Minutes
July
16, 2002

UWA FACULTY SENATE MINUTES
Tuesday, July 16, 2002 - 3:30 p.m.
Wise Conference Room - Wallace Hall 213

I.  Roll Call

Dr. Janis Beaird called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m. Members present were Dr. Richard Schellhammer, Dr. R. T. Floyd, Dr. Bill Ward, Mr. Jim Todd, Mr. Jim Shelton (for Dr. Gary Stone), Dr. Gene May, Dr. Louis Smith (for Dr. June Crawford), Dr. Manley Blackwell, Dr. Mark Griffith, Dr. Lesa Shaul, Dr. Tom Gonzalez, Dr. Richard Collison, and Mr. Mark Brothers (for Ms. Martha Shirley).

II.  Approval of June 18, 2002 Minutes

Dr. Richard Schellhammer questioned the issue of consensus as discussed in the third paragraph under “Old Business” of the June 18, 2002 minutes. Dr. Schellhammer stated that the Faculty Senate did come to a consensus concerning the subject of a tenure policy change (that consensus was to reject the proposed changes). Dr. Mark Griffith suggested that the group suspend approving the June 18 minutes until this issue had been clarified; Dr. Beaird then suggested simply removing the word “consensus” from the June 18 minutes. Dr. Schellhammer made a motion to remove this word; Dr. Richard Collison seconded. Dr. Griffith then moved that the group approve the June 18 minutes as amended; Mr. Jim Todd seconded. The motion passed and the minutes were approved as amended.

III. Old Business

  1. Attendance at Commencement—Dr. David Bowen

Since Dr. David Bowen was unable to report on this matter, the issue has been tabled until the September 17, 2002, meeting.

  1. Ad hoc Committee’s Proposal on Tenure Eligibility—Dr. Janis Beaird

As per Dr. Beaird’s request, Mr. Jim Todd reported his findings on tenure policies at other universities. As part of his presentation, Mr. Todd submitted for the group’s perusal a document outlining the tenure policies at the University of Montevallo, Valdosta State (GA), Delta State (MS), Ole Miss, Idaho State, and San Diego State (CA). Dr. Schellhammer broached the issue of institutions that grant tenure almost immediately; Dr. Todd replied that most of those institutions are unionized and further added that UWA’s policy is one of the most liberal in the region (also taking into consideration comparably sized universities in other regions). Dr. Blackwell expressed concern about a department’s inability to release a tenure-track faculty member prior to his or her application for tenure, resulting in the granting of one more contract year to an incompetent faculty member. Discussion ensued concerning potential liability issues and the University’s legal standing in contract termination decisions. The group also considered which policy best benefits the faculty as well as the University body. Dr. Collison then moved that we vote on the proposed calendar; Dr. Louis Smith seconded. With all representatives voting on behalf of their respective departments, the results were as follows: 47 voted for accepting the proposed calendar for tenure; 16 voted against. The proposal passed and will be presented to the Deans’ Council.

  1. Changing the Time Schedule Between Classes
    Report from the Deans’ Council—Dr. Janis Beaird

Dr. Beaird informed the group that the proposal to change the time between classes from fifteen minutes to ten minutes (for MWF classes only) had been sent to the Deans’ Council. In response, the Deans’ Council recommended that this proposal go before the Student Government Association in order to give the students’ representatives the opportunity to voice their opinions.

  1. Sabbatical and Faculty Development Committee—Dr. Janis Beaird

Dr. Beaird announced the formation of a committee to investigate this issue. Members of the committee include Dr. Janis Beaird (chair), Dr. Jay Wenger, Dr. Alan Brown, Dr. Richard Collison, Ms. Marsha Cannon, Mr. Jim Todd, and Dr. R.T. Floyd. This committee will gather information on sabbatical and faculty development at other comparably sized universities and develop a policy appropriate for UWA.

IV.  New Business

  1. Code of Civility—Mr. Danny Buckalew

Due to Mr. Buckalew’s absence, this topic will be tabled for discussion until the September 17 meeting. Dr. Mark Griffith did ask, however, if the pertinent information concerning the formation of a code concerning student behavior as well as student accountability could be distributed to the Faculty Senate members via e-mail. Dr. Beaird responded in the affirmative.

  1. Retirement System Visit—Dr. Janis Beaird

Dr. Beaird reminded the group that representatives from the state retirement system will be on campus on November 19, 2002. She also encouraged everyone to attend, chiefly because last year’s visit was so helpful.

  1. VALIC Visits—Dr. Janis Beaird

Dr. Beaird notified the group that the first VALIC visit this fall will occur on August 30, 2002, in BG 205, and the VALIC representative will return subsequently on every payday.

  1. Other

Dr. Beaird stated that the Faculty Senate web page needed someone to maintain it and Dr. Floyd had volunteered to do that.  After the group’s discussion, Dr. Collison made a motion that the group accept Dr. Floyd as the one to maintain the web page. Mr. Todd extended his second to the motion. All responded affirmatively.

Dr. Tom Gonzalez then expressed concern about University web page policies, especially in the area of web page authorship and departmental access. The current policy dictates that an appointed webmaster has control over the placement of content and designs on all University web pages.  Dr. Floyd explained the campus-wide consistency among University web pages is the goal behind the policy. Logos, fonts, colors, etc. must meet certain standards. Dr. Gonzalez articulated his desire to “cut out the middleman” in modifying web pages, and Dr. Floyd responded that much of the current dissatisfaction could be due to “growing pains” as the faculty adjusts to the new system. Dr. Griffith then voiced his similar opposition to the idea of a webmaster having sole control over departmental web page content, suggesting that the policy should be clarified with explicit criteria. Dr. Floyd offered to take the concerns of Drs. Gonzalez, Collison, and Griffith to the next University Web Page Committee meeting. Discussion continued. Mr. Todd suggested a stabilization period to give time for technological innovations to become more effective and widespread. Dr. Gonzalez made a motion that a recommendation be presented to the University Web Page Committee concerning individual authorship of departmental web pages. Dr. Louis Smith seconded this motion. The motion passed.

V.  Adjournment

Mr. Todd motioned that the meeting be adjourned. Dr. Collison seconded. The motion passed. The meeting adjourned at approximately 4:30 p.m.

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