Faculty Senate Minutes
Wise Conference Room, Wallace Hall 213
Date: March 20, 2001
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Tina N. Jones for Neil Snider
I. Roll Call
Present were Ms. Tina N. Jones, Dr. Johan van der Jagt, Dr. Betty Cowan,
Dr. June Abrams, Dr. Gene May, Dr. Alex Mechitov, Dr. Helen Moshkovich,
Mr. Luther Gremmels, Ms. Shannon White, Ms. Ann Ketcham, Dr. Manley
Blackwell, Mr. Donnie Cobb, Dr. Richard Collison, Mr. Micky Smith, Ms.
Anne Ketcham (for Ms. Tricia Taylor), Dr. Richard Schellhammer.
II. Approval of
Following a motion by Ms. Jones and a second by Dr. Cowan, the minutes
of the February 20, 2001 meeting were approved.
Following a motion by Dr. Van der Jagt and a second by Ms. White,
the minutes of the March 5, 2001 meeting were approved.
CHANGE 1: ARTICLE
Removal of the following sentence
Absences of an elected representative covered by a
substitute still count as an absence as far as the elected
representative’s continuation on the Senate roll is
CHANGE 2: ARTICLE
Add ‘Partial Terms’ label
to this section.
CHANGE 3: ARTICLE
Change the title of the Chairperson & Vice-Chairperson
to President & Vice-President.
CHANGE 4: ARTICLE
Remove the following two sentences:
All Faculty Senate committees will meet at least one a year
and make a report to the Faculty Senate.
All Senate committees shall keep minutes and make
quarterly reports to the Senate.
and replace with:
All Faculty Senate committees will meet at least once a
semester (excluding summer.)
All Senate committees shall keep minutes and make
semester reports to the Senate.
CHANGE 5: ARTICLE
Add the following sentence to increase the duties of the
Their responsibility is to help set the agenda for each
Faculty Senate meeting.
Floyd noted that constitutional revisions have to be
forwarded to president and then the Board for finalization.
Information Committee Report
Mr. Cobb reported that this committee will meet at least once
a semester. The committee will at least communicate once a
semester by email, and will meet if specifically charged.
requirements relating to re-employment & tenure status by
Discussion ensued about the proposed changes for
notification requirements of re-employment and tenure status.
Ms. White proposed that we consider the practices of hiring
processes of other institutions and review them before taking any
action. Mr. Cobb asked if we could table the discussion
until the next meeting. Dr. Floyd also stated that he would
ask the Faculty Affairs Committee, chaired by Dr. Beaird, to
review the practices of other Alabama institutions and report
their findings to the Senate at the next meeting in April.
Dr. Floyd noted our need to act on this during the regular
of Faculty Senate minutes
Dr. Floyd discussed the
distribution of Faculty Senate Minutes. Mr. Smith moved that
the Senate send unapproved Faculty Senate minutes to all faculty
via email and post them on the Senate homepage. This will be
followed with the approved minutes if changes need to be made.
There will no more paper copies of minutes distributed to the
faculty. The motion was seconded by Dr. Moshkovich.
The motion passed. Dr. Floyd noted that the tentative agenda
would still be distributed a few days before upcoming meetings,
but via email.
Retention Task Force progress
In the RRTF meeting yesterday, Dr. Floyd said that approval of
cafeteria hours have been extended by the committee. The new
hours are 7-9:30 (8-9:30 continental style) breakfast, 11-1:15
lunch, and supper 4:30–7 p.m. Snack Bar is open 9-10,
2-3:30 and 6:30–7:30. Students may use their meal
ticket. He added that this is a step toward continuous
dining. He also added that the task force is looking
seriously at the implementation of a 2-hour freshman seminar
course. This would have to be approved by the University Academic
Council. The RRTF Steering Committee has met twice recently
to address the recommendations from each of the six
committees. Many items are currently in the process of being
instituted. Others have been referred to the appropriate
level and some are still under refinement. Consult the RRTF
web pages at http://infonet.uwa.edu/facsenate/rrtf/ for
details. Some items include an immediate extension of
cafeteria hours, the awarding of limited dormitory scholarships
for new students, increasing the number of students involved in
band, choir, & varsity sports, increasing the number of
international students with incentive based recruiting by current
international students, improvement of Wellness Center services,
the possible addition of club/varsity sports to bring in
additional students, making scholarships available to all
potential transfer students (not just freshmen & community
college transfers), implementation of a two-credit hour freshman
seminar course, possible purchase of EMAS software to streamline
and increase efficiency in the recruiting process, increasing
alumni involvement in the recruiting process, targeting and
improving relationships with guidance counselors.
