(Vol. xxvii, No. 15)


Present: J. Allison, C. Eberly, G. Foster, N. Furumo, R. Gholson, B. Irwin, G. Lockart, N. Marlow, H. Nordin, G. Richard, J. Schmidt, J. Simpson, J. Tidwell, L. Walker, A. Zahlan. Guests: M. Adrian, J. Kmitch, K. Mulherun


A motion (Allison/Foster) to approve the minutes of December 9, 1997. Yes - Allison, Eberly, Foster, Furumo, Gholson, Irwin, Lockart, Marlow, Nordin, Richard, Schmidt, Simpson, Tidwell, Zahlan. Abstain - Walker


A. Minutes - Staff Senate - 12/10/97

B. Minutes - COEPS Curriculum Committee - 12/8/97

C. Minutes - Council on Academic Affairs - 12/4/97 & 12/11/97

D. Minutes - Council on Graduate Studies - 12/2/97

E. Minutes - Intercollegiate Athletic Board - 11/6/97 & 12/11/97

F. Minutes - Library Advisory Board - 11/12/97

G. Minutes - Council on Teacher Education - 12/9/97

H .Governmental Relations Report - 12/19/97

I. Brochure on Workshop - Opening Doors: Diversity at Eastern - 1/22/98

J. Memos from G. Richard to B. Bolter, W. Hine, & T. Ivarie thanking them for their presentations at Faculty Senate on 12/9/97


A. Committee Reports

1.Nominations Committee & Liaison Coordinator - no report

2.Elections Committee - J. Tidwell reported that the committee has discussed making information about Spring elections available earlier than in the past so that individuals can be encouraged to position to run for the available vacancies on elected Councils/Committees.

3.Faculty-Student Relations Committee - No report

4.Faculty-Staff Relations Committee - No report

5.Executive Committee - Meeting time for the Spring will be determined in the near future.

6. ommittee on Committees - A preliminary report from the December 1997 meeting was distributed to the Senate by N. Furumo. The committee is only reviewing committees that are elected/appointed by the Faculty Senate. There was discussion as to whether there was a difference in operational procedures of those boards/committees with "advisory" in their name and those without "advisory" in the name. It was noted that some boards/committees seem to be functioning without formal written procedures/bylaws. Additionally, there were questions as to whether some of the boards/committees have met since minutes or recordings of meetings have not been sent or reported to the Faculty Senate Liaison Coordinator, Lankford Walker. Faculty Senate Bylaws II. A. 7 & 8 addresses the issue of committee/board bylaws, committee/board roster and meeting dates as well as the need to send ongoing and upcoming actions of committees/boards to the liaison.

The committee will review the suggestions/comments made by members of the Senate and provide a revised report. The charge given to the committee at the 11/4/97 Faculty Senate meeting remains the focus of the committee.

B. Other

1. J. Tidwell asked if there was a status report on the instructional support specialists to be hired by each academic dean to assist with the technology needs within the college.

2. VPAA Search - R. Gholson reported that the committee had off campus interviews the first of December 1997. Telephone interviews with references are being done (Jan. 12 - Jan. 23, 1998). On campus interviews are planned for the first three weeks of February with an appointment to be made before spring break.

3. Radio & TV Director Search - G. Richard asked if any member of Senate was on that search committee. It appears that this search has been stopped atthe present time. G. Richard will follow up on this.

4. There is a request for President Jorns to address how the work responsibilities will be handled in the lobbyist and advancement offices now that the duties/individual in those positions have been reassigned.



A. Agenda Items

1.Administrator Performance Appraisal Process - F. Fraker-1/20/98 (Copy of the proposed form was distributed)

2. Update from the Director of Athletics - R. McDuffie - 1/27/98

3. Update of Illinois Articulation Initiatives and University Studies Program - C. Evans - date pending

4. Review of Constitutional Planning Process - pending a report from the Council of Chairs

B. Other New Business

1. Date for the State of the University Address by President Jorns-recommend that this be done before spring break.

VI. ADJOURN at 3:25 p.m. (Walker)

Respectfully submitted,

Joan K. Schmidt, Recorder


REMINDER: Chairs of Faculty Senate appointed Boards/Committees should send minutes or meeting recordings to the Faculty Senate Liaison Coordinator, Lankford Walker