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1998 - 1999 Senate

RESOLUTIONS

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Resolution 2313 06/10/98: Executive Committee

BE IT RESOLVED, that Edward Terence Foster has been elected, by ballot vote of the NU external faculty serving 50% or more on the UNO campus, as the external faculty representative for a three-year term from May 13, 1998, through May 10, 2001, to replace Avery Schwer.

For Your Information: Resolution 2314 06/10/98: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following tenured faculty representative was elected in April, 1998, by the full faculty to serve a threeyear term as a full-member from April 16, 1998, through April 15, 2001, on the Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee:

Thomas Tollman (reappointment)

For Your Information: Resolution 2315 06/10/98: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following non-tenured faculty representative was elected in April, 1998, by the full faculty to complete Hollis Glaser’s term as a full-member from July 1, 1998, through April 15, 2001, on the Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee. Hollis Glaser will receive tenure effective July 1, 1998.

Sue Pendleton

For Your Information: Resolution 2316 06/10/98: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as a three-year appointment from July 1, 1998, through June 30, 2001, to the University Committee on Undergraduate Academic Appeals (UCUAA) to replace James Carroll:

Robert Smith

For Your Information: Resolution 2317 06/10/98: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as the faculty senate’s Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs representative for a one-year appointment from July 1, 1998, through June 30, 1999, to the Academic Planning Council to replace Gordon Mundell:

John Newton

For Your Information: Resolution 2318 06/10/98: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as threeyear appointments from July 1, 1998, through June 30, 2001, to the University Committee on the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) to replace C. Jo Manning (A&S) and Sharon Sobel (FA):

Angela Valle, College of Arts and Sciences

Larry Bradshaw, College of Fine Arts

For Your Information: Resolution 2319 06/10/98: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as twoyear appointments from July 1, 1998, through June 30, 2000, to the Chancellor’s Commission on Multicultural Affairs:

Carol Mitchell, College of Education (reappointment)

Sharon Sobel, College of Fine Arts (replace Douglas Paterson)

Quiming Zhu, College of Information Science & Technology (new)

Miriam DeLone, College of Public Affairs and Community Service (replace Mike Carroll)

For Your Information: Resolution 2320 06/10/98: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as three-year appointments from July 1, 1998, through June 30, 2001, to the University Committee on Computer Usage to replace Diane Andrew and Robert Egan:

Kathleen Henebry

Deborah Smith-Howell

For Your Information: Resolution 2321 06/10/98: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as two-year appointments from July 1, 1998, through June 30, 2000, to the Discrimination Hearing Panel to replace Sheri Rogers and Aaron Smallwood:

Hesham Ali

Lorraine Gessick

For Your Information: Resolution 2322 06/10/98: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as three-year appointments from July 1, 1998, through June 30, 2001, to the Educational Policy Advisory Committee to replace Brent Bowen, Martha Bruckner, Gary Day, and Lynn Harland:

Fuad Abdullah

David Conway

Cassia Spohn

Robert Welk

For Your Information: Resolution 2323 06/10/98: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as a threeyear appointment from July 1, 1998, through June 30, 2001, to the University Committee on Facilities Planning to replace Pam Specht:

Russell Smith

For Your Information: Resolution 2324 06/10/98: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as a three-year appointment from July 1, 1998, through June 30, 2001, to the University Committee on Honors and Awards to replace Richard Stacy:

Michelle Miller

For Your Information: Resolution 2325 06/10/98: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as a three-year appointment from July 1, 1998, through June 30, 2001, to the University Committee on Library and Educational Resources to replace Bruce Chase:

Susan Maher

For Your Information: Resolution 2326 06/10/98: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as three-year appointments from July 1, 1998, through June 30, 2001, to the Parking Advisory Committee to replace Joe Bertinetti and Steve Rehbein:

Frederic Laquer

John Noble

For Your Information: Resolution 2327 06/10/98: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as three-year appointments from July 1, 1998, through June 30, 2001, to the Student Publication Board:

Frederic Laquer (reappointment)

Sheri Wilson (replace Michael Hilt)

For Your Action: Resolution 2328 06/10/98: Executive Committee

WHEREAS, the recently revised academic calendar for the University of Nebraska removes one class day from the fall and spring semesters, and

WHEREAS, any reduction afforded to students to interact with their instructors or to participate in laboratory, studio, or other academic activity threatens the academic integrity on an institution of higher education, and

WHEREAS, given the flexible academic scheduling followed at UNO which includes many classes, laboratories and other scheduled academic activities that only meet once per week, there is the potential that many courses will lose up to a full week of class time, and

WHEREAS, the faculty will devise a multitude of procedures in attempts to assure that their students are not disadvantaged by this reduction in scheduled class time; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the faculty senate calls upon the UNO administration to make available to faculty resources, support services, and a policy of flexibility as the faculty attempts to address the academic problems posed by the altered calendar, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that in future years the scheduling of classes shall give high priority to developing of course schedules that minimize the impact of the new calendar on classroom, laboratory, and studio time.

For Your Information: Resolution 2329 06/10/98: Executive Committee

WHEREAS, UNO will celebrate the beginning of its 90th academic year with a convocation on October 8, 1998, and

WHEREAS, such events are important to the life of a university and provide an opportunity for the university to take appropriate note of and celebrate its role in our community and the nation; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the faculty senate encourages all faculty to attend the convocation, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that those faculty whose classes and other academic activities may conflict with the convocation consider making appropriate arrangements to allow their students to attend.

