April 2010 (general faculty meeting)

Minutes
SPRING FACULTY MEETING
Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food & Life Sciences
April 30, 2010
10:00 am
Hembree Auditorium
1. Call to Order – Laurie Apple, chair, called the meeting to order at 10:00 am.
2. Approval of Agenda – Motion to approve agenda was made and seconded with amendment that Mary Savin will give the report on Gamma Sigma Delta. Motion passed by voice approval.
3. Approval of Minutes - Motion to approve December 9, 2009 Fall Faculty Meeting minutes was made and seconded with the amendment under the section Announcements by Department to add the course number on the AGST class only being offered in the fall . Motion passed by voice approval.
4. University Administration Reports – Provost Sharon Gaber
Provost Gaber discussed the relationship between the University and the Division of Agriculture as being at a pivotal point with the dean search ongoing and the vice president of the Division of Agriculture search beginning soon. The provost did emphasize that the vice president of the Division of Agriculture's office will remain in Little Rock and not move to Fayetteville.
Provost Gaber's office will request from faculty and staff of the College for feedback (concerns, suggestions, etc.) regarding the dean candidate, Mike Vayda, who was recently on campus for a second interview.
Regarding Interior Design's move to the Fay Jones School of Architecture, Provost Gaber explained that an external group had spoken with the Chancellor before her arrival as provost. Interior Design will move into the Ag Annex in June 2010 and then move into Vol Walker after the addition is complete to Vol Walker within the next one to three years.
Campus has proposed a 2 percent merit increase. The provost and Dr. Shult are coordinating how to implement the increase. The increase will be only coming from allocated resources tied to individuals. The proposal includes increases for promotional increments for faculty.
Plans are drawn and there is a designated space for the Child Center. There are not enough funds at this time but the Chancellor has requested Brad Choate to move forward to find a major donor to provide a lead gift.
Goals for enrollment include 23,000 to 25,000 students over the next three years. Growth is expected in four colleges: Fulbright College, Walton College, Education and Health Professions College, and Engineering College. As there is growth the university must have tenure track faculty positions. The intent is to keep a healthy balance of non-tenure track faculty and tenure track faculty.
A working committee is reviewing the possibility of converting the student evaluation process to an electronic process. The intent is to bring the committee's suggestions to the Faculty Senate in the fall of 2010 for implementation in the fall of 2011.
4. Bumpers College Administration Reports
A. State of the College - Lalit Verma, Interim Dean
Spring 2010 Enrollment
• Undergraduate:1,434, up 5.1 percent
• Graduate: 322, up 22.0 percent
• Total: 1,756, up 7.8 percent
• Honors College: 122, up 24 percent
• 4.7 percent of UA enrollment in Spring 2009 and at 5.6 percent of UA enrollment currently
• AFLS College: 9 percent of University enrollment in Spring 2009; currently at 9.3 percent of University enrollment and the goal is to be at 10 percent of University enrollment
Update on Department Heads and Faculty
• Michael T. Kidd was named Director of Poultry Center of Excellence and Department Head in January, 2010.
• Jean-Francois Meullenet was named Head of Food Science and Director of the Institute of Food Science & Engineering effective May 1, 2010.
• Three tenure-track faculty searches ongoing in HESC with one Associate Professor just hired, Glenda Revelle.
• Two tenure-track faculty searches is ongoing in CSES/PLPA.
• One endowed Chair and one Assistant Professor in Small Grain Breeding is ongoing.
Official transcripts of terminal degrees are required to be kept on file starting with Fall 2010 hires.
Spring 2010 Progress Report
• Expect to add faculty in subsequent years based on growth and budget.
• P&T Deadlines moved up
• Budgetary adjustments on faculty appointment splits based on unit heads recommendations this summer.
• Task-force on six-year graduation: will have report next month.
• Sustainability minor
• Budget allocations for College Functions
• Computer labs and software updates
• Echo 360 in PTSC 009
• Blackboard and Elluminate: Fall 2010
• AFRI Grants
• Interior Design's move to Ag. Annex
• Recruiting Director position open
• CAFLS Alumni Relations: Trina Holman
• Fall Break in October starting Fall 2011
Progress in Distance Education
• Academic Grants:
• Bio-based products and Bio-energy Graduate Certificate
• UA is partner with Kansas State University, Oklahoma State University, and South Dakota University. Target approval fall 2011.
• ACCEPTS- Plant Sciences
• 2nd year of course sharing grant with Oklahoma State, Mississippi State and Louisiana State Universities.
• Ag* IDEA: 15 land-grant universities formed a consortium to offer graduate and undergraduate programs. 15 others are pending approval.
• Four programs implemented and 12 in planning stages.
