Minutes - May 4, 2011

Minutes - May 4, 2011

XLV, No. 17

May 4, 2011

The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday, May 4, 2011, in the University Center Missouriana Room. The following Senators were present: Sophia Scott (Chair), Kevin Dickson (Chair-Elect), Janice Ward (Membership Chair), Rick Althaus, Larry Bohannon, Brandon Christensen, Eric Clements, Elaine Jackson, Don Jung, Debra Lee-DiStefano, Charles McAllister, Rachel Morgan Theall, Phil Nacy, David Naugler, Walt Paquin, Jian Peng, David Powell, Willie Redmond, Joyce Renaud, Claudia Ruediger, Doug Atwood, Seidu Sofo, Sven Svenson, Larry Underberg, Carol Veneziano, Haohao Wang, Victor Wilburn, Chris Wubbena and Diane Wood. Provost Ronald Rosati was also in attendance. Not in attendance or represented by an alternate was Senator Stephanie Chamberlain.


The minutes of April 20, 2011 (45.16) were approved as presented. A voice vote of the Senate was taken after a motion by Senator Elaine Jackson and a second by Senator Eric Clements.


Resolution 11-04 – Summer 2011 Teaching Assignments – a motion was made by Chair-Elect Kevin Dickson and seconded by Debbie Lee-DiStefano to vote on the resolution. Discussion followed.

A motion was made by Senator Joyce Renaud and seconded by Senator Don Jung to amend the resolution to strike out “online” and change “24.75%” to 33%. Also, to take out “It is understood that this increase shall apply only to those faculty teaching online courses, a mixture of online and face to face courses, and those currently covered by existing exemptions.” Discussion followed. A vote was taken to pass this amendment with an all in favor, one opposed and no abstentions. Further discussion followed.

A motion was made to further amend the resolution by Senator Don Jung and seconded by Senator Rick Althaus to add “Be it further resolved that next years' Executive Committee shall analyze the results of these changes, specifically the potential impact on fall and spring enrollments, and the potential impact of equity of summer teaching assignments between and or among faculty. Further the Executive Committee will make specific recommendations on any necessary or appropriate Faculty Handbook changes,” at the end of the resolution. Discussion followed. A vote was taken with all in favor, one opposed and no abstentions.

Resolution 11-02 – Separation of Monies – A motion to vote on Resolution 11-02 was made by Senator Willie Redmond and seconded by Senator Claudia Ruediger. Discussion followed. A vote was taken with an all in favor, passing Resolution 11-02.

Resolution 11-03 – A motion to vote was made by Senator Diane Wood and seconded by Senator Jian Peng. Discussion followed. A vote was taken and resulted in all in favor with one abstention, passing Resolution 11-03.

Bill 11-A-28 – Separation of Monies – A motion was made to vote on Bill 11-A-28 by Membership Chair Janice Ward and seconded by Debra Lee-DiStefano. Discussion followed. A vote was taken with an all in favor result passing Bill 11-A-28.


Chair Sophia Scott started by thanking the Faculty Senate for all of their hard work this year. Chair Scott spoke of the need for collaboration, cooperation and communication among all groups at the University and she believes that this senate has made strides in achieving those things.

Some issues and initiatives for this senate included: Course Redesign, Collaborative programs, increase average class size from 21 - 26, winter intersession, degree works, budget cuts, cape Girardeau partnership for higher education, goal 2025 from the governor, benefit reorganization, and the 2020 Committee.

There were 5 goals for the 45th session. Goal one was to participate in the process of reconciling and updating the Faculty Handbook. An Ad Hoc committee was formed; the policies for retrenchment, restructuring and program review went to the Board of Regents and were approved. In addition, the Ad Hoc committee also proposed a policy separating Policies from Procedures, which was also approved. The Senate continued to update the Faculty Handbook and passed seven additional policies, including; Academic Fresh Start, the Five Year Calendar, Academic Distinction in the Department of Major, Honors Program, Academic Honesty, updates to the Tenure and Promotion Policy and revision of professional development. In addition the Senate passed 7 companion procedures and one resolution on policies not going into effect until their companion procedures were approved.

Goal Two was to participate and cooperate in discussions and activities involving Course Redesign. The Provost has provided a large amount of information on Course Redesign at Southeast Missouri State University and at the state level. Southeast Missouri State University is leading Course Redesign efforts here at the University and also across the state.

Goal Three was to provide support as the University incorporates shared governance as an AQIP action product. Southeast Missouri State University has sent the initial report for AQIP and is in the process of updating it. There is a team going to the AQIP meeting May 17-20, 2011 and Chair Sophia Scott is attending and we will find out more information as to how the AQIP process is going.

Goal Four was to continue to examine Faculty issues within the budget parameters including promotion, tenure and compensation. There was a bill regarding Promotion, Tenure and post professorial merit and faculty were approved for a 2% merit increase.

