The SEC meeting was called to order by Chair Tiles at 3:06 p.m.. Attending were Chin, Cox, Rutter and Staff. The Minutes of September 18 were approved.
Tiles reported he wrote to Chancellor Konan requesting a facilitated meeting on shared governance. It was suggested that Delores Foley would be asked to facilitate.
The SEC discussed committee confusion. Apparently there are two committees dealing with student conduct, rights and responsibilities. Heather Crislip had made a request for two faculty members to serve on a committee she was forming, and there is a regular committee asking for members via Lori Ideta. It was agreed that John Reider (English) would be suggested to Heather and Kalei Kanuha (Sociology) to Ideta’s committee. Further clarification will be sought from CFS on whether these groups have duplicative functions and how to streamline. The SEC discussed committee assignments for the Research Ethics committee. Five faculty are sought: The SEC approved Paul Wermager (Library), Carol Murray (SSRI), Brent Buckley (HNFAS), Sean Callahan (Microbiology) and Ken Kipnis (Philosophy). To the Academic Grievance Committee, the SEC approved Susan Chandler (Public Policy), Tom Brislin (Creative Media) and Paul Mitri (Theatre). The SEC approved Jurgen Sang (LLEA) to the awards committee.
The status of the CAPP admissions subcommittee has not yet been decided. However, names were requested for an Athletics Admission committee. The SEC agreed that Eric Tau (LLEA), Judith Kellogg (English) and Kate Zhou (Political Science) would be approved. Probably Ruth Bingham will be asked to remain as chair of the admissions subcommittee, when it reorganizes.
The SEC discussed the new Confucius Institute, and possible problems regarding faculty consultation as it was established. It was agreed that Tiles would write to Dean Ned Shultz and to Cyndi Ning expressing the need to improve communication about the new unit, and suggesting that information be widely distributed and discussed among faculty.
Regarding a request from Frank Boas (UH Foundation Board) to address the Senate on ways to change the way Regents are selected. The SEC decided to explore the possibility; Tiles will follow up.
At 4:00 pm, several committee chairs/representatives joined the SEC for an informal discussion on the priorities of committees this year. Discussion included development of the Senate’s election procedures, development of a resolution tracking website, development of the Faculty Handbook, probable research committee priorities, and other specific topics the various committees may pursue. The meeting adjourned at 5:30 p.m.