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2014-2015 Faculty Senate





Wednesday, March 11 , 2015
Mammel Hall - Room 122

Presentation:  Staff Advisory Council President Melanie Krings

Members:   Beard, Bernstein, Betanabhatla, Bragg, Carlson, Casas, Cast-Brede, Chao, Chen, Dick, Ebdon, Eesley, Gershovich, Grams, Harden, Holley, Huq, Kelley-Gillespie, Kwak, Kreiling, Lewis, Means, Mitchell, Morris, Nordness, Ostler, Parnell, Ritter, Scherer, Siy, Sollars, Stack, Stergiou, Tyma, Wileman, Woody, Woolf

Invitees:       Staff Advisory Council President, Melanie Krings

                     Student Government, President-Student Regent Jordan Koch

                     Faculty liaison of Student Affairs, Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado


I.      Official Call to Order 

II.     Presentation and Approval of Minutes:    February 11, 2015 (agenda attachment–page 1-15)

III.    Officers' Reports

A.    President's Report:  Senator Scherer

1.      External Issues:

2.      NU System Issues:

a.      At a luncheon March 2, 2015, incoming NU President Bounds was serious, but positive.  He seems to want to emphasize student outcomes.  He hopes to be visiting all campuses regularly.

3.      Internal UNO Campus Issues:

a.      The Faculty Senate President, Lisa Scherer, Staff Advisory Council President, Melanie Krings, and Student Government President-Student Regent, Jordan Koch, were invited to the Chancellors Cabinet to give a presentation on the Non-Smoking at UNO issue, presenting resolutions from each of their organizations.  SVC BJ Reed is forming a No Smoking Task Force.  Membership of this committee consist of SVC Reed, VC Bill Conley, AVC Dan Shipp, Student Government President Jordan Koch, Faculty President Lisa Scherer, Staff Advisory Council President Melanie Koch, plus three additional members from faculty, staff, and students.  Marshall Prisbell has agreed to serve as the faculty member.

4.      Internal Faculty Senate Issues:

a.      SVC Reed requested a member for a new group, the Diversity & Inclusion Cabinet. The Diversity and Inclusion Cabinet is being formed with the goal of unifying various scattered diversity efforts around campus.  James McCarty was appointed to lead this committee so he would be a source of additional information

b.      SVC Reed requested a faculty member for the newly formed Spirit Committee.  This will have to do with athletic events, academic events, etc.  Again, the term has yet to be decided.  Contact should be AVC Dan Shipp or SVC BJ Reed.

c.       AVC Dan Shipp has recently appointed Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado as the faculty representative on student affairs. Jonathan will be attending our FS meetings not as a member but as a liaison from student affairs. In addition, we would like a faculty senator to attend a monthly meeting with Dan Shipp's enrollment team-we would suggest a senator on Goals & Directions. Third, we would like a faculty senator to attend a monthly Student Affairs leadership team. Ideally this would also be a senator from Goals and Directions. Dan Shipp has approved and welcomed this move to better communication and collaboration between FS and Student Affairs.

The above items were sent to the Rules committee to work on as soon as possible.

5.      Meeting with Chancellor:

B.     Secretary/Treasurer's Report:  Senator Cast-Brede

1.   The EC&A met February 18, 2015

Present: Cast-Brede, Conley, Holley, Reed, Scherer, Shipp, Sollars

Absent:  Christensen, Barnes, Castilow, Woody

a.      Resolutions

i.            The Chancellor acknowledged the following Resolutions completed at February 18, 2014, Faculty Senate Meeting:

·         RESOLUTION 4182, 2/11/15: Chancellor acknowledge Senator resigning as Rules Committee Chair, Appointment of a New Chair

·         RESOLUTION 4183, 2/11/15: Chancellor acknowledged Senator Resigning and Appointment of Replacement

·         RESOLUTION 4184, 2/11/15:  Chancellor acknowledged Faculty Role in Administration and Modification of Online Course Evaluation Process

·         RESOLUTION 4185, 2/11/15: Chancellor acknowledge Regarding Establishing Clear and Communicable Policies for Emeritus Status

b.      Topics Discussed

External Issues

i.            Would a resolution from Faculty Senate regarding use of SAM rather than AQIP standard be useful? 

