FACULTY SENATE MINUTES FOR MARCH 24, 1998
(Vol. xxvii, No. 24)
I. CALL TO ORDER BY GAIL RICHARD AT 2:03 p.m. (CONFERENCE ROOM, BOOTH
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. Guest: T. Sloup.
II. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF MARCH 10, 1998.
A MOTION (Furumo/Marlow) to approve the minutes of March 10, 1998. Yes - Allison, Foster, Furumo, Irwin, Marlow, Richard, Schmidt, Simpson, Tidwell, Zahlan. Abstain - Gholson, Walker.
A. Memo to D. Bower regarding his presentation at the 3/10/98 Faculty Senate Mtg.
B. Memo to J. Owen regarding her presentation at the 3/10/98 Faculty Senate Mtg.
C. Notes - Environmental Health and Safety Committee Meetings - 2/2/98 & 2/23/98
D. Minutes - President's Council - 3/11/98
E. Memo from Jeanne Simpson regarding the Achievement and Contributions Award Selection Committee
F. Memo from K. Anderson/AAUP/Illinois regarding a Conference on Faculty Governance & Governmental Relations, April 18, 1998, at the Springfield Hilton
G. Minutes - Library Advisory Board-3/11/98
H. Memo from A. Lanham regarding a draft of the library calendar for 1998-99
I. Minutes - Council on Teacher Education - 3/10/98
A. Self-assessment/evaluation of Faculty Senate--MOTION (Simpson/Gholson) that the Faculty Senate conduct a self evaluation study this spring using Dr. Wm. Weber as a facilitator and include current Senate and newly elected Senate members.
Purpose is to identify what the Senate should be doing and how the Senate can contribute to the mission of the university
·Could also help to identify the issues that Faculty Senate should address and alleviate discussing those issues which are not within our scope of responsibility.
·Some felt that the Senate has put out a call or a plea to faculty to bring issues forward and at times Senate receives nothing
·There was opposition to spending Senate meeting time to do a self-evaluation
·The perception seems to be that self assessment implies that things are wrong or incorrect when actually assessment should be looked at as a quality analysis process.
·Senate is a deliberative body and therefore it is healthy to have some degree of differences among members.
·Is the motion flawed because the present Senate members are obligating future senators to participate in a process for which they have had no input or vote?
·Should consider an independent facilitator who has no affiliation with the university.
·Is the lack of candidates for Faculty Senate an indication of campus apathy or is there confusion about the role of Faculty Senate in the governance of the university?
Yes - Eberly, Foster, Furumo, Gholson, Irwin, Marlow, Simpson, Tidwell. No - Allison, Walker, *Zahlan *Right of explanation - Although I do not oppose the principle of self-evaluation, I oppose the time and format specified in this motion. The 1998-99 Senate should be allowed to determine the process by which it assesses its role and plans for next year. Abstain - Lockart, Nordin, Richard, Schmidt
The Executive Committee (Richard, Schmidt, Tidwell) will bring a proposal to the March 31, 1998, Faculty Senate meeting for discussion and approval.
B. Questions from Walker and Allison regarding fund raising--The cost for the consultant was $28,000 as reported in the 3/10/98 minutes. The Development team will be looking at the recommendations of the consultant and will be developing a plan for fund raising for the university. The team can accept the counsultant's recommendations or can choose to do something different.
C. Committee Reports
1. Nominations Committee & Liaison Coordinator - Information on open positions is attached to these minutes. Anyone who has previously applied for a position needs to resubmit their name for consideration for the 1998-99 appointments.
2. Elections Committee - J. Tidwell reviewed the election procedures. David Carpenter, Craig Eckert, Pat Fewell and Norman Greer have indicated that they will be write in candidates for Faculty Senate.
MOTION (Simpson/Foster) Senate prepare a poster that lists the names of write ins for Faculty Senate who committed by 3/24/98.. Yes-Eberly, Furumo, Irwin, Simpson. No-Lockart, Marlow, Nordin, Schmidt. Abstain - Allison, Foster, Richard, Tidwell, Walker, Zahlan. Motion failed.
3. Faculty-Student Relations Committee - B. Irwin will attend the 3/25/98 Student Senate meeting
4. Faculty-Staff Relations Committee - No report
5. Executive Committee
a.Assoc. VPSA - This position could not become fulltime as there is not the money for a fulltime position. If it would become fulltime then a national search would be conducted. The position will be filled by someone who presently works within the student affairs area.
b. The cost for the Noel-Levitz assessment is $4000.
c. The Performance Appraisal Process that was sent to the President's Council was approved as presented. The IGP will be revised to include the process.
d. Student Assessment was part of the long range plan of the university. (Noel-Levitz) President Jorns was not aware of the other surveys being conducted and expressed a concern for the amount of class time utilized to complete surveys. President Jorns will implement a policy which requires that all surveys that require class time are to be cleared through the Provost.
6. Distinguished Faculty Award - Members of the committee are N. Furumo, B. Irwin, L. Walker. L. Walker distributed a draft of the nomination form. Deadline for nomination is April 17, 1998.
7. Faculty Senate "Committee on Committees" - N. Furumo reported that the final report will be submitted on 3/31/98.
A. Additional Items
1. Laurent A. Gosselin, EIU/UPI Chapter President distributed copies of the booklet "UPI's Campaign to Restore Competitive Salaries". L. Gosselin is requesting support from all areas of campus to write to legislators and to endorse the program of the UPI to restore competitive salaries for public university faculty and staff. Illinois presently ranks second in its tax support dollars for private institutions. L. Gosselin will return to Senate on 3/31/98 to answer additional questions. Individuals are encouraged to participate in a letter writing campaign or contact local legislators. Members of the Faculty Senate have a copy of the booklet if anyone is interested in reviewing the information.
2. Achievement and Contributions Selection Committee - R. Gholson and N. Marlow indicated an interest in the committee.
B. Agenda Items
1. Faculty Senate Election Results - 3/31/98
2. Presidential Search Committee Nominees - 4/7/98
3. Distinguished Faculty Award - 4/17/98
4. Faculty Appointments to Councils/Boards/Committees - 4/21/98
5. Faculty Senate Retirement Reception - 4/21/98, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., 1895 Room
6. Laurent A. Gosselin - 3/31/98
VI.ADJOURN AT 4:10 P.M. (WALKER)
Joan K. Schmidt, Recorder