The University of Oklahoma (Norman campus)
Regular session – May 10, 2010 – 3:30 p.m. – Jacobson Faculty Hall 102
office: Jacobson Faculty Hall 206   phone: 325-6789
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The Faculty Senate was called to order by Professor Aimee Franklin, Chair.


PRESENT:       Ahmed (1), Apanasov (0), Asojo (0), Atiquzzaman (2), Baer (0), Bass (2), Blank (0), Bradshaw (0), Conlon (1), Deacon (2), Dial (3), Franklin (0), Gan (2), Hahn (0), Jean‑Marie (1), Kimball (2), Lauer-Flores (0), Lifschitz (0), McDonald (3), Milton (1), Moses (1), Muraleetharan (0), O’Neill (1), Palmer (0), Reeder (2), Rogers (2), Russell (1), Sadler (2), R. Schmidt (2), Stock (0), Tabb (1), Taylor (2), Vehik (0), Verma (1), Weaver (3), Wyckoff (3), Yi (3)

Provost's office representative:  Mergler
ISA representatives:  Cook, Hough

ABSENT:         Cox-Fuenzalida (3), Eodice (2), Grasse (2), Kent (2), Kershen (2), Mitra (1), Morrissey (1), Moxley (3), J. Schmidt (3), Strauss (1), Trafalis (2), Williams (2)


[Note:  During the period from June 2009 to May 2010, the Senate held 8 regular sessions and no special sessions.  The figures in parentheses above indicate the number of absences.]






Schedule of Senate meetings for fall 2010

Faculty Senate charter revisions and reapportionment for 2010-13

Summary of Speakers Service program

Faculty retirees

Remarks by Athletics Director Joe Castiglione

Senate Chair's Report:

Technology updates

Meeting with President Boren—budget

Vice President for Research initiatives

Guiding principles for budgetary actions

Recreational facilities

Guiding principles for budgetary actions

Certificates of appreciation

Election, councils/committees, boards and Senate standing committees

Election, Senate Executive Committee

Resolution of appreciation to Prof. Aimee Franklin







The Faculty Senate Journal for the regular session of April 12, 2010 was approved.





The regular meetings of the Faculty Senate for fall 2010 will be held at 3:30 p.m. in Jacobson Faculty Hall 102 on the following Mondays:  September 13, October 11, November 8, and December 13.


The regular faculty voted by electronic ballot to approve the revisions in the Faculty Senate charter and the proposed apportionment for 2010-13 by a vote of 206 to 21 (see 3/10 Journal). 


Summary of the activities of the Faculty Senate Speakers Service for the past year:  From May 2009 to April 2010, 42 faculty and staff gave 112 presentations to 70 organizations in 26 communities throughout the state.  The Faculty Senate and the University sincerely appreciate the members of the Speakers Service who share their expertise and knowledge with the people of Oklahoma. 


The Faculty Senate thanks these faculty members who retired during the past academic year for their dedication and contribution to our community.





Badhwar, Neera K.




Branch, David R.

Physics & Astronomy



Buchwald, Michael C.




Byre, Calvin S.

Univ. Libraries



Crawford, Kenneth C.




Edwards, Donn




Forgotson, James M.

Geology & Geophysics



Frech, Roger E.

Chemistry & Biochemistry



Gates, Robert E.




Huseman, William H.

Modern Lang., Lit. & Ling.



Karriker, A. Heidi

Modern Lang., Lit. & Ling.



Lester, June

Library & Info. Studies



Marshment, Richard S.

Regional & City Planning



Ortiz-Leduc, William

Botany & Microbiology



Patterson, Terry L.




Pisani, Donald J.




Rossow, Lawrence F.

Educ. Lead. & Pol. St.



Skvarla, John J.

Botany & Microbiology/OBS



Wallace, Linda L.

Botany & Microbiology



Waterbury, Moira C.

Human Relations



Weinel, Eleanor F.




Willinger, G. Lee






Remarks by Athletics Director Joe Castiglione


Prof. Franklin explained that Mr. Castiglione gives a presentation each year to the Faculty Senate.  Mr. Castiglione pointed out that the Athletics Council is made up primarily of members of the faculty.  He introduced Dr. Connie Dillon, our NCAA and Big 12 faculty athletics representative, who is a member of the Athletics Council, too.  He also introduced Dr. Gerald Gurney, who oversees all of the department’s academic affairs.  Mr. Castiglione said, “We value the partnership, not just the relationship, that we have with this campus.”  He sees intercollegiate athletics as an integral part of the mission of the university.  It is important for faculty to know that athletics operates with complete transparency and openness, and faculty can feel comfortable asking questions.  Last year a question came up about the lyrics to “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” on a video screen.  Everything has been corrected now.


