The regular monthly meeting of the Faculty Senate was called to order by President Mike Quinn on April 12, 2007 in the LaSells Stewart Center.
Bob De Carolis, Athletic Director, gave away apparel containing the new OS athletic logo to those holding tickets drawn. De Carolis, Kelvin Koong, Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR), and Luanne Lawrence, Vice President of University Advancement, provided updates related to Athletics issues.
Koong reported on several issues:
Lawrence showed video images of posters, which are hanging in Gill Coliseum and Reser Stadium, honoring athletes and their academic and post-athletic interests. The posters have proven to be very popular with spectators at athletic events and are being used as recruitment tools by coaches.
She reported that the new OS athletic identity was developed with numerous focus groups including students, athletes, donors, media and alumni with the thought of consistency and distinctiveness; the OS is considered to be the spirit mark. She noted that the funding to develop the identity was paid wholly out of merchandise licensing revenue. Old logos will be making a comeback, including the old Benny Beaver.
De Carolis included the following in his report:
Senator Flahive, Science, questioned the amount of funding Athletics receives from E&G funds. De Carolis noted that nine years ago Athletics received $4.4 million from E&G funds, which was reduced to $3.7 million. Athletics promised to mitigate the E&G funding if they were allowed to expand Reser. They are currently receiving between $2.1 and $2.5 million. Flahive questioned if Athletics will be required to return a portion of the E&G funds the same as academic units are required to do. De Carolis indicated he has not had that conversation with administration. He did note that, as an auxiliary, Athletics’ indirect costs are increasing next year from $100,000 to $600,000 (academic units do not pay indirect costs). Athletics pays back to the university about $7.3 million in tuition and room and board.
Senator Oriard, Liberal Arts, questioned whether the Reser expansion generated expected revenues. De Carolis responded that the additional revenue generated paid the debt service and generated an additional $1.5-2 million. There is probably about $4.5 million of unrealized BASF, which is why it is critical to take advantage of a 10-win season. He noted there is unused capacity for season ticket holders.
Senator McCune, Science, requested reconsideration of the siting of the Academic Center so it is more centrally located. De Carolis will discuss the siting with the Campus Planning Committee.
Senator Roberts, Liberal Arts, questioned whether OSU faculty should use their OSU email address when communicating with legislators. Doescher and Mark McCambridge responded that personal email accounts should be used rather than those supported by state resources.
Approval of Minutes
Motion 07-621-01 to approve the March Faculty Senate minutes as distributed passed with no dissenting votes.
Category I Proposal - New Instructional Program Leading to a Bachelor of Science in Ecological Engineering
John Lee, Curriculum Council Chair, presented for approval a Category I Proposal for a New Instructional Program Leading to a Bachelor of Science in Ecological Engineering. He noted that both the Curriculum Council and Budgets and Fiscal Planning Committee approved the proposal. Lee recapped elements of the degree: it is intended to be accredited as an ecological degree; the degree has been under development for several years and four tenure-track faculty have been hired; the department is developing reserves for equipment and space in support of the program; OSU has expertise in this area and the degree is the first of its kind nationally; the proposal supports two of OSU’s strategic investments: ecosystem informatics and water and watersheds; it is in sync with the College of Agricultural Sciences; there was a clear sense of liaison; it expects to grow from 25 majors in 2007-08 to about 220 in 2012-13; and the budget is about $150,000 for the first four years.
Senator Kingston, Liberal Arts, questioned the wording regarding training students to have some knowledge of the social and political institutions around environmental issues and ecological restoration water resources, but noted there isn’t anything in the proposal to address those issues; the only place one would receive that instruction is in the Baccalaureate Core. She noted there are many courses in Liberal Arts that address these issues specifically and was distressed this component was not included in the proposal; she felt this was a strong absence in the curriculum that she would like to see addressed. John Bolte, Chair of the Department of Biological and Ecological Engineering, stated that they recognize that the social connection is important. ABET accreditation has a strong emphasis to ensure that the integration of social aspects is fully represented. The challenge was to fit everything into the program. ABET provides two pathways to accomplish the integration of all aspects: 1) incorporate additional coursework, or 2) rather than additional coursework, ensure that other courses address those issues - faculty are committed to ensuring that the latter occurs. Bolte noted that this is the first program of this type in the country and ABET will be watching closely.
