THE MINUTES OF THE MARSHALL UNIVERSITY FACULTY SENATE MEETING HELD

ON THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2008, AT 4:00 P.M. IN THE

DON MORRIS ROOM OF THE MEMORIAL STUDENT CENTER

 

MEMBERS PRESENT: Rex McClure, Uday Tate, Shane Tomblin, Joe Stone, Deepak Subedi, Larry Stickler (Chair), Stephen Lawson, Linda Dobbs, Michael Stroeher, Brian Morgan, Yulia Dementieva, Clayton Brooks (Recording Secretary), Dan Hollis, Jennifer Perry, Karen McNealy, Kelly Harlow, Sandra Prunty, Venkat Gudivada, Scott Simonton, Barbara O’Byrne, Stephen O’Keefe, Jerry Doyle, Ben Miller, Sissy Isaacs, Melinda Backus, Jennifer Mak, Gary McIlvain, Janet Dozier, Melisa Reed, James Leonard, Barbara Tarter, Susan Gilpin, Jamie Warner, Dan Holbrook, Keith Beard, Camilla Brammer, Marty Laubach, Donna Sullivan, Kay Wildman, William Cocke, Kenneth Guyer (Assistant Chair), Ernest Walker, Nancy Norton, Rudy Wang, and Elaine Hardman.

 

MEMBERS ABSENT: Peter Saveliev, Dan Babb, Michael Norton, Ralph Oberste-Vorth, George Watson, Laura Wyant, Pam Mulder, David Winter, Wendy Moorhead, Tina Sias, Mike Goldman, and Pam Staton.

 

PARLIAMENTARIAN: Cheryl Brown present.

 

GUESTS: Christopher Cassidy, Eldon Larsen, Allan Stern, Chuck Bailey, Dallas Brozik, Tracy Christofero, Elizabeth Hanrahan, Pat Conlon, Kevin Law, Michelle Duncan, Mary Beth Reynolds, Elaine Baker, Don Van Horn, Sarah Denman, Tony Szwilski, Frances Hensley, Jim Stephens, Monica Brooks, Nerissa Young, Steven Mewaldt, Michael Cornfeld, Stephen J. Kopp, Donna Spindel, Christina Huhn, Bill Bissett, Timothy Balch, Mathew James, Aaron Ryan, Tim Ward, and Catherine Staley.

 

Declaring that there was a quorum, Faculty Senate Chair, Dr. Larry Stickler called the meeting to order at approximately 4:05 p.m.

 

1.     APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

 

Minutes of the March 20, 2008 meeting were approved as read.

 

2.     ANNOUNCEMENTS: Dr. Larry Stickler

A.    Announced the officers for 2008-2010: chair—Camilla Brammer, assistant chair—Maurice Lockridge, and recording secretary—Jennifer Sias.

B.    Announced the members of the Executive Committee for 2008-2010: LCOB—Maurice Lockridge, COEHS—Janet Dozier, COFA—Jonathan Cox, COLA—Camilla Brammer, COHP—Sandra Prunty, COS—Scott Sarra, SOM—Elaine Hardman, SOJMC—Burnis Morris, CITE—Wael Zatar, and LIB—Jennifer Sias.

C.    Announced a reminder that Senators should sit around the table, others should sit at the chairs provided and cell phones should be set to “silent” mode. To ensure an accurate recoding of the meeting, Senators should use the microphones when speaking; also, they are to stand and state their name and department.

D.    Announced that George Watson, COEHS, is replacing Kathy Seelinger.

E.     Announced that Venkat Gudivada is replacing John Biros as the CITE representative on the Executive Committee.

F.     Announced the April meeting schedules: ACF–scheduled to meet April 17, 2008; HEPC–scheduled to meet April 24, 2008; and the MUBOG–scheduled to meet April 23, 2008.

G.    Announced that the Executive Committee is scheduled to meet Monday, April 28, 2008 beginning at 12:00 p.m. in the John Spotts Room of the Memorial Student Center.

H.    Announced that the Faculty Senate will meet Thursday, May 8, 2008 beginning at 4:00 p.m. in the Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center.

I.       Announced that the University President has approved the following recommendations: SR-07-08-(21) 52 CC, SR-07-08-(22) 53 CC, SR-07-08-(23) 54 CC, and SR-07-08-(25) 56 UFC.

J.      Announced that the University President has returned the following recommendations with amendments: SR-07-08-(19) 50 APC and SR-07-08-(20) 51 APC.

K.    Announced that the spring General Faculty meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 29, 2008 beginning at 2:00 p.m. in the Joan C Edwards Playhouse. Retiring and award winning faculty will be recognized. Everyone is welcome to attend.

3.     RECOMMENDATIONS:

SR-07-08-(26) 57 FECRAHC: Recommends that equity increases for faculty shall be capped at 10% of the average salary for a full professor in that discipline, according to national CUPA data. The cap is to account for anomalies that occur intermittently within certain fields. These cause a specific individual’s salary to experience an extraordinary spike which in the following years may or may not be present or reflected in the data.  WAS MOVED, SECONDED, AND APPROVED.

