Minutes - November 3, 2004
Vol. XXXIX, No. 7
MINUTES OF THE FACULTY SENATE MEETING
November 3, 2004
The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday, in the Missouriana Room of the University Center. The following Senators were present: Susan Swartwout (presiding), James Champine, Bruce Hathaway, Rick Althaus, Mary Elizabeth Ambery, Janice Chadha, Ronald Clayton, Michael Cobb, Mary Ann DeLine, Marc Fulgham, Linda Heitman, Daniel MacLeay, Bruce Mims, David Naugler, David Smith, Bonnie Stepenoff, Marc Strauss, Mohan Tikoo, Pat Willingham, Martha Zlokovich, and Min Zou. Senate Secretary Paula Cunningham was also present. Provost Stephens, Student Government Representative Heather Valle, and Larry Underberg also attended.
Absent, and not represented by their Alternates, were David Baird, Kathy Gilliland, Arrick Jackson, Cheryl Milde, Carolyn Rainey, Kevin Squibb, Rebecca Summary, and Mack Wilson.
APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES
The Vol. XXXIX No. 6 Minutes of October 20, 2004, were approved with editorial changes. (Zlokovich/Strauss).
REPORT FROM THE CHAIR
Chair Swartwout reported on the recent Board of Regents Meeting:
# Jim Cook, the new Human Resources Director, was introduced at the meeting. It was reported that in the next five years approximately 400 employees will be eligible to retire.
# The Bachelor of General Studies agreement has been signed at the St. Louis schools. It will be piloted in the Spring of 2005 with a small group and full force in the Fall.
# The Board approved a pre-medicare medical premium subsidy for retirees that is based on 1% per years of service subject to a floor of 80% of the actual premium.
# The KRCU Tower expansion program was approved. The current KRCU tower will be relocated to a less obtrusive spot than in the entrance to the campus. Also, a tower will be constructed for KSEF in Farmington.
# The seating capacity of River Campus will be retained at 950 seats. The cost of the increase of steel for expanding the size was going to be close to seven million dollars.
# The Regents also approved establishing a university budget line for the Bedell Center to keep tickets affordable when booking the more expensive events. The Budget Review Committee will be asked to accommodate this addition.
# Our former Senator David Bibb is the new Director of the Library at the University of Great Falls.
# The Faculty Advisory Committee will be meeting the week of Nov. 15 to discuss the library Review materials.
# The Chair reported that the original policy to grant faculty status to librarians was approved by the Senate and that the Phase II Review of other programs did not involve deliberations on faculty status. Therefore, the Senate should have a vote on whether or not their status is retained, in order to continue the policy of collegial governance.
Senator Smith made a motion that the Faculty Senate write a letter of concern to show our support of librarians retaining their tenure status. Senator Champine seconded the motion. Chair Swartwout said she would write the letter on behalf of the Senate, if the Senate so desired. A short discussion followed. All were in favor.
REPORT FROM THE ADMINISTRATIVE LIAISON
Provost Stephens reported that the Mass Communications department was undergoing its initial accreditation. President Dobbins and Provost Stephens attended the exit interview with the accreditation team. The team is recommending that the university is in compliance with all 12 standards. The faculty and staff in the department were all commended. The team sends the report to a professional committee who looks over the self study and will give the department an opportunity to correct any data. The Committee then sends the report to the National Accreditation body.
Chair Swartwout expressed her sadness on the death of Dr. Ferrell Ervin.
REPORT FROM THE STUDENT GOVERNMENT LIAISON
Heather Valle, Student Government Liaison, reported that the Student Government passed two previously tabled resolutions on duties of executive board members. Also, they passed a resolution on changing 6-week progress reports to 8-weeks that is to be brought before Faculty Senate as New Business.
Senator Tikoo, chair of the committee, reported that the committee met on October 27, and discussed Academic Distinction in the Major Discipline, adequacy of journals in the Kent Library, technology support for on-line courses, and high-tech in college courses. It was agreed upon to collect more information about these items and continue discussion in a future meeting.
Senator Naugler, chair of the committee, reported that the committee will be discussing the need for a salary study across campus.
Senator MacLeay, chair of the committee, reported that the committee did not meet last week. He would appreciate input for suggestions for a draft for the guide for new Senators and Alternates.
Senator Zlokovich, chair of the committee, reported that the committee met last Wednesday to discuss the interim changes in the Grievance Policy and the information needed for formulating a clearer policy. The committee feels that revamping the entire policy will occupy many more meetings.
Senator Hathaway, chair of the committee, reported that he had emailed all the Senators a list of this year's Committee members. The list is also published on the website.
Senator Althaus, chair of the committee, reported that the committee met on October 27. The CSTL faculty survey is being tested on a small group and should be ready for distribution to the entire faculty within a couple of weeks.
Request from Student Affairs for Changes in Faculty Handbook Terminology
Senator MacLeay, chair of the Documents Committee, reported that he had talked to the Learning Enrichment Center about the new wording they requested to put the Handbook in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Several minor changes had been made to the document since the last meeting. All Senators were in favor of changing the language as presented today.
Recommended Changes in Grievance Policy
Senator Zlokovich, chair of the Governance Committee, moved and Senator Chadha seconded the motion to approve the recommendations for changes in the grievance policy. The changes provide that the Grievance Committee will send their decisions on a grievance to the Executive Committee which will formulate a response and send it to the "effector of change” within 20 days. Because most grievances involve personnel issues, the grievance will not be reported to the entire Senate. Discussion followed. Chair Swartwout suggested that the griever be able to indicate whether he or she would like their issue to be brought before the entire Senate. The Provost suggested asking the university attorney how to deal with privacy on personnel issues. The recommended changes will be voted on at the next meeting.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:45 pm.
The next Senate meeting will be Nov. 17 in the UC Party Room.