DAFVM Faculty Senate
February 12, 2009
Ag Facult Senators With Excused Attendance
Alex Corzo (replacement maybe sent by Department Head)
I. Sign-in and collect table name plaques
II. Call to Order
III. Report from Chair
- Ag Division policy on out-of state travel restrictions
- A meeting was scheduled with Dr. Melissa Mixon on
the Tuesday following the January DAFVM meeting to
discuss concerns related to possible variations in
the approval and restrictions for state-supported
out-of-state travel between different departments
with the DAFVM. In addition, Dr. Mixon was presented
with a Travel Resolution document drafted by the
DAFVM Senate Faculty Affairs Committee and approved
by members of DAFVM Senate.
-Dr. Melissa Mixon met with the DAFVM Senators to explain
several aspects related to out-of-state travel restrictions
including the following considerations
-a- The current intent is not to implement an across
the board band on out-of-state travel but instead try
and attempt to approve requests from faculty that have
priority needs (e.g. presentation of research abstracts
at national meetings).
-b- The DAFVM will have approximately a $4.1 million
budget cut between January 1, 2009 and July 1, 2009.
-c- The DAFVM in the recent past has spent $0.5 million
per year on travel expenses which is a figure that
is difficult to defend during discussions with state
legislators addressing requests for increases in budgetary
- Committee report on non-tenure track promotion guidelines
- Preliminary concerns delineated by the ad hoc committee
chaired by Dr. Jimmy Avery were presented at the DAFVM
Deans and Department Heads meeting
- Report from Dr. Jimmy Avery as chairman of the ad
hoc committee revealed that they have completed their
final assessment of the document addressing guidelines
for the promotion of non-tenure track faculty. The
final draft of the document will be forwarded by Dr.
Avery to Dr. Melissa Mixon later today. A second ad
hoc committee appointed by ORED has drafted a similar
document in parallel with the DAFVM ad hoc committee.
- Division Information from Deans and Department Heads
-i- Meeting was cancelled by the Vice President for
- Robert Holland Faculty Senate
-i- Report for January 9, 2009 meeting was presented.
- Membership, committee assignments, and departmental
-a- DAFVM membership initially reviewed with Dr. Laura
Grace and she will attempt to acquire the document
drafted by Dr. Tom Knecht that describes current department
DAFVM Senate representation.
-b- DAFVM membership roster has been updated
-c- DAFVM senator membership on committees have been
-d- Department DAFVM Senate representation has been
-e- Notices will be sent out to department heads to
initiate elections in order to fill vacant DAFVM senatot
positions for the 2009-2012 term.
V. Report from Vice-Chair
- No report available
VI. Discussion Topics: Old Business
- Report from Faculty Affairs Sub-Committee related
to review of parameters applied in the faculty annual
-a- Draft document will require further revision and
has been temporarily tabled pending further review.
- Review and approval of the minutes from January DAFVM
VI. Discussion Topics: New Business
- Solicitation of senators in attendance for topics
and issues faculty
consider important for the Ag Faculty Senate to address.
-a- A request was offered by Dr. Jimmy Avery to review
and clarify the mission statement for the DAFVM.
-i- Dr. Bill Evans suggested that Charter 1. contained
in the DAFVM By-Laws was fairly accurate in describing
the missions of the DAFVM Senate.
-ii- A copy of Charter 1.0 will be forwarded to the
Faculty Affairs Committee for their review prior to
the March DAFVM Senate Meeting.
-b- A request was offered by Dr. Jimmy Avery that the
DAFVM Senate solicit information from faculty within
the division about their opinions regarding policies
and procedures they feel the new Vice President for
Agriculture should review and evaluate.
-i- A common request statement will be drafted by Dr.
Coyne and forwarded to all DAFVM senators for dissemination
to the general faculty with the intent of acquiring
comments prior to the March 2009 meeting.
- Concept of establishing a Starkville Elementary School/Community
Vegetable and Fruit Garden.
A request was presented to the DAFVM Senators by the
president (Coyne) regarding the concept of trying to
initiate a program that would support the development
of a Starkville Elementary School/Community Vegetable/Fruit
Garden. Such a program could potentially be expanded
statewide with assistance from county extension agents
and possibly MSU extension faculty. The idea was received
with general acceptance by DAFVM Senators in attendance.
Further development of the idea will be addressed prior
to the DAFVM March 12, 2009 meeting.
VII. Adjourn: 2:25 pm
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