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Minutes - November 19, 2008

XLIII, No. 07

MINUTES OF THE FACULTY SENATE MEETING

November 19, 2008

The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday, November 19, 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, Marc Fulgham, Alan Journet, Daniel MacLeay, David Naugler, Walt Paquin, Willie Redmond, Albie Sautter, Brad Deken (Alternate), Rick Sebby, Kathy Smith, Seidu Sofo, Marc Strauss, Sven Svenson, Don Jung (Alternate), Carol Veneziano, Candide Walton (Alternate), 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 Elaine Jackson and Joyce Renaud.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

Minutes Volume XLII-06 was moved and approved.

REPORT FROM THE CHAIR

Chair Ambery introduced Matt Tramont from the Capaha Arrow.

Chair Ambery reported that there is an error in the Academic Calendar for Summer 2009. She asked Academic Affairs to recommend a revision.

Chair Ambery reported that she asked President Dobbins if she could sit in on the executive staff meetings. She indicated that the President declined her request.

Chair Ambery reported that the Tenure and Promotion Recommendation Form is now on the Provost's website. There are currently no dropdown menus or text fields, but those will be added. A memo sharing this information is going out to all faculty tomorrow.

Chair Ambery reported that there is now a link on the Faculty Senate website that directs individuals to the Board of Regents website. She indicated that the Board of Regents Board Book and agenda will be in the Library prior to each meeting, whereas in the past the Board Book was only available in the Library immediately following the meeting. She indicated that she will get specific instructions on where the Board Book is located and that information will be posted on the Faculty Senate website as well.

Senator Chamberlain, Chair-Elect, reported that the Johnson Faculty Center Governing Board is planning a 20th anniversary celebration. The tentative plans are set for April 7 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. She asked that Senators hold the date.

REPORT FROM THE ADMINISTRATIVE LIAISON

Provost Stephens commended Chair Ambery, stating that she had taken on big issues and is doing very well.

Provost Stephens asked that Academic Affairs address the Academic Calendar issue quickly because summer schedules are being made, already.

Senator Journet inquired about the Sister Mary Ignatius repercussions in relation to media reports, ticket sales and censorship issues. Provost Stephens indicated that there is not a committee that selects the tickets that go into the season ticket package, rather there is a group of individuals evaluating what scheduled performance shall be part of this package, recognizing that the large and expensive traveling performances would always be in the season package. She indicated that this is a marketing and finance issue. She assured the Senate that it is not based on censorship issues. Senator Journet wondered why it would not be possible, rather than designating all events, to make the season ticket package comprised of the large traveling performances plus any 'n' from the remaining performances scheduled where 'n' is deemed the remaining number necessary to make up the appropriate number for the season package.

STUDENT GOVERNMENT LIAISON

Student Government Liaison, Mark Wilhelm, reported that Student Government (SG) held two forums. The forums raised six main issues: 1. Campus safety, 2. Dining services, 3. UI100 courses, 4. Advising and declaring majors, 5. Freshman orientation, and 6. Transition to Southeast for transfer students.

Mr. Wilhelm distributed and collected feedback about Common Hour to the SG. He circulated a list of compiled results and feedback from those surveys.

Mr. Wilhelm reported that SG is looking into setting up water coolers around campus.

Mr. Wilhelm reported that SG is looking into setting up a clock tower between Academic and Kent Library. They are working with the Beautification Committee on that.

Mr. Wilhelm reported that SG passed a resolution asking President Dobbins to remove “Juicy Campus” from the server. SG was informed that it is not possible to remove just one site from the server. There would be many other sites blocked if they tried to remove just that one. SG wanted to make President Dobbins aware of the site and inform him that the comments on the site are harmful to the Campus.

Mr. Wilhelm reported that he spoke to Sara Snider and Michele Irby about the Copy Center and the inability for student organizations to make copies with a copy card. He was informed that when printing was outsourced, students copy cards were not contracted in. He indicated that Michele Irby said that they would try to negotiate that into the next contract.

Mr. Wilhelm reported that he has been accepted to do his internship with the Memphis Redbirds. He indicated that he will be relinquishing his seat after the fall semester.

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE REPORTS

Professional Affairs

Senator Deken reported that Sophia Scott, Chair of Professional Affairs, was unable to attend. On her behalf, he reported the agenda of Professional Affairs for the remaining semester and listed the items that would receive attention next semester.
Agenda Items to be completed this semester:
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.
To continue to monitor and advocate regarding the Senate's position on the issues of Student Evaluations of Instruction & Nondiscrimination regarding sexual orientation.
To study the procedure of hiring interim and/or temporary chairs and deans.
Agenda Items to be completed next semester:
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.
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.
To study and make recommendations regarding possible changes to existing Faculty Development Policy.
To continue to monitor and advocate regarding the Senate's positions on the issues of Student Evaluation of Instruction & Nondiscrimination regarding sexual orientation.
To study and make recommendations regarding possible changes to existing Faculty Sabbatical Leave Policy.
Continue the routine processing of recommendations concerning Emeritus status for retiring faculty.

Senator Althaus reported that he had received a letter from the President stating that he was willing to meet with him and the Faculty Senate Executive Committee to look at the issue relating to adding sexual orientation to the nondiscrimination policy.

Academic Affairs

Senator Straus reported that 106 faculty responded to the Common Hour questionnaire. He is in the process of compiling the results.

Documents

Senator Ward, Chair of the Documents Committee, reported that the Committee would like to submit a change form [Faculty Handbook Notice / Approval of Change or Addition] to move the Grievance Policy from the Termination Section of Chapter Two, page 139, to page 132, immediately following the Faculty Tenure and Promotion section.

Governance

Senator Sautter, Chair of the Governance Committee, reported that the Committee will be able to present the results of the Faculty Senate Self-Survey at the next Senate meeting.

The Committee will be looking at the Grievance Form and a “how to” guide on filing a grievance next.

Membership

The Membership Committee did not have a report.

Compensation

Senator Naugler, Chair of Compensation, reported that the Committee is requesting and collecting data to take under advisement.

NEW BUSINESS

There was no new business to consider.

OLD BUSINESS

There was no old business to consider.

The Senate moved to Executive Session.

ADJOURNMENT

The motion to adjourn was recognized and approved at 5:00 p.m.

The next Faculty Senate Meeting will be December 03, 2008, in the University Center Missouriana Room at 3:00 p.m.

Approved December 3, 2008


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