Minutes of the Faculty Senate Meeting

April 28, 2004, 3:30 p.m.

ENGR 209

Curt Rom, Chair

Linda Jones, Secretary

Minutes Status: Approved


Officers: Jensen, Jones, Riggs, Rogers, Rom, Salisbury

Senators (elected): Allison, Brady, Cantrell, Comfort, Deaton, Denny, Farley, Freund, Gay, Hanlin, Haydar, James, Killenbeck, King, Kopp, Kral, MacRae, McGee, Murphy, Riggs, Riha, Rupe, Ryan, Wailes, Waller, Warnock, Watkins, Wilson

Senators (admin): Allen, Geren, Smith, Weidemann



Senators (elected): Cornell, Curington, Dennis, Elliott, Hall, Hughes, Lawson, Matlock, Nutter, Popp, Rosenkrans, Sears, Springer, Striffler, Wall, Webb, Zajicek

Senators (admin): Atkinson, Bobbitt, Dutton, Greenwood, Saxena, Shannon, White, Williams


I. Call to Order: Curt Rom, Faculty Senate Chair

Curt Rom called the meeting to order at 3:32.

II. Approval of Agenda

The agenda was accepted by unanimous consent.

III. Approval of Minutes: March 10, 2004

The minutes of March 10, 2004 were approved.


IV. Reports

A. Provost

The Provost reported on the following:

1) 2010 Commission Update
2) Academic Affairs Reallocation – Deans have been giving presentations to the executive committee. The last quarter of this year, raise of 2.7% to classified staff making over $35,000. If not done, the funds will be lost.
3) Commencement 2004 and Beyond – Commencement, May 8 and May 15 (Law School). Commencement Speaker this year is Bill Ferris, Former Director of NEH and Center for the Study of Southern Culture, University of Mississippi.

B) Report from Teaching Council on the Textbook Adoption Policy (Linda Jones)


C) Report on the Task Force for Enhanced Student Government and their Activities (Johnetta Brazzell).

Changes were needed in the ASG. A task force was put together in January of this year to make changes and spent much of its time examining and revamping the ASG constitution. Students played a tremendous role in this process. There is now a new constitution in place that includes the following: the election of senators will occur based on a college based model of student governance reducing the number of senators down to 51. There is a code of ethics and a judicial branch of governance to mediate disputes. The new constitution will be formerly presented to the campus this Friday, April 30th.

Curt also announced that Dr. Brazzell had recently received a national award for outstanding performance in her field.

D) Report from Nominating & Elections Coordinating Committee (Scott Mason)


Deborah Thomas elected Chair of Campus Faculty, 2004-2005
Robert Brady, elected Vice Chair of Campus Faculty, 2004-2005

Motion passed to accept the report and the election results stand.

V. Old Business


VI. New Business

1) Report from Calendar Committee (Joel Freund)

At its last meeting on April 1, 2004, the Calendar Committee voted to recommend that for the 2004-2005 calendar year, we move Spring Break from the week of March 14-18 to the week of March 21-25, so as to coincide with the spring break for all the public schools in the area. Because the public school calendar for the years following 2005 is not yet determined, the committee decided not to make any recommendations regarding changing spring break in subsequent years. The committee also recommends adoption of the calendar for the years 2010-2011. A copy of that calendar is attached.


Motion to change the time of the 2004-2005 spring break to one week later passes unanimously.
Motion to accept the calendar for 2010 and 2011 passes unanimously.

2) Report from Academic Standards Committee (Russell Rudzinski)


Item 1 - Incompletes

Motion made to send the "I" work back to committee to be brought back during the October 2004 FS meeting. Motion passes.

Item 2 - Grade Definitions

Motion made to amend "represents excellent work" and then add to it "and is given for outstanding achievement to a relatively small number of excellent scholars". Motion passes.

Motion to accept the recommendation as amended changing the wording for grades and marks. Motion carries.