Senator Spitz, Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, questioned the increase from 180 to 192 credits. Lee acknowledged that the College of Engineering has been moving to 180 credits but, since extra breadth was needed in this proposal, the credits were increased to 192.
Motion 07-621-02 to approve the proposal as presented passed by voice vote with no dissenting votes.
Proposed Revisions to AR 13.c.
Jo Tynon presented for approval the proposed revisions to AR 13c, which appear below. She explained that these changes were made to be consistent with changes made to AR 17 in December, 2006.
Senator Savage, Agricultural Sciences, questioned the time frame that is being considered, particularly if the student is ill and can’t provide timely notification. Tynon responded that the student could use the petition process if it was after the end of the term.
Motion 07-621-03 to approve the proposed revisions to AR 13.c. passed by voice vote with no dissenting votes.
Proposed Promotion and Tenure Guidelines Revisions
Roger Nielsen, Faculty Senate Promotion and Tenure Committee chair, presented proposed revisions to the Promotion and Tenure Guidelines. The P&T Committee members who worked on the revisions are Bill Braunworth, Margaret Burnett, Paul Farber, Jim Liburdy, Maret Traber, and Nielsen.
He explained that the primary goals with respect to the revisions to the Promotion and Tenure Guidelines were to:
Nielsen outlined several general issues:
The specific major issues that underwent revision or were added:
Senator Trujillo, Liberal Arts, had several concerns:
In regard to Trujillo’s first concern, Nielsen responded that the candidate would likely need to bring a hostility issue to the attention of the chair; he may discuss with Angelo Gomez where this situation could be inserted. Gomez interjected that is a nebulous situation and would likely need to be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Senator Doescher, Forestry, stated that the chair is sometimes the hostile individual. Senator Valls, Liberal Arts, noted that the hostile member has only one vote and the other committee members could out-vote that individual. Senator Pence, Engineering, felt there may be more hostile issues than conflict of interest issues, and suggested adding wording that addresses what can be done about the potential for an aggressively negative individual in the process. Senator Doescher noted that the opposite may exist and the candidate may be part of the “good ol’ boy” network within the unit and may not meet the P&T standards, but is advanced since they are part of the network. Senator Valentine, Veterinary Medicine, felt that including wording to address perceived hostility was worrisome. Nielsen stated that the document was written to have the chair removed from the unit P&T deliberations, but to ensure that the committee has access to as much information as possible. It is critical to have the deliberations documented. Nielsen has talked with Becky Johnson regarding the need to hold unit P&T Committee’s accountable for quality documentation and letters; they have discussed the need for training sessions for P&T chairs and department chairs. Nielsen felt that appropriate documentation would disclose a hostile or aggressive individual. Jo Tynon, Forestry, questioned why there was not an equivalent of a graduate representative for faculty going up for P&T. The individual could be from outside the unit or college, who would act as an ombudsperson and ensure that any hostility was documented. Nielsen responded that the committee did discuss this option at length and suggested that this could be implemented separate from the document under consideration.
Senator Wilcox, Health and Human Sciences, advocated for a delineation of peer involvement at the college level. Nielsen stated the committee also discussed this issue but felt it would be difficult to achieve a uniform process across the university and they did not want to propose policies that would be unenforceable across colleges.
Senator Oriard, Liberal Arts, expressed several concerns:
Senator Braverman, Health and Human Sciences, was not comfortable with the separation between Extension and research, since Extension can include both teaching and research. Nielsen responded that it is important that units have the ability to describe activities separate from scholarly outcomes.
