FACULTY SENATE MEETING
Members: L. Atkinson, B. Butler, L. Cornett, B. Hook, P. Downes, H. Holt, S. Judson, B. Larson,
D. Lisnerski, C. McKenzie, S. Mills, G. Nallan, M. Ruiz, J. Wood; M. Padilla.
Excused: G. Boudreaux, K. Cole. P. Nickless, S. Walters.
G. Kormanik, Y. Koslen, C. Miller, L. Nelms, J. Noor, B. Schaffer, A. Shope, B. Spellman,
K. Whatley, G. Wilson, B. Yearout.
I. Call to Order
II. Approval of minutes
III. Administrative Report
Transportation Planning Update
Campus Operations would like a draft of the Transportation Plan along with fee changes to be presented to the BOT in fall 2006. This will require working throughout the remainder of the semester to involve the campus community in this planning. In addition, Chancellor Ponder has challenged us to take a hard look at the parking and transportation fee to remove it as a barrier of access to the university. The first step is to agree on a set of principles that can drive the mission and vision for transportation planning, then to develop parking policies that meet these principles, and alternative transportation programs that meet the needs of the campus.
Review of priorities articulated by Pres. Bowles at the Feb. Chief Academic Officers Meetings
Padilla reported that General Administration has asked all campuses for a study
on how we are trying to contain the cost of textbooks. Requests for campus-initiated tuition requests
and fee increases for the 2007 academic year are dependent on the report due in
Changes to Commencement
The Senate supported the following changes in commencement proposed by Dr. Padilla:
· Faculty will meet in the Curry Courtyard; marshals will help organize faculty.
· Faculty will sit according to their decade of appointment under a tent on the porch/landing of Ramsey library where graduates and parents can see them.
· Efforts are being made to keep commencement to two hours.
· Chancellor Ponder would like to have a light reception following commencement and has asked that department/program receptions not take place during this time ().
MGMT/ACCT Strategic Planning Fact Sheet
Padilla distributed a MGMT/ACCT Strategic Planning Fact Sheet that he used to address
the proposal that
There was a review of the controversy and a strategic plan was developed between his office and the management chair representing the department. The agreement had these key components: to establish the size of the department (13 full-time faculty); cap the number of majors (175); increase salaries where we could effectively hire; and sunset a program.
is one tenure track faculty member with a health care specialty and four
courses designated specifically for this program. Given the extensive use of adjunct faculty to
staff this program, it is clear that the full-time faculty member may continue
to have an important teaching role within the department. He asked Senators to consider this
information and to hold comments until the larger discussion during the
Chief Academic Officers (CAO) meeting at General Administration
Dr. Padilla reported that the Office of the President has returned to its former name – General Administration (GA). President Bowles has asked campuses to consider campus-based priorities and then ask GA to help in those initiatives. He has been meeting with the UNC Faculty Assembly. Highlights of his comments follow:
· The efficiency of the administration needs to be proven before asking the legislature for more funds. In particular, to see if we have the ability to shift funds from lower priority initiatives to higher ones to ensure our campus programs are as strong as possible.
wants to bring the message about the importance of higher education in
· His highest priority in the curricular area will be education -- producing more teachers.
· He wants greater partnership with community colleges and barriers dropped that prevent students from starting in a community college and finishing at a UNC school to get an education degree. He wants to emphasize access and affordability – especially in this context.
· He is impressed with a school like ours that has reached out to embrace education from our liberal arts basis. He is more concerned with the traditional schools that are perhaps not staying with their original mission.
· Distance education is the future and we need to stop giving up the market in this area.
· The UNC system’s central role is not to be vocational. Even though economic transformation is important – the two college systems have been charged with transforming the economy from agricultural, textiles and furniture manufacturing to a knowledge-based economy – the liberal arts are crucial for what we are and what we do.
· The UNC system needs to respond to the needs of the state, to accept that privilege and responsibility.
· A top priority is the need to address benefits and compensation for faculty. He is concerned about the lack of competitiveness that our system has in attracting and keeping highly qualified faculty. This has risen to the highest system priority.
- Legislative update:
· The staff is in flux but Mark Fleming is the legislative liaison. The legislature goes into short session May 9th. GA is asking the legislators to look again at enrollment funding. We are promising to enact university efficiency measures and have asked for improved benefits for faculty and staff.
· President Bowles believes that the University can do a better job of its own health plan but he has agreed to give the state a year – in July a new packaging of the health care system will be introduced.
· Mr. Fleming said that they hope state employees will get a 4% raise. State revenues are up 8%.
