University of Nebraska at Omaha
2001-2002 Senate Minutes
Wednesday, April 10, 2002, 2:00 p.m., MBSC Dodge Room
Attendees: N. Bacon, W. Bacon, Bishop, Blair, Bragg, Bruckner, Carlson, J. Carroll, M. Carroll, Dickson, Elder, Engelmann, Fawcett, File, Hagen, Helm, Johnson, Littrell, Nazem, Neathery-Castro, O'Connell, Sadlek, Schulte, Shroder, Smallwood, Thompson, S. Williams, Wolcott,
Excused: Chung, Coyne, Pedersen, E. Williams,
Absent: Dufner, Landis, Lin, Mitchell, Ryalls, Tuan, Zhao
Acknowledged Guest: Steve Kuss, President, Staff Advisory Council
Senator Sadlek reported on the Academic Freedom Coalition of Nebraska (AFCON).
Senator Bruckner submitted the budget for March 2002.
All approved or accepted except Resolutions 2616 (accepted in principle), 2617, and 2618:
"Implementation of this item requires additional investigation by Student Enrollment Services, but it is accepted in principle."
"Urge reconsideration of second 'Whereas.' It was suggested that we aren't in a position to mandate the specificity of the Board of Regents. Dr. Hodgson encouraged the Rules Committee to offer a diverse pool, and to also work through his office to attract members to search committees, recognizing the difficulty in encouraging participants. Problems in prior searches could be traced to lack of diversity in applicant pools, or failure of candidates to meet all applicable criteria (eligibility of tenure as example)."
"Returned to committee for reconsideration. Executive Memo No. 19 was not authored by UNO. The extent to which it is applied is to address work load issues, and it is not the intent to unfairly discriminate against lower paid employees."
WHEREAS the late Dr. Phil Secret, Professor of Criminal Justice, served the University of Nebraska at Omaha with distinction for nearly thirty years, earning the gratitude and admiration of countless students, bringing honor to the University, and inspiring his colleagues, passed away on March 28, 2002, and
WHEREAS Dr. Secret's colleagues mourn his death, honor his memory, and already miss his presence among us,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha extends its heartfelt condolences to his widow and family and pledges the faculty's efforts to emulate his devotion to his profession and to the community.
WHEREAS Resolution 2617 did not adequately convey the concerns of the Faculty;
WHEREAS UNO faculty feels that the role, responsibilities, and impact of faculty on the Dean search committees is unclear;
WHEREAS the guidelines regarding Dean searches are open to a variety of interpretations resulting in procedures that are inconsistent from one Dean search to another;
WHEREAS an inclusive and transparent search process encourages faculty participation;
BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha urges that: the Vice Chancellor for Academic affairs develop procedures for the selection and conduct of the Chair and members of the Dean search committees,
such search procedures define the role and responsibilities of the Chair and the search committee members as well as the legal and generally accepted steps in the search process,
Search Committees be provided more preparation and orientation,
And implemented search procedures be followed consistently.
1. The committee met on March 27, 2002. Those members present were Nora Bacon, Carol Mitchell, Jody Neathery-Castro, and Brigette Ryalls. Guests were Jack Heidel, Jerome Drakeford, and Ken Swartz. The committee considered: data on performance of students in MCC's Math 122, UNO's Math 1310, and UNO's Math 1320; proposed Master of Arts in Language Teaching; and Robert Smith's recent column in the Omaha World-Herald about grade inflation.
President Bacon indicated he had drafted an op-ed piece in response to Smith's, prompted by discussion with the Chancellor.
2. Moved by Senator N. Bacon on behalf of the committee, and passed.
Resolution 2622, 04/10/2002 on Master of Arts in Language Teaching
Upon recommendation of the Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs, the Faculty Senate approves the program of Master of Arts in Language Teaching.
Those present at the meeting of 27 March 2002 (Jack Shroder, Chair, Jim Fawcett, Vice Chair, Bob Carlson, Vaughn Johnson) discussed with Mike Malone from Food Services information about food in view of religious dietary restrictions and better health requirements. Three issues of the Black Studies Program were discussed (Chair replacement, involvement of faculty in hiring new chair, and tenure decisions) but it was decided that unless specific requests came, the Committee could do nothing substantive at this time. Large numbers of empty buses traveling through the park in the mornings were noted and discussed.
WHEREAS a survey of the nineteen members of the Faculty Senate indicated that at least seventeen graduating seniors in their classes had a scheduling conflict with the December 2001 graduation ceremony;
WHEREAS a FOCUS program run by ITS indicated that at least seventy nine graduating seniors had a conflict with that ceremony;
WHEREAS a survey of all UNO faculty indicated that 21% of the respondents wanted no change in the final examination schedule;
WHEREAS an additional 35% of UNO faculty were open to changes provided no final exams were moved to the last week of classes;
WHEREAS all students and faculty are urged to participate in commencement ceremonies,
WHEREAS this conflict imposes considerable public relations and proctoring burdens on the faculty whose finals are scheduled to overlap with graduation, since they must make special arrangements so that graduating seniors can attend the commencement ceremony,
WHEREAS transport to graduation ceremonies held at off-campus locations is time consuming,
BE IT RESOLVED that an ample time period be interposed between the conclusion of scheduled final examinations and the start of the graduation ceremony.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that final exams not be scheduled during the last week of classes.
The UNO Alumni Board of Directors meeting February 19 at 5:00 p.m. heard a report from Bob Danenhauer, Director of UNO Athletics, reviewed the 2001 audit and the 2002 budget, received proposals for a UNO Alumni credit card, and discussed a payment to the Alumni Association for land acquisition (145 feet of Dodge Street frontage), and an Alumni Association travel program.
The UNO Alumni Board of Directors meeting on March 19 at 5:00 p.m. heard a report from Jeff French, Professor in Psychology and winner of the Nebraska University ORCA Award, then discussed: the Alumni Outreach programs, a proposed contract with MBNA to provide credit card services to alumni, and advertising in the UNO Alum beginning in its next issue.
B. AAUP Report: Senator Sadlek
The Executive Committee of the UNO AAUP met on the following dates: 12 March 2002, 26 March 2002, and 9 April 2002. Among the major items of business were the continuing grievance process involving the Black Studies Department, the biennial Collective Bargaining Survey, nominations for next year's officers, and the budget crisis.
C. Graduate Council: Senator Bragg
Minutes of the March 11, 2002, Graduate Council (and its Committees) meeting may be found on the Graduate College website. Senator Bragg gave a brief report of the April meeting, and that agenda can also be found on their website.
D. Strategic Planning Steering Committee: Senator Franklin Thompson
A summary of the meetings of January 23, 2002, and February 27, 2002, were submitted to the senators. The next Advance is scheduled for May 13. The next meeting is scheduled for March 27.
Resolution 2624 on Dr. Ron Burke, moved by Senator Bruckner and passed:
WHEREAS the late Dr. Ron Burke, Professor of Philosophy and Religion, who died on April 6, 2002, served the University of Nebraska at Omaha for nearly three decades, introducing thousands of students to diverse religious cultures, earning the respect and admiration of his colleagues, and bringing credit to his department, his college and his university, and
WHEREAS his valiant fight against his disease and his dignified death inspired his colleagues and his community,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha extends its heartfelt condolences to his widow and his daughters and pledges the faculty's efforts to emulate his devotion to his students and to his community.