Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 3:00 pm

Student Center Theater




1.   Call to Order and Opening Remarks – Provost Rafael Bras

2.   Approval of minutes of previous meeting – April 22, 2014

3.   Report on first Faculty Senate and Academic Faculty Senate after the redefinition of faculty members participating in faculty governance – Dr. Ron Bohlander, Secretary of the Faculty

4.   Announcements concerning the Georgia Tech Charitable Campaign – Prof. Joe Hughes, Chair

5.   Report on progress in the Email Transition Project for the campus – Ms. Rachel Moorhead, OIT Project Leader

6.   Presentation of annual reports and pending minutes of Standing Committees of the Faculty

a.       Faculty Benefits – Mr. Dave Millard for the Chair, Prof. Jason Freeman
Minutes 4/1/14, 4/29/14. No action items.

b.      Faculty Honors – Chair, Dr. Donna Llewellyn

c.       Faculty Status & Grievance – Prof. Robert Wood, for the Chairs, Profs. David Anderson and Jon Colton

d.      Statutes – Chairs, Ms. Jeanne Balsam and Prof. Joe Hughes

e.       Academic Services, now called Faculty Services – Chair, Prof. Sonit Bafna
Minutes 9/16/13, 10/21/13, 11/18/13, 12/16/13, 1/27/14, 3/24/14, 4/21/14:.  No action items.

f.       Welfare & Security – Chairs, Prof. Maggie Kosal and Mr. Andrew Hardin

7.      Presentation of annual reports and pending minutes of Standing Committees of the Academic Faculty Senate.  Only Academic Faculty members vote on the following items:

a.   Undergraduate Curriculum – Chairs, Profs. Laura Hollengreen and Rhett Mayor         Presentation

Minutes 4/29/14, 5/13/14, 6/3/14, 6/17/14, 7/8/14, 7/22/14, 8/12/14, 8/19/14, 9/2/14, 9/16/14, 10/7/14: 

Action items: From 6/17: ECE – 10 new courses, 1 course description mod, and modification in BS degree in Electrical Engineering involving course requirements; HTS – 4 new courses & a genl. ed. attribute added to an existing course; Psychology – 1 new course; Modern Languages – 1 new course; LMC – 2 new courses.  From 7/22: Chemistry & Biochemistry – modification in the BS degree in Chemistry involving course requirements; Applied Physiology – modification in the Certificate in Applied Physiology involving course requirements, and a new Minor in Physiology; CEE – modification in the BS degree in Environmental Engineering involving course requirements; CoC – deactivation of the Certificate in Software Engineering and modification in the BS degree in Computer Science (Intelligence & Systems Architecture thread) involving course requirements.  From 8/12: INTA – 2 new courses; INTA and ME – 2 new courses and a new interdisciplinary Minor in Global Development; Biology – 1 new course, 1 deactivation, and a modification in the BS degree in Biology involving changes in course names and requirements.   From 10/7: INTA – modification in description of 1 course; CoC – 1 new course and a change to have seven distinct Computer Science Minors each with a specialization rather than a single Computer Science Minor and seven tracks.

b.      Graduate Curriculum – Prof. Victor Breedveld for both chairs, Profs. Jeff Jagoda and Victor Breedveld                 Presentation

Minutes: 6/5/14, 9/4/14, 9/11/14, 10/2/14

Action Items: From 6/5: Public Policy – 1 new course; Math – modification in the PhD with Major in Mathematics involving changes in course and minor requirements, in comprehensive exam options, and a new breadth requirement; a change in the Catalog describing doctoral minor field of study, and addition of clarifying language in the Catalog about distance learning courses following the same processes of approval as for resident courses.  From 9/11: Building and Construction – modification in the MS degree in Building Construction and Facility Management adding a new Program Management Track; CEE – termination of a Joint MS degree in Civil Engineering with University of Pretoria (South Africa); CoC-Interactive Computing – 1 new course and modification in the MS degree in Computer Science involving a new Concentration in Social Computing; continuation of admissions standards applied to European applicants, and clarification of course credit rules applicable to graduate courses applies to both BS and MS degrees by the same student.  From 10/2: Econ – modification the MS in Economics, changing this to a designated degree, updating course requirements, and eliminating a thesis as an option; CETL – 3 new courses; CoC – modification in the MS degree in Computer Science, with concentrations in Machine Learning, in Computer Graphics, and in Databases & Software Engineering, involving changes in course options and requirements;  BME – 2 new courses and modifications in the PhD with a major in Biomedical Engineering and in the MS in Biomedical Engineering (both joint with Emory), involving changes to fulfill the Responsible Conduct or Research requirements at both universities; ECE – 3 new courses.

c.       Student Regulations – Chairs, Profs. Chuck Parsons and Al Ferri                Presentation
Minutes 9/4/14 and 9/16/14
Action items from 9/4 & 9/16: Change from “impaired” to “incapacitated” in the wording of the standard for “not able to give consent” in sexual misconduct rules.

d.   Student Academic & Financial Affairs – Prof. Anne Pollock for the Chair, Prof. Craig Tovey             Presentation
Minutes: 8/27/14, 9/3/14, 10/1/14.  No action items.

e.       Student Activities – Chairs, Mr. Bruce Henson and Ms. Cathy Carpenter

Minutes: 9/30/13, 10/21/13, 11/4/13, 11/18/13, 12/2/13, 1/27/14, 2/10/14, 2/24/14, 3/10/14, 3/24/14, 4/7/14, 4/21/14

Action items: Approval of all student activity charters and constitution revisions recommended by the committee as documented in their minutes and the annual report.

f.       Student Grievance & Appeal – Chair, Prof. Arnie Schneider

g.   Student Honor – Chairs, Profs. David Bucknall and Jake Soper

h.      Student Computer Ownership – Chairs, Ms. Lori Critz and Prof. Hyesoon Kim
Minutes: 11/22/13, 3/10/14
Action items: Approval of the Student Computer Ownership plan for 2014-15

i.        Academic Integrity – Chairs, Profs. Jeff Davis and Elliot Moore

Minutes: 2/26/14.  No action items.

8.      Any other business.




Ronald A Bohlander

Secretary of the Faculty

October 21, 2014