September 8, 2003


104 Gore Hall                                                                                                  4:00 p.m.



I.                    The meeting was convened by Senate President Karen Stein.


II.                 The Agenda was approved unanimously.


III.               The meeting minutes of May 5, 2003 were approved unanimously.


IV.              Provost Dan Rich welcomed the Faculty Senate and made remarks describing the current student body here at the UD.  He will give a lengthier presentation at the November 3rd meeting.  The subject matter will be announced prior to the meeting.


V.                 Announcements and introductions were made by Senate President Karen Stein.  She answered questions concerning the official agenda.  The on line is the official agenda.  However, due to computer problems in the Faculty Senate Office, the official agenda was mailed one week prior to the meeting as required by the Senate By-laws. 

All new senators were invited to remain after the regular meeting adjourned for a review of the duties and responsibilities of the faculty senators and to ask any questions.   President Stein then gave the Senate a brief overview of her Senate background and her goals for the upcoming year.  She announced that one of her highest priorities will be “to insure that our Faculty Senate procedures and decision making provide over site and coordination and they are not so burdensome as to discourage our community from submitting innovative programs for the Faculty Senate to review nor so burdensome as to discourage fellow faculty from serving on our committees”.  In addition, President Stein reminded the senate that it is becoming increasingly difficult to recruit faculty to assume leadership roles within the Faculty Senate.  She announced that her second priority will be to address concerns and hesitancies to our faculty about providing leadership to our body.  Shared leadership between the Faculty Senate and Administration was briefly discussed.  President Stein then extended her gratitude to every senator and committee chairperson present for their commitment to excellence in faculty governance and for their willingness to engage in that shared leadership. 


VI.              No consent agenda.


VII.            No old business.



VIII.         No new business.


IX.              The meeting was adjourned at 4:34 p.m.



Respectfully Submitted,


Karren Helsel-Spry


Karren Helsel-Spry

Faculty Senate Administrative Assistant