Minutes
October 19
, 2004

UWA FACULTY SENATE MINUTES
Tuesday, October 19, 2004 - 3:30 p.m.
Wise Conference Room - Wallace Hall 213

I.  Roll Call

Dr. Richard Schellhammer called the meeting to order at 3:33 pm.  Members present were Dr. Lesa Shaul, Dr. Barry Green-Burns, Dr. Lauren Wells, Dr. Donald Salter, Dr. Thomas Ratkovich, Mr. Mark Brothers, Dr. Manly Blackwell, Dr. Joy Cauthron, Mr. Jim Todd, Ms. Carol Webb, and Mr. Bill Lemming.

II.  Approval of September 21 Minutes

Several changes were made.  Dr. Wells motioned that the minutes be approved as amended.  The motion was seconded by Dr. Green-Burns and was approved unanimously.

III. Old Business

  1. Alabama Teachers Retirement System

Dr. Schellhammer noted that anyone retiring in the next year or two should schedule an appointment with the Retirements System of Alabama.  They should apply online.  Dr. Shaul expressed concern about US Airways impending bankruptcy and its effect on the RSA, a major investor.  In a related note, Dr. Schellhammer reported that a representative from VALIC made a visit to campus on November 16 and they would allow walk-ins.  For any further information contact jeff_hall@aigvalic.com.

  1. Merit Pay

Dr. Shaul reported that the faculty, as a whole, had thus far voted overwhelmingly against merit pay.  She believed there could be a final tally within days.  Several questions were raised as to from where the money would come, because the University is on a very tight budget.  Dr. Schellhammer argued that faculty salaries should at least be up to the state average before any merit pay proposals should be considered.

  1. Other

Student Fees – Dr. Shaul reported for Dr. Tina Jones that student graduation fees would “roll over” if they graduate in a later semester than the one they paid their fees.  Previously, students were billed for each semester they applied.

IV. New Business

  1. Report from AAUP

Dr. Wells explained a questionnaire containing “talking points” on faculty concerns should be ready for distribution by the first of November.  It may be downloaded or, if you wish not to be tracked, mailed upon request.  The next University AAUP meeting is October 28.

  1. Senate President’s/Vice-President’s Report

Dr Shaul reported on the Dean’s Council meeting as follows:

The strategic plan for the next five years was approved.  It is less wordy and more readable than its predecessor.

The ACE program, a recruitment option for high school seniors based on the Federal Trio Programs is being considered.  The Deans have concerns about the requirements of this program.

The Maternity Leave Policy is still being examined.

Mr. Frank Whidden stated turnitin.com is available for faculty.

The Provost is interested in starting a lecture series for the university and general public.

The Provost is also interested in participating in a nationwide teleconference on freshman studies.

  1. Other

Dr. Schellhammer reported that textbooks for the “Books for Baghdad” program were driven to JSU by himself and Drs. Tom Gonzalez and Lesa Shaul.  Dr. Green-Burns mentioned that basic school supplies for Iraq are being collected through Livingston Jr. High and sent to Iraq via the Demopolis National Guard Unit.  He said that any help would be appreciated.  Dr. Schellhammer stated that he would email the faculty about this project.

Dr. Schellhammer noted that the AASCU National Faculty Development Initiative – Incorporating Japanese studies into the undergraduate curriculum has Sasakawa Fellowships available for faculty.  For more information contact www.aascu.org/programs/jsi/

V. Adjournment

Dr. Blackwell motioned that the meeting be adjourned.  The meeting was adjourned at 4:20 pm.

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