Time: 3:15 p.m.
Place: HMSU, Room 227
Present: Chair V. Sheets, Vice Chair A. Halpern, J. Fine, J. Hughes, M. Miller, S. Pontius
T. Sawyer, D. Worley
Absent: Sr. A. M. Anderson
Ex-Officio: R. English
Guests: L. Sperry
I. Agenda reordered by consensus
II. Approval of Minutes (Sawyer/Pontius) 8-0-0
III. Administrative Report
a. We are in the process of finishing up first year appraisals. They are going well.
b. We are looking at sabbaticals. In the future we are going to have to look at the approval process.
c. Regarding the 2/3 payment questioned last week, it was a miscommunication. There should be no problem getting the money moved.
i. $3,000 for professional development for new faculty is made in stages. The 1st $1,000 is paid when they complete the first portion of orientation.
ii. The 2nd $1,000 is paid by July 1st of the upcoming year. If the $2,000 is needed earlier in the first year, it can be backed up to around May.
iii. Noted: many are under the assumption that it is all paid at once in the first year.
iv. The 3rd $1,000 is paid in the second year.
v. Noted: most people make plans for things based on the fact that the money would be in the department’s budget earlier than May.
vi. The money is used by departments toward helping achieve tenure.
vii. Another $1,500 is a computer allotment.
viii. Noted: This contingency doesn’t seem to be the right way to fund professional development in new faculty. Everyone should be getting access to that kind of minimal support or professional development in the first year, irrespective of this program of faculty orientation.
ix. E. Kinley will be coming to Executive Committee next week, and will go to FAC within 30 days.
d. Discussion was held on various aspects of sabbaticals; economics, timing, replacements.
e. Last week the quality of ISU’s diplomas was raised. S. Gick has been asked to look into options.
IV. Chair Report
a. An e-mail was received from GSA president. They would like to have a speaking seat on the Senate as SGA does. SGA is specified in the handbook as having a role. We can’t simply, by fiat, give GSA a role. I’ll put it on the list for potential FAC charges for next year. It seems reasonable. I have notified the president of GSA that she may come to Senate to give a report.
V. Fifteen Minutes Open Discussions
a. Enter Executive Session – 3:30 PM
Exit Executive Session – 3:58 PM
b. Motion to table discussion until next meeting (Sawyer/Pontius) 8-0-0
VI. New Business – L. Sperry invited to the table, FAC recommendations
a. Offered clarification of the handbook language guiding selection of Caleb Mills award recipients.
Motion to accept changes (Halpern/Worley) 8-0-0
b. Recommendation to add the of Affiliate Faculty to the University Handbook (Pontius/Sawyer)
Discussion held on the reasons for adding another category vs. reducing to 2 categories.
Question called (Hughes) Recommendation passed 6-2-0
VII. Old Business – None
VIII. Committee Liaison Reports
a. AAC- has met
b. AEC – none
c. CAAC - none
d. FAC – long discussion re recommending minus grades, also adding “A+”
e. FEBC – will have a full meeting on Wednesday.
f. GC – Transfer Credit proposal is coming forward, with hopes of presenting it at the next Senate meeting.
g. SAC - none
h. URC – 10 proposals, $27,000.00(+) to distribute, meeting again in March to evaluate the proposals. The Dreiser Committee has a new member from URC. The URC now has a chair. They meet at the library at 4:00 PM on Fridays.