TAMU Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes
October 17, 2022
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 Rice called the fifth meeting of the 40th
session to order at 3:05pm. 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.SWEARING IN OF NEW SENATORS
Senators, I charge you to serve well and faithfully, to discharge your duties diligently, and to uphold the constitution of the Faculty Senate and the academic integrity of Texas A&M University. Do you accept this obligation?
All new senators accepted and were therefore sworn in.GUEST SPEAKERS
Dr. Alan Sams, Interim Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer. Introduced himself and his vision for the provost role.
Questions and comments were raised by: Speaker Elect-Tracy Hammond, Senator Jorge Alvarado, Senator Steve Hague, Senator Matthew Taylor, Senator Angie Hill Price, Senator Catharina LaPorte, Senator Andrew Klein, Senator Dan Collins, Speaker Dale Rice, Senator Robert Korty, Senator Kathryn Falvo, Senator Tracy Vemulapalli, Senator David Bapst.ANNOUNCEMENTS
Dr. Mitch Wittenben, Assistant Vice President for Information Technology
Questions and Comments raised by: Senator Luz Herrera, Senator Debjoyti Banerjee, Senator Matthew Taylor, Speaker Elect- Tracy Hammond, Senator Catharina LaPorte, Senator Clint Magill, Senator Grace Townsend.
Dr. Jocelyn Widmer, Office for Academic Innovations to address Canvas issues.
Questions and Comments raised by: Senator Daniel Jimenez, Senator Tianna Uchacz, Senator Tracy Vemulapalli, Senator Asha Rao, Senator Andrew Tag, Senator Adam Haney.SPEAKER COMMENTSColleagues, we’ve hit the midway point in the semester. Although we continue to deal with all the changes brought about by the reorganization of the university, I hope that at least in your classrooms things are going well.Last month several of you requested that the senate had the opportunity to reaffirm its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Executive Committee unanimously endorsed a resolution doing that and is putting it before you later in today’s meeting for your consideration.We had the first of the Senate coffee hours last month, and from my perspective it was a success. Senators had the opportunity to raise issues of concern as well as share successes from their individual schools and colleges. Our next coffee hour will be this Friday in the great all in the YMCA, from eight to nine thirty. I welcome you to come for as little as a few minutes or for the whole time if you can.In addition to the monthly coffees, we proposed holding two in person receptions this year to provide another opportunity for networking and collegiality. The fall reception honoring our new senators will be at 5:00pm next Monday at the Hotel and Conference center on campus. Please respond to the invitation from the Senate office to allow us to plan for adequate food and beverages. I hope to see many of you there next week.Finally, I want to thank all of you for serving in the senate. I especially want to express my gratitude to those of you who have taken on the added responsibility of chairing one of our committees. Shared governance works best when we have dedicated faculty like you who are willing to participate in the process. Thank you for all that you do.
Minutes- Faculty Senate Meeting September 12, 2022, Attachment B
Approved as distributed. FS.40.081CONSENT AGENDA
The motion passed to approve the October 17, 2022; Consent Agenda - ApprovedCOMMITTEE REPORTS
Core Curriculum Council Course Report – Attachment C -
Approved FS.40.098ITEMS OF BUSINESS
Attachment D2Adopted FS.40.100
- Proposed Change to Student Rule 54 – Attachment D1 Approved FS.40.099
- Proposed Resolution on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Comments regarding the resolution raised by: Senator Adam Kolasinski, Senator Angie Hill Price, Dr. Annie McGowan.COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE -
Speaker Elect- Tracy Hammond asked if there were any positive issues or items of concern appearing on campus relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Speaker Elect-Tracy Hammond reminded that November 4th
is Texas Land Grant Day.
Senator Tracy Vemulapalli-Announced the First Inaugural Future Aggie Veterinary Experience this summer’s data was overwhelmingly positive.
Senator Epstein – Mentioned teaching engineering calculus to students and how it was much too advanced for some of the students who were enrolled in the class.
Dr. Annie McGowan – Announced that Dr. Gina Garcia would be on campus this week to deliver a keynote address on Wednesday.
Speaker-Elect Tracy Hammond – Announced that Dr. Julie Harlin and her office have created a Scholars teaching program in which students from Prairie View can come to our campus for a semester and our students can go there.
Senator Asha Rao – Reminded that November eight is designated as a National First-Generation College Student Day.
Senator Adam Haney – Reminded that November eight is mid-term elections so if you are already registered than make yourself available to vote.GENERAL TOPICS
Senator Angie Hill Price- Brought up concerns about faculty role in advising and if it is taken out of faculty hands then who will be making the decisions about which transfer students to accept.
