All spring semester meetings start at 1:30 pm in DW 1001.
- Call to order.
- Approval of minutes for November.
- Higher Learning Commission visit. Overview of the schedule and opportunities for participating. How to make the most of these opportunities.
- Carnegie Task Force. Making the most of faculty annual reports.
- General Education Task Force. Questions that can guide unit-level conversations going toward an eventual vote on general education. Opportunities needed for discussion to prepare for a campus decision on general education.
- Report and motion on childcare from the Faculty Working Group on Childcare at IUSB. Report in the document area below. Motion: Be it resolved that:
The Faculty affirms that campus-supported childcare is of great importance to the university community and that an affordable, high quality child care facility should be available to students, staff, and faculty.
- Report from the University Faculty Council meeting in November.
- Moving the Senate Constitution and the Handbook to the web. Progress and a report on the votes from the last meeting.
- Brief items: a) Faculty position: Murli Nair (see document area below). b) News of the statewide progress on the teacher-scholar model of teaching excellence, following up on the Senate’s November motion. c) Nominating committee work is underway. Continuities, faculty development, Practical philosophy. d) Budget hearings.
- President’s remarks.
- Announcements and motion to adjourn.
- Childcare resolution–report on the campus survey.
- Announcement from Associate Vice Chancellor Jann Joseph of Dr. Murli Nair as the new Faculty Program Associate for Online Education:
Dr. Murli Nair is an Associate Professor of Bioinformatics, with joint positions in the Biology and Computer Science/Informatics departments. Prior to joining IUSB in 2006, he was a scientist at the University of California San Diego Supercomputer Center. With his interdisciplinary background, he has taught introductory and advanced courses for both departments. Dr. Nair has introduced several new courses, including Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, Genomics, Biology of Cancer and Introduction to Datamining. He regularly teaches online courses, and has developed and taught three of them – Biostatistics, Introduction to Data Mining and Genomics. He received funding to develop online courses from the Center for Online Education as well as SEED Grant for computer equipment. He recently received an NSF grant to procure a server for research and for teaching data intensive courses. Dr. Nair’s core research area is cancer genomics.