Representative Senate Meeting
Wednesday, November 18, 2009—Minutes
1. Call to Order:
The meeting was called to order by President Turner at 1:50 PM.
President Turner discussed the motion presented by the FSSC to amend the bylaws for the purpose of changing the quorum requirements. Following the University Senate meeting next month, there will be a special Representative Senate meeting for the purpose of having a full discussion of this motion.
LaFollette announced the results of the recent special election to fill empty positions on the Personnel and Sabbatical committees. He thanked those who ran for those positions, and pointed out that the number of people voting was distressingly small.
Personnel Committee: Jane D. Evans (TYL)
President Hart gave a detailed report about the Medical School's financial health. Among other things, she announced that the Medical School plans to increase its class size by 30 students and that Temple has entered into a joint plan with St. Lukes in the Lehigh Valley to run a 1 + 3 year education program.
5. Provost Lisa Listens:
The Provost reported on the activities of the Dysfunctional Rules Committee - a committee which is attempting to identify and correct rules that make little sense. They have been soliciting input through TUPortal for several months, and are busy analyzing the comments they have received.
She has added $25,000.00 to RPPC's seed money grants, and Richard Englert's staff is now providing support to RPPC.
The search is underway for the new VP for Research and Graduate Education.
Scott Gratson (SCT) noted that there is no committee charged with GLBT concerns. Does Temple have a commitment to diversity with respect to the GLBT community?
Karen Turner (SCT) announced that the officers of the Senate have been meeting monthly with the Provost. These meetings have been very useful and several important ideas have already come forth from them.
Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 2:55 PM.
Special Representative Faculty Senate Meeting
Thursday, December 10, 2009—Minutes
Call to Order:
The meeting was called to order by President Turner at 3:14 P.M.
President’s Report: Karen M. Turner
President Turner explained that the purpose of this meeting was to discuss an amendment related to the issue of a quorum. However, before turning to the amendment, itself, she provided some background. To accomplish this, she presented a power point presentation which went over the problems related to the quorum issue from April 16, 2009 – November 17, 2009.
After the overview, Karen Turner turned to the senate bylaws and the discussion of the quorum. In particular, she spoke of the wide range of business conducted by the senate and the fact that electronic voting is now part of the bylaws.
Michael Jackson (STHM) put forth the motion that there should be the following amendment to the bylaws, Article, V, Meetings, Section 6.
A quorum of the University Faculty senate shall consist of 40 eligible members. A quorum of the Representative Faculty Senate shall consist of 25 eligible members. It shall be assumed, upon the call to order, that a quorum is present: the minutes shall be read. If, after reading and before approval of the minutes, any member shall suggest the absence of a quorum, the presiding officer shall determine whether a quorum be present. If no quorum be present, the presiding officer of the meeting shall determine either to wait for the appearance of a quorum or to adjourn to another date. In the event a quorum cannot be obtained, at the presiding officer's discretion, the meeting may continue informally for purposes of debate or discussion, but no formal action may be taken. A member may at any time after the approval of the minutes suggest the absence of as quorum, but the presiding officer may rule said suggestion out of order if, in the presiding officer's opinion, a quorum is present.
A discussion followed the motion. There were six positive comments and two negative comments regarding the motion. Some positive comments were:
Some negative comments included:
In addition to the comments from the senators, President Turner made the point that there are other safeguards that make it hard for a small group to dominate. In particular, she said that the meetings are recorded and the minutes are available on line.
Orin Chein (CST) called for a vote on the motion. This was passed. Mark Rahdert (LAW) followed up by asking for a paper ballot. The paper ballots were collected and counted. The motion passed; 33 for the motion and 8 against it.
The meeting was adjourned at 3:43 P.M.
Submitted by Joan Poliner Shapiro, Secretary