Administration would welcome something that would strongly encourage and support the use of measures that are consistent with a metropolitan university mission and our UNO student demographics

ii.            President's Update or Meeting or E-mail Communication with incoming NU President Hank Bounds.  Hank Bounds indicated he is interested in maintaining direct communication with Administrations and Faculty, Student and Staff government on all four campuses.   

iii.            Advice regarding possible President's e-mail to BOR members regarding obstacles to student four year graduation rates.  

Administration would welcome an email to help inform the BOR regarding unique metropolitan university characteristics and missions and the importance of metrics that match UNO

Internal UNO Issues

i.        UNO Faculty, Student and Staff government presidents are scheduled to make a presentation to the Chancellor's Cabinet.

ii.      Workload Problems:  the monetization of research workload assignments is based on inaccurate metrics for teaching.  How can we address this issue?  

Ofice space for two CE Faculty Fellows is available in the CEC.  Discussed possible work flow analysis.

ii.     Non-smoking Update  

Presentation to cabinet is scheduled.

iii  Change in Finals Schedule

VC Reed is looking into it and the graduation schedule.

iv.      What are the plans for educating faculty with regard to changes in Title IX?  Specifically, how do we make faculty aware that they are bound by law to report incidence of sexual misconduct?  

NU system purchased Train Ed and hired Ashley Robinson to address training.  The Code of Conduct is scheduled to be presented in April.

v.      What progress has been made re designation of Community Engagement Scholar for students as well as Faculty?

Deb Smith-Howell would like a couple of representatives from Faculty Senate to work on it with her office.  There are two faculty fellows available in CEC.  No stipends yet but VC Reed is working on that.

Faculty Senate Issues   

i.        On-line evaluations (see resolutions) Noted continued faculty explicit interest in controlling timing of their classes' evaluations, and feedback re evaluations from small classes

ii.   Professor Emeritus  (see resolutions)

iii.  Update on Student Survey conducted by Faculty Senate and Student Government  

VC Reed would like to see the overlap between the Faculty Senate Survey and the Best Places to Work survey.

iv.  Planned survey of part-time instructors

VC Reed asked to see the list of questions. Senator Sollars is vetting the survey questions and protocols and will present a final version to the Senate for approval.

v   How do we ensure continued communication between Student Affairs and Faculty Senate?  Would a Faculty Senate liaison to Student Affairs leadership team be feasible?    

VC Shipp would welcome a liaison to help increase the communication between Student Affairs and Faculty Senate, by attending at least one of the two monthly meetings (one of the leadership and the other of all the directors).

c.       Senior VC Chancellor's Topics

i.      Noted discussion with AAUP on limits to Visiting Professor status and the agreement about stopping the tenure clock when faculty have or adopt a child.

ii.      VC Shipp is working with Student Affairs and Enrollment team on increasing communication.  An example is a new e-newsletter that will be coming out soon and a new, more integrated organization structure. iii.      The Deans and VC Shipp are looking at enrollment growth and the resource needs that goes with growth.

iv.      SVC Reed is working the Deans on cash flow concerns associated with faculty buyout.  Hiring to fill vacancies created by the buyout will require a plan of how the new hires would fit into the strategic priorities and the approval of the SVC.

v.      University Communications is going into phase 6 of web design.  It includes assessment page for the Higher Learning Commission, chancellor's page and beginning development of intranet.  Working a conceptual framework for the intranet.  He suggests Faculty Senate work with Erin Owen to have a faculty senate representative on that committee.

vi.      Developing an app for the student experience on campus.  It will be an integrated app for the campus.

vii.      Working on allocation of distance education dollars but waiting for budget report.

viii.      New Spirit Committee has been formed to support co-curricular activities.

ix.      Diversity and Inclusion Cabinet is in the forming stages.  Their mission will be to move UNO forward on these issues through education, support and engagement.  Compliance will not be their focus.

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






Admin Accept/


Sent for Senate Action



In Progress

Final Action/Resolved



Regarding Establishing Clear and Communicable Policies for Emeritus Status






Faculty Role in Administration and Modification of Online Course Evaluation Process






Senator Resigning and Appointment of Replacement






Senator resigning as Rules Committee Chair, Appointment of a New Chair







Initiating Emeritus Status Policies and Procedures



Aug ‘14


Sept ‘14

SVC BJ Reed: "I have asked James McCarty to look at a revised Emeritus policy that we can bring to Faculty Senate/Deans and other key stakeholders hopefully by August or September."



