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(Last updated: 5/27/10)

2009-2010 Resolutions (and link to Action Table)

Resolutions 2990 - 3038

The following resolutions were passed by the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha from June 6, 2009-current date:

Resolution 2990, 6/3/09 : Graduate Council Representative:

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate president appoints the following member of the Graduate Council to be the liaison between the 2009-2010 Faculty Senate and the Graduate Council for a one-year term from 5/14/09 through 5/12/10:

Edmund Tisko, to replace Frederic Laquer.


Resolution 2991, 8/19/09 : Search Committee for Position of Assoc. V.C. for Academic & Student Affairs  

BE IT RESOLVED , that the following two faculty members are nominated to serve on the Assoc. V.C. for Academic and Student Affairs Search Committee, with Sr. V.C. Hynes selecting one to serve on the committee:

 

    • Suzanne Sollars (chosen by Sr. V.C. Hynes on 8/20/09)
    • Doug Paterson.

Resolution 2992, 8/19/09 : Appoint to the General Education Action Project Committee  

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following faculty member be appointed to the General Education Action Project, as requested by Assoc. V.C. for Academic & Student Affairs Deb Smith-Howell:

 

    • Shelton Hendricks.

Resolution 2993, 8/19/09 : Academic Planning Council (APC):  

BE IT RESOLVED , that the following names go forward as the Faculty Senate's representatives to the Academic Planning Council from the Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs and the Committee on Goals and Directions, each for a one-year term from 05/13/09, through 05/12/10:

 

    • John Bartle, to replace Charles Johanningsmeier from the Committee on Academic andCurricular Affairs, and
    • Henry D'Souza from the Committee on Goals and Directions, to be reappointed.

Resolution 2994, 8/19/09 : Strategic Planning Steering Committee:  

BE IT RESOLVED, that one member of the 2009-2010 Faculty Senate Goals & Direction Committee be appointed to the Strategic Planning Steering Committee for a one-year term from 5/13/09 through 5/12/10:

 

    • Bonnie O'Connell to replace Jessiline Anderson.

Resolution 2995, 8/19/09 : Search Committee for the Assoc Vice Chancellor for Research (to Replace Harmon Maher)

BE IT RESOLVED , that the following member of the Faculty Senate is nominated to serve on the Assoc Vice Chancellor for Research Search Committee:

 

    • John Erickson.

Resolution 2996, 9/09/09 : Temporary (Fall 2009) Replacement for External Senator George Morcous

 BE IT RESOLVED, having been notified by Senator George Morcous that he will be unable to serve on the Faculty Senate for Fall 2009 due to a teaching schedule conflict, that John Bonsell will be his temporary replacement.


Resolution 2997, 9/09/09 : Recognition for Dr. Cindy Melby Phaneuf  

WHEREAS, Dr. Cindy Melby Phaneuf has distinguished herself in the position of Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival from 1987 - 2009; and,

WHEREAS, UNO has been distinguished by her outstanding creative efforts in founding, developing, and directing nearly half of the NSF productions; and,

WHEREAS, Dr. Phaneuf, through her many activities with the NSF, has exemplified the role of a faculty member who achieves national and international recognition in creative activity, research, teaching, and service; and,

WHEREAS, Dr. Phaneuf incorporated UNO and regional students into all NSF activities – acting, stage management, technical activities, theatre management, etc – and became a model for faculty who involve students in faculty professional work; and,

WHEREAS, Dr. Phaneuf has demonstrated that national and international caliber artistic work can be created in Omaha, at UNO, and in one's own neighborhood; and,

WHEREAS, Dr. Phaneuf has recently resigned her position as Artistic Director of NSF after nearly twenty-four years of leadership;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate congratulates Dr. Cindy Melby Phaneuf for her outstanding accomplishments with the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, and wishes her all the best in her upcoming endeavors.


Resolution 2998, 9/09/09 : Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee Nominees (ballots sent to all full time faculty, results reported October 2009)

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. The ballot will be presented to the UNO faculty.

One tenured faculty member will be elected from the following two nominees to serve three-year terms from October 16, 2009, through October 15, 2012, to replace James Carroll:

 

  • Christina Dando (tenured) ELECTED
  • Birud Sindhav (tenured).

And one non-tenured faculty member will be elected from the following two nominees to serve three-year terms from October 16, 2009, through October 15, 2012, to replace Nancy Kelley-Gillespie:

 

  • Cher McAllister (non-tenured) ELECTED
  • Joyce Neujahr (non-tenured).


Resolution 2999, 9/09/09 : UNO Faculty Grievance Committee

BE IT RESOLVED , that in accordance with the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Bylaws, section 6.1, Faculty Grievance Committee, the following faculty members are brought forward by the Rules Committee for ballot election by the senate.

One Full Professor will be elected from the following two nominees to replace Henry D'Souza, whose term has expired, for a three-year term from September 16, 2009, through September 15, 2012:

 

  • Karl Kosloski, (Full Professor)
  • Robert Woody, (Full Professor). ELECTED

One Assistant Professor will be elected from the following nominees to replace Sekhmet Ra Em Kht Maat (Cher McAllister), whose term has expired, for a three-year term from September 16, 2009, through September 15, 2012:

 

  • Mahboub Baccouch, (Assistant Professor).
  • Zebulon Miletsky (Assistant Professor) ELECTED
  • ulia Podariu, (Assistant Professor)

And one member of the Faculty Senate Faculty Personnel and Welfare committee will be elected from the following two nominees to replace Karen Dwyer, whose term has expired, as the Faculty Personnel and Welfare Committee representative for a one-year term from September 16, 2009, through September 15, 2010:

 

  • Meredith Bacon ELECTED
  • John Erickson.


Resolution 3000, 9/09/09 : UNO Professional Conduct Committee

BE IT RESOLVED, that one representative must be elected by ballot vote to serve a three-year term from September 16, 2009, through September 15, 2012, to replace outgoing members, Jack Heidel and Juliette Parnell, whose terms have expired. 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:

 

  • Kerry Beldin ELECTED
  • David Carter
  • Scott Harrington ELECTED
  • Robert Ottemann

The two newly elected representatives will also serve as alternates for three-years from September 16, 2012, through September 15, 2015.

Jack Heidel and Juliette Parnell will continue serving as alternates (replacing Donna Dufner and Richard Stacy) for three-years, from September 16, 2009, through September 15, 2012, per Resolution R2694.


Resolution 3001, 9/09/09 : University Committee on Research and Creative Activities (UCRCA)

 BE IT RESOLVED, that Weiyu (Wendy) Guo be appointed to complete the term of Catherine Co on the (UCRCA), 08/01/08 - 07/31/11.


RESOLUTION 3002, 9/09/09 : Commending AFCON for Professor Ayers Invitation (Senator Paterson)

WHEREAS, Professor William Ayers was to speak on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in mid-November 2008; and,

WHEREAS, Professor William Ayers was dis-invited to speak because of political pressure, in the form of phone threats, intimidation, and purported threats from big donors to refrain from giving to the University; and,

WHEREAS, the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha passed a resolution criticizing the dis-invitation on the grounds of Academic Freedom; and,

WHEREAS, the Academic Freedom Coalition of Nebraska (AFCON), of which the UNO Faculty Senate is a member, has invited Dr. Ayers to speak at its Annual Meeting in Omaha on Saturday, November 14 th , at the Holiday Inn on 72 nd and Grover on the topic of “The Right to Think at All: Academic Freedom and Free Speech in Troubled Times”;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha commends AFCON for inviting Professor Ayers to speak in the hope of demonstrating Nebraska's ongoing commitment to Academic Freedom and the US Constitution's Freedom of Speech provision.


