Minutes - January 25, 2012
XLVI, No. 10
MINUTES OF THE FACULTY SENATE MEETING
January 25, 2012
The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, in the UC Redhawks Room. The following Senators were present: Kevin Dickson (Chair), Janice Ward (Chair-Elect), Diane Wood (Membership Chair) Rick Althaus, Larry Bohannon, Marcus Bond, Brandon Christensen, Eric Clements, Debra Lee-DiStefano, Don Jung, Ziping Lui, Charles McAllister, Phil Nacy, Tiffany Parker, Jian Peng, David Powell, Willie Redmond, Joyce Renaud, Desma Reno, Claudia Ruediger, Sophia Scott, Seidu Sofo, Carol Veneziano, Julie Weathers, Victor Wilburn, and Chris Wubbena. The following alternates were in attendance: Brooke Clubbs and Haohao Wang. Provost Ronald Rosati and Student Government Liaison Rebecca Masur were also in attendance.
President Dobbins was present as a guest.
President Dobbins reported on the proposed 12.5% appropriations cut. This is a moving target until May when the legislature passes the budget and the governor signs it. Last year the legislature gave more money to higher education and the governor withheld it. He has the option to withhold money regardless of what legislature approves. He can decrease our appropriation but not add to it. Southeast Missouri State has been preparing for this during the last three years. Southeast is in better shape than other four-year public institutions.
President Dobbins passed out a handout with preliminary FY13 Budget Considerations. He reviewed estimated funding needs and potential funding. Academic program review will continue to review programs. Also collaboration and course redesign will be looked at. The budget review committee will work on reviewing these items and he would like faculty input for this committee.
Current vacancies will be reviewed to see if these positions can be consolidated or eliminated. For economic reasons, RNTTs may replace Tenure Track faculty in some vacant positions. Consolidating the College of Science and Mathematics with the School of Polytechnic Studies would also bring savings to the base budget.
President Dobbins ended his report by thanking the faculty for their quality work both in and out of the class room. He also stated that without everyone working together in preparing for the last three years for budget cuts, the situation would be much worse
OLD AND NEW BUSINESS
Old and new business were deferred to the next Senate meeting.
Chair Dickson announced that the amendment for the Faculty Senate Constitution was passed with a 93% yes vote in the election in which approximately 40% of the faculty participated. Due to this, the elections for senators whose terms are up this year will occur at the end of March instead of April. This will allow the incoming Faculty Senate Executives to have time to have everything in place before summer so they staff committees during the Spring semester.
Chair Dickson also announced that Commissioner Russell from Missouri Department of Higher Education will be visiting the Faculty Senate on May 2, 2012 along with Dr. Rusty Monhollon. Due to these guests being present at this meeting, elections for the Executive Committee will occur on April 18, 2012.
Senator Ward and Senator Chamberlain, President of MAFS, will be going to the MAFS Spring meeting on February 6 and 7th. As part of the meeting they will meet with legislators and do some lobbying. They will have a report at the February 15, 2012 meeting.
ADMINISTRATIVE LIAISON REPORT
Provost Rosati started with the handout on a Proposal to Merge the College of Science and Mathematics and the School of Polytechnic Studies. He reported that this result would eliminate three vacant positions, the Dean, Associate Dean, and the Administrative Assistant of Polytechnic Studies. The proposed program would be College of Science, Technology and Agriculture. The Dean for the College of Science, Technology, and Agriculture would be Chris McGowan who is currently the Dean for the College of Science and Mathematics. No faculty lines will be eliminated. The position of Associate Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics will not be filled, but will be eliminated. An internal search will be conducted to fill a new position titled Associate Dean for the College of Science, Technology, and Agriculture. The faculty from current units are eligible to apply for this new position. The salaries from these vacant positions would provide financial savings. This proposal will be reviewed according to the policy and procedures regarding academic restructuring in the Faculty Handbook.
Provost Rosati passed out a handout with analysis of the Winter Intersession enrollment for 2012. The senate requested this analysis to review progress and the effect on the Spring semester. The analysis reported positive feedback from students, faculty, and revenue for the university. He stated that additional data is being collected. He will provide more data at the next senate meeting.
Provost Rosati reported on the LMS transition process and timeline. Vendors will demonstrate their products in mid-February. Each vendor will come to the campus and make three presentations during the day. The LMS committee will be asking for feedback from campus for all vendors.
STUDENT GOVERNMENT LIAISON
Student Government Liaison Rebecca Masur reported that Student Government went over the reports from the Southeast 2020 committee sent their suggestions to that committee. They are having elections for vacancies in every college. She requested that faculty encourage good candidates for Student Government to fill out an application.
LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE REPORTS
Governance – Senator Nacy reported they met on the 11th and discussed reviewing the section in the handbook that deals with University standing committees, Deans, Department Chairs, and the Department. He is in touch with one of the Deans to get on the agenda for Dean’s Council. He is meeting with Chair’s Forum at the end of February to get their input.
Professional Affairs –Senator Althaus reported they meet in December. They discussed the names for the emerita/emeritus bill vote today. They also discussed the section in the Handbook that has to do with Faculty Designations. The committee has requested information from Provost Rosati that will support the discussion of this section. The committee will have other sections of the Handbook to bring before the Senate at the next meeting.
Academic Affairs – Senator Jung reported they met in December. The committee is working on student evaluation, teaching practices, and graduate faculty status.
Compensation – Senator Lee-Distefano reported they met in December and will have a bill for RNTT Merit Pay to bring before the Senate. The committee has been continuing to work on their sections of the Handbook. Budget Review committee will be taking up a lot of their time this semester. She requested that Senators send suggestions for the budget discussions to the committee.
Documents – Senator Wilburn reported that the Documents committee is still working on their areas of the Handbook.
Membership – Senator Wood reported that two faculty members have left and the Membership Committee is filling those vacancies. She will send out a call for these positions if unable to fill them from previous volunteers.
Senator Althaus moved acceptance of a bill recommending Emerita/Emeritus Status for the following four faculty members: Georganne P. Syler, Peter L. Hirschburg, Dean Wright Monahan, and Phillip Finney. Senator Christensen seconded the bill and it passed by a unanimous vote.
The Faculty Senate adjourned at 4:50 p.m.
The next Faculty Senate Meeting will be held February 1, 2012 at 3:00 pm in the UC Redhawks Room.