TAMU Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes
May 9, 2022
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 twelfth meeting of the 39th
session to order at 3:02pm. Due to ongoing social distancing practices resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting was conducted via Zoom.
Senator Andrew Klein will be monitoring the raised hand function and will monitor the chat. Registration function is being used to track attendance
In the interest of time the Annual State of the Senate Address has been deferred to the June meeting, so that there is sufficient time to deal with new business.
The motion passed to approve the May 9, 2022; Consent Agenda as presented. (Full Consent Agenda with FS#’s can be found under Adjournment below.)
Core Curriculum Council Couse Report -Attachment C –
The motion passed to approve the Core Curriculum Course Report as presented. (Full CCC Report can be found under Adjournment below.)
- Presentation of Administrative structural changes for the purpose of input including feedback on proposed name changes.
Interim Provost Tim Scott shared slides showing new structure and answered questions.
College Name Changes:
- College of Arts & Sciences (Formerly College of Liberal Arts).
- New School of Fine Arts, Performance & Visualization.
Department-level Name Changes:
- Department of Communication & Journalism (Communication)
- Department of Global Languages & Cultures (International Studies)
- Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management (Health & Kinesiology)
- Department of Socioecological Health (Health Promotion & Community Health Sciences)
Questions and comments raised by: Senator Maria Moyna – College of Arts & Sciences, Senator Angie Hill-Price – College of Engineering, Senator Daniel Jimenez – College of Engineering, Secretary Tracy Hammond – College of Engineering, Vice President N.K. Anand – Faculty Affairs, Senator Jorge Alvarado – College of Engineering, Senator Adam Kolasinski – Mays Business School,
Senator M. Douglas Benson - Texas A&M Dallas, Senator Annie McGowen – Mays Business School. Senator Rajesh Miranda – College of Medicine,
Speaker Rice stated that the SAP calls for faculty input not approval.
Speaker Rice thanked Provost Scott and Vice President N.K. Anand for their input.
- Presentations from Speaker-Elect, Secretary and Executive Committee Candidates.
Presentations were made by:
Speaker - Elect:
Senator Mark Sicilio – College of Medicine on behalf of Senator Trevor Hale – Mays Business School.
Secretary Tracy Hammond – College of Engineering
Senator Dan Collins – College of Science Senator Janice Epstein – College of Science
Senator Mark Burge – School of Law, Senator Rebecca Burns – College of Nursing, Senator Shelley Holliday – College of Architecture, Senator Andrew Klein – College of Geosciences, Senator Robert Mackin – College of Arts & Sciences, Senator Angie Hill-Price – College of Engineering, Senator Mark Sicilio – College of Medicine, Senator Grace Townsend – Texas A&M at Galveston, Senator Jim Woosley- College of Education and Human Development.
Speaker Rice noted that elections for Speaker-Elect would take place starting after the meeting and would last for 2 days, followed by elections for Secretary and then committee as a whole. Presenters were allowed two minutes to give their presentations.
Approval of MinutesAttachment B1 - FS.39.353 Approved
Approval of April 11, 2022, Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes.Attachment B2 FS.39.354 Approved
Approval of March 21, 2022, Faculty Senate Meeting MinutesAttachment B3 FS.39.355 Approved
Approval of February 14, 2022, Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes
COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLESecretary- Tracy Hammond
asked the committee if there are any positive actions or concerns related to diversity and inclusion on campus.Senator Jorge Alvarado
– Asked how many Hispanic Students were set to graduate. Speaker Rice
responded that the numbers weren’t broken down. Interim Provost Scott
said that this information would come from the Registrar’s Office, and he would send a note to Vanessa Heidrick.Senator Terri Pantuso –
Asked what percentage of African American students are not athletes. No response was given.Senator Yava Jones-Hall –
Commented that Prairie View is having first one-week camp with free admission to aim to increase minority enrollment in Veterinary school.Secretary Tracy Hammond
– Commented that the College of Engineering on June 8-9 will have an event to get involved with faculty and engineers from sister schools.Senator Debjyoti Banerjee
– Mentioned that the school of engineering and medicine is now two separate college. Wants to request senate placement.Speaker Dale Rice
responded that this fall would have massive realignment within the Faculty Senate due to the merge of several colleges.Senator Adam Kolaniski
– Wondering how receptive the administration is in receiving more formal feedback in regard to the SAP. Speaker Dale Rice
– Senate Leadership has always been sure to take feedback into consideration. Said he would be happy to speak with the Chancellor Sharp about more formal conversation. Interim Provost Scott
– Said that he would speak with President Banks and ask her feedback and get back to the senate.
