- Roll Call
Dr. Janis Beaird called the meeting to order at
3:30 p.m. Members present were Dr. June Crawford, Dr. Manley Blackwell, Dr.
David Bowen (for Dr. Mark Griffith), Dr. Richard Buckner, Dr. Richard Collison,
Dr. Lee Day, Dr. R.T. Floyd, Dr. Tom Gonzalez, Mrs. Tina Jones, Dr. Gene May,
Dr. Richard Schellhammer, Ms. Martha Shirley, Dr. Joe Taylor, Dr. Jim Todd,
and Mr. Howell Sheffield (for Dr. Bill Ward).
- Approval of Oct. 16, 2001 Minutes
A motion was made to approve the minutes of
October 16 by Dr. Richard Collison and seconded by Dr. Richard Buckner .The
minutes were approved unanimously. Following approval of the meetings, the
meeting was temporarily turned over to Dr. Schellhammer. The chair recognized
Dr. Beaird. She presented a plaque to Dr. R.T. Floyd in appreciation for his
work with the Faculty Senate.
- Old Business
- Faculty Information
Dr. Richard Buckner stated that the University
Web Committee is addressing the site. Dr. Floyd said that probably the
committee will create a separate page for faculty resources page, allowing the
Faculty Senate page to house only Faculty Senate information. The University
Web page committee will meet on Thursday, November 29.
- Faculty Affairs Committee
Dr. Schellhammer explained that his committee was
charged with comparing maternity leave policies of universities in Alabama and
other selected schools outside of Alabama. The Committee also looked at the
AAUP guidelines. The AAUP recommends that all educational institutions offer
paid leave. The Committee made the motion that UWA’s policy offer six-weeks
paid leave, not accrued sick leave. According to Dr. Schellhammer, there were
two primary reasons for the Committee’s decision. First, more women are
entering academia. Secondly, the University could use the paid leave as a
recruitment tool for young faculty members. Dr. David Bowen made a motion that
the Senate approve the Committee’s motion. Mr. Todd seconded. The motion was
approved unanimously. Dr. Beaird will present the motion to the Dean’s
- Commencement Participation Committee
The Chair of the Commencement Participation
Committee, Dr. Bowen said that the Senate should ask that faculty members be
required to attend only one graduation ceremony. He added that the Chairs
would be asked to ensure that the number of faculty present at the ceremonies
be balanced. Dr. Bowen stated that his committee made inquiries about faculty
participation in commencement exercises at other institution. They discovered
that a range of policies exist, but the practice throughout the state seems to
be that faculty participate in one ceremony. Dr Bowen added that faculty
members who wanted to attend both could still do so. Another benefit to the
proposed change would be more room for the graduation ceremonies.
Dr. Bowen made a motion that the Senate
recommend a change in policy which states that all full-time and part-time
faculty be present at one commencement ceremony per academic year. Mr. Todd
seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously, and Dr. Beaird said she
would pass the motion along to Provost David Taylor.
- Intellectual Property & Faculty
Dr. Beaird reminded everyone of the previous
concerns of the Senate regarding the Intellectual Property Policy statement.
She distributed handouts which represented the changes offered by the Deans’
Council. Dr. Bowen and Dr. Collison stated that they felt the changes
reflected the concerns expressed by their colleagues. Dr. Beaird said that
discussion of the policy would be tabled until next meeting, allowing members
time to carry the policy back to their respective faculty members for their
consideration and input.
Dr. Beaird then moved discussion to the Faculty
Evaluation Forms. Dr. Beaird noted that the Deans’ Council approved the
changes to questions 11 & 12 and number 1 in the written comment area of
the Faculty Course Evaluations. They rejected the changes to 4 & 5.
The Deans Council rejected the addition of a Section
V: Other to the Faculty Evaluations. The Deans’ Council said that if a
need arises for this category it may be added later. She added that if the
Deans’ Council sees that inappropriate material is being placed in other
categories, they will consider revisiting the issue. Dr. Buckner said that he
feels that everyone can individualize their instrument to fit his/her needs.
Dr. Beaird said it is her understanding that
these forms will be implemented in January.
- e-mail Policy for Retired Faculty & Staff
Dr. Shellhammer reported that work is being
continued on this issue.
