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2012-2013 Faculty Senate

Minutes

______________________Wednesday,   January 16, 2013, 2 p.m.,  MBSC Nebraska Room_______________

Present:    Adcock, M. Bacon, N. Bacon, Beard, Bragg, Casas, Chao, Chmidling, Harder, Heidel, Hewins-Maroney, Maring, Means, Melanson, Maring, Means, O'Neil, Rech, Richter-Egger, Scherer, P. Smith, R. Smith, Stack, Surface, Tiller, Wileman, Winter,Woody

Excused:   Huq, Kelly, Kwak, Mei, Prisbell, Roland, Toller, Williams

Absent:     Guo, Mahoney, Morris,

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Presentation:  Dan Shipp, Assoc. V.C. Student Affairs

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I.       The meeting was called to order at 2:25 p.m.

II.      The Minutes of December 5, 2012, were approved as submitted.

III.     Officers' Reports

A.    President's Report:  Senator P. Smith reported

1.      Senate President's Meetings with Chancellor were held: 

a.       December 19, 2012, where they discussed Shared Governance.

b.      On January 16, 2013, they

2.      Executive Committee and Administration (EC&A) met December 19, 2012.

Members present: Christensen, Morrice, Reed, Conley, Shipp, Melanson, Bacon, Rech, Winter, Smith

Senate President's items:

·         UNO Veterans Student Organization. Executive committee discussed with administrations how to identify and market specific efforts to serve students with military experience. Discussion included looking at ways to include faculty senators to works with military veteran students, invitation to Erin Owen to visit with Senate about MavUSO. Senator Meredith Bacon will follow up on this topic.

·         Deans' Forum summaries have been updated and will be kept current.

Chancellor's topics

·         Shared governance and communication was discussed and recommendations suggested to keep Faculty Senate involved and informed.  Chancellor Christensen stressed that faculty engagement is critical. At times there is lack of awareness related to their involvement so better communication is also needed. Senator Winter suggested that faculty members are at times unable to communicate with those who are responsible for making decisions. Chancellor Christensen stated that this should not be happening especially since communication and involvement by faculty is so important. Suggestions for improvement included providing short and long term projection information with appropriate contact information, making sure college faculty representatives serving on committees are known and kept active in communicating work of the committee/initiative, making sure communication is timely and purposeful, perhaps activities and initiatives by functional division could be made available, and making sure that faculty involvement includes actual working groups.

Round Table

·         Chancellor Christensen gave an update on CUMU and a report from the American Association of Stated Colleges and Universities, Serving America's Future: Increasing College Readiness. BJ Reed provided information about the work of the faculty fellows including involvement in peer group analyses, enrollment management, and possibility of IRB housed at UNO, digital measures, undergraduate catalog, remission and enrollment information, graduate assistantships, and faculty and staff diversity. Dr. Shipp discussed the work of the student orientation task force. Senator Rech reminded the group of the upcoming first annual Calculus Bee. Senator Bacon suggested we make sure the new OPS Superintendent and newly elected school board members from the area are invited to our campus.

3.      Deans Forum Summary:  As of January 7, 2013, it has been updated to November 1, 2012http://www.unomaha.edu/aandsaffairs/inside/deansforum.php

4.      Written Acknowledgements for Resolutions: On January4, 2013, Nancy Castilow, Assistant to the Chancellor, e-mailed:

·         Resolution 4063, 4068, 4069, 4070, 4071, 4072:  Accept and support.

·         Resolutions 4065 and 4067:  The concept of shared governance has my strong support and revisiting it from time to time, in light of new issues and new members of the Senate, seems prudent.

·         Resolution 4064: Support, although I believe there has been appropriate involvement and faculty representation.  I support continued involvement by the faculty.

·         Resolution 4066:   Support and recommend revisiting the merits of .20/.25 as needed.

·         Relative to new Senators Chmidling and Heidel, thank you for serving in this important capacity.  I look forward to working with you and the Faculty Senate in the coming year.

·         My congratulations, best wishes and appreciation to Meredith Bacon as President-elect.

·         And regarding the passing of Dr. John Kerrigan, I appreciate the Faculty Senate's passage of this resolution.  Dr. Kerrigan was an original, a well-respected member of the campus community, and a leader throughout his tenure at UNO.  He will be missed.

