December 13, 2021

DRAFT
For approval at the January 10, 2022 Senate meeting

 
Printable Minutes

TAMU Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes
December 13, 2021
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 Dale Rice called the seventh meeting of the 39th 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 Rice then proceeded to swear in a new Senator, Eric Kneese, from the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.
 
 
GUEST SPEAKER
Speaker Rice welcomed guest speaker Dr. Annie McGowan, Interim Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity.
 
Dr. McGowan provided an overview of current CDEI initiatives and identified who was leading each.  She touched on:
  • Faculty pipeline hiring program status
  • Pathways to doctorate fellowships for underrepresented students
  • TAMU investment in targeted recruitment
  • Bias reporting and dashboard
  • The Learning Environment Enrichment Program (LEEP)
  • HR initiatives
 
(To view Dr. McGowans slide presentation, click here.)
 
Questions and comments were offered by the following Senators: Senator Jorge Alvarado, College of Engineering; Senator Rob Carpenter, College of Medicine; Senator Clint Magill, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences; Secretary Tracy Hammond, College of Engineering; Senator Mark Sicilio, College of Medicine; Senator Joan Wolf, College of Liberal Arts; Senator Olbelina Ulloa, TAMU Galveston; Senator Kathryn Falvo, TAMU Galveston; and Senator Catharina Laporte, College of Liberal Arts.
 
Speaker Rice thanked Dr. McGowan for speaking to the 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 A – For Informational Review – FS.39.129
 
Dr. Widmer provided her monthly update on the progress of Canvas (LMS) via a video, and the meeting time was devoted to questions.  The following Senator posed a question: Senator Andy Tag, College of Science.
Speaker Rice thanked Dr. Widmer.
 
 
SPEAKER COMMENTS
Speaker Rice addressed the challenges that faculty have – and will be – faced with this year:
  • Nearly two years worth of COVID-related efforts, with the new Omicron variant bringing unknowns to the spring semester.
  • The upcoming sweeping transformation of the university initiated by the new university President, Dr. Kathy Banks, and the transition this will bring.
  • A proposal to reorganize faculty at TAMU Qatar that would significantly alter faculty contracts and research.
  • The impact on the Faculty Senate by the departure of the Senate’s executive assistant, Betsy Peterson, who was thanked for her service.
 
 
REORGANIZATION AT QATAR
Speaker Rice began by briefly introducing this issue and recognized Senator Ed Brothers, TAMU Qatar.  He in turn recognized Qatar faculty member Dr. Joe Ura.  Dr. Ura spoke at length explaining the issues facing Qatar faculty.  (To view Dr. Ura’s slide presentation, click here.)
 
Questions and comments were offered by the following Senators: Senator Adam Kolasinski, Mays Business School; Senator Trevor Hale, Mays Business School; Senator Rajesh Miranda, College of Medicine; Senator Tracy Hammond, College of Engineering; Senator Jorge Alvarado, College of Engineering; and Senator Hassan Bashir, TAMU Qatar.  Comments were also provided by Interim Provost Tim Scott and Qatar Dean Cesar Malave
 
Due to the length of this discussion, the SEBAC report was postponed to the January meeting and the regular meeting items below were voted on in the following order:
 
CONSENT AGENDA
The motion passed to approve the December 13, 2021 Consent Agenda as presented.
 (Full Consent Agenda with FS #’s can be found under Adjournment below.)
 
 
COMMITTEE REPORTS
Core Curriculum Council Course Report Attachment C – Passed – FS.39.179
The motion passed to approve the Core Curriculum Course Report as presented. 
(Full CCC Report can be found under Adjournment below.)
 
 
 
NEW BUSINESS
Recommendation of December 2021 Degree Candidates Attachment F – Passed – FS.39.181
TOTAL – 5,482
TAMU-Main – 5,166
TAMU-Galveston – 113
TAMU-HSC – 138
TAMU-Law – 52
TAMU-Qatar – 13
 
Proposed Revisions to Student Rules Attachment E – Passed – FS.39.180
Student Rule 20.1.4.7 – Removal of the F* Grade and/or Honor Violation Probation
 
 
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
The motion passed to approve the November 8, 2021 minutes as presented. Attachment B – Passed – FS.39.130
 
 
UNFINISHED BUSINESS
None.
 
