Minutes
November 30, 1999

University Faculty Senate Minutes

Date: November 30, 1999
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Presiding: Dr. R. T. Floyd
Secretary: Dr. Neil Snider

I. Call to order by Dr. Floyd

Present: Dr. Neil Snider, Ms. Shannon White, Mr. Bill Lenning, Mrs. Nancy Kudlaweic, Dr. Gene May, Dr. Alexander Mechitov, Dr. June Westbrook, Mr. Charlie Cook, Mrs. Tina Jones, Dr. Richard Schellhammer, Dr. Janis Beaird, Mrs. Donna Miller, Mr. Richard Thurn, and Dr. Johan W. van der Jagt.

II. Approval of November 16, 1999 minutes

Charlie Cook moved and Bill Lenning seconded the motion that the minutes be approved with the following corrections: III, p. 2, last line should read: Dr. Taylor then listed the six criteria the University was cited for in the previous NCATE Self-Study and briefly addressed the continual problem of faculty diversity. He also noted that of the 94 total NCATE criteria, we met all of the others. The minutes were approved.

III. Old Business

A. Faculty Web Pages

Dr. Floyd reported that we now have approximately 48 faculty with web pages. He also reported that he has sent personal notes to all remaining faculty encouraging them to submit templates. He thanked Shannon White for her help with the faculty web pages.

B. List Serve Discussion Group

This initiative has been delayed because of Y2K.

C. Faculty Senate History Committee Progress Report

Dr. Schellhammer reported that the committee is working on it.

D. Faculty Development Technology Initiative

Dr. Floyd reported that he and Randy Sterling would give a one-hour workshop on Windows 95/98 on Dec. 1st at 3:30 p.m. in Bibb Graves 110. Several representatives suggested that the workshop be planned for Assessment Day.

E. Noel Levitz Advisor Training & Academic Advising

No Comments.

F. UWA Higher Education Partnership Forum

Dr. Tenant McWilliams and Mr. Gordon Stone were recently on campus and gave a PowerPoint presentation on the Partnership. The presentation can be downloaded from the Faculty Senate home page.

G. Faculty Sick Leave Bank

Dr. Beaird reported that the Committee has gotten the policy from the University of Tennessee. She asked for other universities she should write to obtain policies. The Committee would like to present a plan to the Senate by Spring Break.

H. Officer EligibilityŚConstitution

No discussion.

I. Direct Deposit

Dr. Floyd reported that he has met with Dr. Roach and Mr. Noland about this issue. The topic is currently under further investigation to determine the ramifications for all involved.

J. Medical Saving Plan

Dr. Floyd reported that he is currently trying to find examples form other universities.

K. Faculty Workload and Hours Draft

Dr. Floyd stated that feedback is due to Dr. Roach by Dec. 3rd. He asked representatives to give him comments as soon as possible. He asked that individual faculty will keep up with workload. He will find out if it will be used as part of faculty assessment process.

IV. New Business

A. Academic Advising Web Page

Dr. Floyd reported that this is now available.

B. ACCUFP Meeting Report

The meeting was at UWA. Dr. Floyd thanked Dr. Roach for his hospitality to the statewide meeting.

C. Summer Schedules

Dr. Floyd noted that the times for the four week classes are as follows:

8:00- 9:40
10:10-11:50
12:20-16:30
17:30-21:15 MW or TTh

D. Faculty Advising Evaluations

Dr. Floyd noted that ACT provides a Survey of Academic Advising Service to evaluate faculty in the area of student advising. He circulated a copy of the ACT instrument. He referred the issue to the Faculty Affairs Committee.

E. Committee Assignments

The assignments have been distributed.

F. Campus Directory Update

The Faculty Senate Campus Directory has been updated and a listing by departments has been added. Dr. Floyd asked Faculty to let him know if other corrections or changes needed to be made.

G. Academic Calendar

Dr. Floyd asked for feedback on the two proposed academic calendars that have been circulated. Dr. Floyd noted that the main question is whether to begin the fall term two days earlier to allow faculty and staff the entire week of Thanksgiving off. He noted that the length of time for pre-registration has been resolved.

There was discussion on finals. Some people advocated starting finals on Saturdays, and some representatives suggested that Assessment Day be held on the last day of the semester.

H. Web-Based Registration

There is a good deal of interest, but the problem is money. The University continues its efforts to find a way to make web-based registration a reality.

I. Faculty Senate Home Page

Dr. Floyd reported that he has added a Faculty News section on the main home page. The UWA Downloadable Page has been significantly upgraded. Schedules for Office/Class hours are here along with all the Tenure and Promotion forms. Almost all other forms and logos are here. Soon, the remaining Mascots and forms will be added. A link to the Cafeteria Menu is also on the home page.

V. Adjournment

Dr. Gene May moved to adjourn and Mr. Bill Lenning seconded the motion. The motion was passed and the meeting adjourned at 5:25 p.m.

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