11, 2015
Courses submitted for W recertification
ANSC 314                             Wool and Mohair Evaluation
ANSC 414                             Sheep and Goat Production
ATMO 463                           Air Pollution Meteorology
BIOL 455                               Introductory Immunology Laboratory
CHEM 234                            Organic Synthesis
COSC 494                             Professional Internship
ENGL 308                             History of Literary
ESSM 405                             Forest Resource Assessment and Management
ESSM 430                             Advanced Restoration Ecology
INTS 403                               Nations and Nationalisms
MARA 416                           Port Operations, Administration and Economics
MARB 435                           Marine Invertebrate Zoology
OCEN 410                            Ocean Engineering Laboratory
PHIL 381                               Ethical Theory
RPTS/RENR 460                 Nature, Values and Protected Areas
SCSC 429                              Turfgrass Management Systems
WFSC 403                            Animal Ecology
WFSC 410                            Principles of Fisheries Management
Courses submitted for C recertification
ARCH 305                             Design Studio III
MART 410                            Watchstanding: Bridge Resource Management
VIBS 489                               Science in Cinema and Society
Attachment S
Motion Passed
__________________________________End of Consent Agenda____________________________________
Core Curriculum Council Report- October 5, 2015
Attachment T
Motion Passed
Informational Review Items
Unfinished Business
Old Business
After much discussion, changes to Student Rules 49 and 50 passed.  Student Rule 53 was not approved.  Rule 57 was approved with editorial changes: in, and in, the phrase “or other pertinent information” was added after the phrase “first-hand knowledge”.  This is in reference to witnesses who may speak about the case. 
Proposed Revisions to Student Rule 49 (from September 2015)
Attachment U
Motion Passed
Proposed Revisions to Student Rule 50 (from September 2015)
Attachment V
Motion Passed
Proposed Revisions to Student Rule 53 (from September 2015)
Attachment W
Motion Failed
Proposed Revisions to Student Rule 57 (from September 2015)
Attachment X
Motion Passed pending revisions
Proposed Revisions to Student Rule 59 (from September 2015)
Attachment Y
Motion Failed
New Business
Rules that were presented in new business were not approved, and will be taken up at the next meeting.
Proposed Revisions to Student Rule 1
Attachment Z
Motion Tabeled until November
Proposed Revisions to Student Rule 5
Attachment AA
Motion Tabeled until November
Proposed Revisions to Student Rule 8
Attachment BB
Motion Tabeled until November
Proposed Revisions to Student Rule
Attachment CC
Motion Tabeled until November
Proposed Revisions to Student Rule 10.14.4
Attachment DD
Motion Tabeled until November
Proposed Revisions to Student Rule 17
Attachment EE
Motion Tabeled until November
Approval of Faculty Senate Constitution Revisions
Attachment FF
No Action Taken- Pending Revisions
The changes to the Constitution were approved by the Senate and will be sent to the general faculty for a vote. 
Senator Fernandez-Solis asked the Senate to think about changing the way the EC is formed in order to make sure that each college is represented on the EC.  He suggested that the EC be made up of the caucus leaders.  Senator Rice moved that the issue be referred to the bylaws committee and the EC, and request that these groups think about those alternatives of representation.  Motion passed.
Information Only
Faculty Senate Bylaw Revisions
Attachment GG
No Action Taken
Committee of the Whole
Senator Morey represents the Senate on the Transition of Services Committee, which has been tasked with moving Sponsored Research Services from the system to TAMU.  The goal is to make SRS truly service oriented, rather than an obstacle.  He asked for emails with questions or concerns, to morey@tamu.edu .
Senator Jasperson brought up concerns about ecampus, and asked that IT should come to the Senate to address the issue. 
Senator Cirillo noted that though we have rules about smoking on campus, there doesn’t seem to be any enforcement of those rules. 
Senator Whiteacre brought up the elimination of the ENDG program by the College of Engineering.  He said that it did not appear that the College had any discussion to help the 3 faculty impacted by this decision.  Interim Dean of Faculties Lupiani noted that the funds from the college will be moved to the departments that need the courses, and the departments will hire faculty to teach the courses.
Senator Hill continued the discussion of the smoking rules and said that he felt like the University was not trying to enforce the rules at all. 
Senator Klein said that there is no way for faculty to see a transcript of a graduate student and that access to Howdy was removed for faculty who are still advising.  Vice Provost Benedik said that FERPA limits who has access, and that the college administrations and department heads have to make the request for faculty, so the determination on who has valid reasons for access will vary across departments. 
Senator Akabani expressed concern about student safety near the Zachry construction area and that students should not be permitted to use skateboards there. 
Senator Price suggested that the Senate host an open forum to discuss concealed carry on campus. 
The meeting adjourned at 4:59 PM.