XLVI, No. 11
MINUTES OF THE FACULTY SENATE MEETING
February 1, 2012
The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday, February 1, 2012, in the UC Redhawks Room. The following Senators were present: Kevin Dickson (Chair), Janice Ward (Chair-Elect), Diane Wood (Membership Chair) Rick Althaus, Doug Atwood, Larry Bohannon, Marcus Bond, Stephanie Chamberlain, Brandon Christensen, Eric Clements, Debra Lee-DiStefano, Don Jung, Ziping Lui, Charles McAllister, Phil Nacy, Tiffany Parker, Jian Peng, Willie Redmond, Joyce Renaud, Desma Reno, Claudia Ruediger, Sophia Scott, Seidu Sofo, Carol Veneziano, Julie Weathers, Victor Wilburn, and Chris Wubbena. The following alternates were in attendance: Brooke Clubbs and Haohao Wang. Provost Ronald Rosati and Student Government Liaison Rebecca Masur were also in attendance. Not in attendance or represented by an alternate was David Powell.
Guest Student Government President-Patrick Vining
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
The minutes from November 2, 2012 (46.7) and November 16, 2012 (46.8) were approved as amended.
Student Government President, Patrick Vining, updated the Senate on the progress they have made on their goals over the last semester. He asked the Senate for feedback on several issues that Student Government is facing. Their three goals were communication, effective representation, and relationships. He mentioned that communications was the area most in need of improvement. He also stated they are running a campaign with flyers introducing Student Government and their senators to the general student body due to lack of knowledge. They are running a poll to determine how much information the general student body has about Student Government and its operations. They are requesting cork boards to be posted around campus buildings to post pictures of senators. They have scheduled a dinner with the Deans.
They have made progress in their relationship with the Arrow. The Arrow has been coming to Student Government meetings. There is a nice piece on the reunion coming up over the weekend. The Arrow will be at this function as well as the dinner with the Deans. The relationship with the Faculty Senate has been a lot better than in the past. They are looking forward to keeping a strong relationship with the Senate. Their relationship with administration has also improved over the last couple of years. He stated that it has been his personal goal to make sure Student Government had a member on every board and committee that needed a student representative.
He stated that representation was very important, since as a body Student Government represents the general student body. They have been hosting town hall meetings. They plan to host a college specific town hall meeting once a month and would appreciate the Senators getting the word out to the students and faculty in their departments.
Senators reported that committees with students have had good representation from Student Government. Senator Clubbs recommended including what Student Government has recently accomplished for the student body on flyers. Senator Wood recommended Student Government acquire its own column in the Arrow.
Senator Althaus passed out the policy in bill form. The bill has the same language as when previously discussed. Senator Althaus made a motion to approve the bill Revising the “Service” Description of Faculty Professional Responsibilities by Establishing A “Policy” Section and Senator Christensen seconded the motion. The bill passed.
Senator Althaus made a motion to approve the bill Revising the “Service” Description of Faculty Professional Responsibilities by Establishing A “Procedures” Section and Senator Christensen seconded. Discussion regarding an amendment on the Procedures Regarding Faculty Attendance at Commencement Exercises to read Full-Time Faculty Attendance at Commencement Exercises to clarify the requirement for all full-time faculty to attend regardless of status. Senator Parker made a motion to approve the amendment and Senator Jung seconded the motion. The amendment passed. Provost Rosati recommended replacing “approximately” with “at least.” Senator Wood made a motion to amend this bill that was seconded by Senator Redmond. The amendment passed. After these amendments the bill passed.
Research Sections 1-5
Senator Althaus stated that the committee is going to break these sections up into policy and procedures. He requested feedback from anyone who has knowledge on any of these sections. Senator Clements suggested getting some information on the GRFC about the section on residual profits. Senator Chamberlain suggested updating the language on part two under phonorecords, and Senator Nacy pointed out that it is a copyright term. Senator Althaus thanked the senators for their suggestions and input.
University Standing Committees (Planning, Native American Culture, Term Limits) Senator Wood stated that Senate has received a good response on updating the Faculty Handbook section on committees from the administration. During these discussions, one of the committees discussed was the University Planning Committee. This committee hasn't met in several years; therefore, the possibility of dissolving the committee has been raised. The Administration has requested feedback from the Senate. Most of the items in the charge of the committee have been filled by other committees. Senator Redmond made a suggestion to make sure all portions of the charge of the University Planning Committee are being covered by the other committees.
