FAC Minutes 11-12-15

College of Natural Science
Faculty Advisory Council

Meeting Minutes
November 12, 2015

Present: D. Bello, A. Cognato, D. DeWitt, F. Downes, S. Levental, E. Litchman, K. Olson, A. Pawlak, F. Peterson and M. Stuart

Approval of Minutes. The minutes from the October 8, 2015 meeting were approved as written.

Old Business

Support for ESL 291

D. Bello has connected Patricia Walters at the English Language Center twice and has not heard back. The item will be tabled until she hears back.

NatSci Policy for Undergraduate Research Volunteers

The subcommittee, consisting of D. Bello, S. Beceiro Novo, and F. Downes, created a draft policy which was distributed to FAC members before the meeting. Discussion and review of comments received by members not able to attend took place.  The draft will be revised based on comments and then will be sent to OISS, HR and EHS for comments/approval.

Template for Requesting Supporting Letters for Award Nominees

Comments on the template sent by a member who was not able to attend were reviewed and incorporated into the letter. A motion to accept the changes was made and accepted. F. Peterson will update the award procedures so that the information is sent to nominators at the appropriate time.

New Business

Assign Sections for Unit Bylaw Review

The following people agreed to review the PHY Bylaws and report back at the December FAC meeting. F. Peterson will send the marked up bylaws and instructions.

Composition of Faculty and Voting/Other ® D. Bello C. Piermarocchi and F. Downes

Chairperson/Director Appointment/Review/Duties ® B. Montgomery and D. Spence

Unit Committees and Councils/Grievance Procedures/Bylaw Review ® M. Gottfried and A. Cognato

[It was discovered after the meeting that the FAC chair is an ex-officio member of all subcommittees and cannot serve on one. C. Piermarocchi agreed to take her place.]

Review Named Faculty and Endowed Chairs Policy

A draft of the policy was sent to members before the meeting. After discussion, a motion to accept the policy was made and accepted.

Reminder of Upcoming College Faculty Meeting—November 20

Members were reminded to attend in 1200 BPS from 3:00 – 4:00 pm (reception 4:00 – 5:00 pm).

Items for Discussion

Members were encouraged to email D. Bello or F. Peterson with items to be discussed at FAC meetings.

Next Meeting: December 10, 2015