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    March 19, 2014

  • G.H Massiha repeated his suggestion that new faculty should be given all information regarding the optional retirement plan, including the option of the state to reduce the state contribution and be given the history of state contribution for each past year.  He then made a motion that “All faculty and staff should be informed that the state may reduce its contribution to the ORP and often has in the past and also be informed year to year what the most recent changes in the state contributions have been”  Kay Riedel seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

  • February 26, 2014

  • Massiha motion on Summer/Intersession Pay (link)

  • January 22, 2014

  • Motion by the Committee on Committees to Nominate Monica Tauzin for the FAC Alternate Position (link)

  • Two motions for amendments to the constitution had been presented by the Ways and Means Committee at the November meeting.  The motion to amend the constitution to include the strategic program review committee as a University committee for which the Faculty Senate provides nominees was discussed.  A question about provision for an inability to find 2 nominees was raised.  This issue applies to nominations for all committees since there is no provision for that in the constitution.  There was further discussion regarding the “faculty unit” terminology.  George Woodell called the question and the vote was yea.  The original motion was voted on and passed.

  • The second motion from the Ways and Means committee, regarding appointment of a senate webmaster was then discussed.  An amendment to the motion was proposed that would remove the phrase “need not be a senator” and substitute “and if not already a senator will become an ex-officio member of the senate”.  The motion as amended passed unanimously.

  • George Wooddell moved and Leslie Bary seconded that “the senate establish an Ad Hoc committee to monitor the merit pay system in its entirety on a yearly basis”.  The motion passed.

  • George Wooddell moved and Mary Neiheisel seconded that “the appropriate committee as determined by the executive officer should investigate proposals for a relationship between the senate and the graduate council”.  The motion passed.  The executive officer will appoint an Ad Hoc committee to work with the graduate council on this. Leslie Bary moved that “the faculty senate thank the president for the Christmas bonus”. The motion was seconded and passed.

  • December 18, 2013 (Special Meeting)

  • The Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Merit Pay Raise Proposal, Robert Carriker, commended Dr. Clark for developing a new approach and summarized Dr. Clark’s merit raise plan.  He then presented four recommendations from the committee.  More details of the committee’s analysis and recommendations are available in the written report from the committee which was posted prior to the December Faculty Senate Meeting.

    • 1. The first recommendation addressed the “merit gap” created by the previous 5 years with no merit raises:  “The committee has designed a flexible multi-year procedure for retroactive merit awards. We begin by calculating the amount of the total missing award for each faculty member.  That result constitutes a benchmark.  We are calling this amount the “Merit Gap” and we suggest that the University adopt this procedure for setting our benchmarks where they should be.”  The senate voted unanimously to approve the committee motion for this amendment to the pay plan.

    • 2. The second recommendation addressed the “perverse incentive” occurring when a faculty member’s pay raise is larger the lower the others are ranked within a department.  The committee recommended modifying the calculation of the departmental “pot” by using the sums of salaries only for those who scored better than a 2 on the rubric when calculating the proportion of money for each department.  Dr. Clark agreed with the committee’s suggestion.  The senate voted unanimously to approve the committee motion for this amendment to the pay plan.

    • 3. The third recommendation modifies the calculation of dollars per rubric point by eliminating the subtraction of 2 from all rubric scores above 2.  The senate voted to approve the committee motion for this amendment to the pay plan.

      4. The fourth recommendation would limit the discretionary pay adjustment in recognition of extraordinary service to one’s college or the university to a maximum of 10% of the total money available.  The senate voted unanimously to approve the committee motion for this amendment to the pay plan.
  • The faculty senate then voted unanimously to approve the proposed pay plan as amended.

    November 20, 2013

  • Ways and Means:  A written report was submitted.  The committee submitted a motion to amend the constitution regarding the Strategic Program Review Committee as one of the University committees of interest to the Senate so that the language is consistent with information that is in the Faculty Handbook:

    • # 2 should read Membership on the Committee will consist of a tenured faculty member of each faculty unit and the library, with members serving a three-year term. Nominations of members for this Committee will be initiated through the Faculty Senate, which will advance at least two nominees for each position. The President and Provost will select the membership from the Faculty Senate list of nominees. The Provost or his/her designee will also serve on the Committee.

