Minutes of the University Senate Meeting
April 3, 2008
The April meeting of the University Senate was held at 4:05 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, 2008 in Room 7, Gamble Hall. Tom Petros presided.†
The following members of the Senate were present:
The following members of the Senate were absent:
Wilson, H. David
††††† The following announcements were made:
The chair asked for corrections or additions to the March 13, 2008 minutes.† Hearing none, the minutes were approved as distributed.
The question period was opened at 4:50 p.m.
There was a request of the Senate to allow Mike Loewy, chair of the Counseling Department, to address the Senate. The request was approved. Dr. Loewy directed his questions to the administration. He indicated that there was an approved 5% increase for faculty salaries but understood 2.36% was held back for administration. He heard this hold back was due to enrollment reduction, a scholarship funding error, the Division I transition, and dependent tuition waivers. He understands that the administration stood by the 5% salary increase but there was still a reduction in other ways. He is concerned about the impact on departments and the University. The Provost spoke to the matter. First, he reaffirmed that all major budget centers were affected by the reduction. Salary increases were not impacted. The reasons for reallocation were multiple: dependent waivers, increased scholarships due to new scholarship programs, more presidential scholarships, transition to DI as previously announced, and a tuition shortfall due to several years in decline in enrollment and credit hours. The hope and expectation is that the enrollment shortfall will turn around for next year. The picture for the future is quite bright but we need to get through this period. He spoke of the value of DI to UND for visibility and the ability to tell the academic story more broadly. Dr. Loewy requested more communication to the departments. Mr. Weisenstein was open to developing better ways of communicating with the departments.
The question period was closed at 5:10 p.m.
A motion was made by Mr. Marshall, and seconded by Ms. DeMers, to accept and file the Senate Conflict of Interest/Scientific Misconduct Committee annual report. The motion was approved.
Mr. Petros called attention to the Nomination to Senate Committees ballot. He requested deleting #9 which will be addressed at the May meeting. Michele Iiams moved acceptance of the ballot with the deletion. The motion was seconded. There was an observation that Roni Mayzer was not reflected on the ballot as a nomination from the floor. Roni Mayzerís name was added to #8 of the ballot for the record. The motion to confirm the nominations passed with a vote of 46 for and 1 against.
The report from the Curriculum Committee was presented. Approval was moved and seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
Chandice Covington, on behalf of the Maternity Benefit Task Force, presented the following maternity benefit policy and moved for Senate support:
ďA female faculty member who bears a child during the academic year is entitled to 6 weeks of paid maternity leave to commence immediately following the birth of her child.Ē†
The motion was seconded by Mr. Marshall. Questions and discussion occurred. The point was made that there are other areas that need to be addressed on the broader issue of fathers and adoptive births. These future areas will be reported to the Provost for decisions on future directions. The motion passed with a vote of 43 for and 1 abstention.
Mr. Poochigian moved, and Mr. Buhr seconded, to extend the meeting time by 10 minutes. The motion passed.
Ms. Potvin called attention to the handout for a Faculty Handbook change presented by the Chairsí Role and Compensation Task Force. Ms. Potvin moved approval and Mr. Marshall seconded the motion. The motion was approved with a vote of 45 for and 2 abstentions.
Ryan Zerr, chair of the Senate General Education Requirements Committee, presented a proposal to change the name of the General Education Requirements Committee to the Senate Essential Studies Committee. Mr. Kitzes moved approval and Mr. Wittgraf seconded the motion. The motion was approved with a vote of 45 for and 1 abstention.
Mr. Light presented a resolution recognizing the service of the UND Presidential Search Committee and its chair, Paul LeBel. There was a motion and a second to approve the resolution. The motion passed with a vote of 44 for and 1 abstention.
With no objection to an additional agenda item, Mr. Petros called Jason Lothspeich to present an agenda item. Mr. Lothspeich requested approval of Dr. Marcia Mikulak as the faculty member representative for the student government Multicultural Affairs Committee. There was a motion and second to approve Dr. Mikulak. The motion was approved unanimously.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:30 p.m.
Secretary to the Senate