The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday October 9, 2013, in the UC Missouriana/Redhawks Room. The following Senators were present: Rick Althaus, Doug Atwood, Marcus Bond, Stephanie Chamberlain, Brandon Christensen, Brooke Clubbs, Kevin Dickson, Deepak Gupta, Joni Hand, Roberta Humphrey, Don Jung, Ziping Liu, Tiffany Parker, Jian Peng, David Powell, Joyce Renaud, Desma Reno, Claudia Ruediger, Seidu Sofo, Carol Veneziano, Candide Walton, Janice Ward, and Diane Wood. Interim Provost McDougall was also in attendance. The following alternates were present: Lily Santoro, Shonta Smith, Sven Svenson, and Bart Williams. Not in attendance or represented by an alternate was: Debra Lee-DiStefano, Willie Redmond, and Victor Wilburn.
Benny Doris, Student Government President, Alissa Vandeven, Assistant Director for Human Resources, and Kathy Mangels, Vice President for Finance and Administration, were in attendance as guests.
The minutes for September 18, 2013 (48.3) were approved.
Benny Dorris introduced himself as the President of Student Government. He informed the Senate of some of the bigger projects Student Government has planned to complete this year. They are as follows: finalizing the funding for the new Scully patio next to Subway; working to get TVs at the shuttle stops to show a live stream of the routes; hosting another ALICE training this year; hosting a student open house which will have carnival games and free t-shirts; and possibly partnering with Chartwells to donate extra flex dollars to the food banks. He also mentioned that the Student Government will be selecting a new Student Regent this year.
Alissa Vandeven informed the Senate of the 2014 benefits. She stated that the University will be staying with United Healthcare and that there will be a slight increase on the premiums. She also informed the Senate that Open Benefits Enrollment will be from October 21 to November 1.
Senator Dickson, along with Kathy Mangels, discussed the results from the survey as well as comments collected at the open forums that the Compensation Committee held for the Faculty Compensation Study. He reported that the committee has been working hard over the past few weeks on this. He stated that there was a great response to the survey. Senator Dickson briefly went through the recommendations the committee developed, modifying the recommendations made by JW Terrill.
Senator Christensen introduced Bill 13-A-XX Regular Faculty Appointments Policy and Bill 13-A-XX Regular Faculty Appointments Procedures. He explained the new language that was added to each of the bills and stated that he will be bringing these bills to the next Faculty Senate meeting for a vote.
Chair-Elect Wood had no report.
Interim Provost McDougall explained and discussed the use of Student Learning Outcome data with the Senate. He explained how the Office of Institutional Research Assessment will maintain the SLO database, the rationale for using SLO data for institutional purposes, and how student performance is measured. He also explained who gets the results from the SLO data, and how faculty can use that data to improve student performance. Discussion took place.
Academic Affairs- Senator Althaus reported that the committee has met twice since the last Faculty
Senate meeting. The committee discussed the SLO utilization. They are also trying
to pick up where the committee left off last year and are going to be bringing bills
Compensation- Senator Dickson reported that the committee has not only been working on the Faculty Compensation Study, but are also working on a draft for overload pay and part time pay on campus. He stated that instead of a flat amount, the committee is considering a formula that could be used to determine overload pay so that it will adjust itself as time goes by.
Documents- Senator Clubbs reported that the committee has been looking over the Constitution and By-Laws and there are some grammar and issues of mechanics. The committee will have one person editing the issues and then present Senate with a tracked document for approval. They are also working on the Faculty Senate website. They are going to have a group and individual pictures of the Faculty Senate taken. They will also be going through the website and try to reduce the amount of links that are on the website.
Governance- Senator Peng reported that the committee has been discussing two sections in the Faculty Handbook dealing with Department Chairs. They have a draft completed and will forward the information.
Professional Affairs- Senator Christensen reported that they have been working on the bills he introduced to the Senate. They also have two emeritus bills to bring forward. He stated that they are on track to having another record year of emeritus retirements. He also reported that the committee has started to look at departmental tenure and promotion criteria to make sure they are in line with the Faculty Handbook.
Membership- No report
Senator Christensen moved to pass two emeritus bills for Robert Wayne Hamblin and James P. Sifferman. Senator Wood seconded. A vote was taken and the bills were passed. A vote was taken on the recommendations from the Compensation Committee. There was only one abstention and zero no votes.
Senator Renaud moved to adjourn. Senator Peng seconded. The Faculty Senate adjourned at 5:00pm.
The next Faculty Senate meeting will be held on October 23, 2013 at 3:00 pm in the UC Missouriana/Redhawks Room.