FACULTY SENATE MEETING
Minutes, May 3, 2007
Members: L. Atkinson, G. Boudreaux, B. Butler, K. Cole, P. Downes, M. Harvey, H. Holt, B. Hook,
B. Larson, D. Lisnerski, J. McClain, C. McKenzie, M. Moseley, G. Nallan, B. Sabo,
B. Wilson, J. Wood; K. Whatley; A. Ponder.
Excused: S. Judson.
Visitors: C. Bell, R. Booker, L. Dohse, J. Fox, L. Friedenberg, B. Haas, J. Hartsfield, G. Kormanik,
K. Krumpe, P. McClellan, J. McKnight, A. Shope, S. Reiser, S. Weatherford.
I. Call to Order, Introductions, Announcements
II. Academic Policies Committee Report
[Unanimously approved by APC]
The following documents were considered for Second Reading:
APC 47: Increase the number of credit hours for EDUC 316;
Drop EDUC 317 from the requirements for Foreign Language licensure.
APC 47 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 5807S.
APC 49: Change to requirements for Pure Mathematics concentration.
Change in departmental approval procedure for required courses.
APC 49 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 5907S.
APC 50: Change the prerequisite for MATH 480.
APC 50 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 6007S.
APC 51: Add new courses: MMAS 101, 201, 255, 350, 450.
APC 51 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 6107S.
APC 52: Delete the Sound Recording Emphasis Area.
APC 52 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 6207S.
APC 53: Change the prerequisite requirement for MMAS 121.
APC 53 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 6307S.
APC 54: Edit requirements for the MMAS major and minor.
APC 54 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 6407S.
APC 55: Establishing Minimum Requirements for Minor Programs.
APC 55 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 6507S.
APC 56: Reinstate CSCI 142: Computer Programming I (FORTRAN).
APC 56 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 6607S.
APC 57: Adding a Minor in Astronomy.
APC 57 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 6707S.
APC 58: Delete ASTR 380; Change title and prerequisite for ASTR 411;
Add new courses: ASTR 412, 430, 431; Change prerequisites for ASTR 321, 322.
APC 58 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 6807S.
APC 59: Adding 6-9 teacher licensure as an option to the Psychology major;
Required editorial changes resulting from the addition.
APC 59 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 6907S.
APC 60: Delete EDUC 313 from required courses for 6-9 Social Studies licensure;
Clarify requirement of the Humanities sequence for Social Science licensure.
APC 60 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 7007S.
APC 61: Add new courses: ECE 109 & ECE 209; Delete ECE 480 and add EGM 482;
Change credit hours and description for ECE 200.
APC 61 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 7107S.
APC 62: Changes to Degree Requirements in Mechatronics.
APC 62 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 7207S.
APC 63: Clarify credits allowed for CHEM 190, 290 and 390.
APC 63 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 7307S.
APC 64: Clarify students may not receive credit for more than one section of LSIC 179 & 379.
APC 64 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 7407S.
APC 65: First-Year Student Suspension Policy.
APC 65 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 7507S.
APC 66: Change how World and Western Civilization courses are applied to HIST 151 & 152.
APC 66 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 7607S.
APC Approved as Minor Proposals:
APC 48: Adding Undergraduate Research to Art History.
APC 48 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 7707S.
ILSOC Report to APC
APC received the required report from the Integrative Liberal Studies Oversight Committee. Alan Hantz met with APC and they had a good discussion.
III. Faculty Welfare and Development Committee Report
The following documents were considered for Second Reading:
FWDC 6: Proposal to Eliminate all References to the First Year Experience Program in the
Faculty Handbook including the First Year Experience Advisory Committee
(Revises SD27998; Faculty Handbook 22.214.171.124.3, 126.96.36.199.4, 10.4.15, 10.4.19 and 11.2)
FWDC 6 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 7807S.
FWDC 7: Proposal to Establish the Sustainability Committee as a Standing Committee
(Faculty Handbook Section 10.4.6)
FWDC 7 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 7907S.
