Jan. 27, 2020 – Minutes

  1. Call to Order – The January 27, 2020 meeting of the University Senate was called to order at 4:02 p.m. in Wyly Auditorium by President Michael Swanbom
  2. Welcome – President, Michael Swanbom, COES
  3. Roll Call – Alicia Kimbell called roll; a quorum was met
  4. Approval of December 2019 Minutes – a motion to approve the minutes was made by Berg and seconded by Reis; all approved
  5. Survey
    1. Mikey Swanbom provided a link to a statewide survey that was used to assess satisfaction of faculty in the state; he asked senate members to review and consider if some of these questions may be appropriate to ask on the upcoming senate survey
    2. Link to statewide survey: https://s-us.chkmkt.com/?e=181256&d=e&h=45868FFF44C0070&l=en
  6. Presentation on Salary Averages Relative to SREB
    1. Jonathan Walters presented updated information from the most recent SREB report
    2. Showed a comparison of the salaries of full, associate, and assistant professors from each school in relation to the SREB institution category it fits into; gave a better idea of how Louisiana Tech ranks in comparison to the other category 2 schools
  7. Preliminary Update and Presentation on Tech’s Budget
    1. Mikey Swanbom presented information found in the 2018-2019 budget including topics of revenues/student fees, expenditures, and unrestricted expenditures by object
    2. Plans to enter budget data from previous years to look for trends which will help the senate to determine where additional questions need to be asked
  8. Resolution in Support of Committees to Review Policies on Academic Freedom and Due Process for Contingent Faculty
    1. Time did not allow to cover this topic; a decision was made to put on hold for discussion at the February meeting
  9. Sub-Committee Work Time – time did not allow for senate members to work in their committees
  10. Adjournment
    1. Meeting was adjourned at 5:09 p.m.