XLIII, No. 06
MINUTES OF THE FACULTY SENATE MEETING
November 5, 2008
The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday, November 5, 2008, in the University Center Missouriana Room. The following Senators were present: Mary Elizabeth Ambery (Chair), Stephanie Chamberlain (Chair-Elect), Jim McGill (Membership Chair), Rick Althaus, Carl Pracht (Alternate), David Briggs, Michael Cobb, Kathy Conway, Kevin Dickson, Alan Journet, Daniel MacLeay, David Naugler, Tiffany Parker (Alternate), 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). Provost Stephens and Student Government Liaison, Mark Wilhelm, were also in attendance.
Absent and not represented by their alternates were Marc Fulgham and Elaine Jackson.
APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES
Approval of minutes Volume XLII-05 was moved by Senator Strauss and seconded by Senator Redmond. The minutes were approved.
REPORT FROM THE CHAIR
Chair Ambery reported that the deans endorsed the Tenure and Promotion Form. She indicated that they endorsed the idea of reviewing the Form after one year. The Senate held discussion about revising the form to read “relevant departmental criteria” She moved that the Faculty Senate accept and endorse the form with the revision. Senator Althaus seconded the motion. Chair Ambery clarified that the electronic form is to be printed and sent up with promotion and tenure papers.
Chair Ambery reported that the chairs of the legislative committees met last Friday. She indicated that the purpose of the meeting was to get the committees working together to enhance their effectiveness. She indicated that the chairs were receptive to the idea of meeting occasionally and plan to meet again before the semester ends.
REPORT FROM THE ADMINISTRATIVE LIAISON
Provost Stephens reported that Dr. Wayne Smith resigned. She reported that Dean McDougall will serve as Interim Vice President for University Advancement and Executive Director of the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.
STUDENT GOVERNMENT LIAISON
Student Government Liaison, Mark Wilhelm, reported that Student Government (SG) is working to promote Southeast spirit.
Mr. Wilhelm reported that SG is restructuring their absentee policy.
Student Government was glad to see student participation at the Palin rally.
Senator Conway asked if Mr. Wilhelm had checked into students' ability to use printing services on campus. Mr. Wilhelm indicated that students are still able to use CSI for printing. Mr. Wilhelm indicated that he had not checked into students' ability to use Concord Printing. He indicated that he would follow up on that.
LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE REPORTS
Senator Scott, Chair of Professional Affairs, reported that the Committee had their last tenure and promotion briefing session. The Committee will be putting together FAQ and posting them online.
Senator Veneziano, Chair of Academic Affairs, reported that the Committee is putting together a task force to look at the issue of student evaluations.
Senator Veneziano reported that they may invite guest speakers from Textbook Services to present at the next Faculty Senate meeting.
Senator Veneziano reminded faculty to download and respond to the Common Hour Questionnaire. Responses should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senator Ward, Chair of the Documents Committee, reported that the Committee is working on removing the reporting chain language from the Faculty Handbook.
She indicated that the Committee is also looking into moving the Grievance Policy to somewhere other than the Termination Policy.
Senator Sautter, Chair of the Governance Committee, reported that the Committee may be able to present the results of the Faculty Senate Self-Survey at the next Senate meeting.
She indicated that the Committee is working on a “how to” guide to filing a grievance.
The Membership Committee did not have a report.
Senator Naugler, Chair of Compensation, reported that the Committee is addressing the issue given to them by Senator Sebby.
There was no new business to consider.
Senator Scott distributed the resolution (attachment A) addressing tenured, not promoted; and promoted, not tenured faculty. Discussion was held by the Senate. It was concluded that the resolution was not meant to be retroactive. It was meant to take care of the people caught in the middle during the process of creating the Tenure and Promotion Policy. Senator Journet made a motion to accept the resolution, which was seconded by Senator Cobb. The resolution passed unanimously.
The motion to adjourn was recognized and approved at 4:00 p.m.
The next Faculty Senate Meeting will be November 19, 2008, in the University Center Missouriana Room at 3:00 p.m.
Approved November 19, 2008
FACULTY SENATE SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY
FACULTY SENATE RESOLUTION 08-02
Approved by the Faculty Senate
RESOLUTION REGARDING IMPLEMENTATION OF FACULTY SENATE BILL 08-A-04, FACULTY TENURE AND PROMOTION POLICY
BE IT RESOLVED THAT: The Faculty Senate endorses the following recommendations of the Professional Affairs Committee regarding the resolution of cases where faculty have been, prior to the adoption of Bill 08-A-04, granted tenure without promotion, or granted promotion without tenure:
In cases where a faculty member has been granted tenure but not promoted or has been granted promotion but not tenure, it is the judgment of the Professional Affairs Committee that such person should be granted that which they were not awarded if, and only if, the criteria for the department in effect at the time of the submission and evaluation of the dossier clearly and explicitly stated that the criteria and standards for applying those criteria in evaluating candidates for promotion and tenure are identical. If the departmental criteria do not explicitly state this equivalence, then the faculty member is expected to apply for that which he or she has not been granted should he or she wish to achieve it.
Thus, we note, a faculty member who was awarded promotion after four years had not – at that time – achieved the minimum requirement for tenure (previously six, but now five years) and thus had not, at the time of being granted promotion, met the minimum requirement of five years. While we recognize that this will, unfortunately, require that faculty members in this position will have to re-assemble their dossiers for another round of submission and application, we judge that the burden should not be too onerous since the dossier, presumably, will simply need to be augmented with entries for the few months since the previous application.
We also note that this does not suggest faculty who have been tenured for many years under a set of old criteria should be considered for automatic promotion. Rather, such faculty will be expected to submit a dossier indicating that they meet the current criteria for tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in order to be granted the promotion.