Item 3 - Task Force Recommendation

Motion to amend to strike "teaching evaluation" in the fourth paragraph and then to include "evaluation of learning". Motion withdrawn, no objections.

Motion to accept resolution to create a Task Force to investigate the current disjunction between the grading policy and practice of grading at the U of A. Motion passes.

Item 4 - Grade Change Policy

This will be considered by the committee next year.

3) Proposal to create Honorary, Posthumous Degrees (Curt Rom)


Motion to amend the proposal to include a Doctorate of Science and Arts – University Studies - Posthumous honoris causa. Motion passes.

Motion to return this to the executive committee. Motion fails.

Motion to accept the posthumous proposal as amended. Motion passes.

4) Proposed revision of the Policy on Animal Care and Use (Charles Riggs)


Motion to accept and recommend to the provost. Motion passes.

5) Guidelines for University and Distinguished Professor Appointments (Marcia B. Imbeau)


Dr. Imbeau recognized that Paul Cronan and Deb Thomas played a part in the development of these guidelines over the years. This has been a long, ongoing process. It is hoped to have this in place come August.

Recommendation for consideration and approval from APT. Motion passes.

6) Consent Agenda - Matters from University Course and Programs Committee and the Graduate Council

A. Course change proposals:

1. Undergraduate (Table A): Approved by the University Course and Programs Committee on 3/26/04.


2. Law (Table B): Approved by the University Course and Programs Committee on 3/26/04.


3. Graduate (Table C): Approved by the University Course and Programs Committee on 3/26/04 and by the Graduate Council on 4/15/04.


4. Dual (Table D): Approved by the University Course and Programs Committee on 3/26/04 and by the Graduate Council on 4/15/04.


B. Program Change Proposals

Summary Table for the Program Changes


1. Proposed program changes in the School of Architecture: Table E (Attachment E1). Approved by the University Course and Programs Committee on 3/26/04.


2. Proposed program changes in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences: Table F (Attachments F1-F6).

Attachment F 1 - http://www.uark.edu/depts/facsen/facsen2003to2004/attachf142804.pdf
Attachment F 2 - http://www.uark.edu/depts/facsen/facsen2003to2004/attachf242804.pdf
Attachment F 3 - http://www.uark.edu/depts/facsen/facsen2003to2004/attachf342804.pdf
Attachment F 4 - http://www.uark.edu/depts/facsen/facsen2003to2004/attachf442804.pdf
Attachment F 5 - http://www.uark.edu/depts/facsen/facsen2003to2004/attachf542804.pdf
Attachment F 6 - http://www.uark.edu/depts/facsen/facsen2003to2004/attachf642804.pdf

3. Proposed program changes in the College of Education and Health Professions: Table G (Attachments G1-G4). Approved by the University Course and Programs Committee on 3/26/04.

Attachment G 1 - http://www.uark.edu/depts/facsen/facsen2003to2004/attachg142804.pdf
Attachment G 2 - http://www.uark.edu/depts/facsen/facsen2003to2004/attachg242804.pdf
Attachment G 3 - http://www.uark.edu/depts/facsen/facsen2003to2004/attachg342804.pdf
Attachment G 4 - http://www.uark.edu/depts/facsen/facsen2003to2004/attachg442804.pdf

4. Program change proposals for graduate programs: Table H (Attachments H1-H5). Approved by the Graduate Council on 4/15/04.

Attachment H 1 - http://www.uark.edu/depts/facsen/facsen2003to2004/attachh142804.pdf
Attachment H 2 - http://www.uark.edu/depts/facsen/facsen2003to2004/attachh242804.pdf
Attachment H 3 - http://www.uark.edu/depts/facsen/facsen2003to2004/attachh342804.pdf
Attachment H 4 - http://www.uark.edu/depts/facsen/facsen2003to2004/attachh442804.pdf
Attachment H 5 - http://www.uark.edu/depts/facsen/facsen2003to2004/attachh542804.pdf

CSCE 5173, Entrepreneurism/eCommerce, was pulled from Table C for further discussion. Motion to accept fails; it returns to committee.

