FACULTY SENATE MINUTES
FOR OCTOBER 5, 1999
(Vol. xxix, No. 7)
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Call to order by Bonnie Irwin at 2:05 p.m.
(2504 Buzzard Building)
Present: J. Allison, R. Benedict, J. Best, J.
Coons, C. Eberly, P. Fewell, G. Foster, B. Irwin, G. Lockart, J. Tidwell,
M. Toosi, B. Young. Excused: N. Marlow. Guests: T. Abebe, K. Bielenberg, G.
Kelly, J. Maholy, B. Mazurski, S. Skala, A. Zahlan.
The following resolution was read:
- Whereas C. Lankford Walker served Eastern Illinois University
and the Lumpkin School of Business with distinction for 12 years,
- Whereas he was a dedicated educator, teaching hundreds
of Eastern Illinois University students in accountancy and finance in
order that they might become effective business leaders and productive
members of society,
- Whereas he helped ensure a promising future for Booth
Library, the Lumpkin School of Business, and Eastern Illinois University
through his work on advisory committees and his efforts in development
- Whereas he was a valued member of the Faculty Senate,
championing the ideals of forthright discussion, academic freedom, and
- Whereas his generosity of spirit and sense of humor brought
joy to this friends and colleagues,
- Be it resolved that the Eastern Illinois University Faculty
Senate hereby honors Lankford Walker for his many contributions to the
university and deeply mourns his passing.
- We will miss him.
Motion (Allison/Fischer) to approve the resolution.
The following comments were offered in support
of the resolution:
- When Lankford was an adversary, he was fully worthy.
When he was an advocate, he was invaluable. At all times, he was a colleague
who kept the interests of the institution, shared governance and faculty
participation of the forefront.
- Lankford brought ideas and issues forward with admirable
courage, and made an impact on people. When the members of the Student
Investment Society learned of his passing, it was evident they were deeply
- With Lankford, there was a perception of a crusty exterior,
but on the interior, there was heart of gold. At the base of all his activities
was the continued good of the university.
Yes: Allison, Benedict, Best, Coons, Eberly,
Fewell, Fischer, Foster, Irwin, Lockart, Marlow, Tidwell, Toosi, Young.
III. Approval of the minutes of September 28,
Motion (Tidwell/Fewell) to approve the minutes of September
Corrections: In Section IV A 4, the last line is missing
and should read: "discrepancies among colleges and among ranks."
Benedict, Best, Coons, Eberly, Fewell, Fischer, Foster, Irwin, Lockart,
Tidwell, Toosi, Young.
A. CAA minutes of 9/23/99. Major action item: Change in incomplete policy.
work must be completed by the last class day of term subsequent to the one
in which the incomplete was recorded Grade must be reported no later than
three days prior to the closing date of the term subsedquent to that in
which the "I" was reported. Major discussion item: The general
education mission statement. The discussion focused on the use of the term
"mindful" and "global" in the theme.
B. Environmental Health and Safety
Committee Minutes of 9/27/99. Business meeting to present area reports.
The EHS department reports that a university emergency plan is being developed
and there may be an emergency drill scheduled for the Spring 2000 semester.
C. Student Senate minutes of 9/29/99. The newspaper program
will be tested in the LSD, McKinney, and possibly Taylor residence halls.
All tuition and fee increases were approved after much discussion. Gary
Kelly was approved as the third student representative to the Faculty Senate.
D. E-mail from Ben Fallaw, History regarding suggested items
to be discussed at the upcoming Faculty Senate forum.
E. E-mail from Kathy Reed regarding an appointment to take
the place of Lankford Walker on the Asst. Director of Financial Aid Search
F. E-mail from Rich Wandling, Chair, Political Science regarding
Lankford Walkers invaluable service to the University:
The sadness that has arisen on campus following Lankford's
Walker's unexpected death is a reminder to us all of the importance
of carrying forth with our vision and doing so with compassion and civility.
I had the fortune to serve with Lankford during his first years on Faculty
Senate and came to respect him greatly for his willingness to pursue
an issue, particularly an issue where he saw some injustice or a slippage
from the principles of consultation and shared governance. Lankford
played an important role on campus, forever reminding us that we do
have different views on what is best for the campus and that these views
must be heard and respected. Lankford lived out the First Amendment
during his productiveyears on campus, and Eastern
has benefited immensely from his commitment and willingness to speak
- Old Business
- Committee Reports
- Executive Committee. Three student members of the Faculty
Senate, Katie Bielenberg, Gary Kelly, and Brian Mazurski, were introduced
and welcomed to the Faculty Senate.
- Elections Committee. There are no further alternates
remaining in the pool from the year that Lankford Walker ran for Faculty
Senate (1997). Our bylaws require us to have 15 members, and this will
entail holding a special election. The petition for this position is attached
to these minutes.
- Nominations. James Tidwell will oversee remaining nominations
subcommittee business temporarily. An appointment to the Apportionment
Board seems to be the only outstanding issue at this time.
