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(Last updated: 8/27/14)

2013-2014 Resolutions (and link to Action Table)

Resolutions 4103 - 4156

The following resolutions were passed by the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha from June 5, 2013 to May 14, 2014:


RESOLUTION 4103, 7/3/2013: Fall 2013 Submission of Grades

BE IT RESOLVED, that the deadline for Fall 2013 grades be seven calendar days after the scheduled final exam date in classes with exams scheduled before December 17 and ten calendar days in classes with final exam dates on December 17 or thereafter.


RESOLUTION 4014, 7/3/13 : Permanent Replacement for Library Senator

BE IT RESOLVED, the UNO Faculty Senate accepts the resignation of Criss Library representative, Linda Parker, who is retiring at the end of June 2013. Melissa Cast-Brede will replace her and serve until May 11, 2016.


RESOLUTION 4105, 8/21/2013 : Appointment of Parliamentarian:

BE IT RESOLVED , that according to the Constitution of the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska, Article IV, the senate president appoints Jim Carroll the parliamentarian of the 2013-2014 Faculty Senate.


RESOLUTION 4106, 8/21/2013 : Temporary Replacement for Education Senator:

BE IT RESOLVED, the UNO Faculty Senate accepts the temporary resignation of a College of Education senator, Phyllis Adcock, for Fall 2013. John Hill, as runner up in the most recent College of Education election, will temporarily replace her 8/21/2013-12/31/2013.


RESOLUTION 4107, 8/21/2013 : Deadline for Fall Grades

BE IT RESOLVED, that the deadline for Fall semester grades be seven calendar days after the scheduled final exam date in classes with exams scheduled before December 17 and ten calendar days in classes with final exam dates on December 17 or thereafter.


RESOLUTION 4108, 8/21/2013 : Appreciation for Dr. Harold M. Maurer, M.D.

WHEREAS, Harold M. Maurer, M.D., has served with distinction as Chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center since 1998, during which time UNMC has prospered and grown in status both as an educational and as a research institution, in no small part thanks to the tireless efforts of Chancellor Maurer; and

WHEREAS, during his tenure as Chancellor, collegial cooperation between UNMC and UNO has increased both educationally, for example in the graduate programs in Public Health and Biomedical Informatics, and in research among faculty and students in the spirit of the University of Nebraska Strategic Framework points 2.b.iii life sciences emphasis, and 4.c intercampus and interdisciplinary research collaboration; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Maurer's record of achievement mirrors those ambitions expressed in UNO's Strategic Plan – student centeredness, academic excellence, and community engagement – particularly those which provide access to the core competencies of the University of Nebraska to local populations, utilizing locally available assets;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha congratulates Dr. Maurer on his myriad achievements as chancellor of UNMC, wishes him well on his retirement, and hopes that his transition to full time fund raising for the new Cancer Center will prove as successful as his tenure as Chancellor.


RESOLUTION 4109, 9/11/13 : University Committee on the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT)

BE IT RESOLVED that the following name go forward to complete Rene Erlandson's three-year term (07/01/12 - 06/30/15) to the University Committee on the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT):

Robert Nash, LIB.


RESOLUTION 4110, 9/11/13 : Replacement on University Committee on Research & Creative Activity (UCRCA)

BE IT RESOLVED that the following names go forward to complete Lisa Knopp's term (08/01/11 - 07/31/14) on the UCRCA (University Committee on Research & Creative Activity):

Tammie Kennedy, A&S, Humanities (to replace Lisa Knopp) 08/01/11 - 07/31/14.


RESOLUTION 4111, 9/11/13(completed 10/9/13): Academic Freedom & Tenure Committee (Faculty Senate nomination. The ballot was mailed to the UNO Faculty. Results announced at October 2013 Senate meeting.)

BE IT RESOLVED, that in accordance with Article 6.5.2 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.

Two tenured faculty members will be elected from the following four nominees to serve three-year terms from October 16, 2013, through October 15, 2016, to replace Ann Fruhling and Michael Peterson, whose terms will expire:

Donna Dufner [for: 126 = elected]
Robert Nash [for 120 = elected]
Birud Sindhav [for: 95]
Robert Smith [for: 113]

And one Non-Tenured Faculty member will be elected from the following two nominees to serve three-year terms from October 16, 2013, through October 15, 2016, to replace Jay Irwin whose term will expire:

Chin Chung (Joy) Chao [for: 107]
Ramon Guerra. [for: 128 = elected]


RESOLUTION 4112, 9/11/13 : Faculty Grievance Committee

BE IT RESOLVED, that in accordance with the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Bylaws, Article VI.5.1, 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 Carolyn Gascoigne, whose term has expired, for three-year terms from September 16, 2013, through September 15, 2016:

Marshall Prisbell, (elected)
Pamela Smith.

And one Assistant Professor will be elected from the following two nominees to replace Kerry Ward, whose term has expired, for three-year terms from September 16, 2013, through September 15, 2016:

Eugenio DiStefano, (elected)
Manfred Wogugu.

And one member of the Faculty Senate Faculty Personnel and Welfare committee will be elected from the following two nominees to replace Marshall Prisbell, whose term has expired, as the Faculty Personnel and Welfare Committee representative for a one-year term from September 16, 2013, through September 15, 2014:

Matthew Harden
Stan Wileman. (elected)


RESOLUTION 4113, 9/11/13 : UNO Professional Conduct Committee (ballot handed out to full senate, completed, collected, and tallied 9/11/13 )

BE IT RESOLVED, that in accordance with the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Bylaws, Article VI.5.3, Professional Conduct Committee, the following faculty members are brought forward by the Rules Committee for ballot election by the senate.