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Resolution 2330 07/01/98: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as three-year appointments from July 1, 1998, through June 30, 2001, to the Educational Policy Advisory Committee to replace David Conway:

Thomas Lorsbach


Resolution 2331 07/01/98: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as three-year appointments from July 1, 1998, through June 30, 2001, to the Student Activities Budget Commission (student government committee):

Duane Aschenbrenner Frank Zahn (reappointment)


Resolution 2332 07/01/98: Executive Committee

WHEREAS, the faculty senate has a continuing interest in any planning for UNO's future, and

WHEREAS, the senate desires to be aware of and where appropriate contribute to the current strategic planning initiative; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the faculty senate requests that the chair of the faculty senate Committee on Goals and Directions serve ex-officio as a member of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee and serve as liaison between the senate and the planning process.


Resolution 2333 08/19/98: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as three-year appointments from July 1, 1998, through June 30, 2001, to the University Committee on Student Affairs:

Susan Pendleton
Maria Elvira Villamil


Resolution 2334 08/19/98: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as nominations for a two-year appointment to the Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creative Activity Award (OTICA) Selection Committee (vitae required). Only one UNO representative will be selected from these nominees by Provost Lee Jones.

Donald Grandgenett
Imafedia Okhamafe
Daniel Sullivan


Resolution 2335 08/19/98: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward to complete Betty Hickman's term as the College of Information Science and Technology representative on the University Committee on the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) from August 19, 1998, through June 30, 2000. Professor Hickman is transferring from the College of Information Science and Technology back to the College of Arts and Sciences:

Hesham Ali


Resolution 2336 08/19/98: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward to complete Geri Hutchins' term on the University Committee on Computer Usage from August 19, 1998, through June 30, 2000. Professor Hutchins is taking a position at another university.

Gary Day


Resolution 2337 08/19/98: On Behalf of the Assembly

BE IT RESOLVED, that the faculty senate approves the proposed guidelines for post-tenure review document dated June 26, 1998.


Resolution 2338 09/09/98: Committee on Rules Ballot Vote:

In accordance with the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha bylaws, section 6.1 Committee on Faculty Grievances, the following faculty are brought forward by the Rules Committee for ballot election by the senate to replace Michael Scherer as the full professor representative for a three year term from September 16, 1998, through September 15, 2001:

Wai-Ning Mei (elected)
Qiuming Zhu

Ballot Vote: In accordance the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha bylaws, section 6.1, Committee on Faculty Grievances, the following faculty are brought forward by the Rules Committee for ballot election by the senate to replace Carol Zoerb as the assistant professor representative for a three year term from September 16, 1998, through September 15, 2001:

Renee Irvin (elected)
Jeff Johnson

Ballot Vote: In accordance the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha bylaws, section 6.1, Committee on Faculty Grievances, the following faculty are brought forward by the Rules Committee for ballot election by the senate to replace Andris Skreija as the Committee on Faculty Personnel and Welfare representative for a one-year term from September 16, 1998, through September 15, 1999:

Andris Skreija
Deborah Irvin (elected)


Resolution 2339 09/09/98: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as a three-year appointment from September 9, 1998, through June 30, 2001, to the University Committee on Student Affairs (position previously filled by chancellor):

Andrew Smallwood


Resolution 2340 09/09/98: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as three-year appointments from September 9 1998, through June 30, 2001, to the University Committee on Library and Educational Resources (position previously filled by chancellor):

Carol Ebdon
Nicholas Stergiou


Resolution 2341 09/09/98: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as three-year appointments from September 9, 1998, through June 30, 2001, to the University Committee on Academic Fees (one of the positions was previously filled by the chancellor):

Laura Dickson
Manoj Sharma
Joseph La Voie


Resolution 2342 09/09/98: By the Assembly

WHEREAS, Initiative 413, by all objective analysis, poses a severe financial threat to the University of Nebraska at Omaha; and

WHEREAS, it's implementation would deprive the elected representatives of the citizens of Nebraska of their ability to exercise their responsibilities with respect to meeting the higher education needs of the state; and

WHEREAS, one result of the implementation of Initiative 413 would likely be to shift the costs of higher education to students and families who can least afford such an increased burden; and

WHEREAS, the instruction, research, and service provided by University of Nebraska at Omaha are vital to the our students and other constituents, and to the economic, cultural, and intellectual development of our community; and

WHEREAS, University of Nebraska at Omaha's future ability to meet these responsibilities will be severely limited if Initiative 413 were to be enacted; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha urges defeat of Initiative 413.


Resolution 2343 10/14/98: Committee on Faculty Personnel and Welfare

WHEREAS, faculty participation at commencements is important to the institution; and

WHEREAS, obtaining academia regalia can involve a considerable expense for faculty; and

WHEREAS, individual faculty have differing needs and desires with regard to academic regalia; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the faculty senate calls upon the UNO administration in consultation with the manager of the UNO Bookstore to provide and publicize as many cost reduction options as possible for faculty to obtain academic regalia for commencement, but excluding options that would result in increases in student commencement fees.


Resolution 2344 10/14/98: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as a three-year appointment from September 9, 1998, through June 30, 2001, to the University Committee on Library and Educational Resources to replace resigning member, Susan Maher:

Juliette Parnell-Smith


Resolution 2345 10/14/98: Committee on Rules (Ballot Vote)

BE IT RESOLVED, that in accordance with Section 1.1 of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Professional Conduct Committee's Rules and Procedures, the following four 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:

One representative must be elected by ballot vote to serve a three-year term from October 16, 1998, through October 15, 2001 to replace outgoing member Julia Curtis. The newly elected representative will also serve as an alternate for three-years from October 16, 2001, through October 15, 2004. Julia Curtis will continue serving as an alternate for three-years from October 16, 1998 through October 15, 2001 per Resolution 2119.

