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Faculty Senate - 4/21/16

Faculty Senate
April 21, 2016 - 3:30pm
Green Hall-Room 203
Agenda: 

(This meeting may be electronically recorded.)

 

   I.       Approval of minutes from April 14, 2016

  II.      Report of Faculty Senate President

 III.      Discussion of Faculty Code

 IV.      Old Business

  V.      New Business       

Minutes: 

MINUTES

FACULTY SENATE MEETING

April 21, 2016–4:21–203 Green Hall

Approved April 28, 2016

MEMBERS PRESENT: Faculty Tom Beisecker, Mike Williams, Philip Baringer, Ron Barrett-Gonzalez, Jim Carothers, Jay Childers, Jonathan Clark, Michael Davidson, Chris Elles, Christopher Fischer, Joe Harrington, Pamela Keller, Jason Matejkowski, Jonathan Mayhew, Amalia Monroe-Gulick, Bozenna Pasik-Duncan, Meagan Patterson, Roberta Freund Schwartz, Bill Staples, Dean Stetler, Belinda Sturm, Susan Williams, Lisa Wolf-Wendell

ABSENT: Mary Banwart (excused), Kelly Chong, Charles Epp (excused), Pam Fine, Lisa Friis, Andrea Greenhoot (excused), Lynn Hancock (excused), Majid Hannoum (excused), Kissan Joseph, (excused), Paul Laird, Weishi Liu,  Mario Medina, Steve Padget, Angela Rathmel (excused), Geraldo Sousa (excused);  Barbara Timmermann (excused),

ALSO PRESENT:  Maureen Altman and Kathy Reed, University Governance; Mary Lee Hummert, Vice Provost for Faculty Development; Kirk McClure, Chair of FY16 FRPR; Gerald Mikkelson, Emeritus Faculty; James Sterbenz, EECS    

Tom Beisecker called the meeting to order and announced that the meeting was being recorded. 

MINUTES for April 14, 2016 were approved with corrections.  Clark said Rights 3 & 4 should read “no agreement reached” rather than “accepted except for impartial”, Right 6 should be changed to from “accepted” to “no agreement reached” and the last sentence under Right 14 should read “owner of faculty code is claimed to be the Provost.  Pam Keller added clarification to the last line of page 1: the absence of the word “consistent” doesn’t mean you can’t use inconsistent treatment to show a standard something wasn’t rightly applied;

REPORT OF THE FACULTY SENATE PRESIDENT

Beisecker announced that the results of the Faculty Senate elections were in and referred Senate to the handout showing the FY17 Faculty Senate members (new members in bold).  He reported that the IP (Intellectual Property) policy was discussed at last Tuesday’s FacEx meeting and the committee requested he ask the Provost for a copy of the revised Employment Invention Assignment Agreement.  Beisecker said he takes responsibility for not talking to her earlier about the agreement but he was at KBOR’s COFSP (Council of Faculty Senate Presidents) in Manhattan yesterday.   Beisecker corrected a reference made during University Senate that the actions taken on March 5, 2015 regarding the IP policy were taken by Faculty, not by University, Senate.  Beisecker informed Senate that FacEx reviewed and accepted the Faculty Senate Committee reports received thus far—Faculty Compensation, Faculty Research (FSRC), Faculty Rights, Privileges and Responsibilities (FRPR) and Standards and Procedures on Promotion and Tenure (SPPT)--and will communicate FacEx’s comments to Senate.  The comments will help determine charges for FY17.

In response to Carothers, Beisecker assured that the committees were thanked for all their work and each committee chair will be thanked.    

DISCUSSION OF FACULTY CODE

Williams moved that Senate convene as a Committee of the Whole to discussion Articles 4, 5 and 6 of the Faculty Code draft.  Williams/Keller.  Passed.  Beisecker reminded that the intention of Committee of the Whole was for discussion only and the committee would have no authority to make amendments. 

Article IV Faculty Responsibilities

Paragraph 1.  No agreement reached

The responsibilities of the faculty as a whole are multiple and are not to be construed as limited to any specific list. The same is true of the responsibilities of individual faculty members. Nonetheless, the major responsibili­ties are traditionally divided into teaching, scholarship, service, and/or professional performance consistent with University and unit expectations, the position, and approved allocation of effort. These are the criteria used in awarding promotion and tenure, and they are also the criteria used in faculty evaluations. Each faculty mem­ber is expected to meet academic responsibilities at an acceptable level in all areas over time, including the additional faculty responsibilities outlined in Section 5 of this article.

“University and” was cited as an issue. The role of the University was discussed.  Many expressed that the unit has more appropriate knowledge in a faculty member’s in promotion and tenure and in evaluations, and that units’ policies were approved policies.  One senator suggested a different scenario to consider, that the university can provide protective policies the unit may not.

