XVIII No. 8
Minutes of the Faculty Senate Meeting
January 29, 2014
The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday, January 29, 2014, in the UC Missouriana/Redhawks Room. The following Senators were present: Rick Althaus, Larry Bohannon, Marcus Bond, Brandon Christensen, Eric Clements, Brooke Clubbs, Wendy Cooper, Kevin Dickson, Joni Hand, Roberta Humphrey, Don Jung, Debra Lee-DiStefano, Ziping Liu, Tiffany Parker, Jian Peng, David Powell, Willie Redmond, Joyce Renaud, Desma Reno, Claudia Ruediger, Seidu Sofo, Aaron Tuttle, Carol Veneziano, Candide Walton, Janice Ward, Julie Weathers, Victor Wilburn, and Diane Wood. Provost Eddleman was also in attendance. Caleb Cockrill was present for Student Government Liaison. Not in attendance or represented by an alternate was: Doug Atwood and Stephanie Chamberlain.
Michele Tapp, Director of Academic Advising and Career Services, was present as a guest.
The minutes for November 20, 2013 (48.7) were approved.
Michele Tapp attended the Faculty Senate meeting to discuss the office of Career Services and how it has changed, as well as the Master Faculty Advisor status. She explained that some of the changes that are taking place are: there will be two full-time licensed career counselors; the department was reorganized; the department changed its name from Career Linkages to Career Services; and developed a career counseling model. She also discussed a new website for students and employers called REDConnect, www.semo.experience.com/experience/login. On the website students are able to create a profile, create a resume that will be reviewed by Career Services, and look for part-time and full-time jobs.
Michele also talked about the All Majors Career Fair. She stated that last year there were 70 employers present, but this year the goal is to have a minimum of 100 employers. It will be take place in the Student Recreational Center North.
Lastly, she stated that in December, Career Services started collecting placement data, which they call “first destination data.” When students come to get their cap and gown for graduation, they have the students fill out a survey which includes questions such as: Where are you going? Are you still seeking a job? Are you going to graduate school or the military? Are you going to continue at a job? Are you not seeking a job? For those that don’t attend graduation, there is a survey set up through Survey Monkey to get that information.
Chair Lee-DiStefano and Michele briefly discussed the Master Faculty Advisor status. In December of last year, there was a meeting set up which included Vice Provost McAllister, Chair Lee-DiStefano, Michele Tapp, and Rick Althaus. They determined they would like to bring a consultant to campus to look at how advising is done. They are in the process of submitting bids to have someone come to campus. At this point, they anticipate having a consultant on campus in April.
Senator Clubbs discussed the Faculty Senate Constitution. She stated that the Senate briefly discussed the grammatical alterations to the document. Senator Clubbs moved to approve those changes and Senator Redmond seconded. After the discussion, Senator Clubbs moved to table the bill until the next meeting and present the document with changes that were decided on. Senator Ward seconded. The Faculty Senate Constitution was tabled.
Chair Lee-DiStefano reported that the smoking survey was sent out to everyone. She stated that there were some issues about the structure of survey and that she did let Alyssa Vandeven know.
Chair Lee-DiStefano also mentioned that on Monday, she, Benny Dorris, Jason Lipe, and Leann Stinson had a meeting with the President regarding LGBTQ issues. She stated that it was a productive discussion and at the end it was determined that there will be a committee formed to look at LGBTQ issues on campus to see what the University could be doing, particularly when it concerns the safety and inclusion of the students, faculty, and staff. Debbie Below will form a committee and she will look for members. There is also a Safe Zone program that is being tested right now. Hopefully by the end of February, the faculty will be able to participate in this and go through the training.
Lastly, she briefly discussed that Faculty Social Hour will be February 21 in the Johnson Faculty Centre; she and Senator Wood will be at MAFS in Jefferson City, Missouri, from February 17-18; and that she will be going to a meeting on Friday to discuss retention.
Provost Eddleman reported that there are new appointments this spring: Dr. Charles McAllister is now the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Students; Dr. Dave Starrett has the added responsibility as Director of Institutional and Programmatic Accreditations; Dr. Allen Gathman is the Director of CSTL; Dr. Karie Hollerbach is the new chair of Department of Mass Media; Captain Michael Holt is the new chair of Department of Aerospace Studies; and Dr. Musa Olaka is the Assistant Director of Kent Library and Head of Information Services.
The Provost also reported that this semester, there will be two surveys coming out: the HERI(Higher Education Research Institute) and the Chronicle “Great Colleges to Work For.” The HERI survey is for faculty and will be out within the next few days, and the Chronicle survey is for faculty and staff and will be out in a couple of months.
He reported that he gave the Summer Proposals for the Grant Writing Workshop to Dr. Debbie Lee-DiStefano. She will be chairing the committee and they will be making recommendations for which ones will be funded. Those who do get funded will go through the Grant Writing Workshop this summer and once they have submitted their proposal, will get a $1,000 for Professional Development.
Provost Eddleman stated that last fall there were a lot of grade rosters not turned in on time. In the future, he stated that he wants a written explanation as to why the rosters weren’t turned in.
Lastly, he reported that the Governor has recommended a 5% increase to universities’ base budgets. He stated that the Governor requested special money for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and Mental Health fields.
Caleb Cockrill reported that the Student Government formed an elections committee; they will have special elections this coming week and they are taking any recommendations from faculty.
Academic Affairs- Senator Althaus reported that the committee will meet next week. They have been
working on Master Faculty Advisor status and will bring matters the following week
about the Faculty Handbook provisions and the Common Syllabus.
Compensation- Senator Dickson reported that the committee has been working on overload and part-time pay. They will also start the Budget Review cycle and they will work with the Governance Committee on the issues concerning Chairs and the compensation of Chairs.
Documents- Senator Clubbs reported that last semester they were able to get all of the backlog of the Faculty Senate archives completed and put in Kent Library. They will also work on the revisions of the Faculty Senate Constitution.
Governance- Senator Peng reported that the committee will meet next week and will take a closer look at the Department Chairs’ bills to maybe include Chair terms to the bills.
Professional Affairs- Senator Christensen reported that the committee met last week. There has been a proposal from CSTL to begin to put dossiers for promotion and tenure documents completely online. The idea as of right now is that there will be a phase-in for new hires only.
Membership- Senator Redmond had no report but he did want to thank all the committees for all the hard work they did last semester.
Senator Christensen moved to approve nine Emeritus bills for the following:
Roger C. Arpin
Douglas W. Atwood
M. Wayne Hoover
Mary V. Moore Johnson
Sarah A. Riley
Carol M. Scates
Jack L. Stokes
Terri J. Woods
These were seconded and all Emeritus bills were passed.
Senator Wood moved to adjourn. Senator Althaus seconded. The Faculty Senate meeting adjourned at 4:58 pm.
The next Faculty Senate meeting will be held on February 12, 2014 at 3:00 pm in the UC Missouriana/Redhawks Room.