· The bad news is that the mandated Leandro case, increased Medicare/Medicaid costs, and employee raises cannot all be funded.
- Academic Affairs:
· Alan Mabe, interim VP for Academic Affairs, reiterated the textbook report.
new campus peer selection process can be found at the UNC Faculty Assembly
website. UNCA’s new peer group has
changed – the private schools have been reduced to four: Bucknell, Furman,
- Budget Committee:
· Rob Nelson is the acting VP of Financial Affairs.
· Jeff Davis is now President Bowles’ Chief of Staff.
· President Bowles is studying four proposed initiatives:
Alfred Mann Institute would provide a $50 million endowment for a biotech
center in a joint venture of
- Election of Officers:
· Brenda Kilingsworth, ECU professor, Management Information Technology, elected second term as Chair
Yankaskas, Professor of Radiology at
· Jimmy Reeves, Chair of Chemistry and Biology at UNC-Wilmington, elected secretary.
Dr. Padilla added that Larry Nelson, the provost at NCSU will chair the national search for the Vice President of Academic Affairs position. Chancellor Ponder is serving on the search committee. The emphasis will be on finding someone who supports the vision that the UNC system is made up of unique individual institutions.
The order of business was modified
VIII. Institutional Development Committee Report
The following document was considered for Second Reading:
IDC 1: Intent to Establish B.A. Degree in Religious Studies.
IDC 1 is a continuation of the process begun last year with the unanimous approval of a Request to Plan a B.A. Degree in Religious Studies.
Dr. Lisnerski noted that two additional faculty members will be recruited based on enrollment growth funds yet we have not met the enrollment target this year. Adding new degree programs makes the assumption that current resources that departments/programs receive are sufficient. He added that he had an issue with adding new degree programs in general, not specifically with this program. Dr. Gravely stated that we did not meet the enrollment target this year but we did not have to return funds. The administration’s strategy is to meet the minimal enrollment target. Dr. Larson added that IDC believes that a major in religious studies will attract new students and that resources will be forthcoming because of this new opportunity.
Discussion turned to the number of projected
majors and the number of faculty positions anticipated in the near future.
Dr. Wood asked what the competition was going to be with these two additional positions in religious studies – and would that eclipse positions requested in other departments. Dr. Padilla replied that there are about 12-13 requests including these two and there are also requests for lecturer positions. Five or six retirement positions will also be available. Departments always seek the available positions; will crucial program requests be eclipsed? The PAC needs to evaluate, rank, discuss, and decide. If these are allocated, there will still be 10 tenure track positions that are likely to be allocated plus five or six lecturer positions.
Dr. Mills recused herself as she served on the Religious Studies Task Force. IDC 1 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 2906S.
IV. Student Government Association Report
John Noor, Executive for External Affairs, reported for the Student Government Association.
· Elections will be held the last week of March. Faculty are being asked to persuade students to participate in and support student elections.
· UNCA will host the 70-80 member delegation of the Association of Student Governments from State and will present an educational workshop on the importance of environmental initiatives on campus.
· The Student Scholarship Fund discussed at the last meeting is being revamped after discussions with Vice Chancellor Massey in the Development Office. The changes will help Development create a connection between students and the university. Students tend to associate with their individual academic departments as opposed to the university as a whole.
· Greenfest will be held in April. Some faculty members and the Chancellor have volunteered to showcase their hybrid vehicles on the quad. Greenlife Grocery may sponsor the event to promote organic and sustainable food.
At Dr. Larson’s request, Mr. Noor commented on his internship
last fall where he worked for the Senate Judicial Committee in the UNC
Washington Program. This is a new system
program where students from across the state intern in
V. Faculty Welfare and Development Committee Report
Don Lisnerski reported for the Faculty Welfare and Development Committee.
Nominees for Academic Appeals Board
The Senate approved the following slate for the Academic Appeals Board election:
Noah Allen Bill Haas
Ken Betsalel Tammy Huffman
Michelle Bettencourt Mary Anna LaFratta
The following documents were distributed for First Reading:
FWDC 10: Professional Development Leave Policy (formerly Off-Campus Scholarly Assignment)
(Revision of SD5404S) (Faculty Handbook 4.1.4)
FWDC 11: Proposal to Revise Minority Affairs Commission
(Revision of SD5000S) (Faculty Handbook 10.3.2)
The following documents were considered for Second Reading:
FWDC 6: Proposal to
(Faculty Handbook 10.3.5).
The changes in FWDC 6 have been made in accord with recent and current practice, due in part to the functions assumed by the Office of Sponsored Research. In addition, it should clarify confusion regarding purpose and membership. FWDC 6 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 3006S.
