Minutes - February 4, 2009
XLIII, No. 09
MINUTES OF THE FACULTY SENATE MEETING
February 4, 2009
The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday, February 4, 2009 in the Program Lounge of the University Center. The following Senators were present: Mary Elizabeth Ambery (Chair), Stephanie Chamberlain (Chair-Elect), Jim McGill (Membership Committee Chair), Rick Althaus, Carl Pracht (Alternate), David Briggs, Michael Cobb, Kathy Conway, Kevin Dickson, Marc Fulgham, Elaine Jackson, Don Jung, Mike Taylor (Alternate), Daniel MacLeay, David Naugler, Walt Paquin, Joyce Renaud, Albie Sautter, Sophia Scott, Rick Sebby, Kathy Smith, Seidu Sofo, Marc Strauss, Sven Svenson, Larry Underberg, Carol Veneziano, Haohao Wang, and Janice Ward. Administrative Liaison, Fred Janzow and Student Government Liaison, Craig LaChance, President Dobbins, Kathy Mangels, and Mona Hughey were also in attendance.
Absent and not represented by their alternates were Willie Redmond, and James Stapleton.
APPROVAL OF TVE MINUTES
Approval of minutes Volume XLIII-09 was moved and approved.
REPORT FROM THE CHAIR
Chair Ambery reported that there will be four members of the Faculty Senate going to the Missouri Association of Faculty Senates (MAFS) meeting February 9 and 10. Chair Ambery asked Senator Cobb to give a brief report on the expected agenda for the MAFS meeting. Senator Cobb reported that the main topic of discussion will be budget issues. Faculty Senators are scheduled to meet with State legislators on Tuesday.
Chair Ambery reported that special guests, President Dobbins, Kathy Mangels, and Mona Hughey, were in attendance to speak about the budget.
Chair Ambery reported that information regarding the FS Self-Survey and the HERI survey will be given during the report by Governance.
Chair Ambery indicated that Provost Stephens was unable to attend.
SPECIAL GUESTS: PRESIDENT DOBBINS, KATHY MANGELS, AND MONA HUGHEY
President Dobbins thanked the Senate for allowing him the opportunity to come speak about the budget. He indicated that the budget process will be a very interesting process because of the recession. He added that it will have an impact on every state in the union. He indicated that he speculates the budget proposal from Governor Nixon will not come out of legislation as he proposed. He indicated that he probably will not know what the budget will look like until April. President Dobbins indicated that they are taking steps to reduce expenditures now because it is important to be cautious as costs will continue to rise. He indicated that the brainstorming meetings are complete. Kathy Mangels and her staff are going to be putting the ideas that were gathered together on the web by category. Open forums will be held by category. He indicated that he is hopeful that they will know where the budget is by the end of the forums and can receive a recommendation from the Budget Review Committee. President Dobbins expressed his confidence in the budget review process.
President Dobbins indicated that he believes Southeast is in as good as shape as any other university because enrollment is up. He credited faculty for academic quality which is a factor for increased enrollment.
President Dobbins indicated that he believed he made a mistake in 1991 when he recommended to President Stroup that carryover moneys should be used to offset the budget crunch in 1991. He indicated that he will not use carryover moneys this time because carryover money is one-time money. He added that the budget crunch will not stop promotion and tenure.
Kathy Mangels indicated that Budget Review will meet Friday afternoon. They will be consolidating the idea list and taking the next steps towards budget forums. She added that the posting of all budget documents and impact statements will be on the President’s webpage. She invited individuals who were unable to attend the budget forums to send their suggestions to email@example.com.
President Dobbins indicated that he believed it is important to address the budget crunch as a University problem and not a faculty, staff, or student problem.
Senator McGill asked if the 25% withheld from college equipment monies was still going to be used for computer equipment upgrades for academic labs. Administrative Liaison, Dr. Janzow, indicated that the funds were still dedicated to the labs and equipment is now being ordered.
