Chair Friedman encouraged the members to become familiar with the Faculty Council website and the information available there. The new members of the Council could learn helpful information from the “Faculty Council Primer” posted on the website, which explains how the Council functions, its composition, as well as the duties and responsibilities of the members. He said he had revised the primer this past summer and thought it was up-to-date. Members are expected to attend the meetings and actively participate in discussions and committee work. He reported that the meeting attendance policy was tightened up last year and now states that a member receiving two unexcused absences during the academic year has essentially vacated his or her seat on the Council and would be replaced.  He explained that receiving an excused absence involves merely sending an email or making a telephone call to the Faculty Council office to let Ms. Debbie Roberts or Ms. Anita Ahmadi know about the absence.

Chair Friedman explained that being recognized to speak at a Council meeting involved standing up at a floor microphone and stating ones name and department, which is required because the meeting is recorded for a transcription used to prepare the minutes. He also reminded each member to recruit a colleague to serve in the faculty grievance pool, from which names are drawn to form a hearing panel in the rare cases where a grievance hearing is required. Members who do not submit names within a week would, by default, have their own names included in the pool. It is preferable to ask full professors, or at least associate professors, about their willingness to be included in the pool, because faculty members can only serve on hearing panels of faculty whose titles are equal to or lower than their own.

Chair Friedman said additional volunteers were needed for the committees that assist the School of Undergraduate Studies in determining which courses meet the criteria to carry flags for undergraduate core requirements. He encouraged members to become involved and have input into this important matter concerning the core curriculum.

He also announced that the process of determining who should serve as the Council’s parliamentarian was changed last year to now be the responsibility of the Faculty Council Executive Committee (FCEC). Because the FCEC members believed Vice President Patti Ohlendorf (legal affairs) had served the University well in this capacity in the past, the committee had recommended that she be asked to continue serving in this role, and he was pleased to report that she had agreed to do so.

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