 
OTHER COMMITTEE REPORTS
SEBAC report postponed until January, 2022.
 
 
OTHER NEW BUSINESS FROM THE FLOOR
Senator Trevor Hale, Mays Business School, proposed a motion in resolution format, which was seconded.  There was some debate over whether this item should be presented in New Business or the Committee of the Whole.  Senator Joan Wolf, College of Liberal Arts, moved to table the discussion until the January 2022 meeting, and was seconded.  At this point, Senator Jorge Alvarado, College of Engineering, called the question of a quorum.  It was established that a quorum was still present; the motion was voted upon and passed.
 
 
COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
Speaker-Elect Patti Smith convened the Committee of the Whole. 
 
Senator Joan Wolf, College of Liberal Arts, shared concerns about the Delta Dental health benefits and asked the Executive Committee to explore the concerns.  Senate SEBAC representative, Dr. David Earnest, College of Medicine, responded that there is an upcoming review of the dental plan and that he would communicate concerns to the committee.
 
Senator Catharina Laporte, College of  Liberal Arts, expressed concerns about the changes in the prescription plan as well.
 
Senator Rajesh Miranda, College of Medicine, asked on behalf of faculty in his college for the Senate to look into racial profiling of faculty, student, and staff of Chinese origin by the U.S. government in the crackdown on China’s intellectual espionage.  It is seen as an infringement of academic freedom and an issue of diversity, equity, and inclusion. 
 
Senator Jorge Alvarado, College of Engineering, asked if the Senate knew when President Banks would be releasing her response to the MGT report; the answer was the Senate did not know.
 
Senator Adam Kolasinski, Mays Business School, expressed concern over a trend by the university administration to come up with proposal without any faculty input.  He asked the EC to consider drafting a resolution insisting that faculty be included on university proposals, including the situation evolving in Qatar.  This sentiment was seconded by Senator Jorge Alvarado, College of Engineering.
 
Speaker-Elect Smith took the opportunity to announce the annual Joint Meeting with UT’s Faculty Council on March 7th, 2022.  The meeting’s theme will be Academic Freedom and Shared Governance.
 
Speaker-Elect Smith returned the meeting to Speaker Rice.
 
 
ADJOURNMENT
Speaker Rice thanked everyone for staying and retaining the quorum to take care of business.  He also thanked the faculty from Qatar who attended the meeting so late in the evening/early morning.  After wishing Senators “Happy Holidays,” Speaker Rice adjourned the meeting at 5:37pm.
 
 
APPROVED CONSENT AGENDA for December 13, 2021

GRADUATE COUNCIL
New Courses – Passed – FS.39.131
ANSC 660: System Dynamics for Animal Sciences
MATH 649: Principles of Deep Learning
PHEO 683: Advanced Research Methods in Environmental and Occupational Health
STAT 692: Statistical Consulting
STAT 693: Statistical Consulting and Ethics
 
Change in Courses – Passed – FS.39.132
ANSC 604: Ruminant Nutrition
ANSC 605: Advancements in Beef Cattle Production
ANSC 622: Research Methods in Animal Science
ANSC 630: Reproductive Biology I
ANSC 631: Reproductive Biology II
ANSC 647: Technology of Meat Processing and Distribution
ECCB 654: Amazon Field School
HPCH 605: Applied Research Methods
HPCH 637: Principles of Health Program Management
INTA 661: North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) - From Military Alliance to Collective Security
MATH 679: Mathematical Algorithms and their Implementations
PHAR 810: IPT V: Mental and Behavioral Health Disorders
RPTS 646: Heritage Tourism
RWFM 678: Latent Variable Model Applications
STAT 616: Statistical Aspects of Machine Learning I: Classical Multivariate Methods
 
