Southeast Missouri State University

Minutes - November 28, 2007

XLII, No. 10

MINUTES OF THE FACULTY SENATE MEETING

November 28, 2007

The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday, November 28, 2007, in the University Center Missouriana Room. The following Senators were present: Martha Zlokovich (Chair), Mary Elizabeth Ambery (Chair-Elect), Jim McGill (Membership Chair), Rick Althaus, Carl Pracht (Alternate), Stephanie Chamberlain, Michael Cobb, Kathy Conway, Kim Dillivan, Marc Fulgham, Benjie Heu, Gariele Eckart, Jayanti Ray, Willie Redmond, Brad Deken (Alternate), David Smith, Seidu Sofo, Marc Strauss, Lucinda Swatzell, Larry Underberg, Carol Veneziano, Janice Ward, Debbie Beard (Alternate), and Xuesong Zhang. Administrative Liaison Fred Janzow and Student Government Liaison Mark Wilhelm were also in attendance.
David Briggs arrived 3:30 PM. Albie Sautter arrived at 4:00 PM.

Absent and not represented by their alternates were Priscilla Hornby, Elaine Jackson, Marc Strauss, Lucinda Swatzell, and Haohao Wang.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

Approval of minutes Volume XLII-09 was moved by Senator Althaus and seconded by Senator Underberg. The motion carried.

REPORT FROM THE CHAIR

Chair Zlokovich reported that the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) survey has been distributed to all faculty on behalf of the Faculty Senate. Participation has been low. There have been reports of some faculty thinking it was “junk mail”. Chair Zlokovich indicated that she had emailed all faculty requesting their participation, and she asked Senators to make their constituents aware of the survey and encourage participation as well.

Chair Zlokovich reported that the Executive Committee met with the William Weary, a consultant from Fieldstone Consulting, Inc out of Washington, D.C., and discussed strategic planning. The strategic planner would like to hear from faculty. Chair Zlokovich encouraged faculty to respond with their ideas and comments by 4:00 PM tomorrow, November 29, 2007. There should be other chances to influence the process in the future.

REPORT FROM THE ADMINISTRATIVE LIAISON

Dr. Fred Janzow reported that Provost Stephens went home ill and sends her regrets.

Dr. Janzow reported that the Board of Regents will be meeting Friday, November 30, for their planning retreat. The Board will be introduced to the strategic planning effort.

He indicated that Academic Council will be looking at AQIP, faculty resources, and academic program maintenance development.

Dr. Janzow reported that they completed the interviews for the dean of the College of Liberal Arts. The search committee is planning to meet next Tuesday to review the feedback from faculty and administration to make a recommendation about a candidate.

Dr. Janzow reported that the University Information Technology Committee has been dealing with budget issues as it pertains to maintaining upgrade support for replacement of network components. He indicated that there is also an issue related to academic specialty labs. These labs have been carried primarily by academic and operations budgets, but the costs continue to increase. He indicated that the technology fee can only be applied to labs to which all students have access; therefore those fees cannot be used for specialty labs.

REPORT FROM THE STUDENT GOVERNMENT LIAISON

Student Government Liaison, Mark Wilhelm, reported that he had an emergency appendectomy Friday and apologized for not being more prepared. Mr. Wilhelm reported that the Student Government (SG) is working on restructuring and solidifying the SG by-laws. He also reported that student anxiety is up, which is possibly related to finals. Last, he reported that the SG is in need of a liaison from the Faculty Senate. Senator Scott is no longer able to serve in that position. Mr. Wilhelm indicated that SG meets weekly on Monday night at 8:00 PM. Senator McGill volunteered to be the liaison until the end of the fall semester.

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE REPORTS

Membership

Senator McGill reported that the issue with the senator/non-senator imbalance on Faculty Senate committees has been resolved. He reported that Senator Banks has volunteered to serve on the Compensation Committee and Senator Wang volunteered to move from Professional Affairs to Governance.

Senator McGill introduced Carl Pracht as the new alternate from Kent Library.

Chair Zlokovich indicated that Ed Buis is no longer able to continue to serve on the Johnson Faculty Centre Governing Committee. A non-senator representative from Kent Library is also needed for the Documents Committee. Mr. Pracht indicated that he would discuss finding new representatives in their meeting tomorrow.

Professional Affairs

Senator Althaus reported that the Professional Affairs Committee still has not heard a response from the President regarding its February 2007 memo to him concerning the nondiscrimination policy.