FWDC 8: Proposal to Establish the Safety and Health Committee as a Standing Committee
and Revisions to Faculty Handbook Section 10.4.6
FWDC 8 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 8007S.
FWDC 9: Proposal to Eliminate the Recreation Committee (Faculty Handbook Section 10.4.14)
FWDC 9 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 8107S.
FWDC 10: Proposal to Eliminate the Violence Prevention Committee (Faculty Handbook Section 10.4.31).
FWDC 10 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 8207S.
FWDC 11: Proposal to Revise the Faculty ILS Oversight Committee
(Revises SD0703F, SD0304F and SD0105F; Faculty Handbook 10.3.8)
FWDC 11 passed without dissent and became Senate Document 8307S.
Review of University Service Council
FWDC anticipates completing its review of the University Service Council (USC) next fall. The USC was originally designed to provide a service award and to make appointment recommendations on some committees. The present committee assignment process has some flaws, as did the old process. FWDC is considering a process to computerize/automate an online listing of committees that faculty can indicate an interest in. If this occurs, USC would have less work to do; it may provide a greater voice in advocating the value of service assignments on campus. FWDC is considering restructuring the Feldman Committee, the Scholarship Committee, the Teaching Awards Committee, and the University Service Council.
Establishing a Textbook Committee
At President Bowles’ request, FWDC is working toward establishing a Textbook Committee.
While reviewing the status of the Distinguished Scholarship Committee and the Honorary Degrees this semester, several faculty raised questions about a variety of funds that were set aside for specific purposes over the past years. Questions include whether the following funds exist and, if so, their status: the Highsmith Visiting Scholar Fund, the Feldman Fund, and an Adjunct Faculty Fund.
FWDC is asking the University Relations Committee (URC) to work with Academic Affairs and the Development and Alumni Office in determining the status of these and any other similar funds which may exist, and their purpose(s) and use over the past several years. The URC will also work with the Alumni and Development Office to determine a reasonable reporting mechanism to the Faculty Senate on the status of these funds.
Administrative Offices Review
FWDC is working on an administrative offices review document. There is general agreement that it needs to be broken down into a more meaningful review of the administrative units instead of reviewing them all at one time.
FWDC is recommending that the Center for Teaching and Learning create a centralized resource for faculty development opportunities.
Shared Governance Review
FWDC needs to complete the Shared Governance Review and related documents.
Nominees to Standing Committees appointed by the Faculty Senate
Senators received a list of nominees to Standing Committees that the 2007-08 Senate will consider at its organizational meeting later today. Some appointments have not been made because documents are either going to be voted on, or the committees are still on review.
Dr. Lisnerski thanked FWDC members
IV. Executive Committee Report
Gary Nallan gave the Executive Committee Report.
Office Support Study
Dean Lisa Friedenberg reported that the Office Support Study Team is going through data collected from individuals in office support positions, their direct supervisors (department chairs/program directors), and Institutional Research about the number of faculty (full and part-time), number of students served, number of budgets managed by departments, and number of students supervised by office assistants at this time. This information will be distilled into a career ladder defined primarily by two dimensions: differences in complexity, which reflect the skills and knowledge needed, and workload. The committee hopes to meet with the Chancellor next Monday to solidify its recommendations.
Dr. Moseley asked which office assistants were on the committee. Dr. Friedenberg said an attempt was made to create a cohort using staff from academic programs, academic departments, co-curricular units under Dean Katz, and staff under Academic Affairs that is supervised by the four academic deans. The office assistants in that pool are part of this phase of the project.
Policy for Service on the Faculty Senate
Dr. Nallan explained the need to have a formal policy to handle cases where a Senator takes professional development leave. He asked that next year the Faculty Welfare and Development Committee address this issue and bring a proposal for a written policy to the Senate.
