Faculty Senate Executive Committee Minutes

327 Graff Main Hall – 3:00 p.m.

April 21, 2009


Present:  Joe Heim, Rebecca LeDocq, Susan Crutchfield, Brian Udermann;

Visitors: Kathleen Enz Finken, Bob Hoar, Kerrie Hoar


1.  Minutes from the April 14, 2009 SEC meeting were approved. 


2.  Dir. School of Education Search and Screen Committee

SEC deliberated on a list of nominees to the committee.  The following will be forwarded to Senate for approval:



Dan Duquette

Barb Gander

Jon Hasenbank

Gary Walth

KT Willhite



Rob Dixon

Mary Tollefson

Marcie Wycoff-Horn


Motion:  to approve the above list of nominees and alternates.



3. IAS Policy Recommendations

K. Hoar updated us on her meeting with Jennifer Wilson.  Wording changes need to be made to certain policies other than Chapter 10.  Also, the stipulated grievance procedure for IAS must be revised.  System has approved all the contract types in the proposal;  the spirit of Chapter 10 as proposed is being preserved.

Because these changes need to be made, the standing motion to approve these documents will need to be withdrawn.  The changes can be considered in the fall.


4.  Collective Bargaining

The committee discussed whether the motion from the IAS Committee to support its resolution should/would be tabled at Senate.  We need to find out whether people are for any legislation that allows a split between IAS and Faculty.  It was generally agreed that we need to be educated about how bargaining units are created and what this would mean for any possible bargaining unit combination(s) of faculty, IAS, and non-instructional academic staff.


5.  Mission Statement

            The Mission Statement committee faculty representatives (R. LeDocq and S. Crutchfield) will present the committee’s report on data collected from a survey of faculty opinions on five different possible mission statements at Senate this week.  The Senate will be asked to entertain a motion recommending at least two of the statements for possible adoption by the Chancellor and Board of Regents.


6.  Faculty Recruitment and Retention Fund

PTS hasn’t submitted a recommendation yet.  The Provost will be asked to submit a report on the fund’s use to the PTS in the fall.


7. Online SEI Taskforce

B. Udermann provided an update on the taskforce. The group wasn’t interested in a pilot program because data already exists for study.  Math is the only department that has volunteered for a pilot.  The group was interested in offering an option to faculty or departments to choose online SEI gathering.  For comparison purposes, it would be best to use a consistent gathering format within any given department.  In moving forward with this option, we must consider how to standardize the process; Qualtrex software would be the solution, and it will be available starting this summer.  However, we don’t have the support staff to handle any departments who would need support to complete online SEIs.  Perhaps CATL could get involved.


8.  The meeting adjourned at 4:05 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,


Susan Crutchfield