November 9, 2020

 

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TAMU Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes
November 9, 2020
3:00pm
Via Zoom
http://facultysenate.tamu.edu
  
 
CALL TO ORDER
Speaker John N. Stallone called the sixth meeting of the 38th Session to order at 3:00pm.  Due to ongoing social distancing practices resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting was conducted via Zoom.  Speaker Stallone began by reminding Senators of the Zoom features to be used during the meeting, then several newly-elected Senators were sworn in.
 
 
GUEST SPEAKER
Speaker Stallone welcomed guest speaker Dr. David Carlson, Dean of the University Libraries.  Dean Carlson began by identifying the role that Texas A&M played in the creation of the Texas Library Coalition for United Action (TLCUA).
  • TLCUA was created so that academic and research libraries in Texas might together negotiate for decreased costs, improved access, and faculty ownership of educational materials.
  • It is in negotiations with Elsevier with the following priorities:
    • A new contract by December 31, 2020;
    • Greater ownership by faculty of publications in Elsevier journals;
    • A more open and sustainable scholarly publishing system;
    • A mutually beneficial partnership of strength and mutual contribution;
    • Meaningful reduction in costs.
  • While the goal is a new contract with Elsevier, it is possible that this might not happen by December 31, 2020, in which case plans are in place for continuing necessary access to content.  The Coalition is committed to continuing discussions and an eventual agreement. 
Dean Carlson then took questions from the following Senators: Senator Peter McIntyre, College of Science; Senator Raymundo Arroyave, College of Engineering; Senator Matthew Taylor, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences; Senator Tracy Hammond, College of Engineering; and Senator Adam Kolasinski.
 
Greater detail on the TCLUA is found in Attachment A – FS.38.167.  The full video recording of the meeting can be accessed on the Faculty Senate website: https://facultysenate.tamu.edu/Faculty-Senate-Meeting-Recordings.
 
Speaker Stallone thanked Dean Carlson for speaking to the Faculty Senate.
 
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Dr. Jocelyn Widmer, Assistant Provost for Academic Innovation, and Dr. Juan Garza, Assistant Vice President for Academic Services & Director of Provost Information Technology Office – Attachment B – FS.38.168 (for information only)
Dr. Widmer provided her monthly update on the progress of Canvas (LMS) via a video, and the meeting time was devoted to questions only.  The following Senators posed questions or offered comments: Senator Catharina Laporte, College of Liberal Arts.
 
Speaker Stallone provided updated information about the future Open Forums with President Young and Provost Fierke.  He encouraged interested faculty to look for the dates on the Faculty Senate website’s home page, and that the recordings can also be found on the website.
 
 
SPEAKER COMMENTS
Speaker Stallone began with a virtual presentation to former Speaker Andrew Klein of the traditional framed Resolution in honor of his year of service, which was read at the May 2020 meeting where the gavel was passed.  This was followed by the presentation of gifts, including a personalized and framed 12th Man jersey and a custom tie commemorating his Antarctic research, and concluded with a thank you for his service.
 
The following informational items were shared by Speaker Stallone:
  • After extensive discussion among the Provost and her team, the Executive Committee (EC), and student leaders, it was agreed that the Q-drop deadline would be extended to November 30th for Fall 2020 only, so that students could maximize their chances to improve upon their course performance before final grades are posted.
  • The change in Q-Drop deadline confounded the rules regarding student evaluations of courses, which would normally be performed after the Q-Drop deadline; however, given the unusual COVID-related circumstances of the fall semester, the EC recommended that this rule be suspended this semester in order to complete the course evaluations in a timely manner. 
    Speaker Stallone closed his comments by recognizing the difficulty of the semester, and extending his gratitude to all faculty for their commitment to achieving success in their teaching and research this semester.
     

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
The motion passed to approve the October 12, 2020 minutes as distributed. Attachment C Passed – FS.38.169
 
 
CONSENT AGENDA
The motion was made to approve the November 9, 2020 Consent Agenda as presented. Two Senators requested the following courses be pulled from the Consent Agenda for further discussion: Both were removed from the Consent Agenda, which was then approved with those two items removed.
 (Full Consent Agenda with FS #’s can be found under Adjournment below.)
 
