The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, in the UC Missouriana/Redhawks Room. The following Senators were present: Rick Althaus, Doug Atwood, Marcus Bond, Stephanie Chamberlain, Eric Clements, Brooke Clubbs, Kevin Dickson, Deepak Gupta, Joni Hand, Roberta Humphrey, Don Jung, Debra Lee-DiStefano, Ziping Liu, Tiffany Parker, Jian Peng, David Powell, Joyce Renaud, Claudia Ruediger, Seidu Sofo, Aaron Tuttle, Carol Veneziano, Janice Ward, Julie Weathers, and Victor Wilburn. Interim Provost McDougall was also in attendance. The following alternates were present: Dustin Siegel, Linda Heitman, and Amy Freshwater. Hayley Bohnert, Student Government Liaison was present. Not in attendance or represented by an alternate was: Brandon Christensen, Willie Redmond, and Candide Walton.
The minutes for October 23, 2013 (48.5) were approved.
Senator Parker moved to pass the Regular Faculty Appointments Policy bill. Senator Dickson seconded. The Senate voted and Bill 13-A-27 Regular Faculty Appointments Policy passed.
Senator Parker moved to pass the Regular Faculty Appointments Procedure bill. Senator Jung seconded. The Senate voted and Bill 13-A-28 Regular Faculty Appointments Procedures was passed with one abstention.
Senator Peng introduced Bill 13-A-XX Department Chairs Policy. He explained to the Senate that the language was the same except for the addition of a title on line three, lines 47-48 and lines 117-123.
Senator Peng also introduced Bill 13-A-XX Department Chairs Procedures. He stated that the bill had no substantial changes except a title being added to line four, and new language added to lines five and 114. Discussion took place. There were concerns regarding the chair search process. It was also suggested that language regarding the policy that chair candidates' files be viewed by department Tenure and Promotion committee be repeated.
Senator Althaus introduced Bill 13-A-XX Revision to the Five Year Calendar. He explained how the dates for fall break in 2014 and 2015 should be pushed back so that it doesn't interfere with Homecoming. Discussion took place. There were many concerns expressed regarding last minute changes to the calendar and how this might affect various groups across campus and in the community.
Chair Lee-DiStefano reported that the Executive Committee went to MAFS in Jefferson City. Missouri. She stated that Dr. Rusty Monhollon and Commissioner David Russell were both there and spoke. They discussed how to deal with the possibility of a funding formula and as well as an income tax reduction, and how we can get constituents to understand what this could do to education in the state of Missouri.
Chair Lee-DiStefano also reported that the Board of Regents met on October 24 and they passed the Compensation Study. The deadline to appeal CIP codes has passed. By December 13, every employee will receive a letter stating what their compensation change may or may not be. It will include your median salary, the percentage that would be applied, and whether or not there will be a salary change.
Lastly, the Chair reported that the Provost search is in progress. There have already been two interviews completed. There are still two more to come on Monday, November 11 and Tuesday November 12. She stated that there is a time for faculty to meet and question the candidates as well as a separate time for the Faculty Senators to meet and question the candidates. She strongly urged the Senators to make an effort to attend.
Interim Provost McDougall reported that the announcement of the Summer Grant Writing Workshop program will be going out shortly. There will be only 10 slots available.
Hayley Bohnert reported that the Student Government recently passed funding for the CTA Safe Ride program for students on the weekends, and it will continue into the spring semester. They are working to conduct a survey to see what students may want in the empty Kent Café area in the Library.
Academic Affairs- Senator Althaus reported that the committee will be meeting next week with Dr. Dave
Starrett and Dr. Allen Gathman to discuss common syllabus. He stated that the committee
has been working hard to get legislation to the Senate; some of which the Senate saw
Compensation- Senator Dickson reported that they reviewed the recommendation that was approved by the Board of Regents. The recommendation is the same recommendation the committee put forward with the exception of only two post-professorial merits be removed before the peer median comparison was made. He also stated that the committee has begun discussion on the overload and part time pay process. Senator Dickson also reported that he is part of the CIP committee and they are meeting tomorrow. He stated that he hopes they will start having reports come back to the departments on recommendations that were put forward by Chairs and Deans for changes in CIP codes.
Documents- Senator Clubbs reported that the committee has edited some grammar in the Faculty Senate Constitution. The edited Constitution was sent out to the Senators and they discussed some of the changes. The committee will also be conducting a Survey Monkey with questions pertaining to the Faculty Senate website.
Governance- Senator Peng reported that the committee is working on section 1F9 in the Faculty Handbook. He stated that the committee will need to talk with the Interim Provost and Human Resources about the hiring process, but the bill should be ready for the first Faculty Senate meeting.
Professional Affairs- Senator Parker had no report.
Membership- No report.
Senator Parker moved to adjourn. Senator Renaud seconded. The Faculty Senate adjourned at 4:40 pm.
The next Faculty Senate meeting will be held on November 20, 2013 at 3:00 pm in the UC Missouriana/Redhawks Room.