UWA Faculty Senate Minutes
Date: July 18, 2000
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Presiding: Dr. R.T. Floyd
Secretary: Mrs. Patricia Taylor (for Dr. Neil Snider)
I. Call to order by Dr. Floyd
Present: Dr. Jay Wenger (for Dr. Rich Schellhammer), Dr. Gene May,
Dr. Tom Gonzalez (for Mr. Micky Smith), Dr. Manley Blackwell, Dr. Johan
van der Jagt, Dr. Helen Moshkovich, Dr. Richard Collison (for Dr.
Richard Thurn), Dr. John Byer (for Dr. June Abrams), Mrs. Donna Miller,
Mrs. Tina Jones, Mr. James Todd, Dr. R.T. Floyd, Dr. Janis Beaird and
Mrs. Patricia Taylor.
- Approval of June 20, 2000 minutes
Dr. Collison moved and Dr. van der Jagt seconded the motion that
the minutes of June 20, 2000 be approved. The motion passed.
- Old Business
A. Faculty Development
Technology Workshops and Initiative
- The tutorials Mrs. Sharon Underwood used in the Basic &
Intermediate Frontpage 2000 workshops are now posted on the Tiger
Technology Tutorials web page. Mike Pratt also provided a
Microsoft Outlook workshop. Dr. Floyd will provide a repeat of the
fall semester workshop on File Management in Windows 95/98 on
Wednesday, July 19th. Campus Pipeline workshops will be
provided for faculty July 26 & 27. . Plans are in progress for
fall semester programs which will include repeats of some previous
presentations as well as some new such as Adobe Pagemaker and
Blackboard. Dr. Floyd requests feedback on all programs that have
been provided as well as suggestions for future workshops.
- Academic advising spreadsheets in Excel should be available for
every major program on campus soon. Attendance spreadsheets will
also be available for fall semester. Dr. Floyd would appreciate
any suggestions for improvement in these projects.
- B. Tax Deferred Compensation Plans and Financial Planning
Ms. Colleen Baird and Mr. Al Westbrook of Valic will provide
Financial Planning workshops for all faculty and staff on Wednesday,
July 26 in several repeated sessions throughout the day. These will
be geared toward proper asset allocation. Future workshops may be
planned in early fall depending on feedback and demand.
The Valic representatives will soon meet with the President’s
Council. Following approval by the Insurance Committee, and if we
have a minimum of 20% of employees interested in initially signing
up, all UWA employees may elect to participate in The Valic program
with a payroll slot deduction. A table was provided to Senate
members that lists the various tax compensation plans available
through the other state higher education institutions.
A copy of the letter issued to new students from Information
Systems regarding the computer hardware recommendations was given to
Senate members. An email will soon be sent to all new students
regarding recommended printer options.
Distance Learning/Education Software
- e-Campus update
The Distance Learning Committee has approved Blackboard.com as our
distance education courseware provider. In addition to Blackboard’s
ease of use for faculty who may not be computer/web experts, it offers
useful tools and space (5MB) on a free basis for every course. All
faculty are encouraged to immediately begin utilizing Blackboard to
develop supplemental materials and instructional techniques for their
present classes. Workshops will be offered in early fall and then more
advanced levels of Blackboard will be available as the faculty’s
needs increase. Also, anyone interested in developing a course for
total online-distance education should discuss the project with his or
her chair and Dr. Wilkins, who is the Distance Education Committee
chair. There may be a possibility of additional income or release time
for faculty who choose to teach a distance education course.
Financial Affairs Committee Final Report – Mr. Jim Todd
Provost Taylor also discussed this issue – report summarized
under Provost Taylor’s update.
University Scholars Committee Final Report – Dr. Floyd for Dr.
Each Senate member was given a suggested calendar for completion
of the committee’s charge.
Faculty Senate History Update – Dr. Floyd for Dr.
A handout was given to each Senate member that gives an example
of how the committee plans to approach this project. The officers
and major accomplishments covering the years 1987-1991 are listed in
a tentative outline form.
