June 10, 2013

Faculty Senate Meeting
June 10, 2013
3:15 p.m., 601 Rudder Tower
Present:  Louise Abbott,  Jorge Alvarado, Carisa Armstrong, Joe Arosh, Raymundo Arroyave, David Baca, Judith Ball, Leonard Bierman, Doug Biggs, Tiffany Boudreaux, Joseph Boutros, Leonard Bright, Edward Brothers, John Carhart, William B. Clark, Charles Criscione, Richard Curry, Swaroop Darbha, Walter Daugherity, Janice Epstein, Edward Funkhouser, Clare Gill, Melinda Grant, Ira Greenbaum,  Janet Hammer, Julie Harlin, Kevin Heinz, Shelley Holliday, Wendy Jepson, Andrew Klein, Karen Kubena, Reza Langari, Thomas Linton, Igor Lyuksyutov, Clint Magill, Sam Mannan, Miguel Mora, Jeffrey Morris, Michelle Pine, Deva Reddy, Dale Rice, Eric Rowell, Karen Snowden, Richard Stadelmann, John Stallone, Grace Townsend, Wyoma vanDuinkerken, Gary Varner, William West, Matt Whiteacre, Richard Woodman, Jim Woosley
Call to Order
The meeting was called to order at 3:15 p.m.
Opening Ceremonies
Guest Speaker – President R. Bowen Loftin
President Bowen Loftin, the guest speaker updated the Senate on the session of the Texas Legislature that had concluded on Memorial Day. The Legislature, he noted, added funding to the higher education finance formula compared to this biennium and returned the Competitive Knowledge Fund closer to its original amount. Altogether, the university recovered approximately two-thirds of what it lost in the current biennium. “That’s the good news,” Loftin said.
According to Loftin, the university’s Council for Strategic Budgeting recommended placing the highest priority on attracting and retaining faculty. Thus, he said, the highest priority is to provide a merit pool to help increase compensation for faculty and staff. He said he could not yet say what the amount would be, but hoped to resolve it quickly.
Senator Jorge Alvarado of the College of Engineering expressed a concern over the amount of compensation for teaching assistants and said that if the university wanted to remain competitive it would have to pay more.
Loftin said it was an issue of particular concern to him. But these types of decisions were decentralized long ago, allowing departments to set those rates based on their resources.
Provost Karan Watson further explained that money was not set aside specifically for teaching assistants, noting that departments can move funds around.
In other matters, Watson said student enrollment was expected to climb significantly in the next academic year, as more students opted to come to A&M than had been predicted. She said the administration has worked hard to make sure the units teaching those freshmen will have resources so they can accommodate the increased enrollment.
Senator Alvarado asked if the time has come to ask colleges to come up with review process to see which ones doing a good job in terms of revenue.
Watson responded that had been done, with three colleges exceeding their weight, four covering their weight and three that do not. “We will never try to shut those three colleges,” she said.
Senator Wendy Jepson of Geosciences said she was concerned about standards of transparency across colleges.
The provost replied that she had asked the deans for the right metrics for each of their departments. “We don’t want to use same metric for Electrical Engineering as the Department of Geography,” she said. It’s necessary for the measures of a department to be based on the game the department plays, she said.
The provost wrapped up by discussing massive online courses and what was currently happened at A&M in regard to them. She formed a committee to look at MOOC companies and what they’re doing, asking how this strategically helps the university to move forward. She said A&M might want to join one of those companies that has many of our peers, enabling us to share material across courses. However, no decision has been made.
Speaker Comments
Speaker Daugherity, in his comments to the Senate, said welcomed “all of you, and welcome to the new faces and roles on the platform: Jim Woosley, our new Speaker-Elect, and Dale Rice, our new Secretary-Treasurer.  I have also asked Senator Richard Stadelmann from Philosophy in the College of Liberal Arts to serve as Senate Chaplain [since withdrawn] and Senator Julie Harlin from Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to serve as Senate Parliamentarian.
I am presently soliciting nominations for the following positions:
  • Senate Sergeant-at-Arms
  • Vice Chair, Committee on Academic Freedom, Responsibility, and Tenure (CAFRT)
  • Faculty Senate representative, Tuition and Fees Sub council
Please send me any nominations, including self-nominations (otherwise known as volunteers!).
Most of the caucuses have submitted their selections for standing committee positions; we still need those from the Bush School (Senator West), the College of Science (Senator Epstein), TAMU-Galveston, and TAMU-Qatar.  Please turn your selections in to the senate office as soon as possible.
Also, if you will have an excused absence in July, please submit that form if you haven’t already, so that your absence will not count against the quorum threshold.
