April 2004 (general faculty meeting)

April 30, 2004

1. Chairman, Dr. John Rupe, called the meeting to order as he welcomed everyone to the DBCAFLS Faculty Meeting.
2. Additions to the agenda included a report from the Promotion and Tenure Committee. Curt Rom moved to approve the agenda with the additions. L. Parsch seconded the motion and it was approved.
3. Approval of minutes of Fall Faculty Meeting. Suggested changes were to add the previous power point presentations from D. Graham and D. Wolf to the minutes. F. Scott moved to approve the agenda as presented with changes. L. Parsch seconded. The motion was approved.
4. Report of the Dean – G. Weidemann
Undergraduate and graduate enrollment had increased more than 10%, leading all colleges within the university. We need to continue to focus on student recruitment and retention so that we can meet our 2010 goals set by the chancellor.
We previously reported that our combined goal for the division and the college for the Campaign for the 21st Century is $69,000,000. I am pleased to report that currently, we have met $64,000,000 of that goal.
During the course of the campaign, we have increased our scholarship endowment more than three million dollars. Recent scholarship gifts include the Robert and Marilyn Alexander endowed scholarship, the T.C. and Ada Anderson Scholarship, the Art and Kathleen Hornsby endowed scholarship, the Hudson Family endowed scholarship, and the Dr. James Barrentine endowed scholarship. We have also added three new chairs or professorships, including 1) the Novus professorship, which Park Waldroup is serving as the first holder of that position, 2) the recently announced Sites professorship, funded by the Altheimer Foundation in which Derrick Oosterhuis is serving as the first holder, and 3) the recent announcement of the Buddy Wray chair in Food Safety, in which we are conducting a national search to fill that position.
Our Classrooms for Tomorrow Campaign is making a difference as Plant Science 009 and the Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences Auditorium are currently undergoing renovations and will be completed by this fall. Beginning this summer, we will have renovations of the Human Environmental Science Auditorium as well as a smaller classroom in that building.
Our current strategic plan for the college and the experiment station is set to expire this summer. The Division and the College are actively engaged in seeking stakeholder input and thoughts as faculty, staff and students begin the process of developing a new five-year plan. In December we held a series of stakeholder listening sessions where thoughts and concerns were shared with us. Likewise, we have asked you, the faculty to respond to a series of questions about the future of the college and the station. About 30% of you have responded to that on-line process.
The planning committee is actively engaged in summarizing all information and will draw out major themes from you as faculty, as well as stakeholders. We are under pressure to get a broad division plan pulled together so that we can use that in the next legislative session. We have asked the planning committee to develop writing teams that will address these major themes and propose some broad division goals. We will then meet with the unit heads in a session that we are scheduling for early fall where we will address the work of the planning committee.
Once the division plan is pulled together, both of the experiment station and the college, as well as the cooperative extension service, will begin the development of the five-year management plans. These plans will generate the specific goals over the next five-year period.
The legislature met in special session to address the needs of public education in response to a court order. The approved raise in sales tax will address much of that need, but a portion of those funds need to come from an increase in the state property tax. That has to be approved by the voters in November. If it does not pass when the January session begins, they will go into the session somewhere around 80 to 90 million dollars short in college education to meet the court ordered mandate before they can even address the other needs of state government including higher education.
If there is no addressing of the 80 to 90 million shortfall, our portion of that in the division of agriculture is about two million dollars. We will then have to sequester the necessary funds in the budget building process to make sure we will be able to address any budget shortfall.
Despite these concerns, we did provide a salary program for all our classified and non-classified employees at mid-year. We will provide the state approved increase for classified employees again, even though we do not have the funds given to us from the state to do that
We have been notified that health insurance will go up on July 1. A compromise has been communicated to the campus CEOs and that should be announced very shortly.
On a more positive note, all but two campuses and the non-formula entities in which the Division is one, have agreed on the new funding formula for higher education. If it is approved by the legislature, it will be used for all future requests. Based on that formula if funded in full, the division would gain an additional 13 to 15 million dollars. Fayetteville campus would gain a little over 30 million dollars.
One of the greatest challenges that we will face as a college and a station is to provide adequate space for a number of our programs. The Division of Agriculture will pursue a proposal with the Reynolds Foundation for the Reynolds Institute for Plant Genomics and Human Health. We will have to finance a couple of projects over the next three to five years, which would incur some long-term debt.
5. Report of the Associate Dean – D. Graham
The PowerPoint presentation of the Academic Report is available on our college website.
6. Standing College Faculty Committee Reports
a. Curriculum Committees

I. Agricultural Subcommittee – J. Emmert
It was reported that the following was presented to and passed by the Faculty Council during the Spring 2004 semester.
