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Nov 15, 1995 Minutes


Present: Bible, Caverly, Deduck-Evans, Ford, Glassman, Horne, Hunter,
Lyman, Middlebrook, Pascoe, Sawey, Stedman, Swinney, Weller, and Winek.

Guests: Development leave applicants; Mike Moore, and Sandra Akridge.

CONTENTS:

11 DEVELOPMENTAL LEAVES INTERVIEWS:
Profs. Richard Archer (Psychology), Howard Balanoff
(Political Science), Robert Garnett (Finance and
Economics), Mayur Mehta (CIS & QMST), Philip Salem
(Speech Comm.)
41 TENURE AND PROMOTION--UP OR OUT (Prof. Bible)
53 OUTSIDE EMPLOYMENT
65 FACULTY AMENITIES
02 SENATE MINUTES OF 11/8/95
NEW ITEMS

The meeting was called to order at 4:03, Chair Swinney presiding.


11 DEVELOPMENTAL LEAVES INTERVIEWS:
Profs. Richard Archer (Psychology), Howard Balanoff
(Political Science), Robert Garnett (Finance and
Economics), Mayur Mehta (CIS & QMST), Philip Salem
(Speech Comm.)

Each applicant for developmental leave presented his proposal and
answered questions about it. [The Senate had already received written
copies of the proposals and the applicants' vitas.] In brief and in
alphabetical order the proposals were:

Prof. Archer proposes to expand his knowledge of the new
cross-cultural social psychology literature (which he was unable to do
while he served as department chair for six years) and to develop
multi-media for the human sexuality course taught in large sections.

Prof. Balanoff would study both the restructuring of education in
Nuevo Leon (TQM-type features recently mandated by the Mexican govt.) and
examine water usage policy in the Monterrey-Santiago area. He has
developed ties to city and educational officials.

Prof. Garnett wants to gather data from other states and test the
waters on Texas possiblities for middle-age and elderly "reverse shared
appreciation mortage" equity loans without foreclosure. Currently Texas
law limits the types of liens and foreclosures on the homestead. His model
would be a possible middle ground enabling one to borrow for certain
emergencies at lower rates against one's equity without losing the
homestead in one's life-time.

Prof. Mehta has made tentative arrangements with a corporation in
Houston to study how new technology is being used in business. This would
be useful for mainstreaming back into the classroom.

Prof. Salem would spend time in Washington, D.C. gathering grant
data from the national association in return for writing about it for their
publication and stopping over in Pittsburgh to learn the multimedia work
being done at Carnegie Mellon on their new interactive mediation training
package. A few weeks would be spent in Russia working with the
organizational communication and mediation training programs at two
universities. [SWT's Speech Comm. has a large role in how Russia is
developing their programs in this area.] Also he will be organizing a
conference for February and finishing off a text.

In closed session, each proposal was discussed and ranked.

It was suggested that perhaps the developmental leave application form
should be reworked to require more specificity from candidates regarding their
project, methodology, and expected results. Serendipitous contacts and
findings are enormously useful, but it would be helpful to the Senate to have a
little more idea of what one is going to do and what one expects--even if the
ultimate findings turn out to be quite different. [This subject will be
explored when the Senate's proposed revised draft of developmetal leave policy
comes back from CAD.]

41 TENURE AND PROMOTION--UP OR OUT (Prof. Bible)

The language in the Faculty Handbook (pp. 25-26) on T&P was
discussed at length. It was unclear on whether the intent behind the
proposed language change from the VPAA's office was (1) trying to foreclose
promotion to associate professor before tenure or (2) trying to tie
promotion to tenure so that if one did not get both at the same time, one
was out. The wording that "normally both occur at the same time" was
somewhat at variance with "the granting of tenure and promotion are two
separate and distinct actions." In addition, departmental practices vary
as to what is expected for either tenure or promotion. For example, some
departments will not tenure if the person is not immediately promotable,
while others will wait longer for scholarly production and will tenure
based on their estimate of potential.

Data were distributed for the last three years on promotions,
tenure, promotions before tenure, and rejections for each. Since 1993,
data indicate 3 persons a year achieved promotion to associate prof. before
tenure. We do not have equivalent data on who achieved tenure without
promotion. This was an important point to some Senators who felt the
criteria were indeed different and should be observed as departments saw
fit. [This would fly-in-the-face of up-or-out policies, if such were under
consideration.]

The issue was RTA'd for consideration of the wording suggested by
Prof. Bible's T&P Committee.

53 OUTSIDE EMPLOYMENT

RTA'd because of time.

65 FACULTY AMENITIES

RTA'd.

02 SENATE MINUTES OF 11/8/95

Approved as read

NEW ITEMS

None, except that the Senate decided not to meet on November 22nd, the
day before Thanksgiving.

The meeting adjourned at 5:58.


Ramona Ford
Secretary