FacEx Meeting Minutes

Meeting Details:

Fiscal Year: FY2024
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Minutes Recorded By: Suzanne Scales
Minutes Approved on:


Attending Members

  • Josh Arpin
  • Mugur Geana
  • Sam Brody
  • Victor Gonzalez

Other Attendees

  • Caty Movich
  • Suzanne Scales
  • Jeff Chasen

Approval of Previous Minutes

Meeting minutes from February 20, 2024, meeting were distributed before the meeting. Hearing no corrections, the minutes were approved.


Faculty Senate Report

Reporter: Victor Gonzalez (Faculty Senate President)

Victor reported the following. Victor, Josh and Sam met with the Provost, which is part of the ongoing communications with the Provost Office. They discussed the following issues.

  • Excused Absences Policy. They discussed where we stand now with the policy. A meeting with different leaders involved with the policy is being organized. Victor has analyzed the data from the survey about the policy. We might discuss this with the student senate, as well. There will be education with the students, in the future, about their responsibility with the policy.
  • Teaching Assistant Ad Hoc Committee with the Provost. With the change in leadership with Faculty Affairs, this is one of the committees that will continue. Each campus unit is developing the protocols for the Teaching Assistant position, in collaboration with faculty affairs.
  • Ethics requirement petition and Core 34.

Victor reported he took part in the All-Teams Meeting.

University Senate Report

Reporter: Josh Arpin (University Senate President-Elect)

Josh Arpin reported on the following. The Ethics petition was discussed at the University Senate, and it was sent back to SenEx. We got interesting feedback on this from the Provost. It may be a wait and see model on this.

The membership request from International Affairs Committee to make it more fair across the constituents. We are analyzing the various University Senate committees to see which committees to decide what is the right number of members for each committee.

Victor welcomed Mugur Geana to FacEx. Mugur Geana introduced himself.

Unfinished Business

Victor discussed the KBOR Faculty Awards. Victor reiterated that all of Faculty Presidents in Kansas developed the guidelines, which can further be defined by FacEx. He distributed the guidelines prior to the FacEx meeting. Vitor shared the guidelines. Victor asked for feedback on how to go ahead with solicitation for nominations. The various methods discussed were self-nominations, department nominations, and faculty senators. A timeline was discussed. The deadline for nominations will be April 15. FacEx will do the choice of the nominees, as we do not have an award committee. Victor proposed the idea previously, but no one was interested. The guidelines give examples of several types of materials to help with the selection process. A comment was made that the workload and amount of support materials may be daunting. To reduce the total number of nominations, FacEx members agreed to seek submissions from departments only.

Josh Arpin made a motion to accept the proposed guidelines for the KBOR Award including seeking nominations from departments, setting a deadline of April 15 for submissions, and having FacEx review the submissions, as well as asking for other volunteers, if they are interested. Sam Brody seconded the motion. Motion was approved by acclamation.

New Business


Victor made a motion to move to closed session to discuss faculty senate appointments. Hearing no objections, the meeting was moved to closed session.

FacEx - March 5, 2024

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