 
UNFINISHED BUSINESS
The first item addressed was ISTM 680.  Senator Hank Walker, College of Engineering, stated that the course content overlapped with CSCE 671 taught by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, also cross-listed with the Department of Visualization in the College of Architecture.  There had been no discussion about this course, and he requested that the ISTM department head enter into a conversation with the other two department heads to receive a letter of support.  Senator Angie Hill Price, College of Engineering, suggested a motion be made for the course to be returned to the source for a letter of support, which was moved, seconded, and approved.
 
The second item addressed was WFSC 335.  Senator James Erickson, College of Science, stated that the course has content similar to BIOL 335.  Traditionally the content was distinct, but these revisions caused overlap.  On behalf of the Biology department, he requested that the department of Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences send a letter identifying how the course will remain distinct with the proposed changes in order to receive support from Biology.  Senator Erickson moved to receive a letter from WFSC, was seconded, and the motion was approved.
 
 
COMMITTEE REPORTS
Core Curriculum Council Course Report Attachment D – Passed – FS.38.159
The motion passed to approve the Core Curriculum Course Report as presented. 
(Full CCC Report can be found under Adjournment below.)
 
 
OTHER COMMITTEE REPORTS
SEBAC Report Attachment E – For Informational Review – FS.38.160
The Faculty Senate’s representative to System Employee Benefits Advisory Committee (SEBAC), Greg Heim, provided an update on the SEBAC meeting held in October 2020.  See attachment E for further details.
 
Budget Information Committee Report Attachment J – For Informational Review – FS.38.161
Added to the agenda on the day of the meeting and thus termed an “emergency item,” the Budget Information Committee Chair, Senator Adam Kolasinski, provided an update on information learned by the committee up to this point in the academic year.  See attachment J for further details.
 
 
NEW BUSINESS
Proposed Minimum Syllabus Requirements (COVID Addendum removed) Attachment F – Passed – FS.38.162
The motion to approve Attachment F was made, followed by a motion by Senator Adam Haney, TAMU Galveston, to table the Proposed Minimum Syllabus Requirements until Academic Affairs could report on having the documents available via links, which was seconded.  Dr. Mike Stephenson, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs & Strategic Initiatives, was recognized.  He emphasized that approving this content was unrelated to the creation of links for faculty, and that if the MSR was not approved, faculty would not receive the syllabus template (“shells”) in the LMS until mid-December, delaying many processes for faculty.
A reminder of parliamentary process was made that motions to table are not discussed, merely voted on so the motion to table the vote on the MSR was repeated, seconded, and failed to pass.
Attachment F was again moved for approval, it was seconded, and approved.
 
Proposed COVID-19 Temporary Addendum to the Minimum Syllabus Requirements for Spring 2021 Attachment G – Passed – FS.38.163
The motion was made to approve the Proposed COVID-19 Temporary Addendum to the Minimum Syllabus Requirements for Spring 2021.  There followed a discussion about faculty interest in receiving guidelines for when a student may choose to join a course online, as many students who were supposed to be attending class face-to-face were doing so online.
The motion passed to approve the Proposed COVID-19 Temporary Addendum to the Minimum Syllabus Requirements for Spring 2021 as presented. 
 
Resolution in Support of Formation of the Texas Library Coalition for United Action Attachment H – Passed – FS.38.164
The motion passed to approve the Resolution in Support of Formation of the Texas Library Coalition for United Action.
 
Proposed Revision to Bylaws – Description of the Undergraduate Admissions Advisory Committee Attachment I – For Informational Review Only – FS.38.165
There were no questions, comments, or concerns on Attachment I.
 
Emergency Item: Recommendation of December 2020 Degree Candidates Passed – FS.38.166
TOTAL – 5,275
TAMU-Main – 4,985
TAMU-Galveston – 141
TAMU-HSC – 108
TAMU-Law – 35
TAMU-Qatar – 6
 
The Faculty Senate voted in favor of certifying the December 2020 degree candidates.
 
 
COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
Speaker-Elect Dale Rice convened the Committee of the Whole. 
 
Senator Matt Kane, TAMU Galveston, communicated that by earlier tabling WFSC 335, the just-approved program of which it is a part was out of compliance.  Speaker-Elect Dale Rice expressed that it shouldn’t be a problem as long as the Senate is able to approve the course at the December meeting.
 
Senator Bruce Neville, on behalf of the Library caucus and Dean Carlson, expressed thanks for the Senate’s support of the TLUAC.
 
