The meeting was called to order at 2:00 pm.
Members Present: Bagga, Hamilton, Hardig, Jones, Kurtz, Murphy, Parker, Powers, Puleo, Scott, Simone, Walsh, and Truss.
The minutes of November 1st meeting were corrected and approved.
Student Government Association – No report. Senator Powers is awaiting a communiqué.
Montevallo Chamber of Commerce – Senator Murphy reported that personnel with the Main Street Players theater troupe exhibited no ill-will toward the university over previous scheduling problems. Situation is nominal. Additionally, Senator Murphy is embarking on an analysis of recent Chamber Chatter sheets seeking trends and patterns in chamber conduct that may be of interest to the University of Montevallo.
OSP – No report. Awaiting next scheduled OSP meeting.
Student Grievance – Members are gathering additional policy examples.
Faculty Salary Administration Procedures – Members reported that a policy is in place and that other policies had been examined. The committee is uncertain as to the direction of future actions. They will compile a summary of complaints received re: the existing policy and synapses of the sample policies for distribution.
University Budget – No report.
Faculty Morale and Retention – No report
Academic Policy – Committee is working on issue of pushing back the “last day to drop” date. Reported that the Provost agrees the issue is worth considering and that some points of consideration are: potential effect(s) on financial aid fraud, perception of reduced academic rigor. The committee found that the current UM drop date was typical among the schools they compared, several schools had drop dates considerably earlier than ours. The committee will attempt to broaden their sample size.
Finals Week Scheduling – Committee members discussed evening test times with Kathy Hoefker.
Sick Leave Banking – The goal of the committee is to produce a recommendation for consideration by Dr. McChesney and the Board of Trustees, using the current Shelby County policy as a framework. Discussion amongst the senators touched on a variety of related issues which the committee agreed to take into consideration.
One senator expressed concern that the administration appeared to be using old salary data for their CUPA assessment. Senator Parker informed the senate that President Meyer was going to discuss the issue with the administration.
The faculty senate meeting was adjourned at 3:15 pm.