October 2, 2002
Present- Senators Bell-Metereau, Blanda, Brennan, Carns, Conroy, Frost, Gillis, Hindson, James, Peeler, Renick, Sawey, Stone, Stutzman;
Guests- Beatrice Hernandez, Genevieve Klein
I- Call to Order and Review of Agenda by Chair Renick at 4:05
II- Priorities/Objectives- 2002/2003
Senators James, Conroy, Stone, and Stutzman discussed Faculty Equity Matters. Among the topics discussed were faculty being informed of workload accrual and reallocation of positions.
Senator Peeler inquired about the availability of Nancy Nusbaum and a facilities review.
Senator Brennan asked about a faculty mailing list and the possibility of a faculty newsletter.
Senator Sawey suggested pressing the VPIT for a faculty mailing list.
Senator Blanda, in regard to priority #6, stated the need for information before action and the need for a timetable from the deans.
Senator Sawey mentioned the need to talk to Ms. Gaye Krampitz for contract decisions on equity. Chair Renick mentioned that the faculty contract may allow for salary adjustment. Senator Frost mentioned that all faculty with a deviation of more than 1.00 go forward to possible adjustment. He also asked for a list of all action items by Friday, October 4.
Senators Brennan and Bell-Metereau asked why there are so many faculty in the College of Liberal Arts with a deviation of more than 1.00. No satisfactory answer was forthcoming.
III Presidential Committee
The Senate was pleased that all three of its nominees- Senators Blanda, Sawey, and Stone were appointed to the "task force" looking at the strategic planning process at SWT. The Senate noticed that no deans are on this task force.
IV IDEA Survey- Status Report
There has been no response from the administration on the Senate's request for data. Chair Renick will make an opens record request. Senator Stutzman stated that the Senate should do its own survey on deans and chairs. but compare the data with the IDEA survey. The surveys will be made public. Senator James stated that the survey should go to all eligible faculty. The Senate then had a spirited discussion concerning written comments on chairs and deans.
V Senate Resolution on closed CAD meetings
Chair Renick commented on his conversation with VPAA Gratz about closed CAD meetings. Dr. Gratz mentioned that these meetings were essentially staff meetings. Nevertheless, the Senate passed the following resolution moved by Senator Frost and seconded by Senator Stone - "The Faculty Senate hereby conveys to President Trauth the following query. Given your ninth objective - a commitment to an open administration defined as honest, ethical, and with no secrets, we hereby request a formal explanation regarding how the proposed changes to CAD meetings, specifically how the holding of 'closed' meetings on a regular basis will further the objective of openness." The resolution passed unanimously.
VI PAAG Agenda -10/09/02
The following topics were suggested for the PAAG meeting next week:
1- Merit, Performance, Post-Tenure Review
2- Reallocation of Positions
3- Workload/Scholarly Activities
4- Status of Equity Adjustment
5- Faculty Governance
6- Commencement Requirements
7- Open Meetings
VII Old Business
1- Faculty Workload Reporting- Letter to VPAA
2- Senate Representative to Parking and Transportation- Bob Mooney selected
3- Criteria for Doctoral Program Proposals- What are they?
4- Complimentary Parking- Retired and Modified Retired Faculty?
5- Equity Study
6- Faculty Senates meeting- October 25 and 26 -Four Points Hotel - Tony Sanchez there; maybe Rick Perry
VIII New Business
1-Approval of Minutes of 9/25/02
2-Faculty Computer Audits- Concern of audits without faculty member present; memo sent
by Chair Renick, edited by Senator Bell-Metereau, written by Senator Stone, approved by consensus
3-Expense of Degrees discussed
IX Adjournment- 6:00