Sunny Andrews, CPACS (elected)
Jane Woody, CPACS

One representative must be elected by ballot vote to serve a three-year term from October 16, 1998, through October 15, 2001 to replace outgoing member Carole Larson. The newly elected representative will also serve as an alternate for three-years from October 16, 2001, through October 15, 2004. Carole Larson will continue serving as an alternate for three-years from October 16, 1998 through October 15, 2001 per Resolution 2119.

Richard Stacy, ED (elected)
Carol Zoerb, Library


Resolution 2346 10/14/98: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as a three-year appointment from September 9, 1998, through June 30, 2001, to the University Committee on Athletics (position previously filled by chancellor):

Leah Pietron


Resolution 2347 10/14/98: Committee on Rules

WHEREAS, Initiative 413 has been shown to be a Constitutional amendment deeply injurious to the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and

WHEREAS, the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha has unanimously passed a resolution against Initiative 413, and

WHEREAS, actions speak louder than words, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that every faculty and staff member of UNO who wishes to make a difference in opposing Initiative 413 is urged to call ten (10) registered voters in the State of Nebraska before November 3rd, urging them to vote against Initiative 413 and/or make a generous contribution to UNO Faculty PAC and/or participate in the public discussions or debates on the subject.


Resolution 2348 10/14/98: Committee on Rules

WHEREAS, James Saker was given the daunting task of composing an "Alma Mater" for UNOmaha, and

WHEREAS, the resulting composition is an impressive and meaningful piece of music; therefore

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha expresses its appreciation and congratulations to James Saker for "UNOmaha Chimes."


Resolution 4949, 11/11/98: Executive Committee and Cabinet

WHEREAS, the awarding of Honorary Degrees involves issues of confidentiality; and

WHEREAS, discussions of such should involve full and frank discussions of the particular merits of individual candidates; and

WHEREAS, full investigation of nominees will involve intense research into individual qualifications; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the faculty senate agrees that the awarding of Honorary Degrees conferred by the University of Nebraska at Omaha be discussed and debated in the senate Committee on Goals and Directions Executive Committee and Cabinet before forwarding an opinion to the Chancellor for final consideration.


Resolution 4950, 11/11/98: On behalf of the Assembly

BE IT RESOLVED, that the senate Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs be charged with the task of exploring issues of political speech, university resources, and academic freedom which emerged during the recent campaign on Initiative 413.


Resolution 2351, 12/09/98: Executive Committee

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Executive Committee nominates Senator Douglas Paterson for president-elect.


Resolution 2352, 01/13/99: Executive Committee

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following faculty be recommended for service on the College of Education Dean Search Committee:

Counseling: Joe Davis, Scott Harrington
Educational Administration and Supervision: Martha Bruckner, Gary Hartzell
Health, Physical Education and Recreation: Marchell Austin, Kris Berg
Special Education and Communication Disorders: David Conway, Deborah Irvin
Teacher Education: Neal Grandgenett, Sheri Rogers, (Kathy Danielson)
University-At-Large: Claudette Lee, Kim Sosin

Senator Hendricks reported that Vice Chancellor Hodgson requested two names from each of the six divisions in the College of Education. He then clarification that the extra name, in parenthesis, for Teacher Education was being submitted for consideration since that division is considerably larger than the others. A written explanation of such will be provided to Vice Chancellor Hodgson.


Resolution 2353, 02/10/99: Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs

BE IT RESOLVED, that the concerns and recommendations expressed below be submitted to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for his consideration in modifying the Division of Academic Affairs Strategic Plan Draft 5.0.

GOAL 1. INCREASE STUDENT ACADEMIC RETENTION AND SUCCESS

The Faculty Senate urges awareness that some strategies for student retention may seem to lower standards, and asks that the strategic plan address this concern with more direct emphasis.

Strategy 3, Delivery Methods. The senate is concerned with recommendation "that no more than 20% of the student-credit-hours in 1000-level academic courses are taught by non-tenure-track faculty." We question the rationale for the specific percentage (20%) used. In some departments such a percentage may be impossible to achieve, and in some there may be good reasons for a higher percentage. Further, the use of the term "non-tenure-track" would preclude the inclusion of full-time faculty on short-term appointments (e.g., visiting faculty, or replacements for tenured faculty who are on leave or are supported by external funds) in computing this percentage, yet these persons may have equal qualifications to tenure-track faculty.

GOAL 2. RESPOND TO THE OPPORTUNITY AND CHALLENGE PRESENTED BY TECHNOLOGY

While acknowledging the importance of educational technology in the modern world and applauding its emphasis in the strategic plan, the senate believes that this emphasis will be stronger and more appropriate if it is stated more emphatically that the final goal is education -- not use of technology for its own sake. Therefore, we suggest incorporation of the following ideas.

1. It is imperative to realize that computer technology is a tool, not an instructional method. Computer technology can be used in a variety of ways to expand and/or enhance traditional classroom instruction. However, computer technology is not a replacement for good instructional design. The appropriate application of computer technology as a "teaching tool" requires understanding characteristics of instructional design, students, and subject matter, that lend themselves to particular computer technology delivery system.

