December 2, 2005
Call to Order: The
meeting was called to order at 2:05 pm with
Charlotte Daughhetee presiding.
Misty Bennett, Jason Cooper, Charlotte
Daughhetee, Michelle Duran-McClure, Sherry Ford,
Brook Miller, M.E. Spencer, Elizabeth Thrower,
Cindy Tidwell, Jill Wicknick. 1 guest
Approval of October 28,
2005 Minutes: M.E. Spencer moved that the
minutes be approved and Cindy Tidwell seconded.
The motion passed unanimously.
No report - Michael Patton was out of town.
Faculty Survey - Questions for the mini-survey
need to be submitted to Jason Cooper.
Bookstore - Additional complaints have been
forwarded to faculty senate. The senate
discussed problems related to the practice of
under ordering books and the failure to order
the correct books. The committee will
schedule a meeting with the bookstore
representatives in the spring.
No reports at this time
Pre-tenure Sabbatical - Jill Wicknick and
Cindy Tidwell are developing a cost-effective
pre-tenure sabbatical plan. After gathering
additional information, they hope to present a
proposal at the next senate meeting.
Ethnicity Record - The ethnicity designation
on faculty records is obtained from the
self-report forms filled out by newly hired
Facilities use - Michelle Duran-McClure
reported that the official written policy
indicates that Continuing Education is
responsible administratively for special
activities; however, the policy does not
specify a fee. The fee appears to be
arbitrarily set, usually at 30%. This fee is
waived for functions that are fundraisers for
the college or a department. The senate
discussed the need for clarification. Most
universities view such events as excellent PR
and recruiting opportunities. It was agreed
that senators will gather information
regarding such policies at other institutions
and the senate will write a facilities use
Budget - The senate discussed the need to
continue analysis of the university budget.
Harry Hamilton is willing to keep up the data
base and do the trend analysis. Sherry Ford
moved that the senate appoint Harry Hamilton
as the Chair of the Budget Committee.
Elizabeth Thrower seconded and the motion
Faculty Assembly - the faculty assembly
cookout was a great success and the senate
agreed to have a cookout for the spring
Reporting - a faculty member expressed concern
that there are inaccuracies in the reporting
of CUPA averages. The faculty salary
committee will look into this matter.
Elizabeth Thrower volunteered to join the
faculty salary committee.
Faculty taking classes - The senate discussed
the many roadblocks to faculty taking classes
at the University of Montevallo. It seems
redundant to submit a transcript to the
university when each faculty memberís
transcript is already on file. Other fees and
paperwork impede the process as well. Brook
Miller and M.E. Spencer agreed to look into
this matter and report back to the senate.
Assessment - The senate discussed the IDEA
assessment process which focuses on student
learning and is a potential replacement for
the current evaluation forms. The assessment
can be adapted to a particular course and
senate members who have experience with IDEA
assessment were favorably impressed with this
Department Chairs - The senate discussed
whether the department chair position should
be a temporary or rotating position. More
feedback from faculty is needed on this
issue. The senate will look at the 2005
survey data on this issue and ask more
specific questions related to department
chairs in the 2006 survey.
The next meeting is on
January 13, 2006 in the Merrill room at 2:00 pm
moved that the meeting be adjourned, Sherry Ford
seconded and the motion passed unanimously. The
meeting adjourned at 3:25 pm.
Daughhetee, Faculty Senate Secretary