Faculty Council Minutes -- March 2013MINUTES
DBCAFLS FACULTY COUNCIL MEETING
March 15, 2013
Rosen Center Conference Room
Donn Johnson – ENTO (Chair)
Kristofor Brye – CSES
Don Edgar – AEED
Mike Evans – HORT (Chair-Elect)
Ken Korth – PLPA, Substitute for Burt Bluhm
Garry McDonald - HORT
Scott Osborn - BAEG
Andy Proctor – FDSC and International Programs
Dan Rainey – AEAB
Rick Rorie– ANSC
Kathy Smith - HESC
Bruce Ahrendsen – Scholarship Sub-Committee, Chair and Faculty Senate Representative
John R. Clark – College Promotion and Tenure Committee, Chair
Mike Thomsen - Ag Curriculum Sub-Committee, Chair
Lona Robertson – Associate Dean
Mike Vayda – Dean
Clarence Watson - Associate Vice President for Agriculture – Research and Director, Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station
Call to Order – Donn Johnson, 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 February 22, 2013, Faculty Council minutes. Motion adopted by voice approval.
Division of Agriculture –Associate Vice President for Agriculture – Research and
Director, Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station – Clarence Watson
Sequestration of the Federal Budget went into effect with budget cuts of 5.1 percent to all formula funds, which are used to pay salaries. The Senate has upped the cuts to 7.61 percent to all NIFA lines. This means budget cuts within the Division of Agriculture. There will be no budget until March 27. However, there are no plans to cut existing competitive grants, but less money is available now going forward. State funding is level this year. There is concern about bills that could affect future revenue (tax cuts, transfer of funds to the Highway Department, and some of the bills to cap state growth). Promotion Board funding is at a near record high of $7-$8 million. The construction project of the addition to the Soil Test Lab at Marianna will be finished in phases.
Bumpers College – Dean Mike Vayda
There was discussion regarding growing graduate enrollment in that there are resources available to ensure high quality graduates. There was a suggestion to review procedures by peer institutions regarding the number of Ph.D. students per FTE of tenure and tenure-track faculty with a research appointment and review those ratios instead of overall numbers.
Please click on the link for Dr. Vayda's report.
Bumpers College – Associate Dean Lona J. Robertson, No Report
Honors Program –Curt Rom, Director, No Report
International Programs - Andy Proctor, Director
Please click on the link to view Dr. Proctor's report.
University Faculty Senate – Bruce Ahrendsen, Representative
Act 747 passed. President Bobbitt addressed the faculty regarding the legislative process in Little Rock, University System degree programs online, and UMR Health provider. There was discussion regarding mental health coverage. President Bobbitt responded that the coverage is adequate. The reason the University changed from QualChoice to UMR was for cost containment. Regarding the online degree, it will be a University of Arkansas System degree.
Please click on the link to view the Faculty Senate's meeting minutes from March 13, 2013.
Graduate Council Report –Jackie Wiersma, Representative, No Report
There was no vote on the GRE issue.
Please click on the link to view the Graduate Council's March 14, 2013 meeting minutes.
Standing Committee Reports
Promotion and Tenure Committee – John Clark, Chair
Dr. Clark reminded everyone that the College P&T Committee has to be elected by each department and that it is important to elect someone who has served previously if a department has someone going forward for P&T in the same year. Dr. Clark also suggested the department rep to the College P&T Committee should meet with the respective department's candidate(s).
Dr. Clark mentioned the advancement program for associate professor initiated by the provost. He attended a forum for tenure track faculty regarding P&T. The provost very much values service and encourages collegiality (participating in the life of the department). With respect to teaching, continue to be good teachers. With regard to research, look at comparable institutions. Start-up packages have been enhanced and more is expected from these packages. External support letters should come from comparable institutions and be from someone at the same level or higher of the candidate for which he or she is writing external support letters. Promotions should be discussed outside of annual reviews.
Dr. Watson added that the attempt to harmonize the dates for campus P&T and Division P&T will not happen this year.
Nominations Committee – Scott Osborn, Chair
Mary Savin and Curt Rom agreed to be re-nominated to serve as Faculty Senate Representatives. No other nominees have been received for the additional two representative positions.
Awards Committee – Donn T. Johnson on behalf of Lona Robertson, Chair
Please click on the link to see Dr. Robertson's report.
Scholarship Committee - Bruce Ahrendsen, Chair, and Donn T. Johnson on behalf of Lona Robertson
Dr. Ahrendsen reported there were approximately 650 scholarship applications.
Please click on the link to view the Scholarship Committee's March 4, 2013 meeting minutes.
Please click on the link to see Dr. Robertson's report.
Ag Curriculum Sub-Committee – Mike Thomsen, Chair
There was concern that there are no instructors in formal training in scientific writing as all have retired. Options include identifying the list of courses that exist in the College that could be circulated to graduate student advisors. Dr. Thomsen will ask the Ag Curriculum Sub-Committee to follow up.
Please click on the link to view Dr. Thomsen's report.
Motion made and seconded to accept the recommendations as presented by Dr. Thomsen. Motion adopted by voice approval.
HESC Curriculum Sub-Committee – Donn T. Johnson on behalf of Kelly Way, Chair
Addition of HESC 5233 Childhood Obesity and approval of AAAE 300V and 500V. Motion made and seconded to accept the recommendations as presented by Dr. Way. Motion adopted by voice approval.
Old Business – Donn T. Johnson, None
New Business – Donn T. Johnson, None
Announcements – Donn T. Johnson
The next Faculty Council meeting is April 19 at 2:30 pm in the APC Rosen Center Conference Room
Motion made and seconded to adjourn. The meeting adjourned at 4:15 pm