Minutes - February 15, 2012

Minutes - February 15, 2012

XLVI, No. 12


February 15, 2012

The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday, February 15, 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 alternate were also in attendance. Not in attendance or had an alternate was David Powell.

Guest President Ken Dobbins and Vice President Kathy Mangels


The minutes from January 25, 2012 (46.10) were approved as amended.


President Ken Dobbins came to speak regarding the education budget for this year. He also spoke about vacancies in the colleges and getting RNTT's instead of tenure track faculty for those positions to make up for budget cuts.

President Dobbins spoke about the State Auditors report # 2012-5 on the website. The audit had two auditors that were here at the university for a full 9 months that witnessed $650 – 700 million dollars of transactions. The audit came back as “good”. This means that the funds at this university are very well managed and the report contained no findings. There were a few things that they suggested be changed but other than that it was a good audit.

Vice President Kathy Mangels spoke briefly about how the university does a billing to the foundation every year and how the auditors had an issue with how the dollar amount is calculated. The amount is not the same every year, it has been based on a percentage of peoples time spent. They said that instead of a percentage of the salary and benefits there needed to be an actual time study and have it be evaluated based on the log kept by the faculty. This will be to properly see how much time to allocate back and how much for the foundation to reimburse. End report.


Research sections 1-5 (Faculty Handbook 3.D.1-5) – Senator Althaus spoke about these documents and the few changes that were being made. The documents were just being separated into Policy and Procedures. Bill 88-A-11 was plagiarized and the language was taken directly from the Federal Statutes, the language is exactly the same, therefore Senator Althaus is not prepared to make any recommendations on what to do at this point. There was discussion regarding this issue and Senator Althaus said that he would come to the next meeting with further recommendations. This bill was not voted on in the meeting.

University Standing Committees (Planning, Native American Culture) – Senator Diane Wood had more discussion with the Senate about the University Planning Committee. There was a vote to temporarily suspend the committee pending further study; most were in favor with one abstention and one opposed. The motion carried.

Senator Wilburn spoke about the Faculty Handbook Weblinks there were no further comments emailed and therefore will be no more discussion on these issues. No vote was taken as it was not necessary.

Senator Debra Lee DiStefano discussed the RNTT Merit Pay Increase Bill 12-A-4. Senator DiStefano made a motion to adopt this bill. Senator Ward seconded the motion and a vote of all in favor carried the motion. Bill 12-A-4 passed.

Senator Stephanie Chamberlain spoke about Course Redesign. She said that she spoke with the English department about possibly bringing a resolution to the Faculty Senate regarding the Faculty approval and curricular process for Course redesign as laid out in the Faculty Handbook. This would just be a resolution to ensure that no individual faculty members course redesign efforts would be imposed upon other faculty members. Discussion followed. No further action was taken.


Senator Don Jung introduced bills for Student Evaluation of Instruction (Faculty Handbook 3.C.10). Chair Dickson asked that the departments please present these documents to their individual departments. Also that these bills came forward out of cooperation between Senator McAllister, Student Government Liaison Rebecca Masur, Academic Affairs Committee as well as the whole Student Government. Some discussion followed about these bills. These bills will be presented at a later date, at this time no votes were taken regarding these bills.


No Chair's report due to lack of time.


Provost Rosati did not give a report due to lack of time.


Student Government Liaison Rebecca Masur was absent and represented by an alternate who reported that Student Government is getting funding to put up bulletin boards in their individual colleges and they had an event last Monday night that was a great success.


No committee reports due to lack of time.


Senator Althaus moved acceptance of a bill recommending Emerita/Emeritus Status for Chellappan “Raj” Somarajan. Senator Christensen seconded the bill and it passed by a unanimous vote.


The Faculty Senate adjourned at 5:03 p.m.

The next Faculty Senate Meeting will be held February 29, 2012 at 3:00 pm in the UC Redhawks Room.