December 2013 (general faculty meeting)MINUTES
Fall Faculty Meeting
Bumpers College of Agriculture, Food & Life Sciences
December 13, 2013
Call to Order – Donn Johnson, Chair, called the meeting to order at 10:00 am
Approval of Agenda – Motion made, seconded and agenda approved.
Approval of Minutes – Motion made, seconded and approved the May 3, 2013 Faculty Council minutes.
Please click on this link for the reports from Fall Faculty Meeting.
Division of Agriculture –Vice President, Dr. Mark Cochran
Addressing two main issues: Where does the Division of Agriculture fit into the University of Arkansas Land Grant Mission in efforts to become a top 50 institution? Where does the Division of Agriculture fit into the Bumpers College and University Capital Campaign efforts?
The three Land Grant University Missions, are still a beacon and anchor for where we are today. Extension, Research, and Teaching. There are theme areas that exist within the strategic plan: Agriculture production and processing; environment, energy, and climate; access to safe and nutritious food; families and youth; economic and community development. The Mission and implementation brings up the topic of resource constraints. The Division has annual expenditures of a $125-130 million dollar operation. Sources of revenue include: The State of Arkansas with $68 million dollars in appropriations, 55% of total, 9% Federal appropriations, 2.5% county appropriations, 11% Federal grants and contracts, 2.5% state grants and contracts, 11% private sponsored research including commodity boards, and other funding equals 9%.
The Division is unique, receiving more research dollars from Arkansas based sponsored research than Federal. Addressing the state and county appropriations, the Division is very conscious of a need to show value and relevance to the state in our programs. The Division is a statewide entity in all 75 counties, 8 research and extension centers, and a total of 120 different sites. Most county offices are located in old courthouses. Another reminder about the state appropriations process is that the way the state funds higher education is by two allocations of funds. Division funds come from the non-formula allocation, with the two largest components being the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville and UAMS. This is a justification budget. Formula funds are for most of the degree granting institutions. There is a formula that is used to create the needs assessment and it is driven by student numbers. The teaching mission is funded through formula funds, state appropriations and tuition dollars. The budget has gotten tighter, but the Division is managing well considering this. There have been no significant increases in state funding. Federal funding has experienced significant cuts. There was a 7.5% cut in Federal appropriations. The Division is now experiencing a delayed effect from the first year cuts. The House passed budget agreement is an authorization, still appropriations are another step between now and mid-January. There is a lack of clarity there, but other sources of revenue include peaks and valleys, with an upward trend, there have been some offsets from that. There is a tightness in the budget, being relatively flat with marginal cuts. Increased costs with a flat budget make it challenging. The biggest category is salary adjustments, increases, promotions, awards, retention packages, etc. The last several years have been a little different, including classified employees in the state regulations. Over the last five years, just under $7 million has been added to this category without revenues to offset it. The Division benchmarks against the rest of higher education and state agencies every year. A salary program being implemented is still questionable. If yes, then funding will have to be explored. The experiment station has been more successful than the extension in taking salaries that have been on state dollars and moving them into extramural funding. The biggest expenditures are: Faculty positions, support personnel, and graduate student programs. There are a lot of complexities as we go through. One of the key components is faculty positions. In the last five years since June 2009, there have been 66 vacancies in faculty positions. 39 positions have been filled in same time period and 9 active searches are ongoing. Overall, the ratio is 3 hires for every 4 vacancies. Fayetteville's ratio is 4 filled out of 5 or 78%. The rest of the state had 34 vacancies, 23 have been filled or in the search process, a 2-3 ratio. This process is standardized at the budget hearing in the spring and unit requests for faculty are entertained. It is competitive, there needs to be a justification for all position requests and how they fit into our mission, portfolio and showing value and relevance to the state, and where it fits into our needs and opportunities. The smaller components are also acknowledged. Focusing on research and teaching, faculty and joint appointments are very important. Budget appointments are a 10% teaching appointment for every 3 hour course. 90% total graduate support comes from the Division. For undergraduate students the Division provides about $95,000 a year for scholarship and club activities. Overall support for Fayetteville based programs, is over $7 million by the Division. 70% of salary funding for department heads comes from Division.
