June 28, 2000
Senators Present: Hays, Gillis, Stone, Blevens, Skerpan-Wheeler, Brennan, Blanda, Stimmel, Sawey, Peeler, McKinney, Gordon, Renick, Stutzman
Guests: Dr. J. Beck, COE; Dr. S. Springer, OCED; Dr. J. Ross-Gordon, EAPS; Dr. C. Opheim, PS; Dr. M. Willoughby, GC; Dr. R. Martin, CIS/QMST & Chair, Curriculum Committee; Dr. L. Estaville, GEO; Dr. M. Ali, CS; Dr. S. McCullough, EAPS; Dr. S. Beebe, COMM; Ms. C. Waggoner, VPAAís Office; Ms. M. Henry, VPAAís Office; Dr. C. Dolezal, CI; Dr. T. Hull, PS; Dr. C. Slater, EAPS; and Ms. M. Vaverek, Librarian
Call to Order: 3:05pm
Curriculum Committee Report
Dr. R. Martin presented the Curriculum Committee report on course and program proposals approved and answered questions.
M Gillis/S Stone Endorse Curriculum Committeeís report. Motion failed.
M Sawey/S Skerpan-Wheeler Vote on the first 8 items as a block, then vote on the 9th (Ph. D. in Ed.) separately. Motion passed unanimously.
M Sawey/S Skerpan-Wheeler Approve committeeís recommendation to approve the first 8 items. Motion passed unanimously.
M Gillis/S Gordon Approve committeeís recommendation to approve the proposed Ph. D. in Education. Discussion involved some senators questions about the source of funding for the program and concerns that funding it would take funding away from and hurt existing programs. Motion passed 8 to 3.
Senator Blevens presented a preliminary study of SCH/FTE ratios. Trends include: a 22% increase in per-class (adjunct/ part-time) faculty since 1995, a 31% decrease in tenure-track faculty, and an 8% increase in tenured faculty. Dr. Blevens concluded that the university is bolstering SCH at the least expense possible.
Insurance Survey Results
Senator Renick presented results of the insurance survey. This summer's enrollment packet will contain a list of primary care physicians rated highest by SWT employees along with the ratings of health plans/insurers. Individual communications regarding the results of the survey will be sent to some of the plans and hospital providers.
University Name Change
M Peeler/S Sawey Faculty Senate opposes proposed name change from SWTSU to TSU at SM. Motion passed 8 to 4 with 2 abstentions.
M Brennan/S Blanda Faculty Senate will survey the faculty regarding proposed name change. Motion passed 12 to 1.
Report on Meeting with TSUS Attorney
Chair Hays reported that Dr. Gomez is opposed to changing language regarding faculty need to allege deprivation of rights in paragraph V-4.433 of existing Board Rules.
A hearing officer may not recommend changing the institution action regarding tenure, non renewal, termination of employment, or denial of promotion unless the faculty member establishes, by a preponderance of the evidence, that established university policy or criteria has been violated or that he or she has been denied a right guaranteed by the constitution or laws of the United States or of the State of Texas.
The language in bold type is the proposed Senate change.
Dr. Hays will send our proposed addition to other Faculty Senates in the TSUS.
Macebearers for Summer 2000 graduations were appointed ? Senators Stutzman, Blevens, and Blanda.
Senator Stimmel was appointed to the Facilities Committee for one year.
Senator Renick agreed to suggest a faculty member for appointment to the Suspensions & Appeals Committee
Minutes of May 10, 2000 meeting
Were approved as written.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:05pm.