Senate Sound Bites

begin quoteShared governance, transparency, communication, and collaboration are core to who we are at the University of San Diego. The University Senate is the formal mechanism through which we foster these ideas.

Shared governance, transparency, communication, and collaboration are core to who we are at the University of San Diego. The University Senate is the formal mechanism through which we foster these ideas. The University Senate is a forum for faculty input on matters of significance to the university. It is composed of faculty members from all units on campus. The Senate has an important voice in the development of administrative policies, giving faculty a vital role in making the university a better place. The University Senate also tackles bigger questions that may be pertinent to faculty and campus well-being. We welcome ideas from faculty regarding how the university might improve. If you have thoughts or concerns, you would like the University Senate to explore, please contact the senate chair, members of the Executive Committee or your senate representative. Additional information can be found on our website.

The 2019-2020 Senate session kicked off on September 5th. The following faculty were elected as officers of the Senate and members of the Senate Executive Committee: Dr. Aarti Ivanic (Business, Chair); Dr. Kevin Guerrieri (College of Arts & Sciences, Vice Chair); Dr. Sat Garcia (Engineering, Secretary); Dr. Mike Kelly (Law, Parliamentarian); Dr. Eileen Fry-Bowers (Nursing, Member at large); Dr. Alejandra Nann (Library, Member at large); Alternates: Dr. Sue Lowery (College of Arts and Sciences), Dr. Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick (Peace Studies), Dr. Reyes Quezada (School of Leadership and Education Studies), Dr. Carl Rebman (Business). Unit-level membership can be found on our website.

Presentations by the University Senate Chair: The Senate Chair presented a greeting at Fall Convocation and a senate update to the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees in September. Several initiatives will be pursued by the University Senate this year which align to the Envisioning 2024 pathways of Access & Inclusion, Engaged Scholarship, and Liberal Arts for the 2st Century. Specifics include work on equity in faculty hiring and retention; conversations regarding civility, bullying, and harassment; enrollment planning, including USD’s progress towards and desire to be a Hispanic Serving Institution; conversations around solidifying USD's vision for research and scholarship; and various academic policies and procedures.

Presentations to Senate: President James T. Harris III, Dr. Karen Briggs, Chief Human Resources Officer, Ms. Janet Courtney-Smith, AVP Budget & Treasury, Dean/Associate Provost Chell Roberts & Ms. Ashley Kovacs all presented to the University Senate in September and October on various topics.    

On-going Ad Hoc Committees: 1. The University Senate and the Office of the Provost kicked off a joint committee to explore Faculty Gender Equity started work in August 2019. Their charge is to examine and propose policies regarding equity in faculty hiring and retention and how to foster dialogue around civility and bullying on campus. 2. A Transfer of Credit Policy Committee was formed in order to evaluate our current transfer of credit procedures and propose a formalized policy to address these issues by February 2020. 

Policies & Procedures: In September and October, three policies and procedures were amended and approved: Academic Integrity, Record Retention, Pass/Fail courses in the minor.

Senate Resolutions: On November 7th, the University Senate will discuss and vote on a Senate resolution on the hate crime that occurred on campus.

The Senate meets twice a month on alternating Thursdays from 12:15-1:45 and all meetings are open to the entire University community. We welcome ideas from the campus community regarding how the university might improve. If you have thoughts or concerns, you would like the University Senate to explore, please contact the Senate chair, members of the Executive Committee or your Senate representatives. Please feel free to contact Dr. Aarti Ivanic (ivanic@sandiego.edu), University Senate Chair, if you have any questions.

Contact:

Aarti Ivanic
ivanic@sandiego.edu
(619)260-4868

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