University Senate elects new committee members, approves graduate credit policy

May 9, 2011

The University Senate made appointments to standing and faculty committees, approved a policy on graduate credit, and discussed the adoption of a medical amnesty policy and an intellectual property resolution at its April 25 meeting.
  
* The Senate elected members to the following committees: Nominating, Steering, Educational Policy, Faculty Affairs, Student Affairs, University Grade Appeals and University Censure and Dismissal Procedures.

Faculty elected to one-year terms on the Nominating Committee are Natalie Carroll, professor of youth development and agricultural education, and Joan Fulton, professor of agricultural economics.

Faculty elected to three-year terms on the Steering Committee are Evelyn Blackwood, professor of anthropology; Ralph Cherry, associate professor of sociology; and D. Marshall Porterfield, professor of agricultural and biological engineering.

New members of the Educational Policy Committee and their terms of service are James Daniel, associate professor of foods and nutrition, two years; Joan Fulton, professor of agricultural economics, one year; Christine Hrycyna, associate professor of chemistry, three years; Martin Lopez-de-Bertodano, associate professor of nuclear engineering, two years; and Thomas Siegmund, professor of mechanical engineering, two years.

New members of the Faculty Affairs Committee and their terms of service are J. Stuart Bolton, professor of mechanical engineering, three years; Levon Esters, assistant professor of youth development and agricultural education, three years; David Kemmerer, professor of speech, language, and hearing sciences, three years;  Michael Levine, associate professor of statistics, one year; and Phillip Rawles, associate professor of computer technology, one year.

New members of the Student Affairs Committee and their terms of service are Paul Dixon, professor of foreign languages and literatures, one year; Patricia Hester, professor of animal sciences, three years; Mary Nakhleh, professor of chemistry and curriculum and instruction, one year; and Tom Templin, professor of health and kinesiology, three years.

New members of the University Resources Policy Committee and their terms of service are Diane Denis, professor of management, Duke Realty Chair in Finance, and Krannert School of Management senior associate dean, three years; William Hoover, professor of forestry and natural resources, three years; Richard Johnson-Sheehan, professor of English, three years; Douglas Nelson, associate professor of hospitality and tourism management, two years; Sandra Rossie, professor of biochemistry, two years; Keith Stantz, assistant professor of health sciences, three years; and Marion Trout, associate professor of bands, three years.

New members of the University Grade Appeals Committee and their terms of service are Richard Ghiselli, head and professor of hospitality and tourism management, one year; Charles Krousgrill, professor of mechanical engineering; two years; Jan Lugowski, associate professor of mechanical engineering technology, three years; Phillip Owens, assistant professor of agronomy, one year; and Analei Whitlock, clinical assistant professor of nursing, three years.

Regular members of the University Censure and Dismissal Procedures Committee through May 31, 2014, are Kirk Alter, associate professor of building construction management technology, and Gail Newton, associate professor of pharmacy practice. Alternate members through May 31, 2014, are Christian Butzke, associate professor of food science; Alexander Francis, associate professor of speech, language, and hearing sciences; John Grutzner, professor of chemistry; and Barbara Golden, associate professor of biochemistry.

* The Senate approved a proposal from the Educational Policy Committee regarding the use of excess graduate credit earned as an undergraduate toward a graduate degree. EPC chair Andrew Luescher, associate professor of veterinary clinical sciences, stated that the changes will simplify the process and better reflect other universities' practices. The proposed policy is available here.
http://www.purdue.edu/faculty/download.cfm?file=6EFB25E7-ABF3-A6D6-E4570CFF5429A622.pdf&name=Senate%20Document%2010-9%20Excess%20Credit%20Policy.pdf

* Tom Templin, co-chair of the Student Affairs Committee and professor of health and kinesiology, and Brad Krites, president of Purdue Student Government, presented a medical amnesty proposal called Purdue Community Alcohol-Related Emergency Situation (PurdueCARES). The new policy would remove disciplinary sanctions for students involved in cases of student intoxication and/or alcohol poisoning where medical attention is requested. The proposed policy is here: http://www.purdue.edu/faculty/download.cfm?file=8DA21C6D-0197-302B-6FF2DDDDF9E8EF48.pdf&name=10-14%20PUCares%20Medical%20Amnesty.pdf

The policy was created to remove any real or perceived barriers that could deter a student from making a decision to seek medical assistance. The Senate vote on a motion to suspend parliamentary rules to allow for a vote on the proposal did not receive the two-thirds majority needed. The proposal will come to the Senate for action at its September meeting.

* A. Paul Schwab, chair of the University Resources Policy Committee and professor of agronomy, presented a resolution concerning the Intellectual Property Policy (VIII.4.1), which states that Purdue owns all rights, title and interest in University intellectual property. At times when a sponsor or other research partner has a legitimate claim to research output, the Board of Trustees will consider approving an exception to the policy. Under the resolution presented by URPC, the vice president for research or the provost would approve exceptions to the policy instead of the board. Schwab said that this change will help to streamline the process and avoid delays. The resolution now will go before the Board of Trustees for consideration. A PDF of the resolution is available here: http://www.purdue.edu/faculty/download.cfm?file=8AACD85A-ABE9-AABC-BD7BFF8ED6EA352F.pdf&name=Resolution%20re_%20University%20Intellectual%20Property.pdf

* Athletics director Morgan Burke presented his annual Athletic Affairs Committee Report to the Senate.  Details of the report may be found in a PDF file and PowerPoint presentation.
PDF file: http://www.purdue.edu/faculty/download.cfm?file=5BD0CA5F-D82A-076C-A663E0C9E437696A.pdf&name=AACreport11.pdf
Powerpoint presentation: http://www.purdue.edu/faculty/download.cfm?file=8EA1740A-FB64-FE68-DF50C1251B9489A3.ppt&name=aac%2011.ppt