- New Business
Faculty are encouraged to participate in the University Speaker’s
Forum and to report important events and honors to Ms. Findley for
publicity. The following forms were provided to all Senate members: UWA
University Relations Event Publicity Request Form, UWA University
Relations Faculty/Staff Publicity Request Form, UWA Faculty-Staff
Speaker’s Guide Information Form, UWA Faculty-Staff Media Resource
Guide Information Form, and Tips on how to respond when a
Academic Affairs Update – Provost Taylor
- University Information Update – Ms. Shelly Findley
The Articulation and General Studies Committee (AGSC) was
established by the state legislature in 1994 to ensure a common
curriculum core for all Alabama institutions. This guarantees the
transferability of courses between junior colleges and universities,
as well as between all universities. Students can presently go to
the STARs web site (www.stars.troyst.edu)
to find out what classes will transfer at each of the institutions
of higher learning. If the student prints this information, signs
and dates it, and keeps it, the school to which the student wants to
transfer must guarantee that the courses listed on this print out
will be acceptable for transfer (barring any legislative changes.)
One person on each campus will be designated to follow through on
any student grievances.
The Commencement Committee is considering adding a fall
commencement and two days to the present calendar. One day, December
15th, would be a faculty workday, and Saturday, December
16th would be the commencement service. Spring
commencement would occur on May 5th as currently planned.
This would allow some students to walk for a diploma closer to the
actual graduation date, and enable all graduates to invite more
family and friends to the occasion. The Dean’s Council will
discuss required faculty participation, and consider requiring
faculty to attend only one of the two annual commencements.
Surplus faculty funds (from positions that the University was not
able to fill) will be used for an Intercampus Interactive
Telecommunication System (IITS.) This will enable the University to
offer live interactive classes in conjunction with the University of
Alabama system. Dr. Chuck Anderson and others have been contacted
about outlying sites. The broadcast studio will be located across
from the office of Stan Powell who is a new full time studio
technician and teacher. He is located on the first floor of Wallace
in the communication/arts area.
Colleges and universities will not be affected by the new state
law that requires finger printing of all faculty who teach students
who are nineteen years of age or younger.
Because it is important for us to promote diversity at our
University, we have a minority faculty development fellowship. This
assists minority students to finish a masters program at UWA and
then to progress to a doctorate program with the understanding that
the students will work at UWA upon completion of the final degree.
Currently there are two people in this program, one in English and
one in Math..
Provost Taylor states that the 2000-2001 budget is now tentative.
The President and the Board must approve it. The Council of
Presidents promised the Governor this year that any surplus would go
to faculty compensation. However, insurance this year will cost the
university $100,000. The plan is for the following
departments/colleges to go to the 90/12 plan: Languages and
Literature, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Education. All
faculty on the 90/12 plan should receive a 2% across the board
raise. Nursing may expect a 3% raise, as that division works all 12
months every year. Also, all staff should have a 3% or $600 minimum
Questions for Provost Taylor: Dr. Collison asked what the
enrollment looks like for this year. Dr Taylor replied "Dr.
Wood has predicted an increase." Dr. Taylor hopes that the e-Campus
concept will attract students and says that students were very
positive in Orientation this year. Dr. Blackwell asked how students
could best be helped if they do not know how to use a computer. Dr.
Taylor says that the e-Campus Task Force is addressing this
question. Students will be offered assistance through the Pipeline,
workshops, and the help line. Also, the R.A.s will be trained to
assist students in each resident hall.
- Faculty Information Committee Report – Dr. Floyd for Dr. BowenThis committee has been charged with comparing the working
conditions of UWA faculty with other institutions. The Senate has
already compared insurance and retirement. The Senate members were
given a list of subjects related to working conditions so that all
departments can rate these as to importance. Also, any other
subjects of interest can be added to the list and then returned to
Dr. David Bowen.
- OtherDr. Beaird reported that the sick leave donation policy and the
faculty evaluation form that have been discussed by the Senate will
both be reviewed by the Dean’s council at the next meeting.
Mr. Todd moved and Mrs. Taylor seconded
that the Senate adjourn. The motion passed and the meeting adjourned
at 5:00 p.m. The next meeting is scheduled for September 19, 2000.