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Faculty Senate Talking Points: March 19, 2019

March 25, 2019

The Faculty Senate meets weekly on Tuesdays during the academic year to discuss and act on policy matters pertaining to the immediate government of the university.

Faculty Senate Talking Points: March 19, 2019

  • Concurrent J.D./M.S. in Applied Economics. The proposal to create this new program was approved
  • Plus/Minus Grading. The proposal to adopt a +/- grading system with grades of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, F was approved. The system would be implemented beginning in the fall semester 2023.
  • Restructure of Faculty Secretary Position. Senate debated and proposed changes in a pending proposal to restructure the position and responsibilities of the faculty secretary. The pending proposal will reduce the faculty secretary from a 50% to a 25% appointment and move support of the UI’s policy process from the faculty secretary to a new policy coordinator.

Important Dates

  • March 20 — CETL Faculty Spotlight featuring Kristin Haltinner and Dilshani Sarathchandra:I Don’t Deny and I’m Not a Skeptic, I Full Out Dissent: Navigating Politically Divisive Topics in Research and Teaching, 10 a.m. PDT/11 a.m. MDT, Educ 341,Register at CETL
  • March 20-28 — Open Forums with the final candidates for the position Dean of Library
  • March 23 and March 30 — UIdahoBound
  • March 29 — Stephanie Hampton, division director for the National Science Foundation's Division of Environmental Biology, will give a talk entitled, "Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Sciences – Opportunities at the National Science Foundation," Noon to 1 p.m. PDT, IRIC 305
  • March 29 — Sabbatical Applications Due. For info see FSH 3720 and the Provost Office webpage.
  • April 3 — Women’s Leadership Conference
  • April 8 — Last day to submit proposed FSH changes to Faculty Secretary
  • April 10 — CETL Faculty Spotlight featuring Michael Kroth and Davin Carr-Chellman:Preparing Profound Learners: Practices for Deepening Lifelong Learning, 10 a.m. PDT/11 a.m. MDT, Educ 341, Register at CETL
  • April 15 — Nominations for Honorary Degrees for December 2019 Commencement due. Nomination instructions are in FSH 4930. Nominations must be submitted to
  • April 15 — Names of newly elected senators must be finalized and reported to
  • April 16 — Last senate meeting to approve FSH policies for inclusion on the spring UFM Agenda
  • May 1 — University Faculty Meeting (location information tba)

All Faculty Senate agendas (including attachments and supporting documents) and meeting minutes are available on the Senate webpage.

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