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Minutes - October 15, 2008

XLIII, No. 05

MINUTES OF THE FACULTY SENATE MEETING

October 15, 2008

The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday, October 15, 2008, in the University Center Missouriana Room. The following Senators were present: Mary Elizabeth Ambery (Chair), Stephanie Chamberlain (Chair-Elect), Jim McGill (Membership Chair), Al Hayward (Alternate), Julie Banks, David Briggs, Michael Cobb, Larry Bohannon (Alternate), Marc Fulgham, 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, Larry Underberg, Carol Veneziano, Haohao Wang, Janice Ward, and Debbie Beard (Alternate). Administrative Liaison, Fred Janzow was also in attendance.

Absent and not represented by his alternate was Kevin Dickson.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

Approval of minutes Volume XLII-04 was moved by Senator Strauss and seconded by Senator Redmond. The minutes were approved with minor amendments.

REPORT FROM THE CHAIR

Chair Ambery reported that the Carpooling Committee is scheduled to meet next Tuesday at 1:30 PM. She invited Senators to attend.

Chair Ambery indicated that she did not have a report from the Council of Deans or Administrative Council. Both meetings were cancelled and rescheduled for dates later in the month.

Chair Ambery reported that the Faculty Senate (FS) Executive Committee met with the Provost concerning the Tenure and Promotion Form. The Provost has agreed to the changes recommended by the Professional Affairs Committee. She indicated that the Provost would like the Council of Deans and the President to review the Form. Chair Ambery indicated that the FS Executive Committee and the Provost agreed to review and evaluate the use of the Form in one year.

Senator Cobb asked if the Senate will get to approve the Form before implementation. Chair Ambery explained that the Form is an administrative document and therefore it will not go before the Senate for final approval. Senator Chamberlain indicated that since the Form came from the Professional Affairs Committee, she believed the Senate should review and give the final approval on the Form. Chair Ambery indicated that she will email a draft of the Form to the Senate to allow them a final review.

Chair Ambery reminded the Senate of the New Faculty Reception on October 22 and invited all to attend.

Chair Ambery reported that Senator Althaus has agreed to serve as Parliamentarian.

REPORT FROM THE ADMINISTRATIVE LIAISON

Dr. Fred Janzow reported that there are a number of faculty who are eligible for retirement within the next few years. He indicated that the Southeast Missourian reported on the issue. However, they reported the number of instructors incorrectly. Dr. Janzow indicated that approximately 85% of the credit hours at the University are taught by full time faculty.

Senator Cobb indicated that he would like to see custodial services restored back to the pre-cut budget level. Senator Cobb indicated that the blackboards in the sciences are extremely dirty; making it difficult for students to read what is written on the boards. He indicated that he contacted Facilities to try to get the blackboards cleaned and was advised that staffing would not allow for that, but they supplied tools for cleaning the blackboards. Dr. Janzow indicated that he would speak to Kathy Mangels about the issue.

STUDENT GOVERNMENT LIAISON

Student Government Liaison, Mark Wilhelm, was unable to attend.

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE REPORTS

Professional Affairs

Senator Scott, Chair of Professional Affairs, reported that the Committee had a resolution to present concerning tenured, not promoted and promoted, not tenured faculty that will be brought to the Senate under New Business.

Senator Scott reported that the briefing sessions are being well attended and good discussion is coming from the sessions. She indicated that there will be a Wednesday session scheduled after fall break.

Senator Scott reported that the Committee will meet on October 22nd after the New Faculty Reception.

Senator Scott reported that Senator Althaus is drafting a letter to the President addressing the non-discrimination policy.

Senator Scott reported that Professional Affairs is looking to update the Sabbatical Leave Policy.

Academic Affairs

Senator Veneziano, Chair of Academic Affairs, reported that she met with Dr. Dave Starrett and has been informed that all bullets indicated in Bill 08-A-08 are feasible. She indicated that CSTL will collect the data in the spring so that it is available to students in the fall. She reported that Drs. Holt and Starrett have indicated that they will let the President know that the Bill is feasible.

Senator Veneziano reported that the Committee is scheduled to meet with Textbook Services and discuss the issues behind renting or buying textbooks. Senator Smith indicated that Mark Wilhelm, the Student Government (SG) Liaison, conveyed the concerns of the Senate to the SG concerning textbook rentals. The members of the SG were not in agreement with eliminating textbook rentals. Senator Veneziano indicated that they are not looking to eliminate textbook rentals, but instead looking at the possibility of students having the option to buy or rent. She asked that questions that the Senators would like Academic Affairs to ask Textbook Services be emailed to her.

Senator Veneziano distributed a questionnaire about Common Hour. She asked Senators to review the questionnaire and offer their feedback.

Documents

Senator Ward, Chair of the Documents Committee, reported that she did not receive any feedback from Senators on the issue of the wording in the Handbook concerning the reporting chain. She indicated that the Committee will meet next week to decide how to proceed.

Governance

Senator Sautter, Chair of the Governance Committee, reported that the Committee is working on summarizing the data from the Faculty Senate Survey.

Membership

The Membership Committee did not have a report.

Compensation

Senator Naugler, Chair of Compensation, reported that Chris Frazier met with the Committee and discussed salary data.

MAFS REPORT

Senator Cobb reported that he and Dr. Ambery attended the Missouri Association of Faculty Senates (MAFS) meeting. MAFS is a collection of all four-year Senates. Senator Cobb reported that Robert Stein addressed the body on issues in Higher Education. Some of the issues addressed were 1) the President at Truman resigned, 2) AAUP had reportedly increased memberships in Missouri and Kansas, 3) most institutions reported a substantial pay increase, and 4) encouragement of financial transparency among universities.

Dr. Ambery encouraged the Senate body to take at look at the MAFS website. There is a link to the MAFS site on the Faculty Senate webpage.

NEW BUSINESS

Senator MacLeay indicated that the attendance reporting system does not include VA attendance reports. He indicated that he believed it is risky relying on individual emails for that reporting. He suggested giving the issue to an appropriate FS committee to look into the reporting system and updating it to include VA attendance reporting as well.

Senator Scott distributed a resolution regarding implementation of Faculty Senate Bill 08-A-04 as it relates to faculty who have been granted tenure without promotion or promotion without tenure. The resolution will be brought back for the Senate's consideration at the next Senate meeting.


OLD BUSINESS

Chair Ambery asked the Compensation Committee to address the “Salary Data” issues brought before the Senate by Senator Sebby. She postponed discussion on the additional issues in his memo relating to “Faculty Handbook and Governance” and “Advocacy” until the next Senate meeting.

Senator Cobb indicated that he would like to see the Board of Regents meeting dates and locations be posted sooner. He indicated that many faculty are unaware of the meeting times because of the short awareness. Dr. Janzow indicated that the schedule of meetings are chosen well in advance. He indicated that there may be some discomfort in posting the meet times and locations too far in advance because they are tentative. He indicated that he would check on it. Senator Cobb asked if the Board book could be posted online. Dr. Janzow indicated that he would check on that also.

The Senate moved to executive session.

Senator Journet made a motion to approve a bill seconded by Senator Scott to grant emeritus status to Gene R. Brunkhorst and Victor H. Gummersheimer. The motion passed unanimously.

ADJOURNMENT

The motion to adjourn (Naugler/Journet) was recognized and approved at 4:25 p.m.

The next Faculty Senate Meeting will be November 05, 2008, in the University Center Missouriana Room at 3:00 p.m.

Approved November 5, 2008

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