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Indiana State University University Faculty Senate
Approved  November 27,2007.
November 13, Minutes.

Indiana State University
Faculty Senate 2007-08


Time:           3:15 p.m.  

Place:           HMSU 227

Present:        Chairperson V. Sheets, Vice Chair A. Halpern, Secretary Sister A. M. Anderson

                     J. Fine, J. Hughes, S. Pontius

Absent:        M. Miller, T. Sawyer, D. Worley

Ex-officio:    J. Maynard

Guest:           Mary Howard-Hamilton


I.                    Agenda reordered by consensus

II.                 Chair Report: V. Sheets attended the open forum for the presidential search yesterday. Encouragement was given for others to attend the next meeting. It was informative in terms of hearing what was on the faculty’s minds. Hopefulness was expressed that the search committee will be able to incorporate the advice and information that was given. Many people raised concern over the openness of the search.

III.               Administrative Report: None

IV.              Approval of Minutes as amended (Pontius/Sheets) 6-0-0

a.       A request was made to e-mail approved minutes to all faculty as well as posting them on the Faculty Senate website.

V.                 New Business changed to Discussion Item

College of Education Constitution Revision

a.       M. Howard-Hamilton was invited to the table by consensus

b.      The rationales for the revisions were discussed.

c.       A future change is planned which will allow for electronic ballots.

d.      An offer was made to continue work on the constitution for clarification and to insure that all language is parallel to that of the Faculty Constitution. Additionally, it was noted that questions and suggestions would be welcomed as the work continues.

e.       A formal recommendation was made to ask C. Hoffman to assist with the editing process.

VI.              Old Business: None

VII.            Fifteen Minutes Open Discussions

a.       Clarification was requested of the Provost regarding last week’s mention of groundbreaking on a new NHHP building. It was stated that ISU is in the early stages of planning its capital request from the state of Indiana. A consultant is coming in, and a small team has been identified, to collect numbers on renovating the existing two buildings. There is no expectation of groundbreaking for a new building. The timing of demolition of obsolete buildings, and the funding of new construction vs remodel work on existing buildings was discussed.

b.      The Provost noted that the message regarding the desire for an open presidential search was delivered and was consistent. The point should be raised again at the next open forum.

c.       A request was made for comment by the provost on the cost of replacing Lou West with Dennis Raetz. Accurate numbers were not available at the time.

VIII.         Committee Liaison Reports

a.       AAC has not met yet. There is some discussion going on regarding winter session.

b.      CAAC:  Ed Kinley attended to give an update on the CIRT speaker series, workshops, and customized private training sessions available. A rough draft of the technology plan was shared. ITAC will be working on that this week and bringing back a more finalized product. Discussion is being held on large number of curriculum proposals expected. They are looking into ways of making the colleges more responsible for the accuracy of proposals before they go forward. The Gen Ed Task Force draft is on the website in an effort to keep what they are doing very transparent.

c.       FAC met last Thursday.  They held discussion and took a vote on a criminal background check document.

d.      FEBC met and discussed which charges to address next. Held conversation on C. Barton’s insurance wish list.

IX.              Closing notes:

a.       The Gen Ed Task Force information is on Blackboard.

b.      V. Sheets announced that L. Maule and C. Hoffman will be on the Handbook Task Force. M. Sacopulos is looking into ownership of SIRs and will respond at a later date.



Meeting adjourned 4:21 PM