Minutes - February 2, 2005

Minutes - February 2, 2005

Vol. XXXIX, No. 10


February 2, 2005

The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday, February 2, in the Missouriana Room of the University Center. The following Senators were present: Susan Swartwout (presiding), James Champine, Bruce Hathaway, Rick Althaus, Ronald Clayton, Michael Cobb, Mary Ann DeLine, Marc Fulgham, Kathy Gilliland, Linda Heitman, Daniel MacLeay, Cheryl Milde, Bruce Mims, David Naugler, Carolyn Rainey, David Smith, Bonnie Stepenoff, Marc Strauss, Mohan Tikoo, Pat Willingham, Mack Wilson, Martha Zlokovich, and Min Zou. Senate Secretary Paula Cunningham was also present. Provost Jane Stephens (Administrative Liaison) and Student Government Representative Heather Valle also attended.

Also in attendance were guests David Starrett, Marcio Vieira, and Martha Henckell from the Center for Scholarship in Teaching and Learning

Absent, and not represented by their Alternates, were Mary Elizabeth Ambery, David Baird, Joyce Chadha, Arrick Jackson, Kevin Squibb, Rebecca Summary,

Before the beginning of the meeting the Senate was treated to a demonstration of the Southeast Portal web administration system that allows faculty to access pertinent information on line. The demonstration was led by Martha Henckell, with Senator Tikoo's participation. Dr. Starrett and Mr. Vieira helped Ms. Henckell field questions from the audience. Senators were asked to advise all faculty to activate their SE Keys accounts by Spring break by accessing portal.semo.edu. CSTL accounts will be closed after March 20, 2005


The Vol. XXXIX No. 9 was approved as written. (Strauss/Stepennoff).


Chair Swartwout reported that the Faculty Handbook is still in transit and its updating is not yet fully a Senate responsibility. Changes are currently being sent to Michele Elder.

Chair Swartwout and Chair-elect Champine will attend the MAFS conference on Feb. 7 and 8. Dr. Gregory Fitch, the new commissioner of CBHE, will speak to the group on Monday. Tuesday will be spent at the State Capitol. Swartwout and Champine have made appointments to talk with Jason Crowell, Rod Jetton, Scott Lipke, Laney Black, Terry Swinger, and Gayle Kingery, who is the new chair of the reactivated Higher Education Committee.

Governor Matt Blunt has indicated that he will not cut funds to education. Elementary and secondary school budgets will be increased; higher education's budget will be flat.

The Chair presented a report on Senate activities to the Board of Regents on December 11. Her next report will be in March. Don Dickerson resigned as Board president, succeeded by John Tlapek. Brad Bedell is the new VP. Sandy Moore resigned from the Board; Al Spradling was appointed by the Governor to the vacated position.

State Senator Jason Crowell has introduced Bill 231 that greatly modifies the previous Truth in Tuition Bill 48. The new bill calls for public notice prior to tuition raises, which may not exceed the CPI. On the down side, it also proposes that all fund balances shall revert to general funds.

The Carnahan Public Service Reward Program for lower tuition rates through MOHELA is now available to Southeast employees, thanks to Dr. Dobbins' lobbying.

The Chair met with the Deans' Council the morning of Feb. 2; the deans are very concerned about the Promotion and Tenure timeline, which allows little time for the University committee to examine the documents. They would like to see a flowchart of each step, who responds, and the candidate's appeal options at each level.

From the last meeting with the President, the Chair received the following answers to various Senate questions. Regarding increased Professional Development funds, $1,000 is tied to promotions. There will be no additional money surplus from Consortium since there's a reserve to pay past claims of $1.5 million, we had a health-insurance holiday in December, and the rest went into employee Medical Reimbursement Accounts. Before the President will support a campus-wide salary study, he'd like to see the proposed survey instrument.


Provost Stephens reported on the final piece of Phase II of program review relating to Kent Library. Of most interest to the senate, current Faculty Librarians will retain faculty status. This was recommended by the Faculty Advisory Committee and supported by Faculty Senate Resolution 04-XX. She provided two new pieces of information on the matter. First, the Dean of the Eastern Illinois University library will act as consultant on faculty status issues at Kent Library. EIU has experience in managing a similar faculty/staff structure. Secondly, the preparation of flexible contracts will be needed to address staffing, periods of leave, contract length, and promotion and tenure. The University Promotion and Sabbatical Leave Committee will help address the latter.

Additionally, Dr. Stephens commented on changes to the Career Services Center, which will become the Transitions Center. Its duties will include helping students through freshman orientation, negotiating their majors, internships, and finding employment. The Center currently has 3 FTE and 4 Teaching Assistants. This will be augmented by 4 people (equivalent to FTEs) that will be provided by a partnership with the State supported Workforce Development Center. They will provide software and web access to allow for national employment searches and resume development.


Student Government representative Valle commented that the Capaha Arrow will feature an article on positive student attitudes toward GradeA grade reporting.


Academic Affairs

Senator Tikoo, chair of the committee, stated that the committee met to discuss policies on academic honesty and the possibility of eliminating the fall break in favor of a 1 week Thanksgiving break. It was clarified that the latter matter would be the charge of next years' committee.


Senator Naugler, chair of the committee, reported that the committee had met and continued to discuss the possibility and desirability of conducting a salary study. The University Budget Review Committee will begin its work this month. Committee members will canvas faculty about compensation issues.

It was also reported that Senator Heitman was acting as medical ombudsperson on a trial basis for 6 months. She reported that she had worked on four cases, and she related an account of one person's difficulty getting appropriate versions of drugs that were not available under the current plan. Senator Heitman was able to help rectify the situation. She said she would relate further cases only when they were instructive.

Senator Heitman's efforts were commended by Senator Cobb and the senators as a whole.


Senator MacLeay, chair of the committee, stated that the committee did not have a report.


Senator Zlokovich, chair of the committee, reported that the committee met and has outlined changes to the Grievance Document. Committee members have been given areas to study, and there should be a document to consider at the end of the month or beginning of March.


Senator Hathaway, Membership Chair, had no report

Professional Affairs

Senator Althaus reported that 207 faculty had responded to the Survey on Student Evaluation. He urged the senators to prompt their constituents to respond to the survey in the next week. The site will close down Feb. 12, and at that time the results will be reviewed with the help of Dr. Starrett of the CSTL, who helped administer the on-line survey.

The committee continues to address differences and idiosyncrasies of the promotion and tenure timelines. Chair Althaus asked that any concerns about the Promotion and Tenure policies be brought to the committee's attention.

He also thanked the faculty as a whole for their input on the issue of faculty status for librarians.


There was no old business to consider.


Senator Cobb complimented the Center for Scholarship in Teaching and Learning about the fine job the have been doing with OIS and the Portal. A motion was made to write a letter of commendation to them (Cobb/Tikoo). Chair Swartwout offered to draft the letter. After suspending the rules, the motion was passed.