FACULTY SENATE MINUTES
FOR OCTOBER 19, 1999
(Vol. xxix, No. 9)
The Faculty Senate agenda is posted weekly on the Web, at
2504 Buzzard, and at 315K Coleman.
The following is the question for candidates for
the special election for Senate: Comment on the discussions and actions
of this years Faculty Senate. Mention where you agree and where
you disagree. What are the issues that you feel the Senate should discuss
Return responses to John Best (Psychology) by November
I. Call to order by Vice Chair John Best 2:02 p.m.
(2504 Buzzard Building)
Present: J. Allison, R. Benedict, J. Best, J. Coons,
C. Eberly, P. Fewell, G. Foster, G. Lockart, N. Marlow, J. Tidwell, M. Toosi,
B. Young, K. Bielenberg, G. Kelly, B. Mazurski. Excused: B. Fischer, B.
Irwin. Guests: J. Aarnio (Visiting professor from Finland, T. Abebe, K.
Franken, J. Maholy
II. Approval of the minutes of October 12, 1999
Motion (Foster/Allison) to approve the minutes of October
Corrections: Under guests "Laiette" should
be "Layette." Under the Presidents remarks, the statement
regarding faculty salaries (fifth line from bottom, first page) does not
accurately reflect what she said. A question regarding equipment purchases
was omitted; it was asked how these could be made earlier in the academic
year. On the second page, fifth bullet, add: The President recognizes that
the Faculty Senate naturally can provide advise about any matters reflecting
the welfare of the University. On the second page, fifth bullet from the
bottom, the last phrase should read, "graduate students benefit from
liberal arts, too." At the end of the bulleted items the following
should be added as an additional bullet: A senator recognized a student
member of the audience who asked the president about FOIA appeals he had
made. After the President answered his question, the Senate chair deemed
further questions in this direction inappropriate to the matters under discussion.
Yes: Allison, Benedict, Best, Coons, Eberly, Fewell,
Foster, Lockart, Tidwell, Toosi, Young.
- CAA minutes from October 7, 1999. The Mathematics and
Physical and Life Sciences segments of general education were discussed.
- Phone message from William Brooks, Student Senate,
regarding community task force. Some representatives of student senate will
be getting together with community members on a task force to discuss the
bar hours initiative and other issues. Theyd like a faculty member
to join them (Thursday, 7:30 PM, Charleston-Mattoon Room).
- Minutes of BOT meeting, July 12, 1999.
- EIU Report to Board of Trustees, October 18, 1999.
- E-mail from Jackie Clapp. She can serve as a contact
person for those who wish to contribute to the Foundation in Lankford Walkers
memory. Additionally, people can make donations to the Coles County Animal
- The Senate complimented John Allison and David Carpenter
for the very nice memorial service they planned for Dr. Walker.
- Old Business
- Committee Reports
- The Executive Committee met on October 14 with the
President and the Provost. There was agreement that the Presidents
visit with the Senate had gone well. The President commented that faculty
development has come up in virtually every departmental meeting she has
attended. We need to communicate to outside constituencies the importance
of faculty development. She also discussed the issue of upward mobility
(movement into administration) for faculty. There is a need to develop
a pool of talent; there is a danger in corporatizing the University. She
agreed that the Library was a good place for the plaque. Since that meeting,
a temporary site has been found in the Provosts complex. Later it
could be moved to the Library or perhaps the new arts center, somewhere
with high visibility. She expressed a lot of sensitivity of charging into
others space; the Union is the students space and may not
be appropriate. The President clarified her notion of liberal artsnot
as a discipline but in its broadest sense. One of the main issues was
budgetary policy and financial analysis. There is recognition that for
many faculty the entire budgetary apparatus and the political process
may be unknown. She gave the committee a very good lesson about the legal
matters of what can and cannot be done. There was a feeling that there
needs to be better communication about budgetary planning. Faculty cannot
play the role the need to play until they get more knowledge about the
general process. The committee also discussed the need for faculty to
play future roles that go beyond scholarship. The report was followed
by questions and discussion:
- Will this education (regarding the budgetary process)
come with less participation in the process? Without putting words in
the Presidents mouth, this is an expansion of a partnership. Faculty
need to tell her about problems and pool resources to solve those problems.
There was no explicit discussion of CUPB.
- Did the need for faculty to be more flexible include
any discussion of teaching outside the discipline into which a faculty
member was originally employed? Nothing was that explicit.
- The Provost was asked about the $1 million donation.
He said that some of that money is earmarked by the BOT for faculty
development purposes. The President is very committed to this and the
issue of inward upward-mobility. If we do not prepare the future leaders
of this institution, then we do not serve this institution well. The
rest of the money will be used to create a teachers center in
line with the ideas of the benefactor. It was very courageous of the
President to go to the Board and make the case that this money be used
for faculty development. At most institutions this type of donation
goes into the foundation where it is used to build wealth.
- Does faculty development include scholarly development?
They are in the process of trying to identify this. The sense is that
faculty will be asked to identify their own objectives for development.
- The Senate proposed that the Ad Hoc Drafting Committee
propose an appropriate motion in response to the $1 million donation.
- The VPAA had requested funds for a faculty development
center, but we do not have the money. He will continue to talk to faculty
across the campus. If there is not a center, there will still be an
attempt to integrate these activities. The focus is not on what faculty
have done in the past but what they would like to do in the future.
