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2014-2015 Faculty Senate

 

AGENDA 

 

(draft)


Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 2 p.m.
MBSC Chancellor's Room


Presentation:  Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic & Student Affairs BJ Reed

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I.       Official Call to Order 

II.      Presentation and Approval of Minutes:  May 14, June 4 (EC&C), July 2 (EC&C), August 20, 2014 (agenda attachment–pages 1-28; 29-39; 40-46; 47)

III.    Officers' Reports

A.    President's Report:  Senator Scherer

This report is based on several meetings of the Faculty Senate President with various leaders and constituency groups since taking office in May of 2014: Chancellor Christensen monthly meeting (June, August, & September), Senior Vice Chancellor BJ Reed monthly meeting (also with Faculty Senate Vice President) (multiple summer meetings), Faculty Senate Executive Committee and Administration (EC&A)(July and August), the Chancellors Council (August), the Board of Regents (May and July with July covered by VP Lyn Holley), multiple meetings throughout summer and ongoing with the strategic facilitator Anne Steinhoff, meeting with Interim President Linder with other 3 Faculty Senate Presidents (May), and meetings with ad hoc faculty senate faculty survey team (summer) and ad hoc joint faculty senate and student senate committee on student survey. Please note that the Faculty Senate does not meet with the deans but through BJ Reed who the deans report to. The Deans Forum Summary from their July 3, 2014 meeting can be found at: http://www.unomaha.edu/aandsaffairs/inside/deansforum.php

1.      Issues External to NU System (Federal and State Regulations and Initiatives with Potential Impact on UNO)

2.   U System and Board of Regents Issues

3.      UNO Issues and Initiatives

4.      Faculty Senate:  Actions with Impact and Upcoming Issues

5.      Written Acknowledgements for Resolutions: N/A

2014-2015 Resolution Action Table
(Action Pending and Current Resolutions)

Res.#

Date

Senate

Passed

Title

Admin Accept

Sent for Senate Action

Denied

Deferred

In Progress

Final Action/Resolved

                 

CARRIED FORWARD

3033

5/12/10

Instruction on the Ethical Use of Print and Online Sources in Academic Papers

5/27/10

     

X*

*Chancellor acknowledges that the subject matter is primarily an Academic Affairs issue and has asked Vice Chancellor Hynes to respond as appropriate.

3013

3/10/10

Recommended Plagiarism Policy

3/18/10

4/21/10

     

X*

-Returned to Faculty Senate for additional language consideration as discussed at the 3/17 meeting with administration.

-Relative to the minor language changes on 3013 (Plagiarism), the chancellor indicates that he would like Academic Affairs to share the policy with  the academic deans at an upcoming meeting.

2944

1/4/09

UCRCA Funding

     

X*

   

*3033  (From Chancellor Christensen via Nancy Castilow in an e-mail sent on 5/27/10:  "While he is supportive of Res. 3033, he acknowledges that the subject matter is primarily an Academic Affairs issue and has asked Vice Chancellor Hynes to respond as appropriate." ) *3013  (From Chancellor Christensen via Nancy Castilow in an e-mail sent on 3/11/10) "The chancellor said the first resolution" (3013)  "needs to be considered by Terry" (Hynes) . . . ) (From Chancellor Christensen via Nancy Castilow in an e-mail sent on 4/21/10:  Relative to the minor language changes on 3013 (Plagiarism), the chancellor indicates that he would like Academic Affairs to share the policy with  the academic deans at an upcoming meeting.)

*3013  (From Chancellor Christensen via Nancy Castilow in an e-mail sent on 3/11/10) "The chancellor said the first resolution" (3013)  "needs to be considered by Terry" (Hynes) . . . ) (From Chancellor Christensen via Nancy Castilow in an e-mail sent on 4/21/10:  Relative to the minor language changes on 3013 (Plagiarism), the chancellor indicates that he would like Academic Affairs to share the policy with  the academic deans at an upcoming meeting.)