Article IV 1. Teaching

Subsection c.  No agreement reached

c. Teaching duties of a professor include planning classroom and/or online activities as appropriate to the method of course delivery; preparing course syllabi; designing assignments and/or examinations; holding regular office hours; being available for consultation; supervising independent work undertaken by students; directing theses and dissertations; evaluating students: assessing and documenting student learning; advising; and developing and assessing curricula.

Ron Barrett-Gonzalez objected to “holding regular office hours” because of traveling faculty.  Lisa Wolf-Wendel had no objection to the addition; Jonathan Mayhew noted that there were many other duties on the list which faculty would not necessarily be performing every semester such as “directing theses and dissertations” and questioned whether they would be considered violations.  It was suggested possibly adding “and/or be available for consultation”; Barrett-Gonzales suggested substituting “direct or virtual” for “regular” office hours.

Subsection e.  No agreement reached

e. Teaching responsibilities include prompt and regu­lar presence during scheduled class hours whether in a physical classroom or online, as appropriate to the mode of course delivery. In the case of forms of on­line course delivery that do not involve regular meet­ing times for the entire class, teaching responsibilities include meeting unit expectations for other forms of student – teacher and student – student interaction. With the exception of illness or family emergency, a faculty member must make satisfactory advance arrangements and obtain his/her chair’s or dean’s approval if he/ she will be absent from class or unable to meet his/her online teaching responsibilities, or if he/she needs to change a class time or location. Such approval will be granted only if it is determined that these arrangements are made for sound academic reasons and do not cause undue hardship for any student and will be timely com­municated to the students by the faculty member.  Each department or school must define what alternative arrangements are considered “satisfactory” in that unit, and appropriately publicize its definition.

Clark suggested the language deleted from Section 1e (highlighted above) be retained. 

Section 1a, 1b, 1d, 1f, Section 2, and Section 3 of Article IV had no changes from the administration to the April, 2015 version of the Faculty Code.  

Clark suggested that the Senate take today’s item by item review as an opportunity to improve the document and see if Senate should think again about some items.  He further suggested that Section 1a be marked “no agreement was reached”, citing the words “University regulations”.

Section 4 Professional Performance. No agreement reached

For library faculty and some unclassified academic staff with faculty equivalent rank, responsibilities include the performance of professional activities consistent with stated University and unit expectations for the position. Faculty members are expected to perform professional responsibilities satisfactorily, with due diligence, and in conformance with professional standards.

Clark suggested Senate think about this language.

Section 5 Additional Faculty Responsibilities. No agreement reached.

  1. Refrain from committing an act that involves such moral turpitude as to render the faculty member unfit for his/her position. As used in this section, conduct involv­ing moral turpitude means intentional conduct, pro­hibited by law, which is gravely injurious to another person or to society and which constitutes a substantial deviation from the accepted standards of duty owed by a person to other persons and society.

Clark requested the deleted word “gravely” be retained.  Carother’s agreed and suggested “constitutes a substantial deviation” Beisecker pointed out that the word had been deleted because of FRPR’ implied lack of concern.  [Writer’s note: Senate accepted the deletion at the March 3, 2016 Faculty Senate meeting: IV.5.i Change: The Administration suggested deleting the word “gravely.”  Proposed solution: Accept the deletion in concordance with FRPR implied lack of concern)

Article V Administrative Leave without Pay.  No agreement reached.

The operation of the University requires faculty members to meet classes at the regularly scheduled hour and to carry out their other academic responsibilities. Failure to meet these responsibilities without making satisfactory advance arrangements (if physically able to do so) and communicating the nature of the arrangements to the person’s chairperson (or dean if the school is not orga­nized departmentally) may result in the faculty member being placed on administratively determined Leave Without Pay by the Provost. When Leave without Pay is imposed, the Provost shall notify the faculty member and members of the Faculty Rights Board of the action and provide the reasons for the leave. In addition, the notice shall advise the faculty member and members of the Faculty Rights Board that the Leave Without Pay shall cease, and the faculty member shall resume pay status, upon the faculty member’s notification to the Provost that the faculty member has resumed his/her attendance or academic responsibilities or otherwise made satis­factory arrangements that have been confirmed by the chairperson or dean. Upon receiving notice from the Provost that a faculty member has been placed on Leave Without Pay, the Faculty Rights Board shall immediately begin an expedited review to determine whether the Leave Without Pay was properly imposed. The Faculty Rights Board shall make its determination no later than 10 working days from the date it was notified.