On December 7, 2012, Sr. V.C. A&SA BJ Reed e-mailed:

I assume you got the Chancellor's response to the FS resolution (4066) regarding part time faculty workload.  I did want to mention to you that we will have the part time faculty workload listed in PAF's as .20 for the spring simply because a number of these had already been processed and I didn't want to burden all the staff by redoing those at this late date.  It will revert back to .25 for the fall depending upon how any further discussions go on the topic.

2012-2013 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

4072

12/12/12

Faculty Senate President-Elect

1/4/13

       

Accept and Support.

My congratulations, best wishes and appreciation to Meredith Bacon as President-elect.

4071

12/12/12

Certificate in Information Technology Administration

1/4/13

       

Accept and Support

4070

12/12/12

Representation on the Faculty Senate

1/4/13

       

Accept and Support

4069

12/12/12

A&S Temporary Senator

1/4/13

       

Accept and Support.

Relative to new Senators Chmidling and Heidel, thank you for serving in this important capacity.  I look forward to working with you and the Faculty Senate in the coming year.

4068

12/12/12

On the Passing of Dr. John Kerrigan

1/4/13

       

Accept and Support.

Regarding the passing of Dr. John Kerrigan, I appreciate the Faculty Senate's passage of this resolution.  Dr. Kerrigan was an original, a well-respected member of the campus community, and a leader throughout his tenure at UNO.  He will be missed.

4067

11/14/12

Shared Governance Education

1/4/13

       

The concept of shared governance has my strong support and revisiting it from time to time, in light of new issues and new members of the Senate, seems prudent.

4066

11/14/12

3 CH Classes Remain .25 FTE

1/4/13

12/7/12

       

Support and recommend revisiting the merits of .20/.25 as needed.

Sr. V.C. for A&SA BJ Reed also replies:  I assume you got the Chancellor's response to the FS resolution regarding part time faculty workload.  I did want to mention to you that we will have the part time faculty workload listed in PAF's as .20 for the spring simply because a number of these had already been processed and I didn't want to burden all the staff by redoing those at this late date.  It will revert back to .25 for the fall depending upon how any further discussions go on the topic.

4065

11/14/12

Revisit Shared Governance

1/7/13

       

The concept of shared governance has my strong support and revisiting it from time to time,  in light of new issues and new members of the Senate, seems prudent.

4064

11/14/12

Faculty Involvement

1/7/13

       

Support, although I believe there has been appropriate involvement and faculty representation.  I support continued involvement by the faculty.

4063

11/14/12

CPACS Senator Replacement

1/7/13

       

Accept and Support.

Relative to new Senators Chmidling and Heidel, thank you for serving in this important capacity.  I look forward to working with you and the Faculty Senate in the coming year.

CARRIED FORWARD

4054

7/11/12

Determine Contractual Implications of Background Check Policy

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

9/6/12

10/25/12

       

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

Chancellor cannot support this resolution.

3079

3/9/11

Shared Governance

   

4/15/11

   

Not supported.  Chancellor's Comment:  "While I continue to be an advocate for shared governance, I will not support 3079, as I am unable to support any resolution which defines the role and responsibilities of the University's governing board, the office of the chancellor, or other administrator, which is outside the purview of the Faculty Senate."

2944

1/4/09

UCRCA Funding

     

X*

   

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

       To: Ed Wimes; Subject: Background Checks. 

Ed,

     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; jhewitt@clinewilliams.com ; 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

*3079(From Chancellor Christensen via Nancy Castilow in an e-mail sent on 4/15/11:  Not supported.  Chancellor's Comment:  "While I continue to be an advocate for shared governance, I will not support 3079, as I am unable to support any resolution which defines the role and responsibilities of the University's governing board, the office of the chancellor, or other administrator, which is outside the purview of the Faculty Senate.")

*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 M. Bacon gave the December 2012, Budget Report.

IV.      Non-Senate Committee Reports

A.    American Association of University Professors (AAUP):  Senator Richter-Egger  reported that all AAUP members are encouraged to attend the ratfication meeting on January 22, 2013, from 2-5 p.m.