Change in Programs – Passed – FS.39.133
School of Public Health
Departments of Public Health and Health Promotion & Community Health Science
BS/MPH-PHLT/HPCH-PPC: Public Health - 5-year Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Health in Health Promotion & Community Health Sciences
 
Change in Programs – Passed – FS.39.134
School of Public Health
Department of Public Health Studies
BS/MPH-PHLT/OCSH-PPS: Public Health - 5-year Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Health in Occupational Safety & Health
 
Change in Programs – Passed – FS.39.135
School of Public Health
Department of Public Health Studies
BS/MPH-PHLT/PHEP-PPH: Public Health - 5-year Bachelor of Science/Master of Public Health in Epidemiology
 
Change in Programs – Passed – FS.39.136
School of Public Health
Department of Public Health
BS/MPH-PHLT/PHPM-PPM: Public Health - 5-year Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Health in Health Policy & Management
 
Change in Programs – Passed – FS.39.137
College of Science
Department of Statistics
BS/MS-STAT/STAT-SSA: Statistics - 5-Year Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Statistics
 
Change in Programs – Passed – FS.39.138
College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department of Animal Science
MEI-EQIM: Master of Equine Industry Management
 
Change in Programs – Passed – FS.39.139
College of Science
Department of Statistics
MS-MBIO: Master of Science in Microbiology
 
Change in Programs – Inactivation Proposal – Passed – FS.39.140
Colleges of Agriculture & Life Sciences and Bush School of Government & Public Service
Departments of Rangeland, Wildlife & Fisheries Management and Public Service & Administration
BS/MPS-WFSC/PSAA-BPS: Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences - 5-year Bachelor of Science/ Master of Public Service Administration
 
Special Consideration Item – Passed – FS.39.141
College of Geosciences
Department of Geography
BS/MGS-GEOG/GEOS-GGO: Geography - 5-Year Bachelor of Science and Master of Geoscience in Geoscience
 
Special Consideration Item – Passed – FS.39.142
College of Geosciences
Department of Geography
BS/MS-GEOG/GEOG-GGE: Geography - 5-Year Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Geography
 
Special Consideration Item – Passed – FS.39.143
College of Geosciences
Department of Geography
BS/MS-GIST/GEOG-GGE: Geographic Information Science and Technology - 5-Year Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Geography
 
Special Consideration Item – Passed – FS.39.144
Colleges of Geosciences and Agriculture & Life Sciences
Departments of Geosciences and Geography
BS/MWM-ENGS/WMHS-GWM: Environmental Geoscience - 5-Year Bachelor of Science and Master of Water Management in Water Management and Hydrological Science
 
 
UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM COMMITTEE
New Courses – Passed – FS.39.145
AGSC 363: Teaching Skills in Agricultural Metal Technology
ANSC 205: Animal Science Laboratory Preparation Methods
ANSC 334: Reproduction in Farm Animals Laboratory
ANSC 360: System Dynamics for Animal Sciences
ANSC 380: Animal Science for Agricultural Science
DAEN 321: Quantitative Models for Statistical and Machine Learning
ECEN 418: Neuro-Electronics System
ECON 421: Economics of Crime
ENGL 434: Advanced Studies in Science Fiction and Fantasy
FIVS 405: Applied Digital Forensics and Incident Response
HIST 240: Empires of Food
IDIS 443: Distribution Project and Process Management
KINE 440: Planning and Conduct of Human Subjects Research
MTDE 313: Engineer to Chief Executive Officer
OCNG 484: Internship
RELS 390: Researching Religion
RWFM 371: Pond and Small Impoundment Management
 
New Courses – Galveston – Passed – FS.39.146
MARA 446: Entrepreneurship Greenhouse
 
