Minutes - March 21, 2012

Minutes - March 21, 2012

XLVI, No. 14


March 21, 2012

The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, in the UC Indian 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, Tiffany Parker, Jian Peng, Joyce Renaud, Desma Reno, Claudia Ruediger, Seidu Sofo, Carol Veneziano, Julie Weathers, Victor Wilburn, David Powell, Willie Redmond and Chris Wubbena. The following alternates were in attendance: Brooke Clubbs, Brad Deken, Amy Fritsche 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 Willie Redmond.

3 Guests were present regarding the Graduate Faculty Status Bill.


Senator Wilburn introduced Resolution 12-1 – Membership Committee Chair Duties Resolution. Senator Wilburn made a motion to approve the resolution and Senator Bohannon seconded the motion. There was no discussion and a unanimous vote was taken that passed the resolution. Resolution 12-1 passed.

Chair Dickson brought forward Resolution 12-2 – Student Learning Outcomes Resolution. Senator Jung moved to approve the resolution and Senator Lee-DiStefano seconded. Discussion followed. An amendment was made to add clarification to the resolution which passed. Chair Dickson moved to adopt the amended resolution. The senate voted and passed the amended resolution 12-2.

Senator Lee-DiStefano introduced Resolution 12-3 – Compensation Resolution. Senator Lee-DiStefano passed out possible language changes for the document and discussion followed. There were four amendments made to the resolution. The amended resolution passed by senate vote.

Senator Jung brought forth Bill 12-A-11 – Revising “Graduate Faculty Status” to establish a Policy Section. Senator Jung moved to vote on Bill 12-A-11 and Senator Wood seconded. The senate took a vote and passed Bill 12-A-11 unanimously.

Senator Jung brought forth Bill 12-A-12 – Revising “Graduate Faculty Status” to establish a Procedures Section. Senator Jung moved to vote on Bill 12-A-12 and Senator Deken seconded. Discussion took place and an amendment was made, which was voted on and passed, to the bill. The senate took a vote and passed the amended Bill 12-A-12 unanimously.

Senator Wood introduced Bill 12-A-13 – Adding Membership Structure of a College Council to the College and the College Dean. Senator Wood moved to adopt Bill 12-A-13 and Senator Renaud seconded. Discussion followed mainly regarding lines 36-43. Language was added and amended on three occasions. The Faculty Senate voted and passed amended bill 12-A-13 and the bill passed.


Senator Wilburn introduced Resolution 12-4 – Grievance Committee Charge Resolution. Discussion followed regarding Resolution 12-4. A vote was taken to pass this resolution and failed. Resolution 12-4 did not pass.

Senator Jung introduced bills regarding FERPA/Buckley Amendment Policy and Procedure for sections 3.C.11 in the Faculty Handbook. He discussed the language that will change, if any and discussed separation of Policy and Procedure. Senator Jung also brought forth documents for feedback only regarding Classroom Copying, sections 3.C.12 in the Faculty Handbook.

Senator Diane Wood introduced documents for discussion of sections 1.G.2 and 1.G.3, Department and Department Chairperson, of the Faculty Handbook; as well as, Sections 1.F.8 and 1.F.9, College Dean and Department Chairs of the Faculty Handbook. Discussion followed.


Chair Kevin Dickson gave a brief report about the Benefits Subcommittee and if there were any questions about this committee to refer them to the Chair, James Cook. Also he discussed an open forum for the Role of the Faculty in the 2020 subcommittee that will be held next Wednesday at noon in Glenn Auditorium. He asked that the senators please pass that information on to their Faculty Members in their departments. Chair Dickson informed everyone that Senate elections were in process and should be completed by the end of this month. He asked that any questions be directed to Senator Wood. End Report.


Provost Rosati gave a brief report to inform the Senate of the Agenda for the May 8th Board meeting. There were two action items that he wanted to bring to the senates' attention and those were the Flat rate for online courses discussion and the Merge of the College of Science and Mathematics and the School of Polytechnic Studies into the College of Science, Technology and Agriculture. Those items will be effective this summer.

Provost Rosati also let the Senate know about the upcoming visit from the Higher Learning Commission which will be April 17 – 19, 2013. There is a book called “Getting Ready for the Visit” that has a lot of background regarding SLO Information that will be very helpful to get ready for that visit. The book is all online and Faculty may want to take a look at it for information. The University is also coming up on accreditation in a year and will be getting ready for that the rest of this year. End Report.


Student Government Liaison Rebecca Masur reported a bill was passed by the Student Government to fund extended Library hours to 3 am during finals. Student Government is having their elections and they need students to run. As of right now they do not have anyone signed up for General Education and the deadline for elections is March 23, 2012 at 5:00 pm. She asked that the Faculty please tell students to run for Student Government.

There is an I-Challenge application that came out today online and in UC 202. This challenge is for a Beautification Project on campus and the winner will get $10,000.00 towards Beautification. The application deadline is March 30, 2012.

The debate team went to nationals and one of our teams placed 3rd in Nationals.

A Senator has brought to the attention of the Student Government that she would like more research opportunities or ways to find research opportunities for the students. This senator has said that she knows that some departments are better than others at advertising for these opportunities and she would like the process for the possible opportunity improved. The Student Government asked for feedback from the Faculty Senate on this issue. End Report.


Governance –No Report
Professional Affairs –No Report
Academic Affairs –No Report
Compensation –No Report
Documents –No Report
Membership –No Report


The Faculty Senate adjourned at 5:05 p.m.

The next Faculty Senate Meeting will be held April 4, 2012 at 3:00 pm in the UC Redhawks Room.