BE IT RESOLVED, that two representatives must be elected by ballot vote to serve three-year terms from September 16, 2013, through September 15, 2016, to replace outgoing members, Shereen Bingham and Janice Rech, 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:

Christina Dando
Jodi Kreiling (elected)
Christiana Bratiotis (elected)
Jay Irwin.

The newly elected representatives will also serve as alternates for three-years from September 16, 2015, through September 15, 2018.

Shereen Bingham and Janice Rech will continue serving as alternates (replacing Robert Woody and Jeanette Seaberry) for three-years, from September 16, 2013, through September 15, 2016, per Resolution 3059.


RESOLUTION 4114 , 10/9/13: Condolences to Walter Scott, Jr. and the Singer and Scott Children:

WHEREAS, Suzanne Scott was an outstanding philanthropist whose leadership and charity benefited many Omaha institutions serving the public good; and

WHEREAS, Suzanne and Walter Scott have personified visionary leadership for Nebraska which places the University of Nebraska at the center of the state's economic and cultural future; and

WHEREAS, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, its students, faculty and staff, have been among the most generously endowed by the Scotts' enduring dedication to the educational enterprise; and

WHEREAS, Mrs. Scott's legacy at the University of Nebraska at Omaha is ongoing and a perpetual reminder of what constitutes visionary leadership and stewardship,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha extends its heartfelt condolences to Walter Scott, Jr. and the Singer and Scott children.


RESOLUTION 4115, 10/9/13: UCAT Replacement:

BE IT RESOLVED that the following name go forward to complete Gwyneth Cliver's three-year term (July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2016) to the University Committee on the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT):

David Peterson, English, A&S (Humanities).


EMERGENCY RESOLUTION 4116 , 10/9/13: Halt Merger of UNO CEEN Department to UNL EE Department

WHEREAS the Department of Computer and Electronics Engineering (CEEN), with Bachelor of Science degrees in computer engineering and electronics engineering, has provided important academic offerings at UNO since the 1990s;

AND WHEREAS the program, founded as Electronics Engineering Technology (EET) has been at UNO since 1968;

AND WHEREAS CEEN and EET graduates have for more than four decades made lasting and significant contributions to Omaha's major metropolitan industrial, business, and manufacturing organizations;

AND WHEREAS all of the top 50 major metropolitan cities in the country except Omaha, Nebraska have Colleges of Engineering that are administered by the city's university;

AND WHEREAS the degree programs in Computer Engineering and Electronics Engineering contribute to the mission of UNO by directly providing graduates who can uniquely serve this metropolitan region;

AND WHEREAS the UNO- based CEEN faculty have a commitment to directly serve and impact Omaha's major metropolitan industrial, business, and manufacturing organizations by providing highly qualified graduates for these entities;

AND WHEREAS any academic program that is to have success with its students and major employers must be present and not remote from students and employers;

AND WHEREAS there is a proposal to eliminate the freestanding Omaha-based Department of Computer and Electronics Engineering, merging it into the Electrical Engineering Department in Lincoln, Nebraska and eliminating the leadership of the UNO department chairperson;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate at UNO requests a halt to this action until all relevant stakeholders (UNO CEEN students, CEEN graduates, and Omaha's major industrial, business, and manufacturing organizations) have had  an opportunity to present to the Board of Regents their views on the importance of keeping a freestanding CEEN department in Omaha, Nebraska, at the Peter Kiewit Institute.


RESOLUTION 4117 , 10/9/13: Support for UNO College of Engineering

WHEREAS UNL engineering programs at the UNO campus consist of architectural engineering, construction engineering, and construction management in the Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction; computer engineering, electronics engineering, and telecommunications engineering in the Department of Computer and Electronic Engineering (CEEN); and Civil Engineering, whose department is split between the UNL and UNO campuses and headquartered at the UNL campus, thus constituting a sizable core for an independent engineering college;

AND WHEREAS the Langenberg Report, commissioned by the Board of Regents in October 1993 and completed in March 1994, stated among other things that “the accelerating pace of technology development today demands that a working engineer engage in near-perpetual continuing education…, [and] that continuing education must be conveniently available near the engineer's work site and/or home, [and that] without ready access to continuing education opportunities in engineering, Omaha's new businesses will find it difficult if not impossible to recruit and retain top-flight engineering personnel;”

AND WHEREAS the report's principal conclusion was that “the state of Nebraska and University of Nebraska system should initiate a deliberate and carefully planned process leading to the establishment of an independent college of engineering at the University of Nebraska at Omaha;”

AND WHEREAS the report stated that a new engineering college should not be duplicative of the UNL college, but should emphasize educational needs that are particularly germane to the Omaha metropolitan area, but that it should have “full-fledged undergraduate baccalaureate programs in a few basic areas, such as mechanical, computer/telecommunications, and civil/environmental engineering, as well as graduate programs at the master's level and a diverse array of continuing education offerings, [and] all of its programs should be adapted to the special needs of a student body that will include a high proportion of working adults who need access to courses and faculty at non-traditional times and places;”

