Minutes - December 9, 2009

Minutes - December 9, 2009

XLIV, No. 9


December 9, 2009

The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met Wednesday, December 9, 2009, in the Tribute Room of the University Center. The following Senators were present: Stephanie Chamberlain (Chair), Sophia Scott (Chair-Elect), Janice Ward (Membership Chair), Rick Althaus, Brandon Christensen, Mike Cobb, Kathy Conway, Kevin Dickson, Bruce Hathaway, Elaine Jackson, Alan Journet, Don Jung, Phil Nacy, David Naugler, Walt Paquin, David Powell, Joyce Renaud, Rick Sebby, Kathy Smith, Seidu Sofo, Raj Somarajan, Sven Svenson, Larry Underberg, Carol Veneziano, Haohao Wang, alternates Carl Pracht and Mary Elizabeth Ambery. Provost Stephens, Vice-provost Janzow and Student Government Liaison Daniel Schuenemeyer were also in attendance.

Absent and not represented by their alternates were David Briggs, Daniel MacLeay and Willie Redmond.


There being no objections, the Chair asked that the minutes of December 2 (44.8) be approved with one minor insertion. Senator Journet moved to approve; Senator Nacy seconded. The minutes were approved unanimously.


Chair Chamberlain reported on her meeting with the Faculty Advisory Committee for Academic Program Review on December 3, 2009. She relayed that Provost Stephens gave the committee two charges to review and make recommendations on those programs up for review during the current academic year, and to identify programs considered “weak” or “high cost” and to make recommendations on possible elimination. Also the committee was told to examine cost-saving suggestions presented in last year's budget forums. In addition, the committee was told to identify faculty teaching loads with the possibility of increasing if bench-mark student numbers were not met. The teaching load issue will be discussed further in Program Review committee meetings. The Program Review committee will be devising a list of criteria to be used in making recommendations regarding programs then examining data compiled by Christina Frazier. The committee will next meet on Thursday December 10, 2009.

Chair Chamberlain also reported that she had met with the Administrative Council on December 8. At that meeting, President Dobbins reported on the upcoming meeting with Board of Regents, which will be held on December 17. At that meeting the President will discuss the community college proposal and budget issues. President Dobbins indicated that he had applied for FEMA money to pay for the generator which had to be replaced in November. Also at this meeting Kathy Mangels reported that the Budget Review committee plans to present recommended cuts to the Board of Regents at the March meeting.

Chair Chamberlain further reported that Provost Stephen had informed Administrative Council that two faculty positions had been identified for possible elimination as part of the 2% cut previously announced. Provost Stephens clarified that there are no more than two or three positions that deans have indicated to her that might be cut; actual positions have not been identified. Other positions would be cut through the elimination of tenure lines. There is no guarantee that these lines will be reinstated during better economic times. Departments will need to make cases for the necessity of such lines.

Chair Chamberlain then reported that Dennis Holt reported on Degree Works. Coding is proceeding faster than expected, and he anticipates having the system running in time for the Spring 2011 registration period which begins in October 2010. He hopes to have coding completed by March, testing by May, and faculty advisor training in September.

Also at Administrative Council, Dean McDougall distributed the International Strategic Planning draft, and discussed some changes that had been made after discussion with various campus groups, including Faculty Senate. He requested Administrative Council endorse the draft; Dennis Holt requested draft be delayed until the Strategic Enrollment Management retreat in January; however, President Dobbins requested a vote and the draft was approved.

Diane Sides reported to Administrative Council that the Provost Search Committee was scheduled to present their recommendations to President Dobbins on December 9.

Chair Chamberlain reported that President Dobbins repeated his invitation for dialogue between Administrative Council and the Faculty Senate regarding the issue of collegiality. She said that she had set up a meeting with the Executive Committee and legislative committee chairs for late January so that they can start moving forward on the issue.

She also reported that the Benefits Review committee had had a preliminary meeting on December 9 to discuss its charge and will have another meeting on January 14.


Provost Stephens had no report. Presuming that no additional meetings are called before her retirement becomes effective that this would be her final meeting with the Senate. She did express her wishes for additional dialogue between Administrative Council and the Faculty Senate, and encouraged the Senate to participate in all possible discussions to improve relations. The Senate praised her for her work with this faculty body and wished her well in her retirement.


Student Government Liaison Daniel Schuenemeyer reported that $3 thousand had been given to the University Players to attend a conference and that Student Government had discussed students' opinion on the Humans v Zombie game that had been cancelled.


No legislative committees had met since the last Faculty Senate meeting. However, Documents Committee Chair Joyce Renaud reported that her committee will meet with Dr. Walt Lilly and Dr. Mohammed Ali in late January to obtain clarification on the wording for the GRFC document changes presented at the November 4 meeting.


Chair Chamberlain recognized Senator Sebby to open discussion of the Summer Compensation Proposals. He referred to a document he had distributed electronically and the Deans Council proposal presented to the Senate on December 2. Concerns included an “opt out” date, and the date by which contracts must be signed and returned. Discussion followed on these concerns and others raised by various Senators, including the minimum salary should enrollment fall below the specified minimum, the need for a more specific date on which class enrollment, and therefore salary, are determined, and pro-ration of salary versus a per-capita basis.

Senator Dickson introduced another proposal, which he stated was his own ideas and had not been presented to any committee or other group. He said he had taken the proposal from the Deans Council and modified it to give the option for faculty to give a minimum number of students in each section that they would be willing to teach. Once the number was stated, the faculty member would be bound to that figure. Discussion of his proposal followed, during which a suggestion was made to add a date for faculty to "opt out" of a summer contract three week before the start of classes.
Through further discussion, the most pertinent issues were identified as follows: (1) salary determined by the Deans Council tiered system or on a per capita basis, (2) providing an “opt out” date of three weeks before the beginning of a class, and (3) the date by which salary for a class is determined as “the last date to add a class.” At Senator Althaus' suggestion, a straw vote was taken for each issue. The votes for numbers 1 and 2 were unanimous; one Senator dissented on number 3.

Senator Althaus then suggested revising Senator Dickson's proposal to reflect the issues just voted upon; Senator Journet moved to do so and Senator Sebby seconded. The vote regarding the revisions was unanimous.


The meeting adjourned at 4:50 p.m. per a motion by Senator Sebby and was seconded by Senator Cobb.

The next Faculty Senate meeting will be on February 3, 2010, at 3 p.m. in the UC Missouriana Room.

Approved February 3, 2010