• 21 mini-grants approved by Global Campus for distance education development.
Status of College Initiatives
• Time-Tabulator: Not be used
• Distance Education:
• College committee
• Revenue sharing
• Program Efficiency and Viability:
• On hold
• Needs more time
Pertinent Issues
• College Budget cut of ~$70K
• Productivity-based resource allocations
• Budget Constraints
• Need for being relevant with our programs
• Growth opportunities
Summary
• Budget Outlook uncertain
• UA is doing better than many others
• Strategic College growth is critical
• Greater dependence on grants and external funds
• Program Efficiency and Viability is critical
• Distance Education opportunities

Reminders
• Commencement on May 8 at Tyson Indoor Track Center. Please come at 12:30 PM
• Monty Henderson is our commencement speaker.
Grades-
1. Remember to turn in grades on time.
2. Double check all classes, especially those with special problems.
Food and Nutrition Sciences
Education and Leadership Development
Business and Operation Management
Global AFLS
Science and Innovation
B. Division of Agriculture – Mark Cochran, Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station and Associate Vice President - Research
Faculty Searches
• Animal Well-Being Chair (POSC/ANSC) R-60%; T-25%; E-15%
• AB Rice Genomics Professorship (CSES/PLPA) R-90%; T-10%
• Wheat & Winter Grains Breeding (CSES) R-85%;T-15%; Assistant Professor
• Family Sciences (HES) R-60%; T-40%; Assistant Professor
• Soil Fertility (CSES) R-100%; Research Assistant Professor
Infrastructure
• Dedicated New Facility at the Rice Research & Extension Center
• Will be Conducting Space Need Assessment for Laboratory Space
Communication & Strategic Planning
• Revamped the AAES Newsletter;
• Discussing ways to coordinate Federal Reporting; Division, AAES, CES and Unit annual accomplishment communications;
• Division Strategic Planning Proceeding: Internal Survey; Stakeholder Hearing Session; and External Survey
• Target Date for Draft of New Plan: September
State Budget Situation
• 1st Annual Legislative Session
• Funded Budget Includes 100% of A and 100% of B (slight increase in Division allocation), BUT Revenues are the key!
• Two mid-year budget cuts
• Conservative budgeting 4-5% below level of July 1, 2009 to avoid second consecutive year mid-year cuts
• 22% Cut in the ABI Funding: No RFP this year
Rankings in the DHE Allocations
• Revenue Stabilization Forecast Jan. 11, 2010
• UAF: $111M
• UAMS: $94M
• UA Division of Ag: $60M
• UALR: $57M
• ASU: $54M
• UCA: $50M
Federal Budget
• Formula Funds (Hatch & McIntire-Stennis) up 5 percent
• AFRI (USDA Competitive Grants)
• $263 Million
• 7 programs: Foundational; Climate Change; Childhood Obesity; Renewable Energy; Global Hunger; Food Safety; Fellowships
• Newly appointed Under-Secretary Cathy Woteki
AFRI Grants Workshop
• Friday May 7, 2010
• POSC Auditorium
• 9:30 AM
• Topics: AFRI Overview; Coordination; Budget Templates; Electronic Submissions to Grants.gov; Subcontracts; How to & Common Mistakes; CAP
Future of AAES Funding
• State
• Commodity Boards & Industry
• State Agencies
• Congressional Directed Projects
• Federal Cooperative Grants & Non-Competitive Awards
• Federal Competitive Grants
Direction of Research Program & Facilitation for Extramural Funding
• Assess how to facilitate grant development centrally
• Re-assigned Dr. Nathan McKinney to coordinate & assist in AFRI proposal development
• Convene small groups of faculty with similar research interests to discuss and brainstorm
5. Faculty Council Report – Laurie Apple, Chair
• Recognized departmental representatives serving on Faculty Council: Hayden Brown-ANSC, Sreekala Bajwa-BAEG, Kristofor Brye-CSES, Latha Devareddy-FDSC, Don Edgar – AEED, Donn Johnson – ENTO, Ken Korth-PLPA, Jeff Miller-AEED (chair-elect), Cindy Moore – HESC, Brad Murphy-HORT, Aaron Patton – HORT, Daniel Rainey-AEAB, Mike Richardson-HORT (chair), Fred Stephen-ENTO, Park Waldroup-POSC.
• Department Head Voting Status
"Membership in the Faculty of the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food, and Life Sciences, hereafter identified as the College Faculty, shall be those individuals who hold academic rank (tenured or non-tenured) within an academic unit in the College, who are located on the Fayetteville campus and who hold half-time or greater appointments (i.e., the total of teaching, research and extension appointments must be at least 50%). Academic rank is defined by UA board Policy 405.1. Voting privileges may also be granted to individuals not meeting these criteria (including off-campus Extension and Experiment Station Faculty) through recommendation by the academic unit and a successful petition to the Faculty Council."