- Faculty-Student Relations Committee extends both a welcome
and a thank you to the recently joined student members of the Faculty
Discussion of Student Conduct Code revision. The following
points occurred during the discussion of the Faculty Senates
role in the revision process:
- Comments from the subcommittee have not yet been
forwarded to Keith Kohanzo, pending an agreement from the Senate
as a whole as to their direction.
- There may be a need for a further round of discussions
among the members of the campus community, as the previous rounds
have not necessarily been well attended.
- The Student Senate has not yet discussed the revision,
although it is on the agenda. Student Senate attention has been
drawn to the recommendation of larger fines in the revision.
- The suggested time frame for the revision implies
a gathering of all input by the end of October; this may result
in a foreclosure of the important issues and concerns in the revision
- Revisions in the Student Conduct Code should reflect
changes in technology, and should specify jurisdictions more clearly
- Students are citizens. The Student Conduct Code
should strive to show the importance of relating behavior and misbehavior
within the academic community to appropriate and inappropriate behavior
in the larger community, a view that lodges the following implications
at least: Increases in the fine structure may serve to impel students
to choose community service rather than pay a fine, but such an
approach risks stigmatizing the service we want students to value.
Further, their citizenship in the larger community should not be
taken to unfairly imply that they possess a "dual citizenship"
in which it is permissible to punish them downtown and punish them
on campus too.
- There are numerous approaches with regard to the
operation of the Judicial Board. At Eastern, we embody the principles
of an informal, and case-based approach, while other nearby universities
use a much more formal, legalistic and mechanistic basis for their
Judicial Board. Our approach seems to work well for us, and might
be regarded as a strength.
- The revision issue is particularly timely given
the current discussion regarding the extension of bar hours. Although
the city may be offering the extension as an implied quid pro quo
in an effort to reduce the prevalence, duration and intensity of
house parties, it is not clear that the extension would have this
effect. At the least, there is a need for greater alcohol awareness
and training in the community and on campus.
The discussion suggests some directions for the Faculty-Student
Relations Subcommittee who will bring recommendations to the Faculty
Senate for study, voting and forwarding to Keith Kohanzo.
- Search Committees: The University Counsel Search Committee
has met once to work on planning and timing issues. The Vice President
for Institutional Development Search Committee met on 9/30/99.
- Drafting Committee: Current planning envisions four issues
to be covered in the Fall Forum: Faculty development and academic quality,
student development, assessment, and community/university relationships.
In turn, these topics can be subsumed under the larger issue of improved
communication among the various stakeholders in the university. Procedurally,
there will be a brief introduction focusing on the theme of academic quality,
as per the interests of the faculty at large. The introduction will include
a listing of the motions that the Faculty Senate has passed in the last
two years that deal with academic quality. Following the introduction,
those in attendance at the forum will be invited to join one of four solution-oriented
working groups whose function will be to target areas of concern, and
to suggest ameliorative courses of action. The Faculty Senate will gather
this information with the objective of formulating of package of recommendations
useful to administrators and legislators.
- Other Committee Reports.
- ATAC has divided into four subcommittees. The technology
planning subcommittee has developed a timetable for technology planning
for the university--their report will be presented to ATAC and to
the university as a whole. Other subcommittees are focusing on the
use of software for Web-based courses, construction and wiring issues
in the 24 hour lab, and proposals for dealing with older, but potentially
still useful computer hardware as such machines are replaced in
existing labs. Questions brought forth included the use of technology
fees to hire student help; it is necessary for the students to approve
of such uses. Currently, student fee money cannot be used for capital
improvement or for the hiring of student help
- Recent inquiries have suggested that possible decrements
in the overall well being of faculty in Physical Education Department
resulting from the Library move have apparently been addressed.
- Volunteers are still needed for the Mural Project.
No need for a smock--there was an assurance that the painting will
not be messy.
- Practicum student in CEPS have been affected by
the upsurge in school related violence: Nametags are required for
all visitors and nonregular personnel at an increasing proportion
of area schools.
B. Survey Results
Substantial discrepancies among faculty members in different
colleges were noted on several items on the Faculty Senate survey, specifically
among item numbers 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 30 and 33. The ensuing discussion
dealt with issues of faculty morale among junior and senior faculty
members, varieties of career trajectories and their possible impact
upon morale, and the centrality of morale to our enterprise. The gradual
stiffening of Departmental Application of Criteria in departments across
the institution may have differential impacts on faculty members with
differing expectations concerning the appropriate balance of teaching,
research and service--especially as our institutional culture shifts
from being a teaching-only institution to a university with an appropriate
research mission. Our longstanding under funded situation results in
shortfalls that have negative, tangible effects that hinder the achievement
of research success, such as shortfalls in the number of sabbatical
awards (that is, 1/17 rather than the desirable target of 1/14).
- New Business
Appointment of Assistant Director of Financial Aid Search
Motion (Eberly/Benedict) to appoint Bud Fischer to
Yes: Benedict, Best, Coons, Eberly, Fischer, Foster, Irwin,
Tidwell, Toosi, Young
- Departure without Adjournment (3:58 p.m.)
John Best, Vice Chair and Acting Recorder