UWA FACULTY SENATE MINUTES
Tuesday, June 17, 2003 - 3:30 p.m.
Wise Conference Room - Wallace Hall 213
Dr. Janis Beaird called the meeting to order at 3:35
p.m. Members present were Dr. Richard Schellhammer, Dr. R.T. Floyd, Mr. Mark
Brothers, Dr. Lauren Wells (in lieu of Dr. Betty Cowan), Dr. Tom Gonzalez, Dr.
David Bowen (in lieu of Dr. Mark Griffith), Dr. Nancy Kudlawiec, Dr. Gene May
(in lieu of Dr. Dwayne Massey), Dr. Lesa Shaul, Mr. Jim Shelton, Dr. Louis
Smith, Mr. Jim Todd, and Dr. Howell Sheffield
(in lieu of Dr. Bill Ward).
II. Approval of April 15, 2003 Minutes
A motion was made to approve the April 15, 2003
minutes by Mr. Jim Todd. Dr. Nancy Kudlawiec seconded the motion. The motion
III. Old Business
Post-Tenure Faculty Development Program
Dr. Beaird opened the floor for discussion. Mr. Todd
offered praise for the program and commended Dr. Roy Underwood for his efforts
in putting the program together. Dr. Kudlawiec moved to accept the program; Dr.
Gonzalez seconded this motion. The motion passed unanimously.
New Faculty Senate Officers
Dr. Beaird announced the new faculty senate officers
for 2003-2005: President, Dr. Richard Schellhammer; Vice-President, Dr. Lesa
Shaul; and Secretary, Dr. Tom Gonzalez.
IV. New Business
& B. Resolution of No Confidence and Petition
for Tuition Hike
Dr. Beaird reported that she and Dr. Schellhammer
had been advised that negotiations were taking place between the two groups of
trustees and that such documents be considered at a later date, if necessary.
Dr. Kudlawiec voiced her concern about the increased difficulty of passing a
resolution because of the possible lack of a quorum during the second four-week
term when so many of the faculty are away from campus. Dr. Floyd questioned if
such documents would address a portion of the UWA Board of Trustees or the
entire board. A discussion followed and Dr. Beaird stated that it would be up
to the Senate. Dr. Schellhammer proposed clarification before taking any steps
to draft such documents. Mr. Todd made a motion to allow the Executive Board of
the UWA Faculty Senate to draft a resolution, if needed. Dr. David Bowen
seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. Dr. Louis Smith stated that
Mann Minus wanted to come to the meeting to try and persuade the faculty not to
pass the resolution, but Dr. Beaird turned him down because there was not enough
time to include him on the agenda. Dr. Beaird asked the assembly if they would
like Mr. Minus to speak at the next meeting. The majority of the
representatives said no to the idea. Further discussion followed concerning the
necessity of assembling all faculty to consider a resolution; Dr. Floyd
advocated a presentation of such a resolution at the first general faculty
meeting of the 2003-2004 academic year (to be held in August).
Changes to Constitution Reflecting COE Changes
Prior to this meeting Dr. Beaird had distributed
copies of the constitutional amendments that change the previous four
departments in the College of Education into three departments. Dr. Louis Smith
moved to accept; Dr. Kudlawiec seconded. All approved, and the motion passed.
Dr. Beaird informed the Senate of an action to
install defibrillators in each classroom building at UWA as well as in the
campus police vehicle. At a cost of less than $2000, Rush will supply these
defibrillators to the University. Dr. Floyd questioned the need for a policy
regarding the installation of these devices, to which Dr. Schellhammer responded
that all campus buildings will have one, except for the student dormitories.
Dr. Beaird announced that Jennifer Schiller from
VALIC will be in Bibb Graves Hall on Thursday, June 19, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
to answer questions.
Retirement System Visit
Dr. Beaird informed the group that a state
retirement system counselor will be coming in November to answer questions about
retirement. The exact date will be confirmed later. Dr. Beaird also gave a
helpline phone number for those who have questions about state retirement.
Additional discussion ensued regarding concerns
about health benefits for faculty and staff at UWA. Also, Senate members
discussed the topic of UWA’s pending Child Development Center, with Dr. Beaird
explaining that the CDC will be built next to the Armory, as the Armory itself
posed greater expense for renovation. The funding for this project is contingent
upon the rapidity of the University’s response (the funding must be used by
September), so Dr. David Bowen proposed that a resolution be drafted by the
Faculty Senate to urge that construction begin as quickly as possible. Dr.
Beaird in turn advised that approval for such a resolution be sought from the
Provost and the President before further action is taken.
There being no further business, Mr. Todd moved that
the meeting be adjourned, and Dr. Smith seconded this motion. The meeting was
adjourned at 4:15 p.m.