*2944 (From the EC & Admin Mtg 1/21/09: The Chancellor supports the concept in Resolution 2944 on funding an UCRCA budget line but opined we wouldn't get it during the years of budgetary problems.)(6/10/09 Nancy Castilow wrote for Chanc. Christensen: "One clarification related to  Res. 2944, dealing with ongoing support of the UCRCA budget.  I said that I was open to the concept and supportive of continued funding of the UCRCA budget, albeit we would need to review its  funding during times of budget constraints, as we do with other such programs.  The decision to fund and how much to fund remains the purview of the Office of Academic Affairs.  I did not opine that the UCRCA budget line would automatically see no funding during years of budgetary problems.")

B.     Treasurer's Report:  Senator Cast-Brede (May 2014) (agenda attachment – page 48)

IV. Executive Committee Report:  Senator Holley

      At the EC&C meeting the following business was done:

A.    NU Alcohol Policy:  to Faculty Personnel & Welfare Committee  

B.     Elimination of Automated Course Evaluation (ACE):  to Academic & Curriculum Affairs Committee 

C.    Teaching Circles and Learning Triangles and Replaced with Communities of Practice:  to Professional Development Committee

D.    Library Removing Materials w/o Faculty Input (Motion):  to Educational Resources & Services Committee

E.     RESOLUTION:  Extension for Ad Hoc College of Engineering Steering Committee Report

BE IT RESOLVED that the date for the final report of the Ad Hoc College of Engineering Steering Committee be extended to April 2015.

V.    Standing Committee Reports

A.    Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs:  Senator Parnell

The Committee is in process of soliciting feedback from faculty regarding online evaluations for all courses will meet Paul Barnes and Hank Robinson on September 24 to ask questions and discuss faculty feedback.

B.     Committee on Educational Resources and Services:  Senator Kwak

The committee has decided to see what arose at the next Faculty Senate before setting our projects.  (No Report)

C.    Committee on Faculty Personnel and Welfare:  Senator Harden

The committee has decided to see what arose at the next Faculty Senate before setting our projects.  (No Report)

D.    Committee on Goals and Directions:  Senator Mitchell

Meeting #1 – Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Goals and Directions Committee met in Roskens Hall 406 Conference Room.  There were four of the six members present.  Two members sent reasons for their absence and were excused.

A Doodle Poll is being created so that we can determine the best time for the committee to meet since there are class conflicts on Wednesdays at 3:00 PM.

Issues for the Committee to address this academic year will be determined at the next meeting.  The Committee will use the Faculty Senate's Strategic Plan final results as a guide so that we are not duplicating efforts of other committees and so that we are attending to the Committee's responsibilities.

The next meeting date will be determined after the results are received from the Doodle Poll.

E.     Committee on Professional Development:  Senator  Sollars

The committee met August 27, 2014.

In attendance: Harvey Siy, Suzanne Sollars, Richard Stacy, Vincent Woolf

Topic: Future directions for committee.

Discussion: Potential areas for committee work (explore the work of the Center for Faculty Excellence; dimensions of course evaluations in reference to peer institutions; institutional changes that have happened in the past 3-5 years and assessment of benefits/costs; adjunct concerns).

F.     Committee on Rules:  Senator  Morris

1.      Senator Morris reported the following resolutions, which were passed at the August 2014 EC&C meeting and are presented to the Faculty Senate at this September 10, 2014 meeting  (a-f):

a.      RESOLUTION:  AVC for Enrollment Management Search Committee

BE IT RESOLVED that the following be appointed to the search committee for the AVC for Enrollment Management:

Chris Kelly,

Suzanne Sollars.

b.      RESOLUTION:  NU Foundation Vice President Search Committee

BE IT RESOLVED that the following be appointed to the search committee for the NU Foundation Vice President:

Richard Stacy.