RESOLUTION 3003, 10 /14/09 : Regarding Stem Cell Research (Vote 24 For, 2 Against, 4 Abstentions)

WHEREAS, the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska Medical Center passed the following resolution on October 6 th.

WHEREAS , the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska - Lincoln passed an essentially identical resolution on October 5 th.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha supports its colleagues at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, and requests that the Board of Regents accept and support the University of Nebraska Medical Center Faculty Senate's resolution:  

University of Nebraska Medical Center
Faculty Senate
Resolution 1, 2009-2010

WHEREAS, the discovery of human embryonic stem cells and subsequent research showing their tremendous potential to understand and treat devastating human diseases or injuries has been widely considered one of the most important biomedical scientific breakthroughs of the past several decades, and;

WHEREAS , in July of 2009 the National Institutes of Health established stringent guidelines for the ethical conduct of stem cell research and regenerative medicine, and;

WHEREAS, the vast majority of scientists, including Nobel Laureates, and all major professional scientific and clinical associations, as well as the general public support the continued or expanded use of embryonic stem cells, and;

WHEREAS, the US House and Senate [H.R. 810 (2005-6); S.5, (2007)] have voted in a clear, bi-partisan, majority to support such research, and;

WHEREAS, the Nebraska Legislature, after careful and thoughtful deliberation, reached a compromise permitting embryonic stem cell research in the Stem Cell Research Act (LB606, 2008) which had the acceptance by both the supporters and opponents of such research, and was signed by Nebraska's governor, and;

WHEREAS, on March 9, 2009 President Obama removed the restrictions on embryonic stem cell research put in place by President Bush, resulting in potential access to several hundred additional cell lines for researchers using federal funds, and;

WHEREAS, neither Federal nor Nebraska law [P.L. 111-8, Title V §509 (2009); Neb. Rev. Stat. §71-8806 (2008)] permit state nor federal funds to be used for the destruction or creation of embryos or for any type of cloning, and;

WHEREAS, the current policy of the Board of Regents, resulting from the recommendations in the carefully and thoughtfully written Report of the President's Bioethics Advisory Committee representing diverse viewpoints in 2001, is compatible with both State and Federal law and policies, and;

WHEREAS, the faculty of the University of Nebraska Medical Center support free and open scientific inquiry that is scientifically responsible and in keeping with all applicable laws, and;

WHEREAS, the citizens of Nebraska should have access to the latest advances in medical treatment, and;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate, representing all of the academic units of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, believes that the current systems of federal and state derived laws and regulations provide adequate guidance and oversight for embryonic stem cell research, and;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the UNMC Faculty Senate requests that the Board of Regents continue its current policy supporting embryonic stem cell research, which already complies with federal and state laws, guidelines, and regulations.


RESOLUTION 3004, 10/14/09 : Parking Issues (Events Calendar)

WHEREAS, UNO units schedule many worthwhile events that result in additional vehicles parking on campus, and these additional vehicles create parking conflicts that could be reduced by better exchange of information and more careful planning, and

WHEREAS, the UNO Events Calendar is available for listing campus events,  

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that one person from each campus unit be assigned the responsibility of listing all unit events that will increase the number of vehicles parked on campus on the UNO Events Calendar, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a mechanism be developed for units whose events will bring more than 50 vehicles to campus to provide this information to the Campus Police Security, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Campus Security use this information to facilitate parking for these events, and to advise event organizers of changes in the location or time of their events that would reduce parking conflicts.


RESOLUTION 3005, 10/14/09 : Regarding Ronald Raikes (Passed Unanimously)

WHEREAS Ronald Raikes served honorably as a member of the Nebraska Legislature from 1997 to 2008, and

WHEREAS , as Chair of the Legislature's Education Committee, Senator Raikes consistently supported the University of Nebraska, especially during times of budgetary challenges, and

WHEREAS Senator Raikes also represented Nebraska on the Midwest Higher Education Compact, again demonstrating his support of and devotion to the cause of higher education,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED , that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha extends its condolences to the Raikes family and notes with sorrow the passing of a true friend of the University of Nebraska.


Resolution 3006, 10/14/09 : Regarding Dr. Charles (Chuck) Gildersleeve (Passed Unanimously)

WHEREAS Dr. Charles (Chuck) Gildersleeve taught Geography at the University of Nebraska at Omaha for forty-five years (1964-2009), and

WHEREAS Dr. Gildersleeve was completely devoted to students as the center of the academic enterprise, winning several teaching awards and often mentioned by students as the most influential instructor in their academic careers, and

WHEREAS Dr. Gildersleeve demonstrated his love for his subject and his commitment to geographical education at all levels, by being a founding member of the Geography Educators of Nebraska and frequently interacting with secondary educators to improve their instruction, and

WHEREAS Dr. Gildersleeve epitomized civic responsibility by serving on the Omaha Planning Board,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska gratefully acknowledges the many contributions of Dr. Charles Gildersleeve, honors his memory by encouraging colleagues to emulate his devotion to students and the University, and expresses its heartfelt condolences to Pat Gildersleeve and their children.


Resolution 3007, 11/11/09 : On the Passing of Retired Goodrich Faculty Member, Wilda Chue Stevenson

WHEREAS Wilda Chue Stephenson served as the director of the Goodrich Scholarship Program at the University of the Nebraska at Omaha from 1975-1981, and

WHEREAS Wilda Chue Stephenson was the first female administrator in the University of Nebraska at Omaha's College of Public Affairs and Community Service, and

WHEREAS Wilda Chue Stephenson was completely devoted to the cause of all students with an intentional focus on low income students, and

WHEREAS a Wilda Stephenson Internship Program was established at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in recognition of her outstanding dedication to students and community, and

WHEREAS Wilda Chue Stephenson was dedicated to the fight of discrimination for all people and was honored by the Urban League of Nebraska, and

WHEREAS Wilda Chue Stephenson was devoted to community engagement serving on community Boards such as the National Council of Negro Women and the YWCA and the League of Women Voters,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha gratefully acknowledges the many contributions of Wilda Chue Stephenson, and honors her memory by encouraging colleagues to emulate her devotion to the causes that affect students and the University, and expresses its heartfelt condolences to the family of Wilda Chue Stephenson.


Resolution 3008, 1/13/10: Recognizing the Effort of Patrick Wheeler and Bill Conley to Improve Sustainability at UNO

WHEREAS, any institution moving into the 21 st century must adopt sustainable practices to retain vitality and viability; and,

WHEREAS, members of the University of Nebraska at Omaha student body, faculty, staff and administration have begun to recognize the significance of adopting sustainable practices; and,

WHEREAS, members of the University of Nebraska at Omaha student body, faculty, staff and administration recognize we are lagging in adoption of sustainable practices and have great potential to be better stewards of our financial and natural resources, and innovators in many areas related to sustainability; and,

WHEREAS, we have a responsibility to demonstrate best practices to our students and the larger community;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the UNO Faculty Senate recognize and praise Patrick Wheeler in his efforts to raise awareness and catalyze the University of Nebraska at Omaha into taking the initial steps on the path toward sustainability, including his efforts in campus-wide adoption of the recycling program, his work on Vice Chancellor Bill Conley's Sustainability Task Force, and his current work with diverse campus units to increase energy efficiency; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the UNO Faculty Senate recognize and praise Vice Chancellor Bill Conley for his interest in and efforts toward building a more sustainable University of Nebraska at Omaha by organizing the Sustainability Task Force, advancing the university Building Temperature Policy, supporting energy audits of campus buildings, supporting the U.N. World Environment Day Forum held on campus, and other sustainability efforts.