Change in Courses – Passed – FS.39.147       
ACCT 210: Survey of Managerial and Cost Accounting Principles
ACCT 408: Internal Auditing
AGSM 440: Management of Agricultural Systems II
ANSC 333: Reproduction in Farm Animals
ARCH 437: The Gothic Cathedral
ARTS 150: Art History Survey II
BAEN 465: Design of Biological Waste Treatment Systems
BAEN 469: Water Quality Engineering
BIOL 213: Molecular Cell Biology
BIOL 214: Genes, Ecology and Evolution
BIOL 357: Ecology
BIOL 402: Communicating Biological Research to the Public
BIOL 451: Bioinformatics
BMEN 345: Biomaterials Lab
COSC 326: Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Systems in Construction II
CSCE 315: Programming Studio
ECCB 302: Diversity and Evolution of Vertebrates
ECCB 303: Fire Ecology and Biogeochemistry
ECCB 304: Conservation Biology
ECCB 310: Forest Tree Physiology and Breeding
ECCB 313: Diversity and Evolution of Invertebrates
ECCB 400: Molecular Ecology
ECCB 403: Population and Community Ecology
ECCB 422: Behavioral Ecology
ECCB 454: Amazon Field School
ECCB 462: Amazon River Tropical Biology
ECON 470: Data Science for Economic and Social Issues
ENGL 313: Medieval English Literature
EVEN 400: Design Problems in Environmental Engineering I
EVEN 401: Design Problems in Environmental Engineering II
EVEN 404: Environmental Unit Operations Laboratory
GEOL 207: Dinosaur World
IDIS 364: Distributor Financial Management
MGMT 311: Legal and Social Environment of Business
MKTG 322: Consumer Behavior
MKTG 325: Foundations in Retailing and Services
MKTG 335: Professional Selling
MKTG 336: Managing Business to Business Relationships
MKTG 409: Principles of Marketing
MKTG 427: Retail Capstone
MKTG 436: Sales Leadership
MKTG 437: Sales Analytics
MKTG 448: Marketing Strategy
MTDE 252: Engineering Entrepreneurship Hour
OCNG 203: Communicating Oceanography
STAT 211: Principles of Statistics I
 
Change in Programs – Passed – FS.39.148
College of Liberal Arts
Department of Anthropology
BA-ANTH: Anthropology - BA
 
Change in Programs – Passed – FS.39.149
College of Geosciences
Department of Geology & Geophysics
BA-GEOL: Geology - BA
 
Change in Programs – Passed – FS.39.150
College of Science
Department of Physics and Astronomy
BA-PHYS: Physics - BA
 
Change in Programs – Passed – FS.39.151
College of Liberal Arts
Department of Liberal Arts
BA-USLA-SEL*: University Studies - BA, Society, Ethics and Law Concentration
 
Change in Programs – Passed – FS.39.152
College of Engineering
Department of Multidisciplinary Engineering
BS-AREN-MSB: Architectural Engineering - BS, Mechanical Systems for Buildings Track
 
Change in Programs – Passed – FS.39.153
College of Engineering
Department of Multidisciplinary Engineering
BS-AREN-SSB: Architectural Engineering - BS, Structural Systems for Buildings Track
 
Change in Programs – Passed – FS.39.154
College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics
BS-BICH: Biochemistry - BS
 
Change in Programs – Passed – FS.39.155
College of Engineering
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
BS-CVEN-TIM: Civil Engineering - BS, Transportation & Infrastructure Materials Engineering Track
 
Change in Programs – Passed – FS.39.156
College of Engineering
Department of Engineering
BS-ENGE: Engineering First-Year Curriculum
 
Change in Programs – Passed – FS.39.157
College of Engineering
Department of Engineering Technology & Industrial Distribution
BS-IDIS: Industrial Distribution - BS
 
Change in Programs – Passed – FS.39.158
School of Public Health
Department of Public Health
BS-PHLT: Public Health - BS
 
Change in Programs – Passed – FS.39.159
College of Science
Department of Statistics
BS-STAT: Statistics - BS
 
Change in Programs – Passed – FS.39.160
College of Education & Human Development
Department of Educational Psychology
BS-USEH-CPF*: University Studies - BS, Child Professional Services Concentration
 
Change in Programs – Passed – FS.39.161
Mays Business School
Department of Business
CERT-EUBS: European Union Business - Certificate
 
Change in Programs – Passed – FS.39.162
Mays Business School
Department of Business
CERT-IBSU: International Business Studies - Certificate
 
