UWA FACULTY SENATE MINUTES
Tuesday, February 17, 2004 - 3:30 p.m.
Wise Conference Room - Wallace Hall 213
Dr. Richard Schellhammer called the meeting to order
at 3:30 pm. Members present were Dr. Lesa Shaul, Dr. Thomas 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. R. L. Buckner for Dr. Donald Salter, Ms.
Anne Ketchum, Mr. Jim Todd, Dr. Bill Ward, and Dr. Lauren Wells.
II. Approval of January 20th Minutes
A motion to approve the minutes was made by Dr.
Kudlawiec and seconded by Dr. Ward. The motion passed unanimously.
III. Old Business
Alabama Teachersí Retirement System Visit
A representative from RSA will be on campus on
March 23rd from 10 am until 3 pm in the Wise Conference Room.
Dr. Schellhammer announced that a new AAUP chapter
has been formed. Members wishing to have dues deducted in monthly
installments must fill out a form. To obtain a form contact Dr. Bowen. The
date of the next meeting is not yet known.
of Minutes of Special Faculty Senate Meeting
Dr. Kudlawiec motioned that the minutes be approved
as presented. Dr. Collison seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
IV. New Business
President Hollandís Report
Dr. Holland began his report by discussing the
spring enrollment figures, which are the highest in the history of the school.
There has been an increase in basically every enrollment category.
Dr. Holland continued by discussing issues related
to the Board of Trustees. Last week, during a meeting of both sides of the
board, it was agreed that all legal action against board members and Dr. Holland
would be dropped. Dr. Holland reported that the Senate had confirmed three of
the five new appointees, John Northcutt, Thomas Ballow, Jr., and Margaret
Lovett. The two remaining appointees were still in committee. All three of the
new appointees will attend an orientation. A reception will be held on Monday
afternoon. At the next board meeting, a nominating committee will be appointed
and charged with nominating the new officers to come up June 1st.
Dr. Holland passed out a handout on the university
budget. A major concern related to the budget was in regard to health
insurance. Blue Cross Blue Shield will complete an analysis of our costs for
health insurance at which time the Insurance Committee will meet to discuss the
situation. Currently, UWA is the only state agency that pays the full amount of
insurance costs for its employees. Dr. Holland stated that this position is
difficult to defend in budget hearings and that it will be difficult to ask the
Board of Trustees for additional money for employee health insurance. The
Administration wants to build in a salary increase into the budget. Dr. Holland
stated that there is some talk of moving higher education to the PEEHIP system.
Dr. Holland stated that it is time for the
University to develop a new strategic plan. The mission statement and previous
plans will be reviewed and updated. The strategic planning process will start
on Assessment Day, March 16th and continue until August. In mid March there
will be some in-service work with the Board of Trustees in order to look at the
Universityís long-term needs.
Online Course Documentation
This item was postponed to the next meeting.
Senate Presidentís Report
Dr. Schellhammer distributed a copy of the SACS
report. Dr. Schellhammer also distributed a resolution regarding the new
members of the Board of Trustees. Discussion about the motion ensued. Dr.
Floyd proposed an amendment to the end of the second line of the resolution.
Dr. Griffith made a motion that the resolution be approved as amended. Mr. Todd
seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Dr. Wells mentioned that some students in some of
the other colleges were having problems with clinical requirements in
education. There is a proposal before the Alabama State Board of Education to
decide on whether or not to require students to have 150 hours of clinical
experience before student teaching. Any persons with questions are comments
concerning this bill should contact Bill Goodwin at
A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Mr. Todd
and seconded by Dr. Collison. The meeting was adjourned at 4:20 pm.
Resolution of the UWA Faculty Senate Regarding the
New Members of the Board of Trustees
Faculty Senate of the University of West Alabama welcomes the new members to our
Board of Trustees; we look forward to working with the new Board to resolve the
problems that led SACS to place the University on probation; in particular we
welcome these new members to join the Senate in its goal of shared governance
with the faculty, students, staff, and board; and we look forward to the new
members exercising their proper roles as board members.
For the Faculty Senate:
Richard Schellhammer, President
Lesa Shaul, Vice-President