Discussion Topics

The Senate is currently discussion the topics below:

  1. The Ad Hoc Committee on the Evaluation of Teaching has completed its report.  The report will be public to the University community on March 20, 2017.  The co-chairs of the committee, Jim Brockmole and Mark Gunty, will present their recommendations to the Faculty Senate on April 4th.
  1. All faculty and staff enrolled in a University health plan during 2016 should have received a Form 1095-C in the mail.  You should not need to file this form with your taxes.  Form 1095-C is generally only filed by individuals seeking subsidies on health care exchanges, which enrollees in University health plans typically do not require.  For more information contact askHR at (574) 631-5900 or askHR@nd.edu.
  1. Provost Tom Burish presented to the Faculty Senate on March 7th, 2017.  He addressed the following topics that were put forth by the Senate:
    1. AdHoc Committee on Evaluation of Teaching.  He reported that the report would be made public on March 20th and the committee will be presenting to several groups throughout the University the remainder of the academic year.  As recommended by the AdHoc Committee, an Implementation Committee will be formed to implement the recommendations.  Provost Burish is hopeful that most of the recommendations will be implemented by the beginning of the 2017-2018 academic year, but has acknowledged that some of the recommendations will take some time to be completed by the Office of Information Technology. 
    1. Core curriculum Transition Committee.  In consultation with the committee, Provost Burish is hopeful that many of the Core curriculum changes will be implemented by Fall 2018.  Time scales for implementation will vary depending on the specific changes.  The Transition Committee has not yet make any specific requests for, or estimates of, the funding needed to implement the new core curriculum.
    1. Ad Hoc Committee on Faculty Governance.  Since Provost Burish is not knowledgeable about the work of this committee, he asked the committee’s chair, Judy Fox, to answer the Faculty Senate’s questions, which she did.  The Committee anticipates to have recommendations completed by the end of the summer and will be sending out a survey to faculty after spring break.  It is the hope of the committee that the recommendations will be included in the changes that will be made to the Academic Articles next academic year.
    1. Revision of the Academic Articles.  Provost Burish reminded the Senate that information about the process of the Academic Articles Review was sent to the faculty.  The letter can be viewed at https://provost.nedu/assets/229230/.
    1. The IDEA center and new Vice-President on Innovation.  Provost Burish reported on the IDEA center and new VP on Innovation.  The purpose of the new center is to help faculty to take their intellectual property to the marketplac.  The new VP will be raising money to support such efforts.  This new enterprise is budgeted simply to break even financially, though it is possible that it will be profitable both for faculty members and the university.  The Technology and Transfer Office will now report to the VP on Innovation.  There are several avenues that faculty can engage with the IDEA center, which will help facilitate both commercial and social entrepreneurship.
    1. Campus Cross Roads Project. The Campus Cross Roads Project is managed by the Office of the Executive Vice President.  Provost Burish inquired about a completion date and it was reported that the Exterior is scheduled for completion in July.  Some buildings will be available for inhabitation August 1st, 2017, others are scheduled for completion for December 2017, and still others for May 2018.  For more information about the Campus Cross Roads Project see http://crossroads.nd.edu/.  Most of the space is just expansions for existing programs.  Only the Digital Media Center and the space for Sacred Music is new.
    1. Masters of Science in Patent Law.  This program was eliminated because when initiated there was an agreement with the faculty that at a minimum, after an initial start-up period, the professional masters programs must be able to sustain themselves financially.  While a good program managed by excellent staff, the Masters of Science in Patent Law program was losing money, primarily because the market was not what was expected.
    1. Provost Burish also reported on two new initiatives, including the Warrior Scholar Project that will be hosted on campus this summer (http://warrior-scholar.org/ourcourses.html) and a new endowment that is being raised in the current campaign to support Endowed Chair positions.