Minutes - August 30, 2006

Minutes - August 30, 2006

XLI, No. 3


August 30, 2006

The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday, August 30, 2006, in the Missouriana Room of the University Center. The following Senators were present: Mike Cobb (Chair), Martha Zlokovich (Chair-Elect), David Smith (Membership Committee Chair), Rick Althaus, Mary Elizabeth Ambery, Mary Ann DeLine, Kim Dillivan, Marc Fulgham, Beth Easter, Walt Paquin (Alternate), Arrick Jackson, Elaine Jackson, Daniel MacLeay, Jim McGill, Carolyn Rainey, Jayanti Ray, David Reinheimer, Sophia Scott, Bonnie Stepenoff, Rebecca Summary, Lucinda Swatzell, Larry Underberg, Timothy Ray (Alternate), Janice Ward, Pat Willingham, Xuesong Zhang, and Min Zou. Also in attendance were Provost Jane Stephens (Administrative Liaison) and Nelson Elliott (Student Government Liaison).

Absent, and not represented by their Alternates, were Ronald Clayton and Marc Strauss.


Approval of minutes Vol. XLI-02 was moved by Senator Underberg and seconded by Senator Scott. The motion carried.


Provost Stephens reported on the AQIP initiative. This is the newer type of accreditation under the North Central Association which focuses on a quality improvement process. The university AQIP committee will be attending a required Strategy Forum in Chicago. At least four potential action projects will be discussed at this meeting to verify the feasibility of these projects with representatives from seven other institutions. A list of potential action projects is being assembled and Dr. Stephens encouraged the participation of Faculty Senate in the identifying of potential projects. Rick Althaus and Carolyn Rainey are the Faculty Senate Representatives on the AQIP committee. The Provost indicated that she truly wanted University-wide involvement.

Provost Stephens reported that letters are going out from her office about Phase Three of Program Review. She indicated that the Program Review has been realigned to a 5-year cycle instead of the current 3-year cycle to reduce the number of reviews per year and to give departments more time to affect change between reviews. Senator Smith inquired about the purpose of the Program Review. The Provost indicated that it was a Board-mandated process to assure quality and efficiency.

Provost Stephens indicated that the Board of Regents will be meeting Friday, September 1 for a short meeting by conference-call. There will not be an academic agenda.

The Provost reported that the State of the University Address will be held September 14th in Academic Auditorium. She encouraged all to attend.

Provost Stephens reported that Dennis Holt has put together a set of guidelines for faculty use of Banner. It is meant to be a quick, reference guide.

Provost Stephens has been asked by two different faculty members this week to bring up combining promotion and tenure. These faculty believed that it was a disadvantage to have two separate processes.

Dr. Althaus asked the Provost about the Faculty Advisory Committee's involvement in Phase Three of the Program Review. The Provost indicated that the Deans and Chairs had discussed that involvement. She indicated that the Deans and Chairs believed the Faculty Advisory Committee served a very important role for a feeling of equity, and she is going to propose that the Faculty Advisory Committee become a University Standing Committee.

Dr. Althaus asked a question regarding Banner with Self-Service and Internet Native Banner. The Provost indicated that she did not know the distinction for users. She indicated that the President would like the end-users to make a list of problems that are occurring. The lists will be collected and addressed as soon as possible by IT.


Student Government (SG) Liaison, Nelson Elliot, reported that the SG is still working on its goals and should have a list to report at the next Faculty Senate meeting.

The Senate paused for a short recess.


Chair Cobb reported that the Professional Affairs Committee and Senate Executive met with representatives from Student Government on April 7th. Students would like to see more course web pages which include a syllabus along with a statement about the teaching style of the faculty, in particular, describing if extensive group work and projects are used or not. Some students like the group approach but others do not. Making a better fit of student and faculty styles would make everyone happier.

Dr. Cobb indicated that during the Senate summer retreat, the issue of addressing faculty use of technology was discussed in conjunction with the Student Government request. The possibility of starting a 21st century teacher certificate program was discussed. This program would certify faculty members who are implementing useful technology like web pages, online syllabi, and GradeA. During the Senate Executive Committee's meeting with the President, the President offered to contribute possibly up to $300 toward faculty professional development funds as a stimulus for achieving this certification.

