Minutes - October 7, 2009

Minutes - October 7, 2009

XLIV, No. 4


October 7, 2009

The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday, October 7, 2009, in the Missouriana Room of the University Center. The following Senators were present: Stephanie Chamberlain (Chair), Sophia Scott (Chair-Elect), Janice Ward (Membership Chair), Rick Althaus, Julie Banks, David Briggs, Mike Cobb, Kathy Conway, Kevin Dickson, Bruce Hathaway, Elaine Jackson, Alan Journet, Don Jung, David Naugler, Walt Paquin, Phil Nacy, David Powell, Joyce Renaud, Rick Sebby, Kathy Smith, Seidu Sofo, Raj Somarajan, Larry Underberg, Carol Veneziano, Haohao Wang, and Victor Wilburn. Student Government Liaison, Daniel Schuenemeyer and Provost Stevens.

Absent and not represented by their alternates were Brandon Christensen, Daniel MacLeay, and Willie Redmond.


There being no objections, the Chair declared the minutes 44.3 approved as distributed.


Chair Chamberlain reported that Administrative Council had met and presented the Pandemic Preparedness Plan. Chamberlain expressed her disappointment that Faculty Senate was not involved in the academic contingency portion of the plan. She indicated that she had sent Doug Richards, chair of the committee, an email indicating a desire to have Kevin Dickson, Chair of Academic Affairs, placed on the committee. Chamberlain also advised Richards that Academic Affairs should take over the academic contingency planning because the areas covered academic calendar, syllabi modification, and alternative instructional delivery modes are the purview of Academic Affairs. She has asked Academic Affairs to begin working on an academic contingency plan of its own.

Chair Chamberlain reported the Dean's Council did not meet. However, based on the agenda distributed prior to the Council's meeting, it is clear that the deans have been instructed to develop and present summer compensation proposals. Chamberlain asked Senator Sebby whether Compensation had not also been requested to develop a proposal. He indicated that it had. Much discussion ensued about the role of Faculty Senate in the development of a summer compensation plan. Senator Sebby asked the Provost whether Compensation's proposal would receive serious consideration in light of the deans' proposals. The Provost indicated that she is soliciting proposals from both Compensation and the deans and would base her decision on the best proposal received. More discussion ensued on the minimum enrollment in summer courses and possible modes of compensation.
Chair Chamberlain indicated that the September 22 meeting between the President, Senate Executive Committee and legislative committee chairs had been cancelled by the President, but that it had been rescheduled by the President for October 27, 2009.

Chair Chamberlain reported on the meeting with MAFS, the Missouri Association of Faculty Senates, she, Senator Cobb and Chair-Elect attended on October 5 and 6 in Jefferson City. Chamberlain reported that Missouri general revenues are down ten percent in the first quarter, with a possibility of withholdings from the current budget. She also reported legislation allowing concealed weapons on campus is expected to resurface in the coming year and that MAFS voted to develop a resolution against such legislation. Chamberlain also reported on MAFS meeting with Commissioner Robert Stein and Assistant Commissioner Timothy Gallimore. Gallimore encouraged universities to be more creative in the development of its curriculum to take advantage of federal stimulus money. He discussed the three Centers of Excellence (challenges of learners, alternative/renewable energy and homeland security), which are defined as the expertise of institutions or researchers. He also advised faculty to think of themselves as an economic sector and to develop curriculum that capitalizes on their expertise. Senator Cobb added that MAFS is also working on “A Day in the Life of a Professor,” that it will present to Missouri legislators beginning in February. It will include posters and Power Point demonstrations detailing the busy life of a university professor. Chair-elect Scott emphasized the importance of creative approaches to program development in these difficult economic times.

Chair Chamberlain reported that the link to Student Ratings of Instruction as required by SB389 is now available in the Portal under the student tab. She also indicated that the A to Z link is no longer functional. Chamberlain also reported that the link is not yet available in the Portal under the faculty tab, but that Archie Sprengel hopes to have it functioning within the next few days.


Provost Stevens reported on two items.

1.Budget. Provost Stevens reported that the university has saved money by looking at class sizes. She indicated that she would not be doing her job if she did not have the academic side run efficiently.

2.Community College. Provost Stevens believes that the community college is the biggest external threat to the university. She reported that the Board is looking at four alternatives at an upcoming October 29 meeting:
Partner with Three Rivers Community College
Partner with Missouri State West Plains
Partner with Mineral Area Community College
Allow Three Rivers to develop a solo operation

Provost Stevens indicated that she knows very little about the negotiations. She did indicate that the community college issue discussion had been initiated by business leaders within the Cape Girardeau area.

Provost Stephens also addressed a question about fall course cancellations. She indicated that while there had been a great number of cancellations in the summer, that the decision whether to cancel fall courses had been left to individual chairs. The Provost indicated that there had been very few cancellations in the fall, due in part to the University's ability to absorb costs in the regular academic year. Stephens also emphasized that low-enrolled courses are not economically advisable, but that because faculty members are already on contract during this time the University did not incur the costs it would during the summer semester. She indicated that summer constitutes either profit or loss for the University and for this reason low-enrolled courses were cancelled by University officials.


Student Government representative, Daniel Schuenemeyer, reported that Student Government is working on several issues, including the purchase of DVD's, to be placed in Kent library for student use; a water filtration system around campus; WINGS and the Frequent Flyer program.

SPECIAL GUEST: Dean Gerald McDougall

Gerald McDougall presented the International Strategic Plan. McDougall reported that the Council is speaking with various groups across campus to get feedback before presenting the plan to Administrative Council for approval in November. There was considerable discussion on language deficiencies in the present international student population and how the University planned to provide support for students in need. Senator Renaud reported that Communication Disorders currently offers a program for students requiring remedial assistance. Senator Wang urged patience in dealing with international students who may need additional time to acquire the language skills necessary to succeed.


A. Academic Affairs – met and highlighted three issues on which the committee is working. These include the following: 1) the five year calendar, 2) accurate attendance reporting procedures, and 3) pandemic planning. Senator Dickson indicated that Doug Richards had invited him to the next Pandemic Preparedness Planning Committee meeting.

B. Professional Affairs – Senator Althaus indicated that there will be two briefing sessions for individuals interested in the tenure and promotion policy. These sessions will be held on October 13, 2009, from 1:30-2:30 in the UC Riverboat Room, and on October 14, 2009, from 12:00-1:00 in the UC Party Room. He requested that Chair Chamberlain notify senators and their alternates of these dates and times. It was also suggested that the information be distributed via the Newswire.

C. Governance - met and is working on a resolution to be brought before the Senate in the near future.

D. Compensation –met and is working on an amendment to Tenure and Promotion Policy and the summer compensation issue. Senator Althaus requested that Professional Affairs be brought into the discussion regarding tenure and promotion.

E. Documents - met and are working on updating the handbook. Senator Renaud did indicate that updates would probably not occur until a new administrative assistant was hired.

F. Membership - Senator Ward indicated that there was still a vacancy from the College of Business on Professional Affairs, but that all other committees had been populated.


There was no old business to consider.


There was no new business to consider.


The Executive Session was cancelled due to the absence of Senator MacLeay.


The motion to adjourn () was recognized and approved at 5:10 p.m.

The next Faculty Senate Meeting will be October 21, 2009, in Dempster Auditorium (Crisp) at 3:00 PM.

Approved October 21, 2009