Discussion Topics

The Senate is currently discussing the topics below:

  • The Ad Hoc Committee on the Evaluation of Teaching has completed its report.  The report is public and can be accessed at https://teachingevaluation.nd.edu/report/.  If you have comments you can email teachingevaluationreport@nd.edu.
  • The Office of the Provost seeks to share Notre Dame’s distinctive educational mission with adult learners so is exploring interest in establishing a continuing education program. The goal of these programs is not to generate revenue (although the programs must be revenue-neutral), but to engage with our alumni and local community, and to offer short courses through our Global Gateways and Centers. To accomplish this goal, the following three concepts have been proposed:
  • A summer, non-credit bearing, residential program offering the option of different course tracks to be determined by interested faculty. Example tracks could include:
  • An integrative model that includes cross-college teaching. An example theme could be something like “Sustainability”.
  • A multi-department model, engaging faculty within a single college/school on a topic of their choice. As an example, the Program of Liberal Studies offers a week-long Great Books course for their alumni each summer.
  • A professionally focused model where units would be offered targeting a professions such as judges, engineers, educators, entrepreneurs.
  • A career discernment and decision-making track directed at professionals in transition. This track could be more “retreat-like”, utilizing our spiritual tradition and academic inquiry.
  • International study seminars taught in one of the Global Gateways/Centers, highlighting faculty scholarship as it relates to the local region. The primary audience would be people from the local/regional areas, including alumni who live internationally. These study seminars could assist faculty in cultivating relationships with in-country universities, non-government organizations, agencies or industry partners.
  • An audit program for the local community that could be made available to individuals within 50 miles of campus.
  • This initiative is only in the exploration phase and seeks to engage all types of faculty, including SPF, research, tenured, and emeriti faculty. Incentives for teaching in the program are being discussed, but could include a stipend. If you are interested in hearing more about the initiative, please contact Angie Appleby Purcell (AngieApplebyPurcell1@nd.edu).
  • A new College of Science wide Biophysics PhD graduate program proposal is being discussed.  The program will offer three tracks, one in physicis, one in biosciences, and one in computational and statistical modeling.  The program will be discussed at the Academic Council Academic Affairs subcommittee meeting in April with hopes that the program will be approved to be able to recruit students for Fall 2018.  If you have any questions, please contact Patricia Clark (pclark1@nd.edu).
  • Director of Athletics, Jack Swarbrick presented to the Faculty Senate.  He discussed topics ranging from the role of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the academy and politics to the process that let up to switching to the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) to the decision behind the Campus Crossroads project.  For a full account see the April 2017 Faculty Senate Meeting minutes that will be posted in May. 
  • Some interesting facts he presented include that the NBC TV contract has contributed $100 million to non-athletic student financial aid and that the Digital Media Center to be housed in Campus Crossroads will support University digital media and communication and student projects.  Fighting Irish Media will remain in its current location.  In addition, the ACC, along with the University of Notre Dame, will be launching the ACC Network.  This network will provide many opportunities for student engagement and learning, particularly through the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre and hopefully revenue for the University.