A. Call to Order
The meeting was called to order at 3:15 p.m. by President Wickham.
Council Members in attendance: Grant Alexander (Business & Technology), Terri Baker (Arts & Letters), Dan Glasgow (Education), Andre Marquis (Social & Behavioral Sciences), Diana Mashburn (Math, Science & Nursing), Jeff Miller (Optometry), Latricia Pack (Optometry), David Scott (Arts & Letters), Lallie Scott (Social & Behavioral Sciences), Debbie Smith (Education), Linda West (Library).
Council Officers in attendance: Gary Wickham (President), Andrew
Vassar (Vice President), and Chuck Ziehr (Secretary-Treasurer).
Others in attendance: Mimi Bentley and Steven Poulter
B. Committees and Standing Reports
1. Minutes of February 6, 2004 meeting
Andre Marquis made a motion and Grant Alexander seconded that the minutes as corrected for the February 6, 2004 meeting be approved. The motion passed unanimously.
2. Treasurer's Report
There was no treasurer's report this month.
3. Faculty Welfare Committee Report
There was no Faculty Welfare Committee report this month.
C. Old Business
1. Circle of Excellence
The bricks with the names of last year's recipients have not yet been installed in the Circle of Excellence in front of Seminary Hall.
b. Circle of Excellence Comittee for 2003-2004
President Wickham reported that nominations are now being accepted through Tuesday, March 2. Nominee packets are due Monday, March 22 by 5 p.m. Packets will be distributed to the committee by Tuesday, March 23. The committee will meet Monday, April 12 at 3 p.m. in the Seminary Hall Conference Room to select this year's honorees.
Delegates expressed concern that the March 22 deadline for submitting packets for consideration was too soon. They requested that at least one more week be allowed. Wickham will discuss this possibility with the chair of the committee, Dana Eversole.
2. Campus Parking Committee (enforcing cross walks)
President Wickham noted that Pat Johnston (Director of Parking and Traffic)
is no longer at the university. Greg Combs, chair of the Campus Parking
Committee, invited Wickham to the committee's next meeting which will be
after Spring Break.
3. Retirement Supplement Calculations
President Wickham noted that there has been no reply to our e-mail response
to the faculty council at Southeastern Oklahoma State University (which
originally sought our support of a proposed resolution).
4. Will NSU employees get written documentation of the monthly amount
of the TIAA-CREF contribution that now goes to salary or to a new retirement
President Wickham reported that the answer that he received from the Office
of Business Affairs is "yes." Several delegates noted that they had
received the written documentation.
President Wickham had e-mailed this question to Kim Cherry, Vice President
for Adminstration, who responded that the answer was "yes," but that reorganizations
in her office caused a delay in accomplishing this. It will be done
as soon as possible.
5. Plagiarism and plagiarism detection software
President Wickham reported that based on the Council's response to the
Academic Technology Committee last month this issue at the university level
was now moot and would be left up to individual faculty or departments.
6. Smoking near doors
President Wickham reported that he had not yet investigated this issue.
7. Ad-pay contract for OCRD (Oklahoma Center for Rural Development)
President Wickham reported that he had not yet investigated this issue.
D. New Business
1 . Current Grievance Policy (3.7) is not consistent with the way the
Faculty Council now operates
President Wickham reported that the Grievance Committee has met and rendered
a decision on the current grievance before it, but that its findings are
President Wickham expressed concern about the current composition of the
Grievance Committee (member and alternate from each college); he would prefer
two members from each. He also wasn't sure that the current policy
as stated in the Faculty Handbook was consistent with BOROC policy. He
appointed a committee composed of Terri Baker (chair), Lallie Scott, and
Chuck Ziehr to investigate this issue and to report back to the Council by
the end of this semester.
2. Number of High School Graduates Projected to Peak 2008-09, Then Decline
President Wickham noted that Vice President Pate had forwarded to him
a copy of a report noting this projection about high school graduates.
3. OSRHE and Legislative News
President Wickham encouraged Council members to stay informed about higher
education and legislative issues by accessing the following web pages: http://www.okhighered.org/ and
provided by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.
4. NSU Newslink
President Wickham encouraged Council members to stay informed about news
about NSU provided by the NSU Public Relations office by accessing the following
web page: http://www.nsuok.edu/newslink/.
5. Sodexho and contract negotiations
Grant Alexander, sponsor of SIFE, noted that the student organization
could not bring in food that had been donated by local business for student
events. He had made a request to Arlan Hanson and Lynn Howard to be
allowed to see the Sodexho contract, but was not allowed to see it. Dan
Glasgow, Terri Baker, and Debbie Smith also noted that student organizations
with which they are associated had concerns about campus food policies. President
Wickham will e-mail President Williams to request clarification of this
6. Faculty Adopting Texts in which They Personally Profit
Some of those present shared their concern about the issue of faculty-authored
textbooks. At least a couple of faculty members had been told that
they might not be allowed to adopt a book that they had personally authored
(and would, therefore, personally benefit from financially). A committee
was appointed to investigate the current university policy and to recommend
any needed changes.
7. Policies that Govern when Faculty Get Reimbursed for Travel to
Concern was expressed that there was ambiguity and perhaps disparity in
reimbursement for travel to teach classes. President Wickham will
ask Jack Haney at NSU-Broken Arrow if there is a standard university policy
regarding this matter.
8. New Student Evaluations of Faculty
Grant Alexander mentioned that he believed that "Not applicable" was scored
and summed as a "6", thus skewing the results. President Wickham will
inquire with Mark Giese about this matter.
9. Twentieth Anniversary of the First Graduating Class of the NSU
Diana Mashburn noted that the nursing program will celebrate the 20th
anniversary of their first graduating class at the May 8th graduation ceremony
with the opening of a time capsule. She requested the faculty's assistance
in making alumni of the program aware of this celebration.
Terri Baker moved and Lallie Scott seconded that a resolution of congratulations
be drafted and passed by the Faculty Council on the occasion of this 20th
anniversary celebration. Chuck Ziehr and Andrew Vassar will develop
a draft resolution to present to the Council at its April meeting.
E. Other Business
1 . Dean Searches
Currently there are national searches underway for the Dean of the College
of Business and Technology and the Dean of the Graduate College. Some
concern was expressed about the short lead time in advertising these positions
for a July 1 start date. President Wickham will contact Vice President
Pate about these searches.
2. Faculty Council's Contribution to Research Day
President Wickham will contact Dr. Pate about recognizing the Faculty
Council's financial contribution to Research Day.
3. Written Employment Contracts
Lallie Scott asked if President Wickham had yet talked with Dr. Pate about written contracts for the faculty. Wickham reported that he had not.
Grant Alexander moved for adjournment; the motion was seconded by Andre
Marquis. The meeting adjourned at 4:50 p.m.