Faculty Council Minutes -- February 2014MINUTES
DBCAFLS FACULTY COUNCIL MEETING
February 21, 2014
Rosen Center Conference Room
Michael Evans – HORT (Chair)
Don Edgar- AECT
Yanbin Li – BAEG
Kris Brye -CSES
Burt Bluhm- PTSC
Walter Bottje – POSC
Andy Proctor – FDSC
Kathy Smith - HESC
Garry McDonald - HORT
Laurie Apple- THES (Chair-elect)
Jessica Hulse - Administrative Specialist-Bumpers College Dean's Office
Dr. Clarence Watson - Associate Vice President for Agriculture Research and Director of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, Dr. Michael Vayda - Dean of Bumpers College & Assoc. V.P. for Agriculture, Dr. Lona Robertson - Associate Dean of Bumpers College
Call to Order – Dr. Michael Evans, Chair, called the meeting to order at 2:30 p.m.
Approval of Agenda – Motion made, seconded and agenda approved.
Approval of Minutes – Motion made, seconded and approved the January 17, 2014 Faculty Council minutes.
Division of Agriculture – Associate Vice President, Dr. Clarence Watson
The Farm Bill conference agreement has produced major NIFA victories. After years of effort, the Senate and House of Representatives have finally reached agreement on a new five-year Farm Bill. By an overwhelming margin of 251 to 166, the House passed the conference report to accompany H.R. 2642, which is now titled the "Agricultural Act of 2014" and the Senate is expected to follow suit. Most of the land grant system's Farm Bill priorities were incorporated within Title VII (Research and Extension) or other portions of the bill. The President has signed the new 5-year Farm Bill on February 7, 2014.
The Conference report (bill language) and the Statement of Managers (explanatory report) is posted online (http://www.land-grant.org/farm_bill.html) for review of this official information.
The Division recently revised its policy regarding Freedom of Information (FOI) requests and the process of handling such requests. The new policy designates one individual, the FOI Coordinator, to handle all of the FOI requests for the Division. If you receive a request under the Freedom of Information Act, you MUST immediately forward the request to Barbara Batiste, who has been designated the FOI Coordinator. Her contact information is firstname.lastname@example.org or (501) 671-2213.
Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young has been named as the new ARS Administrator effective February 23, 2014.
Please click on the link to view Dr. Watson's report.
Bumpers College —Dean, Dr. Mike Vayda
The University will only be taking responsibility for sanctioned travel, approved by DeDe Long in the Study Abroad office. Regarding the 3rd Year Faculty reviews, there is a more stringent review process than in the past. This has been a largely administrative process in previous years. In the last year administration has co-signed with the faculty Promotion and Tenure Committee. Also, last year a template came out on what should be included in 3rd year reviews.
Dr. Betsy Garrison has been appointed as the new HESC Director. There has been a delay on the AFLS Building basement project. This project is still on track, but has been delayed for six months due to cash flow issues involving low student facilities fees. The campus point of contact for all FOIA is Mark Rushing. The Division point of contact is on all FOIA is Barbara Batiste.
The Campus has proposed an Office of Service Learning with the intent to establish an oversight board. The College will need to appoint a Faculty representative/advocate for this program. There are possible seed funds for establishing new courses and opportunities in service learning. This is also an undergraduate student draw. We are outpacing the university in growth, diversity and increase in high ability/high achieving students. This is exactly what we need to maintain to reach our goal of comprising 10% of the student body and parity on diversity and average ACT/GPA. There has also been an increase in pre-med students enrolling in Bumpers programs. Congratulations to Michelle Pribbernow and PRSC.
Please click on the link to view Dr. Vayda's report.
Bumpers College – Associate Dean, Dr. Lona Robertson
The University will be pre-enrolling all incoming new freshman in nine credit hours before the student comes to freshman orientation in June. New freshman will have schedules generated for them by the Registrar's office. This will allow departments like English, Psychology, and Math to better allow for structuring class scheduling and seating. Also, there will most likely be less drop/adds by new freshman. Hunger U will be bring their display trailer to campus. They are working with Student Affairs and will set up in front of the Old Field House behind the Admissions building.