Becoming a top 50 research university was discussed with these bullet points: Increase undergraduate graduation rates and retention, increase research funding and scholarships,
increase in publications, increased support for graduate students, increase library holdings, increase in top rate graduate programs, increase in reputation, increase the number of classes with under 20 students in them, increase advanced training, and increase median SAT scores.
To address the college Development Campaign, the Division and Bumpers College have always worked together. The last eight year development campaign was very successful, contributing over 10% between the Bumpers College and the Division of Agriculture. There are a lot of things the two can do jointly. Attempts to populate the steering committee are being made. The intent is over an 8 year campaign rotating 2 year terms on the committee. Chuck and Mitchell are key to that coordination. On advice of traditional donors, we are going slow in this first year, the first two big efforts were on the facilities side. The early 1950's soil test lab was addressed and handling the high end equipment there. Ground was broken in Marianna on that front. Up to 50-60,000 samples a month are being evaluated there. Approval was given for the design side of the Foundation Seed Facility project. The hope is to break ground this summer on that project. This year will end up with $20 million dollars generated on the Division side between those projects. Chuck and Nathan are visiting with the unit heads and faculty to solidify priorities. Historically the Division has focused on infrastructure and programmatic needs. Private funds have been raised to supplement the Division dollars on these projects. Statewide, there are about 120 competing needs for the funds. The Division has always used chairs and professorships as supplements to our hiring decision. $2 million for the chair and $1 million for the professorship funds are invested in foundation and 3-5 % in a spendable account. A salary offset, depending on the size of the endowment will take out of spending $15-30k for salaries. But the rest of the salaries are coming from normal salary funding. The Division wants to make sure chairs and professorships have some discretionary funds to enhance their programs. Priorities are unfolding, there are seven more years of an eight year campaign to go through, the Division tends to be flexible as to opportunities and needs. The Division continues to work with Bumpers College and the Division of Advancement to progress. The faculty is doing a great job.
Bumpers College —Dean, Mike Vayda
It has been another good year for Bumpers College. 13 new faculty members have been welcomed to the College. A Dean's Executive Advisory Board or "Visioning Board" has been established as well as other beneficial programs.
Please click on the Fall Faculty Meeting link above and see slides 7-10
Please click on the link to view the CY 2013 Accomplishments
Please click on the link to view the Priorities for CY 2014
Bumpers College —Associate Dean, Lona Robertson
Thank you to everyone for the hard work this semester. Thank you to Alice Griffin, Lisa Wood, Burt Bluhm, Andrew Fidler, Rick Rorie, and Lance Cheramie who all stepped up late last spring to teach UNIV 1001 without necessary preparations such as books or modules. Michelle Pribbernow has done a great job with recruiting. Enrollment numbers, retention rates, and graduation rates were presented.
Please click on the Fall Faculty Meeting link above and see slides 11-18 for Dr. Robertson's report.
Faculty Council Report- Chair, Donn Johnson
Recognized departmental representatives serving on the Faculty Council and Jessica Hulse, Administrative Specialist. The Plus/Minus grading system was discussed by the Council and on November 15, 2013 the following motion was made: To keep the plus minus grading system optional but state the grading system in the course syllabus and remain with that system when submitting grades. Motion passed with vote: 1 nay, 8 yes.
Please click on the Fall Faculty Meeting link above and see slides 19-24 for Dr. Johnson's
Standing Committee Reports:
International Programs – Leslie Edgar, Director
There is a new International Programs office located in AFLS E-113. Procedures have been established in cooperation with SAO for students studying abroad. The first Global Opportunities Seminar was hosted. The focus will be on International "Opportunities" not "Places." Potential International opportunity themes were discussed as well as focus areas that were identified in the fall Dean's Executive Committee meeting. Student numbers and 2014 programs were presented including Brazil, China, Mozambique, Rwanda, and Scotland.
Please click on the Fall Faculty Meeting link above and see slides 25-30 for Dr. Edgar's report.
Honors Program Update-Curt Rom, Director
There are 115 current students in the Honors program. 76 are honors eligible, but not participating. The deadline for Honors college study abroad grants is September and November. SURF and Honors College grant awards were made this week, the remainder are under review for Honors College funding. There were 5 Bumpers College UG grants submitted in the spring and 2 submitted in the fall (in review). The Honors College Distinguished Faculty Award goes to Dr. Charles Rosenkrans in the Animal Science Department. Honors College Initiatives include: Student Recruitment, New Classes for Honors, Options for Honors Project/Thesis, Recognition of Honors Students, and improving the quality of Honors Projects/Theses.