Speaker-Elect Tracy Hammond- Brought up the issue on merit raises on main campus and Galveston.ADJOURNMENT
Speaker Rice motioned to Adjourn the meeting at 5:05pm.CONSENT AGENDA – Graduate CouncilGraduate CouncilNew Courses – Approved FS.40.082IDIS 657: Distribution Growth Strategies, Models, and DriversEMED 811: Career Exploration- Emergency MedicineIMED 920: Transplant HepatologyIMED 941: Congestive Heart FailureMEEN 701: Principles of Precision Machine DesignMEID 621: Clinical ShadowingMEID 622: Rural Community Medicine ShadowingMEID 623: Pre-Clinical ResearchMEID 624: Service LearningMEID 625: Military TrainingMEID 830: Service-Learning Internal Medicine and Pharmacy Interdisciplinary Health ResearchMHUM 821: Research PracticumMHUM 822: Introduction to ResearchMHUM 823: Medical Scholarly ResearchOBGY 920: Urogynecology Acting InternshipNew Course – Galveston – Approved FS.40.083MARB 693: Professional StudyChange in Courses – Approved FS.40.084CSCE 702: Law and Policy in CybersecurityEDAD 601: College TeachingEDAD 629: Diversity and Social Justice in Higher EducationIMED 844: Cardiology InpatientMEEN 616: Surface ScienceMEEN 630: Intermediate Heat TransferMEEN 649: Nonlinear Dynamical SystemsMEEN 652: Multivariable Control System DesignMEEN 654: Tribology-Mechanical Interface DesignMEEN 687: Additive and Subtractive Processes in Custom ManufacturingMEEN 696: Bio-inspired DesignChange in Courses – Continued – Approved FS.40.085PHPM 603: Managing Healthcare Data and InformationPHPM 606: Health Systems ManagementPHPM 614: Strategic Planning and MarketingPHPM 616: Management of Human ResourcesPHPM 617: Quality and Process ImprovementPHPM 620: Operations ManagementPHPM 623: Health Care Financial Management IPHPM 633: Health Law and EthicsPHPM 640: Health Policy and PoliticsPHPM 661: Introduction To Health EconomicsPHPM 680: Health Systems LeadershipSPED 605: Leadership in Applied Behavior AnalysisVIBS 601: AnatomyWMHS 601: Applications and Problems in Hydrological SciencesChange in Courses – Galveston – Approved FS.40.086MARA 691: Research
-Change in Programs – Approved FS.40.087
College of Engineering
Department of Computer Science & EngineeringMS-CECN: Master of Science in Computer EngineeringChange in Programs – Approved FS.40.088
College of Engineering
Department of Computer Science & EngineeringMS-CPSC: Master of Science in Computer ScienceChange in Programs – Approved FS.40.089
Mays Business School
Department of AccountingMS-ACCT: Master of Science in AccountingUndergraduate CurriculumNew Courses – Approved FS.40.090DCED 230: Conditioning for DancersECON 471: Data Science for Future Decision MakersChange in Courses – Approved FS.40.091MATH 147: Calculus I for Biological SciencesVTPP 404: Food Toxicology and SafetyVTPP 423: Biomedical Physiology IKINE 407: Motor Control and Learning LabBIMS 481: Seminar in Biomedical ScienceChange in Programs – Inactivation Proposal – Approved FS.40.092
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Agriculture Leadership, Education and CommunicationBS-USAL-LED*: University Studies - BS, Leadership Studies ConcentrationChange in Programs – Inactivation Proposal – Approved FS.40.093
College of Arts and Sciences
University StudiesBS-USBU-BUS*: University Studies - BS, Business ConcentrationChange in Programs – Inactivation Proposal – Approved FS.40.094
College of Arts and Sciences
University StudiesBS-USEH-CPF*: University Studies - BS, Child Professional Services ConcentrationW & C Courses Courses Submitted for C – Certification – Approved FS.40.095NUTR 481-C: SeminarCourses Submitted for W – Certification – Approved FS.40.096BMEN 153-W: Pathways in Biomedical EngineeringCourses Submitted for W – Recertification – Approved FS.40.097AGCJ 313-W: Agricultural Media Writing ICOMM 425-W: Rhetoric of the Civil Rights MovementCOMM 435-W: Rhetoric of Television and FilmCOMM 403-W: Media, Children and AdolescentsCOMM 476-W: Advanced Social MediaGEOG 324-W: Global Climatic RegionsEnd of Consent Agenda_____________________________UNFINISHED BUSINESSCOMMITTEE REPORTS – CORE CURRICULUM COUNCIL COURSE REPORT – Attachment C– Approved FS.40.098Recertification for Foundational Component Area: CommunicationCOMM 205-GE: Communication for Technical ProfessionsRecertification for Foundational Component Area: MathematicsMATH 152-GE: Engineering Mathematics IIRecertification for Foundational Component Area: Language, Philosophy & CulturePERF 156-GE: Dress in World CulturesRecertification for Foundational Component Area: Life & Physical SciencesANSC 107-GE: General Animal ScienceECCB 205-GE: Fundamentals of EcologyRecertification for Foundational Component Area: Social & Behavioral SciencesSPMT 319-GE: Sociology of SportSPMT 337-GE: International Sport BusinessRecertification for Foundational Component Area: International & Cultural Diversity (ICD)HIST 357-ICD: Out of Africa: The Black Diaspora and the Modern WorldCertification for Foundational Component Area: Cultural Discourse (CD)HIST 240-CD: Empires of FoodRELS 367-CD: Christianity and American IdentityCertification for Foundational Component Area: Language, Philosophy & CultureHIST 240-GE: Empires of Food