GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
FALL MEETING OF THE GENERAL FACULTY
GENERAL FACULTY ASSEMBLY
Combined with a
MEETING OF THE ACADEMIC SENATE
Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 2:00 pm
Ferst Center for the Arts
1. Call to Order and Introduction of the President (Ron Bohlander)
2. Approval of minutes of previous meeting April 22, 2008
3. Proposed changes in the Faculty Handbook regarding Hiring and Promotion Guidelines for Professional Research Personnel (Tim Strike Statutes Committee)
4. Presentation of annual reports and pending minutes of Standing Committees of the General Faculty
Benefits (Bettina Cothran)
Minutes:4/1/08, 4/22/08. No action items.
b. Faculty Honors (Bill Hunt)
c. Faculty Status & Grievance (Carol Colatrella)
d. Statutes (Tim Strike)
Services (Margaret Loper)
Minutes: 2/26/08, 3/25/08, 4/22/08, 8/26/08, 9/16/08. No action items.
Welfare & Security (Jilda Garton)
Minutes: 4/14/08. No action items.
5. Presentation of annual reports and pending minutes of Standing Committees of the Academic Senate
Curriculum (Chuck Parsons and John Tone)
Minutes: 5/7/08, 5/12/08, 6/11/08, 7/16/08, 8/6/08, 8/18/08, 8/27/08, 9/10/08, 10/8/08.
Action items. From 5/7: Math 1 new course, 2 cross-listings with CS; ME change in degree reqs. related to economics and technical electives. From 7/16: Mod Langs 2 new courses; Arch. 3 new courses; CoC and LCC change in grade requirements for BS in Computational Media, its International Plan Option, and its Research Option; Psych. 1 new course and an additional elective option for Social Science. From 8/18: Procedure for handling petitions for additional credits in the final term. From 9/10: BME revision to minor in BME; EAS 2 new courses and a modification to the degree program concerning expanding a requirement for C or better in certain courses; HST changes in the minors in History and in Sociology. From 10/8: Pub.Pol. minors in Political Science, Public Policy, Philosophy of Science and Technology, and Law, Science, and Technology will require 15 instead of 18 hours; Provosts Office new special topics course re the In/Venture Prize@Georgia Tech.
Curriculum (Gary Parker)
Minutes: 5/12/08, 6/12/08, 9/4/08
Action Items. From 5/12: new Guidelines for Petitions, Admission to Graduate Status without an Undergraduate Degree. Also, Psych. - new PhD specializations in Cognitive Aging and in Cognition and Brain Science, plus 14 new courses; Building Construction Program - change MS in Building Construction and Integrated Facility Management from a 12-month program to a 9-month program. From 6/12: Mgt 3 new courses; ME cross-listing 3 courses with CS, AE, ECE.
Regulations (Paul Benkeser for Jeff Streator, Chair)
Minutes: 4/15/08, 8/25/08, 9/22/08.
Action items. From 8/25: Policy change on student academic grievance procedures providing additional avenues for students to file the grievance. From 9/22: Policy on course credit for completion of International Baccalaureate courses in high school, providing guidance for the amount of credit.
Academic & Financial Affairs (Susan Burns for the chair Augustine Esogbue)
Minutes: 1/31/08, 3/27/08, 4/24/08. No action items.
Activities (Mary-Frances Panettiere for the chair Brent Carter)
Minutes: 9/28/07, 11/2/07, 11/30/07, 2/22/08, 3/7/08, 4/25/08
Action items: Approval of all student activity charters and constitution revisions recommended by the committee as documented in their minutes and the annual report.
f. Student Grievance & Appeal (Facundo Fernandez) this report postponed to November 18, 2008
g. Student Honor (Carol Senf)
Computer Ownership (Jonathan Giffin)
Minutes: 9/17/07, 2/14/08. Action items: Approval of recommended changes to laptop requirements and software recommendations
Academic Integrity (Robert Kirkman)
Minutes: 11/2/07, 11/30/07, 2/8/08, 4/18/08. No action items.
6. Any Other Business.
7. State of the Institute Address (President Gary Schuster).
Ronald A Bohlander
Secretary of the Faculty
October 21, 2008