FACULTY SENATE MINUTES FOR
October 31, 2000
(Vol. XXX, No. 11)

 

I. Call to Order by James Tidwell at 2:05 p.m. (Conference Room, 2540 Buzzard Hall).

Present:   W. Addison, R. Benedict, J. Best, G. Canivez, J. Dilworth, C. Eberly, P. Fewell, B. Fischer (late), F. Fraker, R. Gruber, J. Tidwell, M. Toosi, B. Young, and A. Zahlan.  Late:  B. Fischer.  Absent: N. Greer    Excused:  Guests:  H. Lasky, L. Wall, J. Ryan,

 

Chair Tidwell suspended the Order to Business to New Business and Dr. Herb Lasky's report on the EIU Honors Program. Lasky:  We have 153 new students, up 9% over last year. There are 710 students as a whole in both department and university Honors programs.  The President has given us an additional position and we have added an academic counselor. We are adequately staffed for our size.  Lasky offered a minor correction to earlier Senate minutes.  Some weeks ago it was reported that Honors was given a budget for the first time.  In fact, Honors was given an adjusted budget that meets our obligations for the first time.  The ACT average for Honors students is 28.4, and we expect it to rise further this year.  Applications are running ahead of last year with elevated ACTs.  Honors students tend to have double majors in unexpected combinations.  Our first student doubled in geology and physics, and now has a PhD in Astrogeology from the University of Hawaii.  He discovered a new mineral from the Moon Rocks.  A recent student doubled in Theatre and Chemistry and carried a straight 4.0.  She was awarded a graduate grant at NYU, has worked on Broadway, and is currently doing very well in Hollywood as a special effects expert.  The ethos of the Honors Program is to help students broaden their horizons and look at numbers of different things as well as the fundamentals of what students are interested in.  In the recruiting process, we work to assist students to explore their interests and remove barriers to their dreams.  I have found faculty and administration to be extremely helpful and cooperative.  We are interested in expanding the Study Abroad Program beyond the excavations in Belgium.  Next summer is the third year at that site.  Bailey Young and I have explored a second site in Ulster, Ireland. The Study Abroad Program is designed to expose students to another culture in a meaningfully profound way.  We were invited to Belfast by Queens University.  They raised the idea of a program in Irish Studies, which would involve a connection with Trinity University in Dublin as well.  We have been trying to gain entry into very good schools, but not just for honors programs alone.  We are happy to share the information with others on campus.

Zahlan: You said 710, is that seats or people?  Lasky: That is 710 slots, and 665 actual people.  I mean students registered in classes in good standing.  Addison: What is the status of the Individualized Studies Program?  Lasky said the program is useful for Honors as it gives them flexibility beyond traditional major programs.  One application might be in Classics.  We don't offer classics, but certainly there are faculty members on campus that could bring together such a program for a student.  Of course, that all needs to be reviewed by CAA.

Senator Bailey Young presented a slide show to Senate of Lasky and Young's trip to Ireland.  They met with the Dean of Humanities at Queens College, who was interested in EIU starting an archeological project.  Young also presented a slide show of the excavations in Belgium.


Lasky: We are working to obtain additional scholarship monies to enable more students to participate in the digs.  For the first time last year we invited older adults to participate, and the profit from their fees has been one way of raising extra money.  Dilworth: I was a participant last summer. I have never done anything in my life where I felt so stretched physically and mentally.  It was a wonderful experience.  Lasky:  We are taking applications for more people at any time.
Tidwell thanked Drs. Lasky and Young for their comments and returned to the regular Order of Business.

 

II. Approval of the minutes of October 24, 2000.

Motion (Benedict/Canivez) to approve the minutes of October 24, 2000.

Yes: Toosi, Young, Zahlan, Addison, Benedict, Best, Canivez, Dilworth, Eberly, Fraker, Gruber, and Tidwell.  Abstain: Fewell.  Approved

 

III. Communications

A.  Minutes of Council on Academic Affairs--Oct. 19, 2000.
Passed new general education course list, effective primarily next fall, 2001.