2. University of Nebraska should support faculty interested in using computer technology in the classroom by providing workshops/classes/other support, etc., concerning: 1) what technologies are available, 2) how to deploy these technologies, and 3) how to select the appropriate technology for a given situation.

GOAL 3. ACTIVELY ENGAGE IN OUR COMMUNITY

The senate urges fuller articulation of the range of "community-engaging activities" beyond the arts and cultural activities.

GOAL 5. PREPARE OUR STUDENTS FOR GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP

The senate suggests that the strategies for achieving Goal 5 would be enhanced if there were some emphasis on foreign language instruction and encouragement of greater foreign language learning among the various curricula of the university.

GOAL 6. INCREASE RESEARCH/CREATIVE ACTIVITY AND NATIONAL VISIBILITY

Recognizing the import of the Board of Regents' statement on UNOmaha's research mission, the senate believes that the wording of the strategic plan as presented could be interpreted as limiting faculty research endeavors to applied work with urban involvement. This is clearly not the case and we ask that emphasis on the metropolitan mission be revised to show that basic research is still valued, and that a much broader range of research will be encouraged and supported.

GOAL 7. ENHANCE STUDENT RECRUITMENT

The senate urges awareness that some strategies for recruitment may seem to lower standards, and asks that the plan address this concern with more direct emphasis.

The senate is concerned with the lack of evaluation, assessment and improvement of the performance of the university's public relations and marketing arsenal, and requests that this be considered for inclusion in the strategic plan


Resolution 2354, 02/10/99: Committee on Educational Resources and Services

WHEREAS, there are many traditional needs in the university which are not addressed by the Division of Academic Affairs Strategic Plan Draft 5.0, and

WHEREAS, the omission of these needs in the academic plan leaves open the question of their continued importance to the University Planning, and

WHEREAS, the University Library currently has considerable, critical space needs for traditional print media, and

WHEREAS, Goal 2, Strategy No. 4 focuses on the importance of space for student interaction and technology based learning; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the faculty senate recommends the inclusion of additional space for storage of print media as priority in the University Library expansion plans identified in the academic plan.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a statement be included in the academic plan that addresses the status of other academic needs not mentioned in the plan.

Discussion followed:

Senator Bruckner offered the addition of the following friendly amendment: BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the absence of mention...

Senator Newton suggested the addition of the following: BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the senate requests the vice chancellor of Academic Affairs to search diligently for other areas of need.

Senator Allen moved the following: BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a statement be included in the academic plan that addresses the status of other academic needs not mentioned in the plan.

The motion was seconded by Senator Carlson.

A vote on the amendment was taken. The motion passed unanimously.

There was no discussion of the motion as amended. A vote was taken on the resolution as amended. The motion passed unanimously.


Resolution 2355, 02/10/99: Committee on Faculty Personnel and Welfare

BE IT RESOLVED, that the faculty senate expresses the following concerns with the Division of Academic Affairs Strategic Plan Draft 5.0:

1. There appears to be a loss of identification of the core of the university, that is the liberal arts.

2.The focus of research support should be on the central role of all forms of research based on quality rather than on what appears to be the focus only on research related to the metropolitan university mission.

3. In addition to stressing student retention, the University needs to identify, attract, and retain a diverse and excellent body of students and faculty.


Resolution 2356, 02/10/99: Committee on Goals and Directions

WHEREAS, the Division of Academic Affairs Strategic Plan Draft 5.0 addresses seven goals which shall guide the university, and

WHEREAS, the careful reading and discussion of the plan raised questions among senators, and

WHEREAS, we seek clarity in these important goals; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the faculty senate expresses the following concerns with the Division of Academic Affairs Strategic Plan Draft 5.0:

Goal 1, seems to be concerned only with the identified 1300 full-time first-year students, instead of all UNOmaha students.

Goal 1, appears to exclude full-time, non-tenure track faculty, from those who need to increase interaction with students.

Goal 1, Strategy 3, appears to exclude "non-tenured-track faculty" from "outstanding faculty."

Goal 2, Strategy 6, might be enhanced by developing a summer institute approach.

Goal 2, Strategy 6, might also be enhanced by adding a discussion of "telework options," such as working with employers to allow students to take classes at their workplaces.

Goal 3, Strategy 4, might be enhanced by increasing our commitment to school districts in the metropolitan area that are located further from our campus.

Goal 7, Strategy 3, might be enhanced by the inclusion of "elementary students" in the discussion of those with whom we should increase contact, using the Iowa model of connecting with elementary students.


Resolution 2357, 02/10/99: Committee on Professional Development

BE IT RESOLVED, that the faculty senate expresses the following concerns with the Division of Academic Affairs Strategic Plan Draft 5.0:

1. Retention is over emphasized as a measure of academic success which could put undue pressure on faculty to lower academic standards.

2. The writing of the document often obscures its content (e.g., referring to numerous unnumbered points by number, and the use of the terms goals, strategies, methods, etc. without explanation).

3. The document uses the term "University key issues 3 and 4" without any indication of what issues 3 and 4 might be.


Resolution 2358, 02/10/99: Committee on Professional Development

WHEREAS, the professional development of its faculty is a key component to any effort to enhance the quality and reputation of an institution of higher education, and

WHEREAS, such efforts at UNOmaha are widely distributed over administrative responsibility making summative description and/or evaluation of professional development efforts difficult; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha endorses the document titled White Paper on Faculty Professional Development at UNO and recommends it to the university community as a guide to the current status of faculty development efforts at UNOmaha and the basis for plans for their improvement.

