GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

FALL MEETING OF THE FACULTY,

FACULTY SENATE, AND

THE ACADEMIC FACULTY SENATE

 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 3:00 pm

Student Center Theater

MINUTES

1.      Provost Bras opened the meeting at about 3:08 PM, stating that he was filling in for President Peterson who was attending the AAU Presidents’ Meeting in Washington. 

2.     Dr. Bras called on John Stein, Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students to provide a brief update on the student that disappeared for a couple of days and was found.  Friends of his helped with the search and found him on Monday morning a few days after he disappeared.  He was transported to Grady and had serious injuries, but a full recovery was expected. Dr. Bras thanked John and his staff for all they do for our students.

3.      Dr. Bras then provided the following remarks on matters of interest to the campus:

a)     Albert Einstein Monument: located at the northwestern corner of the green. It is completed and will be dedicated on Friday, Oct. 23rd at 3:30.  It is one of three pieces done by Robert Berks.  The first piece is 22 feet and is at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC, the second piece is 12 feet and is at the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Jerusalem and. The third pieced is what we obtained.  This is a piece that epitomizes the sciences, but also human rights.  In the middle of the piece, is a polished black granite that has bronze stars representing the constellation of the night sky over Atlanta on Dec. 10, 1948, the date of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

b)     Homecoming starts in earnest on Friday.  The 50, 40, 25 class reunions.  There will be a President update, a campus walk, and showcasing of many activities of our different units.  He urged everyone to participate and say hello to the many visitors.

c)     Capital Campaign: quickly approaching its end.  Right now we officially have $1.7 billion.  We have exceeded our goals.  We appreciate all that has been done.  We have almost achieved the 100 faculty chairs; we have a few more to go and hope we do achieve that goal.

d)     The Engineered Biosystems Building (EBB) was dedicated on September 11 and is an extraordinary facility.  He encouraged everyone to visit the facility.

e)     Early applications closed on Friday.  The number of applications is up 28%; truly an extraordinary number particularly when most places are barely holding onto their normal number of applications. It is good to know students want to be here. Kudos to the enrollment and admissions staff who work very hard.

f)      High Performance Computing Center: Should break ground at the beginning of next year. It is a 750K square foot building that is a private and public partnership.  Very nice building designed by John Portman that will become a signature building for Atlanta.

g)     Provost Bras announced a Task Force to develop the next education system to address what education system may be in 15 to 20 years ahead.

h)     There is a Task Force of the Learning Environment that has to do with the learning environment of students and faculty and that relationship. 

2.      Provost Bras asked for the minutes of the April 21, 2015 meeting to be approved.  He indicated that the minutes were posted on the faculty governance web site and no additions or corrections had been received. (See Attachment #1 below for web site reference).   The minutes were approved without dissent.  

3.      Dr. Bras called on Prof. Joe Hughes, Chair of the Charitable Campaign, to explain the campaign this year.  He showed the website in Attachment #2.  Georgia Tech has been a leader in the Charitable Campaign.  Last year Tech won the Governor’s Cup for the eighth time for highest participation in its category of state agencies.  The focus this year was on trying to increase the percentage of employee participation.  He noted that there were over a thousand charitable organizations that could be designated to receive donations through this program and there was no overhead taken out in administering this campaign.  Prof. Hughes said the reason to contribute through the Charitable Campaign is because there is zero overhead to give to the charity.  Another fundraising organization would likely rake off a portion of what was given.  This was a chance to show that the Georgia Tech community cared about the communities and people around them.  It was also the case that some members of the Georgia Tech community themselves benefitted from the services of these charitable agencies. Prof. Hughes closed by asking the faculty to contribute themselves to this campaign and to talk it up with other faculty members in their units.

      Provost Bras added his encouragement for faculty to participate in giving.

