03-09-2016 Agenda - Faculty Senate Meeting


Faculty Senate Meeting

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Time 8:15-9:45 AM

Location: Library Fischbach Room

1.       Open meeting and welcome from the Faculty Senate President.

2.       Approval of the Minutes: February 10, 2016

3.       Old Business/Review of Action Items from 2/10/16 meeting.

a. Professor Mark Mistur – Update from Institute Core Curriculum Implementation Committee.

b. Professors Bystroff, Bennett, Peters – Update from Ad Hoc Committee on Reviewing the Summer Arch.

c. Professors Braasch and Kaminski – Update from Ad Hoc Committee on Establishing an Ombuds Office.

d. Professors Borca-Tasciuc and Lewis – How teaching effectiveness is assessed at Rensselaer.

e. Professor Akera and Library Archivist Monger – Faculty Memorial Booklet 2015 production, Faculty Staff Memorial Service (March 30, 11am-12:30pm, C+CC), Faculty Eulogies at Faculty Senate meeting.

f. Planning and resources committee update.

g. Provost – updates on Handbook, Middle States, sabbaticals; comments on Rensselaer’s drop from Carnegie Research 1 to Research 2 Ranking.

4.       New business.

a. Election Committee and upcoming elections – Professor Tichy to Chair.

b. General Faculty Meeting – Tuesday, April 12, 4-6pm.

c. Faculty Senate representative at Student Senate meetings, first Wednesday of each month, 7pm in Union Room 3602. Prof. Maniatty attended March 2 (report from Prof. Maniatty).  Volunteer for April 6.

        d. Other new business.