New program. ANSC – Minor in Equine Science
New program. POSC (undergraduate, web-based) "Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Coordinator Certificate"
New Program. POSC (undergraduate, web-based) "Food Safety Manager Certificate"
New Program. CSES – Minor in Wildlife Habitat
Program Change. AGEC-BS and AGEC-Minor. Proposed changes in course nomenclature reflect changes in the Walton College of Business.
Program Change. AGEC-MS. Proposal involves changing the number of internship electives.
Program Change. FDSC Major. Proposal includes revising the statistics requirement.
New Course. AGED 3942 "Professional Development in Agricultural Communications"
New Course. AGED 4243 "Publication Production in Agriculture"
New Course. AGED 3042 "Agricultural Construction Technology"
New Course. POSC/ANSC 5763 "Protozoan Parasites of Domestic Livestock and companion Animals"
New Course. POSC 5873 "Molecular Analysis of Food Borne Pathogens"
New Course. ANSC 3822"Equine Law"
New Course. FDSC 3303 "Principles of Food Processing" (web-based)
New Course. POSC 2003 "Fundamentals of Food Microbiology" (web-based)
New Course. POSC 4023 "Advanced Topics in Food Safety Management"
New Course. POSC 4034 "Statistical Process Control in the Food Industry" (web-based)
New Course. FDSC 3753 "Engineering Principles for Food Processing" (web-based)
New Course. FDSC 4823 "Principles of Food Microbiology"
New Course. HORT 4921 "Golf Course Operations"
Course Change. POSC 1013 "Exotic Companion Birds" Proposed changes include the catalog description and course number (to 3013)
Course Deletion. AGME 4963 "Soil and Water Conservation Technology"
Course Deletion. AGME 4960L "Soil and Water Conservation Technology Laboratory"
Course Deletion. AGME 4983 "Agricultural Meteorology"
Course Deletion. AGEM 5014 " Experiment Station Operations I"
Course Deletion. AGME 5010L "Experiment Station Operations I Laboratory"
Course Deletion. POSC 1003 "Introduction to Animal and Poultry Science"
Course Deletion. POSC 3391 "Poultry Junior Judging Team Activity"
Course Deletion. POSC 4391 "Poultry Senior Judging Team Activity"
II. HESC Subcommittee – P. Whan
The following items were approved by the HESC Subcommittee and recommended and approved by the Faculty Council:
1. Reinstatement of two options in the Master of Science Program. The options are in Apparel Studies and General Human Environmental Science. In addition, three changes were made in requirements for the non-thesis option: 1) eliminating the requirement for a special project, 2) adding additional course work, and 3) adding a written comprehensive examination to the oral exam already included in requirements.
2. Changed name of General Foods and Nutrition concentration in the undergraduate degree program to General Human Nutrition.
3. HESC 2626 "Hospitality Law" – Change semester offering from spring to fall.
4. HESC 2123 "Catering Mgmt." – Change semester offering from spring to fall.
5. HESC 3213 "Diet and Nutrition" – Change HESC 2112/2111L to co-requisite or pre-requisite.
6. HESC 4243 "Community Nutrition" – Drop co-requisite HESC 3204 and add pre-requisite HESC 1213.
7. HESC 4903 "Recent Advances in Manufacturing and Merchandising" – Change semester offering from spring to summer.
8. HESC 4613 "Food Service Purchasing" – Change undergraduate to both undergraduate and graduate credit to enhance the graduate program. Students will be required, in addition to undergraduate assignments, research and present orally and written information on two topics related to the subject matter.
9. HESC 4623 "Selection and Layout of Food Service Equipment" – Change from undergraduate level credit to both undergraduate and graduate credit. Content of the course will remain the same. Graduate students will be required, in addition to undergraduate assignments, to do research and present orally and written information on two topics related to the subject manner. This will strengthen the undergraduate and graduate programs in Hospitality and Restaurant Management.
10. HESC 4063 "Advanced Apparel Production" – Change from undergraduate to both undergraduate and graduate credit. Course goals, objectives and content will be changed to reflect the change in level of the course. Graduate students will be required to complete a more extensive line production in addition to all assignments required of undergraduate students.
11. HESC 2633 "Introduction to Hotel Operations" – Detailed study of different departments within hotel operation. Emphasis on front office, food and beverage, housekeeping, engineering, security, sales and night audit reporting. Lecture 3 hours per week.
12. HESC 3633 "Front Office Management" – A systematic approach to hotel/motel front office management. Topics include reservations, greetings and service industry, and career opportunities in the field. Lecture 3 hours per week. Pre-requisite: HESC 2633. (Undergraduate credit only).
13. HESC 4633 – "Advance Hotel Operations" – In-depth comprehensive study, strategic planning and analysis of the manager's role in successful hotel operations including application of specialized computer software and human resource management skills. Lecture 2 hours per week. Pre-requisite: HESC 3633. (Both Undergraduate and Graduate credit)
7. Special College Committee Reports
A. Nominations and Elections Committee – A. Proctor for T. Costello
A. Proctor announced the completion of the recent election of the College Representatives for the University Senate. Of the six nominees, the three successful candidates were Mike Wymans, John Rupe and Eric Wailes. There was a 46% voter response, which exceeds the 40% required by the bylaws.
