West Texas A&M University

Faculty Senate Minutes

November 10, 2006



I. Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 12:15

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


II. Dr. O'Brien's Remarks

Dr. O'Brien mentioned the memo that the faculty senate forwarded about Faculty Emeritus. In looking over it, he noticed that the Faculty Emeritus committee is not a faculty handbook committee. Dr. O'Brien is going to change that and forward our recommendation to that committee. He also mentioned that he will be looking at the current benefits for Faculty Emeritus.


Dr. O'Brien said that there are some other changes that should possibly be made to the faculty handbook. He talked about how large many of the committees are and that many could be smaller. He will be forwarding recommendations regarding committee structure and some other things to the faculty senate.


III. Dr. Chapman

Dr. Chapman mentioned the memo he had sent out regarding folders for promotion and tenure. Dr. Chapman sent a memo out 9/18/2006 indicating that he only wants the primary folders to come to his office. This created some confusion for faculty as to whether they needed to create folders that would be held at the departmental level. After the senate discussed this and solicited feedback from departments, the consensus was that the deans should require that supplemental folders are held at the departmental level.


There will be two more town hall meetings this semester. Information and dates will be forthcoming.


IV. Approval of past minutes

The minutes of October 13th were approved.


V. The “Hanging”

The “Hanging” of the 2005-2006 excellence award winners is scheduled for Monday November 13th from 3-4:30. Two of our members, Dr. Gerald Chen and Dr. Robert Hansen are award winners.


VI. New Chancellor Visit

Our new A&M System Chancellor, Mike McKinney will soon be touring various campuses in the system. Once the date is set, more information will be disseminated.


VII. Faculty Emeritus letter

Dr. O'Brien talked about the motion that was brought forward by Dr. Anwar about Faculty Emeritus requirements and indicated he appreciated the effort the senate put forth on this.


VIII. Promotion and Tenure recommendation letter

After receiving feedback from various senators and their departments, President Chase forwarded a memo to Dr. Chapman that explained what the senate recommends:

  1. Individually catalogued, but formally developed folders to be a required part of a faculty member's promotion and tenure preparation.

  2. The supplemental folder(s) to be housed at the department level.


IX. Strategic Plan Ad Hoc Committee

This committee, headed by Mark Riney, is continuing to work on the draft response from the faculty senate to the Strategic Plan. They have compiled responses from various departments and are working on creating a cohesive response document. After completing the draft, it will be forwarded to senators for comments.


X. Curriculum Core paperwork

President Chase reminded everyone that the deadline for core course proposals is December 1st . This is required for any course that will be included in the core.


XI. Town Hall Meetings

There will be two more Town Hall Meetings to discuss the Strategic Plan.


XII. Other Business

It was brought up that some faculty have been deleted from committees without notice or explanation. Discussion ensued about this issue and whether the faculty senate should address it.


XIII. The next meeting will be 12/01/06 in the usual place, JBK 11



The meeting was adjourned at 1:30 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Jessica Mallard