October 21, 2014

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Approved 1-27-15





Tuesday, October 21, 2014

3:15-5:00 p.m.

International Center, Room 115


Present:  A. Addrow-Pierson, A. Anderson, S. Kautz (for M. Baba), J. Baker, E. Bank, K. Bartig, M. Becker, T. Bitner, N. Bunge, G. Burns, R. Caldwell, G. Chao, M. Chavez, J. Christensen, D. Clark, D. Clemons, J. Conwell, E. Crockett-Torabi, A. Dickerson, P. Dickson, J. Dudziak, R. Edozie, O. Elsherif, D. Estry, A. Faulkner, M. Floer, J. Forger, K. Forrest, J. Francese, J. Gaboury, C. Haka, S. Hanson, L. Harris, D. Heller, C. Alsup (for J. Howarth), G. Howe, P. Hunt (for S. Hsu), R. Hula, A. Kalis, L. Kempel, K. Klomparens, S. Lacy, X. Liu, G. Lossia, W. Ludman, K. Maass, M. Manning, J. Maurer, M. Maxwell, D. Maybank, L. McCabe, E. McCallum, B. Miller, E. Moore, D. Moriarty, D. Nails, R. Opoczynski, J. Palac, J. Porter, K. Millenbah (for F. Poston), J. Powell, S. Printy, M. Raven, L. Robinson, J. Rosa, R. Ruhlman, K. Samra, C. Sauchak, J. Schwartz, J. Sherry, D. Prestel and R. LaDuca (for E. Simmons), D. Sinistaj, S. Smidt, R. Smith, C. Smith, W. Spielman, B. Sternquist, M. Sticklen, W. Strampel, E. Strauss, A. Susarla, C. Taggart, C. Vermeesch, M. Wesolowski, M. Worden, S. Yoder, J. Youatt, B. Zandstra

Absent:  President Simon, T. Alsaeed, D. Apostoleris, S. Carter, M. Crimp, T. Curry, W. Davidson, W. Donohue, J. Edwards, S. Esquith, G. Fink, H. Fitzgerald, P. Floyd, S. Garnett, C. Gelbke, D. Grooms, K. Gumm, S. Gupta, C. Jackson-Elmoore, R. Kirkpatrick, C. Loelius, P. Lombardo, R. Maleczka, M. Mundt, M. Nair, M. Noel, A. Paganini, F. Ravitch, A. Reed, N. Rovig, F. Salem, N. Schroeder, R. Sebree, L. Sochay, D. Solomon, A. Stevenson, J. Torrez, C. Traister, J. Turner, K. Vaninsky, J Walton, J. Walton, C. Waters, C. Wiebrecht

The meeting was called to order at 3:15 p.m.

Approval of Agenda for October 21, 2014

Professor Chavez, Chairperson the University Committee on Academic Governance (UCAG) asked to include the election of UCAG members on today’s agenda.  The Agenda was approved as amended.

Public Comments


Minutes for September 23, 2014

The Minutes for September 23, 2014 were approved as distributed.

President’s Remarks

The President was out of town.

Provost’s Remarks:

Provost Youatt reported that President Simon was out of town attending a meeting of the American Association of Universities (AAU).  There had just been a news release that indicated that President Simon had been elected as Vice Chairperson of the AAU.  She will serve in that position for 2014-2015 and assume the position of Chairperson for 2014-2015 term.  From the press release:  

"It is an honor to assume leadership of the AAU at a time when our nation, and, indeed, the world are in ever greater need of the creative knowledge and innovative discoveries produced by America's research universities," said [Amy] Gutmann.  “I look forward to working with our partner institutions as we constructively address the most important issues confronting higher education today." Gutmann succeeds Bill Powers, president of the University of Texas at Austin.  She served during the past year as vice chair of AAU.  Lou Anna K. Simon, president of Michigan State University, was elected today as vice chair for the 2014-2015 term.

