UWA FACULTY SENATE MINUTES
Tuesday, February 19, 2002 - 3:30 p.m.
Wise Conference Room - Wallace Hall 213
Janis Beaird called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m. Members present were Dr.
Richard Schellhammer, Ms. Tina Jones, Dr. R.T. Floyd, Dr. Bill Ward, Mr. Jim
Todd, Dr. Betty Cowan, Dr. Gene May, Dr. Manley Blackwell, Dr. David Bowen (for
Dr. Mark Griffith), Dr. Tom Gonzalez, Dr. Richard Buckner, Dr. Richard Collison,
Ms. Ann Ketcham (for Patricia Taylor), and Ms. Martha Shirley.
Approval of Jan. 15, 2002 Minutes
motion was made to approve the minutes of January 15 by Mr. James Todd.
Dr. Richard Collison seconded the motion. The minutes were approved unanimously.
Dr. Beaird announced that Dr. Lesa Shaul will now serve as the College of
Liberal Arts representative, replacing Dr. Joe Taylor.
Maternity Leave Policy
Dr. Janis Beaird reported that
this item was discussed at the Deans’ Council meeting, and the Council has
asked for an estimate of the cost to the institution for a six-week maternity
leave. Discussion concerning the
ability of the Faculty Affairs Committee to produce such an estimate ensued.
Dr. Schellhammer noted that his Committee would try to produce such an
Beaird again reported that this item was
discusses at the Deans’ Council meeting.
She stated that the Council wishes that a written policy proposal be
presented. Dr. Beaird asked Dr.
Bowen to write the proposed policy. He
noted that the difficulty in writing the policy lies in the fact that many of
our sister institution’s commencement participation polices do not reflect the
actual practice of the institution. Dr.
Bowen will continue with this project.
Faculty Affairs Committee
Dr. Schellhammer reported that he
could not find a statement in the Faculty Staff Handbook, which discusses
the policies governing faculty taking courses and paying fees. Therefore, he is unsure where to place a statement that notes
that the Photo ID fee for faculty taking courses is waived.
Mr. Todd and Dr. Floyd suggested that such a statement would be better
suited in the Faculty and Staff Benefits Brochure. Dr. Schellhammer said he will
examine the brochure and bring a statement suggestion to the next Faculty Senate
Constitutional Reform Seminar
Dr. Beaird reported that the seminar entitled the
“Keys to Constitutional Reform” was held on February 11. Approximately 40 people attended the event.
Dr. Bailey Thomson of the University of Alabama led the seminar.
Dr. Beaird said the seminar was very informative.
Ms. Jones added that a videotape of the seminar is available for
classroom use. Anyone wishing to
view the tape should contact Ms. Jones.
Presidential Search Committee
Beaird announced that an email had been sent to faculty and staff listing the
Presidential Search Committee’s four nominees for Acting President. The
nominees that were presented to the UWA Board of Trustees included Dr. Richard
Holland, Mr. Clemit Spruiell, Dr. David Taylor, and Dr. Roy Underwood.
The Board of Trustees will select from this list of nominees on March 4.
Dr. Beaird then explained the process by which the Search Committee
determined its nominee list. Several
members of the Senate stated that they felt the correspondence from the Search
Committee was confusing. Dr. Beaird
apologized for any confusion or miscommunication that occurred.
She further expressed her gratitude for the input from the faculty.
Dr. Bowen and Dr. Buckner both asked if the Search Committee’s charge
clearly stated that the selections will be made from the Search Committee’s
list of four. Dr. Beaird confirmed
that this was how she understood the charge.
URG – Faculty Senate Subcommittee
Beaird informed the Senate that the Dean’s Council had asked for an ad hoc
committee for the University Review Group (URG) to review certain policies of
the tenure and promotion process. The members of that committee would be Dr. Joe
Wilkins, Dr. Neil Snider (Chairperson), and Dr. Ann Jones from the Dean’s
Council and Dr. Day, Dr. Buckner, and Mr. Todd from the Faculty Senate. Dr.
Beaird stated that the Committee would consider possibly moving the tenure
process back one year or consider
including the option of immediate termination in the process. Dr. Bowen stated
that he felt there had been a misinterpretation of the original intent of the
policies. He explained that the
third-year tenure option was included in the policy to retain exceptional
faculty members and for faculty who needed more preparation before tenure could
wait, prepare, and receive tenure following the fifth year.
Mr. Todd suggested that all the material from the original URG Senate
Committee be made available to the ad hoc committee.
He further suggested that Dr. Beaird might suggest that the Dean’s
Council resurrect the old committee in which the Provost served as the chair.
Dr. Beaird said she would take the Senate’s concerns back to the
Provost for his comments.
Higher Education Day
Beaird reminded everyone that Higher Education Day will be held on February 21,
2002. The Office of Student Affairs has chartered a bus for faculty, staff, and
students to travel to Montgomery. The
bus will leave between 7:30 to 8 a.m. and return after 5 p.m.
She concluded by encouraging everyone to attend the event
Bowen moved that the meeting adjourn. Dr. Collison seconded the motion.
The meeting adjourned at 4:45 p.m.