University of North Carolina at Asheville


Minutes, February 10, 2005



Members:          L. Atkinson, B.  Butler, R. Booker, L. Cornett, J. Konz, B. Larson, D. Lisnerski,

S. Mills, P. Nickless, D. Pierce, B. Reynolds, I. Rossell, M. Ruiz, S. Walters; M. Padilla.


Excused:          G. Nallan.


Visitors:            C. Kurtines-Becker, M. Gibney, T. Glenn, A. Gravely, A. Huang, K. Ray, S. Robinson,

A. Shope, M. Sidelnick, J. Stevens, S. Weatherford.  




I.          Call to Order and Announcements

Dr. Pamela Nickless called the meeting to order at 3:18 pm and welcomed Senators and guests.  There were no announcements. 


II.         Approval of minutes

            The minutes of January 20, 2005, were approved with editorial corrections.


III.        Administrative Report

            Dr. Mark Padilla gave the Administrative Report.

            Owen Conference Center Renovations

            Dr. Nickless asked Dr. Padilla to report on plans to renovate the Owen Conference Center (OCC).  When this was discussed last month, most of the Senators were under the impression that the Provost was in charge of the OCC.  This is technically not academic space.  Mr. Massey was unable to meet with the Senate today, so Dr. Padilla spoke on his behalf.    

            Dr. Padilla reported that the Chancellor has designated development as an area of growth for the university; there was an expectation that the Development Office and the Alumni Office would grow.  Last year, positions available in administration from the enrollment increase were partly directed to the Development Office.  Mr. Massey has reprogrammed the smaller room in the OCC into office space and has hired new staff.  He planned to reprogram the bigger conference space for Development needs. 

            Dr. Padilla acknowledged that there was not a lot of discussion about the renovations in Owen.  Mr. Massey was not aware that the faculty and others look to Owen as a place to hold events.  From Mr. Massey’s perspective, the university had just created the Highsmith facility and the Reuter Center was designed as a big meeting place as well.  He is willing to divert funding for Owen to improve the acoustics in Highsmith with the Chancellor’s approval.

            Mr. Massey has made the OCC available through this semester.  The elevator will be shut down for maintenance during the summer but will be ready by the beginning of the school year.  That is also when he is hoping that the renovation will begin. 

            Dr. Padilla expressed his willingness to participate in and facilitate a forum if the Senate wants to discuss the appropriateness of renovating OCC for Development’s needs or to discuss the need for meeting/conference facilities on campus. 

            The Senate discussed the pros and cons of the OCC, the Highsmith Union and the Reuter Center as meeting spaces.  Dr. Nickless and Dr. Padilla will work to bring the stakeholders together.  Dr. Padilla will call the meeting and Dr. Nickless will keep the Executive Committee informed.

            Dr. Larson asked how new buildings get imagined into existence.  Does the Faculty Senate play any role in that – or is it an administrative decision?  Dr. Nickless responded that the Senate always has input into the master plan, although perhaps there was less faculty input in the master plan than there has been in the past.  Normally there are faculty meetings to discuss the master plan. 

            Dr. Pierce suggested that the administration inform the campus that Owen is currently available.  Dr. Lisnerski added that it would be good to hear about the changes, as well as the various rate structures.  He clarified that Dr. Padilla has control of the first two floors of Owen Hall and the third floor is the Conference Center and Development Office.  The Chancellor and the VC for Development oversee the third floor.


            Off Campus Scholarly Assignment (OCSA)

            Dr. Padilla asked the Senate to develop an OCSA Program and to be more involved in the process.  In his view, it is the administration’s job to administer the program and it is the faculty’s job to set the criteria.  He will withhold any future OCSA approvals until there is a process that is rooted in faculty governance.  He will try to find the staffing to implement the program to the point that some day all faculty can expect every seven years to have a semester of full pay.  He would like to make the OCSA program more common – even working toward a sabbatical system.  He will be happy to sit on the committee to deliberate, but the criteria should come out of the departments and programs. 

            Next year we need to have a Faculty Development Committee to establish the standards, with peer review making recommendations to the Provost about which proposals should be funded and which should be deferred.  Until a Faculty Development Committee emerges that is credible, that the faculty buy into and is responsive to faculty needs, he does not believe we should go forward with the OCSA Program.    

            Currently two members of the University Teaching Council and two members of the University Research Council review the proposals.  It has been a chore to get the process going although Dr. Padilla expected it would be bumpy this year since it is the first year we have done this.  Dr. Lisnerski noted that this is not a formal committee. 