e-Campus Task Force
These items were organized into four categories (Immediate
Implementation, Developmental, Financial, and Other). Action
has already been undertaken regarding a few items. The
remainder have been reorganized and forwarded to the appropriate
e-Campus Task Force Committees (or other appropriate committees)
for further development and action. Each ECTF committee has
been charged with meeting to address these items so that action
items may be implemented by the fall semester. Some items
include increased publicity regarding e-Campus progress, further
integration of technology into everyday University business,
moving to a single recommended vendor for laptops/desktops,
development of FAQ technology web pages, review and consideration
for increasing student and faculty
technology proficiency, faculty development initiatives, promotion
of web utilization for course delivery, use of Outlook campus-wide
for calendaring & scheduling of meetings, possible purchase of
the One-card system, review and possible purchase of EPOS or
similar web registration software, continued review of Banner
software system for campus-wide integration of administrative
systems, development of pedagogical web page for faculty use,
surveying of students regarding use of technology and competence,
establishment of an instructional technology resource center and
associate, development of a UWA web master position, development
of a resident technology assistant program, the development a
compact disc for recruiting purposes, and faculty posting of
virtual office hours.
from Alabama Council of University Faculty Presidents March 2-3
The ACUFP met at UA with proration and higher education
funding being the major topic of discussion. Two resolutions
were passed regarding this issue and forwarded to the Governor
& Legislature. Additionally, letters of appreciation
were written to the Legislators who supported higher education
during the special session. The ACUFP is working to join in
with potential lawsuits regarding this issue. Other
discussion included faculty governance models at various state
institutions, issues with boards of trustees (UNA & AU), and
the ACHE Faculty Database.
of Faculty Senate Officers
Dr. Floyd said the ballots
will be forwarded to faculty following Spring Break. Dr.
Floyd opened the floor for nominations. Dr. Schellhammer
nominated Dr. Janis Beaird for chair. Dr. Schellhammer moved
that the nominations be closed, and Dr. Collison seconded.
The motion to close passed. Dr. Collison nominated Dr.
Schellhammer for vice-chair. Dr. Mechitov nominated Dr.
James Todd for vice-chair. Mr. Smith moved that nominations
be closed. Tina Jones seconded. The motion to close
passed and the Senate agreed to send these candidates before the
faculty. Mr. Smith nominated Mr. Donnie Cobb for secretary.
Dr. Collison nominated Ms. Tina Jones for secretary. Dr.
Collison moved that the nominations be closed and Mr. Smith
seconded. The motion passed to close and send the
nominations to the faculty. Ballots containing the two
nominees for each office shall be prepared by the Secretary and
distributed by April 1 to all full-time academic faculty, who
shall cast their vote for one of the two names proposed for each
office. Senate representatives shall be responsible for
collecting the ballots from their particular academic units and
returning them to the Rules Committee by April 7.
- Faculty Evaluation & Service
It has been suggested that the annual Faculty Service Reports
forms as well as the annual Faculty Evaluation Reports forms and
related processes may benefit from some revision. Dr. Floyd
noted that the current faculty evaluation process has remained
unchanged for the last decade or so. One suggestion has been
to reduce the form. One of the concerns is consistency in
the evaluation of faculty across campus. Another aspect is
to give faculty members more guidance in filling out the Faculty
Service Report. Mr. Cobb noted that criteria needs to be set
for some of the evaluations, for example, professional
affiliations. Dr. Floyd asked that any concerns or ideas
should be sent to Dr. Floyd or forwarded to the Provost. Dr.
