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Faculty Senate 12/01/2016

Faculty Senate
December 1, 2016 - 3:30pm
Green Hall-Room 203
  1. Approval of minutes from November 3, 2016
  1. Report of Faculty Senate President Pam Keller
  1. Unity and Community Discussion Continues - Shannon Portillo, Co-chair of DEI Advisory Group    
  1. Unfinished Business
  1. New Business


December 1, 2016 – 4:00 p.m. – 203 Green Hall

Approved February 9, 2017

MEMBERS PRESENT:  Pam Keller, Joe Harrington, Cecile Accilien, Ron Barrett-Gonzalez, Ben Chappell, Kelly Chong, Jonathan Clark, Chris Elles, Pam Fine, Ruben Flores, Jane Gibson, Sandra Gray, Megan Greene, Lynn Hancock, Elspeth Healey, Kissan Joseph, Jason Matejkowski, Amalia Monroe-Gulick, Paul Outka, Bozenna Pasik-Duncan, Edward Peltier, Tom Prisinzano, Lance Rake, Angela Rathmel, Roberta Freund Schwartz, Suzanne Shontz, Geraldo Sousa, Bill Staples

ABSENT:  Mary Banwart, Tom Beisecker (excused), Naima Boussofara (excused), Christopher Fischer, Lisa Friis (excused), Elizabeth MacGonagle, Margaret Marco (excused), Meagan Patterson (excused), Dean Stetler, Belinda Sturm

ALSO PRESENT: Maureen Altman and Kathy Reed, University Governance; Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little; Mary Lee Hummert, Vice Provost for Faculty Development; Michael Wade Smith, Executive Director of Marketing and Advancement

President Pam Keller called the meeting to order, announced that the meeting is recorded and asked for announcements.  Since there wasn’t time for the Unity and Community agenda item she hoped that the next Faculty Senate meeting could be scheduled before University Senate in February.  She explained that although diversity had been discussed at University Senate she still planned to have Shannon Portillo, Co- Chair of the DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) Committee, speak at the next Faculty Senate meeting so Senate can explore how faculty can collaborate with other efforts on campus to address diversity issues.

MINUTES for November 3, 2016 were approved. 


Keller said her report is the same as given in University Senate. 


Keller presented the campus carry resolution FacEx recommended Faculty Senate adopt.  She explained that FacEx recommended adoption of a separate resolution, which is virtually the same as the University Senate resolution, because, while faculty acts when University Senate acts this makes it more clear that the faculty is acting.

Motion that Faculty Senate adopt the Campus Carry Resolution.  Barrett-Gonzalez/Shontz. Passed.

It was noted that like University Senate’s resolution “es” should be added to “campus” in the fourth paragraph.  Lynn Hancock expressed concern that the resolution cited only one paper when there must be research from states which also have similar campus carry laws.  The Chancellor explained that KU is more restricted than other states; the study cited in the resolution reviewed the literature that was available and there wasn’t much more.  Amalia Monroe-Gulick pointed out that the state of Kansas has restrictions on KU research regarding concealed carry.  Responding to Hancock’s question of whether Senate is too early in sending the resolution, the Chancellor pointed out that the study cites some potential problems that Senate can point to. 

Motion to call to question (vote on the resolution motion).  Barrett-Gonzalez/Seconded.  Passed. 


Noting that University Senate has begun the diversity discussion, Keller pointed out that Faculty Senate needs fresh eyes to look at broader issues and recommended senators look at the DEI report, as well as other schools.  She said that Faculty Senate will look at what further steps faculty can take.

Unfinished Business

Referring to Liz Phillips comment in University Senate about KU not having tuition assistance for dependents Hancock questioned what Faculty Senate can do, whether KU is losing faculty because of the decision, and where KU stands compared to other AAU universities.  Keller responded that Faculty Senate can look into it; Kathy Reed said that there is information from other Governance studies that she can provide to Senate.  Monroe-Gulick noted that the staff executive committee is working on it and is pushing for dependent tuition assistance. 

New Business


The meeting adjourned at 5:08

Respectfully submitted,

Maureen Altman


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