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Faculty Senate » February 13, 2014

FACULTY SENATE AGENDA


  • Thursday, February 13, 2014
  • 3:00-5:00 PM
  •  LaSells Stewart Center
    Construction & Engineering Hall



A. INSTALLATIONS
  • Installation of President-Elect Mike Bailey.
  • Installation of Executive Committee member Nell Winokur O’Malley.
B. ACTION ITEM
    Curricular Proposal
    Richard Nafshun, Curriculum Council Co-chair, will present for approval the below curricular proposal:
C. DISCUSSION ITEM
    Veterans Day
    Dan Edge, Faculty Senate President, will discuss a proposal to close the university on Veterans Day, and ask for feedback from Senators and a Sense of the Senate vote.

    Currently, veterans who serve as employees at the university must use their own vacation time if they wish to observe the national holiday. Oregon Senate Bill 1, states: “Requires employer to provide paid or unpaid time off for Veterans Day to employees who are veterans.”

    Note: The ASOSU House passed a resolution on January 22, 2014 asking OSU to officially recognize and honor Veterans Day; the resolution now moves to the ASOSU Senate and, if approved, will require signatures from the ASOSU speaker of the House, vice president and president. The resolution proposed that a “university-wide paid holiday for the remembrance of, and reflection on, our nation’s military service men and women” be instituted.
D. REPORT FROM AND DIALOG WITH THE PROVOST
  • Sabah Randhawa
E. SPECIAL REPORTS
  1. Report on Progress Toward University Goals for Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity
  2. Angelo Gomez, Executive Director of Equity and Inclusion, and Susana Rivera-Mills, Executive Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Professor of Spanish Linguistics and Diversity Advancement, will outline efforts to advance the institution toward realization of the objectives of the self-study and an overview of the Leadership Council.
  3. Finance & Administration Unit Restructuring
    Glenn Ford, Vice President of Finance and Administration, will outline recent restructuring within the division of Finance and Administration.

  4. ASOSU Voter Registration
    Matt Perez, ASOSU Director of Government Relations and Ben Katz, will address the importance of voter registration and why ASOSU needs the support of faculty.
F. INTERINSTITUTIONAL FACULTY SENATE REPORT
    Karen Hooker, Senior IFS Senator, will report on the February Interinstitutional Faculty Senate meeting.
G. INFORMATION ITEMS
  1. Faculty Sessions with President Ray
    Faculty are encouraged to register to meet with President Ray in a small group session on February 27 from 1:00-2:30 or March 6 from 10:00-11:30. This is an opportunity for faculty (academic, research, professional) to communicate concerns to President Ray.

  2. Faculty Senate Webcast
    The January Faculty Senate webcast is posted online.

  3. Forum on Learning Management System
    1. During winter and spring quarter, OSU will undertake a university-wide process to review options for learning management systems to best support our educational needs. Several products, including the current system, Blackboard, are being considered as the platform of choice for OSU. Faculty are invited to join an overview session to learn why this effort is underway, how the review is being done, and how to participate. Learn more about this project at http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/elearnosu/.
        Overview session: Friday, February 14 – 2:00-3:00 PM ~ Kidder 202
          Face to face participation: Kidder Hall 202
          Remote participation: http://live.oregonstate.edu
      This session will be live streamed and captured for later review.

    2. Call for participation session
      The call will be announced, likely in March, when the sandbox sites are available and will focus on how people can participate and provide feedback on the systems. Specifics will be communicated at a later date.

  4. Curricular Proposal Approvals
    The campus community should take appropriate action to update their records to reflect approval of the following OSU Category I proposals.
    • Establish the M.S. and Ph.D. in Comparative Health Sciences – eff. Fall 2014
      • Approved by the State Board of Higher Education’s Academic Strategies Committee on January 9, 2014.
      • This interdisciplinary graduate degree program will be administered by the Graduate School with participation by the College of Veterinary Medicine, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, and the College of Pharmacy. The proposed program will complement OSU’s existing interdisciplinary M.S., Ph.D. degree program in Molecular and Cellular Biology.
    • New Degree Program – Ph.D. in Business Administration – eff. Fall 2014
      • Approved by the State Board of Higher Education’s Academic Strategies Committee on November 7, 2013.
      • The program will offer two graduate options: Innovation/Commercialization and Accounting. The primary objective of this degree is to prepare its graduates for careers in research and teaching at research-oriented colleges and universities.
    • Create a School of Life Sciences within the College of Science – eff. Winter 2013
      • Approved by OSU Provost Sabah Randhawa on October 18, 2013.
      • This proposal integrates the Departments of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Microbiology, Zoology, the Biology Program and General Science Majors into a single coordinated organization.
      • The goals in the creation of the School are to:
        • Lead, promote and grow the instructional and research success of the basic life sciences at OSU.
        • Coordinate planning for faculty hires, research clusters, and research facilities.
        • Coordinate and integrate curriculum in support of undergraduate and graduate degrees in the life sciences.
        • Coordinate advising for majors in the life sciences to provide easy access to pre-health advising, degree advising, and seamless transitions to faculty advisors.
      • Additionally, this change will result in the following administrative re-alignments and renaming:
        • The Department of Zoology will change their name to Integrative Biology.
        • The Biology Program is being eliminated and the Biology major will be administered by Integrative Biology.
        • The General Science major will be administered by Microbiology.
H. REPORT FROM AND DIALOG WITH THE FACULTY SENATE PRESIDENT
  • President Dan Edge
I. NEW BUSINESS


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ALL SENATORS ARE REMINDED TO IDENTIFY THEMSELVES
AND THEIR SENATE AFFILIATION WHEN RISING TO SPEAK.



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