Faculty Council Minutes -- February 2012

February 17, 2012
Rosen Center Conference Room
Faculty present
Burton Bluhm – PLPA
Kristofor Brye – CSES (Chair)
Ron Buescher - FDSC
Don Edgar – AEED
Donn Johnson – ENTO (Chair-elect)
Ashley Dowling - ENTO
Garry V. McDonald – HORT
Scott Osborn - BAEG
Bruce Ahrendsen – AEAB, Substitute for Dan Rainey
Rick Rorie– ANSC
Thad Scott - CSES
Kathy Smith - HESC
Keith Bramwell – POSC
Others Present:
Tom Costello – Faculty Senate Representative
Mike Richardson – Graduate Council Representative
Kelly Way – HESC Curriculum Sub-Committee
Administrators Present:
Michael E. Vayda – Dean and Associate Vice President for Agriculture-Academic Programs
Clarence Watson – Associate Vice President for Agriculture-Research, Director of Experiment
Call to Order – Kristofor Brye, 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 the January 20, 2012, Faculty Council minutes. Motion adopted by voice approval.
Administration Reports
Division of Agriculture –Associate Vice President for Agriculture – Research and
Director, Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, Clarence Watson
Dr. Clarence Watson came on board Jan 26, 2012 as Associate Vice President for Agricultural Research and Director of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station. We want to express our thanks to Dr. Rick Roeder for assuming the role of Interim Director this past year in addition to his normal duties. Rick has done an outstanding job. Dr. Roeder will be resuming his position as Associate AAES Director.
We are preparing to make our Federal budget request at the end of February. This will be a crucial year with a new Farm Bill due to be written in 2012. No one is certain what this portends for the Research title. The budget deficit is likely to be the driving force in the drafting of the bill.
The Arkansas Rice Research and Promotion Board meeting at their meeting on February 2 funded 21 proposals (approx. $2.4 Million) in the Division of Agriculture.
Bumpers College - Dean Mike Vayda
Act 747
Please continue to review your curriculum and discuss within your departments the best way methods for accomplishing. There is time for these decisions to be thought through.
Awards Committee
The committee will meet on Monday, February 20th to make award recommendations. Applications for each award have been received:
2 Applicants for the Bumpers distinguished Scholar Undergraduate Transfer
6 Applicants for the Bumpers Distinguished Scholars Masters
3 Applicants for the Bumpers Distinguished Scholars Ph.D.
6 Applicants for the John W. White Outstanding Student Award
Scholarship Committee
The sub-committee met on February 10th to discussion recommendations to be made to the full committee on February 27th.
The committee is scheduled to meet on February 27th for an information session and to receive their packets.
591 undergraduate students (including incoming freshmen) submitted applications for scholarships
International Programs Committee
Met on February 15th to make recommendations for awarding Study Abroad Scholarships
The following scholarships were available:
CordiaHarrington "The Bun Lady" International Experience, 2 @ $1,400
Preston E. LaFerney International Endowed Scholarship, 1 @ $1,200
Richard D. Locke International Agriculture Endowed Scholarship, 3 @ 4900
Dean's Foundation Account, 10 @ $1,000
32 students applied
16 students were recommended to receive scholarships
International Programs - Director Andy Proctor
Please click on this link to view Dr. Proctor's report.
Honors Program – No Report
Standing Committee Reports
University Faculty Senate – Tom Costello
Faculty Senate meeting Jan. 25, 2012
Provost reported that they are working on a draft plan to implement ACT 747 which limits BS degrees to 120 hours statewide (unless more can be justified). Hope will be fully implemented by 2014.
Administration is working to communicate between first year experience courses across colleges.
They are looking into intersession classes (short time period, e.g. Christmas Break) for students who need to catch up on one course (like to keep scholarship).
Faculty Senate meeting Feb. 8, 2012
Provost reported enrollment at 22,077 (7.4% increase over 2011)
Working on mobile app so students can do course evaluations using their phone.
The Appointment and Tenure Committee, represented by Norm Dennis, presented a draft criteria for University Professor and Distinguished Professor. Possibility this might be voted on at next Faculty Senate meeting.
Awards Committee – Dean Mike Vayda, reporting on behalf of Dr. Robertson
See information presented under Dean's report above.
Scholarship Committee - Dean Mike Vayda, reporting on behalf of Dr. Robertson
See information presented under Dean's report above.
Ag Curriculum Sub-Committee – No Report
HESC Curriculum Sub-Committee – Kelly Way, Chair
Two major course changes were reported: i) a title change for PUBP 6103 to "Policy Leadership Seminar", and ii) PUBP 6143 ("Mixed Method Research Design") was added. In addition, the deletion of certification for GEROGC was recommended. A motion was made and seconded approving all three recommendations. Motion adopted by voice approval.
Graduate Council Report – Mike Richardson
Please click on this link to view Dr. Richardson's report.
The graduate students' and law students' seat on senate may be removed, but change may allow graduate/law student groups a better opportunity to gain some funding support from these students' fees; proposal coming to add an additional signature line on the Doctoral Record of Progress form, like for MS students, such that someone can verify requirements met for graduation, which will also serve an information purpose for unit's authority figure; proposals being sought for innovative, creative, and cutting-edge ideas for growing graduate enrollment, particularly for PhD students, ideas should be forwarded to the Dean's office.
Old Business – Kris Brye

College Personnel Document. The planned vote to approve the most recent revised version of the College Personnel Document was postponed in light of very recent opposition by administration regarding several points. Those points were identified and summarized by Dr. Brye and discussed in detail among the Faculty Council representatives with input from Dean Vayda. Satisfactory resolutions and revisions to the text of the document were achieved in the Faculty Council for all points brought up and discussed. Dr. Brye will synthesize the revisions in a new revised version of the document that will be circulated to the Dr. Cochran, Dean Vayda, and all unit heads for their review and feedback. The goal prior to the March Faculty Council meeting will be to achieve a document that meets the satisfaction of the faculty, the unit heads, Dean Vayda, and Dr. Cochran, at which time the Faculty Council will execute a vote on whether to approve the document or not.
New Business – Kris Brye

Nominations Committee. Thad Scott, Kathy Smith, and Rick Rorie agreed to serve as the Nominations Committee for 2012. Four nominations must be sought for Faculty Senate. A vote will need to be conducted by the end of the spring semester.
Review of Faculty By-Laws. Following approval of a new revised College Personnel Document, the Faculty Council will commence again reviewing suggested revisions to the College Faculty By-Laws that have been proposed by the By-Laws sub-committee.
Announcements – Kris Brye

Remind Unit Heads – new cycle of the promotion and tenure process will begin soon; unit P&T Committees will need to be established in the near future.
The remaining spring semester Faculty Council meeting dates are scheduled as follows: March 16 and April 20. All meetings will begin at 2:30 p.m. in Rosen Center, 2nd floor conference room.
The Spring College Faculty meeting will be on Friday, May 4 at 10:00 am in Hembree Auditorium.
Motion made and seconded to adjourn. The meeting adjourned at 4:45 pm.
Submitted by
Kris Brye