UWA FACULTY SENATE MINUTES
Tuesday, April 15, 2003 - 4:00 p.m.
Wise Conference Room - Wallace Hall 213
Dr. Richard Schellhammer called the meeting to order
at 4:00 p.m. Dr. Schellhammer acted on behalf of Dr. Janis Beaird, who was at
a conference in San Diego. Members present were Dr. Tina Jones, Dr. R.T.
Floyd, Dr. Lesa Shaul, Mr. Jim Shelton, Mr. Mark Brothers, Dr. Mark Griffith,
Dr. Richard Collison, Dr. Tom Gonzalez, Dr. Betty Cowan, Dr. Dwayne Massey, Dr.
Nancy Kudlawiec, and Mr. Jim Todd.
II. Approval of March 18, 2003 Minutes
A motion was made to approve the March 17, 2003
minutes by Mr. James Todd. Dr. Mark Griffith seconded the motion. The motion
III. Old Business
Tax Reform Resolution – Dr. R.T. Floyd
Dr. Floyd reported on the attendance of a state
budget hearing meeting by an ACUFP member. Dr. Floyd distributed a handout
that was given at that meeting which outlined the consequences of proposed
budget cuts to higher education. Dr. Floyd asked for feedback on the Tax Reform
Resolution. Initially the deadline for this was April 10. In talking with
Gordon Stone, Executive Director of the Higher Education Partnership, it was
decided that all the resolutions from across the state be presented at one
time. Therefore, faculty should continue to solicit signatures on the
petition. Floyd added that these should be given to him before faculty leave
IV. New Business
Post-Tenure Faculty Development Program - Dr.
Dr. Underwood, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts,
addressed the Post-Tenure Faculty Development Program. He distributed a copy of
the proposal to the Senate. He noted that this system should be a reward for
going beyond what one is supposed to do. The program is still a work in
progress, he noted, because the Deans’ Council has not approved it. He asked
that the Senate review the document, so that he can take the comments back to
the committee. He said that Mr. James Todd and Dr. R.T. Floyd are members of
the committee, so they can bring the comments to the attention of the
committee. The program, according to Dr. Underwood, is supposed to serve as a
motivational tool. He explained that this could be tied to the sabbatical
program. The types of activities included in the program are major research or
creative program or a major project that improves instructional effectiveness or
professional competencies. A professor can do this for one or two years.
One-year projects would result in a two percent increase in 9-month salaries for
the rest of one’s career. A two-year project would net a four percent increase
in 9-month salaries for the rest of one’s career. For chairs, this includes
their administrative supplement. The University Review Group (URG) will serve
as the Post-Tenure Development Program Review Committee. Dr. Underwood
concluded by explaining that this is a voluntary process. Dr. Mark Griffith made
a motion that the program be distributed via email pending the Faculty Senate
president’s approval. Dr. Nancy Kudlawiec seconded the motion. The motion
Post-Tenure Faculty Development Program
Commencement – Dr. Tina Jones
Dr. Tina Jones reported that Commencement is
scheduled for May 3, 2003, at 10:30 a.m. in Pruitt Hall. As in the Fall,
tickets to graduating seniors will be issued, and overflow facilities for guests
will be arranged in Bibb Graves Auditorium and the Bell Conference Center. The
President’s Reception for graduates will be held from 8 a.m.- 9:30 a.m. Faculty
should line-up outside of BG 117 by 9:45 a.m. There will be approximately 180
degrees awarded at this commencement. The 2003 winner of the Gilbert Teaching
Award will be named, along with the Lyon Award recipient.
Nominations for New Officers
Dr. Schellhammer asked for nominations for the Fall
2003. He noted that according to the by-laws at least two people need to be
nominated for the position. The Rules Committee will count the votes for the
election. The results will be reported via email. Dr. Mark Griffith
nominated Dr. Lesa Shaul for Vice-President of Faculty Senate. Dr. Richard
Collison seconded the nomination. Dr. Nancy Kudlawiec moved that the
nominations be closed. Mr. James Todd seconded the motion. Dr. Mark Griffith
nominated Dr. Thomas Gonzalez for secretary. Dr. Collison seconded. Dr. Nancy
Kudlawiec moved that the motions be closed. Mr. James Todd seconded. Dr.
Richard Collison nominated Dr. Richard Schellhammer for president, and Dr Mark
Griffith seconded the nomination.. Dr. Nancy Kudlawiec moved that the
nominations be closed. Mr. James Todd seconded the motion. A motion was made
by Mr. James Todd that a write-in blank be provided on the ballot to allow for
write-in nominations and to meet the requirements of the by-laws. Mr. Shelton
seconded. The motion passed.
Before adjourning the meeting, Dr. Schellhammer
reminded the representatives that the Department of History and Social Sciences,
the Department of Instructional Support, the Department of Biological Sciences,
the Department of Mathematics, the Department of Physical Sciences, the Library
Staff will all need to elect new representatives for the Senate for Fall
There being no further business, the meeting was
adjourned at 4:50 p.m.