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2008-2009 - May 27, 2009

Faculty Senate Minutes

MAY 27, 2009

Present: Edward Ashworth, Daniel Belknap, Sandy Berkowitz, Douglas Bousfield, Rod Bushway, Fei Chai, Steve Cohn, Catherine Elliott, Cynthia Erdley, Janet Fairman, James Fastook, Per Garder, Gail Garthwait, Michael Grillo, William Halteman, Dianne Hoff, Sue Hunter, Mel Johnson, Robert Kennedy, Deborah Killam, Irv Kornfield, Judy Kuhns-Hastings, James McClymer, David Morrison, Tina Passman, Robert Rice, Kathryn Slott, Touradj Solouki, Patrick Spinney, Shihfen Tu, James Warhola, Stephanie Welcomer, Mark Wells, Huijie Xue.

Absent: Andrei Alyokhin, Carla Billitteri, Thomas Brann, Chris Campbell, William Congleton, Raphael DiLuzio, Susan Erich, Sue Estler, Jacques Ferland, Todd Gabe, Saundra Gardner, William Halteman, Duane Hanselman, Kirsten Jacobson, Cary Jenson, Scott Johnson, Michael Kinnison, Dorothy Klimis-Zacas, Karl Kreutz, Craig Mason, Lisa Neuman, Ngo Vinh Long, Harlan Onsrud, Howard Patterson, Vivian Wu.

The meeting was called to order at 3:15 pm.

Senate President Dianne Hoff welcomed everyone to the last meeting of the year.

New Business Part I: Resolution on Provost Appointment

Resolution in Support of an Internal Process for Selection of Provost

May 2009

Preamble: Last year when President Kennedy appointed Dr. Susan Hunter as Provost for a two-year fixed appointment, the Faculty Senate expressed concern about the lack of process in filling such an important role. This in no way is a negative reflection on Dr. Hunter, but rather, a genuine concern that process should be followed, regardless of the outcome. Dr. Kennedy gave the Senate his word that he would undergo a national search for the permanent provost, to begin in the second year of Dr. Hunter’s appointment.

Since this agreement, times have changed. We are feeling the effects of a state-wide (and indeed global) economic downturn, which would make spending money for a nationwide search imprudent. When coupled with the deep regard many faculty members have for the job Dr. Hunter has been doing in her first year as provost, the Faculty Senate is willing, for this one search, to modify its stand and accept a modified, internal process.

Resolution: The Faculty Senate is in support of a modified process for the provost search, with the caveat that this is acceptable for this one search only. This process is outlined in broad strokes below:

1.) The President will request a one-year extension to Dr. Hunter’s contract as Provost to allow for an internal process, beginning in fall 2009;

2.) The President will appoint a consultant external to the campus to head this process;

3.) The external consultant will hold a variety of sessions on campus designed to allow the faculty to give input on the process and about Dr. Hunter;

4.) The external consultant will write a detailed report for the President and the Board of Trustees, and also an executive summary that will be distributed more broadly.

If the outcome of this process supports the permanent appointment of Dr. Hunter as Provost, the Faculty Senate will concur, especially considering the current financial crisis and Dr. Hunter’s fine work to date. If the overwhelming response from the faculty is in support of a search, then the Faculty Senate believes a standard search should proceed.

The resolution passed unanimously.

Announcements and Overview of the 2008-2009 year:

Dr. Hoff reviewed the senate year and what had been accomplished, from an OpEd piece published in the Bangor Daily News, the approval of the 15 Step Process for Program Review, Reorganization and Review, the Energy Grant Motion, the successful completion of the Shared Governance Document and the new Incomplete Form (to be voted on in this meeting).

She thanked members of the senate committees for their time served.

UMaine President Bob Kennedy made announcements about the following: The Chancellor’s Task Force will meet on June 4 and June 17th. UMaine has sent some well crafted recommendation to the Chancellor regarding the New Challenges, New Directions document. He spoke about current trends in enrollment at UMaine, out migration of students, the numbers of students moving between campuses. In 2008 453 students graduated from Community Colleges in Maine, of that number only 95 continued to UMaine to complete a 4 year degree. Our tuition and fees ranked among our peer institutions, and was below the mean. The ration of full-time students to full-time faculty is; 15.8 students per faculty member at UMaine and 26.9 students per faculty member at USM.

New Business, Part II:

Update on SPIA and PSM proposals. SPIA will grant a Master’s Degree in Global Policy and the New Media Program will now grant a MFA degree. These new degree programs were past the point of approval by the PCRRC and so are grandfathered.

Resolution to Codify Committees of the Administration:

Resolution to Codify Committees of the Administration

May 2009

Whereas Committees of the Administration serve an important shared governance function, and Whereas the list of the Committees of the Administration has not been updated in several years, and Whereas there is a need for transparency about the Committees of the Administration, including the charge to each committee, and the committee membership transparent on campus.

Therefore, be it resolved that the committees listed below are sanctioned by the Faculty Senate as Committees of the Administration. The list is divided into three sections: 1) Those committees for which membership shall include, in part, faculty members chosen through the Committee on Committees process, as outlined in the Shared Governance understanding of April 2009; 2) Those committees for which there will be a Faculty Senate Representative, who is charged to report back to the Senate on important issues emanating from that committee; and 3) Those committees that at this time do not need faculty membership through a Senate process.

Be it resolved that the charge for each committee be posted on the university website, along with the names of committee members.

Be it resolved that changes to this list, which the Senate recognizes may at times be prudent or necessary, will be brought to the Senate for collaboration.

