DAFVM Faculty Senate

MINUTES

November 13, 2008

Meeting was called to order at 1:00 pm

New Business: Election of Officers for 2008-2009
The Chairman for 2007-2008, Dr. Laurie Grace solicited nominations for the new 2008-2009 Chairman and Vice-Chairman.

Cody Coyne was nominated to the position of chairman.
Motion passed by unanimous vote by all members in attendance.

Joseph Fratesi was nominated to the position of vice-chairman.
Motion passed by unanimous vote by all members in attendance.

Meeting adjourned at 1:15 pm

November DAFVM Faculty Senate Meeting

The past 2007-2008 DAFVM Faculty Senate Chairman, Dr. Laurie Grace called the meeting to order at 1:15 pm

Report from Past Chair: Division Developments

Dr. Melissa Mixon received a document drafted by an ad hoc Task Force committee appointed earlier this summer (2008) by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development that addressed promotion guidelines for non-tenure tract research faculty. Dr. Melissa Mixon was presented with the document and invited to provide opinions and suggestions. Members of the Ag Faculty Senate were presented draft copies of the promotion guideline document by Dr. Melissa Mixon. In response to Dr. Kirk Schulz request, the Ag Faculty Senate is being asked by Dr. Mixon to review the document and provide addition promotion guidelines relevant to and appropriate for non-tenure tract extension, clinical and teaching faculty. Brief discussions followed related to the document in addition to the topic of performance standards evaluated during the process of faculty annual evaluations.

General Considerations Expressed
-1- Concerns about the requirement for establishing a national reputation or national recognition as a requirement for promotion when evaluating non-tenure track faculty without a major FTE assignment in research.

-2- Concerns about how administrative offices will individually interpret requirements for non-tenure track faculty without a major FTE assignment in research to establish a national reputation or national recognition as a requirement for promotion.

-3- Concerns that the document may ultimately become “policy” without sufficient input from divisions, colleges or departments that employ non-tenure tract faculty without major FTE assignments in the academic mission of research.

In address Dr. Melissa Mixon’s request, Dr. Jimmy Avery was appointed chairman of an ad hoc committee that will review the promotion guidelines document and make suggested changes based on input from fellow ad hoc committee members in addition to faculty from colleges, departments within the division. An attempt will be made to have a response drafted within a period of 2 weeks so that information can be forwarded back to the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development as soon as possible.

The task of reviewing considerations related to performance standards utilized in the process of performing faculty annual evaluation will be addressed by members of the Ag Faculty Senate Faculty Affairs Committee.

Budget Report
-1- A budget increase of 9% was originally requested in September of 2008 which was intended to be allocated in part to the development of core-initiatives, and to off-set increases in operating costs related to travel, CVM medical supply purchases and several other unexpected expenditures. The requested 9% budget increase was largely based upon square footage estimates for facilities within the Ag Division.

-2- The Ag Division has been mandated as of a few days ago to enact an immediate 2% reduction in budgetary spending but the entire cut will be implemented between now and July 1 so in effect it will function much like a 4% annual budget cut over a six month period of time.

-3- Presently, the new budget cuts will not affect currently filled positions, but lapse salaries can be used in part to offset the 2% budget reduction.

-4- Out of state travel will now have to be of the highest priority in order for it to be approved (Note: many MAFES related grants require out-of-state travel)

-5- Additional cuts could occur, possibly as early as January 2009.

-6- The Governor has stated that there are several academic institutions that will not receive budget reductions including the School for the Blind and the Adequate Education Program. Other institutions that have been asked to implement smaller budget reductions including the School of Human Medicine (1%).

Topic #2: Status of using university funds for professional fees and memberships.

The question will be presented to Dr. Melissa Mixon prior to the December meeting and a response provided to the Ag Faculty Senate.

Meeting Adjourned 2:21 pm

 

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