B.  Agenda for the Oct. 26, 2000, CAA meeting

C.  Minutes of the Council on Graduate Studies--Oct. 17, 2000
Approved courses in the new Master of Teaching Master's degree.  CGS is meeting today so their members can attend the Faculty Forum during their regular meeting time next week.

D.  Summary of IBHE and Faculty Advisory Committee meetings from Les Hyder--Oct. 3, 2000

E.  E-mail from Senator John Best concerning the current situation at WEIU--Oct. 26, 2000
Best asked whether Senate should discuss the WEIU situation.  Tidwell referred the topic to new business.

F.  Copy of letter from Chair Tidwell to President Surles concerning computer maintenance and installation--Oct. 16, 2000
Tidwell read the letter to the Senate.  Surles said she would work on the solution immediately, but Tidwell has not heard anything further.

G.  Minutes of Council on University Planning and Budget—Sept. 15, 2000

H. Agenda for the Oct. 27, 2000 CUPB meeting

I. Minutes of the Committee for the Assessment of Student Learning—Oct. 24, 2000

J. List of the CASL members

K. Memo from Prof. Lola McElwee concerning J. Ryan's questionnaire (see Oct. 24, 2000 Senate minutes).  Toosi/Zahlan:  Motion to apologize to the student because it was inappropriate to question him in a public meeting, and to thank Prof. McElwee for bringing this to our attention.  Young: Communicate to McElwee that Senate appreciates the feedback.  No harm was meant.  I think Toosi is right that we pushed it too far.  The student has shown a lot of initiative.  Toosi: Fischer did not realize the student was present at the meeting, and I am confident that no harm was intended.   Fraker questioned whether the vote should be taken until Senator Fischer was present. Tidwell: If no one objects, this item should really be in Old Business.

L.  UPI Resolution on Abuse and Overuse of Temporary/Part-time Faculty, March 1999, distributed by Zahlan.

 

IV. Old Business

A. Committee Reports

1. Executive Committee:  no report

2. Elections:  no report

3. Nominations: Canivez: I spoke with Gail Richard, Chair of the Intercollegiate Athletic Board.  There is no need to appoint for spring semester as the committee can manage with the alternates already in place.  All committees are in full staff with the exception of the Apportionment Board.  I am awaiting a call from the New VP-Financial Affairs of Student Senate to learn who is currently listed on the Board.  Tidwell: Why is there a question of whether Bill Joyce is a member of the board?  Canivez said he is checking into that

4. Student‑Faculty Relations: no report

5. Faculty‑Staff Relations: no report

6. VPAA Search Committee: Best:  The VPAA Search Committee has broken down into subcommittees for developing sections of the web site. The next meeting is Friday, Nov. 3, 2000.
 
7. Steering Committee for Technology Enhanced and Delivered Education (TEDE):  Tidwell: We have been meeting two hours every Thursday and looking at delivery models to consider presenting to campus.  We are making progress.
 
8:  IBHE and Faculty Advisory Committee: Tidwell sent Hyder's FAC report to the Senate prior to the meeting.  FAC is meeting this weekend in Chicago, and the main agenda item is part-time/temporary faculty.  Tidwell pointed to the Eastern Best Practices listed in the report.  Young: I am glad to see that Sanders and the Board agreed that "inadequate salaries for faculty and staff is a major problem,” and that he also encouraged us to be more proactive in developing relations with legislators.  Tidwell: I have invited State Representative Righter, and he has agreed to attend Senate on Dec. 5, 2000.  I think this is the first time we have had our local representative in the seven years I have been on senate.  Young: I attended the session organized by UPI for Righter and another legislator, and someone asked him the question about institutional support.  Righter said, "The most important thing for you to do is to get out there and don't rely on other people."  Young also invited Righter to the Senate.  Zahlan:  I think inviting Righter is a good idea.  We should be prepared to bring up issues that we would hope he could represent in the legislature.
 