AND WHEREAS the authors of the Langenberg Report thought that an independent college of engineering at UNO could be established within 5-6 years;

AND WHEREAS the report of the Engineering Task Force, written in November 1994, subsequent to the Langenberg Report, recommended that an independent college of engineering should have as its basic components both the bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering, civil and construction engineering, and industrial and manufacturing engineering;

AND WHEREAS the Engineering Task Force also specified certain prerequisites for establishing such a college that included student enrollment, faculty hires, physical facilities, and academic programs that have already been established or which can be established in the 3-5 years necessary to establish the college;

AND WHEREAS in a letter dated June 15, 1995, then-President Dennis Smith, although not then supportive of a new college, stated that “neither I nor the Board of Regents has foreclosed the idea of a separate, independent college of engineering in Omaha. The engineering task force indicated several impediments to creating a new engineering college now. In my view, the most significant of these is student demand. For an accreditable college, the task force said that at least 300 full-time equivalent students are needed in the core engineering programs. A total of 87 were enrolled at the time of the task force report. I advised the Board of Regents in my recommendations last December that should the growth of engineering in the future justify a new college, I would reconsider my recommendation;”

AND WHEREAS enrollment in the College of Engineering Omaha programs is currently at 794, as reported by UNL enrollment statistics;

AND WHEREAS the current situation wherein the civil engineering department, which is divided between the UNL and UNO campuses, is described as dysfunctional by the Academic Program Review Team report, dated November 2008, thereby providing less than optimal services to the engineering community in Omaha;

AND WHEREAS the Director of the Peter Kiewit Institute is afforded a high level of access to the UNO chancellor (as manifested by his inclusion in the Chancellor's Cabinet) but only poor access to the UNL chancellor;

AND WHEREAS the CEEN department, currently scheduled to merge with the Department of Electrical Engineering located at UNL, will probably meet the fate of the civil engineering department and fall into dysfunction, being split between two campuses, consequently providing poor service to the engineering-based businesses and students in Omaha;

AND WHEREAS the Omaha metropolitan area is unique among the communities of this state, in as much as it possesses an inordinate number of the engineering concerns located within the borders of this state;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the UNO Faculty Senate hereby strongly urges the University of Nebraska Board of Regents initiate a process whereby a separate and independent college of engineering be established on the UNO campus by fall 2018, in accordance with the specifications of the reports referenced herein.


RESOLUTION 4118, 11/13/13: A d Hoc College of Engineering Steering Committee

WHEREAS the UNO Faculty Senate unanimously passed Resolution 4117 on October 9, 2013, which urges the University of Nebraska Board of Regents to “ initiate a process whereby a separate and independent college of engineering be established on the UNO campus by fall 2018”;

AND WHEREAS the UNO Faculty Senate has the responsibility to act as the voice of the UNO Faculty in all matters pertaining to cross-college and intercampus issues, in accordance with the BOR Bylaws;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate direct the Senate President to forthwith appoint five faculty members to an ad hoc College of Engineering Steering Committee whose charge shall be to assemble information pertaining to the establishment of said College, including but not limited to student and community demand, program and degree requirements, estimated expenses, faculty requirements, space requirements, and other things necessary to properly lobby the Board of Regents;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that said steering committee be charged to complete a report by the end of the 2014 spring semester;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Senate President request from the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs one quarter release time during the spring 2014 semester for each steering committee member to facilitate their work.

Passed Unanimously (by voice vote)


RESOLUTION 4119, 11/13/13: Distribution of Financial & Administration (F&A) Funds to Host Campuses

WHEREAS portions of the UNL College of Engineering are housed at the Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) on the campus of UNO, and portions of the UNO Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice are housed on the campus of UNL;

AND WHEREAS the Operation and Maintenance Budget (OMB) of such hosted academic units are borne entirely by the host campus;

AND WHEREAS host campuses may accrue considerable expenses in support of such hosted units, such as the $100,000 spent by the UNO library in 2013 to provide journals for the UNL College of Engineering units located in PKI;

AND WHEREAS no Facilities and Administration (F&A) funds from external grants obtained by such hosted units go to the host campus;

AND WHEREAS the purpose of F&A funds is to ameliorate such expenses as OMB and journal subscriptions;

AND WHEREAS there is no current policy promulgated by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents (BOR) regarding even a portion of F&A funds being directed to a host campus to provide such amelioration;

AND WHEREAS the UNO Faculty Senate has the responsibility to act as the voice of the UNO Faculty in all matters pertaining to cross-college and intercampus issues, in accordance with the BOR Bylaws;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the UNO Faculty Senate urge the BOR to institute a policy whereby some equitable portion of F&A funds from external grants obtained by such hosted academic units be directed toward the host campus to ameliorate expenses accrued to support said units;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the UNO Faculty Senate President see to it that a copy of this Resolution be sent to each Regent with a cover letter expressing the simple justice of the matter;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the UNO Faculty Senate direct the Faculty Senate President to lobby said Regents for the initiation of such a policy whenever the President thinks it amenable.

  Passed Unanimously (by voice vote)


RESOLUTION 4120, 11/13/13: Representative to Digital Measures Ad Hoc Committee

BE IT RESOLVED , the Digital Measure's Ad Hoc Committee discusses implementation issues and provides input for the DM/Annual Review process. The following Faculty Senator has been appointed as the Faculty Senate representative to this committee:

Melissa Cast-Brede.


