Faculty Senate Meeting
February 16, 2012
Present: Senator Ganter (Biology), Senator Dachowski (History, Geography and Political Science),
Senator Montgomery (Criminal Justice), Senator Burks (Mathematics and Physics), Senator Shelton
(Psychology), Senator Gibran (College of Public Service and Urban Affairs), Senator VanHooser (Library),
Senator Busey (Nursing), Senator Foxx (Health Sciences), Senator Oates, (Family and Consumer
Sciences), (SPTH), Senator Onyebueke (Engineering), Senator Kendall (Teaching and Learning), Senator
Lema (Agricultural and Environmental Science), Senator Okoro (Chemistry), Senator Li (Business
Admin/Business), Senator Laska (Accounting), Senator King (College of Business), Senator Stevens
(College of Education)
Meeting was called to order at 2:51 p.m.
Senator Busey apologized to Senators for the unprofessional behavior towards a faculty member. She
stated that she will apologize to this individual.
Faculty Development Funds—Senator Busey has figured out the procedure as much as she can for the
next chair. Procedures need to be clarified. Those faculty members who are approved for funds should
get their money soon.
March-April elections—March will have chair elections for the committees. Senator Busey passed a
sheet around for Senators to confirm their years on the Senate. During the April meeting, we will elect
There was a general discussion about the charter school. Senator Burks introduced a draft resolution
asking Senators for help in revising it. There is a concern that since the charter school is going to be
segregated by sex. When segregation is involved, one group is always privileged. Senator Oates
expressed concern on the target group. The charter school should not focus on elementary age children.
Instead, the focus group should be high school students. Senator Gibran suggested that we need to
determine faculty support. Even though there was a survey taken at Faculty/Staff institute, we have not
seen this feedback. Senator Ganter talked with some of his constituents and the feeling was not
enthusiastic. He asked if they thought having a charter school would be a solution to TSU’s problems
and the answer was negative. The president is putting effort that will take years and depends on the
enthusiasm of the next president. The president has never made it clear as to how this will help TSU.
Senator Kendall suggested that we table Senator Burks’ resolution until we know more. The Teaching &
Learning faculty is particularly concerned. They are small in number and are concerned about their
involvement. We can’t assume that students going to the charter school will go to TSU. Senator Shelton
is concerned about the funding formula. Morally, we can’t bring in more people until we get better at
graduating the ones we bring in. She proposed that we create a survey to give to faculty. Senator Burks
mentioned that his department (Physics) was told that the charter school was to be K-8, with a STEM
emphasis. Senator Burks stated that our area of expertise is not in the area of this age group. Senator
Kendall stated that we are not expected to teach in the charter school.
At 3:13 p.m., a quorum was reached.
The January minutes will be voted on next month.
Constitution Committee—Senator Montgomery reported that the committee has made rapid progress.
The process by which the draft will be approved will go to the Faculty Senate for consideration at next
Research Committee—Senator Burks will report on the results of our projects next month.
Academic II—Senator Oates reported that the process has been streamlined. For those students who
are suspended this semester, the deadline is May 21 for students who want to attend school in the
summer or fall. If students are suspended this summer, their deadline is August 18th. For those
suspended in the fall, the deadline is January 2, 2013. The committee will no longer meet with students.
All decisions will be final. Senator Oates needs a list of who is on the committee. Senator Busey will
email this list to her.
Senator Busey reiterated what was discussed before quorum was reached.
March elections—Senator Shelton volunteered to be Chair of the Nominations committee. A vote was
taken and the result was all ayes.
Charter School—There was a discussion about creating a survey to send to faculty. It was determined
that we would gather results before the family meeting on Wednesday the 22nd of February. Senator
Kendall will create the survey on Survey Monkey. Senator Gibran will put the survey together and send
it to Senator Kendall. Since time is an issue, Senator Shelton suggested that we formulate the questions.
She suggested that we ask three questions. It was decided that 2 of the questions be based on the
Likert scale and the third question be open ended. Senator Kendall stressed that the questions should
be purposely broad, with no bias. The survey will be anonymous.We came up with the following:
1. Do you support the proposed TSU charter school?
2. I have been provided with enough information about this proposal to make an informed
3. What additional information would you like to have?
We took a vote on the questions and the vote passed unanimously.
Presidential search—no updates. Senator Ganter suggested that there be a delegation of 3 to visit the
Subcouncil Meeting—There was a lot of discussion during this meeting. Faculty members are upset
about a ruling concerning grades for student cheating. Students can’t be failed for the course if they are
caught cheating. If they cheat on an individual test, they can be given an F. Senator Ganter stated that
this policy violates the Student Code of Conduct. As well, this policy violates academic freedom and
shared governance. Senator Busey was not sure that this was official policy. Senator Ganter pointed out
that this policy is stated in the new student handbook.
We need a Senator to represent us at the Conflict of Interest DisclosureCommittee. This committee will
meet as frequently as needed but at least once during the semester. Term of service will last 2 terms.
The committee mainly deals with a professor using his own textbook in his own class. Senator King
volunteered to serve on this committee. We took a vote on the questions and the vote passed
Senator Busey announced that provost will be attending our next meeting.
Quorum was lost at 4:00 p.m.
Sick Leave Bank—Needs to be implemented. This policy can be fashioned after the staff sick leave bank.
The resolution was sent to the Faculty Welfare committee but there is concern that this committee may
not meet this semester. Senator VanHooser will find out what is needed to get this started.
Parking—Faculty members are concerned that there are not enough spaces in reserved parking. If
everyone bought a reserved space, there would not be enough spaces to go around. Senator Dachowski
pointed out that there are spaces available on the far side of campus. She also mentioned designated
spaces are still in place. Senator Burks pointed out that there are spaces near Holland Hall.
Meeting adjourned at 4:05 p.m.