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MINUTESFaculty SenateJanuary 13th, 2015Senators present: Arrasmith, Brenner, Campbell, Converse, Cook,Cudmore, Cusick, Gallagher, Harvey, Jones, Kozaitis, Lail, Marcinkowski,Nnolim, Perdigao, Polson, Rusovici, Shearer, Suksawang, Tenali, vanWoesik; non-voting attendee: Dr. Richard Baney, Board of Trustees.President van Woesik called the meeting to order at 3:34 p.m.and asked for a motion to approve the last meeting’s minutes.Amotion was made and seconded, and the vote to approve wasunanimous.President’s ReportDr. van Woesik stated that he was pleased to announce thatPresident Anthony Catanese and Provost Dwayne McCay have agreedto contribute $5,000 to each recipient of the Faculty Excellence Awards(i.e., Research, Teaching, and Service awards), starting in 2015.At a recent lunch Dr. Catanese and Dr. McCay assured Pres. vanWoesik that a new, five-year Faculty Equity plan was on their agenda,and is being seriously considered for 2015.Committee ReportsSenator Tenali referred to material in a handout addressing theissue of open and closed thesis and dissertation seminars.Currentlythere are several different defense formats that are being implementedacross various academic departments at Florida Tech.The two-hourPh.D. defense exam includes 1) no general presentation; 2) a brief,twenty-minute presentation; and 3) a forty-five-to-one-hourpresentation.The Faculty Senate requests that all Ph.D. candidates should berequired to present an oral seminar outlining the details of theirstudies. The oral presentation should be open to the entire faculty andto all students on campus.Such an open format would be ofconsiderable educational value, would disseminate knowledge acrosscampus, and would also stimulate potential graduate students toconduct graduate studies.

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