Resolution 3009, 1/13/10: UCRCA Replacement (Harden for Lipschultz)

BE IT RESOLVED that, on the University Committee on Research & Creative Activity (UCRCA), the following name go forward to complete the term of Jeremy Lipschultz (CFAM) (08/01/07-07/31/10), who has resigned from the committee:

Matthew Harden.


Resolution 3010, 1/13/10: Faculty Senate President-Elect

BE IT RESOLVED, Frederic Laquer is elected President-Elect by acclamation.


Resolution 3011, 2/10/10:  Faculty Development Fellowship Policy

WHEREAS the UNO Policy on "Faculty Development Fellowship" (Section 3.9.1.1, Agreement Between the Regents and the UNO/AAUP) states the following:

Subject to the availability of funds, the demonstrated benefit to the institution in terms of professional development, and the ability of the institution, its colleges and departments to maintain programs and program emphasis and to thereby achieve their mission and meet their enrollment demand, any Unit Member on Continuous Appointment who has completed six years of full-time service at UNO at any academic rank shall be eligible to apply for a Faculty Development Fellowship either for a full year at half pay and full benefits or for a half year at full pay and full benefits.  Each six-year period of full-time service shall renew eligibility to apply for a Faculty Development Fellowship (FDF).

WHEREAS, additional guidelines approved by Academic Affairs (1/10/94) state:

FDF's will be available to all eligible faculty on a competitive basis.  According to provisions outlined in Regents policy and the faculty collective bargaining agreement, each applicant must submit a written proposal to his or her department chairperson/school director. 

WHEREAS, Faculty Development Fellowships awarded for the 2010-2011 academic year have been restricted to the full year/half pay option only, after the submission of the applications by faculty were accepted.

WHEREAS, the half year/full pay option is essential for many faculty FDF applicants to make progress on research and creative activity.

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate recommends that future measures and decisions to change practice and/or policy (regardless of justification) be done prior to the submission of applications by faculty, and be conducted transparently and in full consultation with the Faculty Senate (and other relevant faculty organizations) prior to the application process for Faculty Development Fellowships in any academic year.


Resolution 3012, 2/10/10:  Temporary Replacement for Senator Chris Decker

BE IT RESOLVED, having been notified by Senator Chris Decker that he will be unable to serve on the Faculty Senate for Spring 2010 due to taking a sabbatical, that Richard File will be his temporary replacement.


Resolution 3013, 3/10/10:  Recommended Plagiarism Policy:

WHEREAS the protection of intellectual property rights is vital to the production of ideas, and both activities are essential to the mission of higher education and to the world at large,

AND WHEREAS the University of Nebraska at Omaha has the responsibility of teaching students the skills necessary to succeed not only in their courses of study but also in various capacities outside the university,

AND WHEREAS students at UNO are regularly asked to incorporate the intellectual property of others in their own work.

BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate of UNO deems it necessary to have clear policies in place that teach students the proper ways to attribute the intellectual property of others in their own papers, exams, lab reports, and so forth,

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate of UNO recommends the following document be widely distributed to programs in the individual and considered by individual programs when constructing their own policies regarding plagiarism:

Plagiarism Policy adopted by the faculty of the ____________ Department

[date]

Overview

According to the Bylaws of the board of Regents at the University of Nebraska (Sections 2.9 and 4.1[i]), jurisdiction over violations of academic dishonesty rests with the individual colleges while the faculty are entrusted with the determination of a violation and its resolution.

The ____________  Department recognizes the rights of faculty members to carry out their entrusted duties but also recognizes the need to present a unified face on the subject of plagiarism and to have consistent application of disciplinary actions.  The ___________ Department Plagiarism Policy advises the faculty on a consistent approach to addressing plagiarism in course syllabi and provides guidelines for addressing violations of the plagiarism policy.

Guidelines for Addressing Plagiarism on the Course Syllabus

In order to ensure that students understand what plagiarism is and how to avoid it, course syllabi should include a definition of plagiarism and explain the consequences of plagiarism.  The following language is recommended:

In this course, you will submit written work in which you make use of information and ideas found in print or online sources.  Whenever you use material from another writer, it is important that you quote or paraphrase appropriately and cite the source. 

Never let it appear that ideas and information gleaned from other sources are your own.  The UNO Academic Integrity policy defines plagiarism as "presenting the work of another as one's own (i.e., without proper acknowledgment of the source) and submitting . . . academic work in whole or in part as one's own when such work has been prepared by another person or copied from another person." 

Failure to cite sources appropriately is plagiarism, a serious academic offense.  Plagiarized work will not be accepted.  Consequences for plagiarism are up to the discretion of the instructor; they may range, for example, from rewriting all or part of a paper to a grade of F for the course.  Students who plagiarize more than once are subject to disciplinary action, which may include expulsion from the university.

If you have a question about using or citing another writer's work, DO NOT GUESS.  Check with your instructor or a consultant at the UNO Writing Center.  Bring a printout of the original source and your paper to the consultation.

Best Practices for Preventing Plagiarism

In "Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism: The WPA Statement on Best Practices," the Council of Writing Program Administrators notes that students are most likely to plagiarize under these circumstances: when they fear failure or lack confidence in their own work; when they mismanage their time and panic over a deadline; when they view a course or assignment as "busywork"; when they confront an assignment that seems generic or "canned"; when faculty fail to report instances of cheating or do not enforce appropriate penalties.

Faculty can reduce the incidence of plagiarism by designing courses in which these circumstances are unlikely to arise. 

1.   Present the academic field as an ongoing conversation in which students are finding their place.  When they write, they're contributing to the conversation.  Assign topics on which they have something to contribute.  

2.   Create fresh assignments.  If possible, tie assignments to current events or developments in the field.          

3.   Assign topics closely related to the content of your course, and if appropriate, require that students make reference to the textbook or other assigned reading in their papers.    

4.   Require that students submit materials at several stages of the writing process, perhaps a topic proposal, a working bibliography, occasional progress reports, and a draft.         

5.   Create opportunities for students to help each other. Students investigating similar or related topics can form study groups, sharing ideas and leads on good sources, checking each other's use of sources and citations, and reading each other's drafts.     

When Prevention Fails:  Guidelines for Responding to Plagiarism

Given the context-specific nature of plagiarism and the uniqueness of each situation, the faculty response will vary.  Specifically, the response will depend upon the degree of plagiarism and the intent of the individual(s) involved.

Degree of Plagiarism – The first factor to consider is how blatant or egregious the plagiarism is.  For example, plagiarism could be as simple as a faulty paraphrase, one that fails to completely reformulate a reference into one's own words so that a sentence shares too much in common with the original reference.  Alternatively the entire written document could be an exact duplicate of a prior student's work or copied from the web.  Clearly these cases call for different responses.

Intent – Perhaps the most important factor in determining disciplinary action is intent. 

A student might submit a paper containing plagiarized passages without any intent to cheat or deceive.  The skill of  integrating and documenting material from outside sources is difficult to learn; it requires practice, and as they practice, students sometimes make mistakes.  (Paraphrase is especially difficult to master; it is not always clear how much the language of a paraphrase should differ from the language of the original in order to count as "one's own words.")  When a student misuses sources unintentionally, it is more important to provide instruction than initiate discipline.  However, work in which the writer fails to cite sources should not be awarded credit.  A student who misuses sources without an intent to deceive should be required to do the work over again or to complete a substitute assignment.