B.     Facilities Planning Committee:  Senator Surface, on January 8, 2013, Senator Surface sent a 30 page copy of the "UNO Campus Master Plan Update from Nov. 1, 2012."  It was forwarded to the Faculty Senate.

C.    Graduate Council:  Senator Surface reported on two Graduate Council meetings.

December 10, 2012:

The following items were approved electronically

1.      Departmental name change from Educational Administration and Supervision to Educational Leadership

·         Adding of concentration within the newly named Educational Leadership with a concentration in School Administration

2.      Adding Interior Design concentration to Gerontology graduate certificate

The following item was approved with clarification on the total number of hours. 

1.      4+1 Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate Track in Information Assurance program

Dates to remember

2012-2013 Graduate Council, MBSC Council Room

2:30-3:30               Monday, December 10, 2012

2:30-3:30               Monday, January 14, 2013

2:30-3:30               Monday, February 11, 2013

2:30-3:30               Monday, March 11, 20132:30-3:30 Monday, April 08, 2013

2012-2013 Graduate Program Chairs/Advisors Meetings:

2:30-3:30               Thursday, March 14, 2013, MBSC, Gallery Room

2012-2013 Graduate Faculty Meeting

2:30-3:30               Monday, April 29, 2013, MBSC, Dodge Room

January 14, 2013:

Dean's Report

1.     Spring 2013 enrollment- email from Deb Smith-Howell.  New enrollments etc.

Enrollment is flat currently.  Struggle across the nation with increasing enrollments. Difficult to try to grow but, we are holding our own.  We are up in new Grad students.  Up 20 new FT grade students.

Fall 2009- was the highest peak, down in 2010 and back up.

2.     Enrollment Management- 2 basic strand recruitment (Polema)  and retention. (Dan Shipp) retention particularly under grads.

a.      Strategic issues- communication -  telling our story—website—marketing (Erin Owen and Deb Smith- Howell)

b.       Improve business practices to easily enroll etc. Basic operational things that make life too difficult to help students etc. redesign systems and practices to improve them.  (Matt Shell, Melissa Burkey)

c.       Encourage and equip the idea that recruiting is everyone's responsibility.(Chris Leaver, Elsa Siggers 0ISQA)

d.     UNO needs to align future recruitment with demographic trends (Polema, Lynn Harland) 

3.      SmartCatalog- getting trained on how to change the smart catalog.  Grad studies staff advisors, Graduate Program Chairs etc. Schedule for updating 2014 to come. Should be easier for us to edit and promote. We will no longer lose things, hopefully. Undergrad catalog will also be tackled in order to rethink that catalog so that it can be continually updated. Collective ownership and responsibility for the catalogs so they will be a ‘fixed set'. Clear schedules for doing the work and staying with it.  It will also be used as a marketing tool.

4.     Graduate Assistant proposal-

Deb- Some assistantships that are funded out of graduate studies that are not aligned with a graduate program.  Typically, these involve instructional and research $ . Taking the ones that are not aligned with a program to make sure they are distributed to a program.

Not looking at reallocating but, asking each college to examine their assistantships. Currently in draft mode. NO assistantships are being lost.   

Grad assistants are supposed to be among the very best.  Asking Deans in the colleges about how these positions are allocated.

5.     Elton S. Carter Graduate Honors Reception

We will continue to do a collective graduate college event. Deb will send out options with dates and options. 

6.     Sponsored Programs/Graduate Studies Renovation- Construction ZONE!  8 weeks, different front entrance.  Will have to vacate during asbestos removal.  Sponsored programs and research will be in Kayser Hall 5th floor.  Starting in early February.

7.     Request to create new 3000/8000 cross listing.    Doctoral program that thinks that we should have 8000/9000 cross listed courses.  Is this something that we should refer to policy and planning? Come back to full council?

 Suggest that whoever is advocating this should prepare a proposal and then send it to the policy and planning committee.

Upcoming- Graduate program chairs handbook.

Dates to remember

2012-2013 Graduate Council, MBSC Council Room

2:30-3:30       Monday, January 14, 2013

2:30-3:30       Monday, February 11, 2013

2:30-3:30       Monday, March 11, 2013

2:30-3:30       Monday, April 08, 2013

2012-2013 Graduate Program Chairs/Advisors Meetings:

2:30-3:30       Thursday, March 14, 2013, MBSC, Gallery Room

2012-2013 Graduate Faculty Meeting

2:30-3:30       Monday, April 29, 2013, MBSC, Dodge Room

D.    Strategic Planning Steering Committee:  Senator M. Bacon reported that the meeting had been rescheduled for April 3, 2013.