            Dr. Padilla commented that if money is being given out, there is a huge committee instantly.  But if time is being given, there is less interest in it.  This is the most valuable thing he can give faculty – a semester of full pay with no teaching responsibilities.  We have endless discussion about whether someone should have a course release.  These proposals are important because they can serve to shift a faculty’s career into another gear.  Many schools offer Untenured Leave to untenured faculty so they are able to get scholarship done and are less panicked about the tenure decision.  It is possible to build this into the OCSA Program – it would be a powerful recruitment tool.  Dr. Nickless and Dr. Lisnerski will work with Dr. Padilla to address these issues. 


IV.        Executive Committee Report

            Dr. Nickless gave the Executive Committee Report.

            Update on Chancellor Search Committee

            Dr. Konz reported that the Chancellor Search Committee website is accessible through the UNCA homepage.  The position advertisement will appear in the electronic version of the Chronicle of Higher Education tomorrow and in the print version next week.  It will also appear in three other journals of higher education.  There is a link on the webpage to an email address to submit nominations.    

            The committee has been discussing how they are going to evaluate candidates and how they will proceed through May.  They expect to start reviewing applications in the next couple of weeks. 

            First Reading:

            The following document was distributed for First Reading:

            EC 2:  Changes in Faculty Handbook Editor (Revision of SD3485).


V.         Student Government Association Report

            Mr. Tarik Glenn reported for the Student Government Association.

            The SGA is working to revise its Constitution to reduce the number of Senate representatives to eliminate turnover and poor attendance, and to raise the GPA requirement from 2.0 to 2.5. 

            The following students were recently elected:  Erica Little, Freshman senator; Edwin Terrell, Junior senator; and John Noor, Parlimentarian.                   

            Greenfest will be held April 4-8, 2005. 

            The SGA website should be updated by the end of the semester.


VI.        Institutional Development Committee Report

            Dr. Irene Rossell reported for the Institutional Development Committee (IDC).

            Update on Enrollment Growth and University Size Task Force

            Within the next few weeks, the Task Force plans to bring a draft recommendation on growth and size to students, faculty, and staff for a final campus-wide forum to receive input.  The draft will be revised based on the results of the forum and it will be distributed for first reading at the April 7th Senate meeting. 

            First Reading:

            The following documents were distributed for First Reading:

            IDC 5:  Request to Establish the National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center at UNCA.  
IDC 6:  Proposal to Establish a new degree program in Women’s Studies.

            Second Reading:

            The following document was considered for Second Reading:

            IDC 4:  Proposal to Establish a Human Rights Center at UNCA.


            During discussion the IDC members realized that IDC 4 had been modified since they approved it.  After consideration, Dr. Rossell withdrew the document until IDC had an opportunity to fully review it.  When the discrepancy is resolved, IDC will bring the proposal to the Senate and will request a waiver of the Comer Rule.  IDC will also review its procedural guidelines for processing documents. 

            The discussion turned to capital needs and resource allocations for Centers.  Dr. Padilla noted that any giving of resources by the university is done by the administration and he could not approve a Center proposal that had an implication of resource provisions that he could not assure.  He recommended removing all resource implications from these proposals or working with the administration in advance to get permission for those resource implications. 

            Dr. Stevens and Dr. Gibney argued that the template from the Office of the President includes a section on capital needs and resource needs.  Also, a sentence in Section 9 states “...the Center Director will work with the Associate Vice Chancellors and other Administrators in allocating space for the Center or in determining its location, in such a way that will support the academic environment of the campus to the greatest degree. 

            Dr. Rossell and Dr. Pierce expressed concern that IDC is being asked to consider proposals to establish Centers without any university guidelines on creating and approving them.  Dr. Padilla explained that this is the last Center proposal coming through ahead of the actual policy document.  There is no expectation that this Center or any other will get any course releases or any space.  He suggested that the proposals have the phrase “to be negotiated” under resources. 

            Dr. Lisnerski stated that he would have trouble passing a document without knowing what the expected resources are.  Dr. Pierce suggested putting a moratorium on Centers until there was a policy in place.  Dr. Padilla stated that this will be the last Center to come through prior to the new policy document. 

            The Senate and Dr. Padilla ultimately agreed that any resource requests for Centers would come as recommendations, subject to availability as determined by the administration.


VII.       Faculty Welfare and Development Committee Report

            Dr. Don Lisnerski gave the Faculty Welfare and Development Committee Report.