4.      The Provost asked Prof. Hughes, Chair of the Statutes Committee to recommend changes to the Faculty Handbook.  He provided a markup of the proposed changes in Attachment 3.  Prof. Hughes explained that the change was to add the words “faculty” and “research” to the handbook into the rules of election to the Faculty Executive Board to make it clear that each group elects its own members.  He stated this was statutes and required two readings and votes.  The first reading was approved at the April 21, 2015 meeting and this is the second reading and vote.

Prof. Hughes moved that the Faculty accept Section 2.1 as modified.  The motion was seconded and passed without dissent.

5.     The Provost then called on representatives of each of the Standing Committees of the Faculty as a whole to present their annual reports and any minutes requiring approval.  There were no specific action items that needed further approval.  In most cases the representatives followed closely the reports in the committees’ files on the faculty governance website noted in Attachment 4 below and so this text is not repeated here.  The following is an outline of the material presented showing the representatives that appeared to make the presentations.

Standing Committees of the Faculty

a.      Faculty Benefits – Ms. Michelle Powell presented the Annual Report for the Chair, Prof. Jason Freeman
Minutes 2/10/15, 4/14/15. No action items.

Ms. Powell moved to have the above minutes approved and the motion passed without dissent.

b.      Faculty Honors – Chair, Dr. Nathan Moon presented the Annual Report.

c.      Faculty Status & Grievance – Dr. Brandy Blake presented the Annual Report for the Chair, Prof. Jon Colton.

d.      Statutes – Chair, Prof. Joe Hughes presented the Annual Report.

e.      Faculty Services –Ms. Susan Parham, Chair 2015-16 presented the Annual Report for Prof. Sonit Bafna, Chair 2014-15.
Minutes 2/23/15, 4/20/15, 5/18/15:  No action items. 

Ms. Parham moved to have the above minutes approved and the motion passed without dissent. 

f.       Welfare & Security – Mr. Andrew Hardin, Chair 2014-15 presented the Annual Report.

      Minutes 4/24/15. No action items.

Mr. Hardin moved to have the above minutes approved and the motion passed without dissent. 

6.     The Provost then called on representatives of each of the Academic Faculty’s Standing Committees to present their annual reports and any minutes requiring approval.  Explicit approval of the Academic Faculty for specific action items was also sought where required.  In most cases the representatives followed closely the reports in the committees’ files on the faculty governance website noted in Attachment #4 below and so there was not need to repeat the text here.  The following provides an outline of the material presented showing the representatives that appeared to make the presentations.  Where presenters utilized additional presentation materials, they are noted below and provided as attachments.

Standing Committees of the Academic Faculty

a.   Institute Undergraduate Curriculum – Prof. David Scott (Vice-Chair 2015-16) presented the Annual Report and also covered minutes and action items, including those from the 2015-16 academic year, utilizing the presentation in Attachment #4a.   

Minutes 4/28/15, 5/12/15, 6/2/15, 6/16/15, 7/21/15, 7/22/15, 8/11/15, 8/18/15, 9/1/15, 9/15/15, 10/6/15: 

Action items: From 6/16: School of Math: 1 new course; College of Architecture: studio placement requirement; School of Music: 5 new courses; School of Architecture: 1 new course. From 7/21: Ivan Allen College: new subject code IAC; School of International Affairs: participate in Research Option program; combined Ivan Allen College, College of Computing, College of Sciences, and College of Engineering: Modify Collaborative Agreement with Georgia State BS/MAT; School of Materials Science and Engineering: Minor modification; School of Architecture: 4 new courses and new minor; College of Computing: 1 new course; August 11: School of Economics: 1 new course; School of Materials Science and Engineering: PTFE prefix courses deactivated, School of Mechanical Engineering: 1 new course; School of Architecture: 10 new courses, 2 new certificates. From 9/1: School of Math: 2 new courses; School of Music: 10 new courses. From 10/6: School of Psychology: 3 new courses, Degree modification; School of Music: new degree BS in Music Technology; School of CEE: 1 new course; School of Public Policy: Law, Science, and Technology minor modification, Pre-law Certificate modification.

