Minutes - November 2, 2011

Minutes - November 2, 2011

XLVI, No. 7


November 2, 2011

The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday, November 2, 2011, in the Kem Statuary Hall, Alumni Center. The following Senators were present: Kevin Dickson (Chair), Janice Ward (Chair-Elect), Diane Wood (Membership Chair) Rick Althaus, Larry Bohannon, Marcus Bond, Stephanie Chamberlain, Brandon Christensen, Eric Clements, Brooke Clubb, Debra Lee-DiStefano, Don Jung, Ziping Lui, Charles McAllister, Phil Nacy, Kristin Nowlin, Tiffany Parker, Jian Peng, David Powell, Willie Redmond, Joyce Renaud, Desma Reno, Claudia Ruediger, Sophia Scott, Seidu Sofo, Carol Veneziano, Candide Walton, Julie Weathers, and Victor Wilburn. The following alternates were in attendance: Brooke Clubbs and Kristin Nowlin. Provost Ronald Rosati and Student Government Liaison Rebecca Masur were also in attendance. One senator was not in attendance nor represented by an alternate: Doug Atwood.

Guests: Gloria Green, Connie Hebert, and Allen Gathman


The minutes from September 21 (46.4) and October 5 (46.5) were approved.


Gloria Green and Connie Hebert discussed the Proposal for Establishing a Clinical Faculty Designation. The proposal is designed to give opportunities for departments to hire practitioners in specific areas of professional expertise as Clinical Faculty. This designation potentially provides for additional opportunities for departments to hire in these sometimes difficult to fill positions. Senator Althaus made a motion to send the proposal to the Professional Affairs Committee and Senator Jung seconded the motion. The motion passed and the proposal will be taken up by that committee.

Allen Gathman discussed online growth at Southeast. He stated that we could see significant growth as an institution by expanding online programs. Southeast admissions are at their limit of available housing, but with online courses we could bring in additional revenue for the institution. A Quick QIP committee has been analyzing and recommending future implementation for additional online courses. They are also gathering information on technical, training for online faculty, and hiring new faculty. He stated that he would keep Senate updated on the progress of this proposal.


Revision of the Research Funds Policy Bill (Faculty Handbook 3.D.2).

Senator Lee-DiStefano stated that no modifications were made since the last discussion. Senator Christensen made a motion to accept the bill. Senator Renaud seconded the motion. The bill passed.

Revision of the Research Funds Procedures Bill.

Senator Lee-DiStefano stated that, as requested in the last Senate meeting, Senator Chamberlain modified the wording on lines 16-19. Senator Christensen made a motion to amend line 19 to read Creative projects, performances or imaginative work in any acknowledged area of aesthetic expression. Senator Scott seconded the motion. The amendment was passed. The bill as amended was passed.


Amendment of Faculty Senate Constitution Respective to Senator Elections.

Chair Dickson reviewed the process of amending the Faculty Constitution. It takes 2/3 vote of the senate and if approved goes to the faculty at large for a vote. To pass an amendment requires a 2/3 vote in favor by the faculty that participate in the election.

Senator Powell made a motion to amend line 16 to read: The date for faculty Senate elections shall be based earlier in the year and thus read as follows. Senator Althaus seconded the motion. The amendment passed. The main bill as amended was discussed and Senator Althaus thought the bill should be a resolution because it is internal to the Senate. He stated that Senate is voting on whether to put this question to the faculty which requires no approval outside the Senate. A unanimous vote agreed with this recommendation. Chair Dickson will send by e-mail a copy of the resolution for Senators to share with their faculty.

Amendment of Faculty Senate Bylaws Respective to Committee Appointments.

Senator Wilburn opened this resolution stating that the election dates and changes should be consistent with the content of the Amendment just discussed. Senator Althaus moved to amend this resolution to state this resolution shall be effective only at such time as the Constitution amendment just discussed passes. Senator Wilburn seconded the motion. The amendment to this resolution passed. Changes will be made and emailed to Senators to share with the faculty in their departments.

Faculty Search Advertisements.

Senator Wood distributed a handout regarding recent job announcements. There are concerns with the language and the use of the word preference to online course teaching in the advertisement. Discussion followed. Provost Rosati commented that advertisements that have already been sent out cannot be changed. However, he said the wording will be reviewed based on discussion and suggestions made by the Senate. This will be reviewed at the next meeting.


Provost Rosati reported on the items included in the handout that was e-mailed to Senators prior to the Senate meeting. This included a list of program action approvals from Academic Council, a list of courses to be offered in the Winter Intersession, the evaluation of probationary faculty members, and Faculty Senate committee nominations and appointments by President Dobbins. These nominations and appointments were for the AQIP Planning & Assessment committee, Credit Hours Definition Committee QIP Project, Student Learning Outcomes QIP Committee, Online Growth QIP Committee, and the LMS review QIP Committee. Provost Rosati will continue to keep the Faculty Senate updated on the progress and finding of these committees and projects.


Adjourned at 5:06 p.m.

The next Faculty Senate Meeting will be held November 16, 2011 at 3:00 pm in the UC Redhawks Room.