October 11, 2021

APPROVED 11/08/2021

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TAMU Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes
October 11, 2021
Via Zoom
The full video recording of the meeting can be accessed on the Faculty Senate website: https://facultysenate.tamu.edu/Faculty-Senate-Meeting-Recordings.
Speaker Dale Rice called the fifth 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 reminded Senators of the Zoom features to be used during the meeting.  He then proceeded to swear in newly elected and reelected Senators who were not at the September meeting.
Speaker Rice welcomed guest speaker Mr. John Sharp, Chancellor of the Texas A&M System.  With Chancellor Sharp was Dr. James Hallmark, Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs and Mr. Billy Hamilton, Deputy Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer.
Chancellor Sharp spoke briefly before answering questions.  He raised the issue of the contradictory vaccination mandates from the Texas Governor (cannot mandate vaccinations) and President Biden (federal contractors must be vaccinated).  As a federal contractor receiving two billion dollars in funding, Texas A&M likely needs to comply with the federal mandate.  The Office of the General Counsel is working with both entities to determine the course of action.
He shared that faculty members have expressed to him the interest in taking graduate courses at other system schools.  He is looking into the possibility of making this a perk, especially for online programs.
Questions asked concerned the topics of transportation (highways and high speed train), the consulting contract with MGT and the possibility of merging colleges, addressing COVID on campus and in the classrooms, funding of universities in Texas, and the level of the system’s autonomy from the legislature.
Questions were posed by the following Senators: Senator Jorge Alvarado, College of Engineering; Senator Tracy Vemulapalli, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences; Senator Adam Kolasinski, Mays Business School; Senator Catharina Laporte, College of Liberal Arts; Senator Tracy Hammond, College of Engineering; Speaker Dale Rice, College of Liberal Arts; Senator Rob Carpenter, College of Medicine; Senator Joan Wolf, College of Liberal Arts; and Senator Terri Pantuso, College of Liberal Arts.
Speaker Rice thanked Chancellor Sharp and his team for speaking to the Senate.
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.39.065
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 a question or offered comments: 
Senator Stephanie McCartney, College of Science; Senator Asha Rao, College of Science; Senator Matt Taylor, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences; and Senator Andy Banerjee, College of Engineering.
Speaker Rice thanked Dr. Widmer and Dr. Garza.
Speaker Rice began his comments by acknowledging the difficulty of the semester and ongoing concerns related to COVID.  He referenced the MGT consulting contract with President Banks that has been circulating and affirmed his belief that faculty deserve to be heard and their views taken seriously in the final outcome. The Senate will continue to push for shared governance on this issue.
He further shared that the new chair of the Board of Regents was invited to meet with the Executive Committee and he declined with the disappointing response that he would attend when the Senate is meeting in person again. 
Several announcements included:
  • The Senate would be hearing from the three Executive Committee candidates later in the meeting, prior to voting.
  • The Provost appointed a task force to develop a policy concerning the observers in Canvas classes.  Four Senators are serving on this taks force: Janice Epstein, College of Science; Patti Smith, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences; Terri Pantuso, College of Liberal Arts; and Andy Tag, College of Science.
The motion passed to approve the September 13, 2021 minutes as presented. Attachment B – Passed – FS.39.066
The motion passed to approve the October 11, 2021 Consent Agenda as presented.
 (Full Consent Agenda with FS #’s can be found under Adjournment below.)
Core Curriculum Council Course Report Attachment C – Passed – FS.39.088
The motion passed to approve the Core Curriculum Course Report as presented. 
(Full CCC Report can be found under Adjournment below.)
Election for Vacant Seat on the Executive Committee
The three candidates for the vacant seat on the Executive Committee were Senator Daniel Collins, College of Science; Senator Trevor Hale, Mays Business School; and Senator Michael Howell, Bush School of Government and Public Policy.  Each presented a brief statement on their candidacy.  This was followed by a vote in which no one received a majority, leading to a run-off between Senator Dan Collins and Senator Michael Howell.  Senator Howell was elected to serve on the Executive Committee for the remainder of the year.
Proposed Revisions to Student Rules
Student Rule 16 – Honors Program Attachment D – Passed – FS.39.089
Senator Kathryn Falvo, TAMU Galveston, shared information in support of this rule revision.  A question was asked by Senator Adam Kolasinski, Mays Business School.  The motion was made to approve Student Rule 16, Honors Program, which passed.
Graduate & Professional Student Government’s (GPSG) Resolutions – Attachments E & Attachment F – For Informational Review – FS.39.090
There were no comments or questions related to the resolutions.
Proposed Academic Calendar for 2022-2023 – Attachment G For Informational Review – FS.39.091
Comments and questions were offered by the following Senators: Senator Stephanie McCartney, College of Science; Stefanie Harris, College of Liberal Arts; Senator Megan Reynolds, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences; Catharina Laporte, College of Liberal Arts; Senator Grace Townsend, TAMU Galveston; and Senator Theresa Ofili, College of Pharmacy.  Joe Pettibon, Vice President for Enrollment and Academic Services, was present to answer questions and provide information.
