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CLAS Assembly Minutes

January 9, 2007

  1. CLAS Assembly meeting was called to order at 12:57pm by John H. Moore, CLAS President Pro Tempore.  He welcomed the new Interim Dean, Professor Joe Glover.
  2. Presentation of Proposed Constitutional Amendments: Professor Jed Keesling. The issues discussed can be found in the Report of the faculty senate-presidential task force on the implementation of shared governance structure
    1. Discussion of the proposed changes
      1. Allan Burns (Associate Dean) remarked that the Tenure & Promotion Committee should be directly accountable to the Dean, due to the confidential nature of the information it handles. 
      2. Jed Keesling: The organizational chart is not right now subject to approval.
      3. David Pharies (RLL) raised the issue regarding resource allocation decisions and possible overlaps in the competencies of committees.
      4. Jed Keesling: Different committees are responsible for different types allocation decisions, hence overlaps unlikely.
      5. Christine Sapienza (Communication Sciences and Disorders) argued that a larger group of faculty was needed in order to decide on important matters and proposed a motion to use voting by paper ballots; the motion for this change is not necessary.
        Krishnaswami Alladi (Mathematics) supported Prof. Sapienza’s point.
      6. Scott Nygren (English) emphasized that all the parts of the College must be fairly represented on the relevant committees.
      7. Jed Keesling: The members of committees rotate, and a given committee never has more than two members from one and the same department.
      8. Alan Dorsey (Physics): Having (a) student(s) representative on the finance committee is a good idea, having a staff member would make sense, as well.
      9. Jed Keesling: The committee members can consult members of the staff or invite them to their meetings.
      10. John Moore suggested that proposals for changes in the constitution should be submitted to him.
      11. There was also an agreement that there should be a student representative on the College Faculty Council, each student serving for one year.David Pharies proposed a motion to amend the CLAS constitution: “There shall be two student members:  one undergraduate chosen by the undergraduate majors of the College and one graduate student chosen by the graduate students studying in the College. The student members shall serve one year.”
        The motion was seconded by Jed Keesling.
    2. Vote on the motion: 2/3 of the present. 
      The motion passed.
  3. Report of the Faculty Finance Committee by Professor Alan Dorsey (Physics).  The .ppt presentation is available upon request.
    1. Kirk Ludwig (Philosophy): Will the Faculty Finance Committee consult with the departments before April?  The FFC should consider the cost to UF’s reputation in making their proposals and decisions.  What are the constraints on the functioning of the FFC?
    2. Alan Dorsey’s answer: It is an advisory committe
    3. Carol Murphy (Romance Languages and Literatures) expressed a concern about University’s expectation.
    4. Scott Nygren (English) warned of dangers of drawing wrong comparisons.
  4. Report of the Committee on the History and Causes of the College Financial Situation: Professor Pradeep Kumar (Physics)
    1. Nine Members were Elected:
      1. *Behavioral & Social Sciences:
        Amie Kreppel, Political Science
        Anthony Oliver-Smith, Anthropology
        Karen Parker, Criminology
      2. *Humanities:
        John Biro, Philosophy
        Mitchell Hart, History
        John Leavey, English
      3. *Natural & Mathematical Sciences:
        David Evans, Zoology
        Pradeep Kumar, Physics
        Neil White, Mathematics
  5. There were no motions and announcements from the floor.  John Moore drew attention to a NYT article entitled “At Universities, Plum Post at Top Is Now Shaky” (January 9, 2007).
  6. Remarks by Interim Dean Joe Glover. The most pressing issue this semester is the budget, across-the-board solutions will not work.  As far as the Five Year Plan is concerned, there is a certain leeway for modifying it. The President is interested in the appropriate financial outcome, and CLAS can choose how to reach it. Any decisions made in the Dean’s Office are Joe Glover’s decisions.  However, the Provost can overrule them and she is expected to publicly acknowledge such actions. The Dean’s task is to prepare the CLAS for the future, the current situation can be characterized as a plateau state. The Faculty should formulate their expectations on the new Dean candidates and on the future of the CLAS and communicate them through the College Assembly.  The process should start at the level of individual departments, then proceed to the Division level at which interdisciplinary discussion could be conducted. Synthesizing the results from these levels, the CLAS should present a ‘vision to proud of’ and that could be presented to Tigert Hall.  The CLAS is in competition for resources with every other College on campus.  The CLAS is also in the public phase of the capital campaign and Joe Glover thanked the departmental chairs for their help in preparing the materials for it.
  7. The CLAS Assembly Meeting was adjourned by Professor Moore at 2:10pm.

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