FAC Minutes 5-14-15

College of Natural Science
Faculty Advisory Council

Meeting Minutes
May 14, 2015

Present: D. Bello, P. Dillon, F. Downes, K. Gore, E. Litchman, B. Montgomery, K. Osteryoung, F. Peterson, C. Piermarocchi, D. Spence, and T. Zacharewski

Approval of Minutes (April 9 and May 7).  The minutes from the April 9 and May 7, 2015 meetings were approved as written.

Old Business

RCPD Issues

P. Dillon reported that issues related to RCPD assistance for students and faculty are not resolved. Although some units indicated to the dean that they are taking care of students internally, other units are struggling to do so.

New Business

Recognition and Thanks to Committee Members Cycling Off and Those Who Have Served as Officers

P. Dillon expressed thanks to the following members cycling off the Council: S. Beceiro Novo, A. Findley, K. Gore, and B. Montgomery. Dean Kirkpatrick stopped in to offer his thanks to all members who served this year and to especially thank Pat Dillon who has been chair of the council for four years and is cycling off.

Report of Standing Committees

FAC members had a chance to review reports from standing committees before the meeting. A motion to accept the reports was made and accepted.

Discussion of Need for CVs for Postdoc and Jr. Faculty Mentoring Nomination Packages

Current requirements for submission of award nomination packets for mentoring awards do not include a CV. It was decided that nominees should already have CVs available and that they would help with the review. A motion was made and passed to require that for next year.

Discussion and Selection of NatSci Award Recipients and University Award Nominees

Committee members determined recipients of NatSci Awards and which nomination packets should be put forth for university award consideration. A. Cognato has served on an all-university awards committee and reiterated via email that the packages should not only demonstrate academic excellence they should also explain how the faculty member’s achievements have had broader impacts in teaching and society. The chairs letter should describe these achievements in laypersons terms so they are clear to colleagues in other colleges. FAC members used this information when choosing recipients and F. Peterson will relay this information to nominators who will be putting packets together over the summer.

Next Meeting: Fall 2015