One of my goals for the coming year is to improve the Faculty Senate; the Executive Committee will have a planning retreat at TAMU-Galveston July 28-29.  (Our thanks to Tom Linton and Galveston provost Patrick Louchouarn for the invitation!)  Part of becoming a “better senate” is acting more like a senate and looking more like a senate.  Regarding the latter, one thing I noticed was that most senates (U.S., state, and student) have “opening ceremonies,” typically including the Pledge of Allegiance and an invocation.  Today we had the Pledge of Allegiance, and the Executive Committee is discussing having Senator Stadelmann give a brief, inspiring, inclusive invocation as part of our opening ceremonies. 
A larger purpose is for us as senators to model one of our core Aggie values, namely, “respect,” as General Weber recently challenged us to do.  In the case of the Pledge of Allegiance, “respect” includes remaining silent if one chooses not to participate (for example, a non-citizen or someone whose religious beliefs forbid it), and not disrupting those who do choose to participate.
Finally, by now you should all have seen the remarkable news from Chancellor Sharp that health care premiums for most faculty, staff, and students will decrease this fall.  Plan enrollment will be in July as usual.  All I can say is “Everybody stay really healthy, to prevent a huge increase in subsequent years.”
Approval of May 13, 2013 Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes                                      
Following the speaker’s comments, the minutes of the May meeting of the Faculty Senate                        
were declared approved as submitted.
Attachment A
Motion Passed
Consent Agenda
The consent agenda was approved as presented.
GRADUATE COUNCIL – GC REPORT                                                                                       
New Course Requests – May 2, 2013                                                                                               
AERO 621             Aeromechanics of Wind Turbines                                                                                                                        
BICH 667              Molecular Probes                                                                                                                                           
ECEN 735             Electromagnetic Field Theory
ECEN 754             Optimization for Electrical and Computer Engineering Applications
ISEN 631               Cognitive Systems Engineering
MEEN 620            Kinetic Processes in Materials Science
MSEN 620            Kinetic Processes in Materials Science
Attachment B
Motion Passed
Change Course Requests – May 2, 2013                                                                                              
ATTR 652              Clinical Education II                                                                                                                                                     
BICH 667              Molecular Probes                                                                                                                                           
ATTR 653              Clinical Education III
ATTR 654              Clinical Education IV
ATTR 655              Clinical Education V
ATTR 656              Clinical Education VI
CPSY 630              Foundations of Counseling- from Foundations of Counseling to Foundations of School Counseling
Attachment C   
Motion Passed
UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM COMMITTEE – UCC REPORT                                                  
New Courses Request – May 9, 2013                                                                                                                                               
ANTH 204            Peoples and Cultures of the Ancient World                                                                                         
BICH 419              Computational Techniques for Evolutionary Analysis                                                                      
BICH 460              Genome Annotation with Ontologies
BICH 461              Advanced Genome Annotation with Ontologies
BIOL 463               Epigenetic Mechanisms and Inheritance
ENGL 206             Twenty-first Century Literature and Culture
EPFB 301              Teaching Skills I.
EPFB 401              Teaching Skills II
FIVS 123               Forensic Investigations
GENE 419             Computational Techniques for Evolutionary Analysis
MATH 420           Application of Actuarial Science II
MUSC 221           Guitar Heroes
MUSC 222           Music of the Americas
MUSC 225           History of Jazz
MUSC 226           History of Rock
MUSC 227           Popular Music of India
MUSC 228           History of Electronic Music
MUSC 301           Performance in World Cultures
MUSC 386           Evolution of the American Musical
RELS 312               Contemplative Practices in the Modern World
SOCI 212              Sociology of Popular Culture
SPAN 409             Photography in the Hispanic World
SPMT 220            Olympic Studies
THAR 301             Performance in World Cultures
THAR 386             Evolution of the American Musical
Change Course Requests – May 9, 2013                  
AFST 327              Popular Musics in the African Diaspora
ANSC 303             Principles of Animal Nutrition
ANSC 320             Animal Nutrition and Feeding
ANSC 439             Feedlot Risk Management
ANTH 324            Music in World Cultures
CLAS 351              Classical Mythology
EHRD 101             Introduction to Leadership Development in Higher Education
ENGL 302             Environmental Literature
EPFB 428              Collaboration in School Settings
MATH 419           Applications of Actuarial Science
MUSC 324           Music in World Cultures
MUSC 325           Dance and World Cultures
MUSC 327           Popular Musics in the African Diaspora
NUTR 303            Principles of Animal Nutrition
PERF 301              Performance in World Cultures
PERF 325              Dance and World Cultures
PERF 327              Popular Musics in the African Diaspora
RELS 351               Classical Mythology
SEFB 310              Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities
SEFB 314              Effective Mathematics Strategies for Students with Disabilities
SEFB 320              Education and Employment Issues in Secondary Special Education
SEFB 414              Methods and Issues in Low-Incidence Disabilities
SEFB 425              Student Teaching in Special Education
SEFB 442              Teaching Students with Emotional Disturbances and Behavior Disorders
SPED 302              Instructional Design for Students with Disabilities
THAR 407             Oral Interpretation
WFSC 303            Fish and Wildlife Laws and Administration
Attachment D
Motion Passed
Change in Curriculum – May 9, 2013                                                                                                                                      
