Missouri Association of Faculty Senates
February 6, 2007 Minutes
The meeting was called to order at 12:15 p.m. by President Cheryl Riley.
The following representatives were present: Phil Mullins, Jeanie Crain Missouri Western
State University; Marty Oetting, Frank Blum, University of Missouri-Rolla; Mike
Kennedy, William Huffman, Missouri Southern State University; Odin Jurkowski, Bob
Yates, University of Central Missouri; Chi Lo Lim, Laura Widmer, Northwest Missouri
State University; John Harms, Tom Kane, Mark Richter, Missouri State University; Ken
Bowman, Harris-Stowe State University; Martha Zlokovich, Mike Cobb, Southeast
Missouri State University; James Guffey , Candy Young, Truman State University.
David Robinson represented the Missouri AAUP. B.J. White and Jeremy Kintzel
represented the Missouri Department of Higher Education. Otto Fajen represented
Missouri NEA and Marty Oetting represented COPHE.
The Department of Higher Education update was given by B.J. White and Jeremy
Kintzel. Portions of Senate Bill 389 were discussed such as tuition constraints and
negotiations. There are versions of the bill being discussed that do and do not have the
tuition constraints. This could be a floor debate. Jeremy Kintzel, Marty Oetting, and
Michael Cobb suggested tracking the bill through the General Assembly website. It was
also mentioned that members need to contact institutions lobbyists. Another option is for
members to subscribe to MNEAs Daily Legislative Update by Otto Fajen.
Jeremy also mentioned that there were staff positions available at the department.
B.J. White will update the website starting with the program inventory. Any suggestions
for the website should be sent to B.J. White.
A follow up with the university presidents will be on February 7, 2007. Main topics will
be transfer and articulation discussions and discussion on current legislation.
There was a suggestion to get MAFS members involved with committees developed by
Department of Higher Education. Jeanie Crain also suggested that there be a plaque with
Past Presidents in Board Room.
Marty Oetting represented COPHE and provided his report on behalf of Brian Long.
Marty handed out Legislative Talking Points. He discussed various legislative issues.
Marty discussed the House Higher Ed Committee and its examination of The Bright
Flight Scholarship. The proposal is to double the award from $2,000 to $4,000. Rep.
Gayle Kingery is the Higher Education Committee chair.
Marty also mentioned there will be a Senate Education Committee meeting tomorrow
February 7, at 2 p.m. Senate Bill 389 will be discussed at the meeting. Senate Bill 389
will be redrafted which is a work in progress. There will also be discussion on tuition
restraint language as a placeholder.
Regarding SB 389, the Council on Public Higher Education considered a minimum on
national consumer price index and also on higher education index. They also reiterated
the need for funding to keep pace with inflation. Marty mentioned there are senators who
would like to see tuition frozen or have legislation determine the tuition need and are
encouraged by Senate Bill 389. The positive elements of Senate Bill 389 include the
provision of the Governor’s recommendation for increases in funding. In 2002, there was
a high water mark, now is a time for state to reinvest in higher education. Senate Bill 389
also includes a need-based, aid program. Need-based funds are tied to the federal
financial aid formula.
Lewis and Clark Discovery Initiative – This portion of the bill is still up for debate; if
passed, it does provide capital improvements for higher education. There is concern that
because of stem cell language there may be a filibuster which may endanger passage of
After Marty’s report, discussion focused on how faculty can educate the legislature about
higher education needs and concerns. Marty encouraged MAFS members to visit
legislators and discuss items such as what a typical day is like, what are some of the
things faculty do, teach, service, research, etc. Marty said it is better for legislators to
hear it from faculty instead of lobbyists.
A few MAFS members wanted to share concerns with Marty regarding higher education-
Frank Blum, UM Curators, discussed what’s going to be studied and not studied in new
capital improvement buildings. The UM Curators would rather have a building and have
restrictions on the building than not to have building at all. Missouri Right to Life, a very
powerful group, is very vigilant on this issue. They oppose any building that could
provide stem cell research until Amendment 2 is overturned.
Robert Yates discussed HB 213, filed by Rep. Jane Cunningham. This bill would require
universities to provide an annual report to the Coordinating Board citing intelligent
diversity on campus.
John Harms, AAUP, discussed its upcoming conference on Contingent Faculty on
February 24 and encouraged MAFS members to attend.
Business meeting was called to order at 1:40 p.m. The roll call was answered by all who
were in attendance. There was some discussion regarding the absence of representatives
from UM – Columbia and UM – St. Louis.
The minutes were distributed. A motion was made by William Huffman to approve the
minutes. This motion was seconded by Martha Zlokovich and passed by the
President Cheryl Riley reported on the work done by the Executive Committee on an
organizational manual. She cited a problem with continuity given the fluid nature of our
membership and how a procedural manual for MAFS could help address this issue. The
Executive Committee has met and addressed these issues. The procedural manual will be
finished and then archived on the mafs.org website.
