May 2011 (general faculty meeting)Minutes
SPRING FACULTY MEETING
Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food & Life Sciences
May 6, 2011
1. Call to Order
Jeff Miller, chair, called the meeting to order at 10:00 am.
2. Approval of Agenda
Motion to approve agenda was made and seconded with one correction. Nick Anthony will give the Ag Curriculum Sub-Committee Report. Motion passed by voice approval.
3. Approval of Minutes
Motion to approve December 8, 2010 Fall Faculty Meeting minutes was made and seconded with two corrections: Page 7, Section 6A – Change AEED to AGEC, and in paragraph three change AEED to AGED. Motion passed by voice approval.
4. Bumpers College Administration Reports
A. State of the College – Mike Vayda, Dean
New Faces in New Places
• Lona Robertson was named Associate Dean in February, 2011
• Blake Bard was named Director of Development as of December 15, 2010
• Andy Proctor was named Director, International Programs in March, 2011
• Laurie Apple was appointed as Area Coordinator in Apparel Studies for HESC
• Robert Harrington was appointed as Area Coordinator in Food, Human Nutrition and Hospitality for HESC
• Beth Kegley was named Interim Department Head of ANSC in February, 2011
• Fendley Ragland was hired as an Instructor for AEAB
• Lawrence R. "Dick" Oliver, University Professor and Elms Farming Chair for Weed Science, CSES
• Carl L. Griffis, Professor, BAEG
• Lucas D. Parsch, Associate Professor, Associate Department Head for Teaching and Curriculum, Graduate Program Coordinator, AEAB
• Flat Budgets
- 0 percent change at State allocation level
- tuition & fees to be discussed at BOT meeting
- 4 percent increase in fringe rate
impact on GCA & Division funding
- much brighter than most states
• Summer Session Incentive Plan
- 75/25 percent revenue share (after instructor paid)
- Global Campus 60/40 percent
(pay instructor out of 60 percent share)
Budget Hearing Process
• Campus Budget
- SSCH delivered
- Student numbers
- Quality & Reputation of Program
- Research productivity
• Division Budget
- state needs in research & extension
• Departmental Introspection
- Recognize and articulate what we do very well and value
- Prioritize aspirations & enhancements desired for the next decade
- Refine our recruiting strategy
- Define our facility needs
- What we need net-new resources for:
- Development efforts (upcoming campaign)
- basis for future Budget requests
• Action Plan with specific objectives, January Department Heads retreat
College "To Do List"
Clarity of Expectations
DBCAFLS Role in Campus-Wide Sustainability
Effect on curricula; workloads
Short range; long range objectives
Leverage to curriculum applications
Development Priorities – Capital Campaign
Direct efforts towards achieving programmatic aspirations
Our Recruiting Message
Premier professional career opportunities
Personal, nurturing environment
Real-world experiences – value added
"focusing lens": enhance the marketability of our students
JT CDSC; HOEC 113; Classroom upgrades
Anticipating Future Needs
Enhancement; funding commitment
Senator Bumpers event; future events
Student Ambassadors – promo with student perspectives
Community Leaders – engagement
Alumni Society & Advisory Boards
Dr. Andrew Sharpley
Soil & Water Conservation Society's Highest Honor
"Hugh Hammond Bennett Award
Drs. Michael Thomsen, Rudy Nayga, Cindy Moore & Mardi Crandall
were awarded a $4.78 million 5-year grant for Childhood Obesity
Dr. Luke Parsch
awarded the Collis R. Geren Award for Excellence in Grad Education
Dr. Marty Matlock
received the Faculty Distinguished Achievement Award for Service
Dr. Cindy Moore
received the University Outstanding Faculty Advising Award
Dr. Andy Proctor
became a Fellow of the American Oil Chemists Society
Dr. Robert Harrington
ranked No. 1 in Strategic Management research
and No. 17 in total hospitality research productivity worldwide
by the Journal of Hospitality & Tourism
Dr. Kris Brye & the Student Soil Judging Team
- placed 4th in the National Competition
Dr. Kathy Smith & Apparel Studies Senior Merchandising Students
Ashley Taylor, Lauren Koenigsman, Jeremy Lutat
- won awards at the Fashion Group International Career Day
- Public Relations Professional of the Year Award
from the Public Relations Society of America
Dr. Ashley Dowling & Entomology "Linnean Team" Students Sam Kim,
Carey Minteer, Jessica Hartshorn, Bryan Petty & Ray Fisher
– placed 2nd in the National Linnean Games
held by the Entomological Society of America
B. Associate Dean – Lona Robertson
Please click the link to see the slides Dr. Robertson used in her report.
One correction on the first slide is that it should read Student FTE Majors by Department. The college was up 5.9 percent for the spring of 2011 versus the spring of 2010. HESC was controlled for the move of Interior Design.
