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September 9, 2010

Academic Council
September 9, 2010
Library Community Room
3:00 - 5:00pm


Business: J. Post (p), S. Wheeler (p)
Conservatory: F. Hsaio (p), P. Langham (p)
College: M. Bates, (p), S. Giraldez (p), C. Goff (p), M. Hatch (a), J. Lessard (a), J. Lu (p), P. Meyer (a), Cynthia Ostberg (p), L. Rademacher (p), T. Storch (a), C. Vierra (p)
Dental: L. Giusti (p), D. Horlak (p), J. Miles (p)
Education: H. Arnold (p), T. Nelson (p)
Emeriti: R. di Franco (p)
Engineering: H. Estrada (p), C. Lee (a)
Law: G. Caplan (a), M. Vitiello (p)
Library: S. Sutton (p)
PHS: S. Carr-Lopez (p), W. Chan (p), T. Little (p), L. Norton (p), C. Peterson (p)
SIS: A. Kanna (p)
ASUOP: tbd
Ex-Officio: P. Eibeck (p), P. Ferrillo (p), B. Gundersen (p), H. Trexler (p), L. Langley (p)
Observer:  D. McNiel (a)
Guests: Ron Hoverstad, Gene Pearson, Larry Spreer, Ray Sylvester

Call to order: 3:01pm

1. Approval of Minutes from May 13th, 2010 C. Peterson moved to approve the minutes with the addition under 13b “motion approved” M. Bates seconded approved with one abstention.

2. Chair's Report
The deadline for textbook orders at the bookstore had been pushed ahead of schedule. Nicole Castillo from the bookstore will work with faculty on deadlines for spring and next fall. Nicole will also be inivted to Council for discussions on any questions about book orders and deadlines.

The all faculty meeting is scheduled for Sept 21st from noon - 1pm. Connections with Sacramento and San Francisco campuses will be made available. The executive board will work closely with both campuses to find the best date for the spring meeting.

On Sept 16th, the President's address to the faculty will be held on in Grace Covell; the first Provost candidate will meet with Council in addition to the open forum. The Diversity Retreat will be held on Sept 30 thru Oct 1st. In response to the burning of the koran, Student Life has organized readings on Sunday.

3. President's Report
President Eibeck's Annual Address to the Faculty will address high level issues concerning faculty and the University. President Eibeck thanked Council for their time on the PT committee memo regarding faculty time on campus in addition to the WASC action letter. Key WASC members are having monthly meetings in preparation for the 2012 visit.

President Eibeck would like to establish a number of taskforces to enhance the academic enterprise; undertake rigorous development, diversification, and management of resources; initiate Pacific’s three-city plan; establish and communicate Pacific’s core identity; enrich the diversity and inclusivity; serve the communities and expand international competence. The task force are as follows: International, Pacific Spirit, Diversity, Budget, and the Veterans Advisory. The taskforces were formed on the recommendations of the deans; Academic Council can have a member on each taskforce to report back. M. Bates moved to approve and charged the executive board to identify that members of the taskforce are voting faculty members and appoint a representative to report back to Council M. Vitiello seconded approved unanimously.

Finalist for the Chief Information Officer will be announced soon, the candidates will visit the campus after the Provost campus visits have been identified. 

4. Provost Report
Interim Provost Ferrillo thanked the faculty for providing him with the information and to have time to prepare for the transition of the new provost. Provost Ferrillo advised faculty to give the new provost time for a learning curb to adjust since they will possibly be here mid-year.

WASC, student learning and program planning and self study is moving along, updates on progress will continue for a smooth transition to next Provost.

5. What's on your mind?
Cathy Peterson recognized Susan Giraldez for her work last year and her commitment to Academic Council. The schedule for the Provost meetings with the Council and open forum will be sent out for clarification. After each Provost candidate visits, please send in the feedback forms with your thoughts and concerns to help the President and search committee.

6. P&T Committee Letter re: faculty time on campus
Larry Spreer, Chair of the Promotion and Tenure Committee brought Council to the attention of a memo regarding faculty time on campus. The concerns came from deliberations of the tenure and promotion dossiers and the two issues that arose were discussed at length. The P&T committee had discussions about how many hours and days per week a full-time faculty member should reasonably expect to spend on campus. Another concern from the committee had to do with giving faculty members early and accurate feedback on their performance so that they can make adjustments well in advance of the tenure and promotion evaluation. The discussion may lead for further conversations if this is of importance to Council. The second issue regarding feedback prior to tenure and promotion will be brought back to Council at a later time.

7. Handbook Revision: IPC
The Institutional Priorities Committee primary role has changed as it was first created. The proposed changes to the membership include the addition of four members to the committee, 1 faculty member, a graduate student, a administrative staff and the President. The committee will be delegated to oversee strategic planning and budgeting processes at the institutional level including: reviewing and updating the University strategic plan and monitor University strategy and progress toward goals; further the integration of strategic planning and budgeting processes; establish the institutional strategic budgeting context.

8. Executive Session: Handbook Revision: IPC
Closed session.

9. College of the Pacific Tenure & Promotion Guidelines
The College of the Pacific promotion and tenure guidelines have not been approved by Academic Council. The guidelines will be reviewed by members of Academic Council and report any questions or concerns to the executive board. The guidelines will be voted on by Council at next month's meeting.

10. Elections: Judicial Review Board, Executive Board
Chair-Elect Chris Goff distributed ballots for the Executive Board and the Judicial Review Board.

11. ESB Proposed Teaching Schedule
Ray Sylvester proposed a four day teaching schedule for the School of Business. The teaching schedule would be a MW or TTH with no classes occurring on Fridays. It would benefit with scholar research, time for expanding new programs, experiential learning and space utilization. The schedule would accommodate the freshmen and sophomores classes. The proposal has been approved by Academic Affairs. Executive Session.

12. WASC July Action Letter
Tabled for future meeting.

13. Adjourned: 4:58pm