September 15, 2005 325 Graff Main Hall
Vol. 40, No. 2 3:30 p.m.
I. Roll Call.
Present: Choy, Clow, Galbraith, Gongaware, S. Grunwald, Heim, K. Hoar, Hunt, Johnston-Rodriguez, S. Kelly, Knox, Kraemer, S. Krajewski, B. Riley, D. Riley, Senger, Shanks, S. Smith, R. Sullivan, C. Wilson.
Excused: Cravins, Straker.
The minutes of the April 14, April 28, May 5 (Vol. 39, No. 17), and May 5 (Vol. 40, No. 1) 2005 meetings were approved as distributed.
A. Chair’s Report – Recognized those faculty senators who have recently been promoted (Associate Professor – Gongaware, Smith, Hunt; Professor – Knox).
Wilson summarized Robert’s Rules of Orders on basic principles, spirit and voting in a meeting.
Wilson reviewed the responsibilities of Faculty Senate as written in Articles of Faculty Organization. Faculty Senate determines curriculum and standards for requirements for graduation. It also participates in reviewing other campus topics like teaching loads, university budget etc… Wilson urged senators to speak with colleagues previous to votes on university matters. There will also be open communication this year of faculty senate matters. The SEC minutes will be distributed to faculty senators and chairs. Documents will be posted on the faculty senate web page at least one week before the meeting.
There will be no standing reports by the Provost, Chancellor, and Vice Chancellor this year; however, if there are questions for them they will be invited to answer those questions.
Highlights for this year will include budget challenges as a result of state budget cuts, general education, new hires, and NCA self study.
B. Vice-Chancellor for Administration and Finance – Vice Chancellor Lostetter distributed documents pertaining to budget and the $586,000 additional to be cut (UW-L FY 05-06 Budget Decision-Making Timeline & Process; operational Efficiencies and Improvements Draft Planning Document). He will be talking with the budget committee regarding these issues.
Lostetter updated faculty senate on the current state plan regarding travel by state employees and the restrictions in relation to this issue.
Lostetter updated faculty senate on student enrollment at the university. Currently the university is 375 students over last fall’s enrollment. Assuming these students continue into next semester there will be about a $1.5 million increase revenue.
The Board of Regents voted that back up appointments no longer be granted to new employees. Currently UWL has about 40 backup appointments. It is uncertain if current searches will be able to go forward with backup appointments or not.
C. Faculty Representative’s Report – Senator Heim updated the senate on state budget matters that affected university employees ($90 million state cut). He also updated senate on legislative proposals that are currently being considered that would affect the university such as the student bill of rights, TABOR, retirement contributions, conceal carry, definition of marriage. He distributed a memo from Kris Andrews regarding the Higher Education Act.
Senator Heim also gave updates on the Board of Regents, salary pay plan issues, discussions of campus consolidations, and technical college articulation agreements.
D. Student Association Representative’s Report – Ryan Vanloo, shared governance director, reported on early student senate activities including reorganizational issues, hurricane relief funding, diversity, and international education.
A. Vijendra (VJ) Agarwal, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, who works on grants/contracts and graduate programs introduced himself.
B. Beth Hartung, Campus Climate Coordinator, introduced herself and updated faculty on new initiatives.
A. Dorothy Zeisler-Vralsted, NCA. – The site visit will be the end of April. The report will be online in October. In 1996 the NCA evaluators had 8 major concerns. Four of these concerns were discussed. 1) General education program – structure and oversight of program; 2) Ongoing assessment; 3) Budget anxiety on the part of faculty and staff; 4) The strategic plan, Forward Together, lacking timeline, implementation dates and assessment strategies.
B. Doug Swanson, Academic Advising Center – Academic Advising report is posted on the Faculty Senate website. Swanson updated senate on the progress of the academic advising center, plans for the future and concerns about the academic advising center. The academic advising center is teaching a section of UWL 100 and taking over management of UWL100. They also have taken over sample SNAP requests, expanded the websites, have 3 ¼ time faculty release positions, and working on a campus wide definition of what academic advising is. Swanson expressed the following concerns: budgetary concerns, faculty retention as overseers of academic advising, concerns that the academic advising center not become a service unit (stay an academic unit).
V. Senate Executive Committee Nominations.
A. Joint Promotion Committee. M/S/P to approve the membership list (4 new members appointed for 3-year terms; one 1-year replacement for Morgan) as distributed.
2-year continuing term
1-year continuing term
John Betton (replacing Betsy Morgan)
B. Consultative Lay-off Committee. M/S/P to approve the membership list (3 new members for 3-year terms) as distributed.
Joe Heim (CLS) – Professor
Keith Sherony (CBA) - Professor
Mary Tollefson (CLS) – Associate
2-year continuing term
Butterfield, Bradley (CLS) – Associate
Gibson, Mark (EESHR) – Assistant
Osterby, Bruce (SAH) – Professor
1-year continuing term
Anderson, Joseph (CLS) – Associate
Duquette, Dan (EESHR) – Professor
Nelson, Patricia (SAH) – Assistant
C. Committee on Faculty Committees. M/S/P to approve the membership list (5
senators for a 1-year term) as distributed:
Sullivan, Dick (Convener)
D. Senate Elections Committee. M/S/P to approve the membership list (3 senators for a 1-year term) as distributed.
E. Faculty Ombudspersons. M/S/P to approve the membership list (3 appointees for a 1-year term) as distributed.
F. Parking Appeals Board. M/S/P to approve the membership list as distributed.
Charlene Holler – member
Phil Golson – alternate
G. Instructional Academic Staff Committee. M/S/P to approve the membership list as distributed.
Kerrie Hoar, Convener
VI. Senate Executive Committee nomination of Faculty Members for the Search and Screen Committee for the position of Director of the School of Education.
This committee will be formed under the rules governing positions granted tenure. Thus 5 faculty members will serve on the committee even if the position has to be advertised without tenure. The SEC proposes forwarding 5 faculty names with the assumption we will indeed use these rules even if Board of Regents chooses to eliminate back-up appointments.
M/S/P to approve the search and screen list as distributed.
Alternate: Tammy Fisher
VII. Senate Executive Committee nomination of Faculty Members for the Search and Screen Committee for the position of Dean of Student Development and Academic Services.
M/S/P to approve the faculty search and screen list as distributed.
VIII. Renaming of the College of Science and Allied Health.
Associate Dean McLean reviewed the process used for this decision.
M/S/P to approve the name change of the College of Science and Allied Health to the College of Science and Health.
The meeting adjourned at 4:48 p.m.
Sandy Grunwald, Secretary