Senator Deb Banerjee, College of Engineering, made a request for the Provost and Dean of Faculties to use this semester’s student evaluations as advisory rather than for evaluation of the faculty.  Dean of Faculties Blanca Lupiani stated that the faculty may choose whether or not to include the student evaluations this semester, as was done last semester.
 
Senator Matthew Taylor, raised a question on behalf of the College of Agriculture, regarding a statement made by Dr. Fierke at an Open Forum this semester regarding “DE’s.”  This was counter to a later statement, and Dr. Taylor was seeking more information.  Dr. Fierke shared that this semester all courses were offered online, and almost all in the spring would be offered online, so it was not possible to charge all students the Distance Education (DE) fees.  Her office was working with COALS to deal with their budget deficit; one of the ways would be to increase their Differential Tuition (DT) but this is a longer-term solution.  Part of the shorter-term strategy would be to allow the College to charge DE fees in the summer.
 
Senator Darlene McLaughlin, College of Medicine, conveyed her appreciation to all involved in reinstating in-person Silver Taps, and to Senators who reached out to her after the last meeting.
 
Senator Adam Haney, TAMU Galveston, requested clarification on the relationship between the MSR’s and the course shells in the LMS.  Vice Provost Mike Stephenson answered that the faculty who want to work on building their spring courses would not have access to them until the MSR are approved and the templates can be built into the shells.  This way each individual faculty member would not have to manually update the MSR; they will be already be in Canvas and e-Campus.
 
Senator Grace Townsend, TAMU Galveston, commented that some MSR challenges relate to the remote campuses like Galveston.  The MSR document is targeted to the College Station campus, and remote campuses must replace information and links to make it relevant to their campus.  This adds complexity to embedding the template in the LMS.  Dr. Jocelyn Widmer shared that there have been some changes and there should be fewer issues in the spring.
 
Senator Andy Tag, College of Science, commented that faculty are required by law to post their syllabi on Howdy, and asked if there will now be links between Canvas and Howdy to avoid the need to cut and paste into a document.  Dr. Widmer explained that there is not yet a way to do this, but down the road there will likely be a several step process to get this done.  He also asked how the university arrived at the spring schedule decision to make the Texas Independence Day a holiday, which disrupts the lab schedule by being mid-week.  Dr. Stephenson detailed the decision-making process, which included conversations with the leadership of the College of Science, who gave the go-ahead for the holiday.  Senator Jay Ramadoss, chair of the Academic Affairs committee, added that student leaders were active in the decision, and that the driving force was avoiding a long spring break to prevent virus infection resulting from widespread travel.  Dr. Fierke assured all that there would be no changes to the published spring schedule.
 
Senator Andy Banerjee, College of Engineering, asked if it would be possible to strip out the course evaluations by students who have Q-dropped the course, as their negative evaluations can skew the results.  Dr. Stephenson reported that when students Q-drop, they fall off of the list of students to receive the evaluation and those who Q-drop after the evaluations will disappear retroactively. 
 
Provost Fierke shared that there has been a doubling in the amount of COVID cases (as seen on the dashboard) and this surge has been traced to a number of Halloween parties.  This increase in cases was driving plans to increase testing on campus in the coming week.  They continue to keep close track to see if this surge levels off or if it is an ongoing trend, and wanted to ensure everyone that they are taking it very seriously.  There is still no evidence of transmission in the classroom.
 
Speaker-Elect Rice returned the meeting to Speaker Stallone.
 
 
ADJOURNMENT
The meeting was adjourned at 5:22pm.
  
 
 
APPROVED CONSENT AGENDA for November 2020
GRADUATE COUNCIL
New Courses – Passed – FS.38.128
GEOS 669: Introduction to Processing Geoscience Data with R
ISTM 682: Data Analytics Platforms
LAW 7125: Advanced Legal Research Boot Camp
LAW 7147: Law & Policy of Clean Energy Innovation Seminar
LAW 7834: Residency Externship - Semester in Practice
PSYC 642: Neuroimaging Data Analysis
PSYC 655: Foundations in Cognitive Neuroscience
VTMI 636: Bacteria in Health and Disease
 
