Minutes - September 16, 2009

Minutes - September 16, 2009

XLIV, No. 3


September 16, 2009

The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday, September 16, 2009, in the University Center Ballroom. The following Senators were present: Stephanie Chamberlain (Chair), Sophia Scott (Chair-Elect), Janice Ward (Membership Chair), Rick Althaus, Julie Banks, David Briggs, Brandon Christensen, Santaneel Ghosh (Alternate), Kathy Conway, Kevin Dickson, Bruce Hathaway, Elaine Jackson, Alan Journet, Don Jung, Daniel MacLeay, David Naugler, Walt Paquin, Willie Redmond, David Powell, Phil Nacy, Joyce Renaud, Rick Sebby, Kathy Smith, Daniel Beard (Alternate), Raj Somarajan, Sven Svenson, Larry Underberg, Haohao Wang, and Victor Wilburn. Vice Provost Fred Janzow and members of the Provost Search Committee were also present.

Absent and not represented by her alternate was Carol Veneziano.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES 43.15, 44.1 & 44.2

Moved by Senator Jung and seconded by Senator Journet. All the minutes were approved.


Chair Chamberlain reported that the SB389 mandated, Student Ratings of Instruction, is temporarily available through the A-Z search, under Faculty Ratings, on the university website. She discussed placing the link under the student tab through the Portal. Questions were raised as to who should have access to the ratings. SB389 mandates only that consumers, here defined as students, have access to the ratings. Chamberlain suggested that faculty should be able to view the ratings as well, but questioned why staff and administration should have access to this statistically invalid data. She pointed out possible misuse of the data in tenure and promotion decisions, assessment, advising, and recruitment. Discussion ensued on the appropriate location of the web link as well as potential misuse of the data. The senate agreed that a single link through the Portal is sufficient and appropriate. Senator Journet moved that the university do the bare minimum it has to do to comply with SB389. A suggestion was made and accepted as a friendly amendment that that the senate would monitor how Student Ratings of Instruction data are used. Senator Naugler seconded the amended motion and the senate agreed.

Chair Chamberlain reported that she has requested 2008-2009 tenure and promotion data from the Provost. Chamberlain has also requested data on cancelled summer and fall classes. Vice Provost Janzow distributed information on summer 2009 course cancellations, but indicated that fall 2009 cancellation information was not yet available.

Chair Chamberlain reported that President Dobbins has requested that the legislative committee chairs join the executive committee in the September 22 meeting with him. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss committee goals for the coming year. There was discussion on why the request was made and whether this is a new or normal request.

Chair Chamberlain reported that the search for a Faculty Senate administrative assistant is ongoing.


Vice Provost Janzow reported on the following items:

  1. Summer course cancellations. Janzow stated the student enrollment cut off for canceling a class in the summer was 10 for a graduate course and 12 for an undergraduate course. He distributed a handout summarizing 2009 summer course cancellations. Janzow indicated that some departments may need to revisit attributes assigned to courses. Senator Renaud commented on problems with externships and accreditation issues with cancelling of classes. Concerns were raised that certain faculty members were not allowed to teach summer courses because of high salaries. Janzow reported that it was the prerogative of department chairs to determine who teaches what courses. Questions were raised regarding summer compensation and how other Missouri institutions are funding summer courses.
  2. Department of Higher Education initiatives. Janzow discussed LAMP, Learning Assessment in Missouri Postsecondary Education, and the SB389 mandated Curriculum Alignment Initiative. He recommended that faculty review updates on these two items at the MDHE (Missouri Department of Higher Education) website.
  3. Academic Labs. Janzow indicated that equipment dollars recalled by the Provost's office are being used to buy needed equipment for academic labs. Colleges have been asked to send in prioritized requests for new equipment.


No report. Senator Dickson indicated that Student Government has not yet appointed a representative.


Bill Eddleman, chair of the Provost Search Committee, discussed the search process as well as the role of the consultant. The committee invited the senate to share what it considers important characteristics in the next provost. Discussion ensued. Senators were invited to attend a special meeting with the search consultant, Dr. Jessica Kozloff, to be held Thursday, September 17, 2009, at 3:00 p.m. in the Program Lounge.


A. Academic Affairs – met and is in the process of prioritizing agenda items. Senator Dickson indicated that the committee will meet with Sandy Hinkle to begin work on the five-year academic calendar.

B. Professional Affairs - met and agreed on agenda items. Senator Macleay discussed Professional Affairs' role in monitoring implementation of the new Tenure and Promotion policy.

C. Governance - met and is in the process of prioritizing agenda items.

D. Compensation – has not yet met, but is in the process of drafting agenda items.

E. Documents - met and agreed on agenda items. Senator Renaud noted the large number of errors the committee has already encountered as it has begun reading through the Faculty Handbook.

F. Membership - Senator Ward indicated that there is a vacancy for the College of Business on the Professional Affairs Committee. She also reported there were openings on the University Commencement Committee for the College of Business and the College of Math and Science. She also indicated that the Faculty Senate website is in desperate need of updating. Chair Chamberlain indicated that she was not able to help because of special training required in the Red Dot system, but that the Provost's Office could be asked to assist.


There was no old business to consider.


There was no new business to consider.

The Senate moved to Executive Session to consider three bills granting emeritus status to the following faculty members:

•Timothy Rademaker (motion by Senator Journet, seconded by Senator Hathaway)
•Kathleen Conway (motion by Senator Dickson, seconded by Senator Wilburn)
•Russell Renka (motion by Senator Althaus, seconded by Senator Journet)

The motions passed unanimously.


The Senate adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

The next Faculty Senate Meeting will be October 7, 2009, at 3:00 P.M. in the UC Missouriana Room.

Approved October 7, 2009