Minutes
November
18, 2003

UWA FACULTY SENATE MINUTES
Tuesday, November 18, 2003 - 3:30 p.m.
Wise Conference Room - Wallace Hall 213

I.  Roll Call

Dr. Richard Schellhammer called the meeting to order at 3:32 pm.  Members present were Dr. Lesa Shaul, Dr. Thomas Gonzalez, Mr. Mark Brothers, Dr. Richard Collison, Dr. R.T. Floyd, Dr. Barry Green-Burns, Dr. Tina Jones, Dr. Thomas Ratkovich, Dr. Don Salter, Mr. Jim Shelton, Dr. Bill Ward, Dr. Joy Cauthron, and Dr. Lauren Wells.

II.  Approval of October 28th , 2003 Minutes

Dr. Collison moved that the minutes be approved as presented.  Dr. Ward seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

III. Old Business

  1. Alabama Teachers’ Retirement System Visit

Dr. Schellhammer reported that the visit to campus by the representative from the Alabama Teacher’s Retirement System took place earlier in the day.  Dr. Schellhammer was unsure as to whether or not enough people had been placed on the waiting list to warrant another visit, but encouraged those who wanted another visit to contact the RSA rep to be put on the waiting list.

  1. AAUP Chapter

Dr. Schellhammer announced that an interest meeting for forming an AAUP chapter was held.  So far twenty faculty members have expressed an interest in forming an AAUP chapter.  The first official meeting of the chapter will be in January.  The issue concerning payroll deduction of AAUP dues is still being investigated.  Any faculty interested in more information concerning the local AAUP chapter should contact Dr. Lauren Wells.  AAUP’s website http://aaup.org is a good source of general information regarding AAUP.

IV. New Business

  1. ACUFP Meeting Report

Dr. Schellhammer reported that Dr. Floyd and Dr. Gonzalez attended the Alabama Council of University Faculty Presidents (ACUFP) meeting at the University of North Alabama.  Dr. Floyd reported that much of the discussion at the ACUFP meeting was in regard to a document detailing the possible expansion of the powers of the Alabama Council on Higher Education (ACHE).  Among the proposed powers listed in the document were the power to eliminate existing units within universities and the power to receive all state appropriations for higher education.  Concern was expressed regarding the limited experience of ACHE council members in higher education.  Also, alarming is the fact that in previous years, proposed powers for ACHE have been written into law by the legislature.  The members of ACUFP wanted to alert all of the other faculty senates that are meeting.

Dr. Floyd, Dr. Schellhammer, and Dr. Gonzalez met with Dr. Holland regarding the issue. Dr. Floyd also stated that he has communicated with Mr. Gordon Stone of the Higher Education Partnership regarding this matter.  At this point and time, the final outcome of the many ideas regarding higher education in Alabama is uncertain.  Dr. Schellhammer asked Dr. Floyd to chair an ad hoc committee charged with monitoring any further developments relating to the expansion of ACHE’s powers, especially any new legislation which may be introduced in January.  Dr. Lesa Shaul, Dr. Bill Ward, and Dr. Gonzalez were appointed to the ad hoc committee.

  1. Senate President’s Report

Dr. Schellhammer began by reporting on the issues discussed recently by the Dean’s council.  The first issue was the use of a database designed to match minority candidates and open faculty positions at colleges and universities.  The Dean’s Council approved the Faculty Student Staff Amorous Relationship Policy.  There was also discussion of the interesting programs for interns provided by Disney. These programs carry educational credit as determined by the American Council on Education.  The Dean’s Council passed a motion that UWA’s equal opportunity statement be modified to include sexual orientation.

Dr. Schellhammer distributed the report of the SACS Special Committee.  Dr. Wells asked if there were any additional recommendations stemming from the report.  Dr. Schellhammer responded by saying that SACS will make any recommendations at their annual meeting that begins on December 6th. Dr. Schellhammer communicated that it was his opinion that the special committee members want the Governor to appoint five people who know the university, who appreciate the mission of the university, and who want to see good for the university.  Dr. Shaul inquired about any potential candidates for the board positions that will be vacated in December.  Dr. Floyd replied that there have been a large number of people who have expressed an interest in being appointed to the board.  Discussion turned towards drafting a resolution related to the Special Committee’s report.  Dr. Collison moved that a resolution be drafted to express that the UWA Faculty Senate supports the findings of the SACS Special Committee and that the UWA Faculty Senate shares the special committee’s hope that the problems can be resolved by the Governor’s appointments of five board members who act in the best interest of the university.  Dr. Shaul seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Dr. Schellhammer concluded his report by stating that a meeting of the Board of Trustees has been scheduled for December 1st and that all faculty members were invited to attend.  The exact time and place of the meeting are not known at this point.

  1. Other

Dr. Schellhammer introduced Ms. Joyce Brannan, Chair of the Faculty Information Committee. Ms. Brannan distributed a report detailing information concerning faculty salaries, teaching loads, and benefits at institutions classified as Category 5 by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB).  Ms Brannan mentioned both the SREB and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) as sources and added that the IPEDS data was not as current as the SREB data.  In addition, SREB and IPED have not been able to agree on how to tally faculty workloads.  There is also much variation between universities when it comes to computing faculty workloads.  Nevertheless, both sources indicated that average faculty salaries at UWA are at the lower end of the scale.

Dr. Floyd mentioned a resolution passed by ACUFP in the fall of 1999.  The resolution stated that university boards of trustees be allowed to have a limited number of trustees from outside the state of Alabama, that newly appointed board members receive training, that faculty senate presidents and student government association presidents be allowed to attend board meetings, and that board members be held to the same standards regarding conflicts of interests as are state employees.  Dr. Floyd proposed that a resolution of this type be considered again, possibly adding that board members should be evaluated by university faculty and staff.  It may be possible to get a legislator to sponsor a bill regarding this matter.  Dr. Floyd will distribute the Fall 1999 resolution by email.

V. Adjournment

A motion was made to adjourn the meeting was made by Dr. Ward.  The meeting was adjourned at 4:37 pm.


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