SR-07-08-(27) 58 FECRAHC: The Committee recommends that the Office of Institutional Research & Planning create and maintain a webpage on its site the purpose of which is to explain terms and processes used in calculating faculty salaries. The webpage will contain information similar to the attached. The Office of Institutional Research & Planning will provide updated information during each raise year in the form of tables for Peers AAUP Salary which should have only three (3) numbers which will be the average salary for assistant, associate, and full professor; CUPA Factor for every discipline on campus; and information provided in the form of the new percentage (floor) for the University’s Equity Level; as well as a sample Notice of Raise letter. WAS MOVED, SECONDED, AND APPROVED.

 

SR-07-08-(28) 59 FECRAHC: Recommends that a notice of merit and equity raise be sent to each faculty member by the University President; the letter will explain how the raise was calculated using information per the attached. This letter will not be sent to faculty in academic units using a different salary distribution model. WAS MOVED, SECONDED, AND APPROVED.

 

SR-07-08-(29) 60 FECRAHC: Recommends that the University President or designate annually report to the Faculty Senate, no later than its March meeting, the following information by institution and by academic unit. WAS MOVED, SECONDED, AND APPROVED.

 

SR-07-08-(30) 61 CAHC: Recommends approval of the following changes to The Constitution of the Marshall University Faculty. WAS MOVED, SECONDED, AND APPROVED AS AMENDED.

 

SR-07-08-(31) 62 CAHC: Recommends that the following addition to The Constitution of the Marshall University Faculty be brought to a vote of the faculty. WAS MOVED, SECONDED, AND APPROVED AS AMENDED.

 

SR-07-08-(32) 63 CC: Recommends approval of the listed COURSE ADDITIONS in the COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS and the COLLEGE OF SCIENCE and the COURSE DELETION in the COLLEGE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING. WAS MOVED, SECONDED, AND APPROVED.

 

SR-07-08-(33) 64 CC: Recommends approval of the listed COURSE CHANGES in the COLLEGE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING and the COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS. WAS MOVED, SECONDED, AND APPROVED.

 

SR-07-08-(34) 65 PFPC: Recommends that during the fall and spring semesters, Monday morning through Friday morning, overnight parking in the Third Avenue parking garage is allowed only on levels three (3) and above. This policy will be effective beginning with the fall 2008 semester. WAS MOVED, SECONDED, AND APPROVED.


SR-07-08-(35) 66 PFPC: Recommends that corner spaces not currently used for automobile parking on all levels of the Third Avenue parking garage be designated and marked for motorcycle parking, effective the fall 2008 semester. WAS MOVED, SECONDED, AND APPROVED.

MOVED, SECONDED, AND APPROVED TO SUSPEND THE AGENDA TO ADDRESS ITEM 8A

 

THE RECORDING SECRETARY LEFT AND CHAIR STICKLER REQUESTED A VOLUNTEER: DAN HOLLIS VOLUNTEERED

 

8.   A. Professors Christopher Cassidy & Yulia Dementieva, Core Foundations Ad Hoc Committee

 

RETURNED TO THE AGENDA


SR-07-08-(36) 67 CFAHC: Recommends that the attached Domain Model as prepared by the Core Foundations Ad Hoc Committee be adopted as the foundation for the general education curriculum, the domains are: Critical Thinking; Scientific Thinking; Mathematical and Abstract Thinking; Ethical, Social, and Historical Thinking; Multicultural and International Thinking; Aesthetic, Creative, and Artistic Thinking; Oral, Written, and Visual Communication; and Informational and Technical Literacy. This recommendation makes critical thinking the central concern of General Education classes, while developing vital skills in other areas and integrative ways of thinking. This model will focus on implementation of Marshall University’s strategic vision. WAS MOVED, SECONDED, AND APPROVED AS AMENDED.

 

SR-07-08-(37) 68 LAC: Resolves that the faculty of Marshall University express to PEIA, through the Faculty Senate, their grave concerns over the missing tapes containing secure personnel and insurance information. Through no fault of their own, the financial and credit records of employees of the State of West Virginia, and their families, have been placed at risk of being compromised. PEIA should assume full financial responsibility for this security lapse by protecting these employees, and their families, with a fraud alert and security freeze extension beyond the initial 90-day period. This preventative measure should continue at no cost to the affected employees until the missing data is either recovered or proven to be destroyed. WAS MOVED, SECONDED, AND APPROVED.

 

SR-07-08-(38) 69 FPC: The Marshall University Faculty Personnel Committee recommends the creation of “Senior” Level designation within Professor Rank. WAS MOVED, SECONDED, AND APPROVED.

 

4.     REPORT OF THE UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT: Dr. Stephen Kopp


Absent, no report

5.     BOARD OF GOVERNOR’S REPORT: Dr. Monica Brooks

 

Distributed and discussed handout (on file in the Faculty Senate office).

 

6.     ACF REPORT: Dr. Ben Miller

 

Distributed and discussed handout (on file in the Faculty Senate office).

7.     STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Each liaison reported to-date on their respective committee.

 

Dr. Denman stated that she has met with Dr. Karen Kirtley who has agreed to conduct a survey about building cleanliness and custodial services.

 

9.   AGENDA REQUESTS FOR FUTURE MEETINGS:

 

There were none.

 

THE MEETING WAS ADJOURNED AT 5:37 P.M.