Minutes - March 28, 2007

Minutes - March 28, 2007

XLI, No. 13


March 28, 2007

The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday, March 28, 2007, in the Missouriana Room of the University Center. The following Senators were present: Michael Cobb (Chair), Martha Zlokovich (Chair-Elect), David Smith (Membership Committee Chair), Rick Althaus, Mary Elizabeth Ambery, Kim Dillivan, Marc Fulgham, Timothy Rademaker (Alternate), Benjie Heu, Priscilla Hornby, Daniel MacLeay, Jim McGill, Carolyn Rainey, Jayanti Ray, David Reinheimer, Sophia Scott, Bonnie Stepenoff, Marc Strauss, Lucinda Swatzell, Haohao Wang, Pat Willingham, Xuesong Zhang, and Min Zou. Also in attendance were Dr. Jane Stephens (Administrative Liaison), Nelson Elliott (Student Government Liaison), and special guest Teresa Wildman.

Absent, and not represented by their Alternates, were Mary Ann DeLine, Elaine Jackson, Willie Redmond, Larry Underberg, and Janice Ward.


Approval of minutes Vol. XLI-12 was moved by Senator MacLeay and seconded by Senator Dillivan. The motion carried.


Provost Stephens reported that Dean Cron has announced her resignation. She is leaving June 1st to take a position as Assistant Director at the University of Missouri library. The Provost indicated that as a result she will be doing some restructuring, which will eliminate one dean position. Professor Ed Buis will be named Director of Kent Library reporting to Dean David Starrett who will become the Dean of General Education and Academic Information Services.


Student Government Liaison, Nelson Elliott, reported that the Student Government (SG) will be holding general elections April 4-5. He asked the Senators to encourage students to participate. Students can cast their votes online through My Southeast.


Chair Cobb informed the Senate that Paula Cunningham, the previous secretary, had surgery. He indicated that he sent flowers to her on behalf of the Senate. Chair Cobb circulated a thank you card from Paula expressing her appreciation.

Chair Cobb reported that he had been involved in computer use policy issues. He indicated that it has been discovered that the computers on campus are not entirely secure. He recommended using “boot level” passwords to secure computers.

Teresa Wildman, Director of Grant Development

Ms. Wildman spoke on the purpose and goals of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. She indicated that the three primary services offered are searches for external funding opportunities, coordination of grant proposal development, and submission of grant applications. Mrs. Wildman encouraged interested faculty to seek grants. She distributed her and the office's contact information.


Senator Smith reported that elections are coming up soon. He indicated that he will be in touch with the Membership Committee via email concerning elections.

Professional Affairs
Senator Althaus indicated that the Professional Affairs Committee met and discussed the promotion and tenure policies.

Academic Affairs
Senator Reinheimer reported that the two bills relating to course ownership and
notification of faculty during student emergencies will not be presented to the Senate for consideration today. He indicated that both bills are being taken back to the Committee for restructuring.
Senator Reinheimer reported that the Intellectual Property Rights Task Force will have their first meeting Monday, April 2.

Senator Ray presented the resolution titled “Reconciliation of Chapter 1 and 8 of the Faculty Handbook” for consideration. The resolution calls for some minor editing in chapter eight so that the wording coincides with chapter one. Senator Zlokovich made a motion to approve the resolution seconded by Senator Ambery. The motion passed.
Senator Jayanti Ray indicated that the Documents Committee met to discuss possible ways of boosting activity on the faculty forum. They discussed removing “Senate” from the website so that all faculty feel welcome to participate in the forum. It was also suggested that a link to the faculty forum be made on the Southeast Portal.

Senator Swatzell distributed drafts of the Grievance Policy. She indicated that the purpose of the Policy is to allow for resolution of conflicts when policy and procedures are not followed. Senator Swatzell asked the Senators to review the Grievance Policy and forward any suggested revisions to her within the week. She indicated that she hopes to be able to bring it before the Senate for consideration next week.
Senator Swatzell reported that she will be bringing the “Faculty Senate Self-Survey” before the Senate next week for review.

Senator Willingham reported the Budget Review Committee will be looking at the faculty compensation package Friday. Senator Willingham distributed copies of the proposal. The proposal includes increasing the post professorial merit by $1000.00. Dr. Frazier was present to answer questions by the Senate in relation to position equity. Senator Willingham made a motion, seconded by Senator Althaus, to suspend the rules so that the proposal could be brought before the Senate for consideration. The motion passed. Senator Willingham made a motion, seconded by Senator Scott, to accept the proposal and allow the Compensation Committee the latitude to negotiate on behalf of the Senate on Friday. The motion passed.


Senator Zlokovich indicated that because of the way the semester falls in 2008 the first week in May is finals week. As a result, the Senate will have to hold its' final meeting the week of finals or the week after finals. Senator Zlokovich suggested suspending the rules to allow for the last meeting to be held in April. Dr. Althaus explained that the constitution states that the last meeting is to be held in May and it cannot be changed by a suspension of the rules. Dr. Reinheimer indicated that there will be semesters in the future with the same circumstance and recommended changing the wording of the constitution to allow for such semesters. The issue was tabled until a future meeting.


There was no old business to consider.


The motion to adjourn (Scott/Dillivan) was recognized and approved at 4:50 p.m.

The next Faculty Senate Meeting will be April 4, 2007, in the University Center Missouriana Room at 3 pm.

Approved April 04, 2007