Regular session – March 20, 2006 – 3:30 p.m. – Jacobson Faculty Hall 102
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The Faculty Senate was called to order by Professor Roy Knapp, Chair.
PRESENT: Albert, Apanasov, Benson, Biggerstaff, Blank, Bradford, Brown, Burns, Catlin, Clark, Cramer, Croft, Draheim, Elisens, Fast, Fincke, Franklin, Frech, Gade, Garn, Gutierrez, C. Knapp, R. Knapp, Kolar, Kutner, Lai, Lester, Liu, Magnusson, Marcus-Mendoza, Megginson, Pace, Raadschelders, Ransom, Roche, Rugeley, Scamehorn, Schwarzkopf, Tabb, Trytten, Warnken, Weaver, Wei, Wyckoff
ABSENT: Badhwar, Civan, Geletzke, Hamerla, Hawamdeh, Hayes-Thumann, Houser, Skeeters, Wood
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Senate Chair's Report:
Appointment of dean for new College of Earth & Energy
Complete withdrawal report
Courses with numbers ending in 60, 70, 80, 90
Central campus instruction
Environmental Concerns Committee proposal concerning ex-officio members
Resolution recognizing Senator Cal Hobson
The Faculty Senate Journal for the regular session of February 13, 2006 was approved.
The Faculty Tribute will be held Thursday, April 6, at 4:00 p.m. in the Sandy Bell Gallery, Mary and Howard Lester Wing, of the Fred Jones, Jr. Museum of Art.
Remarks concerning retirement changes and short-term disability insurance by Human Resources representatives were postponed until the April or May meeting. Prof. Knapp reported that the University expects to hear sometime this summer about IRS approval of OTRS choices for current employees.
One of the items on this week’s regents’ agenda was approval of the appointment of a dean for the new College of Earth & Energy.
A copy of the results from the fall 2005 complete withdrawal surveys is available from the Senate office.
Prof. Knapp announced that the Senate Committee on Committees would meet soon to fill vacancies on committees and requested volunteers for the Faculty Appeals Board and two scholarship committees.
Prof. Knapp reported the deaths of the following emeritus faculty: John Sokatch (Biochemistry) on February 6, Ed Nuttall (Communication) on March 5, and Gene Levy (Mathematics) on March 15.
Prof. Schwarzkopf announced that he and others were trying to revitalize the OU chapter of the American Association of University Professors. The next meeting is Friday, April 14, at 3:30 in Jacobson Faculty Hall. Senator Cal Hobson, who will be retiring from the state Senate this year, will discuss effective ways for faculty to work with legislators.
The Academic Regulations Committee proposals concerning courses with numbers ending in 60, 70, 80, 90 (http://www.ou.edu/admin/facsen/arcprop2.htm) will be postponed until the April 10 Senate meeting to allow the committee additional time to propose responses to Faculty Senate concerns.
The proposed resolution from the ad hoc committee on central campus instruction (attached: http://www.ou.edu/admin/facsen/cctfrsln.htm) was approved on a voice vote, with no discussion. Prof. Knapp thanked the faculty who served on the committee. (For background information, see 2/06 Senate journal and “undergraduate Chemistry classes” in 9/05 and 10/05 Senate journals.)
The Environmental Concerns Committee submitted a proposal to allow its ex-officio members to be voting members of the committee (attached: http://www.ou.edu/admin/facsen/ECCmem.htm). Ms. Sophia Morren, a member of the committee, explained that the reason for requesting the change was to expand the pool of potential officers. The committee has a chair, chair-elect, and secretary. Staff members are appointed for only two years, which does not give them enough time to serve as chair-elect and then chair since members are reluctant to be an officer the first year. That leaves only faculty to be chair, and sometimes they are unable to be chair because of other commitments. Some ex officio members would be willing, but they would like to be able to vote if they hold an office. Ms. Morren acknowledged that this request was not normally how ex officio positions operate.
Prof. Raadschelders said the modification could be problematic because the ex officio member would be wearing two hats. Ms. Morren said the ex officios were members of the committee because of the nature of their positions at the university. Prof. Knapp observed that the proposal, then, was to allow ex officios to be voting members and serve as chair if they become voting members. Prof. Benson said he did not know how common it was for other councils and committees to have ex officio voting members. In general, he thought it was a bad policy. Committees can only make recommendations to the administration. The people who ought to be voting on the recommendations should be the faculty, staff and students appointed by the Faculty Senate, Staff Senate, UOSA, or President’s office. He noted that one way to address the problem would be to change the terms of the Staff Senate appointees to three years. Then more people could chair the committee. Prof. Schwarzkopf pointed out that the Chair and Secretary of the Faculty Senate may or may not be members of the Senate but are, by office, allowed to vote. He suggested that the person who is declared chair of the Environmental Concerns Committee (ECC) could be, by office, a voting member. Prof. Megginson said it would be reasonable to do as Prof. Schwarzkopf suggested and also make the staff terms three years. Prof. Knapp said the Staff Senate would have to decide whether to have their representatives serve three years. Ms. Morren noted that the ex officio member who had volunteered to be chair for next year happened to be a faculty member. Prof. Benson commented that one of the difficulties in making an ex officio a voting member is there would be no term limit. Voting members should be limited by their appointment.
Prof. Knapp said he thought it would be difficult for the ECC to give advice to the ex officio person whose job involved the particular issue being discussed. Ms. Morren said the ECC replaces its chair every year. She described the offices represented by ex officio members. Prof. Gade asked how they were chosen. Ms. Morren said the ECC had asked that some be added to the committee. They are members based on their position at the University. Prof. Marcus-Mendoza noted that the faculty, staff and student representation was balanced now. If the ex officios were added as voting members, the ECC would be out of balance, with 4 faculty, 9 staff, and 3 students. She asked about the possibility of adding more representatives from the governance groups. When asked how the chair was chosen, Ms. Morren said a vote was taken, but usually only one person was willing to serve. Prof. Teri Jo Murphy (Mathematics) is the current chair but could not attend this meeting. Prof. Knapp said the concern was that the ECC gives advice to the people who would be made voting members. Ms. Morren clarified that the ECC gives advice to the president. Prof. Knapp said ex officios generally were resource people, and to let them vote on what they are supposed to provide in the way of information is a concern. Summarizing, suggestions from senators included extending the terms of the staff members, allowing an ex officio to vote if serving as chair, and adding additional members. The proposal was tabled until the next meeting, with the expectation that the ECC will have a revision that addresses the Senate’s concerns.
Prof. Schwarzkopf proposed a resolution that will be voted on at the next meeting: “The Faculty Senate of the University of Oklahoma Norman Campus recognizes Senator Cal Hobson for over a quarter century of service to higher education in general and the University of Oklahoma in particular.” Prof. Schwarzkopf explained that state Senator Hobson had regularly attended meetings to give advice to faculty on what was coming up in the legislature and how to deal with it. He has supported faculty issues. He is term-limited as of this year. The Faculty Senate would serve itself and Senator Hobson well by recognizing what he has done for the University.
The meeting adjourned at 4:00 p.m. The next regular session of the Faculty Senate will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, April 10, 2006, in Jacobson Faculty Hall 102.
Sonya Fallgatter, Administrative Coordinator
A. Steve Bradford, Secretary