Speaker Rice said that he would extend the invitation to President Banks to join the meeting in September.Senator John Stallone
– Stated that the email from President Banks recognized that there was a lot of stress and uncertainty, and she would be addressing issues during her state of the faculty address. He wishes she would discuss these issues now.Senator Clint Magill
– States that his department is small but makes a big contribution to the university. Feels that because a department doesn’t have 500 undergraduates, shouldn’t mean that they are gone. Vice President N.K. Anand
stated no decisions have been make based on these metrics.Senator Andrew Klein
read comments from chat – Can we updated on the status of changing the titles of Clinical Faculty as part of the reorganization? Vice President N.K. Anand
stated that there was a committee that has begun working on this but he does not have the final report yet.
Question in chat was asked to Interim Provost Scott, due we have any administrative structure between the program deans and department heads for the College of Arts and Sciences? Interim Provost Scott
responded that the department heads will report to the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Speaker Rice thanked everyone for joining virtually and reminded everyone to check their emails for ballots. The meeting was adjourned at 4:49pm.
CONSENT AGENDA GRADUATE COUNCILNew Courses – Galveston FS.39.356 Passed MARA 690: Maritime Interdisciplinary Studies - Business, Law and PolicyNew Courses FS.39.357 Passed MEEN 671: Human Sensing Technologies RWFM 659: Human Dimensions of Parks and Protected Areas STAT 660: Flexible Regression TCMT 630: Organizational Leadership for Senior Technical Leaders TCMT 636: Persuasive Communications for Technical Managers Change in Courses – Qatar FS.39.358 Passed CHEN 610: Humanitarian Engineering Change in Courses FS.39.359 Passed CSCE 629: Analysis of Algorithms ECEN 608: Modern Control EDCI 641: The African American Learner in Urban Settings EPSY 632: Social and Emotional Development and Interventions MEEN 686: Composite Materials Processing and Performance MSEN 625: Mechanical Behavior of Materials NUEN 612: Radiological Safety and Hazards Evaluation Change in Courses – Course Inactivation Proposal – Galveston Passed FS.39.360 MARB 603: Cetacean Behavior and Behavioral Ecology MARB 606: Advanced Concepts in Marine Population Biology MARB 607: Research and Conservation in Greece-Dolphins, Fisheries and Cultural Heritage MARB 615: Coastal Marine Biology and Geology of Alaska MARB 616: Introduction to Methods in Scientific Diving MARB 617: Research Diving Methods MARB 620: Marine Biological Resources MARB 633: Applied Bioinformatics MARB 635: Marine Invertebrate Zoology MARB 642: Marine Bioacoustics MARB 654: Coastal Plant Ecology MARB 656: Tropical Marine Ecology Change in Courses – Course Inactivation Proposal FS.39.361 Passed MEEN 604: Time Frequency Nonlinear Vibration Control MEEN 619: Conduction and Radiation MEEN 623: Tensor Analysis for Engineers MEEN 636: Turbulence: Theory and Engineering Applications MEEN 638: Mechanics of Non-Linear Fluids MEEN 641: Quantitative Feedback Theory MEEN 646: Aerothermodynamics of Turbomachines MEEN 670: Compressible Flow MEEN 678: Aerosol Mechanics Change in Programs FS.39.362 Passed College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department of Agriculture Leadership, Education & Communication MAG-ADEV: Master of Agriculture in Agricultural Development Change in Programs FS.39.363 Passed College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department of Agriculture Leadership, Education & CommunicationMS-ALEC: Master of Science in Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication Change in Programs FS.399.364 Passed College of Engineering
