Minutes - September 1, 2010

Minutes - September 1, 2010

XLV, No. 3


September 1, 2010

The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday, September 1, 2010, in the Glenn Auditorium of Dempster Hall. Attending were: Sophia Scott (Chair), Kevin Dickson (Chair-elect), Janice Ward (Membership Chair), Rick Althaus, Larry Bohannon, Stephanie Chamberlain, 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, Rick Sebby, Seidu Sofo, Sven Svenson, Carol Veneziano, Haohao Wang, Victor Wilburn, Diane Wood, Chris Wubbena, and alternates Brooke Clubbs and Karl Suhr. Also in attendance were Provost Ronald Rosati and Student Government Liaison Daniel Schuenemeyer.

Absent and not represented by an alternate was Elaine Jackson.

The following guests were present: President Dobbins, Dennis Holt, Fred Janzow, Kathy Mangels, Debbie Below, Bill Holland, Chris McGowan, Gerald McDougall, Loretta Prater, Diana Bruns, Paula King, Thomas Linares, Margaret Noe, David Probst, David Starrett, Tamela Hanebrink, Bill Eddleman, Randy Shaw, Jim Cook, Pam Sander, Autumn Gentry, Angela Meyer, Karen Grebing, and Katie Herring.

Chair Scott opened the meeting with a brief welcome to all Senators and guests then turned the floor over to President Dobbins. He spoke about the importance of cooperation and collaboration between all groups at the University and the challenges facing the University in the coming months/years. He emphasized the work that has already begun on the Board-mandated revisions of the Faculty Handbook and announced that a draft will be ready for review by the Board of Regents in October, and a final version is expected by December. Dr. Dobbins also spoke about the goals of the Course Redesign committee and informed those present that Southeast has been rated in the top tier of Best Regional Universities, is considered the Best in the Midwest by the Princeton Review, and the on-line MBA Program was voted best in the nation by GetEducated.com. He also said that Southeast has been voted the safest campus in Missouri.

Provost Rosati addressed the gathering about goals and strategies for the coming year. Several programs are in the re-accreditation process, including Business, Education, Nursing, Social Work and Music. He mentioned two courses that would be part of a pilot program for Course Redesign in the fall of 2011 UI 100 and MA 101/102 and that two other courses are yet to be identified. Also he spoke about working toward an average class size of 26 students and providing additional opportunities for faculty to teach winter inter-session courses, which should create additional employment, get rid of bottlenecks in enrollment and help students graduate faster.

Chair Scott spoke about the need for collaboration, cooperation and communication between all groups at the University. She stressed participation in the on-going work on the Faculty Handbook and urged Senators to provide feedback on those revisions, as well as Course Redesign and the faculty compensation/retrenchment/tenure issues from the 44th Senate session.

She then asked each of the Legislative Committee chairs to introduce themselves and give a brief description of their charge and goals for the coming year.

Membership Janice Ward said that the committee worked to populate Senate committees, University Standing committees and ad-hoc committees.

Professional Affairs Rick Althaus said the committee's charge was fairly broad they deal with issues of a professorial nature (tenure/promotion) and process requests for emeritus status of retired/retiring faculty.

Academic Affairs Don Jung stated the committee would continue to monitor/review issues concerning intellectual property rights, SB 389, Student Evaluation of Instruction, Course Redesign, and the Faculty Handbook.

Governance Walt Paquin said the committee's goals included increasing transparency between the Faculty Senate and faculty, working on the credibility of the Senate and the issue of Shared Governance as an AQIP action item.

Documents Joyce Renaud stated that the committee's sole purpose would involve work on the Faculty Handbook revisions.

Compensation Rick Sebby said that the committee would work on modification and approval of Senate Bill 10-A-08, Separation of Promotion/Tenure monies from other funds, as well as continuing to review summer compensation issues and monitor salary equity issues.

Chair Scott ended the meeting at 4:35 with an invitation for all to enjoy the refreshments provided and asked that new Senators meet for a brief new Senator orientation.


The next Faculty Senate meeting will be Wednesday, September 15, 2010, at 3 pm in the Redhawks (Missouriana) Room of the University Center.

Approved September 15, 2010