RESOLUTION 4121, 12/11/13 : January Return of Education Senator

WHEREAS, Phyllis Adcock, College of Education, will return to the Faculty Senate in January 2014;

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate extends its appreciation to John Hill for temporarily replacing her for Fall 2013.


RESOLUTION 4122, 12/11/13 : Temporary Spring 2014 Replacement for Senator Stergiou

WHEREAS, Senator Nicholas Stergiou will be traveling extensively during Spring 2014;

BE IT RESOLVED, that Franklin Thompson, III, will temporarily replace him as a senator for the College of Education for Spring 2014.


RESOLUTION 4123, 12/11/13: Appointment to Assessment Committee

BE IT RESOLVED, that Senator Douglas Stack be appointed to the Assessment Committee for a two year term as a representative for the Faculty Senate.


RESOLUTION 4124, 12/11/13 : Faculty Senate President-Elect

BE IT RESOLVED, that Lisa Scherer has been elected President-Elect by the UNO Faculty Senate.


RESOLUTION 4125, 2/12/14 :   BA in Music

WHEREAS the existing Bachelor's Degree program in Music is very narrowly tailored to music courses;

WHEREAS many students wish to pursue a broader music program which combines music courses with a more general liberal arts education;

WHEREAS a proposed Bachelor of Art's (BA) Degree program in Music would allow that greater flexibility by allowing for students to complete liberal arts courses;

WHEREAS the proposed BA of Music degree program includes new tracks of study in Music Technology and Jazz Performance that will be unique to any college or university in Nebraska;

WHEREAS those opportunities may draw students to the campus to enroll in the program;

WHEREAS the existing Bachelor's Degree program in Music has created partnerships between the UNO campus and the city, and the new BA of Music will surely expand on those relationships;

BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha supports the proposal from the Department of Music and the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media to create a Bachelor of Arts program in Music at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.


RESOLUTION 4126, 2/12/14 :  Vacancy on UCRCA

BE IT RESOLVED that the following name go forward to complete Ann Fruhling's term (08/01/12 - 07/31/15) on the UCRCA (University Committee on Research & Creative Activity):

 Haifeng Guo, IS&T (to replace Ann Fruhling) 08/01/12 - 07/31/15.


RESOLUTION 4127, 2/12/14 : Ad Hoc Committee on Feedback from Faculty

That Senator Scherer chair and populate a 3 person ad hoc committee from the UNO Faculty Senate to work with students from the UNO Student Senate to develop a student survey to assess the degree to which students receive outcome feedback (grades) in a timely manner within a semester.


RESOLUTION 4128, 3/12/14 : Appreciation & Condolences to James R. Young's Family

WHEREAS James R. Young, a distinguished alumnus of the University of Nebraska at Omaha and business leader as President and Chief Executive Officer of Union Pacific passed away on February 15, 2014; and

WHEREAS James R. Young and his wife Shirley served as hosts of the UNO Centennial in 2008 and gave their name and financial support to the creation and continuation of the Jim and Shirley Young Scholars program that serves economically challenged students, and

WHEREAS James R. Young served as UNO Chair of the Nebraska Foundation's Campaign for Nebraska; and

WHEREAS James R. Young supported the creation of Union Pacific Scholarships in the Colleges of Business Administration and Information Science and Technology; and

WHEREAS James R. Young's devotion to his alma mater will be sorely missed but always cherished and remembered;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha extend to Shirley Young and their children its deepest appreciation for all of Mr. Young's myriad services to the University of Nebraska at Omaha and its sincere condolences on his loss.


RESOLUTION 4129, 3/12/14 : Appreciation for the UNO Emergency Management Team

WHEREAS the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Emergency Management Team admirably organized and communicated the reports of damages, the arrangement of new accommodations, and the replacement of fire-damaged student property, to all concerned parties, after the fire at Building G at Scott Village on February 26, 2014; and

WHEREAS the Emergency Management Team's quick and efficacious action has attracted praise from both the local media and from other colleges and universities;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the University of Nebraska at Omaha Faculty Senate congratulates the Emergency Management Team for a job well done.


RESOLUTION 4130, 3/12/14 : EMIT Proposal

WHEREAS there is a growing demand in the business field for IT professionals also holding corporate leadership positions as Chief Information Officers;

WHEREAS the Bureau of Labor statistics reports that job opportunities for these professionals are expected to rise from now until 2018, with computer and information systems managers in particular seeing a 17% increase in employment during that time which results in an additional 50,000 jobs;

WHEREAS the proposed Executive Master of Science in Information Technology ( EMIT ) program from the College of Information Science and Technology at the University of Nebraska Omaha will meet this rising need for Nebraskans; and

WHEREAS the Academic and Curricular Affairs Committee of the Faculty Senate has reviewed the EMIT program proposal from the College of Information Science and Technology at UNO and concluded that such a program will benefit both the corporate community as well as UNO when the program is offered; therefore

BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha supports the proposal to create an Executive Master of Science in Information Technology ( EMIT ) program within the Graduate College at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.