9. Other committees:  Tidwell: CUPB had a short meeting last Friday.  They did approve the Advisory Committee for each Vice President. 
Academic Affairs:  David Carpenter, Mary Anne Hanner, Hank Davis, and alternate: Anita Shelton
Business Affairs: Larry Cannon, Sandy Bingham-Porter, Doug Sloat, and alternate: Joyce Clayton
Student Affairs: Kelly Miller, David Onestak, Jone Zieren, and alternate: Keith Kohanzo
 CUPB also heard a report on the IBHE Big Picture meeting.  There was not much more than we discussed in Senate.

B.  Vice President of Business Affairs Search Committee:  Tidwell: Continuing our discussion from last week, the President had asked for two names for a VPBA search committee by this Friday, Nov. 3, 2000.  We all got e-mail from Zahlan.  Zahlan: I am distressed about the search committee and I think we should advise the President not to proceed with this plan at the moment.  The last committee was disbanded because they did not want to accept changes in the job criteria.  Wall: What committee is disbanded?  Tidwell: The old committee said they would be happy to serve again.  Wall: There never was another committee, and I was on that committee.  Since then there has been a long time period and members have assumed other positions.  We never had another committee. Tidwell: We were never asked to appoint someone.  Best: The committee searched, and the search was completed.  So there is no committee at this point.  That committee is done, and it would have to be reformed.  We have to study our own minutes, and we raised no objection.  Wall: Three-fourths of that committee is now doing other things and could not serve again.  Richard and Wall are both in new positions.  Tidwell: The make-up of the committee requested (positions and roles) is pretty much the same.  Additional positions appointed by the President are quite often done for diversity, or balance.  I would hope the new committee would be starting from a clean slate.  Wall: The last job description was for a master's required, with doctorate preferred.  Fewell: The question before the Senate is?  Tidwell: We were supposed to send two names to the President.  Hank Davis has expressed interest.  Zahlan:   I nominate David Carpenter.  Fewell: I would be willing to serve.  Motion: (Dilworth/Fraker): moved that Senate nominate Davis and Fewell.  Benedict: Given Senate history, I think Senate has made a commitment to Carpenter.   Dilworth and Fraker accepted a friendly amendment, so the Motion now reads to nominate Hank Davis and David Carpenter.  Addison: What is the passage from the President's letter?  Tidwell read from the letter.  Addison: Does that mean to select from the Senate?  Tidwell: No. Unit A faculty.  Vote: Young, Zahlan, Addison, Benedict, Best, Canivez, Dilworth, Eberly, Fewell, Fraker, Gruber, Tidwell, and Toosi.  Motion passed.
Tidwell: Zahlan's comments about the VBPA selection process are well taken, but we do have to wait.  Fewell: Why not pass those comments to the people we have nominated to the committee?
 

C.  Fall Forum: Tidwell: I think we are ready for next week.  Breakout sessions are near-by.  We can assign rooms at the time since there is no way of knowing which will be the most popular breakout session of the four.  Tidwell reminded the Senators of their facilitator and recorder assignments.  Zahlan:  Might it be a good idea to pass around an attendance sheet at breakout sessions?  Tidwell: Yes.  I expect a strong attendance--100 or so people.  Fraker requested signs for the breakout session doors.  Best: Our main function is to listen at these sessions.  That doesn't mean we can't speak, because we have already discussed the issues at length.  Tidwell: Our main focus is to try to come up with solutions to issues, and avoid a primary focus on complaints.  We are to report what our group discussed to the general session.  Benedict: Could we have flip charts to record general comments?  Zahlan:  I agree that we don't want a lot of complaining, but raising issues is what we will be most able to do.  Tidwell: CAA will be looking at these comments, as well as other task forces that have recently been developed.   Addison asked that people identify what session they wished to attend.  Tidwell will devise a way to identify where people want to go for breakout sessions.  Tidwell: Early in the second semester, we will have to have a report out to the faculty on what was discussed at the Forum, the earlier the better so people remember what was discussed.

D.  McElwee Memorandum:  Fraker had no objection to proceeding in Fischer's absence.  Zahlan: I want to clarify that voting to extend an apology on behalf of the group does not mean that one's personal behavior was objectionable.  Motion to apologize to the student because it was inappropriate to question him in a public meeting, and to thank Prof. McElwee for bringing this to our attention.  Vote: Zahlan, Addison, Benedict, Best, Canivez, Dilworth, Eberly, Fewell, Fraker, Gruber, Tidwell, Toosi, and Young.  Passed.
 
