Minutes - February 4, 2004
Approved by the Faculty Senate February 18, 2004 Vol. XXXVIII, No. 11
MINUTES OF THE FACULTY SENATE MEETING
February 4, 2004
The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday, February 4, 2004, in the Missouriana Room of the University Center. The following Senators were present: Paul Lloyd (presiding), Susan Swartwout, Rusty Curtis, Rick Althaus, David Bibb, James Champine, Ronald Clayton, Michael Cobb, Daniel Dunavan, Roy Farris, Craig Elder, Kathy Gilliland, Bruce Hathaway, Linda Heitman, Ted Loso, Anne Marietta, Cheryl Milde, Bruce Mims, David Naugler, Craig Roberts, Nicholas Tibbs, Mohan Tikoo, Larry Underberg, and Min Zou.
Alternates Daniel MacLeay and David Smith and non-voting Senate Representative Michael Best from the Department of Agriculture were also present. Provost Jane Stephens, Student Government President Adam Schaefer, Student Government Liaison Ryan Kloeppel, and Senate Secretary Paula Cunningham also attended.
Absent, and not represented by their Alternates, were Janice Chadha, Al Hayward, Arrick Jackson, and Terry Sutton.
APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES
The Minutes of December 17, 2003 (Vol. XXXVIII, No. 10), were approved with editorial changes.
REPORT FROM THE CHAIR
Chair Lloyd reported on the following items:
The Administrative Council met on January 27. Name changes for Universities is a prominent item in Jefferson City; however, there has been no discussion about changing Southeast’s name as of yet.
The University Planning Committee has met twice regarding the University Mission Statement revision.
The Chairs and Deans met and discussed procedures for hiring international faculty,
The budget review process has started and would be discussed later in the agenda.
Chair Lloyd, Chair-elect & Voting Representative Swartwout and Senator Roberts attended the Missouri Association of Faculty Senates (MAFS) Meeting in Jefferson City on February 2 and 3.
REPORT ON THE MAFS MEETING
Susan Swartwout presented the report for the group participating in the MAFS meeting. They met with legislative leaders and discussed budget-related matters and higher education issues. Senator Steelman said she supported closing some of Missouri's higher education institutions since the cost to the state is too great. House Bill 1242 may be interpreted as allowing junior colleges to offer upper-level courses that would have to be accepted by the university as transfer credit. The Senate has introduced a bill placing a faculty member on the Board of Regents as a non-voting representative, and it is hoped that such a bill also will be sponsored in the House.
Senator Roberts reported discussing taxes dedicated for education with Missouri Senator Bill Foster and Missouri Representative Otto Bean. Missouri Senator Foster suggested a temporary income tax for education that would be phased out at a rate of 10% each year with a moratorium of the phase out in years of budget difficulty. Missouri Representative Bean suggested a one-cent sales tax dedicated specifically for education.
COMPENSATION COMMITTEE REPORT
Senator Tibbs reported that the Compensation Committee had been meeting with the other two groups and has another meeting scheduled for Thursday. The three groups have agreed to ask for a 2.5% raise and a one time $750 cost of living increase for faculty and staff.
Senator Tibbs reported that the budget review marathon meeting will be February 13. Senator Tibbs moved and Senator Farris seconded a motion that the Faculty Senate approve the 2.5% raise and $750 cost of living increase as well as the authorization for the committee to negotiate on the Senate’s behalf at this meeting. The motion passed.
Senator Heitman, co-chair of the Health Insurance Committee, reported that the Committee had requested proposals from providers, and those that have been received will be reviewed the week of February 16th. A consultant should be chosen by February 20th. There will be an open forum scheduled to inform employees about the various proposals.
REPORT FROM THE ADMINISTRATIVE LIAISON
Provost Stephens expressed her thanks to Chair Lloyd for attending the Deans’ and Chairs’ Councils. She commented that the deans and Faculty Senate have many issues in common.
Regarding the mission statement review, she reported the committee is trying to agree on the Mission Role and Scope paragraph. The current Mission and Scope statement lists eight items that the committee agreed not to itemize in the revised version because these items essentially make the University all things to all people.
Provost Stephens stated that she wants to make it very clear that the purpose of revisiting the Mission Statement is not to use it against any programs in future program reviews. It will only be used to reallocate funding toward certain programs.
The web site of the Provost’s Office will have a link to current drafts of the revised mission statement.