RESOLUTION 4131, 3/12/14 : Nebraska Center for Justice Research at NU

WHEREAS issues of criminal justice are of paramount importance to all states and communities, especially given record high incarceration rates; and

WHEREAS UNO currently operates the Consortium for Crime and Justice Research which conducts original research on criminal justice ; and

WHEREAS it has been determined that the Consortium can be even more effective if it combines with the Juvenile Justice Institute at UNL to form the Nebraska Center for Justice Research which will be based at UNO; and

WHEREAS the new Center will not require any additional funding sources, and

WHEREAS the Academic and Curricular Affairs Committee of the Faculty Senate has reviewed the proposal from the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at UNO to create a Nebraska Center for Justice Research, and concluded that it represents a great opportunity for UNO and the community which will be mutually beneficial to both, therefore;

BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha supports the proposal to create a Nebraska Center for Justice Research at the University of Nebraska.


RESOLUTION 4132, 3/12/14 : Bachelors of Science degree in Gerontology

WHEREAS each day in the United States, 10,000 people turn 65 years of age and older; and

WHEREAS by 2050, the U.S. Census Bureau expects there to be 88 million people 65 years of age and older living in the United States; and

WHEREAS this growing population presents certain challenges to our communities and nation that the study of gerontology can help us to cope with; and

WHEREAS students in the NU system who wish to major in gerontology currently have no degree program available, and

WHEREAS the proposed Bachelor of Science degree in Gerontology will remedy this problem, as well as strengthen existing relationships between UNO and organizations that manage the effects of these changes; and

WHEREAS the Academic and Curricular Affairs Committee of the Faculty Senate has reviewed the proposal from the College of Public Affairs and Community Service at UNO for a Bachelors of Science degree in Gerontology, and concluded that it represents a great opportunity for UNO and the community for which adequate resources are available; therefore

BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha supports the proposal to create a Bachelors of Science degree in Gerontology within the College of Public Affairs and Community Service at the University of Nebraska.


RESOLUTION 4133, 3/12/14: Develop a Photo Roster of Students

BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate endorses the concept of developing a photo roster of students, using currently available resources, for use by both tenure or non-tenure track instructors at all levels and selected staff, including instructors involved in teaching distance education.

RESOLUTION 4134, 3/12/14 : Initiating Emeritus Status Policies and Procedures

WHEREAS emeritus status is the rank customarily awarded by the President or Chancellor of each campus to a faculty member at the time of his or her retirement; and

WHEREAS the University of Nebraska Board of Regents has published procedures (RP 4.2.6) that specify the general principles, privileges and perquisites of emeritus status; and

WHEREAS there is inconsistent publication of the criteria and procedures used by the departments and colleges to make recommendations to the Chancellor on the award of emeritus status;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Deans of the colleges initiate a charge to individual units to develop and publish the policies and criteria to be used in recommending individuals for emeritus status.


RESOLUTION 4134, 3/12/14 : Initiating Emeritus Status Policies and Procedures

WHEREAS emeritus status is the rank customarily awarded by the President or Chancellor of each campus to a faculty member at the time of his or her retirement; and

WHEREAS the University of Nebraska Board of Regents has published procedures (RP 4.2.6) that specify the general principles, privileges and perquisites of emeritus status; and

WHEREAS there is inconsistent publication of the criteria and procedures used by the departments and colleges to make recommendations to the Chancellor on the award of emeritus status;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Deans of the colleges initiate a charge to individual units to develop and publish the policies and criteria to be used in recommending individuals for emeritus status.


RESOLUTION 4135, 3/12/14 : Faculty Online Survey

WHEREAS the Faculty Senate is dedicated to serving the needs of UNO faculty;

WHEREAS the Faculty Senate currently has no systematic mechanism in place to solicit feedback from faculty;

WHEREAS the Goals and Directions Committee of the Faculty Senate desires such feedback to shape goals and directions for the 2014/2015 academic year;

The Faculty Senate's Goals and Directions Committee moves to pilot an anonymous online survey emailed to all full-time faculty (by the end of this semester), requesting three “appreciations” and three “concerns” they wish to share with the Faculty Senate for this purpose.


RESOLUTION 4136, 4136, 3/12/14: Proposal for “UNO Faculty Senate” Plaque on Maverick Monument Wall

BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate organize an effort to raise enough money for a plaque to be engraved with “UNO Faculty Senate” for the wall at the new Maverick Monument.


RESOLUTION 4140, 5/14/14: Newly Elected Senators

BE IT RESOLVED that Chancellor Christensen, etc., will be notified that the following thirteen (13) faculty members have been elected to serve three-year terms from May 14, 2014, through May 13, 2015:

College of Arts & Sciences (5)
Jayaram Betanabhatla
Moshe Gershovich
Jodi Kreiling
Robert Woody
Vincent Woolf

College of Business Administration (1)
Dale Eesley

College of Communication, Fine Arts & Media (1)
Avery Mazur

College of Education (2)
Phil Nordness
Elliott Ostler

College of Information Science & Technology (1)
Ken Dick

College of Public Affairs & Community Services (2)
Patty Carlson
Nancy Kelley Gillespie

Criss Library (0)
n/a

External NU Faculty (1)
Stu Bernstein


RESOLUTION 4141, 5/14/14: Appreciation for Vice President Jeanne Surface

WHEREAS she assumed the duties of Faculty Senate Vice President in May 2014;

WHEREAS she was often the conscience of the senate;

WHEREAS she presided over meetings of the Executive Committee and Cabinet with good humor, efficiency, and fairness;

BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha expresses its sincere appreciation to Jeanne Surface for her work as Vice President during this academic year 2013-2014.