When a student knows that he or she is failing to do original work – when he or she intentionally takes shortcuts or simply cheats – the student violates the Academic Integrity Policy.  The consequences must be severe enough to communicate the point that UNO insists on academic integrity.  Both the Undergraduate Catalog and the Graduate Catalog spell out the steps the faculty member should take, beginning with a conversation with the student and proceeding as appropriate, possibly as far as a grade of F for the course and notification of academic administrators.

Adapted, with permission, from the policy of the Department of Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis

Rev. February, 2010.


Resolution 3014, 3/10/10:  Domestic Partnership Benefits:

WHEREAS, the principle of equal rights is an important value to our country, our state, and our community;

WHEREAS, the University of Nebraska, as the state's premier institution of higher learning, can and should take a leading role in advancing the state toward a more just and humane future;

WHEREAS, the University of Nebraska at Omaha wishes to attract the very best faculty regardless of their marital status;

WHEREAS, the advantages of domestic partner benefits have been well documented ( http://cglbtc.pbworks.com/Domestic_Partner_Benefits ; Wilson, R. 1999; Vanderbilt Register Online, 2010; Inside Higher Ed News. 2010.);

WHEREAS, a University of Nebraska investigation demonstrated that the costs involved would be minimal (The Wimes Report 2002);

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha reiterates its support for employee domestic partner benefits (UNO Faculty Senate Resolutions 2370 (1999) and 2440 (2000)) and strongly urges the administration of the University of Nebraska at Omaha to bring the Senate's position to the attention of the central administration of the University of Nebraska and to the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska.

Bibliography

http://cglbtc.pbworks.com/Domestic_Partner_Benefits for a UNL history of the issue up to 2002. In the past, the Regents have not taken positive action on faculty senates' (UNL,UNO and UNK) resolutions because of Article I, Section 29 of the state Constitution (Initiative 416 of 2000) which forbids Nebraska from recognizing any type of same sex union. However, ConAgra Foods Inc., Mutual of Omaha, and Union Pacific Corporation, headquartered in Omaha, all offer some form of domestic partner benefits (HRC Corporate Equality Index 2009).

Inside Higher Ed News. (2010), Uncovered, retrieved from http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2005/06/16/wisconsin, dated January 18, 2010.

Vanderbilt Register Online. (2010). Vanderbilt Extends Benefits to Domestic Partners, retrieved from http://www.vanderbilt.edu/News/register/Aug23_99/story1.html , dated January 18, 2010.

Wilson, R. (1999). For gay academics, benefits for partners have a financial and emotional impact. Chronicle of Higher Education  , 45(3), 00095982.


Resolution 3015, 3/10/10:  EPAC Membership

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward to temporarily replace Marshall Prisbell, who is on sabbatical, for Spring 2010 on the Educational Policy Advisory Committee (EPAC):

      Karen Dwyer, CFAM (to temporarily replace Marshall Prisbell).


Resolution 3016, 4/14/10:  Endorsing the Recommendations of UNO's General Education Steering Committee:

WHEREAS the University of Nebraska at Omaha is committed to being a student-centered institution that promotes academic excellence,

AND WHEREAS the University's General Education curriculum is intended to "ensure that each graduate of UNO possesses certain academic skills, experiences the breadth of a liberal education and develops an appreciation for the cultural diversity that exists in the nation and the world" (Undergraduate Catalog 2009-2010, p. 69),

AND WHEREAS it is important to ensure a high-quality General Education curriculum that is easily understood and navigated by both students and faculty,

BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate of UNO deems it necessary to create a well-functioning system whereby the General Education curriculum can be updated, defined, and modified as needed,

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate of UNO endorses the principles of, and recommendations made by, the General Education Steering Committee, as stated in the following document:

Proposed UNO General Education Policies and Procedures: 

1.      University General Education Requirements

a.       Definition of University General Education –

                                      i.      University general education is applicable to all colleges. 

                                    ii.      Individual colleges, schools, departments or units may have additional specific requirements for students. However, these requirements will not be considered as university general education requirements.

                                  iii.      The courses in university general education distribution requirements will not have any prerequisites beyond the  fundamental academic skills requirements ( e.g. English 1150 or Algebra 1310)

b.      The university general education requirements structure will remain the same as laid out in the current 2009-2010 catalog (p. 69). The total credit hours required for university general education will be reduced from the current range of 45-51 to 41-47.  This reduction is due to a clarification relating to the inconsistent interpretation of the total distribution requirements (see below) and to be accurate and consistent with what students must do to meet the requirements.   The proposed requirements include:

§   15 credit hours of Fundamental Academic Skills (unchanged)

§  26 credit hours of Distribution Requirements in the following areas.  (Note: Previously the individual minimum for each area added up to a total of 24 credit hours. However, total stated distribution requirements in the catalog were 30 credit hours. This reduction is an attempt to clarify any inconsistent interpretation).

  • Natural & Physical Sciences (8 hours from at least two different disciplines/curriculum designation with at least one laboratory course);
  • Humanities & Fine Arts  ( 9 hours from at least two different disciplines/curriculum designation); and
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences (9 hours from at least two different disciplines/curriculum designation).

§  6 credit hours of Cultural Diversity (may be taken in the distribution requirements).  (unchanged)

§  NOTE: Students may "test out" of the English and Algebra requirements.  (unchanged)

2.      General Education  Steering Committee

 The General Education Steering Committee will consist of one representative from each college who is designated by the college. The process by which a college selects and interacts with its representative is left to each college.

The committee is charged with the following responsibilities:

  • Establishing the definition, criteria and learning outcomes for each university general education area.

    o   Criteria will be informed by the campus prioritization of general education learning outcomes.

    o   The student learning outcomes will be explicitly stated and available in the general education section of the undergraduate catalog. 

  • Reviewing syllabi and approving courses that can be used to satisfy the requirements of a particular general education area. 

    o   Approved courses must receive unanimous consent of the committee membership.

  • Facilitating on-going review, assessment, and modification of the university general education curriculum. 

Recommended by 2009-2010 General Education Committee

Deborah Smith-Howell, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs & Dean for Graduate Studies, Committee Chair

David Boocker, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Joseph Brown, Psychology, College of Arts & Sciences

David Conway, Associate Dean, College of Education

Shelton Hendricks, Psychology/Faculty Senate, College of Arts & Sciences

Kath Henebry, College of Business Administration

Deepak Khazanchi, Associate Dean, College of Information Science and Technology

Julie Masters, Gerontology, College of Public Affairs & Community Service

Dana Richter-Egger, Director, Math and Science Learning Center, College of Arts & Sciences         

Lisa Sandlin, Writers Workshop, College of Communication, Fine Arts, & Media               

Scott Tarry, Aviation Institute, College of Public Affairs & Community Service


Resolution 3017, 4/14/10Faculty Control of How Distance Education Programs Are Marketed:

WHEREAS distance education, and online learning in particular, has grown rapidly at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and in the University of Nebraska system generally, and provides better access to higher education, presents opportunities to increase enrollments, and expands the reach of the University,

AND WHEREAS some UNO programs have worked diligently to develop their online programs in ways appropriate to their disciplines, their education market, and the pedagogical approach of their faculty,

AND WHEREAS the faculty are responsible for the curriculum of the university,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Online Worldwide Initiative of the University of Nebraska should obtain approval from individual programs for any marketing of their online programs,

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that websites designed for distance education programs should be allowed to continue under the auspices of individual programs.


