Faculty Senate Meets

Posted: February 10, 2011 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: February 10, 2011 at 2:11 pm

By Robin Herron

At its meeting on Feb. 9, the Faculty Senate voted to amend its previously adopted Faculty Practice Plan resolution and also created a Recreation Advisory Committee and a task force to examine agreements between Mason and private donors.

  • The Faculty Practice Plan resolution was originally approved in March 2008. The resolution passed this week clarifies that participation in faculty practice cannot be held as a condition of continued employment and renewal, and that faculty members opting out of faculty practice cannot have their negotiated salaries reduced.
  • The new Recreation Advisory Committee will advise in all matters pertaining to faculty and staff use of recreational facilities. Three faculty members, three staff members and three representatives chosen by Human Resources and Payroll will serve on the committee. Following passage of this resolution, the senate elected three faculty representatives to serve on the committee.
  • The newly created senate Task Force re Private Donors (TFPD) is charged with reviewing significant agreements between the university and donors “that have an overt intellectual dimension.” The oversight will include looking at the impact of the agreements in regard to the teaching and research missions of the university; the university’s mission to serve the public good; the university’s use of resources; and the image of the university as perceived by the Mason community and the public. Following passage of the motion, five faculty members were elected to serve on the task force.

The senate also elected two representatives to serve on the Distance Education Council, which will advise the associate provost for distance education on programs and technology suitable for distance learning.

The senate heard from Andrea Bartoli, formerly director of the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, who, with the creation of the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, is now dean. Bartoli described his hopes for the new school and updated the senate on plans for Point of View, the research and retreat center in Mason Neck, Va., that his unit operates.

Chair Peter Pober announced that a meeting of the Faculty Senate to discuss changes to the Faculty Handbook will be held on March 23.

James Bennett, Nominations Committee chair, announced that elections for faculty representatives to Board of Visitors committees will be held in March.

For more information on the Faculty Senate, see the website.

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