Other Committee Reports:

A.    Educational Policy Advisory Committee (EPAC): Prof. Bruce Chase (reported the committee met December 7, 2012.

Members present:  Bruce Chase, Gregory Morin, Sherrie Wilson, Dhundy Bastola, David Carter and Nora Hillyer presided

1.      Approved summary from 11-9-12

2.      Approved Art and Art History change in hours from 31 to 18

3.      Approved Business minor for non-Business majors

4.      Approved pending clarification on the correct total hour so of the program (141 or 152?) 4+1 Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate Track in Information Assurance

5.      Approved Departmental name change from Educational Administration and Supervision to Educational Leadership

a.       Adding of concentration within the newly named Educational Leadership with a concentration in School Administration

6.      Approved Interior Design concentration to Gerontology graduate certificate

7.      Course Syllabi

The following new courses were approved:

1.      IASC 4460 Network-Based Vulnerability Discovery, 3 hours

2.      PE 4080 Clinical Exercise Physiology, 3 hours

3.      ISQA 8910 Information Systems Internship, 1-2 hours

4.      IASC 8950 Graduate Capstone in Information Assurance, 3 hours

5.      EDAD 8410 Secondary Level Practicum in Educational Administration and Supervision, 3 hours

6.      MGMT 4520 Human Resource Management Internship, 1-3 hours

7.      TED 8820 Capstone in STEM Education, 3 hours

The following new courses were approved pending minor edits:

1.      ITIN 2220 Applied IT Innovation, 3 hours

2.      PSCI 4210 International Relations of the Middle East, 3 hours

3.      PSCI 4620 Islam and Politics, 3 hours

4.      ISQA 9150 Research in Information Technology for Development, 3 hours

5.      ITIN 4500 Independent Studies, 1-3 hours

The following revised course(s) were approved pending minor edits:

1.      PHYS 2350 Special Topics in Astronomy: Observational Astronomy 2-3 hours

V.     Old Business    

Senator R. Smith moved, and Senator Melanson seconded the following amendment to Resolution 4054.  The motion passed, 12 votes for and 10 against.

RESOLUTION 4073, 1/16/13:  Amended Resolution 4054 on Criminal Background Checks

WHEREAS criminal background checks have been instituted as of September 1, 2012, by the Administration of this University for all new Faculty hires and all part time adjunct Faculty on an annual basis without prior consultation with the faculties, or their bargaining units, of its four campuses,

AND WHEREAS by this same policy implementation, annual checks of the sex offender for all Faculty are to be made,

AND WHEREAS research has not confirmed that criminal background checks are functionally efficacious in institutions of post-secondary education

AND WHEREAS criminal background checks may be viewed by prospective Faculty hires as excessively intrusive, thereby limiting the University from hiring the best Faculty possible,

AND WHEREAS Justice dictates that those who have been punished for crimes should be able to proceed with their lives – that punishment incurred should serve as a veil of obscurity over past transgressions of the Law.

AND WHEREAS the non-Faculty determination of consequences of criminal background checks and sex offender checks may undermine the Regentially established delegation of academic hiring to the respective academic units and thus contradicts common understanding of shared governance,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that this Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha opposes said criminal background checks for any Faculty position, whether current or prospective, whether part time or full time, and whether adjunct or otherwise, and urges the administration of this University to cease conducting them forthwith.

VI.    There being no other business, the meeting adjourned at 3:20 p.m., with announcements.

VII.  Announcements

A.    EC&A Mtg.:  Wednesday,  January 23, 2013,  2 p.m., EAB 200, Chancellor's Conference Room

B.     EC&C Mtg:  Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 2 p.m., ASH 196

C.    Faculty Senate Mtg:  Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 2 p.m., Mammel Hall 320-A&B

D.    Faculty/Staff Awards Dinner:  Wednesday, April 24, 2013 (6:30 Social, 7:15 Dinner) Alumni Center