UWA FACULTY SENATE MINUTES
Tuesday, June 18, 2002 - 3:00 p.m.
Wise Conference Room - Wallace Hall 213
I. Roll Call
Janis Beaird called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m. Members present were Ms.
Tina Jones, Dr. Merle Peper (for Dr. Bill Ward), Dr. Mark Griffith, Dr. Gene
May, Dr. Lauren Wells, Dr. Manley Blackwell, Mr. Jim Todd, Ms. Becky Graham (for
Dr. Richard Buckner), Dr. Richard Collison, Dr. Lesa Shaul, Dr. Gary Stone, Ms.
Ann Ketcham, Dr. Marvin Grant (for Dr. Lee Day), and Ms. Martha Shirley.
II. Approval of
April 16, 2002 Minutes
Stone moved that the minutes be accepted as read. Dr. Collison seconded.
The motion passed and the minutes were approved.
III. Old Business
URG-Faculty Senate Subcommittee – Dr. Neil Snider, Chair
Dr. Jones, Dr. Buckner, Dr.
Day, Dr. Wilkins, & Mr. Todd
Ann Jones explained that the present system allowed too little time for such an
important decision as tenure to be made. Dr. Beaird distributed copies of
the proposed revision to the tenure process. One of the complaints against
the present system is that the committee felt that there was too little
documentation for people applying for tenure during their third year. The
committee’s solution is to add another probationary year to the front end of
the system. This means that the faculty member may stand for tenure in his
fourth year. The faculty member would be allowed to stand for tenure twice
under this system.
Griffith raised the question concerning how other universities handle this
issue. Dr. Jones said our current policy is developed from AAUP
principles. Dr. Beaird said that some universities have deviated from
this. Dr. Beaird added that they are trying to eliminate having unsuitable
faculty members for a fourth year on a terminal contract. Dr. Griffith
stated that he does not see this proposed policy as a benefit to faculty, but
for administration and made a motion that it be tabled until it could be
discussion continued. Dr. Jones stated that a proposal to change this
policy came from the College of Education’s CRG and then presented to the URG.
Dr. Beaird added that the Faculty Senate discussed the issue during several
meetings last year. That is when the URG-Faculty
Senate Subcommittee was formed. Mr. Todd stated that extensive
research was done when developing the original policy. Mr. Todd asked that
the discussion be tabled so that the committee could collect new data concerning
the policies of universities our size.
concluding, Dr. Collison pointed out that the original problem was not tenure,
but for hiring someone back after the second year. Dr. Beaird stated that
by making the third year a probationary year, the faculty member could be
terminated without a terminal contract for the fourth year. The new policy if
approved would only affect new contracts. Dr. Griffith asked that
the proposal be e-mailed to the entire Senate. Dr. Beaird presented the
previous motion. Dr. Collison seconded. The proposal passed and
discussion was tabled. Dr. Beaird asked that Mr. Todd and Dr. Shaul
research the matter further.
Changing the Time Schedule To Allow 10 minutes Between
Beaird reminded everyone that there was a motion to change the time between
classes on MWF to ten minutes. This would allow MWF classes to begin on
the hour. If passed this proposal would go to the Deans’ Council.
Dr. Beaird asked for a vote. Sixty voted for the proposal and 23 voted
against. The proposal will be presented to the Deans’ Council.
IV. New Business
Sabbatical and Faculty Development – Dr. Janis Beaird
Beaird noted that the Deans’ Council liked the suggestions made by the Senate.
She has been asked to chair a committee to examine this issue.
At the fall college meetings, faculty will be asked to serve on this
committee with her.
She added that the committee will welcome ideas and suggestions.
Summer Salary Increases To Go Along With Base
– Dr. Janis
salaries do increase whenever the faculty receives a raise. Dr. Beaird noted
that the money is available for a 2 1/2 percent raise for next year, but the
three percent raise has not been secured. The next Deans’ Council
meeting will also address the issue of adding more sections for summer.
Mr. Todd said the 12-student base was the amount needed to make summer school
pay for itself.
Progress on Bell Conference Center – Dr. Janis Beaird
Center is progressing nicely with arches welcoming everyone.
Dr. Beaird said that the completion is proposed for November with a
Griffith asked if it was true that Campus Pipeline would be dropped. Dr.
Beaird confirmed that Campus Pipeline would indeed be dropped. The system,
however, will be available until January. Mr. Todd explained that when UWA
drops Pipeline it will lose the port. Information Systems is looking for a
substitute for Campus Pipeline. Dr. Beaird said that the SmartCard will be
installed and introduced to students in the Fall, and it will be workable in the
Collison motioned that the meeting be adjourned.
Dr. Griffith seconded.
The motion passed.
The meeting adjourned at approximately 4:40 p.m.