Criminal Background Checks at UNO




Not supported.  As with Resolution 4073, which I opposed, in part, because of its reference to all  NU campuses, I also believe this to be a safety issue for which we have legal and fiduciary responsibility.  In summary, the absence of some form of background checks for persons employed on campus seems in opposition to best practices.



Determine Contractual Implications of Background Check Policy

(w/participation of bargaining unit and Central Admin.)



The chancellor acknowledges receipt of the resolution and has provided the legal opinion requested.*

(UNO Faculty Senate is not satisfied with this response.)



UCRCA Funding




*4074 (From Chancellor Christensen via Nancy Castilow in an e-mail sent on2/18/13:  Not supported.  As with Resolution 4073, which I opposed, in part, because of its reference to all  NU campuses, I also believe this to be a safety issue for which we have legal and fiduciary responsibility.  In summary, the absence of some form of background checks for persons employed on campus seems in opposition to best practices.)

*4054(Legal Opinion): From: John C. Hewitt [] ; Sent: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 9:11 PM;

       To: Ed Wimes; Subject: Background Checks. 


     In a response to my email of July 14, you have indicated that at this time you anticipate that the "background check" at the University of Nebraska at Omaha will consist of the University reviewing public records (i.e., sex offender registry, criminal convictions, etc.) for applicants for employment.  Based on the foregoing you have inquired whether such an approach would constitute a mandatory subject of bargaining.

     The simple answer is that the University could, in my opinion, proceed to implement such an approach for applicants without any discussions.  The obligation to bargain in good faith concerning mandatory subjects is generally limited to the current employees of an employer.  There is generally no obligation to negotiate concerning prospective employees.  Star Tribune, 295 NLRB 543 (1989).

     If there remains any discussion about expanding such an approach to current employees, then the answer becomes more complicated.  Nevertheless, I do not believe that the University would be required to bargain over the decision to review public records at its own cost and expense.  As I indicated previously, this decision would likely be within the employer's managerial discretion.  However, I also believe that the University would be required to bargain over the "effects" of such a decision; such as (a) whether any information in a person's criminal record would remain confidential; (b) whether certain employees would be exempted based upon length of exemplary work records; (c) the appeal rights of employees who claim that they have been incorrectly identified of having been convicted of a particular crime or who believe there are extenuating circumstances that would exclude their disqualification; and (d) the categories of offenses that would result in automatically exclusion from employment.

     If you would like to discuss further, please do not hesitate to call.

John C. Hewitt; ; CLINE WILLIAMS WRIGHT JOHNSON & OLDFATHER, L.L.P.; 1125 S.103rd Street, Suite 600; Omaha, Nebraska 68154; Phone 402.397.1700/Fax 402.397.1806

*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.")

2.      Budget Report:  (February 2014) (agenda attachment – page 16)

IV.    Executive Committee Report

A.    Issues to Address: 

1.      One of our strategic goals from the Mahoney Retreat was the following: "Improve the onboarding, training, performance evaluations and interpersonal and organizational treatment of adjunct instructors."

Actions to Date: Professional Development Committee led by Suzanne is drafting a survey of adjunct instructors and has solicited and received feedback from the Faculty Senate.

Faculty Survey indicated a top 10 concern regarding adjunct instructor issues

The Student Senate survey also indicated several concerns about adjunct instructors

Next Steps? How to integrate this information and work with administration to address all these adjunct issues.

Relevant Standing Committee: Professional Development

2.      Syllabus language for ALL faculty

President Scherer has expressed to multiple administrators and the faculty the need for syllabus language to be easily accessible to all faculty (which everyone agrees with, by the way).

The critical and tricky issue is to determine which part of the syllabus should be standardized across all UNO instructors and faculty and which is under the academic freedom of the individual instructor

It seems as if the norm to date is for faculty to include compliance and safety based language as well as plagiarism language in many syllabi. However, it is not clear there has been a discussion in the faculty senate regarding what should be standardized and what exact language should be used. Further complicating the issue is that the law and regulations are dynamic and ever-changing.

Are these the standardized items?:          

Disabilities Accommodation

Title IX new issues regarding faculty as mandatory reporters of sexual misconduct (see the attachment regarding proposed language to be added to all BB sites from  


New (as of summer 2014) UNO Student Safety website (also suggested by EPAC to be included on BB for all courses)

Are there others regarding safety as suggested in the article?

