October 17, 2002
Attending: Nancy Amstrong, Richard Fishman, Peter Gromet, John Savage, Rajiv Vohra, and Michael White.
Absent: Russell Church, Anne Fausto-Sterling
Guest: Russell Carey
We added to the charge of FEC the requirement that it report annually to the Faculty on committee composition by protected groups.
After debating another suggestion by Bill Patterson, namely, that CAS be a standalone committee we agreed that it would probably be desirable that it be a subcommittee of the College Advisory Board along with the Committee on Athletics and Physical Education.
We debated the desirability of putting the diversity officer to be appointed by the President on TPA to support affirmative action, a suggestion originating with Prof. Steve Rabson. Since the role of TPA is to certify that procedures have been followed and that the high standards of Brown are applied, we decided not to accept this suggestion.
The Chair reported on a conversation with Prof. Martin Weinstock, Chair of MFEC. Dr. Weinstock said that he favored establishing formal relationships between MFEC and other Faculty committees but that he would discuss his ideas with his colleagues on MFEC before making proposals to tht Task Force.
We revised the classification of our proposed committees. The classification now is the following:
PRIORITIES AND RESOURCES
Academic Priorities Committee (APC)
University Resources Committee (URC)
ADVANCEMENT AND RETENTION
Tenure, Promotion & Appointments
MANAGEMENT OF THE CURRICULUM
College Curriculum Council (CCC)
University Curriculum Committee (UCC)
Standing Committee on the Academic Code
Faculty Affairs Committee (FAC)
Faculty Diversity Subcommittee (FDS)
Committee on Grievance
MANAGEMENT OF FACULTY BUSINESS
Faculty Executive Committee (FEC)
Nominations Committee for FEC
ADMINISTRATIVE ADVISORY BOARDS
We debated the order in which our proposals should be brought to a Faculty vote. We believe that we should begin with Priorities and Resources, take on Management of the Curriculum, move to Faculty Affairs, and finish, probably in December, with TPA, Management of Faculty Business, and Administrative Advisory Boards. We also need to pass omnibus resolutions to a) make small changes throughout the Faculty Rules to bring the rules into alignment with the changes, and b) permit existing committees to complete outstanding projects before being absorbed into new committees.
John E. Savage