Minutes of the Meeting of
the Senate of the Faculty
September 11, 2003, 7:00 PM, School of Education,
Meeting called to order with a quorum at 7:05 p.m.
Present: Edmund Acevedo, Donna Adler, Milam Aiken,
Aileen Ajootian, John Bentley, Robert Brown, John Bruce,Victoria
Bush, Judith Cassidy, Kirsten Dellinger, Rick Elam, Michelle
Emanuel, Laurdella Foulkes-Levy, Matthew Hall, Charles Ingene,
Ahmed Kishk, Amy E. Mark, Rosemary Oliphant-Ingham, Anne Quinney,
James Reid, David Rock, Warren Steel, Ken Sufka, Diane Tidwell,
Annette Trefzer, Joseph Urgo, Nancy Wiggers, Haidong Wu, Jordan
Absent: Brahram Alidaee, Deborah Barker*, Nancy Bercaw*,
Luca Bombelli, Wei-Yin Chen, Daisy Cheng*, Laurie Cozad, Gregg
Davidson*, Steven Davis, Kris Gilliland, Clifford Ochs*, Charles
Ross, Bobbie Smothers*, Steven Stodghill, Waheed Uddin, Charles
West, Dawn Wilkins*
* Prior notification
I. Old Business
A. Minutes of the May 8, 2003 Senate meeting were approved
without dissent. minutes_20030500.html
A. Dr. Christy Wyandt has been selected at the Associate
Dean of the Graduate School.
B. John Bentley is the new chair of Finance committee
replacing John Schetz.
C. Beginning September 2, 2003, Weir Hall has been
open on a 24 hour basis from Sunday, 1:00 p.m. through Friday,
6:00 p.m. It will also be open on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until
III. New Business
A. Academic Affairs committee will caucus after the meeting
to elect a chair to replace Michael Ponton.
B. Dr. Eftink, Dean of the Graduate School would like
to implement a plan for the position of Assistant Dean of the
Graduate School (which is vacant). His suggestion is to have
this position to be filled on a rotating basis, with 2-3 year
terms, by a current faculty member.
- short terms create administrators who are closer to the faculty;
- would give experience to aspiring administrators;
- concern that it will be difficult to get up to speed;
- recommendation that there is a six month overlap as part
of a three year term;
- recommend that Dr. Eftink attend the next meeting to answer
C. Request to dissolve the "University Health and
Safety" Standing Committee
Senator Cassidy moved that the Senate of the Faculty approved
the dissolution of the University Health and Safety Committee
/2nd Senator Bruce. Motion passed without dissent.
D. Student Athlete Absentee Policy
Senator Cassidy moved to adopt the Proposed
Statement /2nd Senator Steele. Senator Bentley moved to table
this motion /2nd Senator Adler; Hand count: yeas 19 / nays 3
/ abstains 0. Chair Rock assigned this issue to the Academic
- Friendly amendment: change "should" to "must"
in the second-to-last sentence;
- how would this policy interact with other program policies-e.g.
US101 absents policy, or First Year Seminar, or Law School re:
accreditation and absences;
- problem should be handled by scheduling instead of being
thrust on the faculty member;
- students may not take a class if they are scheduled to miss
more than that class allows;
- some schools have a note in the policy that includes a clause
re: participatory clause;
- **only noted as a student absent policy in the university
- additional comments were made by Karen Schiferl, department
of student athletics.
E. Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics: (COIA
Senator Brown moved that the University of Mississippi join the
coalition and endorse their mission /2nd Senator Adler. Hand
count: yeas 18 / nays 0 / abstains 9
- will address the issue of student athletes ability to attend
all of the games and maintain their school work;
- joining the coalition would mean that we support reform in
athletics-we still are allowed to endorse or not endorse specific
- strictly a faculty governance organization, not athletics
- group has significant credibility with the NCAA currently;
- coalition is mostly in favor of defending the rights of student
F. Health Insurance Update
Over the last year university employees were not covered in the
emergency room at Baptist because the emergency room doctors
in the Shumacker Group never signed a contract to join the network;
however, faculty would have been fully covered at urgent care;
Human Resources and Senator Rock met with Baptist administrators
to straighten this out; Diane Kemp (1-888-950-1350) is the contact
who indicated that the hospital will go back and reduce the bill;
must be persistent.
G. Committee on Elections
- Incredible amount of time spent on filling committee positions;
- Senate is not using the committee positions to the maximum
because it is difficult find faculty members to fill and who
are interested enough to attend;
- System is too cumbersome and between two many different offices;
- Solution: move the elections to the Office of the
Provost; the Office of the Provost would send the open positions
to the Deans and the chairs; the deans and chairs would then
suggest faculty; the Office of the Provost would ensure that
the faculty member is qualified to serve; the Office of the Provost
would then send the list to the Senate for approval;
- Preferred solution: Senators from each unit nominate
the faculty and send the slate to the Senate for approval;
- The present and previous chairs will meet to come up with
a new proposals.
H. Reports from the Committees
1. Academic Affairs, Chair TBA: no new business
2. Academic Support Services, Michelle Emanuel
Spam Survey: Senator Reid moved to support the survey
as written /2nd Senator Adler. Motion passed without dissent.
To see a draft of the survey, click here.
3. Faculty Governance, Chair Joe Urgo
Quadrennial Review of Administrators: To see a draft of
the suggestions, click here.
The suggestions from the Governance Committee for the Provost's
consideration was tabled in the spring pending additional suggestions
by Senators-suggestions were not made.
Friendly amendment by Senator Bentley to remove "higher
level administrators" to plain "administrators"
in all placed / accepted by Senator Urgo;
Friendly amendment by Senator Ingene to change "might"
to "should" / Senator Urgo did not accept this friendly
amendment as he is interested in seeing this proposal pass the
Council of Academic Administrators; Senator Mark moved to approve
the quadrennial review of administrators /2nd Senator Reid. Motion
passed without dissent.
Some senators would like to see the results of the faculty comments,
even if in a synopsis form. This issue will be assigned to committee
and tackled at a later date.
4. Finance Committee, Chair John Bentley; no new business.
5. University Services: Chair, James Reid; no new business.
I. Faculty Forum
Having the Provost and Chancellor, Vice Chancellors, Human Resources
and other guests at the Senate meeting:
- Goes on too long;
- Senators ask questions that can't be answered;
- Suggestion: Senate moderate a forum where ALL of the administrators
- Questions should be sent ahead of time to the Senate
- Questions should be asked anonymously by a moderator
- There will be further discussion of ground rules and structure
by a task force composed of Senators: Oliphant-Ingham, Rock,
Bentley, Acevedo, Bruce, Brown, and Kishk.
J. Report from Senator Elam, faculty senate representative
to the Athletic Committee: change of not keeping Colonel
Reb as a mascot was announced for the first time in the first
athletic committee meeting and that there was a contest was already
set up and that this committee was assigned to make the decision.
Discussion: Senators feel like they have no real power
on committees thus not anxious to join.
Meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m.