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Indiana State University University Faculty Senate
Approved November 29, 2005.
November 15, Minutes

Indiana State University
Faculty Senate 2005-06

Time:            3:15 p.m.  

Place:          Hulman Memorial Student Union 227

Present:       Chairperson S. Lamb, Vice Chair V. Sheets, Secretary Sr. A. Anderson

                    V. Anderson, B. Evans, C. Hoffman, J. Hughes, S. Shure

Ex-Officio:     R. English



I.  Administrative Report

            R. English conveyed that Provost Maynard had discussed with Arts and Sciences Dean Sauer the Life Sciences Memorandum of Understanding (MOU); a search for a Life Sciences’ department chair will not commence at this time.


II. Chair Report

            Chair Lamb:

            “The only event I would like to report on is the AAUP forum on the Enrollment Crisis which occurred last Wednesday. Scott Davis, the AAUP chair, did a remarkable job of conducting the forum in a very positive vein. I appreciate the input from the faculty. I would like to thank all the administrators who are serving as chairs on the enrollment sub-committees: Richard Toomey, Becky Libler, and Bob Guell, as well as a number of other administrators on the enrollment committees for attending and participating. The faculty panel [Jeff Harper, Virgil Sheets, and Arthur Halpern] gave quality information to the audience.

            Much discussion centered on our image issues as well as the proper role of faculty in recruitment. Scott Davis and Arthur Halpern have commented that we need to be pushed into the ‘cold water’ reality of the image issue. Jeff Harper and Frank Bell engaged in excellent discussions around faculty recruitment issues and expectations. Perhaps future Faculty Senate agenda items will result from this excellent forum.

Again, my thanks to the administration for attending.”


III. Fifteen Minute Open Discussion

            1) Inquiry if replacement of faculty computers with laptops is optional; presently this option remains.

2) Concern expressed with legislators serving on Ivy Tech Board.

3) Concern expressed that prospective student inquiries to the Office of Admissions meet with no response.


IV. Approval of the Minutes

            Minutes of the November 8, 2005 meeting were approved. (V. Anderson, Hoffman 8-0-0)


V. Old Business

1) Approved a charge to the Faculty Affairs Committee (A. Anderson, V. Anderson 8-0-0):

Consider for subsequent recommendation:


Proposed Modifications to the existing “Special Purpose and Part-Time Temporary Faculty Policies document approved by the Faculty Senate, February 17, 2004:

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1.  At the very end of the document insert the following sentence under the new title Modifications: Modification to this document must be approved by the University Faculty affairs Committee, the Executive committee, and may require approval of the Faculty Senate if judged to be substantive by the Executive Committee.


2. Under Titles: changes to Lecturer qualifications need to be made to the guidelines in order that they correspond to proposed Handbook language.


FAC members: the following is not in agreement with the Handbook language that was approved by the Board of Trustees after being approved by the UFS.  It must be modified to be in agreement with the Handbook.

a. Lecturer I is a faculty member who has been appointed four terms or fewer.

b. Lecturer II is a faculty member who has been appointed a minimum of five

      terms and/or has the terminal degree and appropriate experience.

c. Lecturer III is a faculty member who has been appointed more than thirteen

      terms and/or has the terminal degree and appropriate experience.


The Handbook language is:

a. Lecturer I is a faculty member who has been appointed four terms or fewer.

b. Lecturer II is a faculty member who has an advanced degree and has been

      appointed a minimum of four terms or has equivalent experience.

c. Lecturer III is a faculty member with at least one advanced degree who has

      been appointed a minimum of eight terms or has equivalent experience.


3.  Under Department/College Culture and Governance, #6—replace with: The Special Purpose Faculty Liaison is a member of the special purpose faculty appointed annually by the Executive committee in consultation with the Office of Academic Affairs.  This individual serves as an ex-officio member of the Faculty Senate Faculty Affairs Committee and works with Academic Affairs to voice concerns of special purpose and part-time temporary faculty and review implementation of policies regarding special purpose and part-time faculty.  The suggested stipend would be equivalent to one credit hour ($1000) annually.


Enclosures for reference: 1) Special Purpose and Part-Time Temporary Faculty Policies document approved by the Faculty Senate, February 17, 2004; 2) Board of Trustees approved Handbook language concerning this topic.


2) Approved by consensus Martha Mertens for a one-year term (2005-2006) as Advocate for Special Purpose and Part-Time Faculty.


3) J. Hughes referred to his statement on the Life Sciences’ MOU made at last week’s Executive Committee meeting; he reiterated his concerns and noted that the administration’s decision to not move ahead with a department chair search did not honor the MOU; the department would continue to suffer from faculty losses.

                 S. Lamb asked if there had been a vote of no confidence by the faculty, “would that have not called for the academic dean to conduct an investigation as called for by the Handbook?”  Dr. Hughes indicated that the MOU process suspended that process.   

                 C. Hoffman observed that the Provost had confirmed (Oct. 18) that the MOU is a binding contract; without the placement of a department chair the Senate vote approving the department reorganization would be voided—back to one department and the need to deal with the no-confidence vote.



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4) Robert Huckabee was approved as a replacement on the URC. (A. Anderson, Sheets 8-0-0)


VI. New Business

            The FAC report on the Program Prioritization Initiative has been forwarded to the taskforce co-chair, M. Murphy.

            The Executive Committee expressed appreciation to the Graduate Council and the Faculty Affairs Committee for submission of excellent documents and to the CAAC for its serious consideration of this matter.


VII. Standing Committee Reports

            Executive Committee liaisons provided updates on respective standing committee activity.


The meeting adjourned at 4:31 p.m.