Relevant Standing Committee: Academic and Curricular Affairs

3.      Vehicle for Educating All Faculty, Staff and Students on all the issues above?

a.       How are we going to get the word out to faculty regarding whatever decisions are reached? Online module? Training in department meetings via Deans and Board of Chairs being trained first?

b.      Who will provide this education to faculty?

c.       Is BB the only or even the best vehicle for conveying this information to faculty and students? What about the considerable number of faculty who don't use BB? Can BB communication be complemented with other communication vehicles?

4.      Another strategic goal identified at the retreat was: "Ensure the health, safety, and well-being of all UNO constituencies."

a.       Is this goal a way to determine which syllabus statements should be standardized?

Relevant Standing Committee: Faculty Personnel and Welfare Committee

5.      The Faculty Senate is suggesting a revision of syllabus language of Sexual Misconduct in Title IX language.

6.      State in policy:  if a student is seeking confidentiality regarding sexual misconduct, faculty are mandatory reporters, Ombudsmen and Counseling Services are not mandatory reporters.

7.      Behavior Review Team does not have any members who are faculty

Given to Faculty Personnel and Welfare Committee.

8.      What is the educational mechanism for training faculty on new changes in Title IX, especially regarding mandatory reporting?

V.     Standing Committee Reports

A.    Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs:  Senator Beard

The committee met February 25, 2015 and approved the MS CSE program proposal.

Second, we also reviewed the program proposal for the PhD in Translational Biology and are sending that back to the department for revisions and further explanations, primarily in the area of the budget.

Third, Dr. Paul Barnes met with us to give us an update on the online course evaluations.​ ​Here were the main points:

·         ​In regards to the window of time for evals to be open: faculty can log in and adjust the time at which evals are open; however, if they don't log in and change the date range, the evals will default to the last 2 weeks of the semester.

·         Additional questions: They are still working on this issues, but it seems that it will be owned by each College, and hopefully as a bank of questions from which each unit can choose. This probably will not be available for spring, but they're working on it.

·         Results of Electronic Evals will self-populate into Digital Measures starting this spring.

He also spoke to us regarding new guidelines concerning the internal academic review process led by the Academic Planning Council (APC). He shared new rubrics with us which were generated to help facilitate the writing process for faculty serving on those review committees. Our committee reviewed them and found them to be very helpful. The copies he brought were all paper copies, but I will ask him to send an electronic copy of these new guidelines and rubrics so the entire Senate can weigh in before the APC has them printed and/or published on the UNO website.

B.     Committee on Educational Resources and Services:  Senator Kwak

Interim Dean DeFrank asked the committee for feedback on engaging faculty on campus regarding the development of an open access policy for the campus.  Emory University describes an open access policy as "a rights-retention instrument, ensuring that members of the University Community may choose to post works of scholarship and to make them accessible to the world without charge." (

Harvard University has identified six types of open access policies –

The types are listed below by their methods for avoiding copyright issues. (Quoted from

1.      The policy grants the institution certain non-exclusive rights to future research articles published by faculty. This sort of policy typically offers a waiver option or opt-out for authors. It also requires deposit in the repository.

2.      The policy requires faculty to retain certain non-exclusive rights when they publish future research articles. Whether or not it offers a waiver option for authors, it requires deposit in the repository.

3.      The policy seeks no rights at all, but requires deposit in the repository. If the institution already has permission to make a work OA, then it makes it OA from the moment of deposit. Otherwise the deposit will be "dark" (non-OA) until the institution can obtain permission to make it OA. During the period of dark deposit, at least the metadata will be OA.

4.      The policy seeks no rights at all and does not require dark deposits. It requires repository deposit and OA, but only when the author's publisher permits them.

5.      The policy does not require OA in any sense, but merely requests or encourages it.

6.      The policy does not require OA in any sense, but asks faculty to "opt in" to a policy under which they are expected to deposit their work in the repository and authorize it to be OA.

The ER&S committee suggested that this was an important discussion but that more education needs to be done so faculty may more fully engage in the discussion.  The committee recommended that the library develop an information sheet and visit individual departments, as well as present the information to new faculty during orientation.

