Minutes - September 12, 2007

Minutes - September 12, 2007

XLII, No. 5


September 12, 2007

The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday, September 12, 2007, in the University Center Ballroom. The following Senators were present: Martha Zlokovich (Chair), Mary Elizabeth Ambery (Chair-Elect), Jim McGill (Membership Committee Chair), Rick Althaus, Julie Banks, David Briggs, Stephanie Chamberlain, Michael Cobb, Kathy Conway, Kim Dillivan, Marc Fulgham, Benjie Heu, Priscilla Hornby, Elaine Jackson, Daniel MacLeay, Willie Redmond, Albie Sautter, Sophia Scott, David Smith, Seidu Sofo, Phil Nacy (Alternate), Lucinda Swatzell, Larry Underberg, Carol Veneziano, Haohao Wang, Janice Ward, Debbie Beard (Alternate), and Xuesong Zhang. Provost Stephens was also in attendance for the first five minutes.

Absent, and not represented by her Alternate, was Jayanti Ray.


Chair Zlokovich indicated that the meeting was called to discuss two issues. The first issue was whether or not the Faculty Senate will ask the President to rescind his letter allowing an exception to existing policy whereby faculty may choose the option of combining tenure and promotion papers this academic year. The second issue on the agenda to discuss was the requirement of SB389 that all Missouri universities post student evaluations of instruction on the university websites.

Chair Zlokovich indicated that Provost Stephens agreed to join them for the beginning of the meeting to answer questions that the Senators might have had regarding SB389. Provost Stephens reported that she wants to take feedback from the Faculty Senate and Student Government back to the Coordinating Board of Higher Education (CBHE) meeting that is due to be held October 12, 2007, in Columbia. The Provost excused herself due to another meeting she was scheduled to attend. The Provost had been asked by the Chair to leave after she answered any questions.

Chair Zlokovich reiterated the reason for the special meeting; whether or not to ask the President to rescind his letter. She indicated that the President stated that he would rescind his letter if the Faculty Senate took a roll call vote. Chair Zlokovich indicated that the President cannot require a roll call vote. A roll call vote can only come by the request of one of the Senators. Chair Zlokovich distributed copies of the proposed resolution asking the President to rescind his letter. She indicated that the Executive Committee met with the Provost and the President Monday, September 10th, and the President maintained that he did not “jump over” legislation he just offered an exception. She indicated that the President added that as President he has the right to change and make exceptions to policy. Chair Zlokovich made a motion to accept the Resolution. The motion was seconded by Senator Cobb. Extensive discussion was held by the Senate. There were suggestions to add text about a tenure timeline for anyone who had planned to combine the promotion and tenure processes. There were concerns that the faculty would view the resolution as a statement against combining promotion and tenure when in fact that was not the reason for the resolution. Several senators commented on sending a letter to all faculty explaining the Senate's stance on the issue. The Senate is not necessarily against combining promotion and tenure. The Senate is against the President's action that ignored the legislative process laid out in the Faculty Handbook. Chair Zlokovich called the question to accept the resolution with the added revisions (Addendum A). The vote was taken by an anonymous paper ballot. The resolution passed with 16 in favor, 10 opposed, and 2 abstentions. A request for a roll call vote was made then withdrawn.

The Senate briefly discussed SB389 with the intention of continuing the discussion during the next Faculty Senate meeting.


The motion to adjourn (Althaus/Scott) was recognized and approved at 4:55 p.m.

The next Faculty Senate Meeting will be September 19, 2007, in the University Center Party Room at 3:00 p.m.

Approved September 19, 2007