UFC Agenda – August 19, 2020

August 19, 2020 UFC Meeting (4:00PM; remote via Zoom)

I. Call to Order

II. Meeting Minutes

UPDATED-UFC-Meeting-Minutes-May-13-2020 (2)

UFC Special Meeting DRAFT Minutes – June 12 2020

III. Reports

1. President Paino
2. Provost Mikhalevsky
3. College Deans

-Dean Pete Kelly, CoE – no report
-Dean Keith Mellinger, CAS – no report
-Dean Lynne Richardson, CoB – no report

4. SGA Representative’s Report (Kyree Ford) – no report
5. SAC Representative’s Report (Michelle Pickham)
6. UFC Chair’s Report (Andrew Dolby)
7. UFC Vice Chair’s Report (Ken Machande)
8. Faculty Senate of Virginia (Marcel Rotter)
9. Report from UMW Representative and FSVA Treasurer (Marcel Rotter)
10. Day on Democracy update (David Stahlman)
11. Update on online curriculum approval system (John Morello)
12. University Committees – minutes, reports, and action items

University Academic Affairs Committee
no report
University Budget Advisory Committee
no report
University Curriculum Committee
no report
University Faculty Affairs Committee
no report
University Faculty Organization Committee
no report
University General Education Committee
no report
University Sabbaticals, Fellowships & Faculty Awards Committee
no report
University Student Affairs & Campus Life Advisory Committee
no report
Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) Committee
no report
Distance and Blended Learning Committee
no report
First Year Seminar Committee
no report
Honors Program Committee
no report
James Farmer Multicultural Center Advisory Committee
no report
Journalism Advisory Committee
no report
Speaking Intensive Committee
no report
Teaching Center Advisory Committee
no report
Writing Intensive Committee
no report

IV. Unfinished Business


V. New Business

1. UFC representative to the University Curriculum Committee

[Larry Lehman, Dept. of Mathematics has agreed to serve]

2. Extension of spring/summer 2020 alternative grading options for students to the Fall 2020 semester. Summer alternative grading report (from Tim O’Donnell)

[The UFC, by affirmation, did not approve extension of emergency alternative grading options to the Fall 2020 semester. However, it reserves the authority to approve later in the Fall 2020 term if circumstances justify it.]

3. Fall 2020 course evaluation instrument modifications – Proposal from Debra Schleef

[Referred to UAAC]

4. Faculty performance evaluation and P&T considerations for the upcoming year (Nina Mikhalevsky)

[Addressed in Provost’s Report.]

5. Approval and documentation processes for majority online courses for January 2021 and Spring 2021 terms. Motion – January and Spring 2021 remote teaching approval (Anand Rao)

[Motion passed]

6. Possible changes to the credit values of some existing discipline-specific special topics courses and seminars. Motion made from the floor. (Andrew Dolby)

[Motion passed]

7. Policy on office hours for faculty during the Fall 2020 semester. For reference:  Faculty Handbook office hour policy – Sect. 5.4.7

[Faculty are encouraged to set and publicly advertise weekly hours, in accordance with the faculty handbook, during which they can be reached by students.]

8. Policy on recording synchronous remote class meetings. For reference: Provost’s recommended syllabus statements on class recording and distribution of materials, with links to recording and distribution policies.

9. Revision of Faculty Handbook 2.2.1 to include Academic Calendar (Andrew Dolby)


10. Faculty Handbook section 5.7.1 and intellectual property ownership of online faculty-created course content (Nabil Al-Tikriti) – background reading

VI. Announcements

The next regularly scheduled UFC meeting is on September 23, 2020 at 4:00PM.

VII. Adjournment

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