Section 1 Committees for which membership shall include, in part, faculty members chosen through the Committee on Committees Process:

Academic Policy Planning and Implementation Committee

Academic Standing Committee

Athletic Advisory Board

Campus Budget Committee

Campus Planning Committee

Cultural Affairs Committee

Environmental Health and Safety Committee

Honorary Degree Committee

President’s Council on Disabilities

President’s Council on Women

Presidential Research Award Committee

Presidential Teaching Award Committee

Presidential Service Award Committee

Promotion and Tenure Advisory Committee

Scientific Misconduct Committee

Steve Gould Award Committee

Student Administrative Appeal Board

Student Conduct Code Committee

Student Employment Advisory Committee

Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Improvement Committee

Tenure Advisory Committee

Undergraduate Program Curriculum Committee

Section 2 Committees for which there will be a Faculty Senate Representative, who is charged to report back to the Senate on important issues emanating from that committee:

Bachelor of University Studies Steering Committees

Graduate Board

Graduation and Retention Rate Improvement Team

Honors Council

I.T. Council

ROTC Committee

University Research Council

University Teaching Council

Section 3 Committees for which faculty membership is not determined through a Senate

process.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

Institutional Biosafety Committee

Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects

Parking and Safety Committee

Radiation Safety Committee

Security Committee

The motion passed.

Proposed Changes to the Bylaws: (60 day wait for final vote, to be voted on in September 2009)

Proposed Change to the Constitution of the Faculty Senate

Old Version

Section 1. Officers. At a meeting in April of each year, the Senate shall elect, from among the

faculty members, the following two officers for a term of one year: Vice President/President-elect, and Secretary. Any tenure-track or continuing appointment faculty member, who has been on the University of Maine faculty for at least two years, is eligible for election to these offices. Newly elected officers shall begin their duties on July 1 following their election.

Section 2. Succession of officers. The Vice President/President-elect shall succeed to the office of President. The President and Vice President/President-elect may not succeed to the same office but the Secretary may succeed to the same office.

NEW Version

Section 1. Officers. At a meeting in April of each year, the Senate shall elect, from among the

faculty members, the following three officers for a term of one year: President, Vice President, and Secretary. Any tenure-track or continuing appointment faculty member, who has been on the University of Maine faculty for at least two years, is eligible for election to these offices. Newly elected officers shall begin their duties on July 1 following their election.

Section 2. Term limits. The President and Vice President may not serve more than two consecutive terms in the same office.

Proposed Change to the Bylaws of the Faculty Senate

Old Version

ARTICLE I. ELECTION OF SENATE OFFICERS At the March meeting, the Committee on Committees shall present candidates for Vice President/ President- elect, at least one candidate for Secretary and Board of Trustees Representative and at least one candidate for each position on the committee on Committees. The agenda for the April meeting shall include the names of those nominated. There shall be an opportunity for nominations from the floor at the time of the election in April. Each office shall be voted on separately by secret ballot, where there is a contest, and a majority of the votes cast shall be necessary for election. In the event that no candidate receives a majority, a second vote shall be taken between the two highest candidates. In the event the Vice President ‘s office becomes vacant prior to the expiration of the term, the Senate shall hold a special election. At a regularly scheduled meeting of the Senate, the President shall inform the members of the vacancy, ask the Committee on Committees to secure nominations, and set the time for the election at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the full Senate. At the time of election, the procedure shall be as outlined in the paragraph- above. In the event the Secretary’s office becomes vacant prior to the expiration of the term, the President shall in consultation with the Executive Committee, appoint a replacement to serve the remainder of the term.

NEW Version

ARTICLE I. ELECTION OF SENATE OFFICERS At the March meeting, the Committee on Committees shall present candidates for President, Vice President, Secretary, and Board of Trustees Representative and at least one candidate for each position on the committee on Committees. The agenda for the April meeting shall include the names of those nominated. . . . In the event the President’s office become vacant prior to the expiration of the term, the Vice President automatically becomes President of the Faculty Senate. In the event the Vice President ‘s office becomes vacant prior to the expiration of the term, the Senate shall hold a special election. . . .

The change was approved by the members, the motion now has to be held for a 60 day waiting period before a final vote in September.

Motion to Accept

Extension Form for Undergraduate Incomplete Grades

May 2009

MOTION: The Faculty Senate accepts the Extension Form for Undergraduate Incomplete Grades (below) as a way to document the student’s progress and to communicate with Associate Deans and the Office of Student Records

**(The first sentence of the form was amended as shown)

Extension Form for Undergraduate Incomplete Grades

The faculty member requesting an extension granting an extension to the original “I” grade for an undergraduate student must file this form and submit it to the Associate Dean of the Student’s College. The faculty member and student should retain a copy.

To view this form, please view the pdf of the minutes for this meeting.

Motion to Create an Ad Hoc Committee for a Faculty Response to the

University of Maine System Reorganization

May 2009

Whereas: The University of Maine faculty has had little opportunity for voice in the development of the implementation plan for “New Challenges, New Directions”, and

Whereas: The early release of the Task Force Recommendations seems to undermine the strength and mission of the Flagship campus

Motion: The Faculty Senate of the University of Maine supports the creation of a new Ad Hoc Committee, “Faculty Response to University of Maine System Reorganization.” The faculty members who serve on this committee will agree to become familiar with the details of the System’s plan and lead the faculty in drafting a response, which could include a wide range of options from recommending full support to recommending secession from the System.

Dianne Hoff then gave recognition to the senate members. She handed out buttons that she had made to members of the senate. She also gifted Judy Kuhns-Hastings, the incoming senate president with a gavel and block for her duties in the upcoming year.

The meeting was adjourned.

A reception followed at the Bear’s Den hosted by President Kennedy and Provost Hunter.

 


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