Minutes - February 20, 2008
XLII, No. 13
MINUTES OF THE FACULTY SENATE MEETING
February 20, 2008
The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday, February 20, 2008, 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, Julie Banks, David Briggs, Stephanie Chamberlain, Michael Cobb, Kathy Conway and her alternate Larry Bohonnan, Marc Fulgham, Benjie Heu, Daniel MacLeay, Kevin Squibb (Alternate), Willie Redmond, Albie Sautter, Sophia Scott, David Smith, Seidu Sofo, Marc Strauss, Alan Journet (Alternate), Larry Underberg, Carol Veneziano, Haohao Wang, Janice Ward, Jill Young, and Xuesong Zhang. Michael Parker represented the Department of Social Work and Brenda Johnson represented the Department of Nursing. Provost Stephens and Student Government Liaison Mark Wilhelm were also in attendance.
Absent and not represented by an alternate was Kim Dillivan.
APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES
Approval of minutes Volume XLII-12 was moved by Senator Journet and seconded by Senator Briggs. The minutes were approved.
REPORT FROM THE CHAIR
Chair Zlokovich reported that she was asked to find out about the location of Show Me Days and to talk to the organizers about where faculty are located. She indicated that she spoke with Erin Young, Show Me Day Coordinator, and she said that there was a double booking mix-up last time. The faculty are scheduled to be back in the usual place during the next Show Me Days. Chair Zlokovich indicated that she let Ms. Young know that faculty believe the track area is much more conducive to meeting students than the hallways.
Chair Zlokovich reported that on Monday the Faculty Senate Executive Committee participated in the 7 hour long strategic planning meeting. Some points that came up were the need to put money into supporting faculty, as well as all human capital on campus, to plan ahead for large numbers of retirements, to plan ahead for change in several key administration positions in the next 5-10 years, to create a master plan for use and maintenance of facilities across campus, to maintain small class sizes but to grow "as much as possible,” to clarify the University's mission into the future and market it effectively, and to improve communication within the campus and between campus and the community.
Chair Zlokovich reported that she met with the Deans' Council this morning, and the focus during the time she was there was on the deans' responses to the bills before Senate. Chair Zlokovich asked Provost Stephens to expound upon the administration's input during her report.
Chair Zlokovich reported that Kim Dillivan, Chair of Compensation Committee, has agreed to continue serving as the Faculty Senate representative on the Benefits Review subcommittee of Budget Review Committee. Chair Zlokovich made a motion in that favor which was seconded by Senator Ambery. The motion passed unanimously.
Chair Zlokovich indicated that she would like Academic Affairs to look at the issue concerning Common Hour. Common Hour has been supported by Student Government in the past, but some faculty would like to do away with it. Others would like to be sure that if the University does maintain Common Hour, it is protected from as many course conflicts as possible. She indicated that a suggestion was made at a meeting of CSM and COLA chairs to consider (if it is not being eliminated altogether) moving it to a normal class time so that that MWF normal class times are not altered. For example, if Common Hour were held two days a week from 11-12:15 or 12:30 to 1:45, then Tuesdays might be encouraged for club/organization meetings, and Thursdays for campus-wide events. Provost Stephens indicated that she was concerned that having Common Hour two days a week would conflict with class scheduling and clinicals even more. Chair Zlokovich asked Mark Wilhelm, Student Government (SG) Liaison, to ask the SG what they think about the Tuesday/Thursday Common Hour and bring their responses back to the next Senate meeting. Senator Cobb indicated that Academic Affairs had already examined the issue. Academic Affairs believes Common Hour interferes with scheduling, however when they met with Student Government, they expressed an interest in keeping it.
Chair Zlokovich indicated that she believed the Faculty Senate should form a committee for deciding SB389 student evaluations of instruction. She indicated that she would like Academic Affairs to form the committee and ask Mark Wilhelm to participate. Senator Cobb, Chair of Academic Affairs, indicated that the Committee already addressed the SB389 issue by asking SG what questions they would like to see in response to SB389. The SG came back with three questions, which were then narrowed down to two by Academic Affairs. Senator Ambery suggested Senator Cobb send an email to the Faculty Senate with Academic Affair's recommendation.
Chair Zlokovich reported that Budget Review begins tomorrow.
REPORT FROM THE ADMINISTRATIVE LIAISON
Provost Stephens reported on the Strategic Planning meeting. She indicated that the meeting was mainly all brainstorming. She indicated that the ideas that came out of the meeting will be given to the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee will put together a draft of the University's Strategic Plan by this fall.
Provost Stephens indicated that the strategic planning ties into the three AQIP projects that are currently underway. The three projects are: Advising, Improving Communication, and Indicators of First Choice.
Provost Stephens indicated that faculty will begin hearing more about "Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA).” This program is endorsed by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the Missouri Department of Higher Education. The program is intended to recognize how universities are contributing to their students' learning. She indicated that she would bring the written copy of VSA for more discussion after the Faculty Senate has fewer items/bills to consider.
REPORT FROM THE STUDENT GOVERNMENT LIAISON
Student Government Liaison, Mark Wilhelm, reported that Student Government (SG) held special elections on Monday and all vacant positions were filled.
Mr. Wilhelm thanked Senator McGill for his involvement in the SG.
Mr. Wilhelm reported that they are working on restructuring SG. He indicated that the SG positions are currently determined by housing. They are considering determining the positions by department major. Mr. Wilhelm indicated that the issue was tabled for further discussion.
Mr. Wilhelm reported that the Dance Marathon was held last Saturday. Student Government was able to raise $12,000.00 for the benefit of young children.
Mr. Wilhelm asked the Faculty Senate to send him arguments against Common Hour via email. He indicated that he would like to present a well-balanced position at SG.
Mr. Wilhelm reported that forty students will be heading to Chicago Thursday to represent Southeast at the GMCA Greek Conference.
LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE REPORTS
The Legislative Committee Reports were presented in writing on the agenda (attached) to allow more time for discussion of the Tenure and Promotion Policy.
The remainder of the meeting was spent discussing the Tenure and Promotion Bill. Discussions will continue at the next Faculty Senate meeting beginning on page 6.
There was no new business considered.
The motion to adjourn (Banks/Strauss) was recognized and approved at 5:10 p.m.
The next Faculty Senate Meeting will be March 05, 2008, in the University Center Missouriana Room at 3:00 p.m.
Approved March 05, 2008
A G E N D A
February 20, 2008
UC Missouriana Room
I. Approval of Minutes 42.12
II. Report from the Chair – Martha Zlokovich
III. Report from the Administrative Liaison – Provost Stephens IV. Report from the Student Government Liaison
V. Legislative Committee Reports
1. Senator Ambery was appointed to represent the Faculty Senate on the AQIP Steering Committee.
B. Professional Affairs
1. Promotion and Tenure Bills will be discussed under Old Business
C. Academic Affairs
1. No Report.
1. Dr. Ward contacted Archie Sprengel concerning the IT benefits for emeritus faculty. Mr. Sprengel suggested changing the wording from, "will receive campus internet connection” to "may continue to use their Southeast email account as well as receive Help Desk support from IT”.
1. Governance Committee is in the process of collecting the data and will prepare the report shortly.
1. The Compensation Committee is still collecting information.
VI. Old Business
A. Promotion and Tenure Bills
VII. New Business
*** Next Faculty Senate Meeting
March 05, 2008
UC Missouriana Room