Cheryl also mentioned that Ken Bowman, the 2004 Governance Committee, distributed a
great deal of information about faculty governance. One element was an AAUP
document Traits of Effective Faculty Senates. At the 2004 meeting Riley agreed to take
the document and develop it into a survey. The survey was to be completed by FS
Presidents and their Chief Academic Officer. Riley gave a draft survey to the group and
asked if this survey/study was something that the group wants to follow up on?
After discussion, it was agreed that there was valuable information from the survey and
comparing the effectiveness of each individual senate would be valuable for the
organization. It was mentioned that the AAUP Red Book provides a good definition on
what is good shared governance. It was agreed that the organization would continue to
work on a shared governance survey. The survey will focus on an internal self
assessment with Senate President and Chief Academic Officer.
There was a motion made by Phil Mullins to split the survey between Senate President
and Chief Academic Officer and to break into an objective and subjective questionnaire.
The motion was seconded by Michael Cobb. The motion passed unanimously. Mike
Cobb agreed to work on splitting the survey into sections. Questions will be posted to the
listserv for further refinement by the members. Once MAFS members are agreed on the
final product we will ask members to take the survey to their individual Senates.
Ken Bowman reminded the group that the California questionnaire is much more in depth
and that we had received permission to use the instrument. We could take the document
and first have individual Senates complete then we could distribute more broadly to
faculty across the state.
President Riley then asked for individual Senate Reports. She encouraged the members to
limit remarks to the top issues facing individual Senates. She also noted that the entire
reports can be viewed on the MAFS.org website.
Frank Blum – UMR
Campus is dealing with financial issues -- Buildings constructed in 2 phases.
Faculty issue is there are no deans. There is question of how to ensure representation on
Chi Lo Lim -- Northwest
Campus will integrate a 6 hour general education institutional requirement. Courses will
be in information technology and multicultural.
The pandemic plan process continues to be discussed.
Revision in masters programs across campus, i.e. English and Geography.
Center for Excellence (building) is not finished and waiting for state funding.
Provost asked for Senate committee assistance with planning for academic space.
Mark Richter – Missouri State
Senate is dealing with the following: Faculty Handbook revision, new compensation
system, endowed chairs and the discussion of criminal background checks on new hires.
Regarding the background check, the senate is questioning the cost of such procedures.
Ken Bowman – Harris Stowe
Mentioned that there was a 5 year plan for faculty going up for promotion and tenure.
Also work continues on the reorganization chart and faculty manual. The university is
preparing for its 150th anniversary and the opening of its first student dormitory.
Martha Zlokovich – Southeast Missouri State University
Issues on campus include the new grievance policy for tenure and promotion now
includes an appeals process. Also, university is considering combining promotion/tenure
to same calendar
James Guffey – Truman
University and faculty are studying report and recommendations for academic
restructuring. The report is available to campus community.
Also, two deans are leaving and one dean position is still open. Also one vice president
will retire at the end of this academic year.
Phil Mullins – Missouri Western
Graduate Studies Committee has formed to study limited number of graduate programs
for the university.
Also, concerned about how faculty salary committee can work with administration to
make recommendations regarding salaries.
There is a task force in place to work on curriculum development
Science and Math building is waiting for MOHELA funds.
Senate is working on faculty handbook.
Odin Jurkowski – University of Central Missouri
The university community has been dealing with the name change from Central Missouri
State University to University of Central Missouri.
In the fall a task force was formed to examine how to reorganize academics. Provost has
added changes he wanted on campus
General education requirements are down to 42 hours.
Tenure and promotion process is now at the same time.
Central is also examining its pandemic process and procedure.
Otto Fajen provided the MNEA report. His insight into legislative action focused on three
issues. The first concern is Constitutional Spending Limitations introduced by HB 444
brought forward by the Legislative Special Committee on Tax Reform. This bill would
cut taxes on pensions. If passed, Otto warned that this will result in a $360 million annual
loss of income. The second bill to watch is Senate Bill 389 which includes language for
tuition caps. Otto mentioned that this is one way conversation about accountability and
higher education funding and institutional aid. Otto said the tuition cap comes at price of
Otto also discussed several house bills on teacher certification. The one he mentioned at
length was HB 481. The bill would diminish higher education’s input for certification.
Missouri State Teachers Association is frustrated by MACE and higher education’s
approach to teacher training. According to Otto, MSTA believes that universities are not
preparing students/teachers for classroom.
Otto encouraged MAFS members to track these bills.
Business meeting: continued
Continuing with the business meeting, Cheryl said she will help get MAFS committees
started. The interim Governance Committee was mentioned as a priority.
Cheryl appointed Laura Widmer as chair of the Nominating Committee. Chi Lo Lim and
Martha Zlokovich were appointed to the committee.
The budget was presented by Secretary-Treasurer Laura Widmer. The budget was
Next fall and spring meetings were set for October 8-9, 2007 and February 4-5, 2008
The meeting was adjourned at 3:10 p.m.