Please click on the link to view Dr. Robertson's report.
International Programs – Dr. Leslie Edgar, Director
April 24th is the second Global Food Seminar the speaker will be Dr. Jose Carreia De Simas of Elanco Animal Health. This event will be held at 2pm in Hembree Auditorium, a bio will provided at the next meeting. Also, looking for faculty that are interested in serving on collaborative international projects with Walton College in Panama and Vietnam. Please send them to the IP office. International Programs have surveyed 1542 students. They are working on analyzing the data to see what some of the opportunities are for the next year. Faculty have also been surveyed. A report should be out next month. There is a new international travel waiver.
Please click on the link to view the Exemption to Overseas Travel Policy and Agreement.
Honors Program – Dr. Curt Rom – No Report
University Faculty Senate – Dr. Andy Pereira
The Senate met on February 12th where the provost spoke about Dean searches going on for the Fulbright and Honors College. From IT Services there is now a syllabus website (syllabus.uark.edu) this is a record of syllabi for faculty to add their syllabi. Students can go back and refer to the syllabi if there are questions. The faculty senate chair spoke on a professor benefits program including nanny services and lower interest rate loans. The teaching council is looking at a required attendance policy. In new business, there are a number of university course program changes that were adopted by the Senate. The Committee is looking at honorary degrees. Anyone can nominate someone. People in public office may be granted honorary degrees. There are currently nominations for Mike Beebe and Maya Angelou.
Graduate Council – Dr. Thad Scott- No Report
Faculty Council Business:
Drs. Kelly Way, Donna Graham and Doug Karcher were appointed to new Nominations Committee. Carmen has sent out the faculty voting lists to departments for updates. Please respond to Carmen with your updates.
Future Faculty Council Meetings are scheduled for March 21 and April 18. The Spring 2014 College Faculty Meeting is scheduled for May 2.
Standing Committee Reports:
Promotion and Tenure Committee – Dr. John Clark, Chair - No Report
Scholarship Committee – Dr. Bruce Ahrendsen
Please click on the link to view the Scholarship Committee Report.
Nomination Committee - Dr. Kelly Way, Chair-Elect
The committee is working on the faculty senate election process.
Awards Committee – Kate Shoulders, Chair
The committee has been working on student awards voting. Dr. Vayda has accepted the
committee's student recommendations.
AFLS Curriculum Sub-Committee – Dr. Ashley Dowling, Chair
The committee met on February 14th. The following course changes have been approved by the Committee on first and second reading and are presented to the Council for their approval:
Theories of Public Policy
Title, content, credit changes
Please click on the link to view the AFLS Curriculum Sub-Committee Report.
HESC Curriculum Sub-Committee – Dr. Kathy Smith, Chair
Classes have been brought to the committee, voted on, and approved.
Dr. Kathy Smith has been elected the new chair of the HESC Curriculum Sub-Committee.
Please click on the link to view the HESC Curriculum Sub-Committee Report.
New Business – Dr. Michael Evans, Chair
HESC Curriculum Recommendations:
There was a motion to approve HESC classes: Fashion Brand Management, Hospitality Operations, and Hospitality Internship, this motion was seconded and approved.
AFLS Curriculum Committee Recommendations:
A motion was made, seconded and approved to add FDSC3923H (Molecular Gastronomy) and motion was made, seconded and approved to change ANSC2303 (Natural Horsemanship) title, content, and credit.
A motion was made, seconded and approved to table the FDSC minor changes discussion.
A motion was made, seconded and approved to delete AFLS 5001 (AFLS Seminar).
Old Business – Dr. Michael Evans, Chair
Bumpers Distinguished Lecturer – Jo Luck, Heifer International – April 2 and 3
Ambassador's (Mocktail) – Making Connections – Mar 6 – Alumni House
Opening of Dale Bumpers Papers – March 19 – Mullins Library
Dean's Executive Advisory Board Mtg – April 22-23
Ag Hall of Fame – Mar 7
Honors & Awards Banquet – April 18
Motion made and seconded to adjourn. The meeting adjourned at 4:00 pm.
Submitted by Jessica Hulse