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Minutes - September 17, 2008

XLIII, No. 03

MINUTES OF THE FACULTY SENATE MEETING

September 17, 2008

The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday, September 17, 2008, in the University Center Program Lounge. The following Senators were present: Mary Elizabeth Ambery (Chair), Stephanie Chamberlain (Chair-Elect), Jim McGill (Membership Chair), Rick Althaus, Julie Banks, David Briggs, Michael Cobb, Kathy Conway, Kevin Dickson, Elaine Jackson, Alan Journet, Daniel MacLeay, David Naugler, Walt Paquin, Willie Redmond, Joyce Renaud, Albie Sautter, Sophia Scott, Rick Sebby, Kathy Smith, Seidu Sofo, Marc Strauss, Sven Svenson, Don Jung (Alternate), Carol Veneziano, Haohao Wang, and Janice Ward. Provost Stephens was also in attendance.

Absent and not represented by their departments were Marc Fulgham and Jill Young.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

Approval of minutes Volume XLII-20 was moved by Senator Journet and seconded by Senator Strauss. The minutes were approved.

Approval of minutes Volume XLIII-01 was moved by Senator Journet and seconded by Senator Jung. The minutes were approved.

Approval of minutes Volume XLIII-02 was moved by Senator Journet and seconded by Senator Chamberlain. The minutes were approved.

REPORT FROM THE CHAIR

Chair Ambery reported that she and Senators Chamberlain and McGill attended nearly all of the University level meetings to affirm Faculty Senate presence over the summer months. She indicated that they received many positive comments about their presence and contributions to meetings on behalf of Faculty Senate and faculty at large.

Chair Ambery reported that she would like the Senate to focus on Renewing the Academy through resolutions and bills that improve communication, shared governance, and compensation for all faculty.

Chair Ambery reported that in an effort to facilitate the tenure and promotion processes in line with the new Tenure and Promotion Policy, a new form was developed with the help of many senators and the Provost. She indicated that the Senate will review the form in New Business. The Council of Deans reviewed the form this morning. After review from the Senate, the form will be taken to the Chairs and then be ready to be placed on the web.

Chair Ambery reported that there appears to be a need for workshops across the University in order to enhance understanding of the new Tenure and Promotion Policy.

Chair Ambery reported that Administrative Council addressed the following issues over the summer:
Continued State funding relative to Career Linkages and “experiential learning”
Outsourcing the Student Health Center, which faculty may also us
Outsourcing printing needs
ID theft
Strategic Planning
The Autism Center
Increased diversity among new faculty
Increased student enrollment and attendant issues

REPORT FROM THE ADMINISTRATIVE LIAISON

Provost Stephens reported that she had a series of meetings that she needed Senators to take note of. The President will be giving the State of the University Address tomorrow, September 18, at 3:45 PM. She encouraged Senators to attend. The Board will be meeting in St. Louis September 26. The President and Provost will be meeting with each college council and with faculty to improve communication. There will be Strategic Planning forums held on every Wednesday this fall. They will be held in different locations around campus. The schedule of forums will be given out during the State of the University Address. Last, Provost Stephens encouraged faculty to attend the Anthenaeum Series every Wednesday at noon in Kent Library. ”

Senator Paquin expressed his concern about media being present at the forums and faculty and staff feeling open to speak freely. Chair Ambery asked Senator Redmond to convey his concern to the Strategic Planning Committee.

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE REPORTS

Professional Affairs

Senator Scott, Chair of Professional Affairs, reported that the Committee met and agreed on eight agenda items for the upcoming year:
1.To prepare recommendations to the Senate for implementation of the new Tenure and Promotion Policy, and to volunteer to inform various faculty groups about the new provisions.
2.As a part of the above, to constitute a Task Force, including various faculty members from CSTL and faculty across the university to explore and evaluate the use of voluntary reporting of Student Evaluation of Instruction data for tenure and promotion. (in collaboration with Academic Affairs)
3.To study and make recommendations regarding possible changes to existing Faculty Development Policy.
4.To continue to monitor and advocate regarding the Senate's positions on the issues of Student Evaluation of Instruction & Nondiscrimination regarding sexual orientation
5.Continue the routine processing of recommendations concerning Emeritus status for retiring faculty
6.To study and make recommendations regarding possible changes to new Tenure and Promotion policy regarding promoted but not tenured & tenured but not promoted faculty.
7.To study and make recommendations regarding possible changes to existing Faculty Sabbatical Leave Policy.
8.To study the procedure of hiring intermediate and/or temporary chairs and deans.


Academic Affairs

Senator Veneziano, Chair of Academic Affairs, reported that the Committee will be looking at statistical data evaluations. She indicated that the Committee will be looking at what each department is using for evaluations.

Senator Veneziano indicating that the Committee will continue to look at the issues surrounding Common Hour.

Documents

Senator Ward, Chair of the Documents Committee, reported that the Committee had not yet met. They are scheduled to meet next Wednesday.

Governance

Senator Sautter, Chair of the Governance Committee, reported that the Committee met and discussed goals for the upcoming year. She indicated that the Committee will further analyze the faculty senate survey and the exploration of collective bargaining.

Membership

Senator McGill, Chair of the Membership Committee, reported that he is working towards a better way of disseminating committee openings. Information Technology is looking into separating the Faculty News List by department.

Senator McGill made a motion to approve the proposed Faculty Senate Legislative and Reporting Committee assignments for 2008-2009. The motion was seconded by Senator Althaus. Corrections were made and the assignments were approved. Senator McGill indicated that he would send a revised committee list to senators.

Compensation

Senator Naugler, Chair of Compensation, reported that the committee will be looking at salary compression and attending the Budget Review Committee meetings. Provost Stephens recommended considering a raise for the part-time faculty when submitting compensation requests.
Chair Ambery indicated that the President and the Provost both agreed to attend committee meetings if requested.

OLD BUSINESS

Senator Ambery distributed the Recommendation Form for Tenure and Promotion, Promotion and Post-Professorial Merit for review. Discussion was held regarding including the departmental criteria point-by-point. The Provost indicated that she would not support putting each criteria point-by-point. Senator Conway indicated that she believed the form did not meet the Professional Affairs original intent. She made a motion to send the form back to Professional Affairs. The motion was seconded by Senator Redmond. The motion passed.

Senator Ambery indicated that the President is ready to sign Consumer Information Bill 08-A-08, however he would like the Senate to confirm that IT can implement the policy.

NEW BUSINESS

Senator Sebby distributed a document outlining issues he would like the Senate to consider (Attachment A).

The Senate moved to executive session.

Senator Scott made a motion to approve a bill seconded by Senator Redmond to grant emeritus status to Jack L. Sterrett. The motion passed unanimously.

ADJOURNMENT

The motion to adjourn (Journet/Redmond) was recognized and approved at 5:15 p.m.

The next Faculty Senate Meeting will be October 1, 2008, in the University Center Missouriana Room at 3:00 p.m.

Approved October 1, 2008


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