FAC Minutes 12-14-17
College of Natural Science
Faculty Advisory Council
December 14, 2017
Present: S. Balasubramaniam, S. Beceiro Novo, B. Coughlin, D. DeWitt, M. Donahue, F. Downes, J. Kirkpatrick, S. Levental, D. Liu, K. Olson, F. Peterson, F. Telewski, M. TerAvest, and K. Yu
Approval of Minutes. The minutes from the November 9, 2017 meeting was approved as written.
University Committee on Faculty Affairs Report
NatSci Student Advisory Council Report
University Council/Faculty Senate Committee Report
Update from Chairs & Directors Meeting
D. Dewitt provided an update from the December Chairs and Directors Meeting.
Dean Search Update
The appointment of Interim Dean Cheryl Sisk was announced by the provost’s office on December 14, 2017. She begins January 1, 2018. The search committee held Skype interviews with candidates the week of December 12, 2017. On-campus interviews with five or six candidates are expected to take place in January and February, 2018. The pool is still open.
Discussion took place regarding comments on the Draft of the Proposed Student Assessment Questions, which were distributed to FAC members on November 20, 2017. The SIRS Subcommittee will convene another meeting to look at substantial changes. All FAC members will be invited to attend. The document will be revised and redistributed to FAC members for a vote at the February 8, 2018 meeting.
Assign Sections for Chemistry Bylaw Review
The following people (same as those for the NEU review) agreed to review the CEM Bylaws and report back at the January FAC meeting. F. Peterson will send the marked up bylaws and instructions.
Composition of Faculty and Voting/Other: S. Balasubramaniam and F. Downes
Chairperson/Director Appointment/Review/Duties/RPT: M. Donahue and S. Levental
Unit Committees and Councils/Grievance Procedures/Bylaw Review: D. Long and M. TerAvest
NatSci Bylaws Revision
This item was tabled until the January meeting due to lack of time.
Neuroscience Bylaw Review
Council members completed the review of the Neuroscience Program Bylaws. F. Peterson will compile comments and forward them to NEU.
Next Meeting: January 11, 2018