FWDC 9: Proposal to Establish a Transportation Committee (Faculty Handbook 10.4.15).
The Transportation Committee will review and make recommendations concerning parking and transportation issues (including parking, mass transit, bicycle facilities, pedestrian resources, carpooling etc).
Dr. Holt asked what would happen to the Traffic Committee with the establishment of this new committee. Dr. Lisnerski explained that the Traffic Committee and the Transportation Issues Working Group (TWIG) will merge into the new Transportation Committee. Dr. Downes asked for clarification on the membership and asked if 12 people were needed on the committee. Mr. Koslen explained that six members of the group would be alternates to replace active members when their terms expire. FWDC 9 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 3106S.
VI. Executive Committee Report
The Executive Committee report was postponed until the next meeting.
Dr. Larson presided over the meeting
VII. Academic Policies Committee Report
[Unanimously Approved by
The following documents were distributed for First Reading:
Change course description and credit hours for CHEM 428, 429
Add new course, BIOL 365; Change prerequisite for BIOL 223.
The following documents were considered for Second Reading:
Degree Concentration Major Requirements.
Discussion of an
Dr. Nallan read a statement on behalf of the
- Claudel McKenzie’s comments
Ms. McKenzie referred to the handout distributed by Dr. Padilla and acknowledged that the department uses a lot of adjuncts because of the high number of faculty vacancies in the department.
She offered background on the concentration, the process,
and the basis for the rationale she presented to
The department talked about this concentration last year and decided to postpone any decision about the emphasis area until more of their vacant tenure-track positions were filled. Although the Health and Wellness program is quite different from our Health Care Administration concentration, they were hoping that the Health and Wellness program might give their program a boost – that some of the Health and Wellness majors might even minor in Management.
- Don Lisnerski’s comments
Dr. Lisnerski noted that the department used to have two
people in Health Care Management. When
the person specializing in long term care and finance left, the position was never
filled and it became necessary to rely on qualified adjuncts. MGMT 321 and MGMT 421 most often have been
taught by adjuncts because they are specialty areas. MGMT 421 is being taught by the head of the legal
Dr. Lisnerski stated that after being told by the department chair that Dr. Padilla had requested that we eliminate our Health Care Administration concentration and that we cap our majors in order to obtain our Marketing position, he was rather taken aback. His main concern about what has occurred is not that the concentration was eliminated but the lack of faculty input into the decision-making process. Where was the faculty input that is supposed to exist with curricular issues? The fact that the department was ordered into cooperating to get a faculty position released is appalling. What was the role of the Position Allocation Committee in this process? These actions are a very poor example of shared governance. For administration to make an order and for faculty to vote on it is not shared governance. His hope is that this situation could translate into a fairer process being developed where faculty could have input into the elimination of programs. IDC looks at new programs and concentrations – we have no such process for elimination.
Dr. Padilla stated that he regretted
that the process went through
Dr. Larson thanked Dr. Padilla and stated that he appreciated his comments.
Dr. Downes noted that this is the health care center for six counties – one would think there would be a lot of majors interested in it. Dr. Lisnerski stated that it costs over $100K to recruit someone new in health care. Ms. McKenzie added that our community advisory board thought the concentration should be here. Ms. Nelms stated that one of her concerns is the idea that one action was tied to what seemed to be an unrelated action. We have a very large marketing concentration – we really need the position.
Dr. Larson noted that one of the recommendations of the Enrollment Growth Task Force last year was that we would be rigorous in our review of academic programs. The process for departmental and probably program self-studies was terminated by the decision of UPC before he became chair of IDC. Since then, there has not been a formal mechanism for looking at programs. To his knowledge – aside from eliminating concentrations – we have never eliminated a program or a department. This would be a new era. Dr. Nallan stated that if Dr. Nickless were here she would be saying that she never really appreciated the importance of UPC until it was gone – UPC is in limbo.
Dr. Ruiz noted that we have grown and the administration needs to look at the health of the whole university. He finds it commendable that Dr. Padilla tried to do something although obviously there have been some problems. These are our friends and he does not want to take sides but something has to be done – we have to take responsibility and hopefully we will all come together and do it through shared governance.
Dr. Larson suggested that the Executive Committee return with thoughts on how we might proceed. The theme of shared governance is on our agenda – it seems like a good place for the Faculty Senate and the administration to work together.
IX. Old Business
There was no Old Business.
X. New Business
There was no New Business.
Dr. Nallan adjourned the meeting at .