Time: 3:15 p.m.
Place: HMSU, Dede III
Officers: Chair S. Lamb, Vice Chair B. Evans, Secretary C. Hoffman
Senators: E. Bermudez, K. Bolinger, E. Brown, J. Buffington, D. Collins, J. Conant,
S. Davis, J. Fine, B. Frank, A. Halpern, T. Hawkins, P. Hightower, J. Hughes,
M. McLean, C. Mehrens, M. Miller, L. O’Laughlin, S. Phillips, R. Schneirov, S. Shure,
T. Steiger, C. Stemmans, G. Stuart, J. Wilson, S. Wolf, D. Worley, D. Yaw, G. Zhang
Absent: S. Allen, C. Amlaner, H. Chait, S. Ghosh, K. Liu, G. Minty, T. Mulkey,
S. Pontius, J. Powers,
Ex-Officio: Provost Maynard
Visitor: W. Dando
Memorials were read and accepted by acclamation for Stanley Chipper and Benjamin Moulton.
II. Administrative Report
Provost Maynard reported:
1) A Cyberwire has been sent out explaining that the $1.5M in one-time monies will be distributed
as a one-time compensation payment to all full- and part-time regular employees (benefits-eligible
faculty and staff) who were on June 30, 2006, and remained employed in eligible
2) new Welcome Center is open and is expected to enhance recruitment.
Requested information about d
2 ½ year project from beginning to end.
4) Parking garage groundbreaking was Oct. 23. Lot 3 (7th and Cherry) is closed for the construction,
is expected to take 18 months; plans for a formal dedication in November.
5) The University has received two awards – one state, one national:
"Community Spirit Award" (state) – for work with and accommodation of persons with disabilities
"President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll" (national)
-- for service related to hurricane Katrina
6) The Board of Trustees
III. Chair Report
Carpenter, President Benjamin, and Provost Maynard on Thursday, October 19th at Condit House to
discuss the present climate on campus. The conversation was extremely frank. The format was
devoted almost exclusively to one in which Blanche and I presented a perspective of the President’s
leadership to the two Board members. The discussion did not strayfrom that issue. Trustee Alley
stated that the
360 would take place this year
although he did not state
Trustee Alley conducted a fair and open meeting.
On other issues
Apparently, half of the chairs in Arts and Sciences are
Dean McCallister (Library), Dean Foster (Technology)
and Dean Balch (Education
struggling. We must have greater stability. We must have more academic building blocks.
The ability to retain and attract good faculty, administrators, and staff is suffering. Faculty, especially
young faculty are discouraged and are looking elsewhere.
The recent resignation of Dean Green has caused trauma across the University Community. Those
people in administrative positions and vulnerable are dismayed and speaking among themselves.
Faculty are shocked and are speaking out through a multitude of venues. The entire University
community has reacted negatively to this event. How can we have a positive outlook when one of our
most talented leaders must resign
Faculty between the ages of 60 and 65 who are considering retiring in order to have access to this
window are very
concerned that the health benefits
under them after
they retire. They want to make
careers here with the expectation that this was part of their employment package. I encourage the
administration to work through FEBC concerning this issue.
On a much less distressing note: I hope someone has stepped forward from the Arts and Science
Senators to serve as
If someone is willing to serve, please inform Mary after this meeting.
Enough of my good news. Let us turn to Mr. Brown of the SGA
for his thoughts.
IV. SGA Report
supports the $1.5M
initiatives, and will be investigating the state of Affirmative Action on campus.
V. Fifteen Minute Open Discussion
2) Proactive measures encouraged to offset growing trend to minimize faculty governance
involvement in University decisions.
3) No funds will remain of the $1.5M one-time money for placement in faculty
VI. Minutes of September 28 – APPROVED (Evans, Hightower 31-0-0)
VII. Senate Actions
Changes to the University Handbook Faculty Grievance Policy
The faculty of Indiana State University has primary responsibility for such fundamental areas as
curriculum, methods of instruction, research/creativity, faculty status (i.e., promotion, performance
review, and tenure), and those aspects of student life which relate to the educational process. All
decision adversely affects these responsibilities or the financial, intellectual, or pedagogical aspects of
appointments and results from a violation of University policy
application of policies regarding work assignment, or other procedures, except those exempted below),
academic freedom, or inadequate consideration (this might be with regard to a working condition or
assignment, except those exempted below), may petition the
All faculty members are entitled to due process, including a faculty hearing of record and the opportunity
to confront any adverse witnesses and/or to respond to adverse information. Procedures other than this
one exist in the University for faculty dismissal (tenured, tenure-track, special purpose, and part-time
temporary faculty, but “dismissal” referred to here is
different from the
track faculty member, which is also addressed by a separate
policy), appointment, tenure, and
promotion, pay for performance, or conduct involving illegal discrimination.
Changes to Handbook language (II-15, sec. 5 part b) - re: grievances:
"In cases where a grievance has been filed by a special purpose or part-time temporary faculty member, the
Special Purpose and Part-Time Temporary Faculty Advocate shall serve as a sixth member of the grievance
committee with a speaking but nonvoting seat."
Changes to Handbook language (II-11, sec. XI) – re: dismissal procedures:
reason arises to question the fitness of a University faculty member who has
VIII. Old Business: None.
IX. New Business: None.
X. Standing Committee Reports
Senators provided updates on respective standing committee activity since the September
The meeting adjourned at 4:02 p.m.
C. Hoffman, Secretary