On the academic side, six student-athletes were Academic All-Americans this year, 22 others received national academic honors, and several teams were recognized as Academic All-Americans.  Forty-four student-athletes had a 4.0 GPA last semester, and more than two-thirds earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 the previous fall and spring.  Athletics reached the goal last fall of having a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better for all student athletes.  The football team has the highest APR (Academic Progress Rate) score in the conference.  The NCAA recognized men’s gymnastics, women’s basketball, and men’s wrestling for being among the nation’s best in APR scores.  The Athletics Department has great partnerships with the colleges of Engineering, Business, and Education and has expanded the opportunities for students in the College of Journalism in the area of video production.  Over 30 journalism students work with the Athletics Department to produce video screens and other shows.  More than 100 shows a year are aired. 


In the area of finance, the Athletics Department has balanced its budget for the eleventh consecutive year.  OU is one of 4-6 schools whose program is totally self sustaining, meaning it does not depend on any state appropriations, institutional support, or student fees to operate.  That is important to being an integral part of the mission of the university and doing its part to support the rest of the campus.  Revenue projections are very conservative.  The staff starts from scratch each year to determine what it will take to fund the program at the expected level and looks at every expense to decide whether it is essential or not.  About 10 years ago, the Athletics Department received a working capital loan to deal with the accrued operating debt.  It was to be paid off in 21 years.  The department will pay off the loan in its entirety in FY 2011, 10 years in advance.  President Boren and the regents have provided great support and have accepted the department’s approach to accountability.  The Athletics Department is participating in the hiring freeze like the rest of the campus.  It incorporates best practices, compares institutions, and tries to find ways to deal with revenue and expense challenges. 


One of the things Mr. Castiglione is most proud of is the increased support of the academic mission.  During this academic year, the Athletics Department increased its contribution to nearly $7 million, which brings its direct or indirect financial support of the campus to over $12 million.  That is in addition to the $1 million endowment for the library and assistance to various academic departments.  Coach Bob Stoops and his wife have created a faculty fellows program in the College of Business.


Compliance is taken seriously and is an enormous undertaking.  The department spends nearly a million dollars a year to educate, monitor and oversee the rules and regulations that guide and govern its business.  A lot of systems have been automated, and other schools around the country are interested in duplicating those practices. 


Television broadcasts of athletic events generated $20,000 in scholarships for students this year.  Those dollars actually come to the campus, not to the Athletics Department.  Through the green team initiative, the department is trying to make sporting events friendlier to the environment.  It also has ramped up its commitment to celebrating the diversity in the program.


Athletic performance is one of the program’s important goals, and Mr. Castiglione is proud of the success.  We are the first school in conference history to have the national player of the year in football and in basketball and the number one draft choice in both the NBA and NFL.  This was the second consecutive Final Four appearance for our women’s basketball team.  We had three conference champions in men’s and women’s gymnastics and indoor track.  Our cross county team competed in the national championship for the first time.  Women’s gymnastics, men’s gymnastics, and wresting finished second, third, and fifth in this past championship season.  He is proud of the student-athletes’ involvement in their studies as well as the community.  Mr. Castiglione handed out copies of the annual report and the program from the scholar-athlete breakfast.


Prof. Moses asked about the plans for revenues when the loan is paid off.  Mr. Castiglione said that was to be determined.  The department will still pay overhead to the campus.  Its “subsidy” to the academic budget has continued to grow.  Like other campus units, athletics will have to address increases in tuition and fees, room and board, and books.  The assumption is the revenue stream will remain the same.


Prof. Franklin asked Mr. Castiglione to talk about the way the submission of student papers to had been resolved.  Mr. Castiglione referred the question to Dr. Gurney.  Dr. Gurney said his area had noticed that some student-athletes needed assistance on citations and plagiarism issues.  In 2005, the department purchased the Turnitin software for its Writing Center so they could run student papers through Turnitin and educate student-athletes on how to use sources without violating academic integrity policies.  It is the same site license as the rest of campus.  They find that plagiarism often is accidental; students fail to cite correctly a paraphrased section.  Student-athletes meet with a Writing Center tutor, and an educational process takes place.  The unintended consequence is when a faculty member sends a student paper to Turnitin, it shows a 100 percent plagiarism rate.  Mr. Gurney is working with Senate Chair Aimee Franklin and Associate Provost Greg Heiser to resolve the problem.  Prof. Franklin noted that a senator had suggested in an earlier meeting that the student could put his/her name in the title of the paper, and then the faculty member would not have to follow up with the Athletics Department.  She said she will check to make sure that will work for everyone.  Mr. Gurney said it is a very valuable educational tool for the students.  They are learning how to become better writers, which will benefit all of us throughout the university. 