Senator Metal-Corbin offered a friendly amendment to replace the word "research" throughout the document with "research/creative activity." The committee accepted the friendly amendment.


Resolution 2359, 02/10/99: Committee on Rules

WHEREAS, the Division of Academic Affairs Strategic Plan Draft 5.0 should clearly communicate the highest academic priorities of UNOmaha, and

WHEREAS, several academic priorities, such as retention and recruitment, can best be achieved through excellence in teaching, research, and creative activity, and

WHEREAS, the key to improvement of the academic quality of UNOmaha is to hire and retain scholar/teachers who have a passion for their teaching and research/creative activity, and

WHEREAS, an important measure of the quality of research/creative activity is peer reviewed publication or peer juried creative activity; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the top overall goal of the academic plan should be (1) Strive for excellence in teaching, research, and creative activity, and thereby increase national visibility, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the academic plan should clearly state that UNOmaha remains committed to encouraging and rewarding the excellence of which has been recognized by appropriate peer review processes research/creative activity, the excellence of which has been recognized by appropriate peer review processes.


Resolution 2360, 02/10/99: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names (2) go forward as appointment to the Peter Kiewit and Kayser Professorship Review Committee:

Cynthia Phaneuf
Cassia Spohn


Resolution 2361, 02/10/99: On Behalf of the Assembly

WHEREAS, the UNOmaha Alumni Association has re-instituted its tradition of hosting a monthly First Fridays social gathering for faculty and staff, and

WHEREAS, such events contribute to the development of collegiality and good will within the university community; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha expresses its thanks and appreciation to Mr. Jim Leslie and the Alumni Association for their contribution to UNOmaha.


Resolution 2362, 03/10/99: Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate approve the proposal for a new major in Women's Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences.


Resolution 2363, 03/10/99: Committee on Faculty Personnel and Welfare

WHEREAS, the University of Nebraska at Omaha Faculty Grievance Committee is a committee with faculty senate oversight that currently does not have provision for notification of committee decisions and actions to the faculty senate president, and

WHEREAS, the other faculty personnel committees with faculty senate oversight (i.e. the Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee and the Professional Conduct Committee) have provisions for notification of committee decisions and actions to the faculty senate president; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, the following statement be added as section VII. H. to the "Faculty Grievance Committee Policies and Rules of Procedure":

The president of the faculty senate shall be informed of all actions taken by the committee including all advice and recommendations given to the chancellor or other university administrators by the committee.


Resolution 2364, 03/10/99: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as three-year appointments from July 1, 1999 through June 30, 2002, on the University Committee on Research (UCR) to replace outgoing members Larry Bradshaw (at-large), Harmon Maher (A&S), and Mark Wohar (BA):

Donald Greer, at-large representative

Jeremy Lipschultz, Arts and Sciences/Humanities

Sufi Nazem, Business Administration


Resolution 2365, 03/10/99: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as a three-year appointment from July 1, 1999, through June 30, 2002, on the new Wellness Program Task Force:

David Corbin


Resolution 2366, 03/10/99: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward to complete the remainder of resigning member Susan Pendleton's three-year term from March 10, 1999, through June 30, 2001, on the University Committee on Student Affairs. Susan Pendleton served from July 1, 1998, through March 9, 1999, per senate resolution 2333.

Joe Davis


Resolution 2367, 03/10/99: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following faculty be recommended for service on the College of Information Science and Technology Dean Search Committee:

Hesham Ali IS&T, Computer Science
Michael Hinchey IS&T, Computer Science
Stanley Wileman IS&T, Computer Science
Quiming Zhu IS&T, Computer Science
Dwight Hayworth IS&T, ISQA
Leah Pietron IS&T, ISQA
Yong Shi IS&T, ISQA
Pamela Specht IS&T, ISQA
J. Philip Craiger IS&T, CMIT
Daniel Peak IS&T, CMIT
Alexander Stoyan IS&T, CMIT
Margaret Gessaman outside (non IS&T) representative
John Shroder outside (non IS&T) representative


Resolution 2368, 04/14/99: Executive Committee and Cabinet

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Executive Committee recommends to the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha that the 493 faculty actively employed, on leave of absence, or on partial retirement with the rank of instructor or above as of the Spring, 1999, semester will be represented by the following distribution of seats for the 1999-2000 academic year:

Arts and Sciences, College of 14
Business Administration, College of 5
Education, College of 6
Fine Arts, College of 2
Information Science and Technology, College of 2
Library 1
Public Affairs and Community Service 5
External NU Faculty 2
TOTAL: 37


Resolution 2369 04/14/99: Committee on Faculty Personnel and Welfare

WHEREAS, the University of Nebraska has declared and affirmed a policy of equal employment opportunities, affirmative action in employment, and nondiscrimination; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, the UNO Faculty Senate endorses the concept of allowing a faculty member to extend the seven year limitation on the period of full-time service prior to acquisition of a Continuous Appointment by allowing additional full-time service to make-up for full-time service lost because of maternity, disability, or family/medical leave.


Resolution 2370,Committee on Faculty Personnel and Welfare

WHEREAS, the University of Nebraska has declared and affirmed a policy of equal employment opportunities, affirmative action in employment, and nondiscrimination; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, the UNO Faculty Senate endorses domestic partnership benefits for all UNO non-married staff and faculty as long as procedures can be adopted that provide for documentation of: 1) the partners' commitment to each other (e.g. the partners have been in an exclusive relationship for a specified number of months and intend to remain together indefinitely; the partners are not married to each other or anyone else, or related to each other by blood so closely that state law would prohibit them from being married to each other, etc.), 2) sharing of financial obligations (e.g. they own a home together or are jointly listed on a lease; they hold joint bank accounts, they have joint liabilities, including motor-vehicle loans or credit-card accounts, etc.), and 3) joint responsibility for each other's welfare (e.g. they are named as each other's beneficiary on life-insurance policies; they are named as the primary beneficiary in each other's wills; etc.)