c.       RESOLUTION:  Sustainability Committee

BE IT RESOLVED that the following be appointed to the Sustainability Committee for a 3 year term (8/1/2014-7/31/2017):

Katie Bishop.

d.      RESOLUTION 4148, 5/14/14:  Campus Committees (a-i)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following be appointed to Campus Committees as designated:

       a.  Academic Planning Council (APC)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as the Faculty Senate's representatives to the Academic Planning Council from the Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs and the Committee on Goals and Directions each for a one-year term from 7/31/14, through 8/1/15:

Laura Grams, from the Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs,
Beth Ritter, from the Committee on Goals & Directions.

   h.  Strategic Planning Steering Committee

BE IT RESOLVED, that one member of the 2014-2015 Faculty Senate Goals & Directions Committee will be appointed to the Strategic Planning Steering Committee for a one-year term from 05/14/14, through 05/13/15, to replace Meredith Bacon, whose term has expired:

Carol Mitchell.

e.       RESOLUTION 4149, 5/14/14:  University Committees (a-j) (to complete)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following be appointed to University Committees as designated:

                                                              i.      UCRCA (University Committee on Research & Creative Activity)  

BE IT RESOLVED that the following names go forward as three year appointments, from 08/1/11 through 07/31/14, to replace members who are completing their terms on the UCRCA (University Committee on Research & Creative Activity):

      Danielle Battisti, A&S, Humanities (to replace Tammie Kennedy);

Mark Wohar, CBA, (to replace Wei Wang Rowe);

and,

Matt Germonprez, At-large Member (to replace Lotfollah Najjar).

f.       RESOLUTION:  OTICA  (Outstanding Teaching & Instructional Creative Activity Award Selection Committee) Replacement

      BE IT RESOLVED that the following name be forwarded to the Executive Vice President & Provost as a nominee to fill one two-year appointment (8/1/14-7/31/16) as the UNO representative on the Outstanding Teaching & Instructional Creative Activity Award (OTICA) Selection Committee, to replace Catherine Chmidling who is leaving UNO:

      Jessiline Anderson.

2.      Senator Morris will move the following resolutions, passed at the September EC&C meeting, for the Committee:

a.      RESOLUTION 4149, 5/14/14:  University Committees (a-j) (to be completed 9/10/2014)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following be appointed to University Committees as designated:

h.   University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT)  

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as three-year appointments, for members completing their terms, from 07/1/14 through 06/30/17 to the University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT):

Claudia Rauter, A&S (B:  Natural Sciences), to replace Melanie Bloom;

Jooho Lee, CPACS, to replace Carol Ebdon.

b.      RESOLUTION 4148, 5/14/14: Campus Committees (a-i) (completed 9/2014

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following be appointed to Campus Committees as designated:

a.   Academic Planning Council (APC)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as the Faculty Senate's representatives to the Academic Planning Council from the Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs and the Committee on Goals and Directions each for a one-year term from 7/31/14, through 8/1/15:

Laura Grams, from the Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs,
Beth Ritter, from the Committee on Goals & Directions.

c.       RESOLUTION: UCAT Replacement

BE IT RESOLVED that the following faculty member go forward to complete Theresa Stanton's three-year term (July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2015) to the University Committee on the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT):

            Victor Winter, IS&T.

d.      RESOLUTION:  Temporary Replacement on University Committee on Athletics

BE IT RESOLVED that the following faculty member go forward to temporarily replace Dan Hawkins on the University Committee on Athletics for Fall 2014:

Abby Bjornsen.

e.       RESOLUTION:  Temporary Replacement on Parking Advisory Committee

BE IT RESOLVED, that Ana Carballal is unable to serve for Fall 2014, on the Parking Advisory Committee, and needs a temporary replacement:

Karen Falconer-Al-Hindi, to temporarily replace Ana Carballal for Fall 2014.

f.        RESOLUTION:  Replacement on Excellence in Teaching

BE IT RESOLVED that as Catherine Co is on Paid Professional Leave for 2014-2015, a permanent replacement will be needed to complete her term (8/1/12-7/31/15) on the Excellence in Teaching Committee:

Phani Tej Adidam, CBA, to replace Catherine Co.

g.      Resignation of Faculty Senator from CFAM

On August 28, 2014, Senator Sharon Sobel sent the following e-mail:

Hi Sue,

I guess this got lost in the shuffle…I am resigning as CFAM rep to the Senate. I had informed Dean Baker but forgot to notify the Senate!