V. Institutional Development Committee Report
Bruce Larson reported for the Institutional Development Committee.
recently reviewed the National Environmental Modeling and
The review took place on 26 April 2007, at which time IDC, along with Lisa Friedenberg (Dean for Social Sciences), Archer Gravely (Director of Institutional Research), and Gregg Kormanik (Interim Dean for Natural Sciences and Chief Research Officer), met with John Stevens (Director of NEMAC) to discuss the document “National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center: First Annual Report (10/1/2003 – 12/31/2006),” dated March 23, 2007.
During its three years of operation NEMAC’s activities have been consistent with the mission of UNCA and with its establishing document (SD3405S). It has been quite successful in attracting funds to the university. It has engaged 50 UNCA students with employment opportunities and many opportunities for undergraduate research. It has involved the work of 14 UNCA faculty from a variety of disciplines, and 20 different educational and business organizations in relation to their work.
As NEMAC looks forward to the next five years, its External Advisory Board indicated the need to develop a professional business plan which NEMAC intends to do. Space is an issue for NEMAC. To solve space issues in the short run, NEMAC is looking beyond the campus: part of its operation activities will take place in Enka, and it may have a downtown presence.
It is the judgment of the IDC that NEMAC has contributed a lot to the university and has even greater opportunities to contribute in the future. It is the hope of IDC that the activities of NEMAC and UNCA will become more fully integrated over time, as was noted by John Stevens in his initial comments to IDC on April 26, 2007. This would include: (a) developing more undergraduate research, employment, and learning opportunities, and (b) creating more opportunities for UNCA faculty (and a broader range of faculty) and NEMAC staff to interact with one another, for example, in colloquia and scholarly activity. Both of these ends will be supported to the extent that UNCA faculty, students, and staff come to be better informed about the activities of NEMAC.
Dr. Moseley asked if NEMAC generated overhead money for the university. Jim Fox and Susan Weatherford reported that $300,000 has been generated in the three years that NEMAC has been in existence. The Senate approved IDC’s recommendation that NEMAC be continued until its next review period.
The following document was considered for Second Reading:
IDC 2: Proposal to Revise the University Planning Council
(Revision of SD4201S; Faculty Handbook Section 10.1.1)
Larson reported that IDC has heard throughout the year that we need to have a
fully functioning University Planning Council (UPC). Since February, members
of IDC along with Chancellor Ponder,
Dr. Sabo questioned the effectiveness of such a large UPC and reiterated his earlier request – to include a review process through which the Planning Council would review actions of the administration and the faculty to the degree to which they conform to our mission statement and the statement of shared values. This is not in the proposal and he thought the review process was extremely important.
Dr. Larson said size is not a matter of concern to him and he hopes it is not a matter of concern to others. It is the size that it needs to be. It has significant faculty and staff representation. The Chancellor is able to work with a larger group of people as demonstrated by the strategic planning activities over the last year. He agreed that it is important that someone have an opportunity to examine the consistency of various programs and activities with regard to university values and other aspects of our planning activities. The UPC, in his judgment, has been created toward and helped with planning, and to assist in thinking about the decisions that we have to make in relation to planning activities. That is what this document reflects; he thought concerns raised by Dr. Sabo would be addressed.
Dr. Sabo said he was less interested in reviewing the mission constantly than he is in various activities, decisions, and actions that are taken by the university to judge their conformity to the mission and to the goals and to the values.
Dr. Wood noted that the phrase “monitoring institutional effectiveness” alludes to oversight. UPC may be about our vision; the faculty, the Faculty Senate and IDC may be the watchdog. What came out of the conversations last semester was that the Faculty Senate is charged with overseeing the welfare of the community; perhaps we can reinvigorate the Senate and particularly IDC’s responsibility for doing that in companion with UPC. IDC is on UPC but we also have an independent role as faculty to ensure the mission and the goals of the institution are being followed.
Dr. Sabo argued that things can slip through the cracks when no one is responsible with the task of review. The Senate agreed to look at IDC’s role as it is defined by the Standing Rules and Rules or Order and to possibly modify those at the first Senate meeting next academic year to address Dr. Sabo’s concerns.
