FAC Minutes 9-10-15

College of Natural Science
Faculty Advisory Council

Meeting Minutes
September 10, 2015

Present: D. Bello, A. Cognato, M. Gottfried, G. Garrity, J. Kirkpatrick, S. Levental, B. Montgomery, K. Osteryoung, F. Peterson, C. Sisk, D. Spence, M. Stuart


Approval of Minutes.  The minutes from the May 14, 2015 meeting were approved as written.

Old Business


New Business

Elect Officers (Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary)

Officer positions have been filled as indicated below.

Chair: Diana Bello

Vice Chair: George Garrity

Secretary: Kathy Osteryoung

Choose a liaison between the FAC and the University Council/Faculty Senate

It was determined that Dana Spence would act as the liaison between the FAC and the University Council/Faculty Senate by connecting with R. Maleczka and H. Hong, who are currently serving on the University Council/Faculty Senate.

Choose two FAC members to serve on the Student Advisory Council (SAC)

Frances Downes and Cheryl Sisk agreed to serve on the SAC for the coming academic year.

Choose an Awards Coordinator

Dean Kirkpatrick stressed the importance of college and university awards. Anthony Cognato agreed to serve as the liaison for the academic year.

Reminder to Review University Award Nomination Packets (Comments due 9/23/15)

Members were reminded that review of current award nomination packets are due to F. Peterson September 23 2015. Nominators have one more opportunity to update awards packets.  Therefore, comments to make nomination packets stronger to non-NatSci faculty members are needed. It was noted that packets should reflect broad-based influence on society in some way (beyond scientific). It was decided that responsibility for award review would be divided among FAC members so that every member does not have to review nomination packets for all awards. D. Bello volunteered to work with F. Peterson to divide them up. More information forthcoming.

Academic Program Review 2015-16: BioSci/GLG/Prime

Academic Program Reviews take place every 5-7 years. The Academic Program Review process for these programs will take place during spring semester. D. Bello and Dean Kirkpatrick provided an overview of APR. It can be seen as an opportunity for units to get one-on-one time with the provost’s office.  The real value is internal within the unit. It’s a chance to look at itself, think about itself and define where to go. The FAC will give feedback on the APR documents before they are finalized.

Next Meeting: October 8, 2015