Resolution 3018, 4/14/10Distribution of Revenues Earned from Distance Education Programs:

WHEREAS the development of online educational programs requires the provision of appropriate incentives to faculty and staff to spend the time necessary to develop and deliver high quality programs,

AND WHEREAS recent changes in the distribution of tuition and fees associated with online courses strongly suggest that the colleges and programs on the UNO campus will receive less per student enrolled than during academic year 2008-2009,

AND WHEREAS restrictions on the expenditure of online program funds has inhibited the ability to expand programs,

BE IT RESOLVED that faculty and programs seeking to develop new online programs or expand existing ones should continue to receive the necessary training and compensation to do so,

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that in the future, the revenue generated from online courses should be distributed to individual programs in such a way as to encourage and ensure their continued operation,

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that restrictions on the expenditure of tuition generated by online courses should be no different than the restrictions on expenditure of other tuition funds.


Resolution 3019, 4/14/10:  Adopt the Students' Evaluation of Educational Quality (SEEQ) Instrument as the Standard Course Evaluation

WHEREAS in response to Faculty Senate Resolution 2849, the Faculty Task Force to Design a Common Course Evaluation deliberated for more than a year and produced recommendations and a proposed set of questions; and

WHEREAS in response to Faculty Senate Resolution 2937, the Course Evaluation Task Force was formed to pilot an evaluation instrument and to communicate with faculty and administration to ensure the validity and usefulness of the course evaluation tool selected; and

WHEREAS the Course Evaluation Task Force considered the recommendations of the Faculty Task Force to Design a Common Course Evaluation and did a pilot with the recommended set of questions; and

WHEREAS the Course Evaluation Task Force investigated and tested the Students' Evaluation of Education Quality (SEEQ) instrument and recommended that the statistically validated SEEQ be adopted for use in all UNO courses;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate recommends the adoption of the Students' Evaluation of Education Quality (SEEQ) beginning with the Fall 2010 semester, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Course Evaluation Task Force construct standard evaluation reports derived from data gathered through SEEQ that would be helpful and informative for faculty.


Resolution 3020, 4/14/10:  UNO/NU Budget Considerations/Suggestions

WHEREAS, "The University of Nebraska at Omaha . . . is a comprehensive university sited in Nebraska's largest metropolitan area. Its distinguished faculty is drawn from the nation's leading graduate institutions. UNO exists for the purpose of providing appropriate educational opportunities, discovering and disseminating knowledge through research and teaching, and offering public service to the citizens of the State, particularly the residents of the Omaha metropolitan area. Through these traditional, interdependent, and mutually-reinforcing functions, the faculty of the University of Nebraska at Omaha enrich the lives of students; advance the frontiers of knowledge; and contribute to the social, cultural, international and economic development of the community, State, and region"; and,

[UNO Mission Statement, Approved by the Board of Regents 05-10-91.

http://nebraska.edu/history-and-mission/mission-statements.html ]

WHEREAS, "The University of Nebraska at Omaha is committed to the following broad priorities in fulfilling its mission:

1.      Undergraduate instructional programs based on a strong liberal arts foundation;

2.      Graduate programs, research, and creative activity;

3.      Public service"; and,

[UNO Mission Statement, Approved by the Board of Regents 05-10-91.

http://nebraska.edu/history-and-mission/mission-statements.html ]

WHEREAS, the UNO Strategic Plan articulates the following mission: "As Nebraska's metropolitan University, UNO is characterized by its strong academic foundations and creative community relationships that transform and improve the lives of constituents, the region, and the nation"; and, [http://www.unomaha.edu/plan/documents/new_uno_strategic_plan.pdf ]

WHEREAS, the Strategic Plan Vision asserts: "The University of Nebraska at Omaha will be among the nation's premier metropolitan universities – a university of high distinction with strong academic and scholarly values distinguished by creative relationships with the communities we serve"; and,

[http://www.unomaha.edu/plan/documents/new_uno_strategic_plan.pdf ]

WHEREAS, the economic and cultural vitality of the City of Omaha and the State of Nebraska depend upon its college educated public; and,

WHEREAS, the University of Nebraska at Omaha should preserve and, where appropriate, even expand the educational opportunities it provides to the citizenry of the City of Omaha and the State of Nebraska; and,

WHEREAS, state spending on higher education, as a percentage of the state budget, has been falling for more than 20 years, and has recently fallen further due to the current recession; and,

[http://webapp.nebraska.edu/public-factbook/4.%20Budget%20&%20Funding %20Sources/State%20General%20Fund%20History.pdf ]

WHEREAS, the university has an obligation to meet the educational dreams of our young people; and,

WHEREAS, what is said of Texas and its push for national leadership can be said of Nebraska: it "will not have the state and economy they need if they don't get a lot more people prepared and through college."

[From http://chronicle.com/article/Lone-Star-Rising-Texas-Looks/64761/]

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha recommends the Administration for the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the Central Administration for the University of Nebraska consider the following:

1.   REVENUES. There are two sides to a budget: revenues and expenditures. Before major expenditure reductions are made, increased revenue opportunities should be fully explored. Specifically, we call attention to these opportunities for increased resources:

a.   Increased enrollments. To do so UNO will need to make more funds available for recruiting.

b.   Tuition differentials for professional programs. These are now allowed. We should seriously consider this option.

c.   Tuition remissions. Where practical, reduce tuition remissions from 100% to 90%, as federal tax incentives are likely to offset this reduction.

d.   Enrollments and tuition increases. A careful examination of the sensitivity of enrollments to tuition increases is needed. If enrollment is not that sensitive, then revenues can be increased by tuition increases. Programs such as the Goodrich Scholarship program and the Thompson Learning Community go a long way to meeting the needs of low income students. This analysis needs to break down the following categories of enrollments:

i.    Upper-division/lower-division

ii.   Graduate/undergraduate

iii. Professional graduate/academic graduate

The analysis should also include a comparison of the tuition level of competitor universities by program.

e.   Scholarships and other tuition remissions. These could be used more strategically to subsidize those students who are more price-sensitive.

f.    Increased graduate tuition. UNO should consider raising these tuitions to the level of UNL.

g.   Increased use of revenue sources. Increase revenue sources that stay on campus (e.g., dual enrollment and online courses) and allow greater flexibility in the use of these funds so they can fund permanent expenditures.

h.   Use of revolving fundsi. Such funds may replace state funds where appropriate.

i.    Faculty research release time. UNO can provide additional incentives for faculty to apply for external funding by creating faculty research release time as seed funding.

j.    Seed funding. UNO should encourage seed funding on a contract basis for grant writing assistance.

k.   Credit Card Fees. UNO should consider renegotiating the credit card fees paid on tuition. Moreover, we might also consider offering a cash discount for tuition.

2.   SYSTEM LEVEL Reductions. Reductions at the system level can cushion the cuts at the campus level. While these reductions are not without pain, these offices should be as lean as campus operations. We suggest a careful examination of the return on investment of these programs:

a.   International Affairs.

b.   Online Worldwide.

c.   Programs of Excellence.

d.   Nebraska Research Initiative.

e.   Priorities and Staffing. There are other personnel costs where economies are possible. Specifically, an examination of the priorities and staffing at the system level should be done regularly.

3.   CAMPUS REDUCTIONS. As reductions on campus are necessary, we suggest that careful attention be given to these issues. Careful examination of:

a.   Disparities in operating budgets.

b.   Direct and indirect subsidies in service and outreach activities. Is the university confident these subsidies are merited?

c.   Savings in shared operational expenses with UNMC.

d.   Re-negotiating utility rates with OPPD.

e.   Use of salary savings created by turnover.

f.    Vacant lines. These should be filled as guided by the UNO Strategic Plan. 

THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, more generally, the UNO Faculty Senate is keenly aware of recent discussions concerning faculty workloads. Such discussions raise broader issues such as what sort of university we at UNO desire to be? Increases in teaching loads will naturally put pressure on service and research productivity. Reaching the Chancellor's goals on funded research and doctoral program growth will be all the more difficult if faculty do not have the time to devote to these growth activities. We in the UNO Faculty Senate believe that careful, thoughtful actions can be taken that would improve the incentives in place and ultimately make UNO even stronger.