Prof. Franklin said she was informed that Mr. Castiglione was not at liberty to discuss any changes in coaches’ salaries.  Certainly, the academic side will benefit if there is a successful year in athletics.  Mr. Castiglione closed by saying this is a real partnership.  He understands that athletics operates in a little different environment sometimes, but there is a clear understanding of the mission it should fulfill.  If one part of the campus wins, we all win.  He strives to operate the program with class, dignity, and integrity.  He said he was very fortunate to have the opportunity to be with the Faculty Senate and to have this exchange of thoughts and ideas.  Prof. Franklin said the Athletics Department and Faculty Senate held a reception on March 2 to celebrate the partnership.  The comments by various speakers were well received, and it was a successful event. 



SENATE CHAIR'S REPORT, by Prof. Aimee Franklin


Prof. Franklin thanked the Informational Staff Association representatives, Dan Hough and Chris Cook, for attending the meetings and providing input from the staff.  She also thanked Provost Mergler for accommodating the Senate on several issues.  She pointed out that the Information Technology office had made it possible to have the Tulsa senators participate in this meeting by video conferencing.  Hopefully, the technology will be effective.  A website, linked from the Senate’s home page, was set up for the Faculty Welfare Committee, and it includes information on what the committee accomplished this year.  A website also will be created for the Faculty Compensation Committee.  During the summer, the various councils will submit annual reports, and those will be posted on the Faculty Senate web site.  This year, the Senate moved to electronic voting and tallying to save paper and be a little greener.  Working with the University Libraries, the Senate has arranged to post podcasts on the library website of presentations given through the Speakers Service.  


In the Senate Executive Committee meeting with President Boren this month, the primary focus was a budget update.  The Oklahoma Daily and Norman Transcript included a nice set of slides, including one that shows how potential cuts in our state appropriations would translate to increases in tuition and mandatory fees.  For example, a 10 percent state budget cut ($13.9 million) would suggest a nine percent increase in tuition and fees or $292.50 per student per semester.  President Boren wants to keep any tuition increase in the single digits.  The decision is likely to happen after the semester ends because the legislature has until the end of May to make budget appropriations.  The president announced a 25 percent increase in the Sooner Heritage scholarship amount starting in the fall semester.  Children of faculty and staff are eligible for those scholarships.


Prof. Franklin met with Vice President for Research Kelvin Droegemeier to talk about his Aspire 2020 initiative (a planning process for research and creative activity).  She cautioned him about finalizing the reports in the summer when many faculty members are away from campus.  She encouraged him to make sure there were sufficient opportunities for people to learn about what is being proposed and to provide input.  For further information and to provide comments, see  Dr. Droegemeier said he had had a good response from the action teams.  He is committed to getting input, and any recommendation will have full consideration in the fall.  However, he plans to put a couple of things in place during the summer, such as a proposal development services office.  Professors Franklin and Blank will meet with him this summer to discuss his plans and ways to vet any changes, for example, to indirect costs or SRI.  Dr. Droegemeier is planning to come to the Faculty Senate meetings next academic year.


Prof. Franklin received a lot of feedback on the budget guiding principles, generally supportive.  People have been positive on the need for transparency in the budget process and the enhanced role of the Budget Council.  It has really brought the discussion into a lot of departments and even into the colleges.  Not just the university budget is being discussed, but the impact on colleges as well as departments.  It seems fairly certain the University will have a cut in the state appropriation; we just do not know the amount.  The governor and legislative leaders have indicated that they will try to make it less painful to education, including higher education, but nothing is certain at this stage. 



Resolution, free use of recreational facilities for faculty/staff


Last month, a resolution was introduced concerning the free use of recreational facilities for faculty and staff (attached).  Prof. Stock reported that the faculty members in his college were in favor of the resolution.  With no further discussion, the resolution was approved by the Faculty Senate on a voice vote.