Speaker-Elect Patti Smith convened the Committee of the Whole.  She reminded the Senate that issues of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) remain important to the Faculty Senate and the campus community.  She encouraged Senators to use Committee of the Whole to report positive actions or items of concern on this issue.  This will be a regular feature this year in the Committee of the Whole.
Senator Tracy Vemulapalli, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, asked if the Senate might receive an update on the status of the library’s contract and relationship with Elsevier.
Senator Janice Epstein, College of Science, expressed concern over new processes used by Disability Resources since COVID, and asked if the Executive Committee (EC) might follow up on these problems.
Senator Alvarado, College of Engineering, asked what role the Senate and Executive Committee would have in the potential merger of the colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  Speaker Rice stated that until the report is released and President Banks proposes specific actions, no one knows if this merger will be pursued.  Once this becomes known, the EC will be very engaged in providing feedback and input.
Senator Tracy Hammond, College of Engineering, shared information about an inaugural DEI event held on September 17, 2021: the Biannual Texas Land Grant Day, dedicated to building a bridge between TAMU and Prairie View A&M campuses.
Senator Joan Wolf, College of Liberal Arts, stressed the Senate’s role shared governance and emphasized the need for the Senate to be involved in things such as the potential merger between Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Senator Adam Kolasinski, Mays Business School, emphasized that there was more that the university can do on COVID, specifically more testing.  He asked that the EC consider a resolution on this.
Speaker Dale Rice, College of Liberal Arts, responded to some concerns he had received prior to the meeting.  He assured the Senate that he had repeatedly encouraged the administration to conduct more COVID testing.  He further shared that due to low attendance at previous pop-up vaccination sites, the administration is reluctant to hold more.  Of concern to many is the discrepancy between the reporting on the county COVID site and the TAMU COVID site, with only 1-2 students self-reporting the week prior.  Speaker Rice had heard from multiple people that many students are not getting tested on campus in order to avoid self-reporting positive results.
Senator Rob Carpenter, College of Medicine, shared that the recent event for flu and COVID vaccinations saw an increase in people receiving their first dose of the COVID vaccination.
Senator Andrew Klein, College of Geosciences, provided background on the issue of creating a fall break on the academic calendar, stating that has been considered for several years, but had been put on hold due to the pandemic.
Senator Asha Rao, College of Sciences, called attention to the report on the academic calendar created by the Academic Affairs Committee, hoping it would be considered by the administration.  Speaker Rice informed the Senate that the report would be going to administrators, and Interim Provost Scott confirmed that they would consider the recommendations.
Interim Provost Scott shared that there is a backlog in pursuing the students who did not complete the first round of testing this semester, as testing 70,000 was a huge undertaking.  The administration lacks the resources to do more testing of the whole campus community.
Speaker-Elect Smith returned the meeting to Speaker Rice.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:16pm.
APPROVED CONSENT AGENDA for October 11, 2021
New Courses – Passed – FS.39.067
ACCT 608: Internal Auditing
BICH 606: Foundations of Biochemistry
PHEB 631: SAS Programming for Epidemiological Research
RPTS 677: Youth Development Capstone Experience
Change in Courses – Passed – FS.39.068
AERO 604: Aerospace Structural Design
BESL 617: Evaluation of Programs with Bilingual and Language Minority Students K-12
BESL 632: Research in Second Language Education
BESL 689: Special Topics In...
CPSY 636: Psychological Consultation to Organizations
CPSY 673: Advanced Psychotherapeutic Skills
ECEN 757: Distributed Systems and Cloud Computing
ECEN 758: Data Mining and Analysis
EDAD 618: Foundations of Social Justice for Student Affairs Administration
EHRD 619: Conflict Management and Dialogue
EPSY 628: The Rorschach Technique with Children and Adolescents
EPSY 635: Educational Statistics
EPSY 641: Statistical Analysis in Educational Research II
EPSY 684: Professional Internship
EPSY 688: Research Proposal Development
EPSY 690: Theory of Educational Psychology Research
INTA 640: The Politics and Practice of the Democracy Promotion
INTA 648: Contemporary Civil Wars
INTA 676: International Politics of the Middle East
INTA 686: Russia and International Politics
ISTM 620: Systems Analysis and Design
LDTC 602: Educational Technology: Field, Theory and Profession
LDTC 631: Educational Video
LDTC 641: Educational Game Design
LDTC 642: Designing for Mobile Learning
LDTC 645: Emerging Technologies for Learning I
LDTC 651: E-Learning Design and Development
LDTC 654: Instructional Design: Techniques in Educational Technology
LDTC 655: Instructional Design II
LDTC 660: Interactive Video/Multimedia: Production and Utilization
LDTC 683: Practicum in Educational Technology
LDTC 685: Directed Studies
LDTC 689: Special Topics in...
