Grand Valley State University

Highlight of ECS Meeting of September 16, and
Preview of UAS Meeting of September 30

In an effort to improve communication between ECS/UAS and faculty colleagues, the Executive Committee of the Senate (ECS) at its August 17, 2022 retreat reaffirmed a recommendation from August 12, 2021 that each week, a general message will be sent out to all faculty. This message will highlight the immediate past ECS/UAS meeting and give a preview of the upcoming ECS/UAS meeting. In particular, the highlight will summarize the key agenda items and provide context on the key votes; the pros and cons will be summarized and the key arguments for each highlighted. Herein are the highlights of the ECS meeting of September 16, 2022 and a preview of the UAS meeting of September 30, 2022. Meetings of the ECS are restricted to members of the ECS, their alternates, and others whom the ECS may invite, pursuant to SG 1.01.7.2. Meetings of the UAS are open pursuant to SG 1.01.6.2.
Highlights of ECS Meeting of September 16, 2022
Chair’s Report:
  • Faculty forums on the evaluation of teaching will be held via Zoom on Wednesday 10/26 10-11 and Thursday 10/27 2:30-3:30. You will have to register to get the Zoom link for each day by going here.
  • The Provost will hold Open Forums for Academic Affairs faculty and staff on the following dates: 9/26 10-11 in DCIH 104, 1-2 in Kirkhof 2263, 9/29 10:30-11:30 in Kirkhof 2215/2216, 3:30-4:30 in SCB 1008A, and 9/30 10-11 via Zoom.
  • The 10th Annual Teach-in is titled Power, Privilege, and Difficult Dialogues. It will be held Wednesday 11/9 and Thursday 11/10 in a hybrid format. Faculty are encouraged to submit proposals.
  • ECS will select members of the Intellectual Property Task Force from the list of faculty nominees on October 7. Nominations are still being solicited from those with experience in intellectual property. Please send nominations to Chair Ngassa (ngassaf@gvsu.edu).
  • UAS meets next on September 30.
Provost’s Report:
  • GVSU received visitors from the University of Krakow last week. There has been a decades-long relationship between the two universities. Faculty interested in opportunities to work with the Unviersity of Krakow should contact Padnos International Center or Sonia Dalmia.
Student Senate President’s Report:
  • The Student Senate had their annual luncheon with the SLT.
  • Student Senate is working to rebuild, as their numbers are low. They are working on revising their governing documents. 
Old Business:
  • 2022 EIC Report on Diversity of Faculty, Staff, and Students Revisited: Motion to support and forward to UAS passed unanimously.
  • LIFT-MC Membership Selection: Faculty to serve in LIFT-MC for 2022-2023 have been selected.
New Business
  • Discussion with the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution About Processes: Aaron Haight led the discussion. She shared information about the processes and data from the OSCCR annual report. You can view the OSCCR process by going here.
  • Discussion on Staff Departures Across the University: This was tabled and will be discussed at the ECS meeting of 10/7.
  • EIC Memo on Documenting Relationships: This was tabled and will be discussed at the ECS meeting of 10/7.
  • FFPAC Memo on Electricity and Power Access in Classrooms: Motion to support with recommendation to UAS passed unanimously.
  • Review of GVSU Tuition Models: This was tabled due to time, and will be discussed at the ECS meeting on 10/7.
For more details on the above items, please go here.
Preview of UAS Meeting of September 30, 2022
  • Introduction of Administrative Personnel
  • Benefits Update
  • Update on the New Recruitment Plan
  • Online Education and Microcredential Council Memo on Second Year Report on 2-Year Microcredential Process
  • Faculty Teaching and Learning Center Advisory Committee (FTLCAC) Memo on Leadership and Succession Planning
  • Faculty Facilities Planning Advisory Committee (FFPAC) Memo on Electricity and Power Access in Classrooms
  • University Assessment Committee (UAC) Memo on Program Review Reportage
  • Equity and Inclusion Committee (EIC) 2022 Report on Diversity of Faculty, Staff, and Students
  • University Academic Senate (UAS) Confirmation of the Provost Appointment of Faculty Representatives to the OEMC
  • Title IX Response Memo from the Administration to UAS’s March 20, 2022 Memo to the Administration
  • Title IX Update from the Director and Title IX Coordinator
Please, feel free to reach out to your ECS or UAS representative from your College/University Libraries to provide input on any UAS agenda item that you may like to weigh in on.
Thank you for your continuous interest in faculty governance. 
Sincerely,
Felix N. Ngassa
Chair of ECS/UAS 2022-2023
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