Senator Cobb expressed that he believes that carryover moneys should be used if it comes down to cutting permanent positions and that this involves individuals’ positions and careers. Dr. Dobbins indicated that carryover money is one-time dollars and only solves the problem for one year. He assured the Senate that it is difficult to talk about individuals losing positions and that he and the Board of Regents do not take it lightly. He added that he has always been cognitive of individuals’ positions and careers. He indicated that he would rather use the “rainy day fund” instead of carryover. Senator Cobb added that budget issues are usually short term. He noted that he believed the budget will recover, but trying to recover departments would be difficult and reiterated his position. President Dobbins indicated that he understood Dr. Cobb’s opinion and indicated that there would not be any across the board cuts. Dr. Cobb indicated that he would never agree to a Financial Emergency if non-position funds are not looked at.
Dr. Dobbins distributed a memo to the members of Faculty Senate from himself concerning Resolution 08-03. He indicated that he was extremely disappointed in the process the Faculty Senate used to approve the Resolution. He indicated that he has in the past and will continue to affirm that we need an open and collegial process. Dr. Dobbins expressed his appreciation for the collegial and open process used last year during the Tenure and Promotion Bill. He added that Resolution 08-03 is an example of the opposite. Dr. Dobbins added that when Faculty Senate went into Executive Session they did not allow administrators, student government, or the Arrow to participate and offer correct information. By suspending the rules Faculty Senate did not allow colleagues to talk to their constituents and negated fairness and the ability to debate. The Resolution accused the Provost of not supporting academic freedom. The President indicated that is a serious untrue accusation and hurts the University. Dr. Dobbins indicated that he is not opposed to the Faculty Senate passing resolutions, in fact, they should express their opinion, but is opposed to the process that was used with Resolution 08-03. He added that he believes Faculty Senate should probably not be having closed meetings unless it is a personnel or legal issue. He indicated that there are things in Resolution 08-03 that are not true that the Faculty Senate should have had an administrator present at the meeting to get the facts. Senator Cobb indicated that Faculty Senate went into closed session because they did not want to air their opinions openly and read the comments in the student newspaper or the Southeast Missourian.
President Dobbins, Dr. Janzow, Kathy Mangels, and Mona Hughey excused themselves from the meeting.
Senator Briggs indicated that he would like to state that collegiality is necessary but it did not appear to be a two-way street. Perhaps if Faculty Senate executive committee had been contacted or included at the time of the response to the complaint in the newspaper regarding the play, the resolution could have been avoided and would have been unnecessary.
Senator Ambery indicated that she has had numerous meetings discussing processes and in hindsight would have argued more strongly for the Senate to take more time on the consideration of the Resolution. Dr. McGill added that he believed the process should have been handled differently.
Senator Althaus indicated that he had met with Provost Stephens after a different meeting and she asked him to convey to the Senate that her feelings were hurt by the Resolution. She acknowledged that perhaps she may have spoken too much during previous meetings and would have left the meeting if asked. There was not need for a closed meeting.
REPORT FROM THE STUDENT GOVERNMENT LIAISON
Craig LaChance introduced himself as the new Student Government (SG) Liaison representing the School of Visual and Performing Arts. He reported that the chair of Student Issues is meeting with Facilities Management to discuss putting in filtered water around campus. The purpose is to cut down on plastic bottle usage and take a lead in going green. He reported that Student Government posted a survey about a proposed clock tower. Mr. LaChance reported that student elections are coming up. Last, he reported that Ms. Kathy Mangels spoke to the SG about many of the same issues concerning the budget.
LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE REPORTS
Senator Scott indicated that Professional Affairs did not have a report. They have been unable to meet due to the weather.
Senator Veneziano indicated that Academic Affairs did not have a report. They have been unable to meet due to the weather.
Senator Ward indicated that the Documents Committee did not have a report. They have been unable to meet due to the weather.
Senator Sautter, Chair of the Governance Committee, reported that the Committee is putting the final touches on the Faculty Senate Self-Survey summary. She reported that the Committee is working on a help page to assist people in the process involved when filing a grievance.
Senator Conway reported that results from the HERI survey are immense. A sub-committee has been formed to compare the results with other four-year institutions. They hope to have the results together by the next meeting.
Senator McGill, Chair of the Membership Committee, reported that there is a non-senator vacancy on the Professional Affairs Committee from the College of Education..
Senator Naugler indicated that Compensation did not have a report. They have not been able to meet due to the weather.
There was no old business to consider.
There was no new business to consider.
The motion to adjourn was recognized and approved at 4:30 p.m.
The next Faculty Senate Meeting will be February 18, 2009, in the University Center Program Lounge at 3:00 p.m.
Approved February 18, 2009