FAC Minutes 2-12-15

College of Natural Science
Faculty Advisory Council

Meeting Minutes
February 12, 2015

Present: S. Beceiro Novo, D. Bello, D. Brandt, A. Cognato, S. Chivukula, D. DeWitt, P. Dillon, F. Downes, G. Garrity, K. Gore, R. Kirkpatrick, E. Litchman, B. Montgomery, F. Peterson, H. Wang and T. Zacharewski

Approval of January Meeting Minutes.  The minutes from the January 15, 2015 meeting were approved as written.

Old Business

Review Policies and Procedures for Review and Promotion of Continuing System Academic Specialists

The FAC was asked to review the policy document and make a recommendation to the dean. NatSci Associate Dean Sekhar Chivukula gave an overview of the specialist appointments and explained that the document sets up NatSci expectations for kinds of materials needed for specialist review. He went through the document and pointed out last-minute changes and answered questions. One additional, minor change was made at the meeting. A motion to advise the dean that the guidelines, with changes highlighted at the meeting, are acceptable was unanimously approved.

RCPD Letter

P. Dillon drafted a letter from the FAC to Dr. Douglas Estry, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, regarding resources available for meeting the academic needs of disabled students. One change was received before the meeting and other changes were discussed. He will incorporate the additional changes and send a revised copy to members. A motion to send the revised letter to Dr. Estry was unanimously approved. It was also decided that the letter be sent to FACs of other colleges.

New Business

NatSci Faculty University Award Recipients

P. Dillon reported that of the 9 nominations for university awards submitted from NatSci, 6 candidates were chosen as award recipients.

Academic Program Review – NSP

Discussion of the APR documents took place using the questions put forth by the dean as a guide. Dean Kirkpatrick will send committee comments to the NSP director asking for edits before the document is sent to the provost’s office. The greatest value is internal to the department or program.

English Language for International Students

A member of the FAC reminded members that English language deficiencies for many international students continue to be an issue. P. Dillon will contact someone from the English Language Center for an update and about the possibly of attending a meeting.