We need development activities to retain faculty.
- Will the entire $1 million be used or the interest
from the donation. This is still in the elementary stages. However,
they would like each faculty member to share in this and would like
each faculty member to define his/her own development initiative over
a period of 3-4 years. The dollars are one-time dollars.
- The Provost was asked if he thought the forum Senate
is planning should take this and include it in the discussion. The usefulness
of a forum would be to identify the types of things suitable for faculty
so that individual faculty members could get ideas.
- Elections. Petitions are due Friday, October 22.
Vice Chair Best recommended that each Senator encourage a person to run
for Senate. The question for Senate candidates is printed at the beginning
of todays minutes. Candidates have until November 1 to respond to
the question. The election will be held the following weekNovember
10 and 11. There was some discussion of alternates for Senate.
- Faculty Student Relations. The Committee presented
a draft of a letter they had prepared about the Student Conduct Code.
The Committee recommends the following: (1) Incorporate the importance
of community throughout; (2) Consider greater penalties, i.e. greater
fines, notification of parents, placement of actions in permanent record
in certain situations; (3) Address technology concerns; (4) Determine
whether the phrase "not regarded as contractual covenants" releases
students from responsibility; (5) Clarify the hierarchy of judicial boards
and their membership composition. The Committee also recommends that additional
open discussions be held for members of the campus community since the
first rounds were not well attended.
Motion (Coons/Allison) that the letter be sent
to Keith Kohanzo.
Discussion of the motion included:
- There were questions about the fourth recommendation.
- The student members commented that these recommendations
were pretty close to what they had been expecting. They did ask about
the second recommendation: is this common on other campuses? Would it
hurt students in their careers? Some universities do this; some do not.
Some potential employers do ask to see permanent records. There needs
to be a distinction between permanent record and transcript. It would
require the students permission for a potential employer to access
a permanent record.
- There were some questions about the processwhether
the whole student body will vote on the Conduct Code. They do plan to
hold several forums; some have already been held.
Yes: Allison, Benedict, Best, Coons, Eberly, Fewell,
Foster, Lockart, Marlow, Tidwell, Toosi, Young.
The Faculty Student Relations Committee will meet
tonight at 6:30.
- Search Committees. The deadline for applications
for Graduate Dean is October 15. The Committee will meet on Tuesday, October
26 to decide on a short list for phone work. They hope to bring three
highly qualified candidates on campus this semester.
- Ad Hoc Drafting Committee. The Committee presented
its draft for the Fall Forum. The Committee recommends a flier advertising
the forum focusing on the four areas with a handout with a more detailed
delineation of the topics. The four topics are (1) faculty development
as a means to recruit and retain quality faculty; (2) the benefits of
improved faculty development for students; (3) the benefits of improved
faculty development for the community; and (4) assessment as a means of
demonstrating benefits of faculty development. The plan is for the forum
to begin with an introduction by the Senate Chair followed by separate
breakout sections for each of the above. Faculty will choose the breakout
session in which they wish to participate. Discussion included the following
- Some people have commented that they are not as
comfortable with the concept of breakout groups.
- Others have said that we could be more productive
in small groups.
- We can see if it will work. People can go where
they want. If time allows can they can go to other groups as well.
- Are we being too optimistic to assume that everyone
can make the two-hour time commitment?
- This procedure works very will with individuals
who cannot commit the full time. These small groups can be more productive
in this way. Large groups can get bogged down.
- There will be some administrators as well. If they
are in these smaller groups, there is always a chance of more administration
pressure on the discussions.
- It was suggested to arrange the forum so that 30
minutes will be spent on each of the topics. That way participants can
participate in all discussions.
- There are some concerns with our ability to discuss
these issues in 15-30 minutes.
- There is value in letting those present decide
what is important to them by their presence. The worst that can happen
is that it does not work.
- We can encourage administrators to talk and to
shut up. We do not want them to dominate but we do want them there to
listen to what faculty have to say.
- A Faculty Senate list serve could tell us in advance
whether this structural arrangement is advantageous. The Executive Committee
will look into this issue.
The Senate will return to the draft document briefly
- IBHE Faculty Advisory Committee. The FAC met on October
5; during the morning the FAC members were a part of the audience for
the IBHE meeting. Universities have submitted their results reports. Provost
Abebe noted that Eastern came out very well; EIUs best practice
was the integration of learning and leadership. Six Universities were
selected to present a part of their reports; each one represented a best
practice for one of the IBHE goals. The statewide analysis of the results
reports will be presented at the December meeting. During the afternoon
session the FAC met with two IBHE members to discuss faculty issues.
- Activity for International Students. Senators Bailey
and Marlow met to discuss some possibilities. They recommend an event to
be held in Tarble in conjunction with the Old Main exhibit. A tentative
date and time is Tuesday, November 30, from 3:30-5:00. The subcommittee
will meet with international student representatives and Gary Kelly (student
senate representative to faculty senate) to finalize this.
- Community Task Force. Reed Benedict will attend this
meeting (Communications item B). The Student Senate plans to change its
Bylaws to form a permanent committee that will meet once a month.
- Adjourn at 3:55 (Allison)
Nancy D. Marlow, Recorder