Guiding Principles FOR budgetary ACTIONS


At the April meeting, a resolution was introduced by the Modern Languages, Literatures & Linguistics (MLL&L) departmental faculty, with the understanding that they would be willing to work with an ad hoc committee to have a replacement resolution that would incorporate the “Guiding Principles for Budgetary Action,” which was also presented at the meeting.  The ad hoc committee made a few changes, and the modified version (attached) was sent electronically on April 20 to the senators to share with their constituents.  In the MLL&L resolution, teaching was more prominent.  The modified version is more inclusive of the other important components of research and service and how they contribute to the University’s mission (see principle 3).  The modified resolution was introduced as a friendly amendment to the MLL&L resolution.  Prof. Baer said she was willing to substitute the friendly amendment.  Prof. Jean-Marie asked whether the policy would apply at the departmental and college levels as well.  Prof. Franklin said she thought it was a good idea, and the notion had been raised by other faculty members.  Perhaps this fall it could be introduced to the deans.  Faculty Senate recommendations are made to the president, not directly to the deans.  The resolution as amended was approved by the Faculty Senate on a voice vote. 



Presentation of Certificates of Appreciation


Prof. Franklin thanked the Senate Executive Committee members for their service this year.  She also thanked Sonya Fallgatter and Maela McCray of the Senate office for their hard work.  Certificates of appreciation were presented to the following outgoing senators who completed full three-year terms (2007-10):  Boris Apanasov, Loretta Bass, Paula Conlon, Michele Eodice, Kevin Grasse, Drew Kershen, W. Henry McDonald, Mark Morrissey, Scott Moses, Stacy Reeder, Cynthia Rogers, Scott Russell, Chris Sadler, Jeff Schmidt, and Theodore Trafalis.  Certificates also were presented to other senators whose terms expired and to the outgoing members of the Senate Executive Committee. 





The Senate approved the Senate Committee on Committees’ nominations for end-of-the-year vacancies on university and campus councils/committees/boards and Faculty Senate standing committees (attached).  The names of the remaining volunteers will be forwarded to the administration to consider for the vacancies they fill. 





The Senate elected the following faculty to the Faculty Senate Executive Committee for 2010-11:


Fran Ayres (Professor of Accounting, Ph.D. Iowa, at OU since 1982)

Susan Hahn (Associate Professor of University Libraries, MLS Indiana, at OU since 1995)

Craig Hofford (Associate Professor of Health & Exercise Science, Ph.D. Maryland, at OU since 1990)


Amy Bradshaw (Associate Professor of Educ. Psychology, Ph.D. Arizona State, at OU since 1998)


Georgia Kosmopoulou (Professor of Economics, Ph.D. Illinois, at OU since 1997)





Prof. Franklin gave a sincere thank you to all the senators.  She said she appreciated their patience, attention, and consultation with their colleagues.  She could feel confident, when speaking as the faculty voice, that there was a variety of perspectives being represented.  For this year, the Senate took 13 official actions and many informal actions.  She thanked Prof. Blank and passed the gavel to him to signify the transition in leadership of the Faculty Senate.  She wished him the best in fulfilling his duties in the year ahead and said she was confident he would do an excellent job.  Prof. Blank presented the following resolution of appreciation to Prof. Franklin. 

Whereas Aimee has demonstrated thorough understanding of multiple complex issues, concerns, and challenges, and

Whereas Aimee has worked and communicated effectively to engage diverse stakeholders in understanding and reconciling conflicting needs, and

Whereas Aimee has consistently recognized and utilized others’ strengths in identifying, understanding, and addressing important issues, and

Whereas Aimee has worked to increase transparency and to reiterate the need for transparency and genuine faculty input and engagement in decisions that affect multiple and diverse constituencies, and

Whereas Aimee has worked to establish Guiding Principles for use by the Administration in addressing the complex Budget Issues, particularly regarding the Retirement Medical Care and Defined Contribution Plans, and

Whereas Aimee has worked to increase the health and wellness of the members of the university community, and

Whereas Aimee has maintained graciousness, composure, and a sense of humor under difficult circumstances, and

Whereas Aimee has kept her focus on positive problem solving and beneficial outcomes, regardless of who gets the accolades, and

Whereas Aimee is, to put it simply, the walking embodiment of omniscient brilliance,

Be it resolved that the Faculty Senate expresses sincere admiration and appreciation to Professor Aimee Franklin for her outstanding leadership and remarkable service for the academic year 2009-2010.


The resolution was unanimously approved.  Prof. Blank presented Prof. Franklin with a certificate of appreciation and an engraved clock.  Prof. Blank then assumed the office of 2010-11 Senate Chair. 





The meeting adjourned at 4:23 p.m.  The next regular session of the Faculty Senate will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, September 13, 2010, in Jacobson Faculty Hall 102.


Sonya Fallgatter, Administrative Coordinator


Amy Bradshaw, Faculty Secretary