_____________________________

i "Revolving revenue is generated from activities incidental to instruction, research and publicservice. Examples include class and library fees, … clinics and workshop proceeds, testing services fees, and revenue from music/theatre productions." University of Nebraska, General Operating Budget, Fiscal Year 2009-10, p. 1, http://nebraska.edu/docs/budget/GOB_FINAL.pdf



Resolution 3021, 4/14/10 (Named) Professorship Review Committee

BE IT RESOLVED, that, due to the resignation of Patrice Proulx from the Professorship Review Committee, the following faculty member is named as replacement for Spring 2010:

      Lourdes Gouveia.


 

RESOLUTION 3022, 5/12/10:  Congratulating Faculty on Receiving Continuous Appointment (Tenure) and / or being Promoted 

WHEREAS these faculty continue to be actively engaged in teaching, scholarship, research and creative activity, and service; and,

WHEREAS they have been recognized by their peers for exemplary contributions to the University and to their professions; and,

WHEREAS continuous appointment and promotion are major professional milestones;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate at the University of Nebraska at Omaha offers our congratulations to the following faculty colleagues for their continuous appointment (tenure) and/or promotion as indicated. 

Faculty Member

Department

Appointment

Promotion to

Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado

Political Science

 

Professor

Melissa Berke

Music

 

Professor

Melanie Bloom

Foreign Languages

 

Associate Professor

Pauline Brennan

Criminology & Criminal Justice

Continuous Appointment

Associate Professor

Rex Cammack

Geography & Geology

Continuous Appointment

Associate Professor

Ana Carballal

Foreign Languages

Continuous Appointment

Associate Professor

Angela Eikenberry

Public Administration

Continuous Appointment

Associate Professor

Wanda Ewing

Art & Art History

Continuous Appointment

 

Laura Grams

Philosophy/Religion

Continuous Appointment

Associate Professor

John Grigg

History

 

Associate Professor

Lyn Holley

Gerontology

Continuous Appointment

Associate Professor

Jennifer Huberty

Health Physical Education & Recreation

Continuous Appointment

 

Lorine Hughes

Criminology & Criminal Justice

Continuous Appointment

Associate Professor

Guoqing Lu

Biology

 

Associate Professor

Marvel Maring

Library

Continuous Appointment

Associate Professor

Olivier Maisondieu Laforge

Finance, Banking and Law

Continuous Appointment

Associate Professor

Claudia Rauter

Biology

Continuous Appointment

 

Thomas Sanchez

Sociology &Anthropology

Continuous Appointment

Associate Professor

Steven Shultz

Economics

 

Professor

Edmund Tisko

Chemistry

 

Associate Professor

PASSED UNANIMOUSLY


RESOLUTION 3023, 5/12/10: Resignation Of Senator Johanningsmeier

BE IT RESOLVED, on April 29, 2010, Senator Chuck Johanningsmeier submitted his resignation from the Senate effective May 13, 2010.  Dora Matache has agreed to complete his term which ends May 11, 2011.

PASSED UNANIMOUSLY


RESOLUTION 3024, 5/12/10: Faculty Senate members: (Senator Mitchell)

BE IT RESOLVED that Chancellor Christensen, etc., has been notified that the following thirteen (13) faculty members have been elected to serve three-year terms from May 12, 2010, through May 8, 2013, unless noted:

            College of Arts & Sciences (4)                                Maria Arbelaez

                                                                                           Frank Bramlett

                                                                                         Randall Adkins

                                                                                            Dana Richter-Egger

            College of Business Administration (1)                      Darryll Lewis 

            College of Communication, Fine Arts & Media (2)    Cynthia Robinson Moore

                                                                                             Miles Waggener

College of Education (1)                                              Peter Smith

College of Information Science & Technology (1)        Victor Winter

College of Public Affairs & Community Services (2)     Barbara Hewins-Maroney

                                                                                    Chris Kelly

Criss Library (1)                                                          Marvel Maring

External NU Faculty (1)                                              John Bonsell

BE IT ALSO RESOLVED that the following thirteen (13) senators will be completing their term of service at the May 12, 2010, Faculty Senate meeting:

            Meredith Bacon (A&S)                Nora Bacon (A&S)

                        Jan Boyer (LIB)                            Henry D'Souza (CPACS)

                        Griff Elder (A&S)                        John Hafer  (CBA)

                        Lyn Holley (CPACS)                   Teresa Lamsam (CFAM)

                        George Morcous (EXT)                Doug Paterson (CFAM)

                        Edmund Tisko (A&S)                   Yvonne Tixier y Vigil (ED)

                        Stan Wileman (IS&T)

PASSED UNANIMOUSLY


RESOLUTION 3025, 5/12/10: Appreciation For Outgoing Senators (Senator Elder)

WHEREAS faculty, elected as representatives of their colleagues to serve on Faculty Senate, have volunteered considerable amounts of time and effort in their terms as Senators, and

WHEREAS the following faculty have honorably and admirably represented their constituents,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate thanks the following outgoing Senators for their hard work and dedication to the process of shared governance:

 Meredith Bacon

Nora Bacon

Jan Boyer

Henry D'Souza

Griff Elder

Richard File  (temporary Spring 2010 replacement for Chris Decker)

John Hafer

Lyn Holley

Teresa Lamsam

George Morcous

Doug Paterson

Edmund Tisko

Yvonne Tixier y Vigil

Stan Wileman

PASSED UNANIMOUSLY


RESOLUTION 3026, 5/12/10: Appreciation for Chairs of the Standing Committees and Chair of Cabinet  (Senator Elder)

WHEREAS the work of the Standing Committees is the foundation of the Faculty Senate, and

WHEREAS being Chair of a Standing Committee adds considerably to the work of a Senator, and

WHEREAS this was a year of substantial and varied work for each of the Standing Committees, and

WHEREAS the Chair of each Committee served the role in a manner of utmost  integrity and attention to detail,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the following Senators receive the thanks of the Faculty Senate for their excellent leadership:

            Senator Johanningsmeier (Academic and Curricular Affairs)

            Senator Boyer (Educational Resources and Services, and Chair of Cabinet)

            Senator Erickson (Faculty Personnel and Welfare)

            Senator  Paterson (Goals and Directions)

            Senator Benjamin-Alvarado (Professional Development)

            Senator Holley (Rules)

PASSED UNANIMOUSLY


RESOLUTION 3027, 5/12/10: Appreciation For Faculty Senate Liaisons (Senator Elder)

WHEREAS communication with all aspects of the University is especially important to the overall work of the Faculty Senate, and

WHEREAS Faculty Senate liaisons provide monthly reports to the Senate and provide a method whereby faculty are well represented to organizations involved in University concerns,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the following representatives receive the thanks of the Faculty Senate at the University of Nebraska at Omaha for their work in keeping the Faculty Senate updated and informed:

            Senator Doug Paterson:  Academic Freedom Coalition of Nebraska

            Senators John Bartle and Henry D'Souza:  Academic Planning Council

            Dr. Paul Barnes:  Alumni Association Board of Directors

            Senator Nora Bacon:  American Association of University Professors

            Senator Edmund Tisko:  Graduate Council

            Senator Bonnie O'Connell:  Strategic Planning Steering Committee

PASSED UNANIMOUSLY


RESOLUTION 3028, 5/12/10: Appreciation for Vice President Carol Mitchell (Senator Elder)

WHEREAS Senator Carol Mitchell graciously assumed the duties of Vice President of Faculty Senate in May 2009, and

WHEREAS Senator Mitchell effectively and efficiently conducted the meetings of the Executive Committee and Cabinet, and

WHEREAS Senator Mitchell provided consistent, sound advice to President Sollars and served as a strong advocate for the process of clear communication with the administration, and

WHEREAS Senator Mitchell fulfilled her role as Vice President to the Faculty Senate admirably and with dedication,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate at the University of Nebraska at Omaha expresses appreciation and thanks to Senator Carol Mitchell for her service.