Senator Althaus reported on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). He indicated that he and Dr. Bruce Mims, along with Dr. Starrett and Dr. Hill, are on a subcommittee dealing with rights to online classes. Senator Althaus indicated that the subcommittee will probably be recommending a statement to the full committee for its consideration. The full committee also met with President Dobbins to get his explanation about why the IPR topic warranted attention at this time. Dr. Althaus reported that the President indicated that there are two main reasons. The first involves activities of the Missouri Research Corporation. The second reason had to do with a couple of instances where a faculty member either died or left with short notice, and an online class was left without an instructor. In at least one case, the University had to negotiate with the deceased faculty member's family for the right for someone else to teach the class.

Senator Althaus reported that a legislative Drafting Subcommittee has been working on an omnibus bill to combine promotion and tenure. He indicated that members of the Drafting Subcommittee and the full Professional Affairs Committee have indicated their willingness to meet at times and dates other than the conventional Committee meeting schedule in order to facilitate work on this matter. Senator Althaus indicated that his hope is to have a bill for the Senate to consider at its first meeting of the Spring Semester, which will be February 06, 2008. Senator Althaus distributed the results of the second “straw vote” by Senators on Promotion and Tenure. The results indicated that 13 out of 25 prefer to combine tenure and promotion into one decision, under which the applicant receives both tenure and promotion or neither. The tally also indicated that 19 out of 25 prefer the final committee recommendation to be made by the College-level Committee.

Academic Affairs

Senator Cobb reported that Academic Affairs met and discussed amending the language on the grade appeals procedure to include notifying faculty. He indicated that the Committee could not reach a consensus.

Senator Cobb indicated that Academic Affairs also discussed setting the accepted classroom practices and responsibilities of the faculty as minimum satisfactory merit criteria. The Committee could not reach a consensus; however, Senator Cobb indicated that feedback requested from department chairs regarding their current practices related to this issue will be forwarded to Professional Affairs.

Senator Cobb reported that the Committee drafted a bill on classroom freedom of speech. The bill will be introduced under new business.

Documents

Senator Ward reported that the Documents Committee drafted three different bills removing obsolete verbiage from the Faculty Handbook. The bills will be introduced under new business.

Governance

The Governance Committee did not have a report.


Compensation

Senator Dillivan reported that the Compensation Committee will not meet until after the first of the year. They are collecting data at this time. The Committee discussed continued concern that faculty do not receive 25% of their raises, because it is removed and used to fund promotions and post professorial merit. The Committee also noted that the total faculty raise is released in press releases, not the actual raise after the 25% is removed.

OLD BUSINESS

Senator Beard moved to accept the Faculty Senate Self-Survey. The motion was seconded by Senator Ambery. The Senate held discussion on the survey. The main points of discussion were the questions regarding term limits, Senate effectiveness, and faculty's willingness to serve. Senator Briggs suggested that faculty responding negatively to a particular survey question would generally not be able to distinguish “fault” between Faculty Senate and the administration and therefore a follow-up survey might be needed for certain questions. Senator Underberg suggested waiting until the HERI survey results were back. Chair Zlokovich indicated that she would check to see when those results were due to be back. There were no motions to make changes to the survey. The question was called by Chair Zlokovich. The motion passed.

Senator Beard reported that today was the deadline for getting in feedback about the AAUP. Senator Beard indicated the Senator Swatzell had received some feedback and was very appreciative of the participation.

NEW BUSINESS

Senator Ward distributed three bills removing obsolete language in the Faculty Handbook. She briefly explained the bills. The bills will be brought back to the Senate next week under old business for its consideration.

Senator Cobb distributed the bill, “Classroom Freedom of Speech”. The Senate held discussion. Senator Zlokovich recommended waiting until the Missouri Association of Faculty Senates (MAFS) meeting in February to pass a bill. She indicated by waiting it might allow universities to come up with a more united statement. Mr. Wilhelm, SG Liaison, indicated he was concerned about the verbiage, “supported by plausible, discipline-specific arguments”. He indicated that his concern is who's defining “plausible”. Dr. Janzow agreed and indicated that he would not want to see students “scrunched” in their thinking. The bill will be brought back to the Senate next week under old business for its consideration.

The Senate moved to Executive Session.

Senator Althaus made a motion to approve a bill seconded by Senator Smith to grant Emeritus status to I. Sue Shepard, Ann Porter Gifford, Michael Hogan, and William J. Weber respectively. The motion passed.

ADJOURNMENT

The motion to adjourn (Cobb/Fulgham) was recognized and approved at 4:30 p.m.

The next Faculty Senate Meeting will be December 5, 2007, in the University Center Ballroom at 3:00 p.m.

Approved December 5, 2007

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