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Executive Committee Minutes

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April 12, 2002

Attendance: Tolhuizen, Gyurko (for Delunas), Hass, O'Dell, Vinodgopal, Lindmark, Sandoval, Schultz, Poulard, Coffin, Stevens, McShane.

I.  Call to Order

 President Jim Tolhuizen called the meeting to order at 1:06 p.m..

II.  Minutes of the March 1, 2002 Meeting

 The president asked for a  motion to approve the March 1, 2002 Executive Committee minutes.  A motion to approve the minutes was made, seconded, and passed unanimously.

III. Teaching Committee Report

 Professor Schultz brought a motion from the Teaching and Classroom Technology Committee.  The motion called for the creation of two committees, one for the Founders' Day award and one for the Trustees Teaching Award.  In addition, the motion states that award winners will be ineligible for the award during the year immediately following the award year.

 The Ex Comm agreed with these recommendations and decided to include them as part of the Faculty Organization committee restructuring process.  Also, the motion may require an amendment to the bylaws.

IV. Calendar Committee

 President Tolhuizen noted that the Calendar Committee report will be presented next Friday at the Faculty Organization meeting.

V.  Academic Priorities Committee Report

 Professor Coffin reported that the new Academic Priorities Committee (APC) met for its initial meeting on Monday, April 8, to get organized.  The APC has interpreted the chancellor's April 5 memo to mean that after all the work performed by the APC and the Deans' Council, the Campus Budget Committee would create the final priorities list.  APC members felt that if the CBC has the final word, the APC should let the CBC do the work from the beginning of the process.  The APC is scheduled to meet with the chancellor next week to discuss the issue.

 During discussion of Dr. Coffin's report, the Ex Comm noted that the original APC resolution called for a process to fill positions in a timely manner.  The process has become broader than that original charge.  Executive Committee members believe that academic decisions should not be made by a non-academic committee.

 Discussion closed with a suggestion that if next week's meeting with the chancellor does not go well, the issue should be brought before the Faculty Organization on April 19.

VI.  Election Committee

 Professor Poulard reported that 100 ballots for Faculty Organization elections have been received.  The deadline for ballot submission is April 16.  He will report the results at the April 19 meeting.

VII.  Old business

 Secretary McShane asked for a summary of the March 6 meeting between the chancellor and several Ex Comm members.  President Tolhuizen replied that the chancellor had agreed to launch an internal search for an interim vice chancellor for academic affairs.

VIII.  New business

 Professor Vinodgopal asked about the role, if any, of the Faculty Organization in the review of deans and vice chancellors.  He didn't find a clear answer in the Faculty Handbook.  Executive Committee members were unsure, so Professor Vinodgopal will investigate the UFC archives.  President Tolhuizen will also research this question by asking faculty of various IU campuses.

 Professor Lindmark reported that the IU Trustees issued a mandate for 3.5% raises, of which one-half percent would be directed toward "high performers."  The 1st Tier Salary Committee agreed with that course, and Vice Chancellor Vasquez will distribute the funds to the divisions.

 As the final act of the Executive Committee for the 2001-2002 academic year, Vice President Vinodgopal, on behalf of the entire Executive Committee,  led an official vote of thanks to President Tolhuizen for his 3.50 years of service as head of the Faculty Organization and the Executive Committee.  President Tolhuizen expressed appreciation for the recognition and thanked everyone for their hard work during his tenure.

XI.  Adjournment

 There being no further business, the Executive Committee meeting adjourned at 2:32 p.m..

Respectfully submitted,

Stephen McShane


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