Change in Courses – Passed – FS.38.129
ISTM 610: Business Data Communications
ISTM 622: Advanced Data Management
ISTM 624: Advanced Systems Analysis and Design
ISTM 631: Information Systems Design and Development Project
ISTM 637: Data Warehousing
LAW 643: Property Law and Transactions
LAW 650: Nonprofit and Fiduciary Administration
LAW 7301: Family Law
MATH 630: Combinatorics
MATH 647: Mathematical Modeling
OCEN 661: Analysis of Uncertainties for Ocean Engineers
 
Change in Programs – Passed – FS.38.130
College of Engineering
Department of Nuclear Engineering
CERT-CG65: Nuclear Security - Certificate
 
Change in Programs – Passed – FS.38.131
College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department of Agriculture & Life Sciences
MNR-NRDV: Master of Natural Resources Development in Natural Resources Development
 
Change in Programs – Passed – FS.38.132
Mays Business School
Department of Information & Operations Management
MS-MISY: Master of Science in Management Information Systems
 
Change in Programs – Inactivation Proposal – Passed – FS.38.133
College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education & Communication
MED-ALEC: Master of Education in Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication
 
Special Consideration Item – Passed – FS.38.134
Mays Business School
Department of Business
MS/MBA-ANLY/BUAD-ANLY/BUAD: Master of Business Administration in Business Administration and Master of Science in Analytics Combined Degree Program
 
 
UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM COMMITTEE 
New Courses – Passed – FS.38.135
COMM 377: Entrepreneurship and New Media
CVEN 314: Sensor Technology in Civil Engineering
SCEN 100: First Year Seminar
 
New Courses – Galveston – Passed – FS.38.136
MARA 345: Maritime and Marine Entrepreneurship Ventures
MARA 346: Maritime and Marine Business Plans
 
Change in Courses – Passed – FS.38.137
AGSC 383: Teaching Agricultural Mechanics
AGSC 402: Designing Instruction for Secondary Agricultural Science Programs
AGSC 405: Facilitating Complete Secondary Agricultural Science Programs
BICH 464: Bacteriophage Genomics
BMEN 253: Medical Device Design I
BMEN 321: Biomedical Electronics
CVEN 417: Bituminous Materials
ENGL 104: Composition and Rhetoric
ENGL 305: Texas Literature
ENGL 374: Women Writers
ESET 300: Industrial Electricity
HEFB 222: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
HLTH 425: Health Program Evaluation
HLTH 440: Contemporary Issues for Community Health Interns
HLTH 481: Seminar in Allied Health
HLTH 482: Grant Writing in Health
KINE 335: Coaching in Group Fitness
KINE 403: Dance Wellness
KINE 406: Motor Learning and Skill Performance
KINE 426: Exercise Biomechanics
KINE 427: Therapeutic Principles
KINE 429: Adapted Physical Activity
KINE 433: Physiology of Exercise
KINE 435: Physiology of Exercise Lab
KINE 439: Exercise Evaluation and Prescription
KINE 483: Practicum in Kinesiology
KNFB 325: Introduction to Secondary School Teaching
KNFB 416: Middle and Secondary School Physical Activities
MATH 325: The Mathematics of Interest
MATH 436: Introduction to Topology
OCNG 443: Oceanographic Field and Laboratory Methods
PETE 301: Petroleum Engineering Numerical Methods
PETE 311: Reservoir Petrophysics
PETE 314: Transport Processes in Petroleum Production
STAT 491: Research
WFSC 444: Aquaculture I: Principles and Practices
WFSC 447: Aquaculture II: Aquatic Animal Nutrition, Feeding and Disease Management
 
Change in Courses – Galveston – Passed – FS.38.138
MARE 202: Marine Thermodynamics
MARE 206: Engineering Mechanics II
MARE 209: Mechanics of Materials
MARE 306: Electrical Power II
MARE 307: Marine Electronics
MARE 313: Heat Transfer
MARE 424: Gas Turbine Power Generation
 
Change in Courses – Inactivation Proposal – Passed – FS.38.139
College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education & Communication
AGSC 301: Introduction to Agricultural Science Teaching
 
Change in Courses – Inactivation Proposal – Passed – FS.38.140
College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education & Communication
AGSC 384: Clinical Professional Experience in AGSC
 
Change in Courses – Inactivation Proposal – Passed – FS.38.141
College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department of Recreation, Park & Tourism Sciences
RPTS 230: Computer Applications in Recreation, Parks and Tourism
 