Change in Programs– Passed – FS.39.163
Mays Business School
Department of Business
CERT-LABU: Latin American Business - Certificate
 
Change in Programs – Passed – FS.39.164
College of Liberal Arts
Department of Philosophy & Humanities
CERT-PPLW: Philosophy Pre-Law - Certificate
 
Change in Programs – Passed – FS.39.165
College of Engineering
Department of Biomedical Engineering
MINOR-BMEN: Biomedical Engineering - Minor
 
Change in Programs – Passed – FS.39.166
Associate Provost for UG Studies
Department of AP-Undergrad Studies
MINOR-ENTR: Entrepreneurship - Minor
 
Change in Programs – Galveston – Passed – FS.39.167
College of TAMU Galveston
Department of Marine & Coastal Environmental Science
MINOR-CESS: Coastal Environmental Science and Society - Minor
 
Change in Programs – Inactivation Proposal – Passed – FS.39.168
Colleges of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department of Rangeland, Wildlife & Fisheries Management
BS-WFSC-FAS: Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences - BS, Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences Track
 
Change in Programs – Inactivation Proposal – Passed – FS.39.169
Colleges of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department of Rangeland, Wildlife & Fisheries Management
BS-WFSC-VZY+: Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences - BS, Vertebrate Zoology Option
 
Change in Programs – Inactivation Proposal – Passed – FS.39.170
Colleges of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department of Rangeland, Wildlife & Fisheries Management
BS-WFSC-WEC+: Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences - BS, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Option
 
Change in Programs – Inactivation Proposal – Passed – FS.39.171
Colleges of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department of Ecology & Conservation Biology
MINOR-FORS: Forestry - Minor
 
Change in Programs – Inactivation Proposal – Passed – FS.39.172
Colleges of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department of Ecology & Conservation Biology
MINOR-SPSA: Spatial Sciences - Minor
 
Special Consideration Item – Passed – FS.39.173
College of Science
Department of Physics and Astronomy
BS-PHYS-MPH: Physics - BS, Materials Physics Track
 
Special Consideration Item – Passed – FS.39.174
College of TAMU Qatar
Department of Petroleum Engineering
MINOR-NGPP: Natural Gas Production and Processing - Minor
 
Special Consideration Item – Passed – FS.39.175
Colleges of Liberal Arts
Department of English
MINOR-SFFS: Science Fiction & Fantasy Studies - Minor
 
 
W&C COURSES 
Courses Submitted for C Certification – Passed – FS.39.176
ANSC 429-C: Dairy Production Management
 
Courses Submitted for W Certification – Passed – FS.39.177
ECCB 285-W: Directed Studies
OCEN 407-W: Design of Ocean Engineering Facilities II
PHSC 381-W: Essential Writing in Pharmaceutical Sciences
PHSC 481-W: Seminar
PSYC 471-W: Research Writing in Neuroscience
PSYC 475-W: Communicating Neuroscience Concepts
RDNG 472-W: Teaching Writing in Elementary and Middle Grade Classrooms
URPN 493-W: Urban and Regional Studies Capstone Course
 
Courses Submitted for W Recertification – Passed – FS.39.178
ANTH 415-W: Anthropological Writing
IDIS 340-W: Manufacturer Distributor Relations
URPN 202-W: Building Better Cities
 
 
 
____________________________End of Consent Agenda_____________________________
 
 
CORE CURRICULUM COUNCIL COURSE REPORT – Attachment C – Passed – FS.39.179
Certification for Foundational Component Area: Language, Philosophy & Culture
DCED 301-GE: Dance History
 
Recertification for Foundational Component Area: Language, Philosophy & Culture
ANTH 205-GE: Peoples and Cultures of the World
FREN 201-GE: Intermediate French I
 
Recertification for Foundational Component Area: Creative Arts
KINE 210-GE: The Art of Movement
 
Recertification for Foundational Component Area: Life & Physical Sciences
PHYS 206-GE: Newtonian Mechanics for Engineering and Science