Sorry for the late notification!

Professor Sharon Sobel, MFA

Department of Theatre

RESOLUTION:  Resignation of CFAM Senator Sharon Sobel

BE IT RESOLVED that the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate accepts the resignation of CFAM Senator Sharon Sobel.  Her term continues until May 11, 2016, and __________________ will replace her.

h.      RESOLUTION:  Academic Freedom & Tenure Committee

(Approval of nominees by Faculty Senate. The ballot will be mailed to the UNO Faculty. Results will be announced at October 2014 Senate meeting.)

BE IT RESOLVED, that in accordance with Article 6.5.2 of the Faculty Senate Bylaws the following nominees for the Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee are brought forward by the Rules Committee for senate nomination. The ballot will be presented to the UNO Faculty.

Two tenured faculty members will be elected from the following four nominees to serve three-year terms from October 16, 2014, through October 15, 2017, to replace Joe Brown and Nancy Kelley Gillespie, whose terms will expire:

___tba_____________
Carey Ryan
Rami Arav
David Carter.

i.        RESOLUTION: Faculty Grievance Committee

BE IT RESOLVED, that in accordance with the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Bylaws, Article VI.5.1, Faculty Grievance Committee, the following faculty members are brought forward by the Rules Committee for ballot election by the senate.

Two Associate Professors will be elected from the following four nominees to replace Candice Batton and Ana Carballal, whose term will expire, for a three-year term from September 16, 2014, through September 15, 2017:

John Noble
Karen Rolf
Franklin Thompson III
Jodi Kreiling.

And one member of the Faculty Senate Faculty Personnel and Welfare Committee will be elected from the following two nominees to replace Stan Wileman, whose term will expire, as the Faculty Personnel and Welfare Committee representative for a one-year term from September 16, 2014, through September 15, 2015:

Moshe Gershovich
Avery Mazor.

j.        RESOLUTION: UNO Professional Conduct Committee

BE IT RESOLVED, that in accordance with the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Bylaws, Article VI.5.3, Professional Conduct Committee, the following faculty members are brought forward by the Rules Committee for ballot election by the senate.

BE IT RESOLVED, that one representative must be elected by ballot vote to serve a three-year term from September 16, 2014, through September 15, 2017, to replace outgoing member, Melissa Berke, whose term will expire. In accordance with Section 1.1 of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Professional Conduct Committee's Rules and Procedures, the following two nominees (all tenured faculty ranked assistant professor or above) are brought forward by the Committee on Rules for ballot election by the full senate as follows:

Rex Cammack,  
Carolyn Gascoigne.

The newly elected representatives will also serve as alternates for three-years from September 16, 2015, through September 15, 2018.

Melissa Berke will continue serving as alternate (replacing Joe Bertinetti) for three-years, from September 16, 2014, through September 15, 2017, per Resolution 4011.

AND

BE IT RESOLVED, that one representative must be elected by ballot vote to complete a three-year term through September 15, 2016, to replace outgoing member, Christiana Bratiotis, who has not yet received tenure. In accordance with Section 1.1 of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Professional Conduct Committee's Rules and Procedures, the following two nominees (all tenured faculty ranked assistant professor or above) are brought forward by the Committee on Rules for ballot election by the full senate as follows:

Robert Woody,
Brian McKevitt.

The newly elected representative will also serve as alternates for three-years from September 16, 2016, through September 15, 2019.