Cowan asked if it has been addressed doing the report over only
one academic year. The Provost will possibly appoint a
committee consisting of some department chairs, deans, and Faculty
Senate representatives to review these documents. We need
input from all concerned. Modifications that are developed
will be brought to the Senate for final review. Some issues
are that the Faculty Evaluation grading system is not necessarily
used consistently by department chairs and between different
departments and colleges, lack of specific useful feedback on the
Faculty Evaluation form, lack of detailed direction and
suggestions as to what should be included on the Faculty Service
Report, and self-evaluation.
and continued need for action
need to continue contacting the Legislators to thank the ones who
supported Higher Education & encouraging support from the ones
who did not. For this
list refer to the email Dr. Floyd forwarded to faculty & staff
on 3/7/01. (Alabama
(Alabama House of Representatives www.legislature.state.al.us/house/representatives/houseroster_alpha.html)
The ACUFP passed a resolution similar to the one forwarded
to the Senate last week. Faculty
senates at state universities are encouraged to consider passage
of similar resolutions. Mr.
Cobb motioned that the Senate accept the resolution and forward it
to the Governor and the Legislature.
Dr. Schellhammer seconded.
The motion passed unanimously.
The resolution will be forwarded to the Governor and
Election of Faculty
for representatives shall be held in each academic unit between
April 22 and May 1. The representatives’ term of office
shall be for two years, from August 16 through August 15.
Half of the departments, those from the Department of History and
Social Sciences, the Department of Instructional Support, the
Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education, the
Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, the
Department of Physical Sciences, the Department of Mathematics,
and the professional library staff, will be elected in
have issued the following charge to this committee. Review
and report to the Faculty Senate the current process for budgeting
financial resources as they relate to the University academic
programs. If, in your review, you determine as a committee
that any revisions or improvements in the process may be
indicated, please provide a detailed explanation and rationale for
each. Also, please provide an update on the status of the
budget for the current academic year. Please provide a
preliminary report at the 6/19/01 meeting with a final report due
at the 7/17/01 Faculty Senate Meeting.
Floyd referred to an article in The
Tuscaloosa News concerning cheating. He noted a need for
an increased awareness of Internet cheating. He added that
information about sites to aid professors will be circulated to
Dr. Collison moved to adjourn and Dr. May seconded the motion. The
Senate adjourned at 4:35 p.m.
Dr. R.T. Floyd,
Dr. Janis Beaird,
Accounting & Business Administration
Dr. Alex Mechitov
Mr. Donnie Cobb
& Early Childhood Education
Education & Athletic Training
Dr. June Abrams
& Secondary Education
Dr. Johan van der Jagt
Dr. Richard Schellhammer
History & Social Sciences
Languages & Literature
Biological & Environmental Sciences
Dr. Richard Collison
Mrs. Patricia Taylor
The University of West Alabama Faculty Senate
Members of the Alabama Legislature, the Lieutenant Governor, and the
the members of The University of West Alabama Faculty Senate are the
official representatives of the University's faculty representing
approximately 125 full-time and part-time faculty educating
approximately 1900 students;
WHEREAS, the students
enrolled in Alabama’s Public Universities are vital to the future of
WHEREAS, funding of
Alabama’s Public Universities is a constitutional responsibility of
WHEREAS, there is an absence
of stability in funding for all levels of education as evidenced by
the current proration crisis;
WHEREAS, Alabama’s current
method of funding education through sales tax is regressive in nature;
NOW, THEREFORE, LET IT BE
RESOLVED, that The University of West Alabama Faculty Senate urges the
elected officials of Alabama to develop a real and long-term solution
to adequately and equitably fund all levels of education in the state
R.T. Floyd, Chair, UWA Faculty Senate
Janis Beaird, Vice-Chair, UWA Faculty Senate
Neil Snider, Secretary, UWA Faculty Senate