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TUESDAY, March 1, 2016.

Academic Senate Meeting


Community Time (with snacks) begins at 2pm

Senate Restructuring Discussion and Update at 2pm during Community Time

LOCATION for Spring 2016:: 1908 Smith in the MVS Decision Making Center

Agenda Overview and Links to Materials

All materials for the March 1st meeting can be accessed through the following link:

We have one item under "Continuing Business" on our agenda that will be second reading items and up for a vote.

The second reading item is a Policy on Conducting MPP Searches and is meant to be used in tandem with SP 14-15, Policy on Composition of MPP Searches. There is one addition to this policy from the first reading and it is the definition of MPP: Management Personnel Plan. This policy will also be under simultaneous review by the President's Policy and Planning Council.

There are several 'New Business' items on our agenda as a first reading item

The first reading item is a revision to our Constitution. These revisions are to Article 1, Membership sections 1.10, 1.11; Officers 1.12 and Article 2, Membership 2.2. These revisions set minimum memberships for senate and senate executive, leave open the possibility of a potential senate restructuring, and assign the by-laws as the document with specifics on numbers and details.

The next two items are from the Curriculum Committee. The first is a new Policy on Minors specifying requirements and limitations of minors. The second related policy is on the Minimum Characteristics of Majors and Minors. This policy requires updating with the new Policy on Minors.

Upcoming Events

Senate Restructure Discussion

On Monday, February 29th you are invited to attend a presentation and discussion on Senate Restructuring Models and possibilities. A draft from the Task Force is being distributed by email with many revisions after senate discussion on February 9th. The meeting will be held in Madera 2381 (Fishbowl Conference Room) from 11-12. An additional discussion will occur during Community Time on March 1st from 2-2:30 in the MVS Decision Making Center.

Faculty Tenure Track Recruitment Search Reminder:

Spring 2016 faculty recruitment is now underway! The first group of spring candidates arrive on Thursday, February 25th and are on campus on Friday, February 26th. The second group of candidates will be arriving Thursday, March 3rd and on campus Friday, March 4th. We are searching for new faculty in Art, Computer Science, Health Science, History, Performing Arts, Political Science, and Secondary Education.

Teaching and Learning Innovations

TechFree Tuesday is held in the FIT studio on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Tech Free Tuesday is a chance to join colleagues in talking about the issues that are important to us around teaching & learning. Join us on March 8th from 12:00-1:00 for a great conversation.

Due to popular demand, we are offering a second round of our Humanizing Online Learning course. If you are interested in learning more about online learning and learning how to increase instructor and student presence in the online environment, this course is for you. It is a a fully online course that runs over a two week period, April 20-May 3. Follow this link to learn more and register.

From the Director of Institutional Research, Planning, and Effectiveness

IRPE is hosting two “Data & Donuts” this spring. Please share the invitation with your teams and colleagues. Light refreshments will be served at both events. We hope to see you there!--Michael Bourgeois

Date 1: Friday, 2/23 (This Friday)
Time: 9:00 – 10:00 AM
Location: University Hall 1650 (the former Training Room)
Topic: University Statistics, Student Success and highlights from
the National Survey of Student Engagement (NCSSE) and the
Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE)

Date 2: Friday 4/22
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 AM
Location: University Hall 1650 (the former Training Room)
Topic: Graduating Senior Survey Results & Discussion


Teaching and Learning Innovations

Missed an announcement from Division of Academic Affairs? Check out the new Faculty Opportunities Blog This blog is a collection of email announcements sent from that relate to faculty development and enrichment. We started collecting these emails and posting them in one place to help you find the emails you want, when you want them. If you lose this link, you can find the blog on the Teaching & Learning Innovations blog/toolkit under the Events calendar or the CI Faculty Development webpage.

From the Senior Research Officer

Lots of things happening this semester. Here's a list of a select few.

1. Staff from Research and Sponsored Programs continue offering workshops for faculty in the craft of grant writing. Watch the RSP web page for announcements, and RSVP for those of interest to you!

2. This semester, there will be a couple IdeaFests that will bring CI faculty and Navy employees together to talk about common interests. The first two IdeaFest themes will be "(Big) Data and Modeling" and "Unmanned Aerial Systems". If either of these topics interest you, let me know and I'll make sure you see the announcements.

3. On March 24th, CI will play host to the Navy's annual Industry Expo. Organizers are so eager to have faculty and students participate that registration for them is gratis. See for registration information.

4. The SAGE Student Research Conference is on Saturday, 14 May. The format will be similar to previous years, but the conference has grown so much that it's moving out of the library. Stay tuned for details, and watch for the call for abstract submissions.

5. Last semester, I met sat down with many faculty members to take a deep dive into learning about their research interests. If I missed you and you want to sit down with me, send me an email and we'll get together!

This is only a short list of things happening this semester in the grants-corner of the University. Watch the RSP web page and campus emails for other opportunities. Contact me if you have any questions or ideas for other ways we can. --Jason (

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