Southeast Missouri State University

Minutes - February 27, 2013

XLVII No. 12
MINUTES OF THE FACULTY SENATE MEETING
February 27, 2013

The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday February 27, 2013, in the UC Missouriana/Redhawks Room. The following Senators were present: Rick Althaus, Doug Atwood, Larry Bohannon, Marcus Bond, Stephanie Chamberlain, Brandon Christensen, Eric Clements, Kevin Dickson, Don Jung, Debra Lee-DiStefano, Zipping Liu, Jeff Luetkenhaus, Charles McAllister, Tiffany Parker, Jian Peng, Willie Redmond, Desma Reno, Claudia Ruediger, Carol Veneziano, Janice Ward, Julie Weathers, Susan Wehring, Victor Wilburn, Diane Wood, and Chris Wubbena. The Provost Ron Rosati was also present. The following alternates were present: Brooke Clubbs, HaoHao Wang, Brad Deken, and Davis Naugler. Student Government Liaison Amanda Graven was also present. Not in attendance or represented by an alternate was Joyce Renaud.

Approvalof Minutes

The minutes for January 30, 2013 were approved.

New Business

Senator Althaus introduced both the policy and procedures for Human Subjects. He explained to the Senate how these were passed last spring but were returned. He also explained what changes had been made to both of the bills.

Senator McAllister introduced the Student Learning Outcome policy and procedures. After discussion, Dr. McAllister stated that he would take these back to his committee and have a meeting with the Provost and Dean Starrett to get a better understanding of what is needed in these bills.

Old Business

Senator Christensen explained that after Bill 13-A-06 Non Tenure-Track Faculty Appointments Policy was passed at the last Senate meeting, the President added language. Senator Christensen moved to rescind the bill. Senator Jung seconded. The Senate voted and the motion to rescind passed. Senator Christensen explained what was added to the bill and moved to pass version 2A. Senator Parker seconded. After much discussion, the Senate voted and with five abstentions, Bill 13-A-06 Non Tenure-Track Faculty Appointments Policy Version 2A was passed.

Senator Jung moved to pass the Department Chairs Procedures bill with an amendment on line 88, adding “whether the search process should be internal or external”. Senator Wubbena seconded. The Senate voted and the amendment carried. Senator Parker moved to amend line 42 by adding “unless there is an identified conflict of interest”. The Senator voted and the amendment carried. Senator Jung moved to pass the bill. Wubbena seconded. The senate took a vote and the bill 13-A-11 Department Chairs Procedures passed.

Senator Jung moved to pass the bill University Standing Committee & Councils policy. Senator Dickson seconded. The Senate voted and Bill 13-A-12 University Standing Committee & Councils Policy passed.

Senator Jung also moved to pass the bill University Standing Committee & Councils procedures. Senator Althaus seconded. The Senate took a vote and Bill 13-A-13 University Standing Committee & Councils Procedures passed.

Reports

Chair Ward reported to the Senate that the revised Faculty Handbook is now online. She also informed the Senate that on February 18 & 19, 2013, the Senate Executives attended MAFS in Jefferson City, Missouri. She also reported that she met with the Provost and the Budget Review Committee on February 14 and will meet again on March 7. They will receive an enrollment update for the fall of 2013 and bring ideas for $428,000 of one time money that was released that had been withheld by the governor. On March 28 they will consider division request for special course fees and program fees. On April 4 they will review salary equity study and hear compensation requests from employee groups and the Benefits Subcommittee.

Chair Ward informed the Senate that Senator McAllister has been working with President Dobbins on a draft request funding the Master Faculty Advisor initiative which will be considered in both the equity study and budget review. She also reported that the Five Year Academic Calendar was approved through the Board of Regents at their last meeting.

Chair Ward reported that the Senate Executives are pleased to announce that Commissioner Russell and Dr. Monhollen will be joining a Faculty Senate meeting on October 23, 2013. They will be staying on campus for the grand opening of Academic Hall on October 24, 2013.

Brooke Clubbs informed the Senate of a book drive that will be taking place by a group called World Wide Books. They collect books and send them overseas. The books that they can't use, they sell and buy textbooks with the money. There will be collection points at Grauel, Rhodes Hall, Scully, and the Art building.

Senator Lee-DiStefano thanked the Senate for a great turn out at the first Faculty Social Hour. There were 40-50 people present. She let the Senate know that the next one will be on April 26, 2013 and the Art Department will be sponsoring that one.

Provost Rosati reported about the Faculty Retirement Plans. He explained that there are two different systems, CURP and MOSERS. He went through and briefly explained the differences between and the pros and cons of the two.

Provost Rosati reported that there is a call for Action Projects with AQIP. There is a form that has been sent out to everyone. He also informed the Senate about the Winter Intersession. He stated that the numbers look good and went through some of them with the Senate. He said the primary issue is making sure students know that when they register they are registering for winter classes and not spring.

Provost Rosati also reported that the process for Faculty/Staff Salary Equity Analysis has started. The consulting agency, J.W.Terrill, has been gathering lots of data. They will be coming to the Faculty Senate meeting on March 13 to discuss their process, what they're doing, and how they are going to proceed.

Student Government Liaison

Amanda Graven reported that there is a group of students that are interested in making an amendment to the Student Constitution to include that students shouldn't be denied the right to vote. She also reported that their President, Patrick Vining, is going to the regional campuses to look at possible ways to get those students more involved with college activities.

Legislative Committee Reports

Academic Affairs- Senator McAllister reported that the survey questions were written and delivered to Dean Starrett. He will get it emailed to the faculty. He also stated that the committee is continuing to work on other assigned sections.
Compensation- Senator Redmond had no report.
Documents- Senator Wubbena reported that the committee is wrapping up the review on the Faculty Senate Constitution.
Governance- Senator Jung reported that the committee is currently working on The College Dean and Academic Departments sections in the Faculty Handbook.
Membership- Senator Wood reported that the letters for Senator Elections are done and will be sent out by March 1, 2013. There will also be letters sent to the Senators and their alternates for whose terms are ending.

Executive Session

Senator Christensen had no report.

Adjournment

Senator Redmond moved to adjourn. Senator Deken seconded. The Senate adjourned at 5:03 pm.

The Senate adjourned at 5:03 pm. The next Faculty Senate Meeting will be held on March 13, 2013 at 3:00 pm in the UC Missouriana/Redhawks Room.

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