Faculty Council Minutes- February 2005

February 11, 2005

2:30 p.m. Rosen Center Conference Room
Faculty Present: J. Turner, Chair, D. Johnson, Chair-Elect, F. Scott (AEED), L. Parsch (AEAB), W. Kellogg (ANSC), T. Costello (BAEG), M. Stewart (CSES), A. Szalanski (ENTO), A. Proctor (FDSC), T. Killian (HESC), C. Rom (HORT), G. Milus (PLPA), D. Donoghue (POSC)
Others Attending:
G. Weidemann - Administration
N. Hettiarachchy - Agriculture Curriculum Subcommittee
1. Call to Order - J. Turner, Chair, called the meeting to order at 2:30 p.m.
2. Agenda - J. Turner asked for recommendations for revision of the agenda. None made. T. Costello made motion to approve. A. Proctor seconded. All were in favor.
3. Approval of Minutes - The minutes of January 2005 meeting of the Faculty Council were presented for approval. Minutes were approved as amended. All were in favor.
4. Reports
A. G. Weidemann ­ Administration
1. The new Merit Salary program has been approved and will begin February 1, 2005.
2. Sometime during this semester, the Personnel Document need to be changed to coincide with the College by-laws regarding the election of the off-campus representative of the P&T committee. The most current version of the Personnel Document is available in the Dean's Office.
3. Proposal for the new grading system has gone to the Provost's Office for approval, there has been no answer as of yet.
B. J. Turner for B. Dixon, Graduate Council (Handout)
J. Turner reported that Bruce Dixon and David Tebeest, DBCAFLS Graduate Council representatives, sent the Graduate Council a memorandum on our behalf regarding the issue of increasing the required number of hours for half-time graduate assistants from fifteen hours to twenty-one hours per year. . Those wishing to review this memo can obtain a copy from the Dean's office.
This memorandum is for information only. It has already been sent to the Graduate Dean.
C. C. Rom, Faculty Senate
1. The grading system proposed by Bumpers College stimulated other colleges to discuss the possibility of changing their own grading systems. Although our college has started a movement, this change may not be implemented any time soon.
2. Faculty Senate is making a presentation regarding a 5-year study of the growth of annual faculty/staff salaries. Our College has done well as far as salary increments including existing and new salaries. Our salary increases were very competitive across the University.
5. Standing Committee Reports
A. N. Hettiarachchy, Agriculture subcommittee (handout)
1. Program Changes:
a. Add an option to the Master of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics Agricultural Business, International Business Concentration.
2. Course Deletions:
a. FDSC 6101 ­ Colloquium in Food Science
This course has not been offered for several years, and the department has seminar in place, making this course redundant.
3. Major Changes:
a. HORT 465V ­ Horticulture Merchandizing Internship
This course will be offered for undergraduate credit only.
b. HORT 464V ­ Turf Management Internship
This course will be offered for undergraduate credit only.
c. FDSC 400V ­ Special Problems
This course will be offered for undergraduate credit only.
W. Kellogg motioned to approve the changes. L. Parsch seconded the motion. All were in favor.
B. Human Environmental Sciences subcommittee
No Report
6. Old Business
A. Bringing by-laws into agreement with the new P&T Document.
There was discussion of what method should be used to bring the by-laws into agreement with the College Personnel Document regarding documents needed for promotion and tenure. It was decided by the Council that the change needed to be implemented in the Personnel Document itself, and not the by-laws.
After suggestions were made as to what changes were needed, the faculty council voted to have college faculty vote on the change in wording in the Personnel Document. The wording change would require faculty applying for Distinguished Professor or University Professor to complete the Faculty Service Review checklist that all other candidates for promotion and/or tenure are required to use
F. Scott made a motion to send a ballot with the specific wording to the college faculty for a vote. A. Proctor seconded the motion. Motion passed. Tom Costello was directed to develop a ballot to distribute to all college faculty.
7. New Business - None
8. Inquiries from the Faculty - None
9. Meeting Adjourned -
The meeting was adjourned at 3.40 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Tracy Joslin, Recording Secretary