Senator Wood suggested that the Native American Culture Committee might have its name and charge broadened to include an emphasis on broader diversity issues. Senator Lee-DiStefano suggested talking to Dr. Morrow who might have additional information on why the committee was formed. Senator Wubbena stated the name may be tied to the change in the mascot from the Indians to the Redhawks. Provost Rosati stated the committee was formed by the Board and not state law. Provost Rosati also stated that Carol Heizer is looking through the Board motions to find the motion that established the committee to see if the words Native American need to remain in the title.
The terms for most University Standing Committees are for three years, and committee members cannot succeed themselves. Senator Wood suggested adding language for the Commencement Committee that if a new member cannot be found that a current member can succeed themself. Senator Althaus suggested eliminating the term limit all together for this committee.
Faculty Handbook Weblinks
Senator Wilburn introduced sections of the Faculty Handbook that could be replaced with links to other sections of the University website based on a request by the Executive members for Documents Committee to review certain sections for this possibility. These sections include portions of the Handbook that change regularly or where the policies are not specifically related to the work of faculty members. Senator Wilburn requested feedback on any web links that may be added to the list or for any changes. These changes would be made by change form instead of a bill. Please take these to your departments and report on any feedback.
RNTT Merit Pay
Senator Lee-DiStefano stated that the Handbook said the ratio of tenure track to regular non-tenure track faculty 80/20 but we are currently at 73/27. Last week the President mentioned a plan to increase the ratio of RNTT faculty by 5% if necessary.
Senator Lee-DiStefano also stated that RNTT faculty do a lot of work on campus and the merit increase currently given isn't sufficient. The Compensation Committee is proposing that merit pay be increased according to the bill. Senator Lee-DiStefano stated that Vice-President Kathy Mangels the cost of this change would be small. The bill will be discussed again at the next Senate Meeting.
Fee Increase for RN to BSN Program
Senator Reno stated that when the fees were changed for this online program beginning in for Spring 2012, that students who were admitted in the fall semester were required to pay the increased fees without much notice. This was difficult for some students who had already budgeted for the original fees without knowing about the increase. Students were concerned because many are RN's who pay their own way with no reimbursements.
Senator Reno wanted clarification on the process of the notification. Provost Rosati stated that it is important to give students a notice and that this process will be looked at in the future.
Chair Dickson stated that budget discussions will continue and President Dobbins and Kathy Mangels will return to the Senate at the February 15, 2012 meeting to answer additional questions the Senate may have.
Chair Dickson also mentioned that another important issue to be aware of are the upcoming presentations of the new learning management systems. Vendors will be on campus giving three presentations each. The newswire will have the times, dates, and locations for each vendor. Chair Dickson encouraged the faculty to go and provide feedback so that the faculty's voice is heard in this process. The LMS change will affect faculty who currently use OIS.
ADMINISTRATIVE LIAISON'S REPORT
Provost Rosati reported on an update on Academic Council Program Action Approvals for December 2011. He also mentioned that there was a detailed report for the Winter Intersession and Summer Intersession that the Senate had requested. Provost Rosati stated these two reports included information about student feedback, retention, faculty load, and the overall session. The analysis reported positive feedback from students, faculty, and revenue for the university. The Provost also mentioned the policy on maximum summer credits for students.
The Provost also mentioned that a number of courses are going to have a lower cap which will cut back on large classes. The handout sent to Senators included documents on Student Learning Outcomes and the definition of a credit hour. The documents inform us of what the Federal Government is requiring. An AQIP committee is working on this issue. Provost Rosati encouraged the faculty to look at iTunes University for free educational resources to supplement courses.
Provost Rosati stated that discussions continue on the potential merger of Polytechnic Studies with Science and Mathematics. The departments are having lots of discussion about alternate proposals. He also reported that Deans have been asked to analyze wireless coverage on campus. If they need additional coverage they should ask for it in the next couple of weeks.
STUDENT GOVERNMENT LIAISON'S REPORT
Student Government Liaison Rebecca Masur reported that Student Government is having a reunion with previous Student Government Alumni. They are having a dinner with the Deans on Monday night to discuss issues and meet their Deans. Most Deans have agreed to allow student senators to attend College Council Meetings. They also held special elections on Monday. They have 10 new senators and filled all positions but the School of Visual and Performing Arts and General Education.
LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE REPORTS
Committee reports were deferred due to a lack of time.
The Faculty Senate adjourned at 4:58 p.m.
The next Faculty Senate Meeting will be held February 15, 2012 at 3:00 pm in the UC Redhawks Room.