Faculty Senate Minutes
April 17, 2008
Call to Order:
Call to order: 4:15 pm; Riggle Room; ADUC.
Senators Absent: Ann Andaloro, Glen Colburn, Marcia Cooper, Lynda Donathan, Sam Nataraj, Greg Penner, Randall Swain, Cathy Thomas, Brenda Wilburn
Visitors: Jaime Ellis, Environmental Awareness Sub Committee, SGA; Michael Harmon, President Elect, SGA; April Haight, Director, Environmental Center
Without objection, minutes of April 3, 2008, were adopted as submitted.
Academic Policies: No Report
Communications: No Report
Evaluation: No Report
Fiscal Affairs: No Report
Governance: Ronald Morrison was elected Faculty Regent; Will present slate of names for approval for two committees
Professional Policies: Will continue discussion of PAc-27; PG-55 - Technology Resource Acceptable Use will be presented for a first reading
Jaime Ellis presented a resolution passed by the SGA entitled - Student Commitment to a Sustainable Campus. Jaime Ellis, on behalf of the SGA, asked for concurrence of the resolution by the Faculty Senate.
Regent Irons moved that the Faculty Senate of Morehead State University, in support of the SGA, concur with their resolution to commit to a sustainable campus. Senator Baker seconded the motion.
The Senate members discussed the resolution. The members expressed concerns about unforeseen consequences of the resolution as it was presented. April Haight provided additional information regarding the resolution. The members commended the SGA for their foresight in bringing forth the issue of a sustainable campus.
Senator Harford made a friendly amendment to change the motion to: The Faculty Senate commends the SGA for bringing forward a sustainable campus resolution and support the development of sustainable campus processes. Regent Irons did not accept the friendly amendment.
A Senator suggested making changes to the resolution that was presented by the SGA. Based on discussion, Regent Irons and Senator Baker made an amendment to the motion that the SGA resolution read: “Be it Resolved: The Student Government Association of Morehead State University fully supports sustainable practices for the advancement of our institution, such as, but not limited to, the following:” and each first word in the bulleted points be changed to a verb, and “Implementation of organic farming practices at the Dickerson Complex” be changed to “Include organic farming practices at the Derrickson Complex” and add “Implement” in front of “Personal Energy Conservation…”
Senator Wallace moved to end debate and vote. Motion passed.
Chair Jerde called for a vote on the resolution that: Be it Resolved: The Faculty Senate at Morehead State University concurs with the resolution of the Student Government Association regarding student commitment to a sustainable campus with the following amendment: the amendment changes the SGA resolution to read: “Be it Resolved: The Student Government Association of Morehead State University fully supports sustainable practices for the advancement of our institution, such as, but not limited to, the following:…” and, each first word in the bulleted points be changed to a verb and, “Implementation of organic farming practices at the Dickerson Complex” be changed to “Include organic farming practices at the Derrickson Complex” and, add “Implement” in front of “Personal Energy Conservation…” Motion passed.
- Budget has been approved with no Governor vetoes that affect higher education
- Regent Irons thanked his supporters in the Regent election and stated that Ron Morrison would be an excellent Faculty Regent.
- CPE has a new president – Brad Cowgill
- The “Are We Making Progress Survey” will be implemented again.
- Glen Teager who works at the School Board office and serves as Treasurer of the School Board has been nominated to fill a position on KTRS.
- The Governance committee presented for approval a slate of candidates for the Graduate Committee. The Graduate Committee is selected by election within the graduate faculty of the respective colleges. The slate of candidates is:
- Business Green Miller, Michelle Kunz
- Education Karen Lafferty, Kitty Hazler
- Humanities Layne Neeper, Verdie Craig
- Science and Technology David Olson, Sean Reilley – 2-year term
Michael Fultz, Janelle Hare – 1-year term
- A Senator stated that the candidates from Science and Technology were from the same departments and there should be more diversity. Senator Rogers stated that the committee was working from the committee interest sheets that were submitted by the faculty. Senator Patrick moved that the pairs be separated and voted on individually. Senator Breschel seconded the motion. Motion passed.
- The Governance committee presented the following candidates for approval:
- Business Green Miller, Michelle Kunz Passed
- Education Karen Lafferty, Kitty Hazler Passed
- Humanities Layne Neeper, Verdie Craig Passed
- Science and Technology David Olson, Sean Reilley – 2-year term Passed
- Science and Technology Michael Fultz, Janelle Hare – 1-year term Passed
- The Governance committee presented for approval a slate of candidates for the Planning Committee. An election will be held in Science and Technology.
- Science and Technology Brent Rogers, Kathy Lewis Passed
- Professional Policies presented PG-55, Technology Resource Acceptable Use, for first reading. Senator Patrick provided background information on the development of PG-55. Information contained on any University computer is owned by the University and may be reviewed if deemed to be a “University Need”. A Senator asked if the University has the right to search hardware that is personally owned. Senator Patrick stated it was his understanding that the University can search what they own but not personally owned hardware. The members discussed various sections of the PG. Senator Patrick asked the members to provide this document to the faculty in their departments.
- Discussion continued on PAc-27.
- Senator Irons moved to delete “evaluated weaknesses, if any,” and replace with “areas for improvement” under IV. 5. and VI. 2. Senator Wallace seconded the motion. Motion passed.
- Senator Wymer moved that PAc-27 be rewritten to accommodate a college-level Tenure review as the 2nd level of faculty peer review. Senator Irons seconded the motion. The members discussed at length the pros and cons of a college-level review.
- Senator Wymer moved to end debate and vote. Motion passed.
- Chair Jerde called for a vote on the motion to rewrite PAc-27 to accommodate a college-level Tenure review as the 2nd level of faculty peer review. Motion failed.
- Regent Irons asked the members if there was any support for discussing a revised review process that would allow blind separate review up to the University or Provost level. After discussion, Chair Jerde asked for a show of hands of members who would support further discussion of revising PAc-27 to include blind separate review. A majority indicated they would not support further discussion of blind review.
- Senator Patrick asked the members to carefully review the paragraphs that begin with “2. Teaching: At a minimum,…; 3. Professional Achievement: At a minimum,…; and 4. Service: At a minimum,…” on pages 7,8, and 9. Senator Patrick stated that “these were the most critical changes” in PAc-27. Some of the documents required in these paragraphs may not normally be kept by faculty. This section of the document may not be able to be implemented for at least a year because faculty who are up for tenure in the fall 2008 may not have some of this documentation.
- The members discussed item (e) samples of written feedback on assessments to students; under 2. Teaching: At a minimum,… Discussion will continue at the next meeting.
Adjournment: 6:00 pm.