Discussion was held about whether or not the University's policies and technology are capable of accommodating Student Government's request.

Chair Cobb reported that he met with Beth Glaus and an officer from Department of Public Safety concerning the parking situation around the Johnson Faculty Center. Senate members, administrative assistants and guests of the apartments cannot find parking space during the academic sessions, because faculty from nearby buildings use the parking lot for daily parking needs. After a brief discussion, DPS agreed to take the following measures:
1) Replace the designation sign at the entrance to the JFC parking to read “Johnson Faculty Center Parking Only”
2) Issue a paper parking template to Dana for Senators to place on their windshields and to Paula for apartment visitors. All other users will be ticketed.
3) Install three “Reserved for Faculty Senate” signs behind JFC.
4) Offer to reserve parking spaces in front of the UC during Senate sessions if desired.
5) Offer to have a special Senate shuttle pick up Senators and deliver them to the JFC or UC with advanced notice.

The Senate held extensive discussion about parking.

Chair Cobb indicated that at the Dean's and Chair's retreat, serious consideration was given to starting a Faculty reception at least once per month to foster Faculty interactions. Reception could be at Wildwood or JFC. Some kind of themed model may be needed (being hosted by different departments, for example) to involve as many faculty as possible.

Chair Cobb indicated that he has worked in some speakers to attend some of the Senate sessions this fall. The following speakers have been scheduled to appear before the Senate:
Sept 20 – Chair of the University Promotion and Sabbatical Leave Committee
Oct 4 – Dean Chris McGowan (Interim Dean Liberal Arts & COSM)
Oct 18 - John Weber (IT)
Nov 1 - Kathy Mangels (VP Business & Finance)
Dec 6 – Foundation

Chair Cobb reminded the Senate of the Administration Reception on September 6th. It will be held in the Polytechnic Building, Room 210. He also indicated that the New Faculty Reception will be October 25th and the Holiday Open House, December 1st. Chair Cobb reported that Paula will no longer be hosting the Holiday Open House and asked the Senators to consider what they would like to do this year.


Senator Smith, chair of the Membership Committee, reported that all of the Legislative and Reporting Committee positions are nearly full. He indicated that he has had requests from committee chairs to send out an email with committee membership lists. He indicated that he will do that.
Senator Smith reported that nearly all of the University Standing Committee positions are also full.

Professional Affairs
Senator Althaus, chair of the Professional Affairs Committee, reported that there are a few new non-senate members on the Committee. He indicated that the Committee met to discuss the agenda and bring the new members up to speed on the past three years. He indicated that one of the items on their agenda is to revisit the Promotion and Tenure Policies.

Chair Cobb indicated that the President had responded to the proposed Nondiscrimination Policy Resolution. After consideration, the resolution was rejected. The report from the President will be filed with Resolution 06-02.

Academic Affairs
Senator Reinheimer, chair of Academic Affairs, reported that the committee had not yet met. He indicated that they will continue to examine the issues concerning grade inflation and student workloads.

Senator Ray, chair of the Documents Committee, reported that the committee had not yet met.

Senator Arrick Jackson, chair of the Governance Committee, reported that the committee had not yet met.
Senator Zlokovich indicated that the Grievance Policy that the past Governance Committee had been working on should be back from the lawyers soon.

Senator Willingham, chair of Compensation, reported that the committee had not yet met. They will continue to examine life insurance benefits.


There was no new business to consider.


There was no old business to consider.

The Senate moved to executive session.

Senator Althaus made motions to approve Bills 06-A-05 seconded by Senator Smith and 06-A-06 seconded by Senator Swatzell to grant Emeritus status to Stanley J. Stough and Sharon L. Coleman respectively. Both motions passed.


The motion to adjourn (Scott/Smith) was recognized and approved at 5:00 p.m.

The next Faculty Senate Meeting will be September 6, 2006, in the Polytechnic Building, Room 210, at 3:00 PM.

Approved September 20, 2006