FACULTY SENATE MEETING
Members: L. Atkinson, G. Boudreaux, K. Cole, L. Cornett, B. Hook, P. Downes, H. Holt, S. Judson,
B. Larson, D. Lisnerski, C. McKenzie, S. Mills, G. Nallan, P. Nickless, M. Ruiz,
S. Walters, J. Wood; M. Padilla.
Excused: B. Butler.
Visitors: M. Alm, E. Katz, B. Massey, P. McClellan, J. Noor, A. Shope, B. Spellman.
I. Call to Order
II. Approval of minutes
III. Administrative Report
Discussion of Faculty’s Involvement in the Installation Ceremony for Chancellor Ponder
The Chancellor’s Installation will be on Friday, September 15 at . Dr. Padilla discussed the faculty’s involvement in the ceremony and using it to showcase what the university represents – its values, traditions, and vision toward the future. Vice Chancellor Massey is spearheading the early planning effort.
The Senate supported having a festival
on the quad that showcased academics of the students and undergraduate research. They would consider inviting selected alums
to meet with students and discuss their earlier research and what they do now.
Student Affairs Annual Report
“The UNC Asheville Faculty Senate supports the inclusion of policies
and regulations related to student life in the Catalog as an Appendix.”
Discussion centered on who develops
the policies and regulations included in the Catalog.
Dr. Nickless suggested that the Catalog needed to be reviewed to improve its organization. Ms. McClellan welcomed suggestions to improve the Catalog.
Dr. Nallan moved to accept the resolution. Dr. Larson seconded the motion. The Sense of the Senate resolution passed with no dissenting votes and became Senate Document 2306S.
Executive Committee’s Role in Campus Searches
Dr. Nickless asked when there would be a search for a
Dr. Nickless noted that the Executive Committee would like to be consulted on the make up of search committees for senior staff and for academic administrators – on how many faculty members will serve and who they will be. We have drifted from this practice in recent years and the Executive Committee wants to be involved and have input. She will contact Ms. McClellan.
Alumni and Development
Mr. Bill Massey, Vice Chancellor of Alumni and Development, distributed an overview of where Alumni and Development was making progress. He noted that everybody in the university community was busy and we do good work that supports each other but we fail to take the opportunity to talk about it. He welcomed the chance to meet with departments and share with them what they do. He highlighted how working together is making a difference, and pointed out cash, pledges, and estate gifts over the last three years:
For year 2004 $2,772,341
For year 2005 $7,012,677
For year 2006 $5,922,898 (six months of year)
A lot of this money is going into endowment to help secure future opportunities for students and it comes from people who did not attend the university. His office never hears alums criticize the quality of teaching they received here. What they recall and remember and value is a relationship, a mentorship, the help that a faculty member provided. That is the good news. But we need to be also receiving from people who attended the university. Together, over time, we will change a culture not recognizing that the relationship is reciprocal and something needs to come back.
Dr. Nallan asked if our alums had complaints in other areas. Mr. Massey replied that they do, and his office is working across the university and with Dr. Padilla to promote a shared stewardship. It is not just what faculty do that matters – it is what everyone does. Every member of the campus needs to know that how they treat students matters. The people who deal with students on an everyday basis affect how they feel about UNCA. It is understanding that how someone is greeted first thing in the morning, how we are sensitive to a death in a family, and how we celebrate victories (whether on the field, on the stage, or in a performance) that all come together and form the whole experience.
Dr. Padilla suggested asking faculty representatives on the Foundation Board to give a report to the Senate.
IV. Executive Committee Report
Dr. Nickless reported for the Executive Committee.
When Senators have a Conflict of Interest
Dr. Nickless reported that she received positive feedback on her suggestion at the last meeting that Senators who feel they have a conflict of interest and plan to abstain from voting instead recuse themselves before discussion of the motion. This makes it clear that the Senator feels a conflict and can not in good conscience vote. The Senators would move out to the audience but may still speak for or against the motion as a member of the University, but not as a Senator. She will help with the wording if the 2006-07 Senate chooses to add this to its Standing Rules and Rules of Order next year.
Standards of Shared Governance on the 16 UNC Campuses
Senators received a handout on the
Standards of Shared Governance on the 16 UNC Campuses with Dr. Nickless’ comments
on standards she felt UNCA was either not in compliance with or where we were not
meeting our full responsibilities. She included
her personal thoughts on what needs to be done and asked Senators to keep that
in mind as they read it and to feel free to email comments to her. The Executive Committee, Dr. Padilla, and the
Highlights of her comments follow:
Dr. Nickless added that she is very encouraged in her meetings with Chancellor Ponder who genuinely values both collaboration and collegiality. This is an opportunity to move forward and build on the good things we have done. For example, there has been some annoyance that the faculty no longer approve honorary degrees and are not consulted. The Executive Committee discussed this with Chancellor Ponder and she has indicated a willingness to work with a Distinguished Scholars Committee/Honorary Degree Committee. The Executive Committee will work with her to provide a better framework for faculty to fulfill this responsibility.
Updating the Faculty Handbook
Dr. Nickless explained that several items in the Faculty Handbook are out of date and procedural issues need to be addressed. For example, how do we make changes to the Handbook that do not have Senate documentation? Who will they come from? How will the editor know to make the changes? Also, positions have changed on several committees in the Handbook. Many of the problems are editorial but those are decisions we have to make.
Dr. Padilla stated that the most efficient way to update the Handbook is to spend a day going through it with the principal folks line by line and then bringing any issues forward for consideration. He was willing to participate.
V. Student Government Association Report
John Noor, Executive for External Affairs, reported for the Student Government Association.
Student Government Scholarship Assistance Program (SGSAP)
Mr. Noor distributed
an overview on a new Student Government Scholarship Assistance Program
· To raise funds for current financially disadvantaged academic departments to be awarded as merit based scholarships for students who major within their specific departments.
· To raise funds for the Study Abroad office to be dispersed as scholarships for students involved in study abroad programs.
· To raise funds for financially challenged students to be used for textbook purchases.
Many of the departments at UNCA have
procured scholarship money to be awarded to majors within their department; unfortunately
not all of our academic departments at UNCA have been able to acquire as much
as others. SGSAP funds will allow
Dr. Nickless asked how
Dr. Padilla suggested that
Mr. Noor reported
guidelines on Students Who Fail to Maintain Active Full-time Enrollment Mr.
Noor commented on
Student Involvement in the Development Process
Mr. Noor stated that students would love to be involved and active in the development process that Vice Chancellor Massey reported on.
VI. Institutional Development Committee Report
The following document was distributed for First Reading:
IDC 1: Intent to Establish B.A. Degree in Religious Studies.
Dr. Larson reported that last year the Senate approved a Request to Plan a B.A. Degree in Religious Studies and IDC 1 is the follow up proposal. He explained that a page was missing from the proposal and it will be forwarded to Senators.
VII. Faculty Welfare and Development Committee Report
The following documents were distributed for First Reading:
FWDC 6: Proposal to
FWDC 9: Proposal to Establish a Transportation Committee (Faculty Handbook 10.4.15).
VIII. Academic Policies Committee Report
[Unanimously Approved by
The following documents were distributed for First Reading:
Degree Concentration Major Requirements.
[Senators review these documents via links on the agenda emailed campus-wide.]
Civil Rights Movement.
Following discussion of the academic
IX. Old Business
There was no Old Business.
X. New Business
There was no New Business.
Dr. Nickless adjourned the meeting at .
Respectfully submitted by: Sandra Gravely