RESOLUTION 4142, 5/14/14: Appreciation for Secretary-Treasurer Lyn Holley

WHEREAS she assumed the duties of Faculty Senate Secretary-Treasurer in May 2013;

WHEREAS she kept track of the Senate Budget and dutifully reported our status from month to month; and

WHEREAS she has regularly coordinated with the Senate Office Administrator on the production of Senate agendas and minutes, and

WHEREAS she brought fresh and insightful perspectives to difficult matters:

BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha expresses its sincere appreciation to Lyn Holley for her work as Secretary-Treasurer in this academic year 2013- 2014.


RESOLUTION 4143, 5/14/14: Appreciation for Chairs of the Standing Committees and Chair of Cabinet

WHEREAS, the smooth and productive functioning of the Faculty Senate is dependent upon effective leadership of the standing committees,

WHEREAS by their service in meetings of the Executive Committee and Cabinet, committee chairpersons assist the Executive Committee in responding to the needs of the faculty and charting a course for the Senate,

BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha expresses its sincere appreciation to Greg Petrow, Robert W. Smith, Stan Wileman, Phyllis Adcock, Juan Casas, and Bill Mahoney, members of the Senate Cabinet for their dedication, hard work, and leadership during this academic year 2013-2014;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Bill Mahoney and Robert W. Smith, be further recognized for their outstanding additional service as members of the Executive Committee.


RESOLUTION 4144, 5/14/14: Appreciation for President M. Bacon

WHEREAS for more than thirty years Professor W. Meredith Bacon has served the University of Nebraska at Omaha as a member of the faculty and in numerous other important positions of service and trust, which have included service as President of the UNO Faculty Senate for three terms, Chair of more than ten Faculty Senate Committees and Task Forces and more than 15 years as a member of the Faculty Senate;

WHEREAS Professor Bacon has demonstrated unselfish, honorable, energetic service, keen insight, and quick wit which have inspired students, colleagues and university administrators to think critically and act ethically.

WHEREAS the university has moved ever closer to embracing diversity and gaining the ethical and academic credibility that accompany achievement of true inclusiveness due to Professor Bacon's efforts.

WHEREAS Professor Bacon has served her university with complete devotion and impressive vigor, contributing to the growth and prosperity of the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha recognizes Professor W. Meredith Bacon as a “good citizen;” celebrates her decades of outstanding service to the University and its faculty, students and staff, and to the state of Nebraska; and wishes her many years of health and happiness in a retirement that remains connected with the University she has served so well.


RESOLUTION 4145, 5/14/14: School of Music and School of the Arts

WHEREAS , the winning of grant money is vitally important to all units at UNO in this era of declining public funding; and,

WHEREAS , the Departments of Music; Art and Art History; Theater; and, the Writer's Workshop are at a comparative disadvantage in such competitions because at our peer institutions these departments are part of larger units; and,

WHEREAS these programs meet the specifications UNO articulates to combine them into schools; and,

WHEREAS creating the new Schools requires no additional resources but delivers clear benefits; and,

WHEREAS , the Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs has reviewed the proposal for making the Department of Music into a School of Music, and the proposal for creating a School of the Arts from the Department of Art and Art History, the Department of Theater, and the Writer's Workshop, concluding that such programs fit well within the strategic plan and the mission of the University of Nebraska at Omaha; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha supports the proposals from the Departments of Music; Art and Art History; Theater; and, the Writer's Workshop, to transform the Department of Music into the School of Music, and combine the other departments mentioned into a School of the Arts at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.


RESOLUTION 4146, 5/14/14: Master's of Arts in Critical and Creative Thinking

WHEREAS , the United States is transitioning away from an industrial economy to a knowledge-based one, where the ability to analyze complex information and to solve challenging problems—while pursuing an approach that is both innovative and collaborative, theoretically informed and yet practical in outcome—has become crucial to professional success. ; and,

WHEREAS , business leaders regularly explain when considering the challenges and opportunities that today's knowledge economy presents, education in the liberal arts and sciences provides an ideal foundation for professional success ; and,

WHEREAS the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Nebraska Omaha proposes to create an on-line degree program in Critical and Creative Thinking that will meet these needs; and,

WHEREA s the College of Arts and Sciences commissioned a study of market demand for the degree and concluded that demand will exist, even ranking demand above more common professional degrees including the Master of Business Administration and the Master of Public Administration ; and,

WHEREAS, the Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs has reviewed the proposal for creating the Master's Degree in Critical and Creative Thinking, concluding that the program fits well within the strategic plan and the mission of the University of Nebraska at Omaha; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha supports the proposal from the College of Arts and Sciences to create a Master's Degree program in Critical and Creative Thinking at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.


