West Texas A&M University

Faculty Senate Minutes

April 27, 2007

I. Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 12:15

Members present were Bill Ambrose, Syed Anwar, Sandy Babitzke, Chuck Chase, Gerald Chen, Karen Cooley (for Joshua Lewer), Mo Cuevas, Jeanette Embrey, Robert Hansen, Harry Hueston, Mary Jarvis, Frank Landram, Jessica Mallard, Amy Newman, Bonnie Pendleton, Keith Price, Helen Reyes, Mark Riney, Duane Rosa, Nagalapura Viswanath, and Douglas Werden.

II. Approval of minutes.

The minutes from April 13, 2007 were approved.

III. Senate Executive Committee

President O’Brien inquired if a senate executive committee would be around this summer. He expects there will be changes this summer to things like the faculty handbook and would like this committee available over the summer. Several senators indicated they would be available over the summer to help as needed.

IV. Handbook Committee

Robert Hansen explained the make-up of this committee and indicated that Dr. O’Brien would like faculty input via the faculty senate for handbook changes. This committee will meet regularly over the summer to continue working on the document. All of the proceedings of this committee will be recorded and available on the website so that the discussions are transparent. The first priority item is to reword the academic integrity statement.

Harry Hueston mentioned that the academic integrity had been revised by a committee the previous year and he will forward that document to Hansen. Other priorities include revamping the committee structure of university committees and revamping the rank and tenure process.

The first change by this committee has already been submitted and is to change the scholarship committee into two committees. One with be a financial aid committee with a somewhat similar composition to the current committee, and one would be a new prestigious scholarship selection committee. Hansen asked for a vote on the motion to change these committees so that they changes could be put into effect. The motion was seconded and unanimously passed.

V. Common Reader Committee

A motion was brought forth by Jessica Mallard for the faculty senate to recommend to the faculty handbook committee that the Common Reader Committee should be granted university committee status. Discussion ensued about the nature and purpose of the committee. The motion passed with two opposing votes.

VI. Library Staff: re: President/Vice-President evaluations

Several years ago the librarians received the administrator evaluations, but they no longer receive them. Mary Jarvis looked into the issue and it was discussed with President Chase and Gary Kelley. Although professional librarians are considered staff, the faculty handbook indicates that librarians are unique in that they have a representative on faculty senate and serve on committees. Gary Kelley indicated that he will likely go forward with including librarians in the evaluation of administrators’ process.

VII. Study Abroad Programs

The President and Provost are currently in China looking at opportunities for study abroad and the possibility of faculty led courses from WT to be taught and housed in China for short-term student experiences.

VIII. Past/on-going senate projects to be addressed in the fall:

President Chase reviewed the issues that the senate discussed during the year and questioned the status of the various projects/discussions. Some are things that should be brought up again in the fall to see if changes have been made. The projects include:

IX. Other Items

The meeting was adjourned at 1:35 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Jessica Mallard