Faculty Council Minutes -- January 2011

January 14, 2011
Rosen Center Conference Room
Faculty present
Sreekala Bajwa – BAEG
Hayden Brown – ANSC
Kristofor Brye - CSES (Chair-elect)
Ron Buescher - FDSC
Don Edgar – AEED
Donn Johnson – ENTO
Jeff Miller – AEED (Chair)
Kathy Smith - HESC (Substituted for Cindy Moore)
Brad Murphy – HORT
Dan Rainey – AEAB
Thad Scott - CSES
Dave TeBeest – PLPA
Park Waldroup - POSC
Others Present
Leslie Edgar and Dave Kreider – Ag Curriculum Committee
Doug Karcher – University Faculty Senate
Administrators present:
Michael E. Vayda – Dean and Associate Vice President for Agriculture-Academic Programs
Call to Order – Jeff Miller, 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 November 19, 2010 Faculty Council minutes. Motion adopted by voice approval.
Administration Reports
Bumpers College - Jeff Miller on behalf of Dean Mike Vayda
• Promotion and Tenure changes are coming through Faculty Senate
• Associate Dean interviews will occur next week
• Department heads are discussing international programs
Division of Agriculture – Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station
Associate Vice President - Research Mark Cochran, no report
Standing Committee Reports

University Faculty Senate – Doug Karcher
Dean searches ongoing: Fulbright College - 40+ applicants. Now preparing to invite select candidates to campus for interviews in the spring; Law School - Still accepting applications through January; Graduate School - Gearing up to begin search for the Dean of Graduate School and International Education; Continuing Education - Still reviewing the program and its needs. Dean Bob McMath's five year review is complete. Dr. McMath has been offered a new five year contract and he has accepted.
Campus is working on moving towards a standardized "clicker" for students on campus; looking primarily at Turning Technologies clickers.
The provost is also examining guidelines for Clinical Faculty on campus.
25,000 is the maximum number of students that will be accepted in the future. It is projected that the University will have 4,400 new freshmen this fall and the provost will provide funding to open sections as needed to accommodate this large increase. There is a need for earlier communication to accommodate enrollment/growth needs and temporary hires.
There will be budget increases of only 1 percent next year and 0 percent the following year. The provost hopes to give classified staff a 2 percent increase in salary in the new year.
Reports regarding:
1) Teacher Course Evaluation Committee. Available at
• Report Highlights
o Each course and section evaluated every semester it is instructed.
o Peer and self-evaluations are encouraged.
o Annual performance review must include student evaluations for each course instructed and supplemented by self and peer evaluations.
• Necessary for nontenured tenure-track faculty, graduate student instructors, and 1st 3 years of non-tenure track faculty:
• When feasible for tenured faculty and non tenure-track faculty beyond their 1st 3 years.
o College faculty are instructed to develop more extensive teaching evaluations (i.e. teaching portfolios) for 3rd year reviews, and P&T decisions.
o On line evaluations to be tested spring 2011 and implemented fall 2011.
o Purdue system utilized w/ 600 items available.
• 2 university core items (rating course and instructor from excellent to very poor).
• 1 state mandated (rating instructor's spoken English).
• 5 items selected by college faculty.
• 5 items selected by instructor. http://www.uark.edu/depts/facsen/facsen2010to2011/UACourseTeacher%20EvalComRecom12012010.pdf

Dr. Miller asked each Faculty Council rep to share with their respective departments and report back to him.
2) Promotion and Tenure Evaluation Criteria. Available at

