Southeast Missouri State University

Minutes - December 7, 2005

Vol. XL, No. 9

MINUTES OF THE FACULTY SENATE MEETING

December 7, 2005

The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday, December 7, 2005, in the Party Room of the University Center. The following Senators were present; James Champine (Chair), Michael Cobb (Chair Elect), David Smith (Membership Committee Chair), Rick Althaus, Kim Dillivan, Marc Fulgham, Kathy Gilliland, Priscilla Hornby, Arrick Jackson, Kathyrn Kornegay (Alternate), Daniel MacLeay, Jim McGill, Cheryl Milde, Larry Underberg (Alternate), Jayanti Ray, David Reinheimer, Haohao Wang, Pat Willingham, Xuesong Zhang, and Martha Zlokovich. Student Government Liaison Heather Valle was also present.

Absent and not represented by their Alternates were Mary Elizabeth Ambery, David Baird, Ronald Clayton, Mary Ann DeLine, Carolyn Rainey, Bonnie Stepenoff, Marc Strauss, Rebecca Summary, and Min Zou.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

Approval of minutes Vol. XL-08 was moved by Senator Jayanti Ray and seconded by Senator Smith. The motion carried.

REPORT FROM THE CHAIR

Chair Champine thanked all those who participated in the December 2 Holiday Open House at the Johnson Faculty Centre. He thanked Paula Cunningham and Dana Glass for taking the lead in decorations and preparing snacks and punch. He announced that there were about 150 visitors including faculty and staff. He gave special thanks to those who helped set-up and Dana Glass, Brenda Glastetter (Business and Finance) and Kevin McMeel (Polytech) for helping out with the clean-up.

The next item on his agenda was Strategic Enrollment Management Taskforce/Student Success Initiative. He reported that the Taskforce is run by Dennis Holt to increase retention between the first and second year. It is comprised of mostly professional advising staff along with Dave Starrett, Leon Book, and Craig Roberts. He suggested that there be more faculty input. He reported that he and Marcia Nahikian-Nelms, who is a faculty representative to the Academic Advising Council, will be participating in the Taskforce. Chair Champine then reviewed the Taskforce timeline. He encouraged the Faculty to consider participating in the taskforce and asked for volunteers. He announced the next taskforce meeting will be held December 15 from 1:00-2:30. He also informed the Senate that the President has been invited to the next Faculty Senate meeting and will address a variety of issues, with student retention being his central focus. Senator Zlokovich indicated her interest in participating.

Dr. Champine addressed upcoming dates pertaining to Banner and Human Resources. He announced that bi-weekly employees begin web-time entry leave reports December 12, supervisors approve time sheets on-line for the first time December 20, and faculty will receive their first paycheck under Banner January 31.

Dr. Champine reported that the Student Employment Referral Authorization, which he distributed, now includes a box to indicate “previous or civil college discipline”. Senator Zlokovich asked if it would include academic dishonesty or probation. Dr. Champine said he would refer that question to Jim Cook.

Dr. Champine announced that the Martin Luther King Dinner will be held January 24, 2005 at 6:00 pm at the Show Me Center. The speaker will be Martin Luther King III and the featured performer will be Neal Boyd. He informed the Senate that tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased at the Southeast Bookstore and for ticket information contact Kendra Skinner at 651-2274.

REPORT FROM THE ADMINISTRATIVE LIAISON

Provost Stephens was unable to attend the meeting.

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE REPORTS

Academic Affairs
Chair Champine reported that Senator Baird was unable to attend, but he asked that the Senate be informed that the Academic Affairs Committee is continuing to work on the Five-Year Calendar.

Membership
Senator Smith reported that the President had selected appointees for the AQIP Committee, but the President had not announced them yet.

Professional Affairs
Senator Althaus, speaking for Chair Bruce Mims, reported that the Provost had been invited to attend the last Professional Affairs meeting to discuss further the Student Evaluations of Instruction Policy, as well as the Promotion and Tenure Policies, and the Sabbatical Leave Policy and practice.

He reported that a wide-ranging discussion took place. During the discussion of the Student Evaluation of Instruction Policy, the Provost agreed with the Committee's earlier finding that there had been some misuse of the IDEA system administratively, and she further stated that there had been some misuse with faculty submission and reporting of the IDEA data. She urged the Committee to have an additional meeting with the University Promotion, Tenure Appeals, and Sabbatical Leave Committee.

Senator Althaus also reported that in a brief discussion of the Promotion and Tenure Policies, the Provost reported a feeling by some that the Professional Affairs Committee had not been responsive to the University Promotion Committee on some of its previous requests for adjustments to the policies. As past Chair of the Professional Affairs Committee, Senator Althaus explained that the Committee had been very busy over the past two and a half years with its study of the Student Evaluation of Instruction Policy, and that policy included a mandated time frame for the study. Neither the Promotion nor Tenure polices include such a time frame requiring a regular review. The Committee has maintained an ongoing and updated list of Promotion and Tenure issues, including those raised by the University Committee, and it intends to address those issues upon the resolution of the Student Evaluation issue.

Senator Althaus addressed the discussion regarding sabbaticals. He informed the Senate that the Provost reported that there had been three applications this year, and that the University Committee had recommended sabbaticals for all three. Board of Regents approval is yet required. During discussion of recent sabbatical practices, it appeared as if there might be a possibility for some minor adjustments to the policy that would clarify some recent concerns of applicants, the Administration, the University committee, and the Professional Affairs Committee.

He reported that after the departure of the Provost for another meeting, the Committee continued its discussion. There was a consensus that Chair Mims would draft a letter to the University Committee seeking another meeting to address some concerns of the Committee regarding recent practices of the University Committee. It is anticipated that such a meeting might be held early in the Spring Semester.

Discussion was held by the Senate on Student Evaluations of Instruction Policy, as well as the Promotion and Tenure Policies, and IDEA Evaluations.

Governance
Senator Zlokovich reported that she has met with Jim Cook about the Grievance Policy. She said she will take the proposed revisions to the Governance Committee and hopefully have them to bring to the Faculty Senate by the next meeting.

Documents
Senator MacLeay, distributed a draft of a bill relating to the attendance policy. The measure was discussed relative to “new business”.

Compensation
Senator Willingham reported that the Compensation Committee is waiting on appropriations decisions from the State before they can proceed with any proposals.

Chair Champine asked that the Compensation Committee consider the issue of the requirement of direct deposit and the impact it will have on the Faculty.

Old Business
Senator Smith indicated that he had spoken to the President about the Three Rivers Community College/Southeast Missouri State University issue. He said the President indicated that there would be news stemming from the December 8, 2005 Coordinating Board for Higher Education meeting.


New Business
The Senate held discussion on the proposed Bill relating to the Faculty Handbook and the section titled “Class Attendance in Developmental Courses” under Faculty responsibilities distributed by Senator MacLeay. The Senate suggested taking the Bill back to Dean Ferguson for further review and referring it to Academic Affairs.

REPORT FROM THE STUDENT GOVERNMENT LIAISON

Student Government Liaison, Heather Valle, reported that the Student Government (SG) is working on Team building, Funding Board proposals, and Common Hour. She informed the Senate that the SG was available for discussion about Common Hour and welcomed the Faculty's input.

ADJOURNMENT

The motion to adjourn (Gilliland/Fulgham) was recognized and approved at 4:20 p.m.

The next Faculty Senate Meeting will be February 1, 2006 in the University Center Party Room at 3:00 PM.

Approved February 1, 2006

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