RESOLUTION 4147, 5/14/14: Membership of 2014-2015 Faculty Senate Standing Committees

BE IT RESOLVED that the following be appointed to the 2014-2015 Faculty Senate standing committees as designated:

Committee on Academic & Curricular Affairs (6)
Nora Bacon (A&S)
Christine Beard (CFAM)
Stu Bernstein (EXT)
Ken Dick (IS&T)
Jodi Kreiling (A&S)
Juliette Parnell (A&S)

Committee on Educational Resources & Services (6)
Jayaram Betanabhatla (A&S)
Tom Bragg (A&S)
Melissa Cast-Brede (LIB)
Dale Eesley (CBA)
Wikil Kwak (BA)
Phil Nordness (ED)

Committee on Faculty Personnel & Welfare (6)
Bing Chen (EXT)
Moshe Gershovich (A&S)
Matthew Harden (CFAM)
Avery Mazor (CFAM
Stan Wileman (IS&T)
Robert Woody (A&S)

Committee on Goals & Directions (6)
Patricia Carlson (CPACS)
Lyn Holley (CPACS)
Darryll Lewis (BA)
Carol Mitchell (ED)
Elliot Ostler (ED)
Beth Ritter (A&S)

Committee on Professional Development (6)
Juan Casas (A&S)
Harrison Means (ED)
Harvey Siy (IS&T)
Sharon Sobel (CFAM)
Suzanne Sollars (A&S)
Vincent Woolf (A&S)

Committee on Rules (6)
Jeanette Harder (CPACS)
Nancy Kelly-Gillespie (CPACS)
Patricia Meglich (BA)
Amy Morris (BA)
Douglas Stack (A&S)
Nicholas Stergiou (ED)


RESOLUTION 4148, 5/14/14: Campus Committees (a-i)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following be appointed to Campus Committees as designated:

a. 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 7/31/14, through 8/1/15:

____tbd________, from the Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs,
____tbd________, from the Committee on Goals & Directions.

 

b. Chancellor's Advisory Committee for Inclusiveness & Diversity

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names (minimum of two) go forward as nominees to the Chancellor's Advisory Committee for Inclusiveness & Diversity to replace Carol Mitchell, whose term will expire on 7/31/14:

Jennifer Harbour,
Ann Luther.

The Chancellor will then select one faculty member to serve on the committee for a three year term (08/1/2014 - 07/31/2017).

c. Education Policy & Advisory Committee (EPAC)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as three-year appointments, from 08/01/14, through 07/31/17, to the Education Policy & Advisory Committee (EPAC) to replace Rami Arav (A&S), and Sherrie Wilson (CFAM) whose terms will be ending 7/31/14:

Gwyneth Cliver , A&S (to replace Rami Ariv); and
Marshall Prisbell , CFAM (to replace Sherrie Wilson).

d. Judicial Committee

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as three-year appointments, from 08/01/13, through 07/31/16, to the pool of names for the Judicial Committee:

David G. Smith , to be reappointed,
Mahbubul Majumder , to replace Robert Woody,
Vicky Lentfer , to replace Stu Bernstein.

And one name to complete the term for Claudette Lee, 08/01/12-7/31/15, as she has retired from UNO:

Scott Vlasek , to complete Claudette Lee's term, 08/01/12-7/31/15.

e. 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 (8/1/14 – 7/31/16) as the UNO representative on the Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creative Activity Award (OTICA) Selection Committee:

Catherine Chmidling , to replace Pauline Brennan.

f. Parking Advisory Committee

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as a three-year appointment from 08/01/14 through 07/31/17, to replace a member whose term is expiring, on the Parking Advisory Committee:

Bobby Vasques , to replace Edmund Tisko.

g. Professorship Committee

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following two faculty members serve on the Named Professorship Review Committee (Kiewit, Kayser, and Isaacson Professorships) from 8/1/14, through 7/31/15. (The Administration will select one additional member of this committee.)

Sara Myers , to replace Griff Elder;
Doug Stack , to replace Bruce Johansen.

h. Strategic Planning Steering Committee

BE IT RESOLVED, that one member of the 2014-2015 Faculty Senate Goals & Directions Committee will be appointed to the Strategic Planning Steering Committee for a one-year term from 05/14/14, through 05/13/15, to replace Meredith Bacon, whose term has expired:

________tbd_________________________.

i. Wellness Stampede Advisory Committee

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as a two-year appointment, from 08/01/13 through 07/31/15, on the Wellness Stampede Advisory Committee, to replace a member whose term has ended:

Jessica Baldwin , to replace Ronald Bartzatt.


RESOLUTION 4149, 5/14/14: University Committees (a-j)

BE IT RESOLVED , that the following be appointed to University Committees as designated:

a. University Committee on Athletics

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as a three-year appointment from 08/01/14, through 07/31/17, to the University Committee on Athletics, to replace William Austin, whose term has expired:

Randy Adkins.

b. University Committee on Excellence in Teaching

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following faculty members be recommended for service as three-year appointments, from 08/01/14, through 07/31/17, 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 appointed to serve terms that would balance term endings, except for the first year faculty member, who serves one year (08/01/14-07/31/15):

Sherrie Wilson , CFAM, (to replace Anna Cruz)
Matt Germonprez , IS&T, (to replace Ann Fruhling)

AND

Jessica Hagaman , new faculty holding Ph.D. (to replace Tanushree Ghosh) (term: 08/01/14-07/31/15).

c. University Committee on Facilities Planning  

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as a three-year appointment from 08/01/14, through 07/31/17, to the University Committee on Facilities Planning:

Richard Lomneth , to replace Jeanne Surface.

d. University Committee on Honors & Awards

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as a three-year appointment from 08/01/14, through 07/31/17, to the University Committee on Honors & Awards, to replace Michael Matthews, whose term will expire:

Pamela Smith.

e. University Committee on Library & Learning Resources

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as three-year appointments from 08/01/14, through 07/31/17, to the University Committee on Library and Learning Resources, to replace those completing their terms:

Eleanor Johnson , to replace Kristen Girten,
Mukul Mukerjee , to replace Carey Ryan.

