MINUTESFaculty SenateSeptember 2nd, 2014Senators present: Arrasmith, Baarmand, Barker, Brenner,Campbell, Carvalho, Converse, Cook, Cudmore, Davis, Finn, Gallagher,Jensen, Kozaitis, Lail, Marcinkowski, Miller, Perdigao, Nnolim, Rusovici,Shearer, Suksawang, Tenali, Tenga, Turner, van Woesik, Winkelmann;non-voting attendee: Dr. Richard Baney, Board of TrusteesPresident van Woesik called the meeting to order at 3:01 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 began by querying the make-up of the standingcommittees, a number of which are only nominally committees.Senator Tenali stated that the committee he heads up, the AcademicAffairs Committee, had been joined by Sens. Cudmore and Lail.TheAdministra-tive Affairs Committee, headed by Sen. Brenner, wasinstructed to include more members than just the chair and Dr. Sharaf-Eldeen from Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.The same went for the Faculty Excellence Awards Committee,which was urged to add at least two more members; Sen. Arrasmithagreed to join this committeeThe Faculty Senate ScholarshipCommittee, headed by Sen. Rusovici, usually has very little going onuntil the awarding the stipends is due, but more members would beadvisable before that point.Dr. van Woesik said he’d like to task the chairs to populate theirrespective committees, and meet once a month so that eachcommittee can provide a report at each meeting of the Senate.The President’s Report:As a result of working closely with COO and Provost Dr. DwayneMcCay and Erik Kledzik, director of IT, the teaching working stations’LCD displays are being replaced.All should have been replaced andthe wiring redone by the end of the last week of this month.Concerning the upcoming SACS (the Southern Association ofColleges and Schools, whose mission is stated as “the improvement ofeducation in the South through accreditation”)visit, Drs. van WoesikandArrasmith worked on the policies on Academic Freedom, policies of
the responsibility and authority of faculty in academic and governancematters.Later, they assessed interest that shows the process bywhich the Florida Institute of Technology Faculty SenateSubcommittees derive new policies, and follow the policies, with regardto the faculty role in governance.The Board of Trustees Academic Affairs Committee, held beforethegeneral Board of Trustees Meeting, took place 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. onApril 24th, 2014, as chaired by Dr. Richard Baney.In his openingremarks, Dr. McCay cited the statistic of thirty new faculty, of whomfifteen are replacements.At this point the concern for a medical school, or associatedhealth care/physicians’ assistants plan, was still under consideration.Among other topics discussed were the QEP-2 (Quality EnhancementPlan, Second Version), internationalization and global passports, as wellas the SACS visit.