            Writing-Across-the-Curriculum Advisory Committee (Faculty Handbook 10.4.25)

            FWDC received a request from the Writing-Across-the-Curriculum Advisory Committee to cease its function given that the Director of the Writing Center now serves ex officio on the ILSOC Writing Intensive committee.  The committee was never officially approved by the Faculty Senate. 

            Dr. Lisnerski moved to delete the entry for the Writing-Across-the-Curriculum Advisory from the Faculty Handbook.  Dr. Reynolds seconded the motion, which passed unanimously. 

            Second Reading:

            The following documents were considered for Second Reading:

            FWDC 2:  Proposal to Change Membership on Intellectual Property Committee

                            (Revision of SD3402S; Faculty Handbook 9.4).

FWDC 2 passed unanimously and became Senate document SD1105S.


            FWDC 3: Proposal to Establish Asheville Institute Advisory Committee (AIAC).

FWDC 3 passed unanimously and became Senate document SD1205S.


VIII.      Academic Policies Committee Report

            Dr. Jeff Konz reported for the Academic Policies Committee.

            APC to Consider Changes in our Commencement Practices

APC has been asked to consider three changes to commencement practices:

·      allowing prospective summer graduates to walk in May before they have completed degree requirements;

·      having a full commencement for fall graduates in December; and,

·      whether or not graduates will receive their diplomas at commencement. 


Dr. Padilla has stated that this is an issue of faculty governance.  APC will consider this in March and April in consultation with the Registrar’s Office and Academic and Student Affairs.  Any change would also require a wide constituent contribution through a forum. 

            First Reading:

            The following documents were distributed for First Reading:


            APC 14:  Addition of New Course STAT 220: Intro to Applied Probability (1);

                           Modification of Description STAT 225: Intro to Calculus-Based Statistics.

            APC 15:  Addition of ENVR 364: Ecosystem Ecology (4); Addition of ENVR 364 to list

                           of electives in Ecology and Environmental Biology concentration.

            APC 16:  Correct Listing of the New Joint Engineering Degree.

            APC 17:  Correct Listing of Joint Programs in Engineering.

            APC 18:  Correct Listing of Engineering Abbreviations.

            APC 19:  New Entry for the Engineering Courses of Instruction.

            APC 20:  Correct List of Engineering Courses in the Curriculum for Industrial and   

                           Engineering Management.

            APC 21:  Changing major restriction use for POLS 150;Change in Prerequisite for POLS 499.

            APC 22:  Computer competency requirement for Computer Science majors.

            APC 23:  Addition of SPAN 481 to required list of courses for major.

            APC 24:  Changing title of SPAN 481.

            APC 26:  Major in Women’s Studies .


            Second Reading:  (Unanimously approved by APC)

            The following documents were considered for Second Reading:

            APC 8 and APC 9 were set aside to be considered separately.


APC   07:  Deletion of prerequisite for ATMS 223: Physical Climatology.

APC 7 passed unanimously and became Senate document SD1305S.


APC  10:   Correction in list of required courses for Earth Science w/Teacher Licensure;

    Changes in required Biology courses for Middle School Teacher Licensure; Change

    in required courses for Comprehensive Science Licensure for Chemistry Majors.

APC 10 passed unanimously and became Senate document SD1405S.


APC  11:   Division of EDUC 322 (Teaching Science, K-12) into Separate Courses for K-6 and

                  6-12 Licensure Students.

APC 11 passed unanimously and became Senate document SD1505S.


APC  12:   Addition of Birth-Kindergarten (B-K) Teacher Licensure Program.

APC 12 passed unanimously and became Senate document SD1605S.


APC  13:   Addition of new courses for Birth-Kindergarten (B-K) Teacher Licensure Program

                 (EDUC 321, 331, 341, 351, 355, 361).

APC 13 passed unanimously and became Senate document SD1705S.


APC   08:  Changes in Health and Fitness Curriculum:  Addition of Major in Health and

                 Wellness Promotion; Changes to Dance Minor, Sports Medicine Minor, and Health

                 and Wellness Promotion Minor.

APC 08 passed unanimously and became Senate document SD1805S.


APC  09:   Editorial Changes Required with New Health and Wellness Promotion Major

                 and Addition of New Prefixes.

APC 09 passed unanimously and became Senate document SD1905S.


IX.        Old Business

            There was no Old Business.


X.         New Business

            There was no New Business.


XI.        Adjourn

            Dr. Nickless adjourned the meeting at 4:35pm.


Respectfully submitted by:          Sandra Gravely

Don Lisnerski