• Key changes in criteria:

o Letters from at least 3 impartial outside reviewers to be included in packet.
o Candidate &, Dept. P&T committee will each identify 3 to 5 appropriate reviewers.
o Candidate will be shown list and may strike potential reviewers w/in 5 working days.
o Dept. P&T committee will select a minimum of 3 reviewers (& at least one from candidate's and one from Dept. P&T committee's lists).
o Final reviewer list will not be shared with candidate, but candidate will have right to review the outside reviewer's letters (with identifying information removed, such as letterhead and signature).http://www.uark.edu/depts/facsen/facsen2010to2011/RevEvalCriteriadraft9-29-10.pdf
3) Academic Integrity – Academic integrity proposal was summarized at the last AFLS Faculty Council meeting. It is available at: http://uark.edu/depts./facsen/facsen2010to2011/120810AcIntegproposal.doc.
Committee proposal passed and has been forwarded to the Provost's office for review and suggestions based on consultation with university council.
4) Course and Program Changes – Numerous courses and program changes were passed by consent agenda without discussion.
Ag Curriculum Committee – Leslie Edgar and Dave Kreider
A detailed listing of curriculum changes is available from Leslie Edgar.

AGME 4011 – request to remove the course from the AECT program. Motion to accept AGME 4011 removal of course for first and second reading, approved.
ENTO 3011 – A one hour companion lab that is added for ENTO 3013. Previous lab component of ENTO 3013 has been removed and additional lecture materials added to 3013. The laboratory will be required for HORT and CSES majors, but not for other majors. Motion to accept ENTO 3011 course for first and second reading, approved.
POSC 1002 – A program course that was offered previously but the course was consolidated into a production course. Because the course was consolidated a gap exists. So need a course to introduce students to the poultry industry.
Motion to accept POSC 1002 course for first and second reading, approved.
POSC 4901 - problem based course. Undergraduate seminar. Course exists.
POSC 4911 – problem based course. Senior seminar offered every other year. Professionalism. New course.
POSC 4921- problem based course. Problem solving. New course.
POSC 4931- problem based course. Processing regulations. New course.
Motion to accept POSC 4901, 4911, 4921, and 4931 courses for first and second reading, approved.
POSC 4233 Value Added Muscle Foods - taught as a special topics course five times previously. Has been taught as a graduate course in the past. This is the undergraduate section of POSC 5233.
POSC 5233 Value Added Muscle Foods – taught as a special topics course five times previously.
Motion to accept POSC 4233 and 5233 courses for first and second reading, approved.
HORT 4932 – Best Management Practices for Turf - offered 5 times previously as a special topics course. Request to bring syllabus for second reading. Motion to accept HORT 4932 course for first reading, approved.
FDSC - Food and Nutritional Science Concentration (discussion only) – There is a need in the industry for nutritional background. Would like a concentration that better balances food and nutrition background. There was concern that this may represent duplication as there already is a minor in nutrition. This could be confusing for students on where the nutrition program is located on campus. Also, there is concern that this program may hurt the current nutrition program.
FDSC Program Change – Food and Culinary Sciences FDCU. Motion to accept the program on the second reading, approved.
Motion to accept (Food Microbiology) FDSC/BIOL 4124 to FDSC/BIOL 4123 and add 4121L for first and second reading, approved.
Motion was made and seconded to accept all course changes as approved by the Ag Curriculum Committee. Motion adopted by voice approval.
Motion made and seconded to ask Faculty Council to support examining the possibility of moving the 12 week evaluations to later in the semester. Faculty Council will ask College Senators to share these sentiments at the upcoming Faculty Senate meeting. Motion adopted by voice approval.
HESC Curriculum Committee – Kelly Way, no report
Graduate Council Report – Larry Purcell, no report

Old Business – Jeff Miller, none
New Business – Jeff Miller

Review of Faculty Council By-laws and responsibilities. Everyone needs to be aware of the content. Dr. Miller asked that each Faculty Council member review the By-laws to identify areas where the faculty is deficient in following its By-laws.

Faculty voting list is nearly up-to-date (still need lists from POSC and HORT)
The next three Faculty Council meetings will be at 3:30 pm on February 18, March 18 and April 15. Please note the time change from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm.
There was a request for the FC Chair to send an email to all faculty voting members to remind them of the importance of their participation in faculty governance, voting, attending college faculty meetings and serving on committees.
Motion made and seconded to adjourn. The meeting adjourned at 4:00 pm.
Submitted by
Carmen Alessi