Minutes - May 4, 2005
Vol. XL, No. 2
MINUTES OF THE FACULTY SENATE MEETING
May 4, 2005
The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday, May 4, 2005 in the Missouriana Room of the University Center. The following Senators were present: James Champine (Chair), Michael Cobb (Chair-Elect), David Smith (Membership Committee Chair), Rick Althaus, Mary Elizabeth Ambery, David Baird, Mary Ann DeLine, Kim Dillivan, Priscilla Hornby, Elaine Jackson, Daniel MacLeay, Jim McGill, Bruce Mims, Carolyn Rainey, David Reinheimer, Marc Strauss, HaoHao Wang, Pat Willingham, Xuesong Zhang, and Min Zou. Senate Secretary Paula Cunningham was absent due to illness.
Also in attendance were Provost Jane Stephens (Administrative Liaison), Heather Valle (Student Government Liaison), and Dr. Irene Ferguson, Dean of Students. Special Guests included Professional Advising Staff members Mishea Culbreath (Business), Amanda Eller (Polytech), Dana Daniel (University Studies), and Joe Huskey (Education).
Absent, and not represented by their Alternates, were Ronald Clayton, Marc Fulgham, Kathy Gilliland, Arrick Jackson, Cheryl Milde, Jayanti Ray, Bonnie Stepenoff, Rebecca Summary, and Martha Zlokovich.
APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES
The motion (Strauss/Smith) to approve Vol. XXXIX No. 15 of the minutes was passed. Later in the meeting, minutes Vol. XL No. 1 were also approved.
REPORT FROM THE CHAIR
Chair Champine began by distributing a list of senators. He congratulated the Provost on her 20 years of service to the University and others recognized in the May 1st Service Recognition Ceremony. He thanked Senators Arrick Jackson, Mary Ann Deline, and Mike Cobb for volunteering to act as ushers at the ceremony. He reported that the Provost had agreed to the Senate Reform Recommendation to increase release time from 1/4 to 1/2 for the Chair and to 1/4 for the Chair-Elect. He reported on one item from the Administrative Council where faculty holding grants should take part in Banner Finance training if they are account custodians in order to learn how to electronically authorize payments.
The President has agreed to have Drs. Christina Frazier and Dennis Holt conduct a salary study to assess the effects of salary compression. They will complete the analysis over the summer and meet with the Senate Compensation Committee in the fall to discuss the methods and the findings. The Chair also distributed data from the President about average faculty salaries relative to other institutions and median faculty salaries over the past 12 years. The data were for informational purposes only.
Chair-Elect Cobb reported on the status of the Senate webpage(s). One has been maintained in FrontPage software on the www2 server, while the "official" site is to be completed using Red Dot software on the main server. He will be working to move all web pages to the main site using Red Dot.
REPORT FROM THE ADMINISTRATIVE LIAISON
The Provost congratulated and thanked faculty senators honored at the Recognition Ceremony.
In relation to Senate reform, the Provost commented that although it started as a controversial process, it is close to being fully implemented. In doing so, it has strengthened the Senate and enhanced its reputation. Part of the reform has included regular meetings between the Senate Executive Committee and the Provost and President. She urged senators to maintain communication with their colleagues and seek their feedback.
With regards to training with the new Banner software, the Provost indicated that the Deans and the Provost will be going through the training. Faculty members that will be account custodians, such as GRFC grant holders, should seek out the University Training and Development Website and enroll for Banner navigation and electronic signature training. She also dispelled a rumor that there was a "freeze” on new computer purchases. She did indicate that there is a backlog of new installation orders that is compounded by Banner implementation, problems with e-mail, and efforts at the Higher Education Centers.
The Provost was happy to announce a partnership with Chinese Hunan Normal University and Sichuan Normal University. Students would complete 1 year in China, 2 years at Southeast, and their final year in China, and receive a joint degree from both Universities. This partnership could result in 16 students. She indicated that there are still issues regarding visas for foreign students as a result of the events of 9-11, but the government has indicated more willingness to favor students. Another partnership is being developed in the College of Science and Mathematics with students from India, but that partnership is in the hands of the College.
REPORT FROM THE STUDENT GOVERNMENT LIAISON
It was announced, to the great approval of the senators that Heather Valle will continue as Student Government Liaison. She indicated that SG had adjourned on April 25th, and recounted some of the accomplishments of the past year.
SPECIAL ACTION ITEM – RESOLUTION ON COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP
With the consent of the senators, a measure of new business to allow the Membership Committee members to serve on other legislative committees was considered. The senators voted to suspend the rules to allow consideration in one day. Resolution 05-01 passed unanimously.
ELECTION OF MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE CHAIR
The Senate took a brief recess while members of the Membership Committee caucused to select a chair. Dr. David Smith was selected.
In lieu of LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE REPORTS, the "organizational” function of the meeting was completed by polling senators for the legislative committee on which they wished to serve. Chair Champine distributed a roster of senators currently serving on each committee and suggested a guideline of 4-5 senators on each committee, allowing up to an equal number of non-senators to participate. Senator Reinheimer cited Section 7.5504 of the bylaws which suggests the goal that each college, school, and Kent library be represented on each committee. This guideline was acknowledged, given that there are vast differences between numbers of senators from these units.
A vote was taken to suspend the rules to consider a new Bill 05-A-03 that would change the faculty handbook, under faculty responsibilities, to call for Interim Grade reports at the 8th week of the semester instead of the 6th week. The rules were suspended, and the motion in favor of the bill was made (Althaus/Smith). In the discussion, it was pointed out that this revision was in response to a similar bill by the Student Government and a resolution by the previous senate in support of that bill. Dr. Irene Ferguson expressed her support of the students' motion and mentioned that she had wanted the previous 3-year policy to be completed before any changes were made. Mishea Culbreath and the other members of the Professional Advising Staff contributed to the discussion. The problem of sending a letter to each student receiving an unsatisfactory grade in time for the 10-week drop date was identified as a burden placed upon staff. Nonetheless, they indicated their support. The measure passed with 2 dissenting votes.
A bill distributed April 20th relating to the student evaluation of teaching policy was considered. Senator Althaus, Chair of the Professional Affairs Committee, recounted the actions of the committee including meeting with the Provost, the President of Student Government, and Dr. Starrett of the Center for Scholarship in Teaching and Learning and surveying the faculty on their opinions of the policies and the IDEA instrument. He summarized the committee's report leading to the recommendation for action in the form of the bill. The bill would do away with the requirement for a nationally-normed instrument to be used. The Provost indicated that the President would not recommend to the Board any policy that did not include a single, nationally-normed student evaluation of teaching. The senators then undertook a thorough debate of the matter including the possibility of meeting again to discuss it. Aspects considered included how this recommendation would affect accreditation, what would be the effects on future cooperation with the administration, and what this recommendation would indicate about the unity of the Senate. Being late in the meeting, the quorum was tested and found to be still intact. In the end the question was called (Baird), and the motion carried. There was a call to sample the house (Rainey), and by show of hands, the motion carried 14-2.
Due to the lateness of the hour, no new business was considered. The provisional meeting for May 11th was cancelled.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:15 PM
Approved August 31, 2005