Faculty Council Minutes -- October 2015

Faculty Council

Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food & Life Sciences

October 16, 2015

APC Rosen Center Conference Room


Call to Order – Dr. Bluhm called the meeting to order at 2:30 PM


Approval of Agenda – Agenda is approved as presented.


Approval of September 18, 2015 Faculty Council Meeting Minutes –Motion was made to approve the minutes with one correction.  Motion was then seconded and approved.


Administration Reports

Division of Agriculture – Associate Vice President – Research AAES, Dr. Clarence Watson

No report due to Division of Agriculture retreat.


Bumpers College – Dean and Associate Vice President for Agriculture,  Dr. Vayda

Vice Provost for Research and Economic Development, Jim Rankin has been working on the Faculty Activity Tool (FACT).  This will be an electronic version of publications, grants and grant activity.  It will eventually be used for populating the FSR.  A prototype should be ready for viewing by January 2016.   Larry Esch has been hired by the College of Engineering.  After a search for the Financial Officer, the College has now hired Barbara Esch.  We have asked for a College Strategic Planning Committee to work on a review of our current strategic plan and a redraft for the next 5 year period so that we will be in sync with the Division’s 5 year planning cycle.  The intent is that the writing committee will come up with a first draft will be presented at the Department Heads December retreat.  After getting comments and feedback from them, it will then be presented to Faculty Council in January.  At that point, you will present to your departments to take a look at it and gather input and hope to have it in place by the end of the academic year.  The Provost has made allocations for enrollment growth funds for 2 FTE.  This will fund one FTE in AgStats and one tenure track in HES for food and health.  Allen Powell and Cindy Moore have resigned to take positions at other Universities.  We will be filling those positions with non-tenured faculty while we advertise the positions.  We have 10 candidates are progressing through to review for promotion and tenure.  There has been a request in the delay of the timing and this was denied.  This was to ensure that all candidates are treated the same.   The Department recommendations are due by October 22nd; the Department Head’s recommendation letter is due by October 30; the college-wide committee will meet on November 13th.  This is to allow a one-week rebuttal period by candidates if they should choose to do so.  Scholarship luncheon is next Friday, October 23rd.  There is a new format this year to make it a more personal event for the donors and the student recipients.  The Dean’s Executive Advisory Board will be meeting on October 22nd in HOEC Commons.  The annual Alumni Society tailgate is on October 24th with a breakfast menu.     


Bumpers College – Associate Dean, Dr. Lona Robertson

I have been contacted regarding the physical and mental health of a couple of students.  Please be aware and keep your eye on your students.  If you have concerns, please contact me or the Dean of Students.  CAPS will not intervene.  Also, please fill out uofacares.uark.edu online.  Please pass this along to your colleagues to make them aware.  There have been reports of academic integrity violations – cheating on exams and plagiarism. In regard to such cases, undergrad goes to Dr. Robertson and graduate goes to Pat Koski.  Dr. Rorie said that his student feedback from his University Perspectives class that many had noted that they would like to see the health and wellness module be at the beginning of the class.



International Programs and Honors Updates – Director, Dr. Leslie Edgar


See Pages 1 – 10 of reports

This year’s Global Food Opportunities seminar will be co-hosted with Horticulture.  There is a short bio on Dr. Tim Davis who is coming in on November 4th.  That seminar will be from 1 – 2:30 on the 4th in the new Auditorium.  Please hang the flyers and encourage your students and faculty to attend.  We will be having the International Information Fair on October 29th in AFLS Atrium 3 – 5 pm.  There will information on both program and funding opportunities.  The deadline for Bumpers College Student Research grant proposals are due November 6th.  We will have four Honors graduates in December.  We will have our Honors Program Graduate Reception on December 18th.  Likely between 4 – 6 pm.   Two action items - We are requesting each department have 2 honors courses in their department by May 2016.  We would like to have a 5-year international plan from each department by April 2016.  This is necessary for planning with freshmen.  Dr. Edgar strongly encourage that the committee ensure that the international and honors is represented as teaching function, not a service function.  Also, mentoring should be considered.


Student Networking and Curricular Enhancement – Director, Dr. H. L. Goodwin

No report.


University Faculty Senate – Dr. Don Edgar, Chair

The Faculty Senate is looking at non-tenure track faculty and how to improve the environment.  They are looking for input from the departments.  They are also looking at retention and retainment.  The Provost outlined five areas of focus -  Analysis, Summer Bridge - a program for at-risk students, Data and analytics group, relationships with community colleges and faculty development.  There is a change on the probation policy.  If a student is on probation and they take 12 credit hours and have a 3.0, they get an automatic admit.  The credits can’t count on pass/fail in Bumpers College.  The instructor can change it in ISIS, CR–P or CR-F.  These require a C.   Classes taken as pass/fail cannot be changed to a letter grade by the professor.


Graduate Faculty Council –Dr. Thad Scott, Chair

The Graduate Faculty Council voted to approve a motion that was made regarding dual credit courses.  This policy doesn’t presently affect our College but possibly could if any degree programs decide to go in this direction.  Students who are in an accelerated program, where they will get undergraduate credit then graduate credit for the same course, the grade will be displayed on their undergraduate transcript but would ultimately be displayed as a credit on their graduate transcript.  Originally it was displayed as a grade in both places.


Faculty Council Business – Dr. Burt Bluhm, Chair

No one has volunteered to be on nominations committee.  Don Edgar volunteered.  We need a third volunteer to serve on the ballot to make an election.

Standing Committee Reports:

Promotion & Tenure Committee – Dr. Bruce Dixon, Chair – no report


Awards Committee – Dr. Godwin-Charles Ogbeide, Chair – no report


Scholarship Committee – Dr. Doug Karcher, Chair

See Pages 11 - 12  of reports.   We have reallocated some scholarships.  We took action on scholarships awarded to graduating seniors who are not enrolled full-time in their last semester.  We decided to go ahead and award as long as they have applied for and met graduation requirements.  The non-resident tuition award requirements have changed for 2016-17.  Illinois has been added to the list of neighboring states.  The committee plans on meeting earlier in January to make awards to incoming freshmen in order to be more competitive.  The remainder of the scholarships will be awarded in March.

AFLS Curriculum Sub-committee – Dr. Mary Savin, Chair

See Page 13 of reports.   There were three course changes, no program changes and one informational item as outlined on the written report.  A motion was made to accept all. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously. 


HESC Curriculum Sub-committee –Dr. Laurie Apple for Dr. Kathy Smith, Chair

See Pages 14 - 24 of reports.   The Birth through K licensure program changes are too numerous to list but are included in the report.  A motion was made to approve. Motion was seconded and it passed unanimously.

Old Business

There was discussion of the revised College Personnel Document.  A request was made for feedback from the departments, but the members had not received much, if any, feedback from the faculty.  Dr. Apple requested that she be able to take it back to HESC faculty to compare the side-by-side review and provide feedback.  If was mentioned that in order to ratify this document, it will be presented at the Fall Meeting in December.  It will be sent out immediately so they have a month to review and then vote on it at the December meeting.


New Business

The College website is not working correctly and causing frustration.  Dr. Robertson will ask for a timeline for the final migration of the departments.




The next meeting of the Faculty council will be Friday, November 20, 2015 at 2:30 at the Rosen Center.  Please emphasize to your units about providing feedback on the personnel document.


Motion was made to adjourn.  Motion seconded and approved.  Meeting adjourned at 3:33 p.m.


Submitted by Carrie Whitmer