PASSED UNANIMOUSLY


RESOLUTION 3029, 5/12/10: Appreciation for Secretary-Treasurer Frederic Laquer  (Senator Elder)

WHEREAS Senator Frederic Laquer accepted the duties of Secretary-Treasurer in May 2009, and

WHEREAS Senator Laquer served the Executive Committee well through clear communication, marked by inspiring and purposeful resolutions, careful minutes and insightful updates on budgetary issues, and

WHEREAS it is without question that Senator Laquer demonstrates a resounding commitment to faculty, student and University concerns,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate at the University of Nebraska at Omaha offers gratitude and thanks to Senator Frederic Laquer for his continued service to the University.

PASSED UNANIMOUSLY


RESOLUTION 3030, 5/12/10: Appreciation For Parliamentarian Randy Adkins (Senator Elder)

WHEREAS Dr. Randall Adkins served as Parliamentarian to the Faculty Senate since May, 2009, and

WHEREAS Dr. Adkins helped the Faculty Senate run efficiently by upholding the standards of Parliamentary procedure as specified in Robert's Rules of Order, and

WHEREAS Dr. Adkins served as a resource for Faculty Senate to align its actions fully with its Constitution and Bylaws,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate at the University of Nebraska at Omaha expresses it appreciation for Dr. Randall Adkins' service.

PASSED UNANIMOUSLY


RESOLUTION 3031, 5/12/10:  Appreciation for Admin. Tech Sue Bishop (Senator Elder)

WHEREAS Sue Bishop serves the Faculty Senate at the University of Nebraska at Omaha as coordinator and administrative technician in a role vital to the work of the Senate, and

WHEREAS Ms. Bishop was a primary resource to President Elder, the Executive Committee and Cabinet, and to the University at large regarding Faculty Senate business, and

WHEREAS Ms. Bishop remained in good humor throughout many and varied challenges this year,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate at the University of Nebraska at Omaha thanks Sue Bishop for her continued and exceptional work for the Senate.

PASSED UNANIMOUSLY


RESOLUTION 3032, 5/12/10: Appreciation For President Griff Elder

WHEREAS, Griff Elder has provided excellent leadership as President of the UNO Faculty Senate during the 2009-2010 academic year, and

WHEREAS, he served as an effective facilitator in meetings of the UNO Faculty Senate, selected and requested Committee meetings, and

WHEREAS, he thoughtfully and strategically represented his colleagues and the University in discussions with the Chancellor, Vice Chancellors, the Board of Regents, and the University President, and

WHEREAS, he provided confident and progressive guidance to his colleagues, the represented faculty of UNO, and the campus community during a year of many exciting and challenging activities; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha extends its deep appreciation to Professor Griff Elder for his outstanding service to the faculty and the University as President of the UNO Faculty Senate during the 2009-2010 academic year and wishes him continued success in all future endeavors.

PASSED UNANIMOUSLY


RESOLUTION 3033, 5/12/10: Distribution of Instruction on the "Ethical Use of Print and Online Sources in Academic Papers"

WHEREAS the protection of intellectual property rights is vital to the production of ideas, and both activities are essential to the mission of higher education and to the world at large,

AND WHEREAS students at the University of Nebraska at Omaha are regularly asked to incorporate the works of others in their own work,

AND WHEREAS students at UNO deserve to be aware of the University's expectations regarding the use of materials created by others.

BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate of UNO recommends the distribution of the following document ("Ethical Use of Print and Online Sources in Academic Papers") to the entire campus community, through a variety of mediums, beginning with the fall semester of 2010.

Ethical Use of Print and Online Sources in Academic Papers

University of Nebraska at Omaha

Because the essential function of a university is to develop and disseminate knowledge and because the creation of knowledge is a collective activity, members of a university community frequently write in response to the work of other writers.  All of us – undergraduates, graduate students, and professors – acquaint ourselves with information and ideas by reading print and digital texts created by others, and we write in order to analyze, synthesize, evaluate, and/or extend that body of knowledge. 

The use of sources is an important academic skill. During your years at the university, you should become proficient in locating sources, evaluating them for relevance and credibility, integrating information and ideas from other texts into your own work, and citing sources using the conventions appropriate to your major discipline. Whenever you write a paper drawing upon outside sources, the ethical standards of the university require that you acknowledge any information, ideas, or language that originates with another writer.

Quotation

If you copy material verbatim from any source, whether print or digital, you must (1) put quotation marks around the verbatim material and (2) provide a citation to its source. Be very careful to copy quoted material accurately.

Paraphrase

 "Paraphrase" does not mean copying someone else's sentences with a few changes in the wording.  Instead, it means putting another writer's ideas into your own words, crafting your own sentences, and using the ideas to advance your own line of thought. When you paraphrase, cite the source.

Citation

Style manuals such as those of both the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Modern Language Association (MLA) offer extensive guidelines on using and citing quoted and paraphrased material.  These and other style guidelines are available in any good writing handbook and at Purdue University's Online Writing Lab:  <http://owl.english.purdue.edu/>

Plagiarism

Use of borrowed ideas, information, or language without appropriate citation is plagiarism.  This is a serious academic offense. UNO faculty members do not accept plagiarized work. When plagiarism is egregious, faculty members are encouraged to give a grade of F for the course and to report the incident to the department chair, the dean, and the office of Academic and Student Affairs.  Students who plagiarize more than once are subject to severe disciplinary action.

If you have a question about using or citing another writer's work, DO NOT GUESS.  Check with your instructor or a consultant at the UNO Writing Center.  Bring a printout of the original source and your paper to the consultation.

PASSED UNANIMOUSLY


RESOLUTION 3034, 5/12/10: Strategic Plan - Goal #2

WHEREAS, the UNO Strategic Plan has for ten years guided the basic values of our university;  and,

WHEREAS that which distinguishes colleges and universities from other educational institutions is their essential function – to develop and disseminate knowledge; and,

WHEREAS creation of knowledge is a collective activity to which faculty is central; and,

WHEREAS, the Plan articulates three goals:  Student Centered;  Academic Excellence;  and Community Engagement;  and,

WHEREAS, both the Student Centered Goal and the Community Engagement goal explicitly mention both "students" and "community" many times;  and,

WHEREAS, the Faculty is mentioned only once in the Academic Excellence Goal, and that in relationship to serving students; 

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the UNO Faculty Senate urges the UNO Administration to direct the Strategic Planning Committee to re-visit the second goal in the coming academic year (2010 – 2011 and to draw up further language for the goal that explicitly articulates the faculty's role in the University and their value to the strategic planning process and to the University as a whole.

