UWA FACULTY SENATE MINUTES
Tuesday, September 17, 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. R.T. Floyd, Dr. Tina
Jones, Ms. Becky Graham (for Dr. Richard Buckner), Mr. Mark Brothers, Dr.
Richard Collison, Dr. Betty Cowan, Dr. Tom Gonzalez, Dr. David Bowen, Dr. Mark
Griffith, Ms. Ann Ketcham, Dr. Nancy Kudlawiec, Dr. Dwayne Massey, Dr. Lesa
Shaul, Mr. Jim Shelton, Dr. Louis Smith, Mr. Jim Todd, and Dr. Bill Ward.
II. Approval of July 16, 2002 Minutes
Dr. Collison moved that the minutes be accepted as
read. Dr. Ward seconded. The motion passed and the minutes were approved.
III. Old Business
Attendance at Commencement – Dr. David Bowen
Dr. Beaird noted that this resolution by the Faculty
Senate has been passed. Dr. Bowen noted that in the state of Alabama there is
no consistent pattern for commencement attendance. The Senate is advocating
that faculty be required to attend one commencement annually. Faculty would be
asked to indicate which commencement they planned to attend at the beginning of
the school year so that an equal number of faculty attend each graduation.
According to Dr. Bowen, parents and guests attending commencement would benefit
from this proposal. Dr. Beaird asked that Dr. Bowen present the resolution to
the Deans’ Council.
Changing the Time Between Classes Report – Dr.
Dr. Beaird explained that she took the time change
proposal to the Deans’ Council. They wanted to know what the students thought
about the issue so Dr. Beaird and Dr. Tom Gonzalez took the issue before the SGA.
Dr. Beaird then took those concerns back to the Dean’s Council. The proposal
was voted down. Dr. Beaird requested that if faculty still felt strongly about
the issue they should make their respective Deans aware of their concerns.
Sabbatical Subcommittee Report – Dr. Janis
A sabbatical policy proposal was distributed to
Senate members. Dr. Beaird noted that faculty development was separated from
sabbaticals. The proposed policy funds the faculty member’s salary at 75% with
full benefits. The remaining salary will be used to fund adjunct salaries. In
addition the calendar for proposed sabbaticals has been updated. The new
proposal outlines membership for the Sabbatical Leave Committee. Proposals and
obligations are also outlined in the policy. Sabbaticals may be taken for a
semester or a full year. A period of service equal to the duration of the leave
will be required upon return from sabbatical leave. The chair for this
committee is the Vice-President of the Faculty Senate. Sabbaticals could be
announced at commencement. Dr. Beaird asked that Senate members take the policy
to their faculty members for their input. The Senate will vote on the proposal
at the next meeting.
Retirement System Visit – Dr. Janis Beaird
Dr. Beaird announced that the Retirement System
Representative will be visiting on November 19, 2002, from 9 a.m. until 3:20
p.m. Faculty members may register for 20-minute conferences.
Maternity Leave – Dr. Richard Schellhammer
Dr. Schellhammer noted that the Senate voted that
the University follow AAUP guidelines for maternity leave. The Deans’ Council
asked for a cost projection of a paid maternity leave. In the last five years,
only one faculty member and two staff members have taken maternity leave. Dr.
Schellhammer stated that this is not a lot of money for the benefit derived from
such a policy. Dr. Schellhammer said that he feels that the original proposal
be resubmitted to the Deans’ Council with the new information. Dr. Beaird asked
Dr. Schellhammer to make a brief write up of the plan so she could present it at
the next Deans’ Council meeting.
Web Pages – Dr. R.T. Floyd
Dr. R.T. Floyd distributed a copy of the email sent
to faculty addressing web page concerns. He stated that he hopes that the Web
Page Committee has addressed the concerns about authorship of web pages. The
department chair can contact the webmaster about the “subject web areas.” The
department chair may appoint a contact web person for the department if he/she
does not wish to be the designated contact person. Dr. Floyd encourages faculty
to utilize the web with the establishment of “subject area webs” that will be
linked from department or college pages.
Valic Visit – Dr. Janis Beaird
Dr. Beaird announced that a Valic representative
will be on campus on Monday, September 30, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the SUB
conference room. Valic plans to be on campus at the end of each pay period.
IV. New Business
President’s Report – Dr. Richard Holland
According to Dr. Holland, the final report for SACS
has been mailed. The University will receive notification from SACS in
December. He then reported on the status of the 2002-03 budget request.
Holland stated that the recommendations from the various departments have been
considered. He distributed a handout outlining the budget requests. He walked
through the budget with the Senate. He pointed out that there is now a policy
that states when faculty/staff salaries increase graduate stipends are
automatically increased. Other new positions were explained. In addition the
library budget was increased by $5000. The alumni magazine, UWA Today, will now
be produced twice a year. The Tiger Tales newspaper will be eliminated.
Discussion of the budget ensued. Dr. Holland added that DOE budgets have been
increased by $500. He added that the President’s Council has pledged that this
increase will remain for the next three years.
Total budgeted revenues for 2002-03 are
$16,366,928. In discussing the budget, Dr. Holland explained the summary of
budget changes. Handouts were distributed to all Senate members.
Dr. Mark Griffith asked if Dr. Holland feels we will
be prorated during this year. Dr. Holland said that the President’s Council is
taking measures to handle proration if it occurs. Dr. Holland said that the
2003-2004 budget is $48 million short. Dr. Shaul asked if anyone has proposed a
solution to the inadequate state education’s budget. Dr. Holland responded that
the Supreme Court did deem education as an essential service. He added that
historically we have forced the state to respond as a result of legal action.
He said he did not know if constitutional reform will take place in the state of
Holland then turned his attention to enrollment. He
stated that his statement was part of his report to the Board of Trustees. The
increases in enrollment are due primarily to retention of students. The fall
enrollment totals are 2002 undergraduate and graduate students. In addition,
there has been an increase in average ACT scores. Unconditionally admitted
freshmen scores increased from 20.2 in Fall 2001 to 20.7 in Fall 2002. The
average ACT score for the state of Alabama is 20.1.
In the area of distance learning, Dr. Holland noted
that the College of Business is heavily involved in VIANET. UWA is working with
UNA in this program. When UNA hires new professors in business, UWA will be
involved in the hiring process. In addition, UWA has joined with Columbia
Southern University for on-line degree programs. Faculty members can supplement
their income by teaching these on-line degree programs. Columbia Southern has
approached UWA about teaching for military bases.
In closing Dr. Holland distributed the UWA Strategic
Plan 1999-2004. The Senate will review the plan, and Dr. Holland will be asked
to return at a later date to discuss the plan.
The University is discussing a marketing plan that
projects the image of this institution in this region and throughout the state.
Dr. Holland said that this is essential. Ms. Berry Watson, the new director for
development, has a master’s degree in fundraising and public relations. Dr.
Holland feels that recruiting efforts will be greatly enhanced by the marketing
Code of Civility – Mr. Danny Buckalew
Vice President for Student Affairs, Mr. Danny
Buckalew expressed his appreciation for the faculty’s efforts in retaining
students. He said that his office is trying to recruit a better student for
UWA. The Code of Civility is part of the effort to recruit and maintain quality
students. Mr. Buckalew asked that when problems occur in the classroom,
professors report those problems. He noted that disruptive classroom behavior
probably signal problems in other areas. Reports will allow Student Affairs to
identify problem students. An incident report is available online for instructor
use. Dr. Beaird asked if there is some point that students can be dismissed
from campus. Mr. Buckalew said that there was. He added that the documentation
provides him with the tools he needs to help professors.
Faculty Senate Committees – Dr. Janis Beaird
Dr. Beaird distributed a list of Faculty Senate
committee membership. She also explained the membership of each committee.
Gilbert Bell Award – Dr. Janis Beaird
Dr. Beaird said that concerns were expressed that
winners have been repetitive. Dr. Beaird noted that this is a student-controlled
award. The concerns about the award will be addressed by the student committee.
Dr. Mark Griffith asked if information about
extracurricular activities obligations be distributed to faculty members. Dr.
Floyd noted that on the Academic Advising web page has a link to advising
student athletes. The practice times should be posted on this site.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:05 p.m.