DAFVM Faculty Senate


December 8, 2005 

Attending: Cliff Hampton (chair), Steve Nichols (Vice-Chair), Kirk Swortzel, Wayne Wilkerson, Harvey Gordon, Deborah Gaddis, Al Rankins, Laura Grace, Marty Brock, Hamid Borazjani, Mike Kidd, Linda Andrews, Dan Posten, Mark Shankle, Robert Meyer, Joe Fratesi, Shane Burgess, Sharon Grace.

Excused Absent: Greg Ibendahl, Wes Burger, Ken Willeford, Michael Caprio, Wes Schilling, Bill Evans, Cody Coyne.

Cliff Hampton called meeting to order. Hampton requested that the members review the minutes from the November 2005 meeting and asked for a motion for action on the minutes. Wayne Wilkerson motioned to accept the minutes, Joe Fratesi seconded, and the minutes were approved unanimously.

Introduction of New Members:

Hampton stated that the College of Veterinary Medicine had a new member, Shane Burgess, and asked him to introduce himself.

Report from the Chair:

Hampton stated that Erdogan Memili from Animal and Dairy Sciences is no longer serving as a member of the DAFVM Faculty Senate. Hampton stated that ADS is aware of the vacancy and is taking steps to fill the position.

Report from the Vice Chair:

No report.

Report from Robert Holland Faculty Senate Representative:

The Robert Holland Faculty Senate Representative, Laura Grace, reported that the Instructional Faculty document was withdrawn by the committee because of overwhelming lack of support. However, the Extension/Clinical /Research Faculty promotion policies and procedures document would be voted on during the January meeting of the Robert Holland Faculty Senate. Grace noted that there is a push within the Robert Holland Faculty Senate to accept the Extension/Clinical /Research Faculty promotion policies and procedures document even if it is flawed and fix it later. She noted several inconsistencies and challenges within the document. For example, non-tenured faculty cannot be elected to the promotion committee that will decide their fate. Also, the language of the document refers to “college-level” as the primary department of responsibility for oversight and management. However, many Extension/Clinical/Research faculty members have split appointments. There is no language in the document on how to handle these issues.

Hampton recommended that the Faculty Affairs committee look at the Extension/Clinical /Research Faculty promotion document and:

1.) Clarify the DAFVM Faculty Senate’s position on the Extension/Clinical /Research Faculty promotion document.

2.) Make recommendations for alternatives that Grace could use to report to the Robert Holland Faculty Senate.

Hampton also recommended that if there are no non-tenured faculty members serving on the Faculty Affairs committee that the committee should seek non-tenured faculty members for input. Hampton asked for a motion to send the issue to the Faculty Affairs committee. Harvey Gordon made the motion, Mike Kidd seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

Committee Reports:

Resource Committee:

The resource committee was charged with determining how we will continue to do business in lieu of the fact that travel has been increased to 48.5 cents per mile. This issue affects Extension disproportionately since MAFES has the ability to rely on state vehicles and soft money. Hampton stated that the Vice President wants recommendations on how we can deliver programs differently to address the increase in travel costs. Dan Poston, chair of the Resources Committee, asked members for input on how this issue affects them individually and what they are doing to address the issue.

There were no other committee reports.

Unfinished Business:

During the November 2005 meeting the DAFVM Faculty Senate discussed the status of the Land Grant System. There is a need to devise a way of marketing the division and the Land Grant System. Hampton asked for suggestions on this issue. Laura Grace made a motion to send this issue to the Auxiliary Affairs Committee. The committee will be charged with developing recommendations to demonstrate to the people of Mississippi the value of the Land Grant System. Al Rankins seconded, and the motion was passed unanimously.

New Business:

There was no new business.

Meeting adjourned.

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