B. Honors Program – D. Wolf
1. The power point presentation on the Honors Program is available on our college website.
2. Dr. Weidemann recognized faculty who had contributed to the Honors Program. A special plaque was given to the following faculty members for their service to the college: Nick Anthony; Robert Bacon; Jason Emmert; Mike Evans; Gisela Erf; J. F. Meullenet; Charles Rosenkrans; and Tom Yazwinski.
8. Old Business
A. College Personnel Document – J. Rupe
J. Rupe gave a brief history of the changes at the Division and University level on the Promotion and Tenure with which our Personnel Document was not in compliance. He reports of the ADHOC Committee developed in the fall to include J. Rupe, J. Clark and R. Gergerich. The ADHOC Committee made initial changes to the document. The Faculty Council suggested the following changes:
1. J. Rupe discussed the elimination of appendices. Rules and regulations were replaced by a website where appropriate university rules could be obtained so the Personnel Document would not have to be revised each time there were changes at the Division or University level.
2. B. Dixon moved that section II C have clarification of wording and be rewritten in such a way that tenured track, but untenured faculty could vote for a faculty representative. B. Dixon proposed language that would allow untenured and tenured track faculty to vote and suggested that the current language be left as is already stated. This would allow individual departments to make their decision as to whether they would allow their untenured, tenured track faculty to vote for the selection of their representative to the committee on promotion and tenure at the college level.
3. B. Dixon also moved that changes be made that no candidate for tenure, promotion, or appointment can serve as a departmental representative on the college promotion and tenure committee nor participate in any of the committees for liberation.
Motion was made to accept the changes to the Personnel Document. All were in favor.
Motion was made to accept the Personnel Document as amended. All were in favor.
9. New Business
A. Reports of Interest
1. Gamma Sigma Delta – C. Griffis
C. Griffis reported that the Initiation and Awards Banquet on April 13 had 59 new members initiated, including 11 undergraduates, 36 graduate students and 12 faculty members. Three scholarship awards, two faculty-teaching awards, as well as the student presentation award and poster competition were discussed.
2. Graduate Council – B. Dixon
New travel policy for graduate students not on appointment would now be the same as the campus-wide policy for undergraduates.
Funds are now available to graduate students to attend professional meetings within their disciplines. Dean Geren has made part of the Walton fund of $100 million available to graduate school students. These funds will be considered to students presenting as well as to those who may not.
Starting in FY 2005-2006, master's theses will be submitted to UMI. Cost will be an additional $30 or $40 dollars.
A new article, passed by the Graduate Council and sent to the Faculty Senate, says that students must sign a contract of academic honesty before they can be admitted to the University.
Dual enrollment – students in their last undergraduate semester can take graduate level courses that count for graduate credit, if they continue on to a graduate degree at the University of Arkansas. After completion of their undergraduate degree, they may petition for graduate credit courses taken as an undergraduate that did not count toward their 124 hours for graduation. They must also fulfill all the requirements in that course for graduate credit.
3. Faculty Senate – C. Rom
The Faculty Senate appealed a decision of a veto by the Chancellor in regards to the document of promotion and tenure to President Sugg and the Board of Trustees. The President and the Board upheld the veto of the chancellor and no additional faculty action was taken. This was regarding outside solicitation and consultation of information of a candidate in review.
The Faculty Athletic Committee supported a resolution recommending, which was accepted by the Faculty Senate, to approve the framework for comprehensive athletic reform as proposed by the Coalition for Intercollegiate Athletics.
A new campus textbook adoption policy, approved by the Faculty Senate, says the University Campus Bookstore will be the primary provider of campus textbooks for our courses. Faculty is required to submit all course book adoptions through the University Bookstore. They will submit those to other bookstores in our community.
The Council approved a change in the calendar for Spring 2005, which moved the academic spring break from March 14 – 18, until March 21 – 25. This has not been administratively approved. It is now before the Board of Trustees. The purpose is to align our academic spring break with the Northwest Arkansas public schools. We approved the academic calendars for the years 2010 and 2011.
The Council revised the definition of grades for A, B, C, D and F in our undergraduate handbook and a proposal to change the rules for incomplete grades.
There was a recommendation to create a task force to evaluate grade policy and grade distribution at the University of Arkansas.
10. Announcements (by Department)
A. New Faculty - None
B. Retirements:
Seth Young (ENTO)
Margie Young (HESC)
C. Deaths:
Roy Smith – Adjunct Professor, Rice Researcher
D. Other - None
The meeting was adjourned at 11:50 a.m.
Respectfully Submitted,
Tracy Joslin
Recording Secretary