New streaming video collection at Criss Library:

Over 8,000 streaming videos are now available from Kanopy through Criss Library.   The videos are from major educational producers such as California News Reel, PBS, Videatives, Learning Seed, and Stenhouse.  You can access Kanopy from the the library's database A-Z list or from the Streaming Media guide at

The videos may be embedded into your Blackboard courses.  If you prefer, you can create a clip or an online playlist of clips with a static url that you can place in Blackboard or email to students.

Kanopy complements the Alexander Street Video which Criss Library already subscribes to. 

C.    Committee on Faculty Personnel and Welfare:  Senator Harden

Present:  Senators Chao, Chen, Gershovich, Wileman, Woody

Excused: Senator Harden

On February 25, 2015, there was a meeting of the UNO Faculty Senate's Committee on Personnel and Welfare. Consideration was given to possible resolutions regarding: alcohol and illicit drugs; and workload issues.

RESOLUTION:  Revise and Separate Alcohol and Illicit Drugs Policies

WHEREAS the existing Drug and Alcohol Policy of the NU System was written many years ago (albeit occasionally revised), and

WHEREAS the existing policy places alcohol and illicit drugs in the same category, and

WHEREAS the current policy does not take into account the UNO Student Center and the new Community Engagement Center, both of which allow events to take place involving the consumption of alcohol, and

WHEREAS the current policy neither addresses fully the health and safety of those attending events at the above locations nor sufficiently protects those who legally consume alcohol at such events from discrimination and/or persecution, and

WHEREAS alcohol is a legal substance but illicit drugs are not,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the UNO Faculty Senate requests that (1) the current policy be reviewed and updated, with the above matters being taken into consideration, (2) the Administration establish updated and separate polices for alcohol and illicit drugs, as relevant to the University, and (3) certain Faculty Senate members participate in drafting the aforesaid policies.

D.    Committee on Goals and Directions:  Senator Mitchell (No meeting/no report)

E.     Committee on Professional Development:  Senator  Sollars

The committee met February 25, 2015.  In attendance: Juan Casas, Harrison Means, Harvey Siy, Suzanne Sollars, Adam Tyma, Vincent Woolf

We finalized adjunct faculty survey following full Faculty Senate review and feedback:

      RESOLUTION:  Adjunct/Part-time Faculty Survey

WHEREAS "Adjunct/Part-Time Faculty Emphasis/Issues" were among the top concerns found in the recent UNO faculty survey conducted by the Faculty Senate;

WHEREAS adjunct/part-time faculty constitute approximately half of the UNO faculty population; and

WHEREAS the Faculty Senate and its committees have little reliable information about adjunct/part-time faculty at UNO;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate's Professional Development Committee conduct an anonymous survey of UNO's adjunct/part-time faculty to collect information to understand the makeup and professional development goals and aspirations of this constituency of UNO faculty.

F.     Rules Committee:  Senator Stack

The Rules committee met February 25th and continued work on development of a spreadsheet/web page to facilitate communication between the Faculty Senate and university committees.

We also assigned newly elected Senators to standing committees:

Academic & Curricular Affairs:  Laura Grams and Holly Miller

Educational Resources and Services: Azad Azadmanesh and Barbara Robins

Faculty Personnel and Welfare:  Griffith Elder, Melanie McGrath and Pauline Brennan

Professional Development: Travis Adams and Russ Nordman

Rules: Paul Landow and Samantha Clinkinbeard

Rules will meet next on March 18th to assign faculty to university committees using the result of the faculty survey forms.

V.   Other Faculty Senate Committees:

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

B.      Ad Hoc College of Engineering Steering Committee:  Prof Emeritus M. Bacon

C.    Ad Hoc Faculty Senate Strategic Plan Writing Group:  Senator Scherer

D.    Ad Hoc Faculty Senate-Student Senate Survey of Students Group:  Senator Scherer

E.     SPAGS (Strategic Priority Action Groups)

1.      Communication and Marketing: Senator Scherer

2.      Diversity:  Senator Holley

3.      Academic Standard, Qualities of Education:  Senator Parnell

4.      Workload and Workload Balance:  Senator Harden

5.      Research and Creative Activity Support:  Senator Morris

VI.   Non-Senate Committee Reports

A.    Alumni Board:  Prof. Patrick O'Neil

The Alumni Board meeting was held on February 24, 2015,  at the Thompson Alumni Center

Topics discussed:

·         Last graduation ceremony to be held in UNO Field House. Anticipating holding future graduations in new UNO Arena.

