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Indiana State University University Faculty Senate
March 13, Minutes

Indiana State University
Faculty Senate 2006-07

Time:            3:15 p.m.  

Place:          Hulman Memorial Student Union 227

Present:       Chairperson S. Lamb, Vice Chair B. Evans, Secretary C. Hoffman,

                           S. Davis, B. Frank, A. Halpern, J. Hughes, M. Miller, T. Mulkey             

Ex-Officio:     Provost Maynard

Guests:         H. Hudson (FAC), C. MacDonald (Grad. Council)



I.  Administration Report – Provost Maynard


    1)  The workshop in Morocco to help establish a quality-assurance (accreditation) organization 

          for higher education was very successful, attracting 200 participants.  The Ministry of

          Education is seeking grants to develop the organization, and the ISU College of Education

          hopes to attract Moroccan students who will be involved.


    2)  Nursing + HHP – The Indiana Commission for Higher Education has approved creation of

         the proposed college. The original task force will continue to work out issues. 

         A 12-member search committee (7 or 8 faculty) will be established to select a dean.


    3)  President Benjamin is in Indianapolis making a budget presentation. On-campus (internal) 

         budget presentations, by college, will occur April 3-5.  Each dean will make a 30-minute

         presentation discussing accomplishments, challenges, and fund-raising efforts, and then 

         take questions.  The deans of Nursing and HHP will make a joint presentation.




II. Chair Report  - S. Lamb


    Expressed appreciation for assurances by Provost Maynard and the Board of Trustees that the      

    restructuring of Nursing + HHP will have appropriate faculty governance input.




III. Fifteen Minute Open Discussion  -- Points / questions raised:


    1) Searches – updates (all updates from Provost):


          -- VP for Human Resources:  Three candidates have been interviewed. A recommendation

              should go to the president soon, following which an offer will be made and negotiations

              begun.  Anticipated salary range: $120-130K.


          -- Faculty:  So far 7 offers have been declined, most for salary reasons. 

             Additional discussion addressed compression and compaction of salaries at ISU.






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Fifteen Minute Open Discussion  (con't)



    2)  Sabbatical Leaves – update


          -- 36 leave proposals submitted

          -- 32 approved


   The University Leaves Oversight Committee will consider appeals of denials.

   Appeal recommendations are due March 31 to the president; final decisions due by April 15.



    3)  Promotion and Tenure – update


          -- No denials of tenure

          -- 3 denials of promotion to Full Professor


        In all cases of denial (leaves and promotions), Handbook requirements for consultation with

           deans, chairs, and department personnel chairs (as appropriate) have been completed.


        S. Lamb complimented the provost for his careful and thorough work on promotion and tenure.



    4) College of Nursing and Health and Human Services – Further discussion of faculty

        governance oversight (primary authority under the purview of CAAC):  The provost restated 

        that the Task Force, chaired by V. Sheets, will continue its work.  It was suggested that the 

        Task Force work closely with governance bodies in Nursing and HHP and that periodic 

        progress reports to the Exec. Committee and Senate would be most helpful.


    5)  J. Hughes was asked what he had hoped to accomplish with his letter (published 3/4/07) to 

         the Tribune-Star.  He responded that Trustees appear to him not to have acted to address

         an obvious problem in the current University leadership, though they have had more than

         enough time to do so.  Also, he was writing as a private citizen, not as a member of the 

         faculty or member of University governance. 


        Several members expressed concern with the published letter, noting that: 


        -- Trustees and local readers may be unable to distinguish between the private citizen and

           the faculty member/Senator/Executive Committee member.  Every citizen, including every

           faculty member, has a right to express a personal opinion, but in this case the writer may

           be perceived as representing the faculty, particularly faculty governance leadership.


        -- The letter was "not helpful" and may be counterproductive to current efforts encouraging

            the Board to resolve our present difficult situation.




IV. Minutes – Minutes #18 (2/27/07):  APPROVED (Davis, Frank 9-0-0)







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V.  Old Business – none



VI  New Business


   1) FAC – Recommendation re: Students voting on college governing bodies


        FAC finds the practice of allowing student members to vote on college governing bodies  

        to be inconsistent with ISU's Faculty Constitution.  Those colleges whose constitutions

        stipulate such a practice should be directed to make the necessary revisions to their

        documents and submit them for Senate approval."


       APPROVED  (Halpern, Mulkey 8-0-1)


   The Parliamentarian produced the following statement for inclusion in the minutes:


       The relevant provision in the University Handbook is Article I, Sec. 3:

       “Only tenured and tenure-track members shall be voting members of the University Faculty.”


       It is understood that the voting privileges thus granted pertain to faculty within the colleges and     

       may be exercised in the context of the respective college governing bodies and committees. 

       These privileges may also be applied in those instances where faculty vote as a college or

       University body.


       Article VIII Sec. 2 of the University Handbook states that the constitutions of the colleges must 

       "conform" to the definition of voting members established in I. 3.


       Although Article VIII Sec. 3 provides that the “colleges/library shall be autonomous in matters of 

       internal policy,” the extension of voting privileges to other groups would go beyond “matters of

       internal policy,” and therefore be in conflict with the definition of “voting members” as provided

       in I. 3.


       The word “only” that leads the sentence from I. 3, cited above, excludes all other groups except

       tenured and tenure-track faculty members from voting on college governing bodies and

       committees. Voting privileges must be explicitly granted; they cannot be assumed to exist for

       any group not specifically named in the Handbook.


       Therefore, instances in the colleges' governing bodies and committees in which students

       (or any other group not specified in I. 3) are given voting privileges are inconsistent with the  

       University Handbook.



















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2)  Grad. Council -- Recommendation that the Geology MA/MS program be placed on the              

        "reorganization" rather than the "elimination" list for Program Prioritization.


    C. MacDonald was invited to the table. The recommendation states:


        This program is currently being reorganized into a track under a broader degree 

        program, which will be housed in the proposed new department consisting of

        Anthropology, Geology, and Ecological and Organismal Biology.


    APPROVED (Mulkey, Davis 8-0-1)




   3)  Academic Integrity – Records and Issues statements to accompany the revised Policy


        Minor edits in phrasing.  APPROVED  (Evans, Hoffman 9-0-0)



The Committee went into executive session (Halpern, Davis 9-0-0).

The Committee came out of executive session (Halpern, Hoffman 9-0-0).



Motion:  charge CAAC to investigate whether required processes and procedures concerning the merger of Government Documents service desk/duties with reference desk/duties, and the creation of a new Electronic Resources Librarian position, were followed in the recent library reorganization.     


APPROVED (Mulkey, Hughes 9-0-0)




The meeting adjourned at 5:08 p.m.



Respectfully submitted,

C. Hoffman, Secretary