AND

One name to complete Elizabeth Dahl's term (8/1/12-7/31/15), as she will be on Academic Leave for 2014-2015:

Courtney Fristoe , to complete Elizabeth Dahl's term.

f. University Committee on Student Affairs  

BE IT RESOLVED: that the following name goes forward as a three year appointment, from 08/01/14 through 07/31/17, on the on the University Committee on Student Affairs, to replace member who is completing her term:

Joyce Neujahr , to be reappointed.

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, to replace members who are completing their terms, as three-year appointments from 08/01/14 through 07/31/17:

Rene Erlandson , to be reappointed;
Tracy Bridgeford , to be reappointed;
Carey Ryan , to replace Bob Woody.

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

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as three-year appointments, for members completing their terms, from 07/1/14 through 06/30/17 to the University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT):

Claudia Rauter , A&S (B: Natural Sciences), to replace Melanie Bloom;
__ tbd __________________________, CPACS, to replace Carol Ebdon.

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

BE IT RESOLVED that the following names go forward as three year appointments, from 08/1/11 through 07/31/14, to replace members who are completing their terms on the UCRCA (University Committee on Research & Creative Activity):

tbd , A&S, Humanities (to replace Tammie Kennedy);
Mark Wohar , CBA, (to replace Wei Wang Rowe);

and,

Matt Germonprez , At-large Member (to replace Lotfollah Najjar).

j. University Council on Distance Education

BE IT RESOLVED , that the following name go forward as one three-year appointment from 08/01/14, through 07/31/17, to the University Council on Distance Education, to replace Mary Ann Powell:

Todd Richardson .


RESOLUTION 4150, 5/14/14: 2014-2015 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 2013-2014 retiring standing committees have met and selected the following 2014-2015 chairs from their continuing members:

Juliette Parnell (F-2014) & Christie Beard (SP-2015), Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs
Wikil Kwak, Committee on Educational Resources and Services
Matthew Harden, Committee on Faculty Personnel and Welfare
Carol Mitchell, Committee on Goals and Directions
Suzanne Sollars, Committee on Professional Development.


RESOLUTION 4151, 5/14/14: 2014-2015 Rules Committee Chair

BE IT RESOLVED that according to the Bylaws of the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska, Article VI, Section 5.6, the senate president appoints the following senator 2014-2015 Chair of the Committee for Rules:

Amy Morris.


RESOLUTION 4152, 5/14/14: 2014-2015 Faculty Senate Parliamentarian

BE IT RESOLVED, that according to the Constitution of the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska, Article IV, the senate president appoints Jim Carroll the parliamentarian of the 2014-2015 Faculty Senate.


RESOLUTION 4153, 5/14/14: 2014-2015 Faculty Senate Vice President

BE IT RESOLVED, that according to the Constitution of the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska, Article IV, the faculty senate elects the following senator as 2014-2015 Vice President:

Lyn Holley, to replace Senator Surface.


RESOLUTION 4154, 5/14/14: 2014-2015 Faculty Senate Secretary/Treasurer

BE IT RESOLVED, that according to the Constitution of the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska, Article IV, the Faculty Senate elects the following senator as 2014-2015 Secretary/Treasurer:

Melissa Cast-Brede, to replace Senator Holley.


RESOLUTION 4155, 5/14/14: 2014-2015 Faculty Senate Standing Committee Vice Chairs

BE IT RESOLVED, that according to the Bylaws of the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska, Article VI, Section 1, the 2014-2015 standing committees have met and selected the following vice chairs from their continuing members:

Jodi Kreiling , Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs
Melissa Cast-Brede, Committee on Educational Resources and Services
Bing Chen, Committee on Faculty Personnel and Welfare
Elliot Ostler, Committee on Goals and Directions
Harvey Siy, Committee on Professional Development
TBA, Committee on Rules


RESOLUTION 4156, 5/14/14: Faculty Senate Presidential Appointments (a-e)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate President appoints the following as designated:

a. AAUP Executive Committee (American Assoc. of University Professors)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate President appoints the following senator , who is also an AAUP member, as the senate representative for a one year appointment from 05/14/14, through 05/8/15, to the UNO Chapter of AAUP, to replace Nora Bacon, whose term has expired:

_______ tbd_ ______________________.

b. Academic Freedom Coalition of Nebraska (AFCON)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate President appoints the following senator to be the senate representative for a one year appointment, through May 2015, to the Academic Freedom Coalition of Nebraska (AFCON):

Claudia Garcia, to be reappointed.

c. Alumni Association Board of Directors

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate President appoints the following UNO alum as the senate representative for one year, 05/14/14, through 05/13/15, to the Alumni Association, Board of Directors, to replace Scott Vlasek, whose term has expired:

Patrick O'Neil.

d. Budget Advisory Committee (Faculty Senate Committee)

BE IT RESOLVED, the Faculty Senate President has appointed the following faculty member to the Faculty Senate Budget Advisory Committee as a three-year appointment, from August 1, 2014 to July 31, 2017, to replace William Corcoran, whose term will expire:

Eleanor Johnson.

e. Graduate Council Liaison

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate President appoints the following member of the Graduate Council to be the liaison between the 2014-2015 Faculty Senate and the Graduate Council for a one-year term from 8/1/14, through 7/31/15:

___ tbd_ ___________________, to replace Barbara Hewins-Maroney.