PASSED  WITH TWO AGAINST


RESOLUTION 3035, 5/12/10: Campus Committees (a-h)

a.      Campus Safety Committee

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as a three-year appointment from 08/01/10, through 07/31/13, to the Campus Safety Committee:

      Laura Grams (reappoint).

b.      EPAC (Education Policy & Advisory Committee)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as three-year appointments, from 08/01/10, through 07/31/13, to the Education Policy & Advisory Committee (EPAC) to replace Patti Meglich and Richard Stacy:

      Greg Morin, CBA (to replace Patti Meglich)

      David Carter, CoE  (to replace Richard Stacy.

c.       Judicial Committee

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as three-year appointments, from 08/01/10, through 07/31/13, to the pool of names for the Judicial Committee:

      Joyce Neujahr, to replace Amanda Randall

      Samantha Clinkinbeard, to replace Lisa Scherer

      Marc Swatt, to replace Andrew Swift

      Carey Ryan, to replace Jan Boyer.

d.      OTICA (Outstanding Teaching & Instructional Creative Activity Award Selection Committee)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name be forwarded to Executive Vice President & Provost Linda Pratt as a nominee to fill one two-year appointment (8/1/10 – 7/31/12) as the UNO representative on the Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creative Activity Award (OTICA) Selection Committee:

      Phani Tej Adidam, to replace Ann Fruhling.

Provost Pratt will make the final selection.

e.       Parking Advisory Committee

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as a three-year appointment from 08/01/10 through 07/31/13 on the Parking Advisory Committee:

      Doug Paterson, to replace Jan Boyer.

f.       Professorship Committee

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following two faculty members serve on the Named Professorship Review Committee (Kiewit, Kayser, and Isaacson Professorships) from 8/1/10, through 7/31/11.  (The Administration will select one additional member of this committee.)

      Griff Elder, to replace Wai-Ning Mei,

      Lisa Boucher, to replace Patrice Proulx.

g.      Student Publications Committee, Position B

BE IT RESOLVED that the following names constitute the approved list of nominees to the Student Publications Board, Position B, to replace Karen Weber, from which the Chancellor is to select one for a three-year appointment from 07/01/10 through 06/30/13 as specified in the By- Laws of the Board of Regents:

      Lotfollah Najjar,

      Michael O'Hara. (selected to serve)

h.      Wellness Stampede Advisory Committee

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as a two-year appointment, from 08/01/10 through 07/31/12, on the Wellness Stampede Advisory Committee:

      Jan Boyer, to replace Dave Helm.

PASSED UNANIMOUSLY


RESOLUTION 3036, 5/12/10: University-Wide Committees (a-i)

a.      University Committee on Athletics

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as a three-year appointment from 08/01/10, through 07/31/13, to the University Committee on Athletics:

      Randy Adkins, to replace Bob Shuster.

b.      University committee on Excellence in Teaching

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following faculty members be recommended for service as three-year appointments, from 08/01/10, through 07/31/13, on the University Committee on Excellence in Teaching.  (Of the committee, two members should be recipients of the award and one member should be "first year faculty member holding a Ph.D.")  These members will serve staggered terms, and their replacements will be appoint to serve terms that would balance term endings, except for the first year faculty member, who serves one year (08/01/10-07/31/11):

      Amy Teten, ED, (to replace Don Greer)

      Bill Wakefield, PACS, (to replace Pamela Smith)

AND

      Robert Todd, new faculty holding Ph.D. (to replace Adam Tyma) (term: 08/01/10-07/31/11).

c.       University Committee on Facilities Planning

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as a three-year appointment from 08/01/10, through 07/31/13, to the University Committee on Facilities Planning:

      Jim Carroll, to replace Russell Smith.

d.      University Committee on Honors & Awards

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as a three-year appointment from 08/01/10, through 07/31/13, to the University Committee on Honors & Awards:

      Xiaoyan Cheng, to replace Iulia Podariu.

e.       University Committee on Library & Learning Resources

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as three-year appointments from 08/01/10, through 07/31/13, to the University Committee on Library and Learning Resources:

      Maria Villamil, to replace Courtney Fristoe

      Barry Ford, to replace Steven Torres.

f.       University Committee on Student Affairs

BE IT RESOLVED: that the following name goes forward as a three year appointment, from 08/01/10 through 07/31/13 on the on the University Committee on Student Affairs:

      Janet West, to replace Andrew Swift.

g.      University Committee on Technology Resources & Services

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following three names go forward to the University Committee on Technology Resources & Services, as three-year appointments from 08/01/10 through 07/31/13:

      Elizabeth Leader Janssen, to replace Rex Cammack

      Harvey Siy, to replace Mark Leonard,

      Andrew Swift, to replace Juan Casas.

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

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following two names go forward as three-year appointments from 08/1/10 through 07/31/13 to the University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT):

            Donald Rowen, A&S (B: Natural Science rotation), to replace Melanie Bloom,

      Ana Cruz, CFAM, to replace Matthew Harden.

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

BE IT RESOLVED that the following names go forward to replace Jayaram Betanabhatla, Matthew Harden, David Carter, and John McCarty, whose terms are ending on the UCRCA (University Committee on Research & Creative Activity):

Karen Falconer al-Hindi, A&S, Natural Science (to replace Jayaram Betanabhatla) for 08/01/10 - 07/31/13,

Barb Simcoe, CFAM (to replace Matthew Harden) for 08/01/10 - 07/31/13,

Julie Delkamiller, ED (to replace David Carter) for 08/01/10 - 07/31/13,

Gert-Jan de Vreede, At-large Member (to replace John McCarty) for 08/01/10 - 07/31/13.                  

PASSED UNANIMOUSLY


RESOLUTION 3037, 5/12/10:  Membership of Standing Committees (Senator Holley)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following senators be appointed to the 2010-2011 Faculty Senate standing committees as designated:

                    i.Academic & Curricular Affairs Committee

Jeremy Baguyos, CFAM                          2012

John Bonsell, EXT                                    2013

John Bartle, CPACS                                 2011

Shelton Hendricks, A&S                          2012

Charles Johanningsmeier, A&S                2011

Carol Mitchell, ED                                    2011

                  ii.Educational Resources & Services Committee

Maria Arbelaez, A&S                               2013

Kyle Kercher, CPACS                              2011

Marvel Maring, LIB                                  2013

Dana Richter-Egger, A&S                        2013

Mitzi Ritzman, ED                                    2011

Harvey Siy, IS&T                                     2012

                iii.Faculty Personnel & Welfare

Randy Adkins, A&S                                2013

Ana Carballal, A&S                                  2012

John Erickson, BA                                    2011

Russ Nordman, CFAM                             2012

Patrice Proulx, A&S                                 2011

Arwiphawee Srithongrung, CPACS         2012

                iv.Goals & Direction

Jessiline Anderson, A&S                          2011

Chris Kelly, CPACS                                 2013

Darryll Lewis, BA                                                      2013

Richard Lomneth, A&S                            2012

Matthew Marx, A&S                                2011

Bonnie O'Connell, CFAM                       2011

                  v.Professional Development

Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, A&S         2012

Frank Bramlett, A&S                                2013

Dwight Haworth, IS&T                            2011

Karen Hayes, ED                                      2012

Cynthia Robinson Moore, CFAM            2013

Victor Winter, IS&T                                 2013

             vi.   Rules

Timi Barone, A&S                                    2012

Stu Bernstein, EXT                                   2011

Richard File (SP10), Chris Decker, BA    2012

Barbara Hewins-Maroney, CPACS          2013

Peter Smith, ED                                        2013

Miles Waggener, CFAM                           2013

PASSED UNANIMOUSLY


RESOLUTION 3038, 5/12/10: Standing Committee Chairs

BE IT RESOLVED, that according to the Bylaws of the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska, Article VI, Section 1, the retiring standing committees have met and selected the following chairs from their continuing members:

John Bartle, Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs

Harvey Siy, Committee on Educational Resources and Services

John Erickson, Committee on Faculty Personnel and Welfare

Matthew Marx, Committee on Goals and Directions

Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, Committee on Professional Development

PASSED UNANIMOUSLY