Change in Courses – Inactivation Proposal – Passed – FS.38.142
College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department of Recreation, Park & Tourism Sciences
RPTS 474: Management of Programs and Services for Youth
 
Change in Programs – Passed – FS.38.143
College of Education & Human Development
Department of Health & Kinesiology
BS/MS-KINE/ATTR-ETR: Kinesiology - 5-Year Bachelor of Science/Master of Science
 
Change in Programs – Passed – FS.38.144
College of Education & Human Development
Department of Health & Kinesiology
BS-KINE-AEP: Kinesiology - BS, Exercise Science Track, Applied Exercise Physiology Concentration
 
Change in Programs – Passed – FS.38.145
College of Education & Human Development
Department of Health & Kinesiology
BS-KINE-BEP: Kinesiology - BS, Exercise Science Track, Basic Exercise Physiology Concentration
 
Change in Programs – Passed – FS.38.146
College of Education & Human Development
Department of Health & Kinesiology
BS-KINE-DSC: Kinesiology - BS, Dance Science Track
 
Change in Programs – Passed – FS.38.147
College of Education & Human Development
Department of Health & Kinesiology
BS-KINE-EST: Kinesiology - BS, Exercise and Sport Science Track
 
Change in Programs – Passed – FS.38.148
College of Education & Human Development
Department of Health & Kinesiology
BS-KINE-MTB: Kinesiology - BS, Exercise Science Track, Motor Behavior Concentration
 
Change in Programs – Passed – FS.38.149
College of Education & Human Development
Department of Health & Kinesiology
BS-USEH-DAN*: University Studies - BS, Dance Concentration
 
Change in Programs – Passed – FS.38.150
College of Education & Human Development
Department of Health & Kinesiology
MINOR-COAC: Coaching - Minor
 
Change in Programs – Passed – FS.38.151
College of Education & Human Development
Department of Health & Kinesiology
MINOR-DANC: Dance - Minor
 
Special Consideration Item – Passed – FS.38.152
College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department of Rangeland, Wildlife & Fisheries Management
BS-RWFM-AFM: Rangeland, Wildlife & Fisheries Management – BS, Aquaculture & Fisheries Management Track
 
Special Consideration Item – Passed – FS.38.153
College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department of Rangeland, Wildlife & Fisheries Management
BS-RWFM-NRM: Rangeland, Wildlife & Fisheries Management – BS, Natural Resources Management & Policy Track
 
Special Consideration Item – Passed – FS.38.154
College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department of Rangeland, Wildlife & Fisheries Management
BS-RWFM-WFM: Rangeland, Wildlife & Fisheries Management – BS, Wildlife Management Track
 
 
W&C COURSES 
Courses Submitted for C Certification – Passed – FS.38.155
GEOL 450-C: Geology Senior Project
PERF 303-C: Creating Performance
 
Courses Submitted for C Certification – Galveston – Passed – FS.38.156
MARA 416-C: Port Operations, Administration and Economics
 
Courses Submitted for W Certification – Passed – FS.38.157
AGEC 117-W: Critical Thinking and Decision Making in Agricultural Economics
AGSC 402-W: Designing Instruction for Secondary Agricultural Science Programs
ENGL 481-W: Senior Seminar
FIVS 481-W: Seminar
HIST 481-W: Seminar in History
INTS 407-W: Diversity in a Globalized World
INTS 481-W: Senior Seminar in International Studies
KINE 482-W: Seminar
LAND 301-W: Landscape Architecture Theory
LAND 431-W: Professional Practice
SCSC 410-W: International Agricultural Systems
SPAN 303-W: Spanish Composition
SPMT 423-W: Marketing Aspects of Sport
VIBS 310-W: Biomedical Writing
VIBS 311-W: Biomedical Explorations through Narrative
 
Courses Submitted for W Re-Certification – Passed – FS.38.158
ANTH 401-W: Ice Age Humans in North America
CHEN 433-W: Chemical Engineering Laboratory II
COMM 431-W: Rhetoric of Social Movements
COMM 471-W: Media, Health and Medicine
 
 
______________________________End of Consent Agenda____________________________________
 
 
CORE CURRICULUM COUNCIL COURSE REPORT – Attachment D – Passed – FS.38.159
New Courses – Cultural Discourse
RPTS 340-CD: Recreation, Parks, Tourism and Diverse Populations