Faculty Council Minutes -- February 2010

February 19, 2010
Rosen Center Conference Room

Faculty present:
Laurie Apple – HESC (Chair)
Jeff Miller – AEED (Chair-elect)
Sreekala Bajwa - BAEG
Hayden Brown – ANSC
Kristofor Brye – CSES
Latha Devareddy – FDSC
Don Edgar – AEED
Donn Johnson - ENTO
Ken Korth – PLPA
Cindy Moore - HESC
Aaron Patton – HORT
Daniel Rainey – AEAB
Park Waldroup - POSC

Others Present
Larry Purcell – Graduate Council
Dave Kreider – Chair, Agriculture Curriculum Committee

Administrators present:

Mark Cochran, Associate Vice President for Agriculture - Research
Lalit Verma, Interim Dean and Associate Vice President for Agriculture – Academic Programs
Donna Graham, Associate Dean

Call to Order – Laurie Apple, chair, called the meeting to order at 2:30 p.m.

Approval of Agenda – Motion made and seconded to approve the agenda. Motion adopted by voice approval.

Approval of Minutes – Motion made and seconded to approve January 15, 2010 Faculty Council Minutes. Motion adopted by voice approval.

Administration Reports

Division of Agriculture – Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station
Associate Vice President - Research Mark Cochran

Dr. Cochran reminded everyone of Dr. Shult's retirement. The Food Science department head search is ongoing with the third candidate coming to campus next week. Regarding the state budget, the legislature has endorsed the governor's proposal. Department heads have been asked previously to make budget cuts on recurring dollars coming from the Division for the fiscal year starting July 1, 2010. It is hopeful that the projection in the governor's budget of a 4.2 percent increase in state revenue is accurate. The Division of Agriculture will continue to follow a conservative strategy of making cuts on the front end of the fiscal year. RFDs are starting to come out and expect significant changes.

Bumpers College - Interim Dean Lalit Verma

The college's budget cut of 0.9 percent or $69, 447 will be a recurring cut. The 0.9 percent cut for the current fiscal year will come from salary savings of unfilled positions. The recurring budget cuts will come from a combination of cuts in the dean's office, an open secretarial position, and small cuts in M&O budgets from those departments who receive significant M&O budgets, once approved by the provost.

Ashley Harris, Coordinator for Alumni and Student Relations, has taken a position with Mitchell Communications and her final date of employment at Bumpers College is February 26, 2010. Ashley's duties will be reallocated to other college staff members for the current fiscal year.

Regarding use of time tabulators in FSRs, some faculty members are over 100 percent in teaching assignments. The college will have to create ways to support classroom instruction time with TAs or temporary instructors to overcome this.

The college must focus more on increasing enrollment as Bumpers College is committed to account for 10 percent of the university enrollment. Bumpers College is at 8.9 percent this year. Priorities include reviewing recruiting activities, increasing enrollment through a combination of distance delivery and innovative programs, and focusing on graduate school enrollment.

Interviews for vice provost for research begin on Monday, February 22. There are three candidates. The last candidate for the dean of Graduate School and International Education position was on campus Thursday, February 18.

Bumpers College – Associate Dean Donna Graham

The Awards Committee has reviewed nomination packets for student awards. There has been much philosophical discussion. The guidelines will be reviewed to include clearer instructions and direction.

There were no nominations for the Alumni Association Faculty Distinguished Achievement Awards or for the Baum Teaching Award given at campus level. It was suggested to forward the packets of our college faculty awards for these campus level awards.

A letter was sent today to each department's administrative assistant to check class scheduling on UAConnect before it is released to students.

There will be multiple changes in the catalog due to ACT 182 regarding transfer students. Alice Griffin will work with a new committee that will be the primary source of contact for transfer students.

The College will reevaluate the Ambassador program and recruiting efforts. Ideas and suggestions are welcome.

There are approximately 20 classes on the class deletion list, but individuals want to keep the course even though they are not being taught.

Laura Gamble has included information regarding availability of Arkansas Challenge scholarships with scholarship information to undergraduate students.

University Faculty Senate – Lalit Verma

The provost reiterated that any handwritten comments written by students on teacher evaluations are not to be shared with anyone other than the instructor of record, not even department heads. There is an initiative to review the Purdue forms.

Ag Curriculum Committee – Dave Kreider

Handouts of the January 19 and the February 10 meeting minutes were distributed. AGED 5363 and AGED 5483 were approved. There was a program change for ESWS major in CSES to allow students to take either Chemistry 2613 or Organic Chemistry I 3603. In the February 10 meeting it was agreed that departmental faculty should begin discussion regarding distance education programs. Continuing Education is offering $3,000 grants to develop distance education classes. The grants are applied to the faculty members' program.

Motion made and approved: Communications curriculum changes in degree programs for all Bumpers College departments that elect for the English/Communications change. AFLS departments implementing the approved change in English exemption includes AEAB, AEED, ANSC, FDSC, and POSC.

Discussion on communication intensive classes will continue at the next meeting and will include foreign language classes as communication intensive classes.

Motion made and approved: The Ph.D. Public Policy GPA is being increased from 3.0 to 3.2 and the program requires a dissertation proposal defense.

There was a motion and seconded to approve the Ag Curriculum Committee's two reports.

HESC Curriculum Committee – Laurie Apple

One course in APST had a change in the rotation from spring of every year to spring of every other year. Public policy passed based upon admission requirements being changed. They put through all program changes regarding the English exemption. There was a motion and seconded to approve the HESC curriculum committee's report.

Graduate Council Report – Larry Purcell

Undergraduate students in their last year will be allowed to take 12 hours of graduate credit but will not receive dual credit.

Currently master's students are allowed to take only 6 hours of special problems in a master's program of study. Dr. Purcell asked each Faculty Council member to get feedback from their respective unit regarding possibility of changing this rule.

Old Business – Laurie Apple
Nominations Committee
Three members of the current Nominations Committee will need to be replaced by the end of the spring semester. Dr. Apple asked for three volunteers, but no one responded. Dr. Apple will appoint three Faculty Council members to the Nominations Committee.
New Business – Laurie Apple
Department Heads Voting Status
After discussion, it was decided that Faculty Council Chair, Laurie Apple, and Faculty Council Chair-elect, Jeff Miller, will draft an email for each Faculty Council member to review with their respective units to ask for input in deciding if department heads and other administrators should be included in the list of voting faculty members and if the College Faculty Bylaws should be amended to clarify this issue and how to word the amendment. Laurie Apple asked that the responses be submitted to her prior to the next Faculty Council meeting on March 19.
Laurie Apple asked that each Faculty Council member review the faculty list and respond to her with corrections or to confirm if the list is correct. Those faculty members who have petitioned to be included as voting faculty include 1) Merle Anders, 2) Fred Bourland, and 3) Terry Griffin.

Administrator evaluations are due today, February 19, 2010

Next Faculty Council meeting – March 19, 2010

Motion made and seconded to adjourn. The meeting adjourned at 3:50 p.m.

Submitted by
Carmen Alessi