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Southeast Missouri State University

Professional Affairs Committee

Members: Rick Althaus (Chair), Brandon Christensen, Wendy Cooper, Sean Eom, Ziping Liu, Dixie McCollum, Matt Olsen, Tiffany Parker, David Powell, and Seidu Sofo.

The Professional Affairs Committee met 10 times during the year from August 31, 2011 to March 28, 2012.

Summary of Committee Activities:

  1. The Committee recommended to the Senate and the Senate passed 9 bills recommending that emeritus/emerita status be conferred on 17 retiring faculty and 2 deceased faculty, representing a total of 536 years of service to the University.
  2. The Committee recommended to the Senate and the Senate passed 10 bills realigning Faculty Handbook provisions into “policy” and “procedures” sections.
  3. The Committee prepared preliminary drafts of recommendations concerning other Handbook sections that have not yet been reported to the Senate.
  4. The Committee studied the proposal to establish a “clinical faculty” designation in the Handbook, and reported its recommendation to the Senate.
  5. The Committee monitored and discussed state events that could affect the issue of the University's nondiscrimination statement with regard to sexual orientation.

Agenda items for the year:

A. The Chair of the 2010-2011 Committee, Rick Althaus, recommended that the Committee work on the following:

  1. Revisit the issue of Departmental Tenure and Promotion Criteria and their compliance with the Handbook policy on Student Evaluation of Instruction data. NOT ADDRESSED.
  2. Continue to monitor and report on state events that might permit the inclusion of sexual orientation in the University's nondiscrimination statement. ONGOING PROCESS.
  3. Recommend revisions of the sections of the Faculty Handbook assigned by 2010-2011 Faculty Senate Chairperson Sophia Scott and not completed during the previous session, including:
  • Chapter 2, Sections D 1-5 (faculty designations) SEE BOX “B” BELOW.
  • Chapter 3, Sections A, B, D, and E (ethics, conflict of interests, research, and service) SEE BOX “B” BELOW.
  • Chapter 7 (miscellaneous policies) SEE BOX “B” BELOW.

B. The Chair of the 2011-2012 Faculty Senate, Kevin Dickson, initially charged the Committee with preparing recommendations regarding revisions of the following sections of the Handbook:

Chapter 2, Sections D 1-4 (faculty designations)

  • IN PROGRESS--Had preliminary discussion with Provost. Committee awaits data regarding current faculty makeup requested from Office of the Provost in January 2012. Portions of this item were discussed in March 2012 in conjunction with the “Clinical Faculty” proposal, addressed in box “D”below.

Chapter 2, Section H 1-2 (Termination of Faculty)

  • IN PROGRESS—subcommittee prepared draft, additional work needed before being reported to the Senate.

Chapter 3, Sections A, B, D, and E (ethics, conflict of interests, research, and service)

  • PARTIALLY COMPLETED:
  • Sections A and B still PENDING before Committee
  • Sections D 1, 3, 4, and 5 were COMPLETED by the Senate: Bill 12-A-6 (policy) was APPROVED by the Board of Regents, Bill 12-A-7 (procedures) is awaiting Presidential approval. [Section D 2, “Research Funding,” was addressed by Compensation Committee. Bill 11-A-31 (policy) was APPROVED by the Board of Regents, Bill 11-A-32 (procedures) is awaiting Presidential approval.]
  • Sections D 6 and 7 were COMPLETED by the Senate: Bill 12-A-?? (policy) and Bill 12-A-??+1 (procedures) were APPROVED by the Senate on April 4, 2012.
  • Sections E 1, 2, and 3 were COMPLETED by the Senate: Bill 12-A-2 (policy) was APPROVED by the Board of Regents. Bill 12-A-3 (procedures) is awaiting Presidential approval.

Chapter 4, Sections B and C (professional development opportunities)

  • COMPLETED—In previous year's session, Committee recommended and Senate passed legislation dealing with Sections A, B, C, D, and E: Bills 11-A-21 (policy), 11-A-22 (procedures), 11-A-23 (procedures), and 11-A-24 (procedures). All have been APPROVED by Board of Regents or President, as appropriate.

Chapter 7, Sections C and H (miscellaneous policies)

  • Section C, Nondiscrimination Statement: Ongoing process.
  • Section H, Partisan Political Action: COMPLETED by the Senate: Bill 11-A-33 (policy) was approved by the Board of Regents. Bill 11-A-34 (procedures) is awaiting Presidential approval.

C. The Chair of the 2011-2012 Faculty Senate, Kevin Dickson, subsequently charged the Committee with preparing recommendations regarding revisions of the following sections of the Handbook:

  • Chapter 2, Section D 5 (emeritus faculty): IN PROGRESS. Subcommittee is preparing draft recommendations for clarification, and for dividing into separate policy and procedures sections.

D. The 2011-2012 Faculty Senate referred to the Committee a proposal concerning a new designation of “Clinical Faculty.” The proposal had been presented to the Senate on November 2, 2011 by Gloria Green, Chair of the Nursing Department and Connie Hebert, Director of the Autism Center.

  • On February 22, 2012, Gloria Green and Connie Hebert met with the Committee to discuss the proposal. On March 28, Provost Ron Rosati met with the Committee to discuss both the “Clinical Faculty” proposal and the broader topic of “Faculty Designations.” During the discussion, a consensus was reached among the participants that Dr. Rosati would attempt to meet the needs of the Autism Center by utilizing dual appointments, perhaps dividing someone's responsibility between being a staff member of the Center and a faculty member in an academic department, such as Psychology. There was also a consensus that no further action be taken on the original proposal vis-à-vis the Nursing Department until the fate of a possible Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is determined. A report to this effect will be made to the Senate.

Recommended Agenda items for the 2011-2012 year:

1. Continue to recommend revisions of the sections of the Faculty Handbook that have been assigned by previous Senate Chairs but not completed, including:

  • Chapter 2, Sections D 1-5 (faculty designations)
  • Chapter 2, Sections H 1-3 (termination of faculty)
  • Chapter 3, Sections A and B (ethics, conflict of interest)
  • Chapter 7, Sections A-G and I-J (miscellaneous policies)

2. Continue to monitor and report on state events that might permit the inclusion of sexual orientation in the University's nondiscrimination statement.

3. As time permits, revisit the issue of Departmental Tenure and Promotion Criteria and their compliance with the Handbook policy on Student Evaluation of Instruction data.

Respectfully Submitted,

Rick Althaus

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