 

Prof. Scott moved for the adoption of the listed minutes and action items.  All were approved without dissent

b.     Institute Graduate Curriculum – Prof. Victor Breedveld (Chair, 2014-15 and 2015-16) presented the Annual Report.  He also covered minutes and action items from both academic years, utilizing the presentation in Attachment #4b.

Minutes: 6/4/15, 9/3/15, 9/10/15, 10/1/15:

Action Items: From 6/4: School of Biology: 2 new courses; College of Computing: degree modification and 2 new courses. From 9/10: School of Math: 1 new course; deactivation of LCC and ENTR prefix courses. From 10/1: deactivation of PTFE prefix courses.

Prof. Breedveld moved for the adoption of the listed minutes and action items.  All were approved without dissent.

c.      Student Regulations – Prof. Al Ferri (Chair 2014-15 and 2015-16) presented the Annual Report and minutes and action items for both academic years utilizing Attachment #4c
Minutes 7/8/15, 8/27/15. No action items.

Prof. Ferri moved for the adoption of the listed minutes.  All were approved without dissent.

d.   Student Academic & Financial Affairs – Prof. Anne Pollock (Chair, 2015-16) presented the Annual Report for Prof. Craig Tovey (Chair 2014-15) utilizing Attachment #4d as well as the following minutes from both academic years with no action items.
Minutes: 4/21/15, 9/17/15.  No action items.

Prof. Pollock moved for the adoption of the listed minutes.  All were approved without dissent.

e.      Student Activities – Ms. Cathy Carpenter (Chair, 2014-15) presented the Annual Report and the following minutes and action items:

Minutes: 10/9/14, 10/16/14, 11/13/14, 12/9/14, 2/10/15, 2/24/15, 3/2/15, 3/24/15, 4/7/15, 4/21/15, 6/17/15

Action items: Approval of all student activity charters and constitution revisions recommended by the committee as documented in their minutes and the annual report.

Ms. Carpenter moved for the adoption of the listed minutes and action items.  All were approved without dissent.

f.       Student Grievance & Appeal – Prof. Arnie Schneider (2014-15 Chair) presented the Annual Report.  He stated Prof Elliot Moore is the 2015-16 Chair.

g.   Student Honor – Prof. Jake Soper (2014-15 Chair) presented the Annual Report utilizing the materials in Attachment #4e.

h.   Student Computer Ownership – Ms. Jeanne Balsam presented the Annual Report and the following minutes and action items for the committee:
Minutes: 9/12/14, 1/21/15
Action items: Approval of the Student Computer Ownership plan for 2015-16

Ms. Balsam moved for the adoption of the listed minutes and action items.  All were approved without dissent.

i.      Academic Integrity – Chair, Prof. Jeff Davis, 2014-15 Co-Chair with Prof Elliot Moore and the 2015-16 Chair presented the Annual Report and the following minutes with no action items.

Minutes: 3/25/15.  No action items.

Prof Davis moved for the adoption of the listed minutes.  These were approved without dissent.

7.     Dr. Bras asked if there was any other business.  Hearing none, he encouraged everyone to participate and enjoy homecoming and to go to the unveiling of the Einstein Monument on Friday.  He adjourned the meeting at about 4:35 PM.

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Jeanne Balsam
Secretary of the Faculty

November 13, 2015

 

Attachments:

 

  1. Minutes of the April 21, 2015 meeting of the Academic Faculty Senate, Academic Faculty, and Faculty.
  2. Website for the Georgia Tech Charitable Campaign
  3. Recommendation to modify Faculty Handbook section 2.l
  4. All annual reports and minutes may be found at
    http://www.facultygovernance.gatech.edu/CommitteeMinutes.htm   
    1. IUCC presentation
    2. IGCC presentation
    3. SRC presentation
    4. SAFAC presentation
    5. SHC presentation