        Dwight Look College of Engineering                                                                                                                                              
Certificate in Engineering Therapeutics Manufacturing                                                                            
Attachment E
Motion Passed
Courses submitted for W recertification –May 14, 2013                                                              
ARAB 491        Research: Capstone Project                                                                                       
Course submitted for W recertification – May 14, 2013 
GEOG 476            GIS Practicum
MARB 482           Seminar in Marine Biology
POLS 352              Empirical Democratic Theory
Attachment F
Motion Passed
Core Curriculum CouncilReport                                                                             
Foundational Component Area:  Communication                                                                                                            
COMM 203         Public Speaking                                                                                                                                                
COMM 243         Argumentation and Debate                                                                                                                       
Attachment G
Motion Passed
Foundational Component Area:  Language, Philosophy and Culture                                                                       
AFST 204              Introduction to African American Literature                                                                                        
ENGL 204             Introduction to African American Literature                                                                                        
ENGL 221             World Literature
ENGL 222             World Literature
ENGL 227             American Literature:  Beginnings to Civil War
ENGL 228             American Literature:  Civil War to Present
MODL 221           World Literature
MODL 222           World Literature
ANTH 205            Peoples and Cultures of the World
ANTH 210            Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology
ARAB 201             Intermediate Arabic I
ARAB 202             Intermediate Arabic II
CHIN 201              Intermediate Chinese I
CHIN 202              Intermediate Chinese II
CLAS 220              History of Christianity:  Origins to the Reformation
CLAS 221              Intermediate Latin
CLAS 222              Intermediate Latin II
CLAS 250              Greek and Roman Civilization
HIST 101               Western Civilization to 1660
HIST 102               Western Civilization Since 1660
HIST 104               World History Since 1500
HIST 210               Russian Civilization
HIST 213               History of England
HIST 214               History of England
HIST 220               History of Christianity:  Origins to the Reformation
HIST 221               History of Islam
HIST 234               European Military History
INTS 251               Contemporary Issues in the Middle East
ITAL 201               Intermediate Italian I
ITAL 202               Intermediate Italian II
JAPN 201             Intermediate Japanese I
JAPN 202             Intermediate Japanese II
RELS 220               History of Christianity:  Origins to the Reformation
RELS 221               History of Islam
RUSS 201             Intermediate Russian I
RUSS 202             Intermediate Russian II
Attachment H
Motion Passed
International and Cultural Diversity                                                                                                                                       
ARAB 201 Intermediate Arabic I                                                                                                                                                
ARAB 202 Intermediate Arabic II                                                                                                                                                              
CHIN 201 Intermediate Chinese I
CHIN 202 Intermediate Chinese II
ENGL 221 World Literature
ITAL 201 Intermediate Italian I
ITAL 202 Intermediate Italian II
JAPN 201 Intermediate Japanese I
JAPN 202 Intermediate Japanese II
MODL 221 World Literature
RUSS 201 Intermediate Russian I
RUSS 202 Intermediate Russian II
Attachment I
Motion Passed
International and Cultural Diversity (from the April CCC meeting)                                                                            
FREN 201             Intermediate French I                                                                                                                                   
FREN 202             Intermediate French II                                                                                                                                 
GERM 201           Intermediate German I
GERM 202           Intermediate German II
Attachment J    
Motion Passed
__________________________________End of Consent Agenda____________________________________
Committee Reports                                                                                                                          
Unfinished Business                                                                                                                          
Aggie Highway Resolution                                                                                                                 
In unfinished business, Secretary Rice moved to take the Aggie Highway Resolution from the table.
It was removed from the table on 20-18 vote.
After a number of questions were raised, Senator Richard Stadelmann of Liberal Arts moved to postpone consideration of the resolution to the September meeting of the Senate. The motion was approved.
Attachment K  
New Business
Workplace Bullying Policy                                                                                                                                                            
In new business, Secretary Rice moved the Workplace Bullying Policy. It was adopted and will                   
be sent to the Dean of Faculties and college deans, stating its importance as viewed by the Senate.       
According to Senator Jepson, the intent is to ask the deans that language be incorporated in
grievance policies so that all faculty realize the issue of workplace bullying is covered. 
Attachment L    
Motion Passed                
Committee of the Whole
In the Committee of the Whole, several senators strongly challenged the speaker’s plan to appoint a chaplain and have an invocation at the beginning of Senate meetings. Speaker Daugherity said he would take the issue to the Executive Committee and would not act without further discussion and EC approval.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:09 p.m.