Faculty Council Minutes -- November 2011

November 18, 2011
Rosen Center Conference Room
Faculty present
Hayden Brown – ANSC
Kristofor Brye - CSES (Chair-elect)
Andy Proctor, FDSC – Substitute for Ron Buescher
Don Edgar – AEED
Ken Korth – PLPA
Donn Johnson - ENTO
Jeff Miller – AEED (Chair)
Cindy Moore - HESC
Kathy Smith, HESC – Substitute for Cindy Moore
Brad Murphy – HORT
Marty Matlock- BAEG, Substitute for Scott Osborn
Dan Rainey - AEAB
Park Waldroup – POSC
Mary Savin – CSES, Substitute for Thad Scott
Others Present:
Bruce Dixon – Personnel Document Changes
Don Johnson – Awards Committee
Mike Richardson – Graduate Council Representative
Administrators present:
Rick Roeder – Interim Associate Vice President for Agriculture – Research and Interim Director,
Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station
Michael E. Vayda – Dean and Associate Vice President for Agriculture-Academic Programs
Curt Rom – Director, Honors Program
Andy Proctor – Director, Bumpers College International 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 with three amendments. Mary Savin will give a report on behalf of University Faculty Senate and the Agriculture Curriculum Sub-Committee and Mike Richardson will give a report on behalf of the Graduate Council. Motion adopted by voice approval.
Approval of Minutes – Motion made and seconded to approve the October 28, 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, Rick Roeder
The Division of Agriculture is waiting to see what reductions Congress may make to the budget. The hope is that they are minimal. Vice Provost for Research Jim Rankin, along with Dr. Roeder, toured the Cooperative Extension offices with Tony Windham and the Rice Research and Extension Center. Discussion included the nature of Arkansas agriculture and the economics involved for farmers. The next day he toured the Cotton Research Station in Marianna.
Associate Vice President for Agriculture – Research and Director, Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, candidate Clarence Watson has been invited back for additional interviews on November 21 and 22.
A review of Rice Breeding program will be conducted in the near future.
Bumpers College - Dean Mike Vayda
Dr. Vayda announced Mary Savin as the Alumni Society Outstanding Advising awardee. The College's budget hearing is scheduled for December 1 with University administration.
Bumpers College – Jeff Miller on behalf of Associate Dean Lona Robertson
The Awards Committee has proposed revisions to the guidelines for the Bumpers Scholars Awards. Please see the revisions at Bumpers Scholars Guidelines 2011. A motion was made and seconded to approve the revisions with the understanding that the point total changes on transfer students will be corrected so that the point total adds up to 100 points. Dr. Don Johnson provided revised copy of the guidelines for the Bumpers Scholars Awards.
Bumpers College – Honors Program Director Curt Rom
Four students applied for study abroad fellowships and were accepted. Four proposals came from faculty for the campus call on proposals for new honors classes and one was accepted. A new interdisciplinary course will be offered for Honors Students in HESC. Student Advisory Board was created and has met for the first time. There will be an Honors Program reception on December 16 from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm for four Honors students who are graduating and participating in the Fall Commencement Ceremony. In the near future there will be a uniform automatic acceptance of students into the Honors Program if they meet the requirements when they apply to the University of Arkansas.
International Programs - Director Andy Proctor
Dr. Proctor received 10 proposals for international education efforts, and will be funding four proposals. The committee members include by Laurie Apple, Gisela Erf, Mike Evans and
Amy Farmer from the Walton College of Business.
Dr. Cochran has invited Roland Verhe of the University of Gent to come here to work on various projects, in addition to international programs. Dr. Verhe will also be working on biofuels and sustainability. Dr. Verhe's visit to the UA will help build stronger ties with the faculty relationships and student relationships.
Some international travel includes Dr. Robertson visiting Panama. A trip to China is planned for January, 2012 – POSC and BAEG and Food Safety. At present they are working on a MOU. Three department heads will travel to China: David Hensley, Mike Looper and Jean-Francois Meullenet.
Mary Savin is heading up curriculum issues as they relate to minor studies
Standing Committee Reports
University Faculty Senate – Mary Savin
The November 9, 2011 minutes (draft) may be found at: http://facultysenate.uark.edu/facsen2011to2012/minutes110911.htm
Ag Curriculum Sub-Committee – Mary Savin
HORT 4503 – Sustainable Nursery Production is a reactivation. This course was taught previously and will be part of the ACCEPTS program, will means it will be taught online through Oklahoma State University. Mike Evans will be the instructor of record. It was approved by the Ag Curriculum Sub-Committee with very little discussion. A motion was made and seconded to approve HORT 4503 as proposed by the Ag Curriculum Sub-Committee. Motion adopted by voice approval.
HESC Curriculum Sub-Committee – No Report
Graduate Council Report – Mike Richardson
Please click on this link to view Dr. Richardson's report. Graduate.Council.Report.11.18.2011.pdf
Old Business – Jeff Miller
Personnel Document Changes. There was very little feedback from the departments. Marty Matlock will compare the current document with the revised version that includes the track-changes. Dr. Matlock will provide a list of the changes for faculty to review.
Bruce Dixon reported that the College P&T Committee (COPT) met on Tuesday, November 15. There was concern that the burden of selecting outside reviewers falls on the candidate and the department committee. The COPT has written in that The Committee "would" consult with the head, not "may". Faculty Senate wants the instructions to remain "may". Using the term "may" creates an inconsistency within the departments and if there are any problems with the P&T process of a candidate, it all comes back to the department head.
The use of terms "campus" and "University" refer to Fayetteville and Board Policy respectively.
There are two P&T committees for each department, one committee includes the entire tenured faculty and the second committee includes those elected to a respective department's P&T Committee.
Dr. Miller read two sentences from page 2 of the Personnel Document regarding the two P&T Committees. It was suggested to rewrite the Personnel Document to provide clarity and provide more definition regarding these two different committees.
Bruce Dixon mentioned that the COPT will meet the second Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Unit committees meet between October 8 and December 10 to vote on P&T candidates. We now elect COPT in April to serve in November. Scheduling the COPT meeting date in advance helps when scheduling conflicts occur. It was suggested that the COPT meet during the full week before Thanksgiving, not select a particular date.
The substantive changes to the Personnel Document will be included in a controlled discussion at the Fall Faculty meeting. Jeff Miller will facilitate the discussion with assistance from Drs. Brye and Dixon.
Faculty By-Laws Change Sub-Committee. Dr. Kris Brye will send the Faculty Council members an electronic version of the By-Laws. The Sub-Committee will recommend changes to the Faculty Council to discuss those changes and decide what to distribute to the faculty as a whole, receive feedback, and then have a full faculty vote. The Personnel Document has to be approved before changes can be made to the Faculty By-Laws. Changes will have to be distributed to the faculty for voting purposes.
Nominations Committee. Dr. Hayden Brown reported there are four candidates for Faculty Council Chair-Elect. The nominees are Nick Anthony, Donn T. Johnson, Fred Pohlman, and Dan Rainey. Dr. Miller will follow up on the request for seven signatures. A motion was made and seconded to accept the Nominations Committee's report. Motion adopted by voice approval
New Business – None
The next meeting will be the Fall Faculty Meeting at 10:00 am on December 9, 2011 in Hembree Auditorium. It was noted that the BAEG Department has a conflict as the faculty meeting for Engineering is held on the same day at the same time. It was recommended that BAEG provide representation at both colleges' faculty meeting.
Motion made and seconded to adjourn. The meeting adjourned at 4:10 pm.
Submitted by
Carmen Alessi