October 4 Senate meeting summary and full minutes

This is a summary of the October 4 Faculty Senate meeting. You can also read the complete minutes [PDF]Our next Faculty Senate meeting is November 1, 2016 4 – 6 p.m. at Monroe Park Student Commons, Commonwealth Ballroom A-B.

Please e-mail Brian Daugherity at bjdaugherity@vcu.edu with any questions or corrections.

VCU Heath Update (Marsha Rappley)

  • Rappley discussed the mission of VCU Health and plans for new facilities (including the Children’s Pavilion, the Virginia Treatment Center for Children, and the Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Wellness Center), as well as plans for outdated facilities (including West Hospital, North Hospital, Nelson Clinic, and the Ambulatory Care Center).

Accessibility and Reasonable Accommodation for Individuals with Disabilities (Paula McMahon)

  • McMahon discussed the mission of Equity and Access Services (EAS) and noted VCU’s plan to update its accessibility and access plan in the near future. This office focuses on allowing qualified individuals with disabilities to enjoy equal opportunity.

Provost Report (Gail Hackett)

  • The Provost discussed searches, interim deans, and promotions. The Provost also discussed the need for a new VCU strategic plan (after Quest), with a tentative deadline of summer 2018, and plans for the Real World Experience (VCU’s experiential learning component). Finally, the Provost announced that VCU’s plans to give raises to faculty this year have been deferred.

BOV September meeting update (June Nicholson)

  • Nicholson, faculty representative to the BOV, discussed her September report to the BOV, during which she highlighted shared governance, diversity and inclusion, and faculty-led interdisciplinary programs. Nicholson also thanked Dr. Kathy Bassard and the Provost’s Office for its presentation on the promotion and tenure process.

Branding the Senate (Scott Street)

  • Street noted that he and Holly Alford have attended a variety of meetings at units throughout VCU this semester to inform them about the goals, responsibilities, and initiatives of Faculty Senate. Street also indicated that Faculty Senate would like to purchase items to help brand the Senate and spread knowledge of its work.

President’s Report (Holly Alford)

  1. CTLE (Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence): The Faculty Senate Leadership Group met with Enoch Hale, new director of the CTLE, and offered ideas about its priorities and focus
  2. BOV Luncheon: Faculty Senate leaders will take part in the next BOV meeting in December, including a pre-meeting dinner.
  3. Senate Forum: The Faculty Senate plans to sponsor a forum related to academic freedom and freedom of speech, in conjunction with the Provost’s Office.
  4. Presidents Forum Oct. 13: President Alford noted that Faculty Senate has been involved in the planning and development of the president’s forums on social justice,

Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Action Plan (Holly Alford/Mary Secret)

  • Alford and Secret discussed the draft of the Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Action Plan, developed by the Council of Inclusive Excellence and Equity. Key aspects: (1) institutional commitment [communication; infrastructure; accountability]; (2) climate and intergroup relations [living, learning, and working]; (3) recruitment, retention, and success [student and faculty]; (4) education and scholarship [research initiatives; diversity-rich learning]; (5) assessment

Welcome back! First meeting 8/30; First Generation students event 8/26

Welcome back, Senators! The first Faculty Senate meeting is August 30 at 4 p.m. in the Monroe Park Campus Student Commons, Salons III and IV. Please review the agenda for August 30 and minutes from the May 3 meeting. If you are a new Senator, please arrive at 3:30 p.m. for orientation.

The Senate also wants to inform you that we are supporting our first generation students. We ask faculty, especially first generation faculty members, to come out and support our students who are the first in their families to go to college. The first event is August 26th in the Commonwealth Ballroom from 3 to 4 p.m.:

First-gen fridays event series

Meeting Agenda – Tuesday, May 3 at 4 p.m. – Larrick Center Court End Ballroom, MCV

Senators – our last Faculty Senate Meeting of the academic year is tomorrow, May 3, 2016, from 4-6 p.m. at Larrick Center, Court End Ballroom, MCV.


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  • Call to order – Holly Alford
  • Minutes April 5th meeting – Scott Street (10 mins.)
  • Guest: Budget update – Scott Street and Brian Daugherity (20 mins.)
  • Senate Business
    • Elections – June Nicholson (10 mins.)
    • Shared Governance Update – Mary Secret (20 mins.)
    • Resolution for David Fauri – Mary Secret and June Nicholson (10 mins.)
  • President’s Report Holly Alford
    • Change in HR and Evaluations (10 mins.)
    • BOV Luncheon
    • Committee Chairs
  • Roundtable Discussion: Goals for next Year –  Holly Alford and Scott Street

Title IX training reminder + Denim Day April 27

Faculty: as you are aware, the Title IX training called “Not Anymore” with additional content for employees is required of all employees — faculty and staff as well as student workers and part-time wage employees. It will take approximately 45 minutes to complete and should be completed by April 30, 2016 in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Access the employee Title IX training.

Wear Denim April 27 to support survivors of sexual assaultVCU is also embracing the Denim Day Campaign as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. To show solidarity with survivors at VCU and across the globe, all faculty and staff are encouraged to wear blue jeans to work on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016. Throughout April, a number of events will be occurring in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The Wellness Resource Center offers on-campus, confidential support for survivors and allies of survivors who have experienced sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking.

Agenda for Senate meeting April 5, 2016

Agenda for the full Senate meeting on April 5 at Monroe Park Campus Student Commons Forum Room from 4-6 p.m.: