Minutes
September 21, 1999

University Faculty Senate Minutes

Date: September 21, 1999

Time: 3:30

Presiding: Dr. R. T. Floyd

Secretary: Dr. Neil Snider

I. Call to order by Dr. Floyd

Dr. Snider asked each person to sign a sheet.

Present: Dr. R. T. Floyd, Dr. Neil Snider, Mrs. Nancy Kudlawiec, Dr. Vicki Spruiell, Mr. Micky Smith, Dr. June Westbrook, Dr. R. F. Harlan, Mrs. Donna Miller, Mr. Richard Thurn, Ms. Shannon White, Ms. Tina Jones, Mr. Charlie Cook, Dr. Richard Schellhammer, Mr. Bill Lenning, Dr. Janis Beaird, Dr. Gene May, and Dr. Johan van der Jagt.

II. Approval of July 13, 1999, minutes

Mrs. Nancy Kudlawiec moved that the minutes be approved. Mr. Lenning seconded the motion, and the motion passed.

III. Old Business

A. Strategic Planning Committees

Dr. Floyd reported that this past summer he met with all seven of the strategic planning committees. While some meetings conflicted, he attended over twenty meetings. He stated that he and Dr. Snider served on two committees and Dr. Beaird, Ms. Jones, Mr. Smith, and Ms. White also served on at least one committee. Dr. Floyd reported that it was his opinion that all aspects of the University were examined as thoroughly as possible within the time frame set by the President and that an honest assessment of the areas examined were brought forward and presented to Dr. Roach for his utilization in strategic planning with the Board of Trustees.

IV. New Business

A. Senate Meeting Date

There was consensus that the meeting should be held the third Tuesday in each month.

B. Senate Committee Appointments

Dr. Floyd announced that the following committee members have been elected and appointed.

Faculty Affairs Committee

Dr. Janis Beaird, Chair
Mrs. Beth Springer, College of Business
Dr. June Westbrook, College of Education
Dr. Joe Taylor, College of Liberal Arts
Mr. Richard Thurn, College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Mrs. Penny Corbitt, Division of Nursing

Faculty Information Committee

Chair to be chosen by the members
Mr. Donnie Cobb, College of Business
Dr. Richard Harlan, College of Education
Dr. David Bowen, College of Liberal Arts
Dr. Richard Buckner, College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Ms. Lynn Lashley, Division of Nursing

Faculty/Staff Liaison Committee

Mr. Danny Buckalew
Dr. R. T. Floyd
Dr. Janis Beaird
Mr. Micky Smith
Mr. Bill Lenning
Mrs. Becky Amato
Mr. John Crawford
Mr. Miles Hester
Mr. George Snow

Financial Affairs Committee

Chair, from the Faculty Senate to be named by the Rules Committee
Mr. Truel Hicks, College of Business
Dr. John van der Jagt, College of Education
Mrs. Nancy Kudlawiec, College of Liberal Arts
Dr. Mike Reekie, College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Mrs. Penny Corbitt, Division of Nursing
Dr. Vicki Spruiell
Mrs. Tina Jones
Two members, to be named by the Staff Senate

Rules Committee

Dr. R. T. Floyd
Dr. Janis Beaird
Dr. Neil Snider
Dr. Kathleen Pittman

University Scholars Committee

Dr. Richard Schellhammer, Chair
Dr. Helen Moshkovich, College of Business
Dr. Barry Green-Burns, College of Education
Dr. Jay Wenger, College of Liberal Arts
Mr. Micky Smith, College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Mrs. Marsha Cannon, Division of Nursing
Dr. David Taylor, Provost
Dr. Merle Peper, Dean, College of Business (ex officio)
Dr. Ann Jones, Dean, College of Education (ex officio)
Dr. Roy Underwood, Dean, College of Liberal Arts (ex officio)
Dr. Richard Holland, Dean, College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics (ex officio)
Mrs. Sylvia Homan, Chair, Division of Nursing (ex officio)
Mr. Clarence Egbert, Registrar (ex officio)
Dr. Ervin Wood, Vice-President of Student Affairs (ex officio)

Dr. Floyd called for recommendations for Chair for the Financial Affairs Committee.

C. Department of Physical Education & Athletic Training

Dr. Floyd stated that to serve on the Faculty Senate a representative must have been at the University for three quarters or two semesters. The Dept. of Physical Education & Athletic Training did not have a faculty member who met this requirement except him and he was ineligible to represent the department since he is chair of the Faculty Senate. The Rules Committee had advised Dr. Floyd to let the Senate decide on the representative. After discussion, Dr. Schellhammer moved that the Senate suspend the Bylaw that dealt with departmental representation and allow Dr. Gene May to represent the department. Dr. Harlan seconded the motion and the motion passed.

D. Constitutional Changes

Dr. Floyd stated that editorial changes had been made to the Constitution, particularly changes such as the word "quarter to semester." Since the Constitution must be ready to be published in the new Handbook, he asked the Senate to let him know by 5:00 p.m. on September 28th if they had objections to the editorial changes.

E. Web Page

Dr. Floyd announced that a Faculty Senate web page has been created to improve communications. The web page includes a campus directory of faculty and staff and the Faculty Senate Constitution. From the web page directory one can obtain an alphabetical list of all faculty and staff, their position, building office number, mail station, telephone number and e-mail address. He thanked Mr. Todd, Ms. Jones, and Ms. White for their help with this project.

F. Faculty Web Page

Dr. Floyd announced that most faculty at other universities have a web page, and he proposed that the Senate give leadership in developing web pages for UWA faculty. The Deans' Council has endorsed the idea. The Faculty Senate Web Page Committee will do the work. A template has been developed for the project and it will be distributed soon.

G. List Serve Discussion Group

Dr. Floyd stated that he had requested Data Processing to develop a list serve discussion group for faculty and staff. It would allow faculty and staff to post a question or comment that would be delivered via e-mail to all members of the list serve group. The Senate enthusiastically received the idea.

H. Recognition of Faculty Accomplishments

Dr. Floyd reported that Provost Taylor is in the process of preparing a listing of faculty accomplishments. He has requested a copy to post on the Faculty Senate web page.

I. Faculty Senate History

Dr. Floyd stated he is trying to locate Senate documents and compile a list of Senate Chairs. He has asked Dr. Schellhammer and Dr. Beaird to serve on the Senate History Committee.

J. Faculty Development Technology Initiative

Dr. Floyd stated that he would like to see the Senate take the initiative to help faculty with technology issues in the form of workshops, etc. The initiative has the endorsement of Provost Taylor. The Senate asked each representative to find out the talents and expertise available in their departments and to identify the technology issues or areas where faculty and staff would like help. Dr. Floyd asked that this be returned to him by September 28, 1999.

K. University Club

Dr. Floyd encouraged all faculty to join the University Club.

L. Higher Education Partnership

Dr. Floyd encouraged all faculty to join this organization. For further information, contact Mr. John Crawford.

M. University Scholars Award

Dr. Floyd announced that the University Scholars Award procedures would be captured for future use. The Provost has agreed that his office will provide plaques for recipients. One person will announce the awards at Honors Day.

N. Double Majors and Degrees

Dr. Floyd announced that it is now possible for students to have double majors from two different colleges. The specifics on how this will be handled logistically are being worked out by Provost Taylor and will be presented by Provost Taylor at the next Senate meeting.

O. UWA Board of Trustees Meeting

Dr. Floyd reported on the September 13th meeting. His report included the following information:

1. The budget was approved which included a 3% across-the-board salary increase. Also included was an increase for retirement, health benefits, and salary increases for longevity, promotion, and increased credentials.

2. The Board approved the purchase of the four and one-half acres of property formerly leased by the Delta Chi fraternity.

3. Enrollment is down slightly.

  Fall 1998 Fall 1999 (+) or (-)change
Undergraduate

1817

1679

-138

Graduate

330

291

-39

Total

2147

1970

-177

Freshmen

369

327

-42

Transfers

166

178

+12

P. Lottery Vote

Dr. Floyd stated that the University's position is for faculty and staff to vote their convictions. The Higher Education Partnership's position is to vote for the lottery, and that the lottery is set up exactly like Georgia's lottery.

Q. Class Schedule

There was consensus that the schedule should be posted on the web page.

R. Community Service

Mr. Cook said he saw no evidence that the Senate plans to get involved in community service.

S. Noel-Levitz

Dr. Schellhammer stated that his department had three questions for the Faculty Information Committee:

1. What is the total cost of the Noel-Levitz Project?

2. Who is involved in the training other than faculty?

3. Is it possible for the Senate representatives to get the information before the next Senate meeting?

Dr. Schellhammer also stated that his department had one more question for the Faculty Information Committee: What benefits are commonly given as part of teaching contracts at sister institutions?

Dr. Harlan requested the following information from the Faculty Information Committee:

1. What hours are required at other schools for office hours?

2. What are the appearance hours required on non-teaching days at other schools?

Dr. Floyd stated that he would find out UWA's policy on Dr. Harlan's and Dr. Schellhammers's questions.

V. Adjournment

Micky Smith moved that the meeting be adjourned and the motion was seconded by Richard Harlan. The motion passed and the meeting was adjourned at 4:50.

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