John J. Sachs USA Faculty Senate Chair’s Report
For October 15th, 2008 Faculty Senate Meeting
Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting October 1st, 2008
- The revision of the Non-Reappoint Resolution has been completed and will be voted on
by the entire Faculty Senate at our September 15th meeting.
- The search for the Vice-President of Academic Affairs has begun and we are in the
process of having video interviews with 9 candidates. The committee will complete the
interviews by November 1st and invite approximately 5 candidates to the campus.
- The Senate Executive Committee discussed the Conflict of Interest/Conflict of
Commitment Policy with Dr. Russ Lea. The Executive Committee believe that Policy and
Procedures are designed to encourage the Faculty to continue to engage in professional
unpaid and paid activities while protecting the University and individual Faculty from
being accused of engaging in unethical behavior. Dr. Russ Lea will attend the September
15th meeting to answer any questions prior to our vote.
- We have held two Town hall meetings, one at the College of Education and one at the
University Terrace. We had 18 participants at the College of Education and 5 at the
Terrace. On October 15th we are holding our third meeting at the College of Nursing. The
meetings, while small, were productive and enlightening. The minutes of the meetings
will be discussed during our next Executive Board Meeting. Based upon our review the
Executive Committee will provide the Senate with a summary and agenda of items that
the Senate may wish to address. The Town Hall meetings were advertized and covered in
the Mid Week Memos.
- The Chair of the Faculty Senate attended a meeting hosted in Montgomery by the Higher
Education Partnership. The Senate Chairs from the various Universities in Alabama
attended this meeting. The main discussion was how university faculty from across the
entire state could help support the passage of Amendment 1 which is to help soften the
blow that would be created by proration. We will have a presentation by the Higher
Education Partnership at our November Meeting.
Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting with President Moulton
October 9th, 2008
- Scott Weldon presented a comprehensive assessment of the financial status of the USA
Foundation and the funding patterns that have occurred over the past decade.
- We discussed the impact of the current Pre-existing Condition Policy on hiring of
Faculty. While the administration knows that in some cases that this policy sometimes is
a disincentive to prospective faculty, the costs of eliminating the policy is cost
prohibitive. We discussed the possibility of providing financial assistance to faculty for a
one year time period, but this would expose the university to legal liabilities.
- We discussed the problem of the August 15th hiring date of new faculty leaves little time
for orientation and in some instances faculty are on campus before their contract begins.
We discussed starting the semester a week later and ending the academic year a week
later. We are going to survey the faculty regarding this concept. In the meantime there
seems to be a problem for the registrar as it relates to having official transcripts
completed for graduating students. Dr. Moore has indicated that need to rectify the
situation and that we need to review the concept of modifying the calendar and other
options e.g., paying new faculty to start one week earlier.
- We were informed by Carl Moore that he Workload Resolution which was developed by
the Policy and Handbook Committee and submitted to the Deans Council was passed.
- President Moulton agreed that the equity adjustment policy should be revisited and that a
committee should be established to work on revising the current equity adjustment
John J. Sachs, Chair
University of South Alabama - Faculty Senate - Mobile, AL 36688-0002
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