Time: 3:15 p.m.
Place: HMSU, Dede III
Present: Chairperson J. Cerny, Vice Chair S. Lamb, Secretary C. Hoffman
Senators: E. Bermudez, M. Brennan, D. Burger, G. Christianson, R. Clouse, N. Corey, P. Dutta,
V. French, D. Gilman, V. Gregory, M. Hamm, M. Harmon, P. Hightower, H. Hudson,
R. Johnson, N. Lawrence, K. Liu, S. Macke, R. McGiverin, J. McNabb, D. Memory,
W. Moates F. Muyumba, C. Nicol, T. Nicoletti, A. O'Bryan, N. Rogers, R. Schneirov,
L. Sperry, E. Warner, W. Warren, C. Yoder
Absent: John Allen, B. Frank, R. Goidel, J. Jakaitis, L. Maule
Ex-Officio: President Benjamin, Provost Pontius
Deans: T. Foster, B. Hine, D. Hopkins, C. Ingersoll, R. Libler, B. Passmore, B. Saucier, T. Sauer
Visitors: B. Clouse, P. Engelbach, S. McFadden
A memorial was read and accepted for Jacob Cobb (Gilman, Corey 30-0-0).
II. Administrative Report
President Benjamin reported that:
(1) He was pleased to present an honorary ISU doctorate to Dr. Cloyd Anthony in Sebring, Florida.
(2) Greg Goode, Executive Assistant to the President for External Relations, has been appointed.
(3) No definitive budget information is yet available. He noted that health benefits costs are expected to increase 10%, which will require an additional $900 K next year and that utility and insurance costs are expected to rise.
(4) He will make an oral report to the Board of Trustees (2/22) on the two meetings of the Ad Hoc Committee on Governance. He stressed his support of shared governance, but that "enhanced communication" is necessary. A need exists for clearer definitions of some terms and an examination of organizational structure. Affected groups will have input through normal governance channels. He expects to report again to the Trustees in June. He praised the Institutional Effectiveness Retreat as an "excellent time."
(5) Board of Trustees meeting to be held February 21-22.
Provost Pontius reported verbally the administrative response to the December and January actions taken by the Senate. Although the three FEBC recommendations were not accepted, the Provost said he would recommend to the President that a University-wide
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compensation study be put in place to parallel with the agreed-upon process for full evaluation of faculty. The provost also reported that:
(1) A revised contract (appointment) letter, modified to be "more inclusive," will be shared with the Executive Committee.
(2) Dean Searches -- Business: closure soon
A&S: Third candidate on-campus interviewing
Graduate: Interviewing candidates
(3) Faculty hires are proceeding well, with a number of very good candidates. The cut-off date for new hires is April 5.
(4) Student Credit Hour (SCH) discussions continue with individual deans, including discussion of "intensity levels." Report will go to FAC and the Executive Committee. Target for completion is two years.
(5) Subcommittee reports on the Status of Chairs and Summer School Administration will go to deans in approximately two weeks.
(6) Deans' Council will discuss the five-year budget plan on 2/25.
III. Chair Report:
In just the past few weeks we have dealt with several stressful incidents that have taxed the resiliency and resources of the Institution and the character and the steel of our students, faculty, and staff. The death of a student is an especially tragic event that affects family, friends, mentors, and indeed the whole campus community. Condolences are extended to Mr. Welsh's family and thanks to members of the Student Counseling Center and the Psychology Clinic for their efforts in helping students and staff in coping with this sad event. At the same time, this tragedy reminds us of the very serious issues that our professional staff and faculty deal with on a daily basis.
A sub-committee of the Executive Committee is still investigating some important issues related to language in the Handbook. A proposal is expected to be brought to the Senate yet this semester.
The Chair received a telephone call from Dr. Don Ammeron at Virginia State University, which is reconstituting its Faculty Senate after the previous governance organization at the University was dissolved. He informed the Chair that Robert Kreiser at AAUP's central office identified Indiana State University as one of four institutions that provided an exemplary model of faculty governance. The other three were the University of Tennessee, Auburn University, and Bradley University. The Chair was pleased to share ISU's model and also pleased with the recognition noted by AAUP that connotes that ISU has an effective and reasonably efficient model of Faculty Governance that works well.