Amalia Monroe-Gulick felt the article should be removed citing that the majority of other regent institutions don’t have this.  She questioned why it should not be omitted since, as the administration argues, it isn’t used often.  Giving history from last year Carothers said that the administration explained that the rationale was that if someone goes off and makes no reasonable attempt to be in class or to notify anyone, the University would be paying someone who isn’t there, who is doing something they shouldn’t do and who is inconveniencing students and faculty; he felt it was very important.  Clark expressed concern that in this case the issue has expanded, citing “other academic responsibilities”, and also that it imposes a sanction before a conviction.  Harrington felt that the situation is already covered in Article VI Sanctions, Section 2d under sanction VI d (Recommendation of Suspension. Recommendation to the Chancellor that a faculty member be excluded from teaching and other specified privileges or activities without pay for a definite period not in excess of two years.)  He added that he considered this to be a deal killer; Lisa Wolf-Wendell agreed it is problematic.  Keller appreciated their concerns but pointed out that it is in the current code.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

None

NEW BUSINESS

None

Emeritus Professor Gerald E. Mikkelson asked to comment on the Faculty Code.  His comments are available through the Governance Office.   

No further business.  The meeting was adjourned at 5:24

Respectfully submitted,

Maureen Altman

Side by side document discussed by Faculty Senate

..\..\2016\April 21, 2016\FacSen 4-21-16\Side by Side comparison-1971 & proposed code 4-14-16.pdf

 

FY17 Faculty Senate

Faculty Senate President FY2017

 

 

 

 

 

Pamela Keller

Asst. Prof. Unclassified Academic Staff

pkeller@ku.edu

Law

Law

17

University Senate President FY2017

 

 

 

 

 

Joseph Harrington

Professor

jharring@ku.edu

English

CLAS

18

Cecile Accilien

Associate Professor

cecieaccilien@ku.edu

African and African-American Studies

CLAS

19

Mary Banwart

Associate

mbanwart@ku.edu

Communication Studies

CLAS

18

Ronald Barrett-Gonzalez

Associate Professor

barrettr@ku.edu

Aerospace Engineering

Engineering

17

Thomas Beisecker

Associate Professor

south40@ku.edu

Communication Studies

College

17

Naima Boussofara

Associate Professor

nboussofara@ku.edu

African and African-American Studies

CLAS

19

Ben Chappell

Associate Professor

bchap@ku.edu

American Studies

CLAS

19

Kelly Chong

Associate Professor

kchong@ku.edu

Sociology

College

17

Jonathan Clark

Distinguished Professor

jcdclark@ku.edu

History

CLAS

18

Chris Elles

Assistant Professor

elles@ku.edu

Chemistry

CLAS

18

Pam Fine

Professor

pamfine@ku.edu

Journalism

Journalism

18

Christopher Fischer

Associate Professor

shark@ku.edu

Physics and Astronomy

College

17

Ruben Flores

Associate Professor

flores@ku.edu

American Studies

CLAS

19

Roberta Freund Schwartz

Associate Professor

RFSCHWAR@ku.edu

Music

Music

18

Lisa Friis

Associate Professor

lfriis@ku.edu

Mechanical Engineering

Engineering

17

Jane Gibson

Associate Professor

JWGC@ku.edu

Anthropology

CLAS

19

Sandra Gray

Associate Professor

sjgray@ku.edu

Anthropology

College

17

Megan Green

Associate Professor

mgreene@ku.edu

History

CLAS

19

Lynn Hancock

Associate Professor

lynnh@ku.edu

Molecular Biosciences

CLAS

18

Majid Hannoum

Associate Professor

ahannoum@ku.edu

Anthropology

CLAS

18

Sheyda Jahanbani

Associate Professor

sfaj@ku.edu

History

CLAS

19

Kissan Joseph

Associate Professor

kjoseph@ku.edu

Business

Business

17

Elizabeth MacGonagle

Associate Professor

macgonag@ku.edu

History

College

17

Jason Matejkowski

Assistant Professor

jmate@Ku.edu

Social Welfare

Social Welfare

18

Amalia Monroe-Gulick

Associate Librarian

almonroe@ku.edu

Libraries

Libraries

18

Ebenezer Obadare

Associate Professor

obadare@ku.edu

Sociology

CLAS

19

Paul Outka

Associate Professor

paul.outka@ku.edu

English

CLAS

19

Bozenna Pasik-Duncan

Professor

pasik13@ku.edu

Mathematics

CLAS

17

Meagan Patterson

Associate Professor

mmpatter@ku.edu

Psychology and Research
 in Education

Education

17

Edward Peltier

Associate Professor

epeltier@ku.edu

Civil/Environ/Arch Engineering

Engineering

19

Thomas Prisinzano

Associate Professor

prisinza@ku.edu

Chemistry

Pharmacy

19

Lance Rake

Professor

lgrake@ku.edu

Design

Architecture

19

Angela Rathmel

Assistant Librarian

aroads@ku.edu

Libraries

Libraries

18

Suzanne Shontz

Associate Professor

shontz@ku.edu

EECS

Engineering

19

Geraldo Sousa

Professor

sousa@ku.edu

English

CLAS

18

Bill Staples

Professor

staples@ku.edu

Sociology

College

17

Dean Stetler

Associate Professor

DSTETLER@ku.edu

Molecular Biosciences

CLAS

18

Belinda Sturm

Associate Professor

bmcswain@ku.edu

Civil/Environ/Arch Engineering

Engineering

18

 


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