The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, in the UC Missouriana/Redhawks Room. The following Senators were present: Rick Althaus, Doug Atwood, Larry Bohannon, Marcus Bond, Brandon Christensen, Eric Clements, Brooke Clubbs, Kevin Dickson, Deepak Gupta, Joni Hand, Roberta Humphrey, Don Jung, Debra Lee-DiStefano, Ziping Liu, Tiffany Parker, Jian Peng, Willie Redmond, Joyce Renaud, Desma Reno, Claudia Ruediger, Seidu Sofo, Aaron Tuttle, Carol Veneziano, Janice Ward, Victor Wilburn, and Diane Wood. Interim Provost McDougall was also in attendance. The following alternates were present: Henry Clark, Tim Schmidt, and Sven Svenson. Hayley Bohnert, Student Government Liaison was present. Not in attendance or represented by an alternate was: Stephanie Chamberlain and David Powell.
Dr. David Russell, Commissioner for the Missouri Department of Higher Education, Dr. Rusty Monhollon, Assistant Commissioner for Academic Affairs for MDHE, and Dr. Bill Eddleman, Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate Studies, were in attendance as guests.
The minutes for October 9, 2013 (48.4) were approved.
Commissioner Dr. David Russell and Dr. Rusty Monhollon talked to the Senate about the Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE):
Chair Lee-DiStefano had no report.
Interim Provost McDougall reported that the call for Summer Research Grant Proposal is going out. There is a $5,000 grant that is focused on tenured and tenure track faculty that have research expectations. He wants to make those rewards before the summer schedule is completed; the deadline is November 29.
He also reported that the Student Success: Missouri Completion Academy is a group of Universities that is trying to identify ways to promote student success. One of the initiatives is to develop a co-requisite structure in English and Math, combining a remedial course with a for-credit course.
Lastly, the Interim Provost reported that the University has established a reverse transfer agreement with Missouri State University-West Plains that will serve the students on the regional campuses. This may also attract students to the regional campus. Also, the University is working with representatives from West Plains and Missouri Southern about other areas of collaboration.
Hayley Bohnert reported that they have had a number of guest speakers and meetings discussing the increase of school pride and spirit and boosting student attendance at athletic events. They believe this will make the University more attractive to incoming college students. Next week they are teaming up with the President's office to host the reopening of Academic Hall.
Academic Affairs- Senator Althaus reported that they intend to bring forward revised bills that the
Senate had seen last year. They are also meeting with Brady Barke from the President's
office about a request to revise the academic calendar next year to move fall break
to accommodate Homecoming. They will also meet with Dr. Dave Starrett regarding the
course approval documents and common syllabus.
Compensation- Senator Dickson reported that they forwarded the document that shows the process that's being used for the faculty to request a review of their CIP codes. He announced that anyone who hasn't received this document should follow up with him because there is a short timeline in this process. He stated that if the faculty is interested in a review of their CIP codes, then they need to get a written request to the department Chair by November 1. In addition to the review, Deans and Chairs have been asked to perform the review of their faculty's CIP codes..
Documents- Senator Clements reported that the committee is proofing the Faculty Constitution, and they are also working on the Faculty Senate website.
Governance- Senator Peng reported that they have been working on four bills that focus on two sections of the Faculty Handbook. They will have two bills ready for the next Faculty Senate meeting.
Professional Affairs- Senator Christensen reported that they have completed a review of all the departmental tenure and promotion criteria regarding their use of student evaluation of instruction
Membership- Senator Redmond reported that the committee is still trying to fill a spot on the AQIP committee. It will only be a one year term and it does need to be filled by a Faculty Senator.
Senator Jung moved to adjourn. Senator Ward seconded. The Faculty Senate adjourned at 4:50 pm. They met in front of Academic Hall to take a Senate picture.
The next Faculty Senate meeting will be held on November 6, 2013 at 3:00 pm in the UC Missouriana/Redhawks Room.