XLII, No. 11
MINUTES OF THE FACULTY SENATE MEETING
December 5, 2007
The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday, December 5, 2007, in the University Center Ballroom.The following Senators were present: Martha Zlokovich (Chair), Mary Elizabeth Ambery (Chair-Elect), Jim McGill (Membership Chair),Al Hayward (Alternate), Carl Pracht (Alternate), Stephanie Chamberlain, Michael Cobb, Kathy Conway, Marc Fulgham, Elaine Jackson, Gabriele Eckart (Alternate), Jayanti Ray, Willie Redmond, Sophia Scott, David Smith, Daniel Beard (Alternate), Marc Strauss, Lucinda Swatzell, Larry Underberg, Carol Veneziano, Haohao Wang, Janice Ward, and Xuesong Zhang.Provost Stephens was also in attendance.Albie Sautter arrived at 4:15 PM.
Absent and not represented by their alternates were David Briggs, Kim Dillivan, Benjie Heu, Priscilla Hornby, and Jill Young.
APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES
Approval of minutes Volume XLII-10 was moved by Senator Jackson and seconded by Senator Strauss.The minutes were approved as amended.
REPORT FROM THE CHAIR
Chair Zlokovich reported that the Executive Committee met with William Weary, a consultant from Fieldstone Consulting, Inc out of Washington, D.C., and discussed strategic planning.Chair Zlokovich indicated that she felt very positive about that interaction.Chair Zlokovich reported that they want input from faculty.She indicated that it is very important that the voice of faculty be heard and if faculty do not speak up they will be missing a huge opportunity.
Chair Zlokovich reported that the Board of Regents met Friday, November 30.She indicated that she did not get notification of the meeting and was told it was an oversight.Chair Zlokovich asked the President's Office earlier in the semester to notify her of all Board meetings.The Provost indicated that state law requires notification of all Board of Regents meetings including the agenda be posted in the newspaper seven days prior to the meeting.Chair Zlokovich indicated that she would like to see the Board of Regents post their meetings on their website so that it is more accessible to the public.The Provost indicated that the meeting on November 30th was held to introduce the Board to the strategic planning initiative.There was no agenda.Provost Stephens indicated that there will be two faculty elected to serve on the strategic planning committee from each college/school.Each college or school dean will run the election.Elections are to take place by December 18.Chair Zlokovich indicated that she felt very positive about the fact that the Faculty Senate Executive Committee was one of the first committees interviewed for the strategic planning initiative, although she feels that at least one faculty member should have been included at the initial strategic planning training session with the Board of Regents.
Chair Zlokovich reported that the next Board of Regents meeting will be December 14.Chair Zlokovich indicated that she will be out of town.Senator Ambery will attend the meeting on behalf of the Faculty Senate.Senator Ambery will also be attending graduation.
Chair Zlokovich reported that Administrative Council has not met recently.The Council will be meeting next week.
Chair Zlokovich was asked to find out when the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) survey results would be available.She reported that the results are expected to be back late in the 2008 spring semester, although she and Pat Ryan have access to some of the data now.
Chair Zlokovich also indicated during the last Faculty Senate meeting that she would locate salary comparisons between Southeast MO State University and other institutions.Chair Zlokovich distributed two documents indicating salary comparisons.The data was taken from The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 20, 2007 edition.Discussion concerned which institutions in Missouri were appropriate for comparison with Southeast, and Provost Stephens indicated that these should include four-year, public institutions.
REPORT FROM THE ADMINISTRATIVE LIAISON
Provost Stephens reported on the Board of Regents strategic planning meeting.She indicated that it was a training session to introduce the strategic planning initiative to the Board members. She indicated that the rest of the day was spent discussing the process, hypothetical planning, and role playing.She stressed that there were no decisions made and there was nothing agreed upon.There was only discussion and brainstorming.The planning process will pick up in February with the strategic planning committee.
REPORT FROM THE STUDENT GOVERNMENT LIAISON
Student Government Liaison, Mark Wilhelm, was unable to attend.
LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE REPORTS
The Membership Committee had no report.
