MINUTES UMKC FACULTY SENATE
March 4, 1997
3:00 PM Jean Braun called the meeting to order.
3:05 Minutes of March 4, 1997 were approved with corrections.
1. IFC: Dr. Hans Uffelmann reported on several topics discussed at IFC.
2. Administrative Affairs: Nancy Stancel reported on the evaluations for the Dean of Biological Sciences (and the Dean of Nursing-omitted in this report). The Dean of Arts and Sciences evaluation process is still being coordinated and a place where faculty members can review the Dean’s portfolio has not yet been selected. There was confusion on the part of the Dean of Arts and Sciences that the letter stating his review was due, had not been sent to him. Barbara Glesner-Fines has asked Dr. Mendoza to re-issue the letter to the dean. Once that is done, evaluation forms can be sent out.
3. Definitions of Committees: A discussion of filling committee slots ended with agreement that the Senate needs definitions and mission statements for committees on which they are asked to accept appointments. Jean stated that this information can be made available to the Senate.
1. Student Creed: This topic was discussed during a General Officers retreat. Jean Braun distributed a copy of UMR’s brochure on student rights and a copy of the Carolinian Creed. The Senate felt that discussion on this topic would be more appropriate for Student Affairs and the Student Government Association. The motion was made and seconded to move the issue off the table (22 ayes, no nays, no abstentions).
2. Alma Mater: Dr. Bill Fredrickson brought this issue forward. He asked that the Senate consider adopting, as verses one and three, the new verses written by Dr. Charles Robinson of the Conservatory. In addition it was recommended that verse one be the verse printed on the commencement program. It was felt that the text of the new verses is much more meaningful than the generic verse originally written. It was moved and seconded to accept these changes (22 ayes, no nays, no abstentions).
3. Chancellor’s Memorandum No.77: The January 1995 version (not the December 1995) is the newest revision and is the official copy. The Senate still has not procured the newest version but will do so and distribute it to the Senate. Discussion will be delayed until the Senate has the latest version.
4. Missouri house bill HB493: Janet McKinney reported that it has gone out of committee. This bill has been combined with the Senate bill 322. This version names one rotating faculty member (non-voting) to serve on the Board of Curators.
5. The dean selection process was discussed. Several faculty members mentioned that the process is inadequate in keeping faculty members apprised of what is happening in the search. There are no guidelines for this procedure indicating what is the faculty’s role in this process and little feedback is given. The issue will be investigated by the Senate’s Administrative Issues committee. One suggestion was that the Chancellor appoint a three person advisory board that can deal with the process from beginning to end.
Discussion with the Chancellor
1. The Chancellor brought with her a news release just issued this afternoon. The Board of Curators announced two finalists in the university presidential search. The two candidates are Manuel Pacheco, (President of the University of Arizona) and Donald Lindbergh (Director of the National Library of Medicine).
2. The Administrative Systems Project: Project Review with General Officers report was distributed. This committee is reviewing People Soft’s ability to provide an integrated software for admonitions, registrar, and payroll systems. The charge of the committee is ... “to develop a plan to streamline and make more efficient and user friendly the core business and service processes historically included in the finance, human resource and student systems of the University of Missouri.” Dr. James McGill Jim had questions in regards to “phantom software” that is just now being developed.
3. Update on CBHE mission enhancement: This developed after Proposition B failed as a means to fund the university. We do not yet know how much money will be delegated to the university system but there is a traditional formula 20%. The Chancellor distributed a letter written by Dr. Kala Stroup (Commissioner of the CBHE). At the last General Officers meeting a draft for discussions (with a time table) was passed out. The Chancellor has to submit changes to mission statements, areas of enhancements and budget requests by April 1. Final proposals will be submitted to CBHE on October 9, 1997. She will keep us updated on the process.
4. Faculty Curator bills; HB39/SB322, HB493: The appointment of a faculty member to the Board of Curators has the potential of creating a partnership between faculty members and the Board. She understands the Senate’s apprehension that this formal appointment could weaken the role of the IFC. On the other hand, faculty rarely have the opportunity to directly address the Board of Curators. This presents a new opportunity for faculty members. Hopefully, the IFC would act in concert with the faculty board appointed person.
5. Report on Roundtable discussion with SGA: The students asked pertinent questions and discussion was open and frank. On the issue of housing, the Chancellor explained that Twin Oaks is being sold. UMKC is conducting a study to determine the feasibility of purchasing it. The building is undergoing an appraisal. Students asked why different required classes are offered at the same time. The Chancellor responded that the scheduling of classes is determined by the academic units. The deans need to be made aware of scheduling problems. Senators mentioned that part of the problem is the time of day students are willing or able to attend classes. Classes beginning after 2:00PM are not popular. Graduate classes are often scheduled at night or the week-end because the majority of students attending work full-time jobs. There is little coordination between departments and schools in the scheduling process. The Chancellor is very much aware that parking remains a difficult problem on campus. It is high on the list of priorities to address. A committee has been studying the parking problem and has given the Chancellor a report on this issue.
6. Senators were amazed that the UM system Research Board returns proposals that have too many characters per inch, not taking into consideration variable spaced font. Dr. Marvin Querry suggested that the Senate invite Boyd Odell to address the application of rules on the submission of Research Board proposals.
Present: Greg Arling, Jean Braun, Jane Carl, Les Chafetz, Julie Cheslik, Robert Cleary, Alfred Esser, William Fredrickson, Barbara Glesner-Fines, Rich Hamilton, David Harris, Joseph Hughey, Janet McKinney, Ed Mills, Jerry Place, Dennis Pyszczynski, John Rapley, David Schwarzer, Nancy Stancel, Hans Uffelmann, Jakob Waterborg, David Yourtee
Excused: Valerie Blanco, Kathy Loncar, James McKinley, Jan Russell, Steve Krantz
Absent: Rafael Espejo-Saavedra, Gary Pettett, Khosrow Sohraby
Nancy D. Stancel
Secretary, Faculty Senate