June 10 , 2006
Regular Meeting Minutes of the Faculty Senate
Approved August 24, 2006
SENATORS, ALTERNATES, AND OFFICERS PRESENT
||E. Michael Smith
||C. Lynn Montgomery
SENATORS, ALTERNATES, AND OFFICERS ABSENT
EX-OFFICIOS AND GUESTS PRESENT
I. CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order by the Chair, Dr. Nancy Chu, at 5:12 p.m.
II. GUEST SPEAKERS
Ken Rowe, Vice President for Administrative Affairs
Mr. Rowe had a scheduling conflict and was unable to attend the meeting.
III. APPROVAL OF MAY 2006 MINUTES
The May 2006 Minutes were approved as circulated.
IV. CHAIR’S REPORT
Dr. Chu reported that the Executive Committee did not meet with the Provost since he was out of town. However, the Executive Committee met to identify directions for the Senate for the next year. Several directives were identified. First, the annual report from IT raised an issue and recommendation to look into website maintenance on campus. For instance, are there any standards of uniformity and who is responsible for updating the sites? The Executive Committee will bring this issue up with the Provost.
Second, the Faculty Compensation Committee explored the feasibility of the Faculty Senate taking on the salary issue. An idea to offer tuition waivers for employees and families as a form of compensation was discussed and agreed that it is a potential recruitment incentive that the FCC will pursue.
Third, Dr. Kumar recommended passing the results of the latest faculty survey on to the proper committees for action. The goal will be to reactivate the committees and have them give reports on their respective issues at each senate meeting.
V. COMMITTEE REPORTS
Committee on Committees
The June 2006 Committee on Committees report was approved as presented.
Annual Committee Reports
The Senate discussed the annual reports submitted by all active committees.
VI. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
Dr. Kumar encouraged all Senators to get feedback from their college faculty regarding the straw man benefits model presented by Julius Hilburn in the May meeting.
VII. NEW BUSINESS
Dr. Chu introduced the new Faculty Senate officers for next year and presented them with plaques. Satish Kumar will be Chair; Kevin Haney will be Chair-Elect; Nathan Shankar will be Secretary; and Steve Blevins will be Secretary-Elect.
Dr. Kumar spoke about next year’s agenda and what the Faculty Senate can do. He listed several initiatives. First, the Faculty Senate should have a more active role in the faculty community on campus. Second, he would like to reactivate the committees and get them to respond to the issues brought up in the last faculty survey. Third, a big event will be scheduled to bring the faculty together. Dr. Steve Blevins is responsible for this event and he stated that the goal is to put on a debate about healthcare. The idea will be sent to President Boren for his feedback. Fourth, Dr. Kumar would like to make the Faculty Senate meetings more interesting and would also like to invite all faculty to attend. He intends to get a variety of speakers and suggested President Boren, Bob Stoops, Governor Henry and follow ups from the HR/Benefits and Parking Departments. He asked for more suggestions from the Senate. Finally, the Executive Committee members will take on individual roles in getting the Senate more active on issues identified.
Dr. Kumar announced that the next meeting will be on August 24th and President Boren has been asked to speak. He asked the Senate to note that this date is not on the third Thursday, but rather the fourth.
Dr. Al-Assaf encouraged the Senators to read the annual committee reports to catch up on other areas of the campus.
Dr. Chu thanked the Senate for their support, work and attendance over the past year. She also thanked the Executive Committee for all their support during her term.
Dr. Olsen presented a motion to the Faculty Senate to officially commend our esteemed chairman Dr. Nancy Chu for the excellence and outstanding leadership that has been evidenced throughout her tenure as Chair of the Faculty Senate. Motion was seconded and approved.
The Chair asked for a motion to adjourn. The motion was approved. The meeting adjourned at 5:51 p.m.
May 2006 Minutes (Draft)
June 2006 COC Report
Committee Annual Reports