LDTC 691: Research
MEMA 646: Introduction to the Finite Element Method
MKTG 602: Marketing Metrics
MKTG 665: Research for Marketing Decisions
PROS 647: Advanced Dental Materials
RPTS 615: Analytic Techniques in Recreation, Parks and Tourism
SPSY 627: Culturally Responsive Interventions: Models for Making Cultural Adaptations to Interventions
STAT 656: Applied Analytics
Change in Programs – Passed – FS.39.069
Colleges of Agriculture & Life Sciences and Bush School of Government & Public Service
Departments of Agricultural Economics and Public Service & Administration
BS/MPS-AGEC/PSAA-BPS: Agricultural Economics - 5-Year Bachelor of Science/Master of Public Service Administration
Change in Programs – Passed – FS.39.070
College of Science
Department of Statistics
CERT-APLS: Applied Statistics - Certificate
Change in Programs – Passed – FS.39.071
College of Dentistry
Department of Comprehensive Dentistry
CERT-PROS: Prosthodontics - Certificate
Change in Programs – Passed – FS.39.072
College of Medicine
Department of Medicine
MS-MDSC: Master of Science in Medical Sciences
Change in Programs – Passed – FS.39.073
College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Department of Veterinary Medicine
MS-BIMS: Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences
Change in Programs – Passed – FS.39.074
College of Education & Human Development
Department of Teaching, Learning & Culture
EDD-EDCI: Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction
Change in Programs – Inactivation Proposal – Passed – FS.39.075
College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department of Ecology & Conservation Biology
MAG-ESSM: Master of Agriculture in Ecosystem Science and Management
Special Consideration Item – Passed – FS.39.076
Mays Business School
Department of Accounting
CERT-IAUD: Internal Audit - Certificate
New Miscellaneous Request – Bulk/Mass Prefix Change – Passed – FS.39.077
Common course change from ESET, MMET and MXET to ENTC
New Courses – Passed – FS.39.078
ECCB 101: Introduction to Ecology and Conservation Biology
PHLT 265: First Generation Scholars I
PHLT 266: First Generation Scholars II
New Courses – Galveston – Passed – FS.39.079
MARA 348: Maritime Service Operations
MARA 445: Lean Start Up
MARA 461: Disciplined Entrepreneurship
Change in Courses – Passed – FS.39.080
ANSC 111: Animal Production Systems
ANSC 201: Introductory Equine Care and Use
ANSC 420: Equine Production and Management
ANSC 423: Issues in the Equine Industry
ANSC 429: Dairy Production Management
BIOL 496: Ethics in Biological Research
ESSM 351: Geographic Information Systems for Resource Management
ESSM 481: Senior Seminar
FSTC 457: Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point System
KINE 175: Gender Neutral Partnering
KINE 427: Therapeutic Principles
KINE 473: Movement Lab: Modern Dance III
SPMT 330: Application of Leadership Skills in Sport Organizations
VIBS 102: Scientific Notations on Neuroscience Overview
VIBS 277: Essential Neuroscience - From Molecules to Nervous Systems
VTPP 429: Introduction to Toxicology
Change in Courses – Galveston – Passed – FS.39.081
MART 307: Global Maritime Distress Safety System
Change in Programs – Passed – FS.39.082
College of Education & Human Development
Department of Teaching, Learning & Culture
BS-EDUC-MTS: Education - BS, Math/Science, Middle Grades Certification
Change in Programs – Galveston – Passed – FS.39.083
College of TAMU Galveston
Department of Maritime Business Administration
MINOR-MBAU: Maritime Business Administration - Minor
Change in Programs – Inactivation Proposal – Passed – FS.39.084
College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department of Rangeland, Wildlife & Fisheries Management
MINOR-RLEM: Rangeland Ecology and Management - Minor
Change in Programs – Inactivation Proposal – Passed – FS.39.085
College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department of Plant Pathology & Microbiology
BS-USAL-ENB*: University Studies - BS, Environmental Business Concentration
Change in Programs – Inactivation Proposal – Passed – FS.39.086
College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department of Rangeland, Wildlife & Fisheries Management
MINOR-WFSC: Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences - Minor
Courses Submitted for W Certification – Passed – FS.39.087
BICH 432-W: Laboratory in Molecular Genetics
ECON 491-W: Research
ENGL 354-W: Modern Rhetorical Theory
PETE 436-W: Petroleum Technical Presentation II
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New Courses – Cultural Discourse (CD)
ITAL 453-ICD: Literatures of Italy
New Courses – International and Cultural Diversity (ICD)
MKTG 401-ICD: Global Marketing
Recertification for Foundational Component Area: Language, Philosophy & Culture
PHIL 111-GE: Contemporary Moral Issues
Recertification for Foundational Component Area: Social and Behavioral Sciences
AGEC 105-GE: Introduction to Agricultural Economics