UWA FACULTY SENATE MINUTES
Tuesday, October 16, 2001 - 3:30 p.m.
Wise Conference Room - Wallace Hall 213
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. Betty Cowan, Dr. Lee
Day, Dr. R.T. Floyd, Dr. Tom Gonzalez, Mrs. Tina Jones, Dr. Judy Massey, Dr.
Gene May, Dr. Richard Schellhammer, Ms. Martha Shirley, Mrs. Tricia Taylor, Dr. Joe
Taylor, Dr. Jim Todd, and Dr. Bill Ward.
A motion was made to approve the
Sept. 18, 2001 minutes by Mr. Todd and seconded by Dr. Blackwell.
The minutes passed unanimously.
Dr. Beaird explained that the
meeting would begin with new business because of the lengthy agenda.
She opened the meeting with a presentation from a VALIC representative.
Colleen Baird of VALIC spoke about the current stock market situation.
She stated that if a person has 3-5 years to retirement now is a good
time to invest. She reminded
everyone that typically the after market of war is strong.
Her personal recommendation was to retain technology stocks.
Ms. Baird also distributed a booklet entitled “Economic Growth and Tax
Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001.” She
said that we should ask the Office of Financial Affairs for new tax bracket
status. She emphasized that one of
the biggest changes is that in 2002 the government is increasing the amount that
one can contribute to their retirement. The
“catch-up” provision is another significant change.
She also explained ROTH accounts. According
to Ms. Baird the booklet she distributed is very helpful to answer general
questions. Mrs. Taylor asked if Ms.
Baird would be available for questions by phone.
She said that she would, and she also reminded everyone that she comes to
campus every 6-8 weeks. She might
also be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Floyd noted that the information is also on the UWA homepage.
Following her presentation, Ms. Baird fielded questions from the Senate.
Following the VALIC
presentation, attention was turned to Faculty Evaluation Forms.
Dr. Beaird distributed the instructions that will appear in the Faculty
Handbook for the proposed Faculty Evaluation Forms.
Dr. Judy Massey discussed the proposed Faculty Evaluation Forms with the
senate. Dr. Massey began her
presentation by reading the committee’s charge. One of the major concerns was creating the Faculty Evaluation
Form and Faculty Service Report to parallel one another more closely.
For example, the proposed forms for Faculty Evaluation and Faculty
Service are now the same. She explained that sometimes the Class Evaluation Reports
contradict the Evaluation Report rating. The
committee hopes to clear away this contradiction.
Dr. Massey noted that the Deans’ Council has approved the proposed
forms pending the comments of the Faculty Senate.
Following explanation of her charge, Dr. Massey walked the Senate through
the form changes. Changes in wording of the proposed forms were offered to Dr.
discussion centered around notification of faculty in the evaluation process. Senate
members were in a discussion about how soon faculty should be notified.
Dr. Bowen stated that the present calendar will possibly be changed in
the near future which will change these dates anyway.
Dr. Massey announced that the course evaluations would be moved to the
end of each semester when Patricia Pratt's office finds more efficient software
to handle the scan sheets.
Massey asked for changes that needed to be made to the dialogue that goes into
the handbook. Dr. Buckner asked
that "three" be removed from text on page 3.
"Three" refers to the number of semesters under consideration
and some faculty do not teach in the summer.
Schellhammer stated the "Section V. Other" still needed to be added to
the service report. Dr. Massey said that the description in the handbook would
read "This section would include other information that faculty member
deems necessary, not covered in other portions of service report."
Todd made a motion that the forms be accepted with the corrections.
Dr. Bowen seconded the motion and the motion passed.
Faculty Senate reviewed the proposed Intellectual Properties document.
Dr. Bowen recommended that the section on "Who May Use the
Intellectual Property" be struck from the document.
It was stated that faculty would cut down on doing special projects, if
it was the sole property of the university instead of the individual.
Dr. Cowan said that it would cut out creativity by the faculty.
David Bowen made a motion that the document be passed with the corrections.
Dr. Betty Cowan second the motion and it passed.
Dr. Janis Beaird recommended that all
remaining business be tabled until the next meeting.
It was agreed upon by all Senate representatives.
Dr. Richard Buckner made a motion that the meeting be adjourned. Dr. Richard Collison seconded the motion and the meeting was