Please click on the Fall Faculty Meeting link above and see slides 31-45 for Dr. Rom's report.
University Faculty Senate- Mary Savin
Please respond to Athletic Department progress report requests. There was a motion made to add collegiality in Academic Policy Series 1405.11. This motion was amended and passed. There are updates to the Code of Student Life. The Honorary Degrees Committee recommended two amendments to the Academic Policy Series 1505.30. They will consider those affected prior to policy and not consider those who left the U of A because of illness. The Teaching Council is reviewing the grade appeal structure for undergraduate students. The selected Provost announced that US News and World Report rank the University of Arkansas 63rd as a research institution.
Please click on the Fall Faculty Meeting link above and see slides 46-50 for Dr. Savin's report.
Graduate Council – Jacquelyn Wiersma and Thad Scott – No Report
Awards Committee – Kate Shoulders, Chair
November 18th was the all college faculty call for teaching awards. All applications need to include a one page summary of accomplishments (bulleted is acceptable). All student award applications should be a maximum of 10 pages, Times New Roman, 12pt. font.
Scholarship Committee – Bruce Ahrendsen
As of September 20, 2013 there have been 389 bumpers College students awarded. There are from 149 accounts. The univerisyt is using new software to bring current student scholarship applications online. Bumpers College will use the new software for all undergraduate applicants. The tentative "go live" date is January 21, 2014. The close date is February 15, 2014. All applicants must complete the online application. 2014-2015 Graduate and study abroad applications will be processed as in the past. 2015-2016 awards may be brought online next year.
Please click on the Fall Faculty Meeting link above and see slides 46-50 for Dr. Savin's report.
AFLS Curriculum Sub-Committee – Ashley Dowling for Mike Thomsen, Chair
The committee approved a course change for Food Analysis (FDSC 4113/4111L) that separates the laboratory and lecture components. The course was previously listed as FDSC 4114. The committee recommended that the Environmental Science course (ENSC 1003/1001L) be added to the University Core. A reminder to advisors that Entomology (ENTO 1023/1021L) can now be used towards the University Core. FDSC 4203 (Quality Evaluation and Control) has been deleted. The course was inactive and is no longer being used by other areas.
Please click on the Fall Faculty Meeting link above and see slides 58-66 for Dr. Dowling's report.
HESC Curriculum Sub-Committee – Kelly Way, Chair
A MS online degree has been added. There have been various Minor and Major changes. HESC 1501 has had a name change to Issues and Trends in HESC. College wide changes involved STAT & Analysis as previously mentioned in the AFLS report. Thank you to Laurie Apple, Kathy Smith, Robert Harrington, Cindy Moore, Glenda Revelle and Jennifer Henk for serving on the committee.
Please click on the Fall Faculty Meeting link above and see slides 67-68 for Dr. Way's report.
Old Business - None
New Business – Donn T. Johnson, Chair
The nomination committee needs one more nomination before we can distribute the ballot to faculty for election of Faculty Council Chair-Elect for 2014. Please contact Garry McDonald, Kathy Smith or Don Edgar. The 2014 incoming Faculty Council chair is Dr. Mike Evans.
Announcements by Departments:
AECT: The department would like to welcome Jill Rutker as a new professor.
AEAB: The department would like to welcome Jeff Luckstead and Kuki Whan as new professors.
BAEG: The department would like to welcome Dr. Juri Hoozul, professor of Rural sustainability/animal waste, Dr. Rusty Batista, and Randy Andrews, instrument tech.
FDSC: The department would like to welcome Rufus
HORT: The department is sad to report that Dr. John Lindstrom has passed away. HORT would like to welcome Anon Shi.
PLPA: Burt Bluhm received the USFO career award.
POSC: Dr. Kwan was awarded the the Merrill Award. Erin Christensen will be a new professor in January.
HESC: The department would like to welcome Dr. Rhonda Hammond, Dr. Enjoo Cho, Dr. Ja Yung Wa, and Clay Bailey.
Motion made and seconded to adjourn. The meeting adjourned at 12:00 pm.
Submitted by Jessica Hulse