Provost Youatt announced two healthy campus initiatives that are taking place at present, i.e., a smoke-free/tobacco-free campus, and campus safety.  Dr. Greg Holzman has been asked to coordinate efforts for a healthier campus for faculty, staff and students.  One of the issues on Dr. Holzman’s agenda centers on the smoke-free/tobacco-free campus.  He is joining with Dr. Dave Weismantel, the University Physician, to engage faculty, staff and student groups in conversations about the implications and implementation of a smoke-free/tobacco-free campus.  According to the Provost, over 900 institutions across the country have established a smoke-free/tobacco-free campus.  The list includes the University of Kentucky and Duke University, which have the most tobacco money of any institutions in the US, as examples of universities that figured out how to make their campuses smoke-free.  There are many considerations for the variety of constituent groups that are a part of our campus.  These conversations will continue into next year.

The second item is the issue of campus safety.  There is an increasing number of conversations regarding concern for the safety of those riding bicycles and long skateboards, pedestrians and drivers.  The discussions focus on the ways in which these groups interact with each other on the campus sidewalks, roadways and intersections.  Dr. Holzman will be engaging the campus community on these issues, as well as the broader issue of campus safety.

The Steering Committee Chairperson’s Remarks

Professor Moriarty commented on the discussion at the recent Faculty Senate meeting regarding the first of a two part series on the proposed Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct (RVSM) policy.  During the meeting, a video was presented that had been prepared as a training video for staff.  The discussion following the video focused on thoughts, comments and recommendations from the senators regarding the type of video that would be used for the mandatory training for all faculty.  The comments and feedback will be posted on the Academic Governance website when available. 

Professor Moriarty reported that the Faculty Health Care Council (FHCC) has completed four focus groups.  The Council will be meeting to discuss the comments and recommendations and will present a report at the next Faculty Senate meeting.

University Committee on Academic Governance – Slate of Nominees

Professor Manuel Chavez, UCAG Chairperson, MOVED to accept the nominees for vacancies on the University Committee on Academic Governance.  The nominees are Xia Gao, (Arts and Letters), Stephan Carey, (Veterinary Medicine), Janice Schwartz, (Osteopathic Medicine) and Joseba Gabilondo (Arts and Letters).  The motions were SECONDED and APPROVED.

The motion carried.

Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct (RVSM Policy)

Kristine Zayko presented a discussion of the Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Policy (RVSM) which applies to all members of the University community.  The discussion focused on the background of current policy and procedures used by MSU to develop the policy, campus participation, important changes and requirements under the new policy, and clarifications of operational definitions and procedures.   

Looking Forward:

Provost Youatt presented a discussion of her vision for the future of University programs.  She focused on those issues that present challenges for the future.  For example, continued recruitment of young faculty across the colleges, an emphasis on the retention of faculty, diversity in the recruitment process on multiple levels and the financial resources to support this process.  Graduation rates of underrepresented students is an on-going concern.  There is a need for more campus participation in this discussion as well as the resources to make it happen.  We have to be more effective at implementing more efficient summer programs.  It is important to continue to develop our research and scholarly activities with better support by an infrastructure that support the expansion of this area.  If we are going to maintain leadership in the international programs arena, we will need to have a focus on those areas that represent our strengths.  Creating this focus will require reorganization of our functions and directions across our individual units.  How we support our faculty and support their participation in the international programs is important for our success.  Instruction and learning is also an area of concern in that it is undergoing change at a very rapid pace and the collaboration of colleges and units is essential for us to be able to adapt to these changes.  We must continue to elevate our reputation on a number of levels; locally, nationally and internationally.  This is accomplished by all of working together.  Good ideas to help in any of these areas will be greatly appreciated.

See PowerPoint for more details Looking Forward - Recruiting and Retaining a Diverse Faculty.

New Business


The meeting adjourned at 4:40 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by


John W. Powell
Interim Secretary for Academic Governance

Committee Meeting Date: 
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 3:15pm
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