Senator Chamberlain stood in for Senator Althaus.Senator Chamberlain reported that the drafting subcommittee for promotion and tenure met last Monday.They will be meeting again next Monday.They plan to bring a bill to the Faculty Senate in the spring.Senator Cobb indicated that according to the recent survey sent out by Professional Affairs, it is not fair to say that the majority of faculty want to combine promotion and tenure.Provost Stephens indicated that the survey sent out last year reported 86% of faculty wanted to combine.Chair Zlokovich pointed out that while 86% agreed that simplifying paperwork by combining would be a benefit, only 56% agreed with the idea of combining promotion and tenure.Senator Chamberlain indicated that in the first follow-up survey, faculty were interpreting the question about combining promotion and tenure differently and the more recent follow-up survey sent out by Professional Affairs clarified the discrepancies in interpretations.The most recent results showed that only 52% (13 out of 25 departments) prefer to combine tenure and promotion.
The Academic Affairs Committee had no report.
Senator Ward reported that the Documents Committee drafted three different bills removing obsolete verbiage from the Faculty Handbook which will be considered under old business.
Senator Swatzell reported that the Governance Committee will be meeting to decide the best timeframe for sending out the Faculty Senate Self-Survey.
The Compensation Committee had no report.
Senator Ward moved to accept the bill deleting the major functional units which report to the Vice President for Administration and Enrollment Management and a link to the current Organizational Chart be referenced in the Handbook (see attached bill).The motion was seconded by Senator Cobb.The question was called by Chair Zlokovich.The motion passed.
Senator Ward moved to accept the bill deleting text that references internet access and Help Desk support for faculty with emeritus status from the Faculty Handbook (see attached bill).The motion was seconded by Senator Ambery.Discussion was held by the Senate.The Senate expressed concern about IT no longer offering Help Desk support for retired faculty.Senator Ward tabled her motion, seconded by Chair Zlokovich, until the issue could be researched further.The Senate decision to table the motion was unanimous.
Senator Ward moved to accept the bill deleting the section in the Handbook relating to services offered by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and a link to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Procedures and Guidance Manual be referenced (see attached bill).The motion was seconded by Senator Conway.The question was called by Dr. Zlokovich.The motion passed.
Senator Cobb moved to accept the bill titled, “Classroom Freedom of Speech” (see attached bill).The motion was seconded by Senator Underberg.Senator Cobb indicated that he had reread the “Academic Freedom” section in the Faculty Handbook.He indicated that it does reference academic freedom from the faculty perspective but not from the student perspective.Senator Cobb indicated that Missouri Association of Faculty Senates (MAFS) wants institutions to pass their own freedom of speech bill before something is passed by State Legislature.MAFS is hoping institutions will have something drafted by February.The Senate held discussion and requested time to discuss and research the issue further.Several Senators indicated that they would like to share the bill with their constituents and requested an electronic copy be emailed to them by Dana.Senator Conway asked that all future bills brought before the Senate be emailed to the entire Senate after meetings.Senator Cobb tabled his motion, seconded by Chair Zlokovich, to allow Senators time to share the bill with their constituents.The Senate was unified in the decision to table the motion.
Senator Scott reported that the Martin Luther King (MLK) Dinner Planning Committee has decided to start a MLK Jr. Award that will be presented at the annual MLK dinner.The first award will be presented in 2009.The Committee will be meeting to draft the criteria for the award and they would like a representative from the Faculty Senate to be a part of the drafting process.Senator Underberg volunteered to serve as the Faculty Senate representative.
The Senate moved to executive session.
Senator Chamberlain made a motion to approve a bill seconded by Senator Scott to grant emeritus status to Jo Anne Dunham-Trautwein and Beverly Petch-Hogan, respectively.The motion passed.
The motion to adjourn (Scott/Redmond) was recognized and approved at 4:30 p.m.
The next Faculty Senate Meeting will be February 06, 2008, in the University Center Riverboat Room at 3:00 p.m.
