Faculty Council Minutes -- October 2010

October 15, 2010
Rosen Center Conference Room
Faculty present
Laurie Apple – HESC (Chair)
Sreekala Bajwa – BAEG
Hayden Brown – ANSC
Mary Savin - CSES (Substitute for Kristofor Brye)
Don Edgar – AEED
Donn Johnson – ENTO
Jeff Miller – AEED (Chair-elect)
Cindy Moore - HESC
Brad Murphy - HORT
Dan Rainey - AEAB
Latha Devareddy - FDSC
Dave TeBeest – PLPA
Park Waldroup - POSC
Others Present
Mary Savin – Faculty Senate
Kelly Way – Chair, HESC Curriculum Committee
Administrators present:
Michael E. Vayda – Dean and Associate Vice President for Agriculture-Academic Programs
Call to Order – Laurie Apple, chair, called the meeting to order at 2:30 p.m.
Approval of Agenda – Motion made and seconded to approve the agenda with two corrections, no report from Dr. Cochran and no report on Graduate Council. Motion adopted by voice approval.
Approval of Minutes – Motion made and seconded to approve the September 17, 2010 Faculty Council minutes. Motion adopted by voice approval.
Administration Reports
Bumpers College - Dean Mike Vayda
This is budget season which is earlier than it has been in the past. With continued good reports on the state finances/budgets, the University hopes to implement the 2 percent raises retroactively.
With the increase in enrollment, the provost is looking for presentations on strategic needs for faculty lines and financial allocations at the University campus level. Dr. Vayda will be submitting a written request and will make a presentation in late November for justification for hiring requests. Dr. Vayda has contacted the department heads asking for their input.
Dr. Vayda met with the College P&T Committee to give them a formal charge as they begin reviewing the candidates' packets. Dr. Vayda asked the committee to consider serving a three-year term. They will take this under advisement. The Committee does have concerns on the discrepancies in the procedures regarding the promotion and tenure nominations campus wide. Also, there is concern about outside reviewer letters with regards to confidentiality.
Dr. Vayda reminded the Faculty Council that he will be in China November 4 – November 16. He will be following up on Dr. Michael Kidd's visit, providing institutional reinforcement of Dr. Kidd's efforts and following up on opportunities for specialty rice and white rice production at various institutions. Dr. Vayda will Skype in daily from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm for anyone who needs to speak with him. Dr. Vayda will be available through email as well.
The interim associate dean search is ongoing. A committee has been formed to review the candidates' packets.
Diana Bisbee has been reviewing and processing the AG*IDEA distance ed proposals. Accepts program has been approved. There is interest in an ag communications distance ed class.
The Ag Curriculum Committee has concerns regarding the global studies program, particularly the sustainability of the two core courses to the minor. There is too much inconsistency. Dr. Vayda will offer fractional FTEs to department heads to have faculty step up and take ownership of these classes.
Division of Agriculture – Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station
Associate Vice President - Research Mark Cochran – No report
Standing Committee Reports
University Faculty Senate – Mary Savin
The Fulbright College's dean search is ongoing and they have approximately 30 applicants. The Law School's dean search has begun. Additional information can be found on each college's home page. A five year review of deans has been initiated for Bob McMath of the Honors College. Three candidates have been interviewed on campus for the Vice President of Agriculture and the committee will be meeting next week. Faculty who do not use their start up packages within the first year will have to request roll over funds. The separation of the research program from the Graduate School has created budget issues. New Student Orientation will move to Enrollment Services. Please encourage faculty to submit honorary degree nominations. The University is hoping to give the 2 percent raises retroactively. A survey was given to 2nd and 4th year faculty to complete: Collaborative of Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACH). The results of the survey will be posted in the near future.
Ro Dibrezzo has visited with many campus administrators regarding the placement of promotion and tenure nomination packets on SharePoint and the issues it created. Faculty Forums will be held on November 11 at 3:30 pm in POSC and on November 17 at 3:30 pm in Old Main. Campus Council meeting will be held on December 6 in Giffels Auditorium, Old Main at 3:30 pm. Campus Faculty meeting on December 7 in Giffels Auditorium, Old Main at 3:30 pm
Ag Curriculum Committee – Dave Kreider
A detailed listing of curriculum changes is available from Dave Kreider.
The Committee met on September 16 to discuss a university wide minor in sustainability. It will be available to all students, 18 hours with 3 new courses proposed as sustainability. All other courses will be electives from existing courses. There was a motion made to approve the minor in sustainability on second reading, which was approved. The governing committee will have authority to add courses that qualify as sustainability courses.
AEED 4632 - major change to dual credit. Approved on first reading.
AEED 4543 – new course proposal. Approved on first reading.
AEED 4243 – minor change. No committee action required.
AEED 2143 – new course proposal. Approved on first reading
AEED 4233 – change from 2 to 3 credits, previously AEED 4012. Approved on first reading.
The Ag Curriculum Committee reps will discuss with their respective departments the value and continuation of the AFLS International Programs program.
CSES 4103 – Part of AG*IDEA program. New course approved on first reading.
Changes to Crop Biotechnology minor – Approved on first reading
ESWS – major changes, approved on first reading
Diana Bisbee discussed Biobased Products and Bioenergy Graduate Certificate program associates with the Great Plains AG*IDEA Consortium.
Motion was made and seconded to approve the campus wide sustainability minor. Motion adopted by voice approval.
HESC Curriculum Committee – Kelly Way
Two program changes passed in 1) Dietetics and 2) Apparel Studies on the second reading.
Motion was made and seconded to approve the two program changes in Dietetics and for Apparel Studies. Motion adopted by voice approval.
Graduate Council Report – No report
Update on Strategic Planning
AEED - Department had a one hour discussion and will continue discussions. They plan to meet with stakeholders as well.
PLPA – the Department had been working on a Diversity Plan, had continued to work on a Strategic Plan for Teaching and was planning to hold a teaching retreat later this year.
AEAB –Discussion on how to get more resources, how to realign to better fit the resources they have in terms of faculty and skills and expertise to issues such as sustainability, quality of life in rural areas, etc. and the need to recruit a more diversified student body.
FDSC – Discussion at retreat included strategies for the future. They feel they can excel in food safety, rice processing and quality, food and human health and sustainability. The department is working on a document.
BAEG – The department has identified their strength and will revise their strategy plan. They will repackage their program to better appeal to students.
HESC – The department is having ongoing discussions. More discussion is expected at the monthly meeting next Friday.
CSES – The department has been responding to ten year review earlier in the year, which has helped them to already identify their weaknesses and strengths.
Old Business – Laurie Apple, none
New Business – Laurie Apple, none
The next Faculty Council meeting is November 19, 2010 and the fall faculty meeting is December 8, 2010.
Dr. Vayda asked that the meeting time on November 19 be moved to earlier in the day to accommodate a college wide event being planned.
Motion made and seconded to adjourn. The meeting adjourned at 4:00 pm
Submitted by
Carmen Alessi