Resolution 2370b, 04/14/99: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED, that in accordance with section 6.1 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. If approved, a ballot will be presented to the UNO faculty.

One tenured faculty member will be elected from the following two nominees to serve a three-year term from April 16, 1999, through April 15, 2002, to replace retiring member, James Dick:

Bruce Chase
Wai-Ning Mei

One tenured faculty member will be elected from the following two nominees to serve a three year term from April 16, 1999, through April 15, 2002, to replace retiring member, Michael O'Hara:

Michael O'Hara
Robert Ottemann

One tenured faculty member will be elected from the following two nominees to serve a three year term from April 16, 1999, through April 15, 2002, to replace retiring member, Deanna Liddy:

Mansour Zand
David Helm

One non-tenured faculty member will be elected from the following two nominees to complete the remainder of Susan Pendleton's term from April 15, 1999, through April 12, 2001. Professor Pendleton has resigned from UNO.

Alice Schumaker
Manoj Sharma


Resolution 2371, 04/14/99: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as a three-year appointment from 07/01/99, through 06/30/2002, to the University Committee on Athletics to replace Ray Millimet:

Michael Stewart


Resolution 2372, 04/14/99: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as a three-year appointment from 07/01/99, through 06/30/2002, to the Educational Policy Advisory Committee (EPAC) to replace Karen Dwyer:

James Conyers


Resolution 2373, 04/14/99: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as a three-year appointment from 07/01/99, through 06/30/2002, to the University Committee on Library and Educational Resources to replace Stan Wileman:

Hesham El-Rewini


Resolution 2374, 04/14/99: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as three-year appointments from July 1, 1999, through June 30, 2002, to the University Committee on the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) to replace John Konvalina (A&S) and Jerry Cederblom (PACS):

Lisa Kelly-Vance, A&S
Gary Marshall, PACS


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Resolution 2376, 05/12/99: Executive Committee

WHEREAS, she has presided over meetings of the Executive Committee and Cabinet with skill and patience, and

WHEREAS, her knowledge, insights, and perspectives have always been positive contributions to our deliberations, during her two years as a member of the Executive Committee, and

WHEREAS, she has effectively served as the faculty's representative on the UNO Alumni Board; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha extends to Senator Martha Bruckner its deepest appreciation for her exemplary service as vice president during the 1998-99 academic year.

WHEREAS, she has approached her duties as secretary-treasurer of the faculty senate with care and responsibility, and

WHEREAS, she has brought substance and insight to the deliberation of the Executive Committee and Cabinet, and

WHEREAS, her knowledge and sensitivity have been of significant value to all of our deliberations; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha extends to Senator Claudette Lee its deepest appreciation for his exemplary service as secretary-treasurer of the faculty senate during the 1998-99 academic year.

WHEREAS, for two years he has chaired the Rules Committee with a level of skill and determination that manifests his commitment to the principles of collegiality in a proper functioning of shared governance, and

WHEREAS, his leadership of this committee has contributed to the recruitment of appropriate faculty members to serve on a wide array of university committees, boards, and task forces, too often on short notice demanding complex work with little notice, and

WHEREAS, his advice and perspective within the deliberations of the Executive Committee and Cabinet have been forthright, honest, heartfelt, and valuable; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha extends its deepest appreciation to Senator Arthur Diamond for his exemplary service as chair of the Rules Committee during the 1998-99 academic year.

WHEREAS, as chair of the Cabinet and member of the Executive Committee he has contributed greatly of his wisdom and time to the deliberations of the Executive Committee and Cabinet, and

WHEREAS, Senator Robert Carlson has served for two years with distinction as Chair of the Committee on Faculty Personnel and Welfare, and

WHEREAS, his committee has addressed numerous complex and sensitive issues requiring extensive committment of time and effort; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha commends Senator Carlson for his dedicated service to the faculty and the university.

WHEREAS, Senator Jack Newton has for two years served ably and with competence and good will as chair of the Academic and Curricular Affairs Committee and as a valued member of the Cabinet, and

WHEREAS, this is only the most recent in a long line of distinguished service he has rendered to UNOmaha; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha commends Senator Newton for his dedicated service to the faculty and the university and wishes him all the best in his retirement.

WHEREAS, Senator William Clute has served with committment and expertise as chair of the Educational Resources and Services Committee and as a valued member of the Cabinet, and

WHEREAS, his committee has addressed critical and sensitive issues; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha commends Senator Clute for his dedicated service to the faculty and the university.

WHEREAS, Senator Sheri Rogers has served with competence and genuine concern for the university's future as chair of the Goals and Directions Committee and as a valued member of the Cabinet, and

WHEREAS, she has effectively represented the senate on the Strategic Planning Steering Committee; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha commends Senator Rogers for her dedicated service to the faculty and the university.

WHEREAS, Senator Lynn Harland has served ably as chair of the Professional Development Committee, and

WHEREAS, this committee has addressed issues critical to the functioning of the UNOmaha faculty; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha commends Senator Harland for her dedicated service to the faculty and the university.