Senator Valentine expressed the hope that a university document would be created that is broad enough to allow flexibility to further define and fine tune within units and colleges.
Senator Savage, Agricultural Sciences, felt that the guidelines were good and was opposed to having one set of guidelines mandating that all units must be exactly the same. Nielsen responded that was the reason why the committee tried to define common terms.
Since many Senators felt that a continuation of the discussion was important, President Quinn committed to proposing a Faculty Forum to the Executive Committee. He encouraged Senators to send comments to Roger Nielsen. Senator Marshall, Business, suggested advancing the document by accepting changes as they are presented while acknowledging there are still future revisions that could be made.
President Quinn, referring to the P&T Guidelines discussion, noted that the Promotion and Tenure Committee was responding to particular needs and felt it is unrealistic to fix all the problems in one year. He encouraged Senators to consider whether the document is a step in the right direction when voting on the revisions.
Quinn announced that he has accepted the position as Dean of the College of Science and Engineering at Seattle University and will resign as Faculty Senate President effective September 1. President-Elect Lynda Ciuffetti will assume the position of president and Immediate Past President Bill Boggess will assume the duties of president-elect on September 1, as outlined in the Faculty Senate Bylaws.
Agricultural Sciences: Anderson, Bolte, Dreher, Hartley, Ketchum, Pereira, Rao, Savage, Selker, Thompson.
Associated Faculty: Achterman, Averill, Bruce, Dorbolo, Eklund, C. Kasten for Elmshaeuser, Gillies, Gomez, Greydanus, R. Weber for Hoff, Minear, Oldfield, Pribyl, Ross.
Business: Banyi, Marshall, Raja, Wu, Yang.
Education: Ward, White.
Engineering: Bell, Bose, Huber, Hunter-Zaworski, Jovanovic, Pence.
Extension: None present.
Forestry: Doescher, Kellogg, Puettman, Reuter, Zahler.
Health & Human Sciences: Acock, Asbell, Bowman, Braverman, Friedman, Wilcox.
Liberal Arts: Carson, Folts, Gross, Helle, Kingston, Lunch, Oriard, Orosco, Plaza, Roberts, R. Sahr for Steel, Trujillo, Valls, Walls.
Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences: Spitz.
Pharmacy: Indira, Stevens.
Science: Blair, Bogley, Flahive, Ho, Jansen, Lee, McCune, McLeod, Parks, Rajagopal.
Student Affairs: Alexander, Benton, Larson, S. Clark for Yamamoto.
Veterinary Medicine: Valentine.
Agricultural Sciences: Cassidy, Curtis, Gamroth, Gregory, Hayes, Jepson, Mallory-Smith, Parke, Rossignol.
Associated Faculty: Arthenayake, Dempsey, Fernandez, Gaines.
Business: No absences.
Education: No absences.
Engineering: Higginbotham, Lee, Momsen, Sillars.
Extension: Carr, Galloway, Godwin.
Forestry: Freitag, Sexton.
Health & Human Sciences: Cardinal, Hooker, McAlexander.
Liberal Arts: Edwards, Melton, Rosenberger.
Library: No absences.
Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences: Benoit-Bird, Skyllingstad, Wheatcroft.
ROTC: No absences.
Science: Field, Gitelman, Grunder, Jones, Kimerling, Lajtha, Mason, Matzke, Taylor.
Student Affairs: Langford, Schwab, Winter.
Veterinary Medicine: Estill, Mosley.
B. Becker, B. De Carolis, S. Dobbie, V. King, K. Kuo, S. Leslie, S-L Yu, M. McCambridge, G. Shellhammer, J. Tynon.
Faculty Senate Officers, Ex-officios and Staff:
Officers: L. Cuiffetti, president-elect; M. Quinn, president; Ex-officio: M. Olson; Staff: V. Nunnemaker.
Faculty Senate Staff