Goal Five was to create greater transparency and to increase communication between faculty, the Senate and Communities across campus. The Faculty Senate website was updated to include links for important information. We also involved the Deans and their administrators when preparing and discussing bills.

Chair Scott thanked the Faculty Senate and ended her report.


Provost Ronald Rosati started by thanking the Faculty Senate for a great year and all of their accomplishments. He began his report about concerns being expressed about students being able to get to final exams next week because of flooding. University Police completed an analysis of road situations. They reported this morning that from their prospective the roads are now passable enough for students to be able to get to final exams. Some parts are still flooded but there are ways for all students to be able to get to campus. There may be some students who have hardships in regards to the flooding and they may not be able to get to campus but the roads are clear for other students. If additional feedback is needed the Chief of University Police indicated that the Deans can contact him 24 hours a day by cell phone.

There are some changes going on in the University; Dean Shaw is retiring at the end of July 2011. There is some shuffling being done to accommodate that. The University is splitting off the regional campuses as well as the online learning and putting them together in a unit called “Online and Extended Learning.” A national search is going to be conducted to hire an administrator to grow those programs. The University would like to see the online components grow considerably over the next few years.

There will be an interim person in charge of that unit starting this summer, which will be a local person. Hope to fill the position with a permanent person starting in January. The other two departments that were under Dean Shaw will be put into an interim situation. The School of Polytechnic Studies will remain the School of Polytechnic Studies, the Associate Dean will remain there, but will be reporting to the Dean of the School of Science and Mathematics. This is an interim situation and there will probably be proposals that will come through in the fall for a permanent arrangement and they will have to go through the restructuring process.

The University is in the process of looking for a replacement for the School of Visual and Performing Arts. Under Nursing, the School of Health and Human Services, Gloria Grade is the interim chair. Under the School of Environmental Studies, Shelba Branscum is the interim chair. These changes will take effect August 1st, 2011.

The Lift for Life is the charter school we have in St. Louis. That school has been reporting to Fred Janzow.

The Department of Biology has been working on a recommendation for a new chair.

Dean's Reviews are being worked on and the administration has met with four colleges to date. There are two more to meet with, which are Liberal Arts and Health and Human Services. The process seems to be working very well and everyone is getting the reports from Idea. Feedback to date has been pretty good. The process as a whole is moving along very well. End Report.


Student Government Liaison was not present for final reports.

Chair Scott indicated that the Faculty Senate would like to thank Daniel Schunemeyer for his outstanding work on the Senate this past year. Everyone on the Senate appreciates his service and the Faculty Senate can only hope to get another Student Government Liaison who will perform their duties as wonderfully as Daniel has. Additionally the Faculty Senate would like to thank the Student Government as a whole and Senator Charles McAllister for his work with Student Government.


Membership – Chair Janice Ward gave a short summary of her report which she passed out at the meeting and it will be posted online for public view.

Academic Affairs – Chair Don Jung handed out report which reviewed some of the charges from last year.

Professional Affairs – Chair Rick Althaus handed out his report to Faculty Senate members. The report was a reporting of what the items were that Professional Affairs was charged with and how far along they were on accomplishing those items. They also put recommendations for next years' list in the report. There are still sections of the handbook that need to be worked on and those sections are identified in the report.

Governance – Chair Walt Paquin reported that Governance was busy this year reviewing documents coming from the Ad Hoc Committee and making suggestions for them. This past spring they looked at clarifying both membership and responsibility for college council and that work will continue through 2011-2012. There are also issues regarding Kent Library that need to be looked at next year.

Compensation – Chair Willie Redmond reported that there were a few things that were completed. The Faculty Compensation Resolution and the Promotion and Tenure Bill were completed.

Documents – Chair Joyce Renaud passed out handouts and reported that the Documents Committee was charged to look at Chapter 8 of the Faculty Handbook. The committee looked at the Faculty Senate Constitution and the committee asked for any comments or requests for changes to the Constitution. There were no requests or comments and so the constitution was not changed.

The Johnson Faculty Centre Bylaws were reviewed and revisions were completed and approved. Recommendations for the 2011-2012 academic calendar year are reviewing the roles and responsibilities of the Membership Chair and any other requests that come from the Faculty Senate.

Before Adjournment Chair Scott presented certificates to retiring Senators and Senators whose terms had ended. Chair-elect Dickson presented a plaque to Chair Scott in appreciation for her work as Chair during the past year.


There was no new business to report.


Faculty Senate entered into Executive Session. The Senate passed Bill 11-A-26 recommending that Emeritus Status be conferred upon Ben H. Lents upon his retirement.


A motion to adjourn was made at 4:03 p.m. by Senator Don Jung and seconded by Senator Diane Wood.


The next Faculty Senate Meeting will be held May 4, 2011, at 4:00 pm in the UC Missouriana Room.