The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday, November 20, 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, Brooke Clubbs, Kevin Dickson, Deepak Gupta, Joni Hand, Roberta Humphrey, Debra Lee-DiStefano, Ziping Liu, Tiffany Parker, Jian Peng, David Powell, Willie Redmond, Joyce Renaud, Desma Reno, Claudia Ruediger, Seidu Sofo, Carol Veneziano, Candide Walton, Julie Weathers, Victor Wilburn, and Diane Wood. Interim Provost McDougall was also in attendance. The following alternates were present: Wendy Cooper and Ann White. Hayley Bohnert, Student Government Liaison was present. Not in attendance or represented by an alternate was: Aaron Tuttle and Janice Ward.
Dr. Deborah Below, Vice President for Enrollment Management & Student Success and Dean of Students; Trent Ball, Associate Dean of Student; James Cook, Director of Human Resources; Melissa Coffee, Employment Specialist; Dr. Bill Eddleman, Vice Provost and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies; and Dr. Chris McGowan, Dean of the College of Science, Technology, and Agriculture, were in attendance as guests.
The minutes for November 6, 2013 (48.6) were approved.
Dr. Below and Trent Ball talked to the Senate about Strategic Enrollment Management and student retention. They stated that Southeast Missouri State University is the third fastest growing university in Missouri, and the University has had 19 years of consecutive growth. Dual credit has helped enrollment grow this year. The high schools in the area are happy that the dual credit has grown. Dr. Below explained that some of the enrollment goals that were shared with the Administrative Council were head count, FTE growth by 1.5%, diversity, quality of student body, and 75% first-time, full-time retention rate from fall semester to fall semester.
Dean McGowan briefly explained the College Completion Academy to the Senate. Complete College America is funded by the Gates Foundation and the Lumina Foundation. Southeast will corequisite developmental classes with EN100 and Math classes.
James Cook and Melissa Coffee were at the Faculty Senate meeting to help explain the Chair search process. Chair Lee-DiStefano explained that the Senate is mainly concerned about what the Human Resources(HR) role is as far as committee composition, candidates, how information is sent back to faculty, and who is allowed to ask questions in a Chair search. They explained that HR advertises the position, prescreens for the required qualifications listed in the job announcement, and forwards the files of the qualified candidates to the search committee. It is then up to the search committee to review and score the candidates based on the required qualifications. HR does not dictate with whom the candidates meet, how many people can be on a search committee, or who is on the committee; that is all generated by the department. They explained that each college has its own set of parameters for searches.
Senator Althaus moved for the approval of the Five Year Calendar. Senator Redmond seconded. Senator Althaus explained that the Executive Committee and the Provost had a meeting with the President to discuss this matter and some of the Senate's concerns. At that meeting, the President agreed to leave fall break as is for 2014; for 2015 fall break will be moved to Thanksgiving week. Discussion took place. There is ongoing concern about having fall break tied in with Thanksgiving because there will be no break after midterms and also that this, if a permanent solution, is not in favor. Chair Lee-DiStefano reiterated that this is a temporary fix. A vote was taken and Bill 13-A-29 Five Year Academic Calendar passed with 14 votes for the bill and 10 opposed.
Senator Peng moved for the approval of Bill 13-A-XXDepartment Chairs Policy; it was seconded. Discussion took place. Senator Chamberlain proposed an amendment to line 125 by replacing the word “should” with “may.” Senator Clements seconded. A vote was taken and the amendment passed. After discussion over the bill, the Senate voted and Bill 13-A-30 Department Chairs Policy was approved.
Senator Peng moved for the approval of Bill 13-A-XX Department Chairs Procedures. Senator Althaus seconded. Discussion took place. Senator Atwood proposed an amendment by adding an additional sentence to line 171, stating: “Candidates may meet with departmental faculty individually and/or as a group, and others as designated by the search committee.” It was seconded. A vote was taken and the amendment passed. Senator Atwood proposed an amendment by adding an additional sentence to line 171, stating: “The search committee will meet with the department to discuss the candidates.” It was seconded. A vote was taken and the amendment passed. Senator Althaus proposed an amendment to add an additional sentence to line 171, stating: “To be hired above Assistant Professor the individual must meet the departmental criteria for that rank, as judged by the Departmental Tenure and Promotion Advisory Committee. Only once this has been done may that person be offered a contract and, if at the Associate Professor rank or above, will automatically be granted tenure upon appointment.” Senator Dickson seconded. A vote was taken and the amendment passed. Senator Atwood moved to table the bill with amendments. Peng seconded. The bill was tabled until the next Faculty Senate meeting.
Chair Lee-DiStefano had no report due to time constraints.
Interim Provost had no report due to time constraints.
Hayley reported that the Student Government has been taking recommendations and suggestions about potential changes to the website.
Academic Affairs- No report due to time constraints.
Compensation- No report due to time constraints.
Documents- No report due to time constraints.
Governance- No report due to time constraints.
Professional Affairs- No report due to time constraints.
Membership- No report due to time constraints.
Senator Wood moved to adjourn. Redmond seconded. The Faculty Senate adjourned at 5:15pm.
The next Faculty Senate meeting will be held on January 29, 2013 at 3:00 pm in the UC Missouriana/Redhawks Room.