Minutes - May 14, 2003

Minutes - May 14, 2003

Approved by the Faculty Senate September 3, 2003

Vol. XXXVIII, No. 2

May 14, 2003

The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday,
May 14, 2003, in the Missouriana Room of the University Center. The following Senators were present: Paul Lloyd (presiding), Rick Althaus, Warren Anderson, David Bibb, Janice Chadha, Dalton Curtis, Dan Dunavan, Roy Farris, Bruce Hathaway, Linda Heitman, Arrick Jackson, Anne Marietta, Cheryl Milde, Bruce Mims, David Naugler, Winfred Pitts, James Ricks, Craig Roberts, Susan Swartwout, Nick Tibbs, Mohan Tikoo, and Larry Underberg. Also attending were Alternates Craig Elder and Alan Journet. Stephanie Chamberlain also attended the meeting.

Absent, and not represented by their Alternates, were Senators Mike Cobb, Al Hayward, Ted Loso, Kathy Riggen, and Min Zou.


The Vol. XXXVII, No. 17 minutes were approved as corrected. (Journet/Bibb).
The Vol. XXXVIII, No. 1 minutes were approved as written. (Journet/Bibb).


Chair Lloyd welcomed Senator Bibb and Senator Chadha to the Senate. He also announced that the Membership Committee elected Senator Curtis as their chair.

On behalf of the Faculty Senate, Senator Marietta presented a gift to Paula Cunningham, Faculty Senate Secretary, in recognition of her service. The items included a cookbook and several utensils. Paula thanked the Senate for the gift.

Chair Lloyd reported on the recent Administrative Council meeting. The Budget Review Committee is scheduled to meet May 23. Also, in regard to health insurance, President Dobbins plans to recommend a flat dollar amount for each University employee to select family health insurance coverage.

Chair Lloyd reminded the Senate that the faculty and students are central to the mission of the University, and, as our colleagues' elected representatives, it is important that we have a strong voice on their behalf.

In regard to the upcoming Budget Review process, Senator Bibb asked if the previous Compensation Committee should remain involved or should the new Compensation Committee assume this task. Since the new Senate is now in session and there is considerable overlap between the previous Committee and the new one, the Senate agreed that the new Compensation Committee will represent the Faculty Senate in the Budget Review process.


Provost Stephens was hosting a farewell reception for Dean Shirley Stennis-Williams and was unable to attend the Senate meeting. At her request, Chair Lloyd distributed summary data for a “Six-Week Interim Grades Online Survey.” Senator Roberts, Faculty Senate Liaison to SGA, presented highlights of the data that suggest students find the six-week interim grade report to be helpful and would like for it to continue. Senator Roberts suggested the survey data be considered by the new Academic Affairs Committee as it reconsiders six-week interim grades in light of the Student Government Resolution to change from six-week to eight-week interim grades.

While it was noted that the online survey is not a representative sample of the student body, it does include responses from 426 students (92 freshmen, 122 sophomores, 90 juniors, 115 seniors, and 7 others).


Membership Committee

Senator Curtis, chair of the Membership Committee, distributed a proposal for chairs and members of the Faculty Senate Legislative Committees for 2003-2004.

Senator Curtis asked the Senate to suspend the rules to allow a vote on the proposal and to permit a vote on an exception to the rules allowing Senator Farris to serve on the Membership Committee and the Compensation Committee. Senator Althaus moved and Senator Bibb seconded the motion to suspend the rules. The motion passed.

Senator Curtis moved and Senator Anderson seconded the motion to approve the list of chairs and members of the Faculty Senate Legislative Committees for 2003-2004 as distributed. The motion passed.

Senator Curtis reported that an e-mail message will be sent to all faculty members inviting them to serve on Faculty Senate Committees. He hopes to have some replies by May 19, but, given that this is final exams week and a busy time of the academic year, the deadline for replying will be extended until June 15.

Senator Curtis described the charge to develop a slate of nominees for faculty representation on the University Athletics Committee. Senator Ricks and Senator Roberts were subsequently nominated.


Tenure Policy

Senator Bibb moved and Senator Underberg seconded a motion to suspend the rules to discuss the revised tenure bill as distributed via e-mail on May 6, 2003. The motion passed. Alternate Journet moved and Senator Farris seconded the motion that the revised tenure bill be approved. Following discussion, by a vote of 16 Yes, 2 No, and 0 abstentions, the bill passed. (See Addendum A)

Motion To Proceed With Meeting Past Regular 5:00 P.M. Adjournment

Alternate Journet moved and Senator Swartwout seconded a motion to proceed with Faculty Senate business past the regular 5:00 p.m. adjournment. (Motion passed)

Promotion Policy

Senator Heitman moved and Senator Anderson seconded a motion to suspend the rules to discuss the revised promotion bill. The motion passed. Alternate Journet moved and Senator Swartwout seconded the motion to approve the revised promotion bill. Following discussion, Senator Swartwout moved and Senator Curtis seconded a motion to call the question. The motion passed. The revised promotion bill also passed. (See Addendum B)

Other: Criminal Background Checks

Senator Jackson, chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Criminal Background Checks, reported that two changes had been made to the document: (1) part-time faculty will not be included and (2) candidates will only be notified of an adverse report. Senator Jackson noted that international faculty will not be included in the criminal background checks and that Social Security Numbers can be used now to determine felony convictions. Senator Bibb mentioned that part-time faculty should be included because they have less connection with the University and may pose a greater risk than full-time faculty. Senator Naugler said that this policy will increase, not decrease, the University's liability because it will imply that the University has conducted the checks and accepted potential risks associated with candidates. Senator Journet said the greatest potential danger to a faculty member is from students, not other faculty. Senator Althaus said that we should propose a resolution to allow the Faculty Senate to table the issue until the Fall semester. The following Faculty Senate Resolution was moved by Alternate Journet and seconded by Senator Naugler.

“The Faculty Senate does not accept the claim that Criminal Background checks of faculty candidates is necessary or appropriate.”

The Resolution passed 14 aye, 1 nay and 1 abstention.

Legislative Committees Break Out Groups

Due to the length of the meeting, new Legislative Committee chairs were asked to gather agenda ideas among their committee members for the next Academic year's Faculty Senate agenda.

Approval Of Emeritus Faculty

Senator Althaus, chair of the Professional Affairs Committee, requested that consideration of Emeritus Faculty recommendations be postponed until the 2003-2004 academic year when the Professional Affairs Committee has its first meeting.

The meeting adjourned at 5:20 p.m.

The next Faculty Senate meeting will be at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 3, 2003, in the Polytechnic Building, Room 210.