VI.    Other Faculty Senate Committees:

A.    Faculty Senate Budget Advisory Committee: Prof. Johnson, O'Hara, Ward

B.      Ad Hoc MOOCs Committee:  Prof Winter and P. Smith (President Scherer)

C.    Ad Hoc College of Engineering Steering Committee:  Past-President M. Bacon

VII.   Non-Senate Committee Reports

A.    UCRCA:  Senator Harden

Next meeting is September 12, 2014.

B.     Technology Resources, Services & Planning:  Profs.  Erlandson & Davis (agenda attachment – pg. 49)  

C.    UCAT:  Prof Sara Myers    (agenda attachment – pg. 50)

D.    University-wide Fringe Benefits Committee:  Prof. Erickson

University-wide Fringe Benefits Committee will next meet on September 25, 2014.

E.     UNO Alumni Association Board:  Prof. O'Neil

The Board met August 19, 2014.

1.      Fund drive to support the Maverick Monument almost complete. The monument was dedicated "unleashed" on August 24, 2014 in front of the Hyper. The first round of donor inscriptions on the monument has been accomplished. There are still opportunities for $500.00 donations.

2.      New Alumni Board Members underwent orientation and were introduced to the rest of the Board.

3.      Discussions were held on how to use Alumnus to recruit students to attend UNO. Each UNO College in conjunction with recent graduates conducted a session on how to improve both recruitment and retention at UNO.

4.      It was additionally suggested that Alumnus be used more frequently for classroom discussions and presentations.

VIII.  Old Business

IX.     For the Good of the Order

X.      New Business

A.    Post-Retreat Strategic Planning Update

1.      Faculty Senate Strategic Planning (A Beginning)

a.      Draft of Plan & Solicitation of Feedback via Blog   
(What should be changed, and what should be omitted.)

b.      Report of Faculty Senate Survey of Faculty And Dissemination Plan   

c.       Faculty Senate President Monthly e-mail Blast     

d.      Designation of Faculty Liaisons to University/Campus Committees and Template for Committee Updates 

e.       Selection of  Faculty Senator Liaison for Each College

f.       Role of Standing Committees vs. Strategic Priority Action Groups (SPAGS)

2        Strategic Priority Action Groups (SPAGS)

a.      Communication & Marketing  (Faculty Senator Liaison:  Senator Scherer) 

b.      Diversity  (Faculty Senator Liaison:  Senator Holley) 

c.       Academic Standards, Qualities of Education (Faculty Senator Liaison:  Senator Parnell)  

d.      Workload & Workload Balance (Faculty Senator Liaison:  Senator Harden)  

e.       Research & Creative Activity Support (Faculty Senator Liaison:  Senator Morris)  

(Break Out to Strategic Priority Action Groups/SPAGS)

XI.     Adjourn 

XII.   Announcements

A.    EC&A Mtg:  Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 2 p.m., EAB 200 (Chancellor's Conference Room)

B.     EC&C Mtg:  Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 2 p.m.,  ASH 196

C.    Faculty Senate Mtg:  Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 2 p.m., CEC 201-205 (Photo of All Senators); Presentation:  Interim NU President Linder.

Faculty Senate Meetings

(Usually 2nd Wednesday of month; 2 p.m.)

June

July

August 20, 2014 (Retreat) (3rd Wednesday)          (Classes begin 8/25/14)

September 10:  MBSC (SVC BJ Reed)

October 8:  CEC    (Int. NU Pres. Linder)

November 12:  MBSC  (Student Regent/Pres. Koch)

December 10:  CEC (Prep Week)           (Commencement 12/20/14)

*January 14:  MBSC

February 11:  MBSC  (AVC SA Dan Shipp)

March 11:  CBA   (Spring Break 3/22-3/29/15)

April 8:  MBSC

May 13:  MBSC   (Commencement 5/8 & 5/9/15)