TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY - CORPUS CHRISTI
FACULTY SENATE MEETING
Minutes of April 26, 2002

Present: Boggs, Brendel, Brouillard, Cabrera, Fugate, Hamilton, Harper, Haswell, Kownslar, Landry-Hyde, Lee, Lewin, Middleton, Montague, Morvant, Sterba-Boatwright, Ward, Winston, Zebda

Guests: Balasubranmanya, Crowley, Friday, Garcia, Ivy

Absent: Landry-Hyde, Moore

Meeting started at 2:05 p.m.

I. MINUTES

Minutes of March 15, 2002 approved with one correction.

II. COMMITTEE REPORTS

A. Academic Affairs

  1. The committee discussed the annual report.
  2. The committee will have action items.

B. Budget Analysis

  1. The committee distributed and discussed the annual report.
  2. The committee will have an action item.

C. Bylaws and Elections

  1. The committee discussed the annual report.
  2. The committee will have action items.

D. Committee on Committees

  1. The committee distributed and discussed the annual report.

E. Faculty Affairs Committee

  1. The committee distributed and discussed the annual report.
  2. The committee recommended that the office of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness be contacted to develop a faculty workload survey instrument for the Faculty Senate.
  3. The committee recommended that the Proposed University Statement, 31.99.99.C1.01, Academic Mid-Administrative, Workload, Compensation and Vacation be considered as an emergency agenda action item.
  4. The committee will have action items.
  1. ACTION ITEMS
    1. Academic Affairs Committee
      1. Proposed University Procedure, 13.99.99.C3.01, Incapacitation or Death of a Student.
        1. The committee recommended approval with the following amendment to Section 1.1. Change "Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi allows a currently enrolled student to be administratively withdrawn from the University, as a result of a prolonged illness or a serious, incapacitating injury. To "Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi allows a currently enrolled student, as a result of a prolonged illness or serious incapacitating injury, to be administratively withdrawn from the University."
        2. After discussion the amended procedure was approved unanimously.
      2. Texas Intensive English Program Proposal
        1. The committee recommended approval of option 1 for a period of three years. After discussion the recommendation was approved unanimously.
    2. Faculty Affairs
      1. Faculty Development Leave
        1. The committee recommended approval with the following amendments: Change "the Faculty Senate is responsible for soliciting, receiving, and evaluating proposals for making recommendations to the Provost/Vice-President for Academic Affairs." To "Applications for leave will be received and evaluated by a Faculty Development Leave Committee, with elected representation from each college, (1 member). The committee will then forward their recommendations to the Provost/Vice-President for Academic Affairs."
        2. Change section 3.1 from, "at least two consecutive academic years" to "at least seven consecutive academic years." Add "Faculty are eligible to receive or apply for faculty development leave once every seven years."
        3. Change section 3.4 from "members of the Faculty Affairs Committee of the Faculty Senate" to "members of the Faculty Development Leave Committee."
        4. Add section 3.8. "A faculty member on faculty development leave may not accept employment from any other person, corporation, or government, unless the governing board determines that it would be in the public interest to do so and expressly approves the employment."
      2. Motion to add Proposed University Statement 31.99.99.C1.01, Academic Mid-Administrative Workload, Compensation and Vacation to the agenda as an emergency item approved unanimously.
        1. The committee recommended that the policy be accepted as written but have the incoming Faculty Affairs committee reconsider the policy. After discussion the recommendation was withdrawn.
        2. Motion made to incorporate changes recommended by the Faculty Affairs committee and to bring the statement back for further discussion in the summer approved unanimously.

IV. Other Action items

  1. University Rule 12.01.99.C2, Tenure
    1. The speaker recommended at that section 2.5 be changed from "display leadership in the college and university." To: "display leadership in the college and university by serving on committees, councils or special projects."
    2. After discussion a motion was made to approve the proposed rules with the recommended changes. The motion was approved unanimously.
  2. Proposed University Procedure, 34.04.03.C1.01, Prevention of the Transmission of HIV/AIDS and Other Bloodborne pathogens.
    1. The speaker recommended that the following changes be made to Section 2.2, Inoculations, "To this end, the University will offer hepatitis B vaccinations at no cost, with the option to decline, to designated employees identified by the University Safety officer as being at a higher risk of exposure indicating they are waiving this option. Other University employees not included in this list who are nonetheless concerned about their exposure may also receive vaccination free of charge."
    2. After discussion, a motion was made to approve the proposed changes in the policy. The motion was approved unanimously.
  3. Faculty Compensation Report
    1. The committee recommended acceptance of the report by the senate and that the report be sent forward.
    2. After discussion the vote to accept and forward the recommendation was 5 for, 7 against and 2 abstentions.
    3. A motion was made to accept the report. The motion was approved unanimously.

D. Bylaws/Election

  1. The committee recommended that the changes to the bylaws be approved.
    1. The speaker noted that the following recommended changes were in violation of the constitution and had to be withdrawn before senate consideration:
    2. Chapter 3, Section A.1.a
    3. Chapter 3, Section A.1.e
    4. Chapter 7, Section A. 1
    5. After discussion it was recommended that the change to Chapter V, section b.3 be considered for discussion separately from the other changes. After discussion the remaining changes were approved unanimously.
    6. Change to Chapter V, section B.3 discussed. After discussion it was decided by 4 for and 6 against not to change this section.
V. PROVOST'S REPORT
  1. Discussed the progress of the Program Reviews being conducted by the colleges.
  2. Discussed the luncheon with the Full Professors who talked about the ambience of campus life.

    Motion made to continue meeting approved unanimously.

  3. Discussed the establishment of an Undergraduate Honors Program. Members are needed for an Honors Task Force that will begin work in August. Requested that anyone interested to contact her office.
  4. Discussed the need for academic programs to ensure that their goals and objectives are consistent with and further University goals and objectives as stated in the University Mission Statement.
VI. SPEAKER'S REPORT/DISCUSSION/INFORMATION ITEMS
  1. Budget for the Faculty Senate attached to the packet FYI for the senate.
  2. Requested communicating with Tenure candidates during the approval process.
  3. Proposed Rule, 15.99.03.C1, Ethics in Research and Scholarship will be placed on next year agenda.
  4. Progress on the Salary Equity Study discussed.
  1. OTHER BUSINESS
    1. Transition. To New Senate.
      1. New senators were seated.
      2. The following officers were elected: Johnston Brendel, elected as Speaker; Karen Middleton, elected as Deputy Speaker and Denise Landry-Hyde, elected as Secretary/Treasurer.
      3. Standing Committee Members.
        1. Academic Affairs: Merry Boggs, Karen Middleton, Ed Kownslar, Pam Meyer and Mirley K. Balasubranmanya
        2. Awards/Bylaws/Election: Pam Meyer, Ed Kownslar, Patrick Crowley, Don Melrose and Sandra Cabrera
        3. Budget Analysis: Mark Morvant, Awni Zebda, Stan Lewin and Swint Friday
        4. Committee on Committees: Sandra Cabrera, John Brendel, Eric Moore
        5. Faculty Affairs: Diana Ivy, Mario Garcia, Swint Friday, Jana Sanders, Denise Landry-Hyde.

Motion made to extend meeting approved unanimously.

  1. ANNOUNCEMENTS
    1. The Faculty Senate will be holding a retreat on June 14 or June 21. Details will be sent to senators at a later date.
  2. ADJOURNMENT
    1. Meeting adjourned at 4:35 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Edward Kownslar
Secretary/Treasurer