Department of Engineering Technology & Industrial DistributionMS-ENTC: Master of Science in Engineering Technology
UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM COMMITTEE New Courses FS.39.365 Passed CSCE 439: Data Analytics for Cybersecurity KINE 428: Exercise Biomechanics Laboratory RWFM 336: Research Methods in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Change in Courses FS.39.366 Passed BIMS 110: One Health in Action CSCE 434: Compiler Design CSCE 483: Computer Systems Design ECCB 403: Population and Community Ecology KINE 426: Exercise Biomechanics OCEN 344: Reinforced Concrete Structures Change in Courses – Qatar FS.39.367 Passed CHEN 410: Humanitarian Engineering Change in Courses – Galveston FS.39.368 Passed MARA 201: Foundations of Maritime Cyber Security MARA 212: Business Law MARA 301: Ocean Transportation I MARA 304: Marine Insurance MARA 342: Managerial Maritime Finance MARA 345: Maritime and Marine Entrepreneurship Ventures MARA 346: Maritime and Marine Business Plans MARA 347: Launch a Startup MARA 350: Maritime Business Computer Programming and Security MARA 360: Maritime Cybersecurity Issues MARA 363: The Management Process MARA 373: Personnel Management MARA 401: Brokerage and Chartering MARA 402: Inland Waterways MARA 416: Port Operations, Administration and Economics MARA 421: Admiralty Law MARA 424: Intermodal Transportation MARA 435: Labor Law and Policy MARA 440: Global Economy and Enterprise Management MARA 466: Strategic Management MARA 470: Environmental Law MARA 475: Business Leadership MARA 484: Management Internship MARA 485: Directed Studies MARA 489: Special Topics in... MARA 491: Research MARA 493: International Maritime Management Experience Change in Courses – Inactivation Proposal - GalvestonMEEN 414: Principles of Turbomachinery FS.39.369 Passed Change in Programs FS.39.370 PassedCollege of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental EngineeringBS-CVEN-COA: Civil Engineering, BS - Coastal Engineering Track Change in Programs FS.39.371 Passed College of Agriculture & Life Science
Department of Animal ScienceCERT-EQSC: Equine Science - Certificate W&C COURSES FS.39.372 PassedCourses submitted for C CertificationCOSC 440-C: Interdisciplinary Capstone Courses submitted for C Recertification FS.39.373 PassedGEOG 215-C: Geospatial Cornerstone MATH 482-C: Research Seminar NURS 424-C: Professional Issues RPTS 402-C: Park Planning and Design Courses submitted for W Certification FS.39.374 Passed BAEN 302-W: Biological and Agricultural Engineering Fundamentals II ECMT 463-W: Introduction to Econometrics ECON 318-W: The Economics of Gender and Race ENGL 355-W: The Rhetoric of Style STAT 482-W: Statistics Capstone Courses submitted for W Recertification FS. 39.375 PassedASTR 491-W: Research BICH 491-W: Research PHYS 491-W: Research POLS 439-W: Foreign Policy Decision Making RELS 420-W: Religion and the Environment RUSS 301-W: Advanced Grammar and Composition I End of Consent Agenda UNFINISHED BUSINESS COMMITTEE REPORTS - FS. 39.376 PassedCORE CURRICULUM COUNCIL COURSE REPORT – Attachment CLanguage, Philosophy & CultureANTH 210-GE: Social and Cultural AnthropologyCommunicationCOMM 203-GE: Public Speaking