Minutes - November 1, 2006

Minutes - November 1, 2006

XLI, No. 7


November 1, 2006

The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday, November 1, 2006, in the Missouriana Room of the University Center. The following Senators were present: Mike Cobb (Chair), Martha Zlokovich (Chair-Elect), James Ricks (Membership Committee Chair Alternate), Rick Althaus, Mary Elizabeth Ambery, Mary Ann DeLine, Kim Dillivan, Marc Fulgham, Beth Easter, Elaine Jackson, Daniel MacLeay, Jim McGill, Carolyn Rainey, Jayanti Ray, David Reinheimer, Sophia Scott, Marc Strauss, Lucinda Swatzell, Larry Underberg, Haohao Wang, Janice Ward, Pat Willingham, Xuesong Zhang, and Min Zou. Also in attendance were Provost Jane Stephens (Administrative Liaison), Nelson Elliott (Student Government Liaison), and special guest Kathy Mangels.

Absent, and not represented by their Alternates, were Benjie Heu, Priscilla Hornby, Bonnie Stepenoff, and Rebecca Summary.


Approval of minutes Vol. XLI-06 was moved by Senator MacLeay and seconded by Senator Zhang. The motion carried.


Provost Stephens reported that she had spoken to the attorney about the grievance policy. Dr. Stephens indicated that she suggested to the attorney that she meet with Dr. Zlokovich and the current Grievance Committee to discuss the grievance policy further. The attorney agreed. Dr. Zlokovich asked if the attorney would be willing to send her comments and questions in advance to the Grievance Committee. Dr. Stephens indicated that she would ask.

Provost Stephens distributed more information about the summary of past promotion as asked in the previous Faculty Senate meeting to try to clarify how many different people went up for promotion. The table that Provost Stephens provided showed where in the promotion process the “no's” came from. Provost Stephens added that the old table that she provided last week gave the percentage of the people that were eligible for promotion, not the percentage of successful candidates. The percentage of people who applied for and got promoted was around 96%.

Dr. Zlokovich commented that it appears that the University Committee is using more stringent criteria. She indicated that was a concern for her because the University Committee is the furthest removed from the departments. The Provost agreed that the University Committee may give the highest percentage of “no's”. She respectfully disagreed that this should be a concern. She added that it is often difficult for departments to give “no's” because they work daily with their colleagues.

Provost Stephens added that she does not look at how the University Committee stands before giving her vote. Provost Stephens stressed that she will not be a “rubberstamp”. She makes her decision independently from the University Committee. She added that if she disagrees with the University Committee, she will go back to the Committee and explain why she believes a person does or does not meet the criteria for promotion.


Student Government Liaison, Nelson Elliott, reported that the Student Government will be supporting the President's Office on an Entrepreneurship program called SE Apprentice. This program will allow entrepreneurially inclined students to submit business ideas to compete for educational programs, office space, and funding.

Student Government hopes to build the community at Southeast, both internally and externally, by organizing a large-scale philanthropic event. The event settled on was a dance marathon. The SG University Affairs Committee, headed by Joe Gholson, will be traveling to Indianapolis this weekend (Nov 3-5) to observe their event and speak to organizers. This event is the second largest student led philanthropic event in the nation and raised over $600,000 last year.


Chair Cobb reported that the Senate Executive Committee has been involved in a grievance.

Chair Cobb reported that Academic Affairs invited Dean David Starrett to their last meeting to discuss an issue raised at an earlier Senate meeting regarding UI300 and 400 course “ownership”. Dr. Starrett sent a note complimenting Academic Affairs. He appreciated the opportunity to clarify some misinformation about the General Education.

Kathy Mangels, Vice President Business and Finance

Ms. Mangels thanked the Faculty Senate for the invitation. She spoke on general areas of economics of the University including different areas of revenue and expenses, Education in General (ENG) Funds, auxiliaries, and capitol projects.


Dr. Ricks, alternate chair, reported that the Membership Committee is looking for one more person for the Student Strategic Enrollment Task Force. Anyone interested should contact Dr. Smith.

Professional Affairs
Senator Althaus, chair of Professional Affairs, reported that the Committee did not meet last week.

Academic Affairs
Senator Reinheimer reported that Dr. Dave Starrett attended the last Academic Affairs meeting. They discussed upper division UI courses. Senator Reinheimer also reported that the Academic Affairs Committee will continue to discuss notification of faculty during student emergencies, student workload, and definition of plagiarism.

Senator Ray, chair of the Documents Committee, reported that she had met with the Provost about beginning a faculty forum. Their next step is to meet with CSTL and discuss the technical side of implementing the forum.

Senator Swatzell reported that the Governance Committee had not met.

Dr. Cobb asked Dr. Althaus if he had a chance to check the constitution about the proposed solution that will reinstate the 1/3 cycle of Senators as stated in the Faculty Handbook. Dr. Althaus indicated that he had not checked the constitution yet, but will.

Senator Willingham reported that the Compensation Committee is scheduled to meet with the President on November 8th.


Senator Reinheimer introduced a bill defining plagiarism to be considered at the next Faculty Senate meeting. The bill was drafted and approved by Academic Affairs last Wednesday.


There was no old business to consider.


The motion to adjourn (Jackson/Zlokovich) was recognized and approved at 4:30 p.m.

The next Faculty Senate Meeting will be November 15, 2006, in the University Center Missouriana Room at 3:00 PM.

Approved November 15, 2006