Results of Faculty Council Vote
Question 1:
Should department heads and other administrators in the Bumpers College be included in the list of voting faculty members as described in the current Faculty Council Bylaws?
RESULTS: 1 (in favor) 9 (opposed)
Question 2:
If it is decided that department heads should not be included in the list of voting faculty, should department heads be allowed to petition to become voting member via the mechanism indicated in Article II of the current College Faculty By laws?
RESULTS: 4 (in favor) 6 (opposed)
Since question 2 was a close vote, the faculty council voted 9 (in favor)
2(opposed) to present to full faculty.
The Faculty Council brings the following statement as a motion to the AFLS Faculty:
"Membership in the Faculty of the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food, and Life Sciences, hereafter identified as the College Faculty, shall be those individuals who hold academic rank (tenured or non-tenured) within an academic unit in the College, who are located on the Fayetteville campus and who hold half-time or greater appointments (i.e., the total of teaching, research and extension appointments must be at least 50%). Academic rank is defined by UA board Policy 405.1. Voting privileges may also be granted to individuals not meeting these criteria (including department heads, off-campus Extension and Experiment Station Faculty) through recommendation by the academic unit and a successful petition to the Faculty Council.
Faculty Senate Nominations
• Bruce Ahrendsen – Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness
• Nilda Burgos – Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences
• Tom Costello – Biological & Agricultural Engineering
• Robert Harrington – Human Environmental Sciences
• Mary Savin – Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences

6. Standing Committee Reports
A. Agriculture Curriculum Committee Report – David Kreider
A summary of all minor and major curriculum changes for the past year for Ag and HESC are available from Dr. Kreider. Two new courses added: AEED 5363/5483. The adding of foreign language as intensive courses will most likely be considered for voting on at the next meeting.
Two primary issues for this semester: 1) Act 182 – English 1013/1023 exemption – was adopted. All departments but CSES did implement the change. 2) Communication in intensive courses – departments are still able to submit a course for approval by submitting a request to the Ag Curriculum Committee with documentation. Dr. Kreider will ask the Dean's Office to put the criteria for curriculum intensive courses on the College's Web site.
B. Human Environmental Sciences Curriculum Committee Report – Kelly Way
A summary of all minor and major curriculum changes for the past year for HESC is available from Dr. Way. The committee is revising the HESC Curriculum Handbook and should have it up-to-date by fall 2010.
All HESC academic programs submitted program changes, which were approved, to reflect the changes in ENGL 1013 and ENGL 1023 Exemption Status.
C. University Faculty Senate Report – Nancy Miller, no report
D. Graduate Council – Larry Purcell
Approved graduate faculty status for 5 faculty members, have heard 17 appeals and 1 grievance.
Dean Geren is retiring and his position will be replaced with two new positions.
Undergraduate students may take up to 12 hours graduate credit during the last 12 months of their undergraduate program with several stipulations. Those hours cannot be used for undergraduate credit and the courses must be approved by the student's advisory committee and must be at 5000 level or higher.
Graduation fees will increase for all students including a $65 dissertation fee for Ph.D. students.
E. Honors Program Update – Duane Wolf
The Honors program included 9 graduates this year with 8 students receiving SURF grants, and 7 articles were published in Discovery. Students admitted after the beginning of the Fall 2010 semester will be required to maintain a GPA of >3.5 to remain in the AFLS Honors Program. Students admitted after the beginning of the Fall 2011 semester will be required to complete 9 hours of any honors courses to complete the AFLS Honors Program.
Honors Faculty Committee members who have completed their four year terms include Gisela Erf, Frank Farmer, and Curt Rom. The new committee members are Nick Anthony, Cindy Moore, Curt Rom, and Jean Turner.
F. Gamma Sigma Delta – Mary Savin
Competition this spring went very well. Dr. Savin encouraged everyone to consider being a judge in the future, to pay Gamma Sigma Delta dues as they fund scholarships, and to nominate worthy faculty from each department for faculty awards. Gamma Sigma Delta will need a new officer soon and Dr. Savin encouraged the faculty to consider this position.
7. New Business – Laurie Apple
Technology Update by Elaine Terrell
A new centralized Blackboard will be used across campus in the fall and training will be available this summer. Elluminate (education based Web conference system) is in the planning stages and training will be provided and it should be able to plug into Blackboard.
8. Announcements by Department
POSC New department head – Michael A. Kidd, effective January 25, 2010
Meeting adjourned at 12:07 pm
Submitted by Carmen Alessi
11/30/10