WHEREAS, Duane Aschenbrenner has continued to serve with skill and patience as the senate parliamentarian, and

WHEREAS, despite this experience, he elected to join us as a senator; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha commends Duane Aschenbrenner for his dedicated service to the faculty and the university.

WHEREAS, the coordinator of the faculty senate, Sandy Jensen, has managed the office and related senate activities with competence, sensitivity, grace and good humor, and

WHEREAS, she has shown initiative in the development of her computer skills and has used these skills to develop other informational and managerial aids that promote greater operational efficiency in the senate office, and

WHEREAS, she continues to be an indispensable link to the continuity and smooth function of the senate office; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha extends its deepest respect and gratitude to Sandy Jensen for the excellence of her work as coordinator of the faculty senate


Resolution 2377, 05/12/99: Executive Committee

WHEREAS, he has provided excellent leadership in word and action, and

WHEREAS, he has served as a facilitator, a supporter, a role model, and even an inspiration, and

WHEREAS, he has wisely and eloquently represented his colleagues and his university in conversations with the chancellor and vice chancellors, the board of regents, the university president, the legislature, media representatives, and many others, and

WHEREAS, he has dealt with multiple and very diverse topics in a calm, straightforward, and professional manner, and

WHEREAS, he has built a strong working relationship between the faculty and the new leadership of the university, and

WHEREAS, his leadership has helped to position the university for its entrance into the new millennium; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha extends its deep appreciation to Professor Shelton Hendricks for his outstanding service to the faculty and the university as president of the UNO Faculty Senate in both the 1997-98 and 1998-99 academic years.


Resolution 2378, 05/12/99: Committee on Educational Resources and Services

WHEREAS, the University of Nebraska at Omaha is the leader in urban education in the state of Nebraska, and;

WHEREAS, the University has a mission to build understanding and respect in academic and human relationships through diversity, and

WHEREAS, the University of Nebraska at Omaha has reserved the 28 units in the new residence halls which are specially designed for students with disabilities to meet the needs of this constituency; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the UNO Faculty Senate endorses the University's commitment to students with disabilities as a priority group for recruitment for the University Residence Halls, and

BE IT RESOLVED, that the UNO Faculty Senate supports the current, expanded effort to recruit current and prospective students with disabilities to fill those rooms which have been designated as accessible, and

BE IT RESOLVED, that the UNO Faculty Senate encourages the University to develop a strategy to recruit and retain students with physical disabilities, in which priority for accessible, on-campus housing would be a feature


Resolution 2379, 05/12/99: Committee on Faculty Personnel and Welfare

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Committee on Faculty Personnel and Welfare moves the approval, with no changes, of the "Issue Resolution and Complaint Procedures for Prohibited Discrimination University of Nebraska at Omaha" document previously submitted at the March 10, 1999 senate meeting.


Resolution 2380, 05/12/99: Committee on Goals and Directions

WHEREAS, the Report of the Task Force on University Outreach is consistent with UNOmaha's Strategic Plan, and

WHEREAS, the Report is also consistent with The Proposal for Lifelong Learning Integration and Facilitation; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate endorses and supports Recommendation Two of the Outreach Report, taking the necessary steps to consider moving out of conferencing and non-UNOmaha sponsored activity, thereby freeing space for alternative uses, given the university provide the necessary transition support.


Resolution 2381, 05/12/99: Committee on Goals and Directions

WHEREAS, the Report of the Task Force on University Outreach is consistent with UNOmaha's Strategic Plan, and

WHEREAS, the Report is also consistent with The Proposal for Lifelong Learning Integration and Facilitation, and

WHEREAS, the Bachelor of General Studies Degree provides flexibility for students; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate endorses and supports Recommendations Four, Five and Six of the Outreach Report, which address and support the continuation of the Bachelor of General Studies degree.


Resolution 2382, 05/12/99: Committee on Goals and Directions

WHEREAS, the Report of the Task Force on University Outreach is consistent with UNOmaha's Strategic Plan, and

WHEREAS, the Report is also consistent with The Proposal for Lifelong Learning Integration and Facilitation, and

WHEREAS, Recommendation Nine addresses and reflects the importance of moving ahead on specific community needs, given faculty, staff, and student interest; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate endorses and supports Recommendation Nine of the Outreach Report.


Resolution 2383, 05/12/99: Committee on Goals and Directions

WHEREAS, the Report of the Task Force on University Outreach is consistent with UNOmaha's Strategic Plan, and

WHEREAS, the Report is also consistent with The Proposal for Lifelong Learning Integration and Facilitation, and

WHEREAS, UNOmaha is currently experiencing difficulties with adequate funding for existing faculty lines; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate questions Recommendation One's call for personnel additions of a director, two consultants, and an additional administrative support person for the Office of Distance Education.


Resolution 2384, 05/12/99: Committee on Goals and Directions

WHEREAS, the Report of the Task Force on University Outreach is consistent with UNOmaha's Strategic Plan, and

WHEREAS, the Report is also consistent with The Proposal for Lifelong Learning Integration and Facilitation, and

WHEREAS, the organizational structure of academic affairs is important to the delivery of quality academic programs which is of significant faculty concern; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate requests future reviews similar to that conducted by the Task Force on University Outreach include significant faculty representation.


