Minutes - April 7, 2004

Minutes - April 7, 2004

Approved by the Faculty Senate April 21, 2004

Vol. XXXVIII, No. 14


April 7, 2004

The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday, 200 in the Room of the University Center. The following Senators were present: Paul Lloyd (presiding), Susan Swartwout, Rusty Curtis, Rick Althaus, Warren Anderson, Jim Champine, Ronald Clayton, Michael Cobb, Dan Dunavan, Craig Elder, Roy Farris, Bruce Hathaway, Linda Heitman, Arrick Jackson, Ted Loso, Anne Marietta, Cheryl Milde, Bruce Mims, David Naugler, James Ricks, Craig Roberts, Nicholas Tibbs, Mohan Tikoo, Larry Underberg, and Min Zou. Alternate Pat Willingham and Senate Secretary Paula Cunningham were also present. Provost Stephens and Student Government Representative to the Faculty Senate Ryan Kloeppel also attended.

Absent, and not represented by their Alternates, were Janice Chadha, Mary Ann DeLine, Al Hayward, and Terry Sutton.


The minutes of March 3, 2004 (Vol. XXXVIII, No.13) were approved with editorial changes.


The 2004 American Association of Higher Education Learning to Change Conference in San Diego featured sessions on Protecting Democratic Institutions through Improving Campus Governance and Faculty Leadership at Public Universities. Handouts from the Conference, developed by Joe Flynn and Karen Markoe, who were consultants in the founding of the Missouri Association of Faculty Senates (MAFS), were distributed as information – – Traits of Effective Senates; Governance Effectiveness Survey; and Traits of the Academic Leader. Chair Lloyd noted that the Southeast Faculty Senate ranked high on these measurements.
A farewell reception for Senator Roy Farris is scheduled for Wednesday, April 14 at 3:00 p.m. in the Faculty Centre.
Since the last Senate meeting, the Senate Executive Committee and or Senate chair has met with the President, President's Administrative Council, Provost, Provost's Deans Council and a Joint Committee of the Faculty Senate and Athletics Committee tentatively called Academics First.
The Senate Executives had a breakfast meeting with SGA Executives Adam Schaefer and Brian Whitehead, along with Dennis Holt and Lori Lynn. Student Government would like to have all faculty required to use Grade A or to allow all faculty who use Grade A not to be subject to the 6-Week Reporting. This issue has been referred to the Academic Affairs Committee to work with SGA. Also, SGA is interested in exploring alternative methods for student evaluation of instruction.
Lloyd and Swartwout represent the Senate on the Academics First Joint Senate/ Athletics Committee. Senator Swartwout reported on recent agenda items including finding a new mascot name, improving the interrelationship of academics and Athletics, and incorporating academics into athletic events. Athletics has a very public forum and is willing to help promote academics through that forum in several different ways. Some of the possibilities are to have each college or school highlighted at a different football or basketball game, give the College one page in the game-day program in order to feature the College, provide coverage on the coaches' pre-game show, offer free tickets to the College for “their” game, and to showcase a Faculty Mentor who has been nominated by a student athlete. The advertising value that a College will get from this is over $2,000. Work is continuing to implement this for the fall 2004 football season. As with the basketball games this Spring, beginning in April, faculty accomplishments have received verbal recognition via broadcast at the baseball and softball games.
Senator Ricks, member of the University Mascot Committee, reported the committee recommendations have been narrowed to five – Red Hawks, Red Birds, Red Wolves, Explorers and Sentinels. He asked that Senators encourage their colleagues to vote in rank order for their preference on the University web site.
Senator Heitman, co-chair of the Health Care Task Force, reported that there 700 surveys completed by University faculty and staff. Five health care vendors have submitted bids through CBIZ, the consultant hired by the university. A website should be up shortly and will be found through a link on the Human Resources webpage. There will be a campus Open Forum on May 5th.


The Academic Council passed a motion recommending that any student can obtain two degrees by completing the requirements for both degrees. The student will not have to complete an additional 20 hours for the second degree. Also, the Academic Council passed a motion recommending that the minimum of credit hours required for graduation to be reduced from 124 to 120. The Provost also reported that all Phase 2 materials have been sent to chairpersons.


Ryan Kloeppel, Student Government Liaison, reported that Student Government elections were held April 7 and April 8. Both executive candidate tickets have been working hard and they expect a good voter turn out. Ryan thanked Senator Althaus for moderating the presidential candidate debate on March 31. Results will be announced in the University Center Monday, April 12th.

A non-partisan organization known as Activote was on campus April 7th to promote student voter registration.

Next Monday (April 12) Student Government will vote on whether it wishes to renew Southeast's membership in the Student Association of Missouri.


Academic Affairs

Senator Tikoo, chair of the Committee, reported that the Committee met on March 11 and 31. in the Johnson Faculty Centre and discussed the following issues: maintenance/ support of the computer/projector systems in "high-tech" classrooms, attendance policy, absenteeism, Academic Distinction, grade inflation, and the process for on-line course offerings.

The committee is currently analyzing the data on grades to see if there is any evidence of grade inflation. Also, on March 31, a resolution concerning Academic Distinction was tabled until the committee heard from the Kent Library representative.


Senator Tibbs, chair of the Committee, distributed a draft plan for a General Voluntary Retirement Incentive Program. Two options were offered: (1) lump sum payment upon retirement of 30% of the retiree's annual regular academic salary or (2) a teaching load of 50% in the last year before retirement with full-time pay and benefits. Both options offer continuing health care benefits. The proposal will be placed on the Agenda April 21.


Senator Marietta, chair of the Committee, reported that she met with the Provost, Dr. Farris and Carol Heizer on March 24 in the Provost's office to discuss plans to finalize the review of the Faculty Handbook. The committee is currently doing the review...


Senator Curtis, chair of the Committee, stated that in Liberal Arts the question regarding adding the word “collegiality” to the tenure/promotion guidelines has been discussed and asked for the views of the Senate. Senators noted that there are already guidelines that state that faculty must participate in department committee work and faculty meetings.


Senator Underberg, chair of the Committee, presented information on the charge of the committee to review grievances and to make recommendations. Following lengthy discussion, the following actions were offered to provide immediate guidance for the committee and to help determine clear procedures for future grievances.

Senator Tibbs moved and Senator Tikoo seconded a motion that the Grievance Committee will submit their findings to the Senate Executive Committee who will prepare a statement/recommendation to be sent to the President for discussion (motion passed).

Senator Hathaway moved and Senator Anderson seconded a motion requesting the Governance Committee examine the Faculty Senate By-Laws to clarify procedures on Grievances (motion passed)

Professional Affairs

Two proposed Resolutions were distributed to Senators ten days before the meeting -- Sense of the Senate regarding tenure and the cap on non-tenure-track faculty and Resolution concerning criminal background checks for new faculty. These items will be placed at the top of agenda at the meeting on April 21.


Faculty Club Task Force

Senator Swartwout moved and Senator Anderson seconded a motion to have the Faculty Senate authorize the Faculty Club Task Force chaired by Dr. Jedan to explore the concept of faculty club and to develop proposals of action (motion passed).

The meeting was adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

The next Faculty Senate meeting will be Wednesday, April 21, 2004 in the Missouriana Room of the University Center.