All other items approved by unanimous consent.

7) New Program Proposal: Ph.D. in Educational Foundations (Attachments I1, I2). Approved by the University Course and Programs Committee on 10/24/03 and the Graduate Council on 3/25/04.

Attachment I 1 - http://www.uark.edu/depts/facsen/facsen2003to2004/attachi142804.pdf
Attachment I 2 - http://www.uark.edu/depts/facsen/facsen2003to2004/attachi242804.doc

Approved by unanimous consent.

8) Policy Change: Proposed Honor Code for Graduate Students (Attachment J). Approved by the Graduate Council on 3/25/04.

Attachment J - http://www.uark.edu/depts/facsen/facsen2003to2004/attachj42804.pdf

Motion comes from the Graduate Council. Motion accepted.

9) Policy Change: Proposal to require that master’s theses be submitted to UMI, beginning 2005-06. (Attachment K). Approved by the Graduate Council on 3/25/04.

Attachment K - http://www.uark.edu/depts/facsen/facsen2003to2004/attachk42804.pdf

Motion to approve passes.

10) Policy Change: Proposal to adopt the undergraduate travel policy for graduate students not on assistantships/fellowships who travel on University business. Approved by the Graduate Council on 2/19/04. See undergraduate policy at


Motion to approve passes.

11) Proposal to charge a $10 student fee for administration of the English Language Placement Test. (Attachment L). Approved by the Graduate Council on 4/15/04.

Attachment L - http://www.uark.edu/depts/facsen/facsen2003to2004/attachl42804.pdf

Motion to approve passes.

VII. Announcements

1) 2004-2005 Faculty Senate Meetings Schedule to be posted on the Faculty Senate Web site.
2) Recognition for Service

The following Senators, whose terms ended this year, were recognized for their service to the University:

2 years of Faculty Senate Service – Michael Riha, Steve Striffler, Eric Wailes, John Rupe, Darryl Wilson, Cheryl Murphy, Charles Riggs

4 years of Faculty Senate Service– Jerry Wall, Mary Warnock, Darin Nutter, Patsy Watkins

5 years of Faculty Senate Service– Todd Hanlin, William Curington

6 years of Faculty Senate Service– Joel Freund, Tim Kral, Kevin Hall, Bob Brady, Bill Springer

7 years of Faculty Senate Service– Suzanne MacRae

Officers – Luti Salisbury, Vice Chair of Faculty Senate, Chair of the Executive Committee; Tom Jensen, Chair of Campus Faculty Linda Jones, Faculty Governance Secretary; Jimmy Rogers, Parliamentarian; Charles Riggs, Vice Chair of Campus Faculty.

Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate - Tim Kral, John King, Joel Freund, David Gay, Cheryl Murphy, Patsy Watkins, Dennis Brewer.

Curt Rom was also recognized for his leadership of the Faculty Senate this year.

3) Appointment of 2004-2005 Faculty Senate Secretary and Parliamentarian

Both Jimmie Rogers and Linda Jones have accepted to continue serving the Faculty Senate as Parliamentarian and Secretary respectively.

4) Resolution for Appointment


Motion to accept passes.

5) Resolution for Retirement


Motion to accept passes.

6) Academic Convocation, 2004: 4:00pm, Sunday, August 22, 2004. Faculty are invited to participate in the regalia processional, the academic convocation, and the Welcome Burger Bash following the Convocation. It is strongly encouraged that one representative from each academic unit be present in the faculty processional. For additional information and to confirm participation, please contact: Donna Simon, FYE, ARKU A688, <dsimon@uark.edu>, fax 575-2200. 

VIII. Adjourn

The meeting was adjourned at 5:50 p.m.