Faculty Senate Opens New Academic Year

Posted: September 10, 2009 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: September 9, 2009 at 4:26 pm

By Robin Herron

The Faculty Senate held its first meeting of the academic year on Wednesday, Sept. 9, with new chair Peter Pober, professor of communication, presiding.

A highlight of the meeting was an address by Provost Peter Stearns outlining a lengthy list of issues he expects his office to be involved in during the year. He said he welcomed participation by interested faculty in these initiatives.

Among the issues or matters the provost listed were

  • Dealing with budget cuts and related financial matters, including exploring alternative sources of income.  [A special meeting of the Faculty Senate on budget issues has been called for Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 4 p.m. in Harris Theater.]
  • Global initiatives, including collaborations with foreign universities and recruiting international students. [The provost has scheduled a meeting on Sept. 29 to discuss global projects with the faculty.]
  • SACS reaccreditation, including implementing the Quality Enhancement Plan
  • Applying for Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi chapters on campus
  • New undergraduate programs on the environment and sustainability
  • Exploring options for a Loudoun County campus site
  • Developing the Belmont Bay site for environmental studies
  • New campus building openings and refurbishment of vacated areas

At the meeting, the senate also elected representatives to its standing committees, as well as to university standing committees.

Finally, the senate heard reports from administrators in the Information Technology Unit and University Services regarding issues with the Blackboard system, the University Card system and voice and telephone systems, as well as how those issues were resolved or are being resolved.

More information is available on the Faculty Senate web site.

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