As of 11-5-01

STATUS OF ISSUES BROUGHT TO THE FACULTY SENATE

(September 2001-May 2002)

Origin

Item

Responsible

Status

President

Revise Faculty Handbook concerning internal senior hires and administrative hires.

There is currently no process for targeted internal hires for either senior administrative positions or faculty chairs/professorships.

Faculty Compensation Committee

Assigned 8/27/01

Faculty Senate

Salaries: Compression/inversion of mid-career faculty, salaries below national average, the way to get raises is to get a job offer.

Faculty Compensation Committee

 

President

Nominate faculty to task force for student retention and advising.

Roger Harrison nominated. Task force as sub-committee of Exec. Comm. to study faculty issues.

 

Faculty Senate

Faculty definition--non-tenured or tenure track--e.g. renewable term. Representation for renewable term, interdisciplinary, graduate faculty who are staff or non-OU employees

There are a number of non-tenure track faculty who are not represented either on the faculty senate or the staff senate.

Formed sub-committee with Ed Cline as chair.

 

Faculty Senate

Legislative relations.

We are developing initiatives to get closer and more personal relationships with legislators.

Formed ad hoc committee chaired by Greg Kunesh

Legislator visits to campus 11/13 and 12/6

Faculty Senate

Faculty/staff exercise and wellness facility.

Scheduled to be a part of the stadium expansion per President commitment.

Presidentís comment 9/8/01

Faculty Senate

Travel per diem.

Travel per diem rates will now be determined by the GSA rate or federal standard rate

Complete

Faculty Senate

Form research policies task force.

Policy issues: quicker authority to hire outside contractors, fund junior faculty fellowships with private funds, reinstate senior faculty fellowships (replaced with Presidential Professorships?), raise limit on equipment that needs regents approval, graduate fellowships, research on human subjects, etc. The Research Council feels that they have too much work to add this to their agenda.

Referred to Research Council. Forming sub-committee chaired by E. Laurette Taylor to establish working arrangements.

Reviewed issue with Lee Williams.

Faculty Senate

White paper on on-line class notes.

Information Technology Council

 

Faculty Senate

Pocket directory for hand-held palm for OU. Include departments and administrative offices in the on-line phone directory.

Information Technology Council

 

Info. Technology

E-mail policy.

Privacy, ownership, etc.

Information Technology Council

 

Faculty Senate

Cost of local phone service for faculty (switch to cell phones).

Phone charges, especially international long distance, are much higher than commercial rates. Why?

Information Technology Council

 

Faculty Senate

Revive Campus Planning Council.

The campus planning council has had little business and no input to long range planning for campus facilities.

Schwarzkopf

 

Faculty Senate

Revise Faculty Welfare Committee/Faculty Compensation Committee charges.

Roles and needs have changed.

FWC and FCC

 

Faculty Senate

Make a Faculty Welfare Committee member an ex officio voting member of Employment Benefits Committee (or handle internally).

Need to assure that changes in benefits are also considered by the senate.

Welfare Committee. Currently not an issue since David Carnevale is serving on both committees.

 

Faculty Senate

OU Child Care facility.

Very high quality child care is scarce. This is a retention issue for both faculty and students

Under review by Faculty Welfare Committee

 

Faculty Senate

High out-of-pocket health expenses.

Faculty Welfare Committee

Surveyed faculty and staff

Faculty Senate

Form benefits oversight committee.

Promised by Brian Maddy

VP for Administration

 

Provost

Feedback on accreditation study.

Re-accreditation team on campus the last week of October.

 

Faculty Senate

Provost's policy on spousal hires and targeted hires of minority faculty.

 

Reviewed with provost. Suspension of central funding is temporary. Existing funds allocated to this year's raise.

Faculty Senate

Tuition/fee waivers for employee dependents.

Has been requested a number of times.

Under review by administration. Estimated cost: $100,000

 

Internal Auditing

Revisions in IP policy.

Add a review committee reporting to the regents.

On agenda for the executive committee

 

Faculty Senate

Deadline for adding a course.

Shorten the time for students to freely add/drop from two weeks to one week at the beginning of the semester.

Under review by Faculty Senate

 

Faculty Senate

Tenure for faculty who are half-time.

On agenda for the executive committee

 

Faculty Senate

Substantive issues concerning discrimination/harassment grievance policy.

Rick Tepker and Legal Counsel to propose language

 

Faculty Senate

Social Security numbers on grade sheets.

Concern about identity theft.

Information Technology Council

 

Provost

Form task force to revise policy on classroom behavior (including cell phone usage).

There is currently no guideline in the Faculty Handbook that specifies faculty rights or process for controlling disruptive behavior such as cell phone use in class. Suggest that faculty include a statement in the syllabus.

On agenda for the executive committee

 

Faculty Senate

Difficulties in obtaining sufficient number of textbook for classes.

Executive committee

Met with bookstore

Faculty Senate

Faculty governance in Tulsa.

On agenda for the executive committee

 

Faculty Senate

Student/faculty ratio.

On agenda for the executive committee

 

Faculty Senate

Better perks needed: free tuition and fees for family, free or reduced fees to campus facilities (Huston Huffman, golf), larger discounts to events, free parking.

On agenda for the executive committee

 

Faculty Senate

Greater publicity of OU as a research facility.

On agenda for the executive committee

 

Faculty Senate

Graduate students: resources for recruiting, competitive stipends, fellowships, library materials.

On agenda for the executive committee

 

Faculty Senate

Establish an honor code that students will conduct themselves in an ethical manner concerning homework, exams, attendance, etc.

On agenda for the executive committee

 

Faculty Senate

Physical plant, e.g. broken elevators.

On agenda for the executive committee

 

Faculty Senate

OTRS "tax" should be explained during recruitment of new faculty.

On agenda for the executive committee

Benefits office prepared a document for search committees that explains employee benefit contributions

Faculty Senate

Make faculty aware of instructional services available, e.g. word processing, graphic design.

On agenda for the executive committee

 

Faculty Senate

No coordinated effort to purchase media.

On agenda for the executive committee

 

Acad. Prog. Council

Policy on approving online courses

Subcommittee of Acad. Prog. Council

 

Faculty Senate/NCA

Deadline for notifying tenure candidates should be revised in Faculty Handbook

On agenda for the executive committee