UWA FACULTY SENATE MINUTES
Tuesday, April 16, 2002 - 3:00 p.m.
Wise Conference Room - Wallace Hall 213
I. Roll Call
Janis Beaird called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m. Members present were Dr.
Richard Schellhammer, Ms. Tina Jones, Dr. R.T. Floyd, Dr. Bill Ward, Dr. Lee
Day, Dr. Mark Griffith, Dr. Gene May, Dr. Lauren Wells, Dr. Manley Blackwell,
Dr. Tom Gonzalez, Mr. Jim Todd, Dr. Richard Buckner, Dr. Richard Collison, Dr.
Lesa Shaul, Dr. Gary Stone, Ms. Sylvia Homan (for Ann Ketcham) and Ms. Martha
II. Approval of Feb. 19, 2002 Minutes
Collison moved that the minutes be approved with corrections. Dr. Griffith
seconded. The minutes passed.
III. Old Business
Maternity Leave Policy – Dr. Richard Schellhammer
Schellhammer said that he is drafting a question to send to faculty and staff to
discover the need for such a policy.
He added that faculty and staff should receive an email regarding this
issue in a few days.
Commencement Participation – Dr. David Bowen
Bowen reminded everyone of the history of proposal. Dr. Bowen stated that
he reviewed different policies concerning graduation from around the state.
He noted that he has found that some schools do not have a policy, and others do
not follow their policy. He cited the University of Alabama as an example.
He noted that the University of Montevallo holds commencement three times a
year. Their policy states that all faculty must participate in the Spring
ceremonies, but they alternate at the subsequent two ceremonies. Dr. Bowen
asked if the Senate wished him to present a written proposal which could be
submitted to the Deans’ Council. Dr. Bowen said, “what we are asking
for is a reasonable change.”
Beaird asked if there was discussion on the issue. Dr. Bowen noted that if
someone wishes to attend both commencement ceremonies then they could attend one
in academic regalia and one in street clothes. Dr. Schellhammer said the
benefit of such a policy is that the number of seats available for family
members would increase.
Bowen said that he would write a written report of his findings and present the
policy to Dr. Beaird who will present it to the Deans’ Council.
Retirement System - Dr. Janis Beaird
Don Yancey of the Alabama Retirement System will be on campus on Thursday, April
18, to discuss individual retirement concerns.
At 2 p.m. in Wallace Hall Auditorium, he will be giving a presentation on
the DROP program.
Summer Salaries – Mr. Jim Todd
Todd distributed an email from Paul Stewart concerning tax withholding. Mr. Todd
said that the best way to handle the taxes is to submit a new W-4. Mr.
Todd said the committee reviewed seven other universities and their faculty
experience the same tax situation.
IV. New Business
Allowing Time for Committee Meetings
Buckner raised the issue as to how this would be possible realizing the number
of committees that most faculty members sit on. Dr. Floyd explained what
happened the last time the Senate visited this issue. Mr. Todd noted that
email has helped everyone communicate better.
Changing the Time Schedule To Allow 10 minutes Between
Beaird mentioned that this is a concern that has been brought to her attention.
Dr. Buckner that his faculty are opposed to such a change. Dr. Buckner
said that professors teaching classes back to back would have difficulty with
only 10 minutes between classes. Dr. Schellhammer said that such a change
would make MWF schedules more reasonable. Mr. Todd said that he was not
sure that the fifteen minutes serve any purpose. Dr. Floyd asked if anyone
serving on the Semester Conversion Committee remembered the rationale for the
Griffith proposed that breaks between classes on MWF be changed to 10 minutes
and TuTh remain at 15 minutes. Dr. Gonzalez seconded the motion. The
Senate representatives will take the proposal to their faculty. The
discussion was tabled until the June meeting.
Schellhammer said he felt that the information received about handling
sabbaticals was helpful. Dr. Schellhammer explained Dr. Barbara Carter’s
solutions to the Senate. All the proposals recognized the reality of
limited funding. Dr. Griffith said that he has discussed with his Dean
about paid leave for people who receive Fullbright Scholarships. Dr.
Beaird suggested that she bring the issue to Provost David Taylor and see if a
committee could be formed to examine the issue. Mr. Todd said that a lot
of discussion in the College of Business concerned the recruitment and retention
of qualified faculty.
Commencement Update – Dr. Janis Beaird
issue was tabled. Dr. Beaird said that she will email her report to the
Shirley asked for an update on the implementation of a childcare facility on
campus. Dr. Wells said that this project is progressing and the plans are
to open the facility in the fall. Dr.Griffith added that Dr. Holland
reported that the state budget for higher education passed. At the moment,
it appears that a 2 ½ percent raise for next year is possible.
The meeting was adjourned at