Minutes
April 20
, 2004

UWA FACULTY SENATE MINUTES
Tuesday, April 20, 2004 - 3:30 p.m.
Wise Conference Room - Wallace Hall 213

I.  Roll Call

Dr. Richard Schellhammer called the meeting to order at 3:32 pm.  Members present were Dr. Lesa Shaul, Dr. Tom Gonzalez, Dr. Janis Beaird, Mr. Mark Brothers, Dr. Richard Collison, Dr. R.T. Floyd, Dr. Barry Green-Burns, Dr. Mark Griffith, Dr. Stephen Slimp for Dr. Tina Jones, Dr. Nancy Kudlawiec, Dr. Thomas Ratkovich, Dr. Richard Buckner for Dr. Don Salter, Mr. Jim Shelton, Ms. Ann Ketchum, and Dr. Lauren Wells.

II.  Approval of March 23rd Minutes

Dr. Collison made a motion that the minutes be approved as presented.  The motion was seconded by Dr. Green-Burns and was approved unanimously.

III. Old Business

  1. Alabama Teachersí Retirement System Visit

Dr. Schellhammer reported that a representative from RSA made a visit to campus.  All available appointments with the representative were taken.

  1. Access to Salary Information

Dr. Schellhammer distributed information concerning salaries of faculty and administrators as well as information concerning regional and national averages.  Dr. Schellhammer stated that he had a meeting with President Holland concerning raises given to administrators.  Dr. Holland was invited to speak to the Senate in June and will discuss any issues pertaining to compensation

IV. New Business

  1. Report from AAUP

Dr. Lauren Wells asked that anyone interested in joining the local AAUP chapter should contact her or any of the other officers.  Dr. Wells stated that the local AAUP chapter is interested in obtaining information about several items related to the consulting company, Vantage, that has been on-campus recently. Items of interest are the contract with Vantage, the decision making process, the cost of the survey, and other avenues involved with the strategic planning initiative.  The next AAUP meeting is on April 27th at 3:30 pm in 218 Bibb Graves.

  1. Online Course Documentation

Dr. Schellhammer met with the Deanís Council and in this meeting expressed the concern that faculty should have some sort of protection in regard to intellectual property rights and on-line course materials.  The Deanís Council requested that Senate come back with proposal.  Dr. Schellhammer appointed a committee consisting of Dr. Griffith, Dr. Gonzalez, Dr. Shaul, Dr. Green-Burns, and Dr. Joe Wilkins.  Dr. Griffith was asked to chair the committee.

  1. Senate Presidentís Report

Dr. Schellhammer began by reporting on several issues discussed by the Deanís Council.  The Deanís Council is looking into an anti-plagiarism service called turnitin.com.  Dr. Floyd inquired as to the price of the service.  According to Dr. Schellhammer, the service costs forty-eight cents per FTE per year.  Further information regarding this service is available from the deans as well as the serviceís website, http://turnitin.com.

Also discussed in the Deanís Council was the possibility of offering a mini-semester, during the three week period between the summer and spring.  Such a mini-semester might be used to seminars or foreign travel opportunities for which students could receive credit.  It is possible that this could be implemented by 2005.  Dr. Floyd asked about the pay scale for the mini-semester but Dr. Schellhammer did not have any information regarding the pay scale.

The universityís yearbook, The Paragon, was also discussed in the Deanís Council.  Options such as continuing The Paragon in its current form or publishing the yearbook on CD-ROM.  There has been concern over the quality of the yearbook.  Contact deans about the future of The Paragon if you are interested.

The Deanís Council asked that faculty support the alumni association.  There are 11 alumni associations, 2 of which currently meet.  The Sumter County chapter met on the 17th.  If somebody you know is an alumnus, put them in contact with people in the alumni office.

At the Deanís Council meeting, Dr. Shaul proposed a brown bag lunch series to fill the need for some sort of forum to address gender issues at UWA.  Dr. Shaul felt that it is important to invite men and women to talk about issues that effect women.  Meetings would be held once a month, probably in the dining hall.  Dr. Shaul would be happy to accept suggestions concerning the lunch series.

Dr. Schellhammer mentioned that Blackboard Version 6 will be introduced this summer.  The new version should be active by June 1st.

Dr. Schellhammer continued his report by giving an overview of the Alabama Council of University Faculty Presidents (ACUFP) meeting held in Montgomery on Higher Ed Day.  UWA faculty members have been told many times that we are the only faculty in the state that gets our health insurance paid by the university, however representatives from University of North Alabama reported that their faculty also get paid full health insurance.  Dr. Schellhammer stated that he felt as if faculty at UWA have done a good job in supporting the Higher Education Partnership (HEP), but that we do not really have a liaison with HEP other than the ACUFP meetings.  A number of people at the ACUFP meeting felt as though the faculty senate should add a new position of HEP liaison.  It shouldnít be an officer but another position with more continuity with the officers.  This person could be renewed so that there was some continuity so this person can tell us right away rather than waiting for somebody to do something to us.  Dr. Schellhammer will draw up the required changes to the bylaws and amendments for a vote in June.

  1. Other

Dr. Gonzalez brought up the issue of openness regarding the use of course fees.  Dr. Schellhammer appointed Dr. Gonzalez Chair of the Senate Finance Committee and charged the committee with gathering and reporting information on the use of these fees.

Dr. Floyd stated that elections should be held for new representatives in following departments:  Fine Arts, Languages and Literature, Computer Information Systems, Physical Education and Athletic Training, Foundations, Counseling, and Library Media.

V. Adjournment

Dr. Collison motioned that the meeting be adjourned.  The meeting was adjourned at 5:06 p.m.


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