Faculty Council Minutes -- January 2012

January 20, 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)
Garry V. McDonald – HORT
Scott Osborn - BAEG
Dan Rainey - AEAB
Rick Rorie– ANSC
Thad Scott - CSES
Kathy Smith - HESC
Park Waldroup – POSC
Others Present:
Nilda Burgos – 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
Lona J. Robertson – Associate Dean
Andy Proctor – Director, Bumpers College International Programs
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 November 18, 2011, Faculty Council minutes. Motion adopted by voice approval.
Administration Reports
Division of Agriculture – Interim Associate Vice President for Agriculture – Research and
Interim Director, Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, Kris Brye on behalf of Rick Roeder
Clarence Watson has been hired as Associate Vice President for Agriculture – Research and
Director, Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station and will begin working on January 26, 2012. A reception will be held in the AFLS Building's Atrium on January 30 at 3:00 pm to introduce
Dr. Watson.
Bumpers College - Dean Mike Vayda
Dr. Vayda will send to Kris Brye a summary from the Department Heads Retreat held in December, 2011 for sharing with the entire Faculty Council. The summary includes a list of progress and accomplishments from 2011 and a priority to do list for 2012. Great progress was made in establishing communication links between administration and heads and between administration and faculty.
Some of the main priorities for 2012 include 1) the Capital Campaign, 2) budget requests, 3) continue to manage and balance faculty workload with evolving curriculum needs 4) technology needs.
Dr. Vayda has just returned from a successful trip to China visiting South China Agricultural University (SCAU) and Zhejiang University. The primary purpose was to enable a relationship between Animal Science and Poultry Science to provide exchange students for graduate study. The meeting with SCAU was regarding an articulation agreement to allow an exchange of students in Bio and Ag Engineering for food safety and food processing technology. The agreement has been signed and there is an opportunity to move forward with the exchange program this summer. David Hensley and Jean-Francois Meullenet also traveled to China to discuss exploratory opportunities for faculty exchange. Another purpose of the travel to China is regarding an opportunity for summer workshops (3 week) internships.
Bumpers College –Associate Dean Lona Robertson
Dr. Robertson reminded everyone that Monday is the last day to drop or add a class. The Registrar has corrected the problem with R25 regarding double booking of classrooms. ACT 747 requires degree plans to be at 120 credit hours beginning with the 2012/2013 academic year; discussions need to begin now as to how this will be accomplished, some options do exist. Exceptions are allowed only through accrediting bodies.
Dr. Robertson has requested from department heads estimates of summer school enrollment numbers needed to project potential revenue returned to College and units.
International Programs - Director Andy Proctor
The International Programs Committee and the Honors Programs attempting to assess the value of the International Programs minor to students and employers by using focus groups.
Several new international programs/opportunities are being developed after being selected for funding following last fall's call for proposals; connections with numerous countries are being pursued. There was a successful applicant for a grant proposal: Leslie Edgar is developing a program with the University of Ghent and the agricultural programs with the government of Belgium. Nilda Burgos is working with two universities to develop an exchange program in Brazil. Jean-Francois Meullenet and Robert Harrington have a program funded in France. It is hospitality, culinary food science health program. Charles Rosenkrans and Mike Looper have a funded program with Argentina for Bumpers College students to do beef research. Julie Carrier is working with the University of Ghent for students to work at a biofuels facility.
Dr. Roland Verhe of the University of Ghent will be visiting here on a regular basis, three or four times per year. The Division of Agriculture has partially funded it. Each student who goes to Ghent through the Atlantis Program will receive $5000.
Laurie Apple and Kathy Smith made an exploratory visit to the University of Ghent's Textile Department. Hog School is merging with the University of Ghent in 2012 providing additional opportunities. Jeff Miller, Robert Bacon and Jeremy Powell will travel to Edinburgh, Scotland in March, 2012 to renew ties and rebuild programs.
The deadline for student travel award scholarships is February 1, 2012; contact Dr. Andy Proctor for more information.
An annual competitive funding opportunity exists for faculty to make trips/develop tours overseas. Faculty Support Fund – June or July will be the next opportunity to submit requests.
A Web site is being developed for International Programs to highlight and advertise established opportunities/linkages.
Honors Program –No Report
Standing Committee Reports
University Faculty Senate– No Report
Awards Committee – Lona Robertson
The student awards applications' deadline is February 1, 2012. The Awards Committee hopes to meet the last week of February to make final decisions on awardees.
Scholarship Committee - Lona Robertson
Student scholarship application deadline is February 1, 2012; the goal is to have decisions made by or before March 15, 2012. Discussions are underway to re-evaluate the Land Grant Scholarship.
Ag Curriculum Sub-Committee – No Report
HESC Curriculum Sub-Committee – Kelly Way, Chair
GHESC:Program Change Form: undated check sheet and 8 semester plan. This change is due to name changes on nutrition courses, addition of introduction to hospitality as a course and change of HLSC to CHLP course due to the name change beyond our control. Also, there was an elimination of an interior design course and addition of CATE 4803 Problems in Career and Technical Education. Motion made and seconded to approve the proposed program changes. Motion adopted by voice approval.
Graduate Council Report – Mike Richardson
Please click on this link to view Dr. Richardson's report.
Feedback on faculty perception of 1) a policy eliminating dual enrollment 4000 level classes, and institute, instead, a policy of 4000/5000 dual enrollment classes, and 2) the issue of undergraduate enrollment and how that is affecting graduate enrollment and research productivity is requested and should be directed to Mike Richardson.

Old Business – Kris Brye
College Personnel Document Changes. Dr. Brye has instructions for everyone. All faculty were provided a track-changed copy in the fall of 2011. There will be an additional meeting of the Faculty Council on Friday, January 27 for further review of the College Personnel Document. Faculty Council members are instructed to forward any feedback to Dr. Brye before the meeting.
A vote to approve the revised document will occur in the Faculty Council by FC representatives voting on behalf of their respective department. The approved document needs to be in place by March prior to the beginning of the new promotion and tenure cycle.
Faculty By-Laws Change Sub-Committee. Revisions to the College Faculty By-Laws will pick-up again where left off last semester. Review will begin with page 5, point 3, article 7, comment 13. The College Personnel Document must be approved prior to the Faculty By-Laws changes.
New Business – Kris Brye
Appoint a Parliamentarian. Don Edgar has agreed to serve as Faculty Council Parliamentarian.
Announcements – Kris Brye
The faculty voting list has been updated by each department and has been approved. Carmen Alessi now has a final copy.
The spring semester Faculty Council meeting dates are scheduled as follows: January 27 (special), February 17, 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 4:00 pm.
Submitted by
Carmen Alessi