Faculty Council Minutes -- November 2009

November 20, 2009
Rosen Center Conference Room

Faculty present:
Mike Richardson – HORT (Chair)
Laurie Apple – HESC (Chair-elect)
Jeff Miller – AEED
Dave Kreider – ANSC (Substitute for Hayden Brown)
Kristofor Brye – CSES
Latha Devareddy – FDSC
Fred Stephen – ENTO
Ken Korth – PLPA
Yi Liang – BAEG (Substitute for Sreekala Bajwa)
Cindy Moore - HESC
Brad Murphy – HORT
Daniel Rainey – AEAB
Park Waldroup - POSC
Others Present
Nann Miller – University Faculty Senate
Larry Purcell – Graduate Council
Administrators present:
Mark Cochran, Associate Vice President for Agriculture - Research
Lalit Verma, Interim Dean and Associate Vice President for Agriculture – Academic Programs
Call to Order – Mike Richardson, chair, called the meeting to order at 2:30 p.m.
Approval of Agenda – Motion made and seconded to approve the agenda with the addition of discussion regarding AGST course. Motion adopted by voice approval.
Approval of Minutes – Motion made and seconded to approve October 16, 2009 meeting minutes. Motion adopted by voice approval.
Administration Reports
Bumpers College - Interim Dean Lalit Verma
The fall retreat was held today with department heads and various faculty. The Time Tabulator Committee, Distance Ed Committee, and the Program Viability and Efficiency Committee gave reports. These reports will be made available on the College Web site. The provost will provide new resource allocation based on productivity of the last three to five years. Over $1 million has been put in new FTE lines with most going into Fulbright College and the College of Education. One FTE line of $50,000 going to HESC. Dr. Verma assumes productivity is based on a combination of student credit hours generated and the majors.
The provost has introduced an interdisciplinary intercollegiate sustainability initiative to establish an undergraduate minor in sustainability and/or a graduate certificate in sustainability. Each college submitted to the provost a list of current courses that relate to sustainability.
The budget outlook continues to appear uncertain and may still have additional budget cuts. Some monies could be asked to return.
There was a question regarding a request coming from the Dean's Office to have more online courses and what resources would be available to develop these online courses. Encouragement to consider increasing the number of courses has come from the administration and from ACT 182 with regard to junior college transfers being able to transfer in as juniors. The articulation agreement development has become more important. The Global Campus has been charged with not only increasing the offerings but also considering full-fledged four year programs that could be developed and offered exclusively in distance education.
There was a question regarding the availability of campus resources that will be needed to develop and maintain the content and the dramatic increase in enrollment and in student contact hours. Any resources that are specifically for distance education have not been identified. Faculty have submitted proposals for grant proposals to provide funding.
Bumpers College – Associate Dean Donna Graham
Dick Oliver received a USDA teaching award. Dr. Graham is concerned about the lack of nominations for teaching awards and suggested the Faculty Council review the nomination process.
Division of Agriculture – Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station
Associate Vice President - Research Mark Cochran
Raj Shah is moving over to head the Agency for International Development. Molly John will probably be named as interim. Roger Beachey, Director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Mr. Beachey has made several presentations, stressing climate change, bioenergy, human nutrition, food safety and international food security. NIFA will try to do fewer grants, but larger and longer-term grants up to 10 years with renewables for five years. Mr. Beachey supports increases in indirect cost, which means fewer dollars for activities of the grants conducted by faculty. He also stressed that he would like to see extension components integrated into research, would still be growth in integrated programs that have to have at least two of the three land-grant missions. The land-grant administrators hope to recommend one or two names for the undersecretary position.
The associated vice president position is currently in the interview stage. Tony Windham interviewed last week. Dr. Duane Williams, Associate Director of the Wyoming Extension Service will be interviewing the 9th – 11 and be on campus the 11th. Dr. Latif Lighari from South Dakota State, is the Director of Extension Service will interview the 16-18 and be on campus the 17th.
It was asked how the move of competitive grants going to fewer but larger grants and more dollars affect the college and Division. Dr. Cochran suggested three concerns: moving into a more narrow focus and putting more money into fewer grants and how smaller institutions would be able to compete for those dollars; change the nature of the discussion between the capacity of formula funds and competitive grants; and establishing what the priorities will be. Also, Dr. Shah had issued a mandate to ARS; since their current total budget is $1.3 billion, over the next five years, they should go from where they currently are to generating $600 million in extramural grants.
Dr. Cochran mentioned they are seeing increases in Agriculture research and seeing it discussed at national levels.
University Faculty Senate– Nann Miller, no report
Ag Curriculum Committee – Dave Kreider
Dr. Kreider reviewed the October 14, 2009 meeting. The Ag Curriculum Committee approved the proposed change to the College English Comp Policy: Students that are exempt from English Composition ENGL 1013 and/or ENGL 1023 have met their requirement for composition in our core. The exempt hours may be met with general electives.
A motion was made and seconded to approve the October 14, 2009 Ag Curriculum Committee minutes as presented.
FDSC 6413 – request for approval of this course was withdrawn by Food Science
CSES 4043 – The course has not met recently, CSES wants to keep it "on the books", and listing will be changed to irregular.
POSC/ANSC 3042 – Dr. Walter Bottje will assume full teaching responsibility
AGEC 3313 – Added junior level standing in addition to previous pre-requisites.|AGEC 2143 – Changed to AGEC 2142
AGEC 2141L – Added as a new course
AGEC 2142/2141L – Replacing the lab portion of AGEC 2143
POSC 4033 – Will be taught online every three years, targeted to industry people. Replaces POSC 4034, which was never taught.
Dr. Kreider reviewed the November 11, 2009 meeting. Dr. Graham discussed issues involved with Act 182, tabled items regarding the communication section of the college degree plan and inclusion of foreign language as communication intensive course and tabled AGED 5263.
AGED 5363 - Approved
AGEC 2403 – minor change in pre-requisites
AGST 4023 – will not be offered in spring of 2011 and subsequently offered only during the fall semester.
It was mentioned that the change in AGST 4023 will negatively impact the Master's and Ph.D. students due to the fact that many take this course early in their program. Dr. Verma asked for some quantifiable responses from the Faculty Council members to reduction in teaching of AGST 4023.
HESC Curriculum Committee – Laurie Apple
The HESC faculty is meeting right now and will need to vote before she can report the results to the Faculty Council. Dr. Apple will send the report via email to all Faculty Council members for presentation at the Fall Faculty meeting for voting purposes.
Graduate Council Report – Mike Richardson
There is a sub-committee reviewing how the annual progress reports are processed, providing a more clearly defined way on how to terminate students from the graduate program if they not making satisfactory progress and providing a more clearly defined way for students to appeal that process.
Old Business – Mike Richardson
Chair-elect is Jeff Miller. Dr. Shult will attend the Fall Faculty meeting on December 9, 2009.
New Business – None
Announcements - None
Adjournment – Motion made and seconded to adjourn. The meeting adjourned at 3:35 p.m.
Submitted by
Carmen Alessi