·         Alumni is sponsoring construction and installation of Maverick Bull Head at new Arena.

·         Alumni Center has identified three finalists for new catering contract at the Thompson Alumni Center. Selection will be soon.

·         The Gulf Committee is seeking new membership. The fund raising event has typically annually raised between $30-50K for student scholarships.

·         The tail gate party for the Showdown Basketball Event between UNO and UNL anticipated 300 faculty and students attending. There were over 400. A good time was had by all.

·         The UNO Hockey Alumni Night on Ice held on Feb 14 Valentine's Day had over 400 people in attendance, which is a new record.

·         The Award winning UNO Young Alumni Academy is currently ongoing and in its fifth year.

·         The UNO Alumni program garnered seven District Case Awards for superior performance

·         The UNO Alumni Magazine received four Case Awards for superior work.

·         Chancellor Christensen presented a report to the Alumni Center including

o   Efforts to form a cooperative partnership agreement between the UNO Alumni Association and the Nebraska Foundation

o   UNO is going to construct a new 300 bed student housing complex in the Pacific Street Campus complex. This is the first phase. The second phase will provide an additional 300 beds. A leaning campus component will also be included within the new facility to cut down on students having to go to the Dodge Street Campus for only one class.

·         The Alumni Board approved the University of Nebraska's Advancement Agenda Goals for 2025.

·         The Board also approved a $750,000 renovation for the Thompson Alumni Center. Improvement funding does not require a capital fund raising campaign. Money will be taken from the established Alumni building fund. The majority of the construction will be done in Dec 2015-Jan 2016.

·         The Alumni Financial Report was presented and is available on request.

·         The new UNO Arena will open Oct 23, 2015. Sale of Suites and seating is well ahead of expectations. It appears that all the suites have been sold.

·         Finally, there is strong movement towards making UNO a smoke free campus. However, it is a very complex issue and will likely need a lot of study if and when implemented.

B.     Sustainability Committee:  Prof. Katie Bishop   

The committee met January 16, 2015.

1.      Current progress on transportation objectives:

·         Zimride -social media ride share is a go. Soft rollout Jan 27th

·         MavRide now available for faculty & staff as well as students. Please spread the word! Faculty/staff need to email parking services

·         Emergency ride home in the works with Happy Cab. Fac/staff will be able to get up to 4 rides per year

·         Zipcar - working on allowing departments to use it for work

2.      Website phase 1 will go live next week

3.      Brown Bags - look for upcoming brown bags on sustainability plan

Faculty Senate Liaison's assessment

Committee members are moving forward with their plans. Everyone is doing a great job.

What, if anything, can Faculty Senate do to help?

Faculty will need to take ownership of sustainability in the curriculum and in their research. Please plan to attend a brown bag session. Particularly on Feb 25th & Mar 11

Here is the full schedule check Mav Daily for updates:

Jan. 28 – Community Engagement

Feb. 4 – Energy, Buildings and Emissions

Feb. 11 – Water and Sustainable Sites

Feb. 18 – Materials, Waste Recycling

Feb. 25 – Campus Culture

March 4 – Campus Planning and Mobility

March 11 – Academics and Research

C.  UCRCA:  John P. McCarty, Chair

The committee met February 13, 2015.


John McCarty, Chair, College of Arts & Sciences - Natural Sciences

Danielle Battisti, College of Arts & Sciences – Humanities

Mark Wohar, College of Business Administration

Matthew Harden, College of Communication - Fine Arts & Media

Sofia Jawed-Wessel, College of Education

Haifeng Guo, College of Information Science & Technology

Peter Szto, College of Public Affairs and Community Service

Jamie Luhr, Student Representative

Abhishek Parakh, Member At Large, College of Information Science & Technology

Harmon Maher, College of Arts & Sciences - Natural Science (08/01/13-07/31/16)

Ex Officio: 

Mary Laura Farnham, Director, Office of Sponsored Programs and Research

Scott Snyder, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Creative Activity

Elizabeth White, Coordinator – Internal Research Resources, Office of Research and Creative Activity

Information Covered at Meeting:

1.            Minutes from the meeting of 12 December 2014 were approved.

2.            Members were reminded that, while this is the last meeting where we review requests for funding, the March and April meetings will cover discussions of UCRCA policies and the appointment of the committee chair for AY 2015-16.