    • It should become Section 9 under Article V. University Committees. Therefore, change Section 9. Committees that Report to Senate to Section 10. Committees that Report to Senate
  • The committee also submitted a motion recommending modification of the constitution regarding the senate webmaster.  The committee motion was to add a sentence to Section 2. Executive Officer of the Constitution after… “The Executive Officer shall appoint a Senate Webmaster whose selection shall be ratified by the Senate.”  The added sentence would state “The candidate for webmaster should be an expert and need not be a Senator.”  In discussion of this motion Leslie Bary brought up a question about “reward” for the duties required of webmaster and proposed making the webmaster a senator.  Jean Kiesel seconded this amendment.  The question was raised as to whether the webmaster should be a voting or ex-officio member of the senate.  George Wooddell proposed a friendly amendment to the amendment which would add “ex-officio” and the phrase “if not already a senator”.  This was seconded by Chad Parker.  The two committee motions to amend the constitution will be voted on at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Senate.

  • Prof. G.H. Massiha proposed an increased summer pay scale.  Discussion followed, including issues with major discrepancies in pay for small differences in numbers of students.  Dr. Clark reported that the Council of Deans is aware of these issues but the problems will not be easy to solve.  A task force to address the issues was recommended.  Since it was after 5pm Senator Massiha said he will bring this up again in the January meeting.

  • October 16, 2013

  • The question was raised whether the senate webmaster must be a member of the faculty senate.  David DuBose is not currently on the faculty senate but volunteered to serve as faculty senate webmaster.  George Wooddell moved and Keith Dorwick seconded a motion that David DuBose be ratified as senate webmaster. The motion passed.

  • September 18, 2013

  • George Woodel moved and Monica Tauzin seconded a motion that “The faculty senate provide a slate of candidates for the Strategic Program Review Committee” with the Ways and Means committee drafting language to put this into the constitution.  The motion passed.
  • George Woodel moved and Sara Birk seconded a motion that an ad hoc rubric committee be appointed to consider Dr. Clark’s proposed merit raise system, take comments from faculty, and make a recommendation to the senate regarding the proposal.  The motion passed.

  • April 13, 2013

  • Executive Committee Motion to the Constitution

September 19, 2012 Motions

  • Approval of minutes: April Hazelwood moved to approve the minutes of the April 18 meeting. She was seconded by Kay Reidel, and the motion was approved unanimously.
  • The Ad hoc Committee on the Status of Black Faculty was never fully constituted since it did not have a representative from each college, and its former chair, Dr. Toni Muhammad, has now left UL Lafayette for another job. What should we do about this? Aeve Abington-Pitre moved that the name of the committee be changed to “Committee on Faculty Salary and Underrepresented Groups.” She was seconded by Dawn Williams.
    • George Wooddell suggested a friendly amendment, that the committee name be “Status of Underrepresented Faculty Group.” The committee's purview would then not be limited to discussions of salary. Abington-Pitre accepted this amendment and the question was called. The motion was passed unanimously.
    • Judy Gentry moved that the committee's size be increased by one person, so as to eliminate the need for all the alternates. The Senate should provide the names of two senators to the administration, so they can choose one of these to add to the committee. This way, we would also be sure to have Senate representation on the committee. The motion was seconded by George Wooddell.
      • Discussion: Evans, Cook, and others said the committee does have several senators on it. Damico said the issue is not senate representation, but quorum on committee, and he appreciated the idea of eliminating the unwieldy system of alternates in favor of a lower quorum.
      • Friendly amendment from Ferguson, accepted by Gentry: change quorum on committee to a simple majority, 5 out of 8 members.
      • Discussion: this is two issues: Senate representation on this committee, and size of quorum on the committee. The question was called and the motion failed by voice vote.
      • Then Rhonda Evans moved that the quorum on this committee be lowered to 5. She was seconded by Damico; the question was called and the motion passed by voice vote. It will have to go to the Committee on Ways and Means since this entails an amendment to the Constitution.
      • George Woodell presented a motion on support of the new LGBT Studies minor (letter to President Savoie, posted to Senate website) and was seconded by Brian Taylor. There was no discussion and the question was called; motion was passed by voice vote with no nays and one abstention.
      • Gholam Massiha presented a motion on funding support for faculty teaching and research (posted to Senate website), accepting a friendly amendment from Bary to add a provision that new funds be supplemental to existing or regular funds. The question was called and the motion failed by a show of hands: 25 yeas, 29 nays, and 4 abstentions.
      • Melinda Oberleitner presented a motion to ratify David Yarbrough as our representative on Faculty Advisory Council, with Jeff Lush as his alternate. She was seconded by Gentry and the question was called; the motion passed unanimously.