Minutes - April 15, 2009

Minutes - April 15, 2009

XLIII, No. 14


April 15, 2009

The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday, April 15, 2009 in the Missouriana Room of the University Center. The following Senators were present: Mary Elizabeth Ambery (Chair), Stephanie Chamberlain (Chair-Elect), Jim McGill (Membership Chair), Rick Althaus, Julie Banks, David Briggs, Michael Cobb, Kathy Conway , Kevin Dickson, Alan Journet, Don Jung, Daniel MacLeay, David Naugler, David Naugler, Walt Paquin, Jayanti Ray (Alternate), Albie Sautter, Sophia Scott, Rick Sebby, Kathy Smith, Daniel Beard (Alternate), Sven Svenson, Haohao Wang, and Janice Ward. Provost Stephens and Student Government Liaison, Katie Herring, were also in attendance.

Absent and not represented by their alternates were Marc Fulgham, Elaine Jackson, Willie Redmond, Raj Somarajan, Marc Strauss, Larry Underberg, and Carol Veneziano.


There being no objections, the Chair declared the minutes Volume XLIII-12 & XLIII-13 approved as distributed.


Chair Ambery reported that the Compensation Committee met with the President yesterday. Senator Naugler will report on that meeting and have discussion during the Compensation report.

Chair Ambery reported that during Academic Council and the Council of Deans the main topic of discussion was compensation.

Chair Ambery reminded the senators that the final meeting of the 43rd Senate will be held April 29th, in the Crisp Auditorium (CH125).


Provost Stephens indicated that she did not have a specific report. She opened the floor for questions. Senator McGill asked about the status of the IT upgrades from the 25% holdback. Provost Stephens indicated that money has been collected and priorities have been submitted. She added that most departments are getting their first choice priority.
Senator Sebby asked if there were any guidelines directing the 2% cut. Provost Stephens indicated that she will not accept any professional development cuts. She said that there were no other anticipated guidelines. Provost Stephens indicated that she was open for suggestions.
The Provost explained that she had another meeting she had to attend and dismissed herself.


Student Government Liaison, Katie Herring, introduced herself. She reported that the Student Government (SG) had had a productive past two weeks. Ms. Herring reported that the SG had reviewed their budget and shuffled around distributions. She reported that the budget will be voted on April 20th. Ms. Herring reported that Dr. Journet spoke to the SG about the “Climate Commitment” resolution. SG drafted a resolution. Ms. Herring indicated that SG is in favor of going green and green initiatives, but they were not sure if this resolution was the proper avenue. Ms. Herring reported that SG set aside $20,000 to send 12 students to Leadershape, a leadership conference in Champaign, IL. The selected participants have an option of attending one of two sessions. Once arriving back on campus, the 12 students will have $5,000 of the original $20,000 set aside to complete a project of their choice. Ms. Herring reported that SG approved adding entertainment DVD's to Kent Library's collection. Ms. Herring reported that Craig LaChance has been elected to be the Student Government President for academic year 2010. Chair Ambery asked if SG had been informed about the emergency operations and planning procedures. Ms. Herring indicated that they had not.


Professional Affairs
Senator Journet made a motion to approve a bill seconded by Senator Dickson to grant emeritus status to James Christopher Schnell. The motion passed unanimously.

Academic Affairs
Senator Veneziano, Chair of Academic Affairs, was absent.

Senator Ward, Chair of the Documents Committee, distributed revisions to the Faculty Handbook, concerning the Division of Enrollment and Management and Student Success name change. The changes will be made via a “Change Form”. The Senators were in agreement that the changes were necessary.

Senator Smith indicated that the changes concerning revisions to title changes among administrative positions had been handed over to Carol Heizer due to the abbreviated department names and titles listed on the Organizational Chart

Senator Sautter, Chair of the Governance Committee, reported that the Committee had made arrangements with the web master concerning the new grievance page. She indicated that there will be a link on the a-z directory under “Grievance Faculty” and “Faculty Grievance” to the grievance policy and form. The page is in the process of going up. The page will explain why an informal process is a good idea. It will also have a link to a help page with a contact person who is willing to offer guidance. It was made clear that the person will offer guidance only and not interpretation of the policy. Senator Chamberlain expressed concern about the members of the Governance Committee rotating off and the person who is to offer guidance not having enough knowledge about the policy to be able to skillfully guide a person through the procedure. Senator Naugler asked if it would be possible for the Senate to vote someone in to serve as the guide. Senator MacLeay indicated that the Senate had a member of the Senate named ombudsman. It was suggested that Governance look at drawing up something in the upcoming Senate that would appoint an ombudsman to help guide faculty through the grievance process. The same was recommended for Professional Affairs for guidance through the promotion and tenure process.

Senator McGill, chair of Membership, reported that senate elections are underway to fill the nine upcoming positions. Senator McGill reported that Dennis Holt has requested two Faculty Senate representatives to serve on the AQIP Committee. Senator Althaus explained that the AQIP Committee is charged to recommend action projects to the President for the AQIP accreditation process. Senator Scott expressed interest in serving on the AQIP Committee.

Senator Naugler, chair of Compensation, reported that there would not be any salary increases this year due to the financial crisis. Senator Naugler indicated that administration is positive about salaries and health benefits holding even. Senator Naugler reported that they discussed the “uncoupling” of the 25% holding from raises and the possibility of moving promotion and post-professorial merit to the cost of continuing. He explained that Budget Review meets tomorrow and he asked for a sense of faculty through the Faculty Senate on the issue. Several senators expressed support in truthful reporting of faculty raises. The overall sense of the Senate was to hold off on requesting promotion and post professorial merit being moved to the cost of continuing until they are able to study the issue further. Senator Scott asked for clarification that the health care cost would not go up. Senator Naugler indicated that health care cost will go up, but the University is going to contribute the difference so that the cost for the employee does not go up.Employees will have to pay the difference for the family coverage. Senator Chamberlain asked if administrators are getting a raise this year. Senator Naugler indicated that he didn't know but would ask at Budget Review.


Senator Scott moved that the Senate approve the resolution on online procedures. The motion was seconded by Senator Althaus. Senator Chamberlain expressed her support of the resolution. She suggested that it was clear there had been a communication problem and that this would be a good opportunity to address that problem. She indicated that the resolution is an opportunity for the Senate voice to be heard. She also indicated that any changes made now could be represented as a good will gesture on the part of the Administration. Senator Scott reminded the Senate that the Provost made it clear during the last Senate meeting that action from the Senate on this issue would be seen as un-collegial. The resolution passed by majority vote.


Senator Cobb indicated that the President has made known that he would like to see MAFS make a statement against concealed weapons on campus. Senator Journet moved for the Senate to take a negative stance on concealed weapons through MAFS. The motion was seconded by Senator Paquin. The motion passed unanimously.

Chair Ambery reminded the Faculty Senate of the University Committees on which senators serve as Faculty Senate representatives. She reminded senators, whether serving as a Faculty Senate Representative on a committee or serving as a faculty representative [at large], to verify with the committee their role – either as one to offer faculty perspective only or to represent all faculty..

Senator Chamberlain invited the senators to attend the Johnson Faculty Centre 20th Anniversary celebration next Friday from 4:30 – 6:30 PM.


The meeting adjourned at 5:08 p.m.

The next Faculty Senate Meeting will be April 29, 2009, in the Crisp Auditorium, at 3:00 p.m.

Approved April 29, 2009