UWA FACULTY SENATE MINUTES
Tuesday, October 15, 2002 - 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. Richard Schellhammer, Dr. Tina Jones, Dr. R.T.
Floyd, Dr. Richard Buckner, Mr. Mark Brothers, Dr. Richard Collison, Dr. Betty
Cowan, Dr. Mark Griffith, Ms. Ann Ketcham, Dr. Nancy Kudlawiec, Dr. Dwayne
Massey, Dr. Stephen Slimp (for Dr. Lesa Shaul), Mr. Jim Shelton, Mr. Jim Todd,
and Dr. Bill Ward.
II. Approval of September 17, 2002 Minutes
A motion was made to approve the Sept. 17, 2002,
minutes by Mr. Todd and seconded by Dr. Buckner. The minutes passed
III. Old Business
Attendance at Commencement – Dr. Janis Beaird
Dr. Beaird reported that Dr. Bowen presented the
Faculty Senate’s proposal before the Deans’ Council. Dr. Beaird said that only
about 40 seats would be vacated through this proposal. The Council also thought
the pomp and circumstance is for the students and is important to them.
Maternity Leave – Dr. Richard Schellhammer
Dr. Beaird reported that the Deans’ Council tabled
this to allow time for this policy to presented before the Staff Senate since it
also concerns them.
Faculty Senate Committees – Dr.
Dr. Beaird said that Dr. Alvin Marson and Mr. Jason
Guynes have been appointed to the Financial Affairs Committee. The Staff
positions have not been filled at this time.
Sabbatical Proposal Vote – Dr. Janis Beaird
Dr. Beaird asked for comments before voting on the
Sabbatical Proposal occurred. Ballots were distributed. The Sabbatical Proposal
passed the Faculty Senate with a yes-vote of 54. There were four undecided
votes. Dr. Beaird also reminded everyone that the proposal had already passed
at the Deans’ Council meeting with the provision that the proposal was passed
by the Faculty Senate. The proposal will now be passed along to the University
president. Dr. Beaird added that implementation of the program could begin as
early as Fall 2003. Applications for sabbatical would be solicited at this
Retirement System Visit – Dr. Janis Beaird
Dr. Beaird reminded everyone that representatives
from Valic will be on campus on November 19, 2002.
IV. New Business
Continuing Education Courses – Dr. Joe Wilkins
The Dean of the Graduate School, Dr. Joe Wilkins,
explained that due to the SACS report the University decided to place the all
the continuing education course offering under the umbrella of the graduate
school. He also noted that 2000 UWA alumni were sent surveys concerning
continuing education interests. Dr. Patricia DeMay will be offering the first
of these courses in the Spring. It will be a quilting course. He noted that
about 13 faculty have expressed interest in teaching courses for the program.
He said that in the beginning the University will probably only offer two
courses at a time. Instructors will receive approximately 75% of the fees.
According to Dr. Wilkins, the University sees this as a service/ mission
project. He added that CEU’s can also be administrated through this program. He
explained that the purpose of this program is to enrich the lives of our
students, faculty and service area through lifelong learning. There will be a
continuing education calendar placed on the UWA website. This would include
children’s summer enrichment programs held on the UWA campus. He said there are
possible opportunities for future expansion. He concluded by noting that his
office is open to suggestions concerning this project.
In other business, Dr. R.T. Floyd asked Dr. Wilkins
to report on the Alabama Commission on Higher Education Planning Committee. Dr.
Wilkins will be on the ACHE’s Planning Committee. This committee is charged
with establishing statewide objectives and priorities for long-range planning in
higher education in the state of Alabama. Dr. Wilkins said that there have been
a lot of rumors concerning this group. He said these rumors are not founded in
the document being created by the group. He said the document is very similar
to its predecessor, but it will be added to in the area of distance learning and
accountability (especially in the area of funding and the use of state funds).
Dr. Floyd will also be making a presentation to this group. Dr. Wilkins
concluded by stating that the Faculty Senate will receive any drafts of the
document that the committee creates. Dr. Schellhammer asked if it would be
feasible if Dr. Floyd could solicit feedback from UWA Faculty to allow them an
opportunity to voice their concerns in higher education. Dr. Beaird said that
she said she would distribute information to the faculty representatives, so
that they can obtain feedback from their faculty.
Michael A. Talerico, Assistant Campaign Director for
the United Way of West Alabama, addressed the Faculty Senate at the October
meeting. He thanked the University for its participation in the United Way
campaign. He noted that West Alabama has a long history of community service to
the West Alabama region. The United Way of West Alabama is involved in programs
such as YMCA, scouting activities, West Alabama AIDS Outreach (funding for
education about AIDS in local schools), and Red Cross programs. In addition,
programs for domestic abuse victims were aided through the United Way. This
organization works with over 800 volunteers each year. Last year, this agency
served four out of every 10 people in the region (a nine-county area).
Dr. Buckner moved that the meeting be adjourned and
Mr. Todd seconded the motion. The meeting was adjourned at 4:15 p.m.