Update: Faculty Council, April 7

Faculty Council met on Friday, April 7.

In standing reports, the Chair noted that Division elections should wrap up before Easter Break.  Elections for at-large representatives will be held after Easter.  The VPAA reported that the progress report to Middle States has been submitted and the Strategic Planning committee has begun their work by conducting external scans and creating internal surveys.

Council discussed the updated proposal for a campus common hour.  Discussion centered around (i) the proposed common hour time (MWF 1-2:15) and it’s impact on the class scheduling and (ii) who would oversee the scheduling of events during the time period.  The committee also discussed the opportunity for events to be scheduled during this time including CELT events, theater brown bag discussions and other cultural and co-curricular events.  Faculty would be encouraged to schedule official office hours outside the common hour.

A&P presented proposed constitutional language to seat the Chair and Chair-Elect of Faculty Council as ex-officio members of the A&P Sub-Committee of the Board of Directors.  In principle, inclusion of the faculty on the committee would strengthen the relationship and communication between the faculty and the board; the faculty would have no voting rights or responsibilities.  The proposed language will be presented at the All Faculty Meeting on April 21 and the BOD meeting on April 28 before further discussion in Council.

 C&T forwarded to Council a proposal for a new Entrepreneurship track in the Management major of the McGowan School of Business. The new track represents one concentration among several in a planned restructuring of majors within the business school.  C&T recommends encouraging students to use “free electives” to pursue minors outside the school of business and recommends re-evaluating the decision to remove the foreign language/experience requirement from the Global Business concentration.  Council voted to endorse the recommendations of C&T.

Lastly, Council discussed the Faculty Athletic Representative position which will become an elected position of faculty governance.  The Council Chair will gather more information about the responsibilities of the position before further action is taken.