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February 18, 2019 – Minutes

Monday, February 18th at 4:00-5:00 pm, COBB 101

  1. Call to Order – The February 18, 2019 meeting of the University Senate was called to order at 4:06 pm in COBB, Room 101, by President Michael Swanbom.
  2. Roll Call – Alicia Kimbell called roll; a quorum was met.
  3. Approval of January Minutes – A motion was made by Teresa Murray and was approved by the Senate body.
  4. Announcements/Updates
    1. AROS survey results will be released soon.
    2. APC is trying to assemble a new strategic plan and is currently working on the next version similar to Tech 2020, will be presented at the Fall 2019-2020 meeting.
    3. The state is expecting a budget surplus, but revenue estimating conference is expected to recommend cuts. Dr. Guice is cautiously optimistic. The governor is trying not to put cuts on higher education.
    4. Video production guidelines can be found at edu/video-assets.
    5. An update on the office hours initiative indicate that there is a desire to move forward with the proposal. President Swanbom requested that the Senate members send in any other edits to the proposal so that they will be able to appear on the March agenda.
  5. Nominations for F.J. Taylor Award
    1. President Swanbom noted that the FJT award is different relative to the other Senate awards, and the executive committee has expressed a desire to bring it more in line with other awards.
      1. Jonathan Walters made a motion for the Senate to set up ad-hoc committees from each college in order to choose one nominee each to limit the number to only five potential candidates.
      2. Bryant Hollins expressed concerns regarding this motion stating that senators that are not a part of an academic college should also be able to participate in their own ad-hoc committee and make an additional nomination for this award making the total of six nominees for FJT.
      3. Further discussion resulted in an amendment to the original motion stating that Senate members outside of an academic college could choose to join one of the five ad-hoc committees for each college in order to assist in arriving at a nomination. Accepting the amended terms, the Senate voted in favor of this nomination method.
    2. President Swanbom further supported this change with the rationale that individuals within each college are the ones seeing the qualities and input from those they are familiar and work with closely. He requested that the members of the executive committee serve as the chairs for their academic college’s ad-hoc committee.
  6. Summer Salary Proposal
    1. President Swanbom presented a copy of the Proposal to Align Overload Compensation with Regular Contract Compensation (Policy 1419) for the Senate members to review.
    2. The rationale as well as a Typical Workload Compensation Chart was also presented to the APC as a way to introduce the proposed changes.
    3. A motion was made by Teresa Murray/Bryant Hollins to adopt this proposal through the Senate; all members were in favor.
  7. Endowed Professorship Eligibility for Promoted Lecturers Proposal
    1. The Board of Regents leaves it up to each institution to decide eligibility for Endowed Professorships.
    2. University Senate recommended revisions to Policy 2111 state that faculty members holding the ranks of assistant professor, associate professor, professor, senior lecturer and distinguished lecturer are eligible for consideration.
    3. A motion was made by Bryant Hollins to adopt these revisions as a Senate position; all members were in favor.
  8. Adjourn to Committees
  9. Adjournment – The meeting was adjourned at 4:55 on a motion by Jonathan Walters/Kevin Cuccia.