SSCH – FDSC improved the most in generating student credit hours. The college was up 9.7 percent in generating student credit hours.
Admissions Activity Report – Applications are up. The University is expecting 4400 new freshmen for Fall 2011, and expecting overall enrollment of approximately 23,000 students. Based upon applications and admissions Bumpers College expects a 13.5 percent increase in AFLS enrollment.
May 17 at 1:30 pm there will be an Advisor Session in Hembree Auditorium for prepping for Summer Orientation. Dr. Robertson reminded everyone to submit their grades.
C. Division of Agriculture – Rick Roeder, Interim Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station and Interim Associate Vice President - Research
• Mark Cochran—Vice President for Agriculture
• Rick Roeder—Interim Experiment Station Director
• Elizabeth Dombek—Interim Experiment Station Associate Director—Finance and Administration
• Nathan McKinney—Interim Experiment Station Assistant Director
• Patty Siebenmorgen—CFO, ADC
• Beth Kegley—Interim Animal Science Department Head
• Chuck Wilson – Interim Director of Rice Research and Extension Center
• Phil Tappe – Interim Director of Forestry Resource Center in Monticello
AES Budget Situation for FY 2012
State Appropriations FY 2012 - Probably flat.
Federal Appropriations FY 2012 - Should hopefully increase up to 10%.
Special Federal Appropriations FY 2011 - Losing nine earmarks worth $3,021,921.
Grants and Contracts FY 2011
Rice—43 grants funded for $2,870,000
Soybean—46 grants funded for $2,604,000
Corn/Grain Sorghum—15 grants funded for $463,800
Wheat—7 grants funded for $201,000
Cotton—15 grants funded for $395,529
Beef—6 grants funded for $89,181
Foundational Programs—Traditional 1-3 year grants
Challenge Area—Large, multi-institutional, 1-5 year grants
AES Scientists submitted 46 letters of intent (16 Foundational and 30 Challenge)
• Thoma, Matlock, Maxwell et al., $4.9 M, 5 year award for Swine Production and Climate Change
• Nayga, Thomsen, et al., $4.8 M, 5 year award for Childhood Obesity
Industry and Other
• Grants office has processed 49 research contracts for $1,585,589
AES Intellectual Property
FY 2010 Division of Agriculture Statistics
Invention Disclosures = 19
Patent Applications = 12
Licensees Executed = 54
License Income Received = $625,614
Patents Issued = 3
5. Faculty Council Report – Jeff Miller, Chair
• Updated standing committee membership lists and posted on College website
• Began review of Faculty By-laws
– Discussion focused on responsibilities of standing committees: Awards, Scholarships, P & T, and Curriculum
– Motion (passed unanimously): Standing committees will convene for the following purposes:
• examining the function, organization and operation of the committee; and
• developing an operational document that could be passed on to future committees. (Recommendations to change the By-laws may also be included.)
• Reports on procedures from standing committees:
– HESC Curriculum sub-committee updated its bylaws
– Ag Curriculum sub-committee is updating its bylaws
– Scholarship Committee has begun to discuss its operational procedures; a faculty vote on committee structure is forthcoming
– A faculty vote on the Awards Committee structure is forthcoming
– P &T Committee reported it was functioning properly; however, more recently a Division-wide ad hoc committee has begun to form to examine P & T procedures
• Conducted election in which Mary Savin and Curt Rom were named to Faculty Senate positions
• Motion (passed unanimously): Adopt the following as the College's Purdue course evaluation core questions:
– The content of this course is consistent with the objectives of the course.
– My instructor explains difficult material clearly.
– The teaching methods used in this course enable me to learn.
– My instructor provides me with assistance when asked.
– Meaningful feedback on tests and other work is provided.
Recognized departmental representatives serving on Faculty Council
• Dan Rainey – AEAB
• Don Edgar – AEED
• Hayden Brown – ANSC
• Scott Osborn – BAEG
• Kris Brye – CSES (Chair Elect)
• Donn Johnson – ENTO
• Ron Buescher – FDSC
• Cindy Moore – HESC
• Brad Murphy – HORT
• Dave TeBeest – PLPA
• Park Waldroup – POSC
6. Standing Committee Reports
A. Agriculture Curriculum Sub-Committee Report – Nick Anthony
Please click on link for Dr. Anthony's report.
B. Human Environmental Sciences Sub-Curriculum Committee Report – Kelly Way
Please click on link for Dr. Way's report.
C. University Faculty Senate Report – Bruce Ahrendsen
Please click on link for Dr. Ahrendsen's report.
There was discussion regarding the revised P&T timeline. It was confirmed that the revised timeline came from the provost's office, most likely for processing purposes.
D. Graduate Council – Mike Richardson
Please click on link for Dr. Richardson's report.
