Minutes - October 20, 2004

Minutes - October 20, 2004

Vol. XXXIX, No. 6


October 20, 2004

The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday October 20, 2004, in the Missouriana Room of the University Center. The following Senators were present: Susan Swartwout (presiding), James Champine, Bruce Hathaway, Rick Althaus, Mary Elizabeth Ambery, Michael Cobb, Mary Ann DeLine, Marc Fulgham, Kathy Gilliland, Linda Heitman, Arrick Jackson, Daniel MacLeay, Cheryl Milde, Bruce Mims, David Naugler, Carolyn Rainey, David Smith, Marc Strauss, Kevin Squibb, Bonnie Stepenoff, Mohan Tikoo, Mack Wilson, Martha Zlokovich, and Min Zou. Senate Secretary Paula Cunningham, Provost Stephens, and Student Government Representative Heather Valle also attended.

Absent, and not represented by their Alternates, were David Baird, Janice Chadha, Ronald Clayton, and Pat Willingham (conference).


The minutes of October 6, 2004, were approved with editorial changes


The Chair reminded the Senators to enroll in the Health Benefits if they haven't already done so. The Chair also asked the Senators to remind their colleagues in their department to do the same. Friday, October 22, is the deadline.
The retirement of the Native American Nicknames and the Otahkians names is Friday, October 22, at 5:30 p.m. in front of Academic Hall. The Chair encouraged all Senators to attend and ask their colleagues to attend as well.
The Chair had received correspondence from the Non-Traditional Students Organization. According to the Dean of Students office, they ask for Faculty Senate's support. They asked that the Senators tell the non-traditional students in their classes of the upcoming meeting that is scheduled for October 27 from l2 to 1 p.m. in the Carnahan Building Room 102.
The Executive Committee met with the President and Provost and brought up the question about why the fall semester is 16 weeks and the spring is 15 weeks. They were told that both semesters have the same number of days.
The Provost has talked to Dr. Roberts. His explanation is if you count the same number of Monday night. It gives up the same number of classes but there was a little bit of variation a day or two, but there was no way to make them identical number of days and keep the same number of night classes.
At the meeting with the President it was suggested that the Grievance Committee should interview all correspondents involved in future grievances not just review the papers. The Grievance Committee should look at the staff policy just as another example besides the outside institutions that they are looking at this time.
Chair Swartwout distributed an informational handout from the Kent librarians which was a letter that was sent to the Chair and Senator Althaus. She advised that the topic would be opened at the meeting under Old Business.

Provost Stephens clarified that this is part of the Program Review Phase II. A statement from the Senate would be inappropriate at this time for two reasons. Although we reviewed the other programs, we waited until the University Mission was approved to start the library's review. The Library review did not fit the format for the 10 criteria that all departments responded to in terms of fewer credit hour reductions, loss of faculty, etc., therefore, the Library was allowed a different format, in effect, a self-study or accreditation format. The Provost stated that she had met with all the librarians and explained the process. By their request, Dean Loretta Prater, Health & Human Services, was chair.
The Provost received the report Tuesday, but has not yet read it Her administrative assistant will print it for each member of the Faculty Advisory Committee at their first meeting (Tuesday, October 26, 2004). At the same time, the President and Provost will be looking at them, and will then meet with the Committee to discuss potential recommendations. The Provost did agree to have external reviewers if the library decided that it would be appropriate. If we do that, the Provost stated she would select a dean from a library with library faculty status and one without it, so we could get both points of view. The Provost did ask the librarians for a summary of what other universities are doing, in addition to the review material.


Senator Champine attended the MAFS Meeting in Jefferson City on October 12. He reported that a presentation was made by a representative from Central Missouri State University, gubernatorial representatives answered questions, a Report was given by Robert Stein, CBHE, and Campus Reports were presented. The slate of new officers are Laura Widmer, Northwest Missouri State University, President Elect; Lois Shufeldt, Southwest Missouri State Secretary was approved and the officers were elected. The Spring 2005 meeting dates are February 7 and 8. Fall 2005 meeting dates will October 10 and 11. The final item was the request from Park University to join MAFS. It was suggested they maintain guest status, since they are private, and might dilute the voice of MAFS with regards to public education.
A copy of his report is available on the Faculty Senate website.


Heather Valle, student government liaison, reported that the Student Government viewed two options for the new Redhawk Mascot Logo. This meeting was open to the public for all students to view the new logo. Jay Williams of Phoenix Design and Don Kaverman presented the new logo and held a lengthy session with the Student Government.

Portal Celebration is today and by logging onto the portal you are registering for 1 of 3 iPods and 10 free text book rentals.

Next meeting she will have more responses from Student Government about 6 week grades.


Provost Stephens did not present a report.


Academic Affairs

Senator Tikoo, chair of the committee, reported that the Academic Affairs Committee did not have a report.


Senator Naugler, chair of the committee, reported that the Compensation Committee did not have a report.


Senator MacLeay, chair of the committee, indicated that the Committee will work on an information sheet for new senators. He invited all senators to e-mail suggestions to him concerning topics to be included. A handout was distributed of changes to be made to the Faculty Handbook regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act.


Senator Zlokovich, chair of the committee, reported that the Governance Committee met on October 7, 2004 with Larry Underberg from the Grievance Committee for an informal discussion of the problems with the current grievance procedure from the perspective of that committee. The Governance Committee will meet again on Wednesday, October 27, 2004 at 3:30 in the Johnson Faculty Centre.


Senator Hathaway, chair of the committee, reported that the Membership Committee did
not have a report

Professional Affairs

Senator Althaus, chair of the committee, reported that the committee met on October 13.
The committee discussed the following items:

Survey on Student Evaluation of Instruction: Chair Althaus reported that he had been discussing with the CSTL staff about how to conduct the survey electronically through the CSTL server.


Faculty Status of Librarians:
The Senate reviewed the handout of the memorandum sent to Chair Althaus, signed by the entire Library faculty, in which the arguments in favor of maintaining faculty status for librarians were discussed. Because of the apparent speed with which the Library review is moving, the Professional Affairs Committee has discussed the issue of faculty status of librarians. Chair Swartwout has requested that all of the members of the Senate solicit the opinions of their constituents on this matter, and she reported that those Senators who had received input from their colleagues reported almost unanimous faculty opposition to removing librarians' faculty status. The Chair presented the timeline for the review process, and the Professional Affairs Committee discussed the ramifications of the issue. The Committee also decided to review various AAUP statements relevant to the issue.

Revision of Promotion Calendar Notification Provisions Bill

The proposed bill had been distributed at the October 6, 2004 meeting. Senator Althaus moved and Senator Hathaway seconded a motion to approve the bill. All were in favor and the bill was passed.

Five Year Academic Calendar

Senator Tikoo moved and Senator Zlokovich seconded a motion to approve the Five-Year Academic calendar. All were in favor and the bill was passed.

Request from Student Affairs for Changes in Faculty Handbook Terminology.

Chair Swartwout distributed copies of a request from Dean Ferguson and Melanie Thompson to implement changes in Faculty Handbook Terminology. Senator Smith moved and Senator Strauss seconded a motion to change the Handbook terminology. Since the change was not urgent the Senator in order to give the Documents Committee time to discuss with Dean Ferguson and Melanie Thompson the requested changes, Senator Althaus moved and Senator Naugler seconded a motion to table the issue until later.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:45 p.m.
The next Faculty Senate meeting will be November 3, 2004, in the Missouriana Room of the University Center.