Minutes - September 7, 2011

Minutes - September 7, 2011

XLVI, No. 3


September 7, 2011

The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday, September 7, 2011, in Dempster Hall Room 105 (Glenn Auditorium). The following Senators were present: Kevin Dickson (Chair), Janice Ward (Chair-Elect), Diane Wood (Membership Chair) Rick Althaus, Larry Bohannon, Stephanie Chamberlain, Brandon Christensen, Eric Clements, Don Jung, Debra Lee-DiStefano, Ziping Liu, Charles McAllister, Phil Nacy, Tiffany Parker, Jian Peng, David Powell, Willie Redmond, Joyce Renaud, Claudia Ruediger, Doug Atwood, Sophia Scott, Seidu Sofo, Sven Svenson, Larry Underberg, Carol Veneziano, Haohao Wang, Victor Wilburn, and Chris Wubbena. Provost Ronald Rosati, Student Government President Patrick Vining, and Student Government Liaison Rebecca Masur and many other guests were also in attendance.


The minutes from three meetings held on May 4, 2011 (45.17, 46.1, 46.2) were approved as presented.


Provost Ronald Rosati stated that they have submitted a reorganization proposal for the School of Polytechnic Studies. This proposal is following the restructuring process recently approved by Faculty Senate. Also there is a committee reviewing the merger proposal in the College of Education.


Chair Dickson started by letting the Faculty Senate know that he believed that the past year of Senate was successful. The Senate's main goal will be to work on updating the Faculty Handbook including the issues that the Chairs of the different legislative committees will point out in their reports. The Senate will also continue to work on the goals listed in the 45th session work to update the Faculty Senate website so all faculty members can quickly see what the senate is doing. Also we want to continue to be involved with other offices, departments, and groups on campus. We want the Faculty's voice to be heard on many important issues.


President Patrick Vining of Student Government stated that he is putting together a report of the goals they have set forth and if anyone has any questions please contact him


Membership – Chair Diane Wood reported that the goal for the membership committee is to increase efficiency and clarity with procedures to populate the committees between all departments in efforts to decrease the turn around time.

Professional Affairs – Chair Rick Althaus handed out his report to Faculty Senate members. The report stated that (Bill 11-A-28) had some amendments that were passed. The goal is to still work on sections of the handbook that need updating.

Academic Affairs – Chair Don Jung reported their goals were to update the 5 year calendar, which is two years behind. The highest priority task is to continue the review of graduate faculty status that was started last year. Reviews will also be completed of the course and approval process, and mid-term grading.

Compensation – Chair Debbie Lee-Distefano reported that their goal is to continue updating the handbook regarding faculty merit pay and faculty research funds. Other goals they will work on include the 2012 spring budget, compensation for class size, productivity, and course redesign.

Documents – Chair Victor Wilburn reported the goals for the committee were to make sure the Faculty Senate bylaws are up to date in the handbook, improve the faculty handbook and replace some sections with links to the appropriate office on the website. They are also reviewing the time lines for elections.

Governance – Chair Phil Nacy reported that Governance was asked to review sections from the handbook. They will also collect information from other universities on how the faculty, staff, administration, and committees relate to each other. They will also consider how we can improve interaction between these groups.


Senator McAllister was presented to the Faculty Senate as the Parliamentarian. Chair Dickson thanked him for his willingness to serve in this position.

The lists of the Senate Legislative and Reporting Committees were presented to the Senate for confirmation. All recommendations were confirmed by the Senate.

A Resolution Concerning Special Elections for the Faculty Advisory Committee for Academic Program Review 11-05 was discussed and approved.

A Resolution concerning the Membership of the College Council for the College of Education was discussed and will be discussed again at the next Senate meeting on September 21.


The Senate moved into executive session to consider two emeritus bills. One was a bill to grant emerita/emeritus status to several faculty members who have recently retired or are retiring soon. The other was a bill to grant posthumous emeritus status to Dr. Gary Miller. Both bills passed.


The Faculty Senate adjourned at 4:58 p.m. The next Faculty Senate Meeting will be held September 21, at 3:00 pm in the UC Indian Room.