The meeting minutes for each meeting may be found at http://grad.uark.edu/dean/gradcouncil/minutes/
E. Honors Program Update – Duane Wolf
Please click on link for Dr. Wolf's report.
Dr. Wolf also recognized three new mentors: Brian Haggard, Ken Korth, and Cindy Moore.
F. International Programs Committee – Andy Proctor
Please click on link for Dr. Proctor's report.
G. Promotion and Tenure Committee – John Clark, No Report
H. Gamma Sigma Delta – Mary Savin
Jason Apple will become President, Jason Norsworthy will become Vice President and Ken Coffee is the Treasurer. They are looking for one more volunteer for the office of Secretary. Student Presentation Competition was held on February 22 with 48 presentations. Gamma Sigma Delta (GSD) awarded 3 scholarships at $800 each. GSD collected $2170 in dues this year. GSD inducted 21 new members (10 undergraduate student and 8 graduate students and 3 faculty members) at their Awards Initiation ceremony on March 29. Faculty awards recipients include Rick Norman – Research, Don Steinkraus for Teaching and Gus Lorenz for Extension. GSD received a $685 enrichment grant to help with student competition this year. Dr. Savin has abstract booklets available upon request.
7. New Business – Jeff Miller
Graduate Council Rep Election. Jackie Wiersma elected by acclimation to replace Larry Purcell. Faculty in attendance voted to approve Dr. Wiersma's election to the Graduate Council.
Discussion of Changes to Faculty By-Laws.
• Motion 1: Article VIII.E.2. (Awards Committee Organization and Operation)
• Current: The committee shall consist of one Faculty representative from each academic unit and one faculty representative from the Dean's office. Each academic unit shall select a representative. Faculty members shall serve three-year terms with 1/3 of the members replaced each year. The Dean's representative shall serve as chair of the committee.
• Proposed: The committee shall consist of one Faculty representative from each academic unit and one representative from the Dean's office. Faculty members shall serve three-year terms with 1/3 of the members replaced each year. The committee will elect a chair from its membership each year. The chair will serve as a voting member. The representative of the Dean's office will serve as an ex officio non-voting member.
• Rationale: To facilitate faculty leadership in the decision-making process while continuing to facilitate College administration's advisory role.
Don M. Johnson, a faculty member serving on the Awards Committee, mentioned that the Awards Committee did discuss this proposal and they do not support this proposal. The rationale being that the Associate Dean as chair is or should be unbiased (disinterested party) where as a faculty member serving as chair may have a candidate that he or she prefers.
A motion was made and seconded to table Motion 1 for further discussion. Motion passed by voice approval with some negative votes or nays.
• Motion 2: Article VIII.D.2. (Scholarship Committee Organization and Operation)
• Current: The committee shall consist of a representative from each academic unit, the Associate Dean of Academic Programs and the Coordinator of Student Affairs. The Associate Dean shall serve as the Chair of the Committee. Each academic unit shall select their Faculty representative. Faculty members shall serve three-year terms with 1/3 of the members replaced each year.
• Proposed: The committee shall consist of one Faculty representative from each academic unit, the Associate Dean of Academic Programs and the College scholarship administrator. Faculty members shall serve three-year terms with 1/3 of the members replaced each year. The committee will elect a chair from its membership each year. The chair will serve as a voting member. The Associate Dean and the College scholarship coordinator will serve as ex officio non-voting members.
• Rationale: To facilitate faculty leadership in the decision-making process while continuing to facilitate College administration's advisory role.
A motion was made and seconded to make an amendment to the proposal to change the wording from "Associate Dean of Academic Programs" to "the dean of the college or the dean's representative". Motion passed by unanimous voice approval.
A motion was made and seconded to add "Each academic unit shall select their Faculty representative." to the proposal. Motion passed by unanimous voice approval.
A motion was made and seconded to table Motion 2 for further discussion. Motion passed by voice approval with some negative votes or nays.
• Motion 3: Article VIII.C.2. par. 3 (Curriculum Committee Organization and Operation)
• Current: A chair will be elected at the first meeting of each year.
• Proposed: A chair will be elected at the first meeting of each year. The chair will serve as a voting member.
• Rationale: To clarify the voting eligibility of the chair.
The Ag-Curriculum Sub Committee is not able to vote today, for discussion only. In parliamentary procedures the chair breaks ties. The By-laws state that the chair is ex-officio. Motion 3 will be added to Faculty Council discussion and will eventually be submitted for a vote.
8. Announcements by Department
AEAB – Fendley Ragland hired as instructor for August, 2011
AEED – None
ANSC - None
BAEG – None
CSES – Dick Oliver retiring in June, 2011. Andy Pereira hired in January, 2011
ENTO - None
FDSC – None
HORT – None
HESC – None
PLPA – None
POSC – None
Meeting adjourned at 12:10 pm
Submitted by Carmen Alessi