Resolution 2385, 05/12/99: Committee on Goals and Directions

WHEREAS, the Report of the Task Force on University Outreach is consistent with UNOmaha's Strategic Plan, and

WHEREAS, the Report is also consistent with The Proposal for Lifelong Learning Integration and Facilitation, and

WHEREAS, the first goal of UNOmaha is the student, and his/her learning, and

WHEREAS, Recommendation One discusses primarily hardware issues, and

WHEREAS, the assigned location of the Office of Distance Education Support within UNO TV/Radio seemingly further echoes the importance given the delivery rather than the curriculum delivered, and

WHEREAS, Recommendation One fails to address the importance of curriculum integration and its importance; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate questions Recommendation One and its focus on hardware, without adequately addressing the notion that technology is a tool of curriculum, not the other way around, as the Recommendation appears to read.


Resolution 2386, 05/12/99: Committee on Goals and Directions

WHEREAS, the organizational structure of academic affairs is important to the delivery of quality academic programs which is of significant faculty concern; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate requests that future reviews similar to that conducted by the Task Force on University Outreach, include significant faculty representation.


Resolution 2387, 05/12/99: Committee on Professional Development

BE IT RESOLVED, that the faculty senate thanks the Center for Faculty Development, the University Committee on the Advancement of Teaching, and the teaching circle participants for their involvement in the 1998/1999 teaching circles. The faculty senate also thanks Chancellor Belck and Vice-Chancellor Hodgson for supporting the teaching circle initiative. The faculty senate encourages Chancellor Belck and Vice-Chancellor Hodgson to support future teaching circle initiatives.


Resolution 2388, 05/12/99: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names (11) go forward as three-year appointments from 07/01/99, through 06/30/2002, to the Adjudicatory Panel to replace Ann Antlfinger, Maria Arbelaez, Joe Bertinetti, Judy Harrington, Deborah Irvin, Claudette Lee, Dan Sullivan, Joe Valades, Yvonne Tixier y Vigil, William Wakefield and Karen Wicklund:

Ann Antlfinger (re-appointed)
Maria Arbelaez (re-appointed)
Joseph Bertinetti (re-appointed)
Jayaram Betanabhatla (replaced Dan Sullivan)
Judy Harrington (re-appointed)
Deborah Irvin (re-appointed)
Claudette Lee (re-appointed)
Sheryl McGlamery (replaced Joe Valades)
Lotfollah Najjar (replaced Yvonne Tixier y Vigil)
Beth Ritter (replaced William Wakefield)
Glenn Sowell (replaced Karen Wicklund)


Resolution 2389, 05/12/99: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as two-year appointments from 07/01/99, through 06/30/2001, to the Chancellor's Commission on Multicultural Affairs to replace Shireen Rajaram (A&S) and Fuad Abdullah (BA):

Maria Arbelaez, A&S (replaced Shireen Rajaram)
Tej Adidam, BA (replaced Fuad Abdullah)


Resolution 2390, 05/12/99: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as a three-year appointment from 07/01/99, through 06/30/2002, to the University Committee on Computer Usage to replace James Akers, Leah Pietron, Dennis Roncek, and Glenn Sowell:

James Akers (re-elected)
Robert Egan (replaced Dennis Roncek)
Jeffrey Johnson (replaced Glenn Sowell)
Leah Pietron (re-elected)


Resolution 2391, 05/12/99: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as a three-year appointment from 07/01/99, through 06/30/2002, to the University Committee on Facilities Planning to replace Otto Bauer:

Jack Armitage


Resolution 2392 05/12/99: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as three-year appointments from 07/01/99, through 06/30/2002, to the University Committee on Safety to replace Frederic Laquer and Frances Thurber:

Frederic Laquer (re-elected)
Josie Metal-Corbin


Resolution 2393 05/12/99: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following tenured representatives have been elected by ballot vote of all full-time UNO faculty to serve three-year terms from April 30, 1999, through April 15, 2002, on the Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee.

Bruce Chase (replaced James Dick)
Michael O'Hara (re-elected)
David Helm (replace Deanna Liddy)


Resolution 2394, 05/12/99: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following non-tenured representative has been elected by ballot vote of all full-time UNO faculty to complete the remainder of Susan Pendleton's term from April 30, 1999, through April 15, 2001, on the Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee. This representative will serve the stated term to its completion or until receiving tenure, which ever comes first:

Alice Schumaker (complete remainder of Susan Pendleton's term)


Resolution 2395a, 05/12/99: Committee on Rules

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following senators be appointed to the Faculty Senate Standing Committees as designated:

Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs (6)
1. John Bartle
2. James Carroll
3. Margaret Gessaman
4. Melodee Landis
5. Carol Mitchell
6. Robert Smith

Committee on Educational Resources and Services (6)
1. Donald Baum
2. William Clute
3. Deborah Irvin
4. Darryll Lewis
5. James Shaw
6. Peter Suzuki

Committee on Faculty Personnel and Welfare (6)
1. Wilma Kuhlman
2. Henry Lehrer
3. Susan Maher
4. Shireen Rajaram
5. John Shroder
6. Christopher Tuan

Committee on Goals and Directions (6)
1. Hesham Ali
2. Ann Coyne
3. E. Terence Foster
4. Sufi Nazem
5. Juliette Parnell-Smith
6. Franklin Thompson

Committee on Professional Development (6)
1. Chris Allen
2. Duane Aschenbrenner
3. Joong-Gun Chung
4. George Engelmann
5. Lynn Harland

Committee on Rules (6)
1. Wally Bacon College of Arts and Sciences
2. Arthur Diamond College of Business Administration
3. Josie Metal-Corbin College of Education
4. Sharon Sobel College of Fine Arts
5. J. Philip Craiger College of Information Science and Technology
6. Miriam DeLone College of Public Affairs and Community Service