- Photo ID Fee for Faculty
Dr. Beaird stated that faculty and staff are
not charged for photo ids; however, faculty and staff must contact the
Business Office to get the $10 removed from faculty/staff accounts. Dr. Beaird
said that Mr. Raiford Noland explained that the computer cannot distinguish
faculty and staff accounts from student accounts.
Dr. Beaird asked The Faculty Affairs committee
to construct a statement for the Faculty/Staff Handbook which would make
faculty/staff aware of their need to notify the Business Office of their
status so that the photo id is removed from their account.
- Summer Teaching Pay
Mr. Todd said that his committee contacted other
institutions to see how other universities are handling summer teaching
compensation. He reported that Jacksonville State University is the closest to
UWA in handling summer pay. He explained that after speaking with Mr. Noland,
the committee felt the easiest way to handle the problem excess taxation of
summer pay is for faculty to change their W-4’s every year. Mr. Todd said that
the committee is working on a table to help guide faculty in the changes that
would need to made to the W-4. Alabama takes out 40% of a faculty member’s
two-month summer salary. W-4 forms can be changed at any time of the year. Mr.
Todd said the committee will continue to work on this issue.
- Child Development Center – Dr. David
Dr. Taylor explained that there is a need for
greater childcare services in this area for UWA faculty, staff and students.
Dr. Taylor appointed an ad hoc committee to study the feasibility of a
University daycare facility on January 16, 2001. The committee was charged
with investigating all aspects of that center from cost of establishment and
operation to cost to parents, and location, etc… The committee was to
consider a phase-in process where the Center might begin with an after-school
program and develop other services later. Mr. Luther Gremmels chaired the
committee. Other members included John Crawford, Jason Guynes, Judy Harwell,
Janet Montgomery, Patricia Pratt, and Tammy White. The committee administered
a survey to faculty/staff and students that netted an overwhelming response
advocating a need for a Child Development Center.
The committee considered the McConnell House
and the Choctaw Tavern as two possible locations for the Child Development
Center. Dr. Taylor said the primary problem with the McConnell House was
location. The Choctaw Tavern is actually a remnant of larger structure. The
Sumter County Historical Society owns the Choctaw Tavern and has offered the
use of the facility to the University on whatever terms the University asks,
such as $1 for a fifty-year lease. They have also offered the use of the
Callaway School located on the Spence-Moon House property. Work is being
completed on a possible addition to the Choctaw Tavern. Bobby Truelove of the
UWA Physical Plant is working on these figures. Dr. Lauren Wells is also
working closely with the project. The Committee envisions that the Child
Development Center would serve as a lab facility for our education majors. A
grant of $17,000 each year for three years has been received. The Committee is
now seeking private support. It is the hope of the committee that the Center
would eventually be self-sufficient.
Dr. Taylor said that the Committee is
finalizing a concept paper and presentation to be given to the President and
the Board. Dr Taylor emphasized that the President and Board’s approval is
needed for the development of the Center.
Dr. David Bowen asked if the Committee ever
considered the Armory as a possible site. Dr. Taylor said he would inquire of
the Committee. Dr. R.T. Floyd asked about the Guy Hunt Annex. Mr. Todd said
that technology has a considerable amount of space in this building.
Dr. Schellhammer asked if there would be a problem
adding an addition to a historic structure. Dr. Taylor said that with careful
planning it can be done.
Dr. Floyd is president of Alabama Council of University
Faculty Presidents, and he reported that the Council represents 16 universities.
He distributed handouts about the progress of the Higher Education Partnership
and constitutional reform. Dr. Floyd said that a lot of progress has been made
in the image of the partnership. The Higher Education Partnership and the
Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform are encouraging all faculty senates
to sponsor a free three-hour seminar by Dr. Bailey Thomson entitled Constitutional
Reform: Critical to Alabama’s Reform to educate campus populations to the
need of constitutional reform.
Dr. Floyd also distributed a resolution passed by the
Faculty Senate of the University of Alabama encouraging the reform of the
Dr. Beaird added that Higher Education Day will be held on
February 21, 2002. Also a registration form has been included in the Senate
handouts, so that faculty members may encourage others to join the HEP.
The meeting adjourned at 4:55 p.m.