SENATORS EXCUSED: David Ames, Thomas Evrard, Michael Ferrari, T. W. Fraser Russell, Frederick Getze, Jeffrey Jordan, Cliff Keil, Sherry Kitto, Charles Mason, John Nye, Rivers Singleton, Karen Stein, David Teague, Satoshi Tomioka, Carolyn Thoroughgood, Tuncay Saydam,
SENATORS ABSENT: Kim Franchino, Jay Hildebrandt, John Hurt, Paul Mettler, Dan Mott, George Watson
I ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA
The agenda was adopted with minor changes. Additional documentation was provided in the Senate voting cards for the Earth Science Education major and the Leadership minor. Also Item 5 in the Announcements for Challenge was corrected to read Entrepreneurship. Jon Olson moved to accept the agenda. It was seconded by Beth Haslett.II. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES
The minutes of the December 6, 1999 meeting of the Senate were approved as distributed.III. REMARKS BY PROVOST SCHIAVELLI
There were no remarks by Provost SchiavelliIV. ANNOUNCEMENTS
President Mark Huddleston announced that there were no course challenges for next year's catalog. He noted that if department program revisions did not make the February agenda to look for them on the March agenda. President Huddleston reminded senators of the Open Meeting for the General Education Program to be held on February 16 in 127 Memorial Hall at 1:30 p.m. He asked that senators pass this information on to their colleagues. In addition, he noted that this information can also be seen on the Faculty Senate home page. <www.udel.edu/facsen/reports/genedrpt1.htm>
VI. NEW BUSINESS
A. A recommendation to establish a minor in Leadership, College of Human Resources, Education, and Public Policy was unanimously approved.
Whereas the proposal from the Department of Consumer Studies to offer a minor in Leadership has the written support of 18 departments/programs on campus, and
Whereas the proposed curriculum was developed with the assistance of 15 faculty, representing four colleges and 10 academic units, and
Whereas the required courses proposed for the minor have already served over 300 students from 6 colleges and 33 different majors, and
Whereas the courses were perceived as valuable learning experiences, as measured by student evaluation, and
Whereas the Department of Consumer Studies and the College of Human Resources, Education and Public Policy have committed significant financial and faculty resources towards the development and implementation of the proposed curriculum, and will continue to commit such resources to support all aspects of the proposed minor, be it therefore
Resolved that the minor in Leadership be established in the Department of Consumer Studies.
B. A recommendation for
permanent status of the Master of Music Degree Program was unanimously
Whereas the Master of Music degree program has met or exceeded all of the expectations set forth in the proposal to establish the program, and
Whereas the Master of Music degree program meets all standards of the National Association of Schools of Music, be it therefore
Resolved that the Master of Music degree program be granted permanent status.
C. Recommendation to discontinue the International
Honors Certificate, Department of Foreign Languages and Literature was
Whereas since its inception very few students have shown interest in, or qualified for, this recognition, and
Whereas the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, the Department of Political Science and International Relations, and the University Honors Program, concur on a proposal to discontinue the awarding of the International Honors Certificate, be it therefore
Resolved that the International Honors Certificate is hereby disestablished.
D. Recommendation for
permanent status of the Master of Arts with a major in Economics for Educators
degree program, College of Business and Economics
Whereas the Master of Arts degree program with a major in Economics continues to exist as a thriving, active, degree program, be it therefore
Resolved that the master of Arts degree program with a major in Economics for Educators be granted permanent status.
E. After brief discussion, recommendation for
changes to the election procedure for officers of the Faculty Senate was
Whereas officers of the Faculty Senate primarily serve apolitical managerial functions on behalf of the faculty, and
Whereas in consequence no meaningful Acampaigns@ can be conducted for election to Senate offices, and
Whereas Senators therefore have no basis in policy to make choices between alternative candidates, and
Whereas the usual difficulty in recruiting qualified candidates for Senate offices is compounded by the knowledge of would-be candidates that one may be defeated in an election that bears no certain relation to one's fitness for office, and
Whereas both the Constitution of the Faculty and the charge to the Committee on Committees and Nominations are silent on the question as to whether elections for Senate offices must be contested, be it therefore
Resolved that the Committee on Committees and Nominations be directed to nominate and make public the name of no more than one person for each elected position (President-Elect, Vice President, Secretary, Chair of the Committee on Committees and Nominations) no later than the April Senate meeting of each year. Any faculty member may then within one week nominate himself or herself or another eligible member of the faculty (with that faculty member's consent) as an opposing candidate for any one office. The candidates for the office of President-elect are expected to write a statement of goals. The resulting elections, contested or not, are to be held as usual during the May Senate meeting.
F. Recommendation to disestablish the Geophysics
B.S. was unanimously approved.
Whereas the Geology Department has undertaken a major overhaul of its curricula, and
Whereas there have been few students pursuing the BS in Geophysics, and
Whereas Geophysics is being more appropriately located as a concentration under the BS in the Geology major, be it therefore
Resolved that the BS in Geophysics is hereby disestablished.
G. Recommendation for provisional approval for
a new B.S. major in Mathematics and Economics, College of Arts and Science
was unanimously approved.
Whereas many students wish to obtain a degree in Economics with a strong background in Mathematics, and
Whereas rigorous study of both disciplines is solid preparation for graduate school in either Economics or Mathematics, and
Whereas the Department of Economics (College of Business and Economics) and the Department of Mathematical Sciences (College of Arts & Science) have collaborated enthusiastically in developing this proposal, be it therefore
Resolved that a BS major in Mathematics and Economics be established provisionally for four years in the College of Arts and Science.
VII, INTRODUCTION OF NEW BUSINESS:
There were no outstanding items of new business. President Huddleston asked if there were proposed items of new business, reminding the Senate that such proposed items could not be acted upon until the next meeting. Hearing no proposed new business, the meeting was adjourned 4:20 p.m.
Rita Girardi for
Karen F. Stein, Secretary
University Faculty Senate