3.            Scott Snyder asked the members to come to the March meeting future roll for UCRCA.

4.            UCRCA received 13 proposals from faculty for our February deadline for full proposals. Two of these proposals were resubmissions from Fall 2014. Proposals were discussed by the committee. The committee recommended funding of seven proposals totaling $32,500. Two of the proposals were recommended contingent on satisfactorily addressing committee questions. The committee charged the Chair of UCRCA with evaluating the applicants' responses and determining if they provided satisfactory answers.

5.            UCRCA received three proposals from undergraduate students by the February deadline. The committee discussed their reviews of these proposals. The committee voted to approve all three requests, totaling $1500, pending submission of revised proposals to be evaluated by the Chair of the UCRCA.

6.            UCRCA received six proposals from graduate students by the February deadline. The committee discussed their reviews of these proposals. The committee voted to recommend funding all of six proposals, totaling $2770.

VII.   Old Business

A. Sexual Misconduct Policy & Behavioral Review Team:  Senator Scherer reported that there is Syllabus Language-Title IX issues and syllabus language suggested by Central Administration. EPAC, and AVC Smith-Howell, are developing a revision of language suggested by Central which will then come to Faculty Senate. FS President will follow up with Deb Smith Howell on status of EPAC's work on this.  The Faculty Senate President will form an Ad Hoc Committee to look at this wording if there is no language forthcoming from EPAC, etc.

C.    UNO Constituency Safety & Well-being: Senator Scherer

Better education, coordination and communication of information to all constituencies on how to facilitate the health, safety and well-being of ALL of its constituents: 

1.   Student Safety Website-very impressive but would like to see a Faculty and Staff Safety website

2.   Confusion on resources for faculty staff (Ombudsmen, EAP person, Counseling, Behavioral Review Team, etc.). What information is confidential? What is not? Where to go?

3.   BRT: Student Concerns—Student is the focal person or person of concern and faculty, staff and students can report here? If is the person of concern is a faculty or student, where does a faculty or staff person report? What are the mechanisms for dealing with the issue(s)?

4.   Should a standing committee be tasked with following up on this-Faculty Personnel & Welfare?

D.    Update on Communities of Practice (COPS) discussion with administration: 

Senators Scherer & Sollars have gathered information about COPS, which, this year, without much faculty input, replaced Teaching Circles and Research Triangles, etc.  President Scherer negotiated several modifications to expand and clarify membership requirements which are now reflected on the COPS UNO website (e.g., only limit on number of members is that total funds for stipends not exceed $1,200.00 per year, part time faculty and graduate students may be members, but will not receive stipends.)  Further negotiations are in progress regarding part-time faculty members being eligible for the $200 stipend.

E.     Alcohol & Drug Use Policy: This is with the Faculty Personnel and Welfare Committee.

VIII. For the Good of the Order

IX.    New Business

X.      Adjourn 

XI.    Announcements

A.    EC&A Mtg:  Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 2 p.m., EAB 200 (Chancellor's Conference Room)

B.     EC&C Mtg:  Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 2 p.m., ASH 196

C.    Faculty Senate Mtg:  Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 2 p.m., CEC 230/231

D.    Faculty/Staff Awards Banquet:  Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 6:30 p.m. social, 7 p.m. dinner (All Faculty Senators and a guest will be invited.  RSVP will be necessary.)

Faculty Senate Meetings

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








August 20, 2014 (Retreat)

Mahoney State Park

Anne Steinhoff

September 10:  MBSC



October 8:  CEC   

CEC 201-205

Interim NU Pres. Linder

November 12:  MBSC 

MBSC – Chancellor's Room

Stud. Gov. Pres/Reg. Koch

December 10:            

(Prep Week)

Commencement 12/20/14)

CEC 230/231


January 14: 

MBSC – Chancellor's Room

Melanie Kings, President, SAC

February 11: 

(Fieldhouse 250 – 2nd floor –

Athlete Study Center)

AVC Dan Shipp; & Lindsey Ekwereku

(Asst. Athletic Dir. for Academics)

March 11:    

(Spring Break 3/22-3/29/15)

MH/CBA 122


April 8: 

CEC 230/231


May 13: 

(Commencement 5/8 & 5/9/15)

CEC 230/231