Minutes - December 8, 2004

Minutes - December 8, 2004

Vol. XXXIX, No. 9


December 8, 2004

The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday, December 8, in the Missouriana Room of the University Center. The following Senators were present: Susan Swartwout (presiding), James Champine, Bruce Hathaway, Rick Althaus, Michael Cobb, Mary Ann DeLine, Marc Fulgham, Daniel MacLeay, Bruce Mims, David Naugler, David Smith, Kevin Squibb, Bonnie Stepenoff, Marc Strauss, Rebecca Summary, Mohan Tikoo, Pat Willingham, Mack Wilson, Martha Zlokovich, and Min Zou. Senate Secretary Paula Cunningham was also present. Alternates Robert Polack and Margaret Dalton, and Student Government Representative Heather Valle also attended.

Absent, and not represented by their Alternates, were Mary Elizabeth Ambery, David Baird, Ronald Clayton, Kathy Gilliland, Linda Heitman,


The Vol. XXXIX No. 8 was approved as written. (Strauss/Mims).


Chair Swartwout reported that the Holiday Open House on Friday, December 3, at the Johnson Faculty Centre was well attended, particularly by staff members.
Chair Swartwout reported on the recent Administrative Council meeting. The Council asked that the Senate, when they discuss the next academic calendar, to consider making Thanksgiving break a week long and cutting out the fall break. Another suggestion was to start the semester a week earlier after Christmas break.
Promotion Bill, presented at Dean's Council: Most deans were fine with the bill. Dean Jones was against the time line and didn't like the parallel of the letter structure going from committee and from the chair or dean. Dean Shaw didn't like the parallel.
Summer camps and conference fees charges are going up for Chartwells charges and in housing.
Red Hawk merchandise went on sale today.
Human Resources benefits next year will begin on the day hired. Medical reimbursement workshops will be offered in January. Chair Swartwout encouraged all the Senators to attend one of the workshops.
Senator Jim Talent will be on campus December 20 to kick off the Health & Human Services $650,000 Outreach Grant to establish a mobile unit that will serve several areas, especially in the Bootheel. All Senators are encouraged to attend.
Chair Swartwout will be reporting Senate activities to the Board of Regents on December 11.
Two schools districts in the St. Louis area are requiring FBI checks, rather than just background checks, before students can apply for teaching jobs. The FBI checks are only good for 6 months, and the cost of the check will be borne by the applicant.
A letter was read from Clinton Wilson, Commissioner of Higher Education. They are going to support those institutions that contribute to state priorities.
Chair Swartwout reported that the Executive Committee will be meeting with President Dobbins and Provost Stephens. They plan to update them on the work done by the Faculty Senate committees this year. She asked the Senators if there were any issues they would like for them to discuss with the President.
The next Senate meeting will include a presentation by CSTL members about the SE Portal.


Provost Stephens was attending a meeting of the Emergency Preparedness Committee.


The Student Government was pleased to hear of the agreement made at the last Senate meeting pertaining to 6-Week Progress Reports.

The Student Government approved three finance proposals and ended the fall semester on a good note.


Academic Affairs

Senator Tikoo, chair of the committee, stated that the committee did not have a report.


Senator Naugler, chair of the committee, reported that the committee had met and continued to discuss the possibility and desirability of conducting a salary study. The committee decided to explore how such studies have been handled at other academic institutions. The compensation committee plans to bring a salary study proposal to Senate early in the Spring semester. It was suggested that “market pay,” as was instituted by the College of Business, might be more broadly applied, especially to those areas experiencing trouble hiring and retaining faculty with needed qualifications.

Other discussion included the issues of salary compression, the need to increase Professional Development funding, and the compensation methods for travel for faculty teaching off campus courses.

The Committee welcomes input from faculty on these and any other compensation issues.


Senator MacLeay, chair of the committee, stated that the committee did not have a report.


Senator Zlokovich, chair of the committee, reported that the committee met and plans to meet in January to decide what needs to be included in a new Grievance Document.


Senator Hathaway, Membership Chair, reported that a representative for the Commencement Committee is needed from the College of Health & Human Services.

Professional Affairs

Senator Althaus, chair of the committee, distributed copies of the Grievance Committee Charge resolution that he had agreed to write at the November 17th meeting. No further action is needed since the resolution was already passed. The resolution will be sent to President Dobbins.

Senator Althaus, chair of the Committee, reported that the committee met on December 1 and unanimously agreed to ask the Senate to recommend emeritus status for a retiring professor.

Survey on Student Evaluation: The committee members shared their experiences in responding to the on-line survey. The faculty at large will be asked to participate during the week to follow.

Faculty Status of Librarians: The Committee reviewed the most recent draft version of a resolution recommending continuation of librarian faculty status. It was agreed to add a statement concerning President Dobbins' support for shared governance and open discussion. The Committee unanimously voted to recommend the resolution to the Senate for passage.


Faculty Status of Librarians Resolution

Senator Althaus distributed copies of the proposed resolution. After discussion on the resolution, Senator Tikoo moved to suspend the rules and take up the resolution immediately; Senator Smith seconded. Chair Swartwout called for a vote, and it passed unanimously.


Emeritus Faculty (Executive Session)

A motion by Dr. Althaus and seconded by Senator Naugler to approve emeritus status for a retiring faculty member was passed.

Chair Swartwout wished everyone a wonderful holiday season.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:05 p.m.

The next Faculty Senate meeting will be Wednesday, February 2, 2005 in the Missouriana Room.