REPORT FROM THE STUDENT GOVERNMENT LIAISON
Ryan Kloeppel, Student Government Liaison, reported that at the first Student Government Association meeting of the semester, India Jeffries was officially introduced as the new Student Representative to the Board of Regents. Ms. Jeffries will begin her term at the conclusion of Laura Hockensmith’s term.
At the February 2 meeting of the Student Government, the Student Government approved the appointment of Myia Wood to the newly created position of student advocate. The student advocate plays an advisory role for students charged in violations of the Student Code of Conduct. John Weber from Information Technology also reported paper usage is projected to decrease from 3.3 million pieces of paper last year to 1.3 million this year, resulting in $80,000 of savings that will stay in the Student Technology Fund and be utilized on other projects. Mr. Weber said only 98 students exceeded their 300 allotted sheets for printing.
The Student Association of Missouri (SAM) is sponsoring "Storm the Capital" on February 18th. This event gives students the chance to interact with and voice their concerns to their representatives and senators. Faculty are asked to encourage students to attend this event.
Student Government President Adam Schaefer presented results from a survey conducted during the Fall Semester, which addressed the issue of why students attend Southeast.
Senator Tikoo, chair of the Committee, did not present a report.
Senator Marietta, chair of the Committee, did not present a report.
Senator Roberts, chair of the Committee, reported that the Committee met on January 21 and 28.
At the January 21 meeting, the Committee discussed the time table for Senate elections. It is hoped that more contested elections will be the result of providing earlier notification of Senate vacancies to faculty. It was agreed to meet jointly with the Professional Affairs Committee on January 28 to discuss the implementation of the Promotion and Tenure policies.
The report of the January 28 meeting is filed under the Professional Affairs report.
Senator Curtis, chair of the Committee, reported that the Committee is looking at strategies for creating more contested Senate elections and for making appointments to the Senate Reporting and Legislative Committees and University Standing Committees that will fill vacant positions by the end of the Spring semester.
Senator Roberts said that he believes that the perceived lack of value to serving on the Senate and various other committees is the principal reason for few contested elections. Until that culture is changed, extending the election timeline will have little or no effect regarding the number of contested elections. Provost Stephens stated that Dr. David Starrett, Director of the Center for Scholarship in Teaching and Learning, is drafting a revised Teacher-Scholar Model that defines service very broadly and explicitly states it as one of the components of the model. In the current Teacher-Scholar Model, service is only implied. Senator Naugler commented that this would be a move away from the Boyer Model. The Provost commented that the Boyer Model clearly defines scholarship; however, it does not define service. It is the intent of the revised Teacher-Scholar Model to make service an important component of the model, not to diminish scholarship.
Senator Althaus, chair of the Committee, reported that the Committee met with the Governance Committee on January 28. The Governance Committee was concerned that some of the committees or individuals who are involved in the tenure and promotion process may not be following the policies. As a result of this meeting, the Committees agreed to the following.
The Professional Affairs Committee will meet later this semester with the various Promotion and Tenure Committees, deans, and department chairs to hear their comments and suggestions regarding the new Promotion and Tenure Policies and the first iteration of the implementation of these policies.
Senator Hayward had prepared for the Governance Committee an Executive Summary of major points in the Tenure Policy, and the Professional Affairs Committee agreed to prepare an Executive summary of the Promotion Policy. Ultimately, it is hoped that a brief one-page summary of the major points in each policy will be available for individuals and committees involved in the tenure and promotion process.
The Professional Affairs Committee agreed to identify inconsistencies in the two policies regarding various reports, such as semester and annual reports on progress for tenure and promotion.
The Committees agreed that faculty should encourage colleagues who feel they are not being treated in accordance with the Tenure and Promotion Policies to avail themselves of the appropriate appeal procedures.
The Committees agreed that faculty should be recruited to serve on various promotion and tenure committees who are committed to following the stated policies.
The Committees agreed that senior departmental faculty and departmental committees should more effectively mentor junior faculty regarding promotion and tenure. Some problems may be avoided if senior faculty take seriously a commitment to communicate with junior faculty about tenure and promotion and successfully navigating the processes.
The Governance Committee will continue to observe the implementation of the Promotion and Tenure Policies from their perspective and share with the Professional Affairs Committee any additional evidence of noncompliance.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:00 p.m.
The next Faculty Senate meeting will be Wednesday, February 18, 2004, in the Missouriana Room in the Missouriana Room of the University Center.