Approved February 06, 2008
FACULTY SENATE BILL 07-A-10
Approved by the Faculty Senate
December 5, 2007
RESOLVED: That the text on page 17 of the Faculty Handbook relating to “Major functional units which report directly or indirectly to the Vice President for Administration and Enrollment Management include the Enrollment Management Department (Admissions, New Student Programs, Registrar, St. Louis Outreach Office, and Testing Services), Facilities Management (Administration, Building Maintenance, Custodial Services, Grounds Maintenance, Project Management, Support Services, and Utilities), Public Safety and Transit, and Student Auxiliary Services (University Center, Residence Life, Recreational Sports, and Dining Services).” (Chapter 1-VICE PRESIDENT FOR ADMINISTRATION AND ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT, P.17) be deleted and that a link to the current Organizational Chart (p. 8) be referenced.
Rationale: This deletion is due to changes in the functional units which report directly or indirectly to the Vice President for Administration and Enrollment Management. As such changes may occur annually, a link to the current Organizational Chart would provide accurate information.
FACULTY SENATE BILL XX-X-XX
RESOLVED: That the text on page 98 of the Faculty Handbook relating to “Faculty Emeritus status will be recognized in the following ways: 7. Will receive campus internet connection as well as Help Desk support from Computer Services.” (Chapter 2- Faculty Emeritus status will be recognized in the following ways:p.98) be deleted and that a link to the current internet policies be referenced.
Rationale: This deletion is due to internet access and Help Desk support no longer being provided by Information Technology. A link to the current internet policies would provide current, accurate information.
FACULTY SENATE BILL 07-A-11
Approved by the Faculty Senate
December 5, 2007
RESOLVED: That the section on page 183-184 of the Faculty Handbook relating to “Specific Services” (Chapter 3- Role of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, pp. 183-184) be deleted and that a link to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (RGD) Procedures and Guidance Manual be referenced. The section to be deleted is as follows:
Technical assistance provided by the office spans each step of the funding process. Upon request, potential funding sources for a particular problem or topic can be identified. Those entities' grant application materials and guidelines can also be retrieved. Assistance is provided in as many facets of the application's preparation as desired, including budget construction, typing, editing, formatting and copying. The office will also help faculty make sure that University guidelines are followed and the proper administrative review is conducted. Mailing of the proposal and the monitoring of its review by funding agencies are also provided. The office will aid faculty in making arrangements to meet with the officials of funding agencies when those officials request such a session.
Information management assistance provided by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, the search for potential funding sources, and the monitoring of important regulatory and legislative events which may have a significant impact upon both grant-seekers and funding agencies. The office communicates that information through its quarterly newsletter, grant alerts, campus news outlets, and personal contacts with faculty.
The Office Research and Sponsored Programs helps faculty develop their skills and knowledge of fund-seeking in a variety of ways. Periodically, the office sponsors skill-based workshops which feature knowledgeable parties from other universities, government, philanthropy, or business. Issues of the newsletter will contain an article on some aspect of grant-writing or fund-seeking. Finally, the office director is available for personal consultation on topics related to research or grant activity.
Rationale: This deletion needed as the section above is obsolete. A link to the RGD Procedures and Guidance Manual would provide current, accurate information.
FACULTY SENATESOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY
FACULTY SENATE BILL 07-A-**
CLASSROOM FREEDOM OF SPEECH
WHEREAS:The right of freedom of speech is a vital component of a free society and academic institutions in particular, and
WHEREAS:this right comes with certain responsibilities, and
WHEREAS: the public and legislature want to make sure this right is protected uniformly.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT:the following policy concerning the rights and responsibilities of faculty and students be adopted and printed in the Faculty Handbook and the Bulletin.
Faculty members have a duty and responsibility to present information to students based on the consensually-agreed expertise within their specific discipline.They also have the right to express their professionally-informed opinions on subject matter which may not conform to the discipline-tested consensus.
Likewise, students have an obligation to be engaged as active participants in the classroom environment in order to maximize their academic experience.They have the right and responsibility to seek reasonable explanation and justification from their faculty regarding all material presented in the classroom.Students also have the right to express their opinions, supported by plausible, discipline-specific arguments, and be fairly evaluated by the instructor without bias or prejudice.