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Senate elections will take place shortly. Faculty are encouraged to vote. The names of Senate nominees were read.
Board of Trustees meeting tomorrow.
Consideration is being given to shortening Commencement: move faculty awards to Faculty Awards Dinner. While many faculty voiced no objection, some objections have been raised. Information will be forwarded to Commencement Committee.
IV. SGA Report
No report. The SGA elections are now taking place.
V. Fifteen Minute Open Discussion
1) Environmental Safety: Additional discussion of health issues raised by recent off-campus fire. Locus of authority to evacuate buildings should be established. Disaster Plan being revised to address concerns.
2) Access to on-line books list for fall. Inaccuracies in recent book order forms from Barnes and Noble.
VI. Minutes for the January 24 meeting were approved. (Gilman, Bermudez 32-0-2).
VII. CAAC Recommendations:
General Education Capstone Course Credit, approved (Clouse, Maule 32-0-2);
Provisional Merger-Science Education Dept. into Life Sciences Dept., approved (Liu, Lawrence 30-2-2);
Music Theater Minor for Music Majors, approved Lawrence, Liu 33-0-1;
B.A./B.S. Social Science Education, approved Clouse, Bermudez 27-2-6.
VIII. New Business
Approved, School of Business Constitution Change (Lamb, Burger 34-0-1):
Item 4. was added to section IV. Standing Committees of the Business Faculty, Part. B. Membership.
Revision: 4. Student representatives shall be selected by the Student Affairs Committee upon the advice and recommendation of the Dean’s Student Advisory Committee (DSAC) and of the relevant Standing Committees. Selection of student representatives will occur in April after the election of the new members of the Standing Committees. Student representatives shall serve a one-year term. If a student representative is unable to fulfill the term, the Student Affairs Committee shall appoint a replacement upon the advice and recommendation of DSAC and the relevant Standing Committee.
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Approved, D. Barnhart, Nursing (Schneirov, Hoffman 33-0-2), and M. Stimley, Education (Schneirov, Corey 34-0-1), for one-year terms on the 2001-2002 University Promotions Committee.
IX. Information Items:
Summer School Administration Committee Report--AAC, FAC, FEBC Resolutions
Status of Chairs Committee Report--AAC and FAC Resolutions
Senate Committees Summer Activities, White Paper
X. Standing Committee Reports
Administrative Affairs Committee, K. Liu --The AAC had met three times, discussed the ad hoc committee on university governance's report and worked on the calendar. The
Committee also approved to conduct a Professional Satisfaction Survey using the same survey questionnaire that was developed jointly by the university administration and Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate in 1998-99 academic year.
Arts Endowment Committee, G. Christianson--The AEC had not met.
Curriculum and Academic Affairs Committee, J. McNabb--The CAAC had met three times and worked on fifteen curricular proposals.
Faculty Affairs Committee, R. Schneirov--The FAC made resolutions on the Summer School Report, Status of Chairs Report, amendment to the School of Business constitution, requested that clarity would be given to the grievance procedure in the University Handbook, and began consideration of the Recommendations to Revise the Status of Non-Tenure-Track Faculty.
Faculty Economic Benefits Committee, R. Clouse--The FEBC had met twice, considered health benefit issues, supported the Summer School Report, and worked on reports for failed searches and salaries for faculty and administration.
Graduate Council, D. Memory--The Council had met twice, approved program review proposals and new courses and discussed miscellaneous items from Graduate Studies.
Student Affairs Committee, M. Harmon--The SAC met twice: considered changes to drop/add policy and student grievance policy. The committee will meet again 2/23.
University Research Committee, E. Bermudez--The URC met 2/14 and considered nine summer applications and two spring proposals. Funding for summer and spring proposals will be approved at the 2/28 meeting.
The meeting adjourned at 4:35 p.m.