Minutes - September 4, 2013

Minutes - September 4, 2013

XLVIII No. 2 Minutes of the Faculty Senate Meeting

September 4, 2013

The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday September 4, 2013, in the Glenn Auditorium, Dempster Hall. The following Senators were present: Rick Althaus, Larry Bohannon, Marcus Bond, Brandon Christensen, Eric Clements, Brooke Clubbs, Kevin Dickson, Deepak Gupta, Joni Hand, Roberta Humphrey, Debra Lee-DiStefano, Ziping Liu, Tiffany Parker, Jian Peng, David Powell, Willie Redmond, Joyce Renaud, Desma Reno, Claudia Ruediger, Carol Veneziano, Candide Walton, Janice Ward, Victor Wilburn, and Diane Wood. The Interim Provost McDougall was also in attendance. The following alternate was present: Ann White. Student Government Liaison Hayley Bonhert was also present. Not in attendance or represented by an alternate was: Doug Atwood, Stephanie Chamberlain, Aaron Tuttle, Seidu Sofo, and Julie Weathers.

Alex Jackson, Dan Woods, and Jacob McCleland were in attendance as guests.


Dan Woods informed the Senate that he would like closer communication between the faculty and KRCU. He announced that KRCU is interested in interviewing faculty about their research, and asked that they notify the station about the wonderful things they are doing.

Jacob McCleland stated that KRCU Radio is looking for student reporters. He also encouraged faculty to notify him about research for possible interviews.

Alex Jackson addressed the Senate regarding marketing and pledge drives for KRCU Public Radio. He announced that Diane Rehm is coming to Southeast Missouri State University as part of the University Speaker Series. In October KRCU is holding a pledge drive and they are looking for faculty to fill in on-air spots.

Senator Brooke Clubbs spoke to the Senate about the new Visionary Committee. She explained that the Visionary Committee's purpose is to learn what students are interested in majoring in, find out what employers are looking for, and then bridge the gap between the two. The committee is taking proposals for ideas for new programs.


Chair Lee-DiStefano briefly explained goals that were completed over the summer and some of the goals for the upcoming year. She explained that the Senate finished adding bills the Faculty Handbook over the summer and made it more user-friendly. She reported that the Executive Committee and chairs of the legislative committees held a retreat on August 14. During the retreat they discussed many issues that will be brought before the Senate this year.

Interim Provost McDougall informed the Senate that there are three proposals the University is working on. One is the Summer Research Program. The award is a $5,000 grant. The second is the Summer Grant Writing Workshop. The workshop will take place over a period of time during the summer. In this workshop the faculty will work with an expert from Washington DC. Upon completion of the program the participants will be awarded $1,000 in Professional Development funds. The third proposal is to provide each department one course release for each semester to provide faculty time to work on a scholarly project.

Student Government Liaison

Hayley Bonhert had no report. She informed the Senate the Student Government will be having a meeting Monday, September 9, and that she would have a report at the next Senate meeting.

Legislative Committee Reports

Academic Affairs

Senator Althaus reported that the committee will be working on a number of things this year. They will be working on the following items: Master Faculty Advisor program; the five year calendar, issues of residency requirements for online instructors, the Common Syllabus, the transition to the University of 2020, and the implementation of procedures for use of Student Learning Outcomes data.


Senator Dickson reported that the committee will be looking at the salary equity study. They will develop a recommendation regarding the distribution of the funds to faculty. They will also address other compensation issues.


Senator Clubbs reported that the committee will be working with a historian regarding the Faculty Senate records. They will also be working to make the Faculty Senate website more user-friendly.


Senator Peng reported that the committee will revise sections of the faculty handbook as well the as review process for chairs and other administrators.

Professional Affairs

Senator Christensen reported that the committee will be separating Chapter 2 of the Faculty Handbook into policy and procedures. They will be looking into Chapter 7 and will reintroduce two bills that had been returned.


Senator Lee-DiStefano reported for Senator Redmond that there are still two committees that need to be filled. She advised the Senate Committee chairs to let Dr. Redmond know if there are other vacancies that need to be filled.


Senator Wood moved to adjourn. Senator Ward seconded. The Faculty Senate adjourned at 4:17 pm. The next Faculty Senate meeting will be held on September 18, 2013 at 3:00 pm in the UC Ballroom A.