E.  Other Old Business:  None

V.  New Business:

A.  Future agenda items:  Do we want to seek updates on the Radio/TV situation?  Fewell: The Radio/TV Committee has a meeting scheduled in the first several weeks in November.  Tidwell: Hyder is chair of the committee, and they are voting on reorganizing the committee.  The idea is to make the committee serve as an advisory committee.  In the past it really has not served as an advisory committee.  Best: A lot of what Heumann said seemed pertinent about how we relate to each other in the University.  He wondered if Senate wanted to review the issue at this time.  This is an issue.  There may be something here where we might want to take the temperature on the situation.  Tidwell: Keep in mind in our TEDE discussions that the Radio/TV Center does play a role in that activity.  In 2003 we have to turn in our analog license. It goes back to the FCC and we have to go digital.  Fewell: Ask VP Nilsen to come to Senate and make a report as to the status of the Radio/TV Center.  Tidwell: November 28 could be a possibility.  This would be after the Radio/TV board meets. Fewell:  There are several schools of thought about what to do with regard to licensing.  Tidwell: I think it was a mistake to take Radio/TV out of Academic Affairs four years ago, because it has a very important academic mission

.B.  Textbook Library.  Toosi: Did you receive any indication from Faculty who might be interested in research on the Textbook Library?  Best: It was buried in the text of the minutes, could we place it in a box?  Eberly: Yes

Call for Research Proposal:  Textbook Library.  Senate will entertain research proposals to determine the effect of the Textbook Rental System on the quality of education at EIU.  See the Senate minutes for Oct. 17, 2000, p. 3.  Contact James Tidwell, cfjat@eiu.edu, 581-7118.

Zahlan: Maybe the textbook rental issue is in a sense something that the University assessment committee should be addressing.  Addison:  I'll remind Senate that this was already done.   I found the reports themselves dated 1997.  There were questions to both students and faculty.  Zahlan: Do you think that the opinion of faculty and students is the most accurate method of assessment for these purposes?  Addison: I would rather see a report of student behavior.  Toosi:  It would be best to have a comparative study of the textbook rental issue compared with another campus, and whether it has any effect on the quality of education.  Addison:  I agree. We surveyed in 1997 and about 1990.  The attitudes are pretty consistent.  We do know that.  Benedict:  TRS is here to stay.  What ultimately would the purpose of the research need to be?  Best:  TRS might be here to stay, but what service it renders is open to possibilities.  The last round showed that faculty response to TRS is far from monolithic.  If 90 % of students at other schools would say, I'd love to have a TRS on our campus; we would have to face that.  Benedict:  How are we going to deal with the question?  I don't appreciate how we could draw the conclusion that students learn better with/without the TRS.  Toosi: We have reviewed TRS yearly.  Let's find how we can operate the system more efficiently, so we can place our energy in the right direction.  I am on the Tuition and Fee committee, and if they ask me to vote for an increase, should I vote yes or no?  Tidwell: If we have increasing numbers of courses on-line, that will in itself change the TRS system.  Fraker: Eastern has been known as kind of an economic bargain, partly because of our salaries and partly because of TRS.  Can we determine the price, and decide that we are willing to pay it?  Addison:  I'm not ready to buy into the notion the TRS is here to stay.  I agree that faculty opinion is not monolithic, and student attitude is also not monolithic.

C.  Other New Business: none

            (Fischer arrived from the Council of Graduate Studies meeting)

 

VI. Adjournment  (Fewell): 3:40 p.m.

 

Future Agenda Items
A.  Fall Forum--November 7, 2000
B. State Representative Dale Righter will meet with the Senate Dec. 5, 2000

 

Respectfully Submitted, Charles G. Eberly, Recorder

 

 

Faculty Senate Fall Forum: Charleston-Mattoon Room, MLK, Jr., Union, Tuesday, November 7, 2000, 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.