Dr. Larson added that there is institutional effectiveness and there is programmatic effectiveness. Throughout the year IDC has been talking about reinstituting a review process that would look at majors and other programs in the academic area; we could think of it as educational or programmatic effectiveness in the academic area. He envisioned that the broader role of institutional effectiveness would fall under UPC.
In a friendly amendment, the proposal was edited by IDC to add “values,” under Duties section C.
IDC 2 passed as amended without dissent and became Senate Document 8407S.
Larson said he was honored to work with all the folks on the Faculty Senate and
beyond this year. He and
VI. Student Government Association Report:
There was no Student Government Association report.
Dr. Nallan reported that the
VII. Chancellor’s Staff Advisory Committee
Joanne McKnight gave the Chancellor’s Staff Advisory Committee report.
Ms. McKnight reported on the Staff Assembly’s semi-annual meeting. The Assembly developed guidelines for its six representatives who will serve on the task force President Bowles is initiating to redefine our relationship with the Office of State Personnel (OSP).
The Initiatives and Innovations Committee of the Assembly is developing a policy that would allow staff members to train other staff throughout the state and save the system money.
Senators received a draft of CSAC’s Planning Retreat set for May 14th.
VIII. Administrative Report
Information from General Administration: Tuition by Credit Hour
General Administration (GA) plans to initiate a new system regarding tuition that will charge students tuition by the credit hour. GA is setting up a scale so that students who are taking 15 credit hours would pay approximately the same thing that students pay now for full-time status. One reason for the change is to allow more students to take advantage of other course offerings whether it is online or distance learning at other institutions. Students would pay their own institution for credit hours taken there and would pay other institutions for the credit hours taken at other institutions.
Several suggestions/concerns were expressed during discussion:
- Faculty Teaching Workload Report for 2002-2004 through 2003-2004
A chart showing the
schools who have exceeded the standard course load for their campus as defined for their campus was
distributed at the Chief Academic Officers meeting. Every school exceeded the course load
expectation except UNCA and
Dr. Whatley noted that UNCA is still officially a 24-hour load institution. Part of this is trying to give faculty a little time to work on scholarly work and part of it is the reassigned time given for administrative duties for chairs and program directors. Dr. Whatley, Dr. Gravely, and the Deans will work this summer to make sure we are accurately reporting everything we do.
UNC Tomorrow is an initiative by the Board of Governors to ensure that the UNC system is being responsive to the future needs of the state. To plan for our campus visit in early June, Dr. Whatley has requested input from chairs and program directors.
One Stop for Students
Planning is underway to relocate several offices to one area of campus to provide better services for students. Students will go to one place for registration, financial aid, cashier, bursar, and advising issues; staff will be cross-trained to improve coverage and service. A task force has been meeting most of the semester in an inclusive process facilitated by Eileen Buecher.
IX. Old Business
Email message from Maggie Weshner
Dr. Nallan read the May 5, 2007 email message from Maggie Weshner:
To the Senate -
I’d like to again thank the faculty,
staff, and students for your support. I
am particularly appreciative of the Faculty Senate’s resolution asking for my
reinstatement. As a result of all your
efforts, I have been “collocated” to MAHEC’s behavioral medicine program until
the end of December 2007. Although my
heart is, of course, still with the
While I have been seeing the ten UNCA students that were of concern to me and waiting for the MAHEC agreement to be completed I have been required to exhaust approximately seven weeks of my accumulated leave. I will, however, be able to continue seeing the students through May as part of the MAHEC agreement (although not at that location).
Again, my heartfelt appreciation to all of you for your concern about mental health on the UNCA campus and for all your efforts on my behalf.
Sincerely, Maggie Weshner
X. New Business
Dr. Nallan thanked
Ms. McKenzie thanked members of APC for their hard work this year. She then presented Gary Nallan with a gift as a small token of the faculty’s appreciation for his hard work this year. A round of applause followed.
Dr. Nallan arranged to have a photo taken of the 2006-07 Senate to commemorate the year.
Dr. Nallan adjourned the meeting at 4:30pm.
Respectfully submitted by: Sandra Gravely