Minutes - April 30, 2008
XLII, No. 19
MINUTES OF THE FACULTY SENATE MEETING
April 30, 2008
The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday, April 30, 2008, in the University Center Party Room. The following Senators were present: Martha Zlokovich (Chair), Jim McGill (Membership Chair), Rick Althaus, Michelle Brune (Alternate), Julie Banks, David Briggs, Stephanie Chamberlain, Michael Cobb, Kathy Conway, Kim Dillivan, Marc Fulgham, Benjie Heu, Priscilla Hornby, Gabriel Eckart (Alternate), Jayanti Ray, Willie Redmond, Albie Sautter, Sophia Scott, David Smith, Seidu Sofo, Marc Strauss, Alan Journet (Alternate), Carol Veneziano, Haohao Wang, Janice Ward, Debbie Beard (Alternate), and Xuesong Zhang. President Dobbins and Provost Stephens were also in attendance.
Absent and not represented by an alternate were Elaine Jackson and Larry Underberg.
DISTRIBUTION OF THE MINUTES
Minutes 42-17 and 42-18 were distributed electronically. They will be on the agenda for approval May 7, 2008.
REPORT FROM THE PRESIDENT
The President indicated that he believed the Tenure and Promotion Bill was very close to being passed. He indicated that he may have contributed to some confusion during the last Faculty Senate meeting which led to an issue in the revised Bill that he wanted to discuss. He indicated that he agreed with the version passed by the Senate on April 16th more than the latest version as it relates to negative recommendations given through the promotion and tenure process. The President indicated that he believed the promotion and tenure process should stop after the candidate receives two consecutive negative recommendations after the dossier leaves the department which would allow four no's in a row starting with the Department Committee. This means that with no's from the Department Committee, Chair, and College Committee, the application would stop with a fourth no from the Dean, but continue with a yes from the Dean. He indicated that he would also like the Provost and the University Committee to be classified as two different levels. After discussion, the President agreed to withdraw this request. If the two negative recommendations came from the University Committee or the Provost, he would like the candidate to be able to appeal in person to the President. Senator Conway suggested an exception be made for the person going up for tenure in her or his final year. She indicated that she believed that candidate should have an opportunity to request a review by the University Committee if there were four no's before that level. The Senate held discussion, including the issue regarding two consecutive no's at the Dean and University Committee level, which apparently would stop the application with no other opportunity for review or appeal. After these discussions with the Senate, the President agreed to the suggestion.
The President indicated that he believed both the Dean and the Faculty Senate should be taken out of the election process for the University Promotion and Sabbatical Leave Committee. After further discussion, language was agreed upon.
Provost Stephens indicated that Merit Pay Policy needed to be changed to reflect the same wording in the Tenure and Promotion policy as it relates to the candidate being able to appeal to the President.
The President thanked the Faculty Senate Executives, the Professional Affairs Committee members, and the Faculty Senate for their work on the two policies. He indicated that he believed the process was very productive and collegial. The President and the Provost excused themselves from the meeting.
Senator Althaus moved to consider the revisions discussed and moved to consider final passage of the Faculty Merit Pay Policy. Senator Fulgham seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Senator Althaus made a motion, seconded by Senator Journet, to accept revisions to the Tenure and Promotion Policy as it relates to the "final review.” The motion passed unanimously. Senator Althaus made a motion, seconded by Senator Chamberlain, to accept revisions to the Tenure and Promotion Policy as it relates to removing the Faculty Senate from the election process for the University Promotion and Sabbatical Leave Committee and add into the process the College Committee Chair and one College Committee member. The motion passed unanimously. Senator Althaus made a motion, seconded by Senator Ray, to change "emphasized” to "specialized” focus on page 6. The motion passed unanimously. Senator Althaus made a motion to approve the Bill, seconded by Senator Redmond. The motion passed with 26 for and 1 opposed.
Senator Althaus made a motion to approve two bills granting emeritus status to Edwin R Keller and Robert Zeller. The motion was seconded by Senator Journet. The motion passed unanimously.
Senator McGill reported that the next Faculty Senate meeting will be an organizational meeting to elect the chair-elect and the Membership Committee. The Membership Committee will then meet to elect the Membership Chair. The Committee will then work to populate the Legislative and Reporting Committees. Senator McGill encouraged the Senators to express a preference for committee assignments before next Wednesday, May 7.
The motion to adjourn (Scott/Fulgham) was recognized and approved at 5:10 p.m.
The next Faculty Senate Meeting will be May 7, 2008, in the University Center Party Room at 3:00 p.m.
Approved May 7, 2008