Senate President Scott Meyer called the meeting to order at
Members Present: Bagga,
Powers, Hardig, Meyer, Simone, Parker, Truss,
Murphy, Kurz, Jones, Walsh, Scott, H. Hamilton,
The minutes of the September 13th senate meeting
were read, corrected and approved.
President Meyer welcomed Jim Murphy as the new CAS senator.
President Meyer addressed the issue of term rotations.
He requested information on term
rotations from each of the college deans.
He received only one response.
He asked senators to report their
understanding of the length of their terms.
Senator Puleo informed the senate that
she had been told her term would be for 3 years
(as opposed to the stated 2 year term).
President Meyer will address senate
concerns surrounding term rotation and
continuity with the Deans.
Issues surrounding non-tenured senators
It was noted that it is important for
tenured senators to take the lead on senate
issues that have the potential for controversy.
President Meyer spoke of the University Planning
The latest draft has been made public.
Themes include: technology,
infrastructure, public relations, diversity, and
Meyer suggested that the senate formally endorse
the planning document.
The issue of a “shared sick leave” policy was discussed.
It was noted that many public and private
schools have programs; including Shelby County
schools, University of North Alabama, and the
University of West Alabama.
There is currently no law obligating the
university to have such a program.
Last year, the University Board of
Trustees Personnel Committee turned back a
request to establish a sick day bank.
The fundamental difficulty with such a
program is the relationship of sick leave and
Also at issue was the potential for such
a program to be used in a punitive manner.
Particular methods of dealing with this
Confusion exists with respect to current
policies concerning sick days and retirement
Since last year’s senate did not submit
any type of proposal, it was decided that an
important first step was to find a copy of what
had been rejected by the personnel committee.
Concerning questions raised at the previous senate meeting
regarding hiring, promotion and tenure
decisions, President Meyer reported that Dr.
McChesney asserted that the information given to
the senate was in error.
Dr. McChesney reminded President Meyer
that the administration often had information
unavailable to faculty and that current policy
provided that faculty only recommend actions.
Final decisions were the responsibility
of the administration.
The ensuing discussion centered on the
lack of communication between administrators and
is a great deal of interest in reviewing the
policies and processes governing hiring,
promotion and tenure decisions.
Tenure was described as a “floating
A consequence of such a perspective is
that faculty morale is damaged.
The senate recognized that solutions via
formal policies are limited.
It was suggested that the senate
communicate to the administration (a) faculty
perspectives, (b) the source of these
perspectives, and (c) the consequences of these
perspectives for faculty morale and the working
relationship of faculty and the administration.
Later it was further noted that while we
hope to open up communication lines between
faculty and administrators, we must also be
sensitive and respectful of the privacy of
individuals in particular cases.
President Meyer reported that the senate proposal to add
sexual orientation to the University’s
non-discrimination policy had been rejected by
the Board of Trustees.
“Political considerations” was cited
as the reason.
The senate had referenced COPLAC schools
in their proposal but the board reasoned that
other state institutions were more appropriate
to use form comparison.
It was reported that there has been a
rewording of a section of the university’s
The changes may be found on the
university web site in-Administrative
Senator Powers reported on her charge as liaison to the SGA.
It was noted that the University of
Montevallo is the first Alabama school to use a
liaison between the faculty senate and student
The objective of this position is to
identify common concerns and coordinate efforts
toward common goals.
The SGA is aware of faculty concerns
regarding hiring, promotion and tenure.
The SGA shares these concerns.
In addition, the SGA concerns include:
faculty salaries, increasing tuition, and
the use of print cards in computer laboratories. Addressing what students should know in regards in
personnel decisions and how they obtain this
information is a concern for the university.
The senate resolved to make use of the
SGA liaison in order to offer an official,
formal presentation of issues that may concern
There will be a faculty assembly on Wednesday, October 2nd
at 3:30 in the Montevallo Room.
Low attendance at past assemblies in
conjunction with the recent university planning
retreat raised concerns regarding attendance.
It was decided that a more formal agenda
might promote attendance.
President Meyer agreed to construct a
list of issues and notify faculty of particular
topics that will be addressed at the assembly.
Work continues on arranging a meeting with members of the
Board of Trustees.
The senate hopes to coordinate a visit
with ongoing campus events.
A question and answer session with
faculty is being discussed.
President Meyer read from a letter written by Alabama Senator
Senator Shelby reported that he has
forwarded the university request for $2 million
dollars in funding as a historical women’s
college to the appropriation committee of which
he is a member.
Senator Hamilton reported that he has requested budgets from
Vice President Jarrett and expects to receive
them within the next week.
Senator Hardig has requested a copy of university policy
regarding student grievances against faculty
from the Office of Student Services.
In addition, he is gathering information
on policies from other universities.
Senators Scott, Truss and Jones are working on a review of
the university salary administration policy.
They are gathering information on this
policy from the university salary committee.
Senator Walsh reported that Prof. Hoerner is receptive to the
idea of members of the university technology
committee, who are also faculty senators,
representing faculty interests on that
President Meyer announced that he is scheduled to meet with
Dr. McChesney on Thursday, October 3rd.
A motion was made and seconded to adjourn. After a not particularly close vote, the motion was passed and another meeting of the Montevallo faculty senate came to a close at 3:53.