September 2016 Agenda

Call to order – 9:00 AM

  • Mission: Missouri State University-West Plains is a teaching and learning institution providing quality post-secondary educational opportunities to the communities, we serve.
  • Additions and Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of minutes from previous meeting

Chancellor's Update

Administration Council Updates

  • Prioritize hiring (Physics Instructor or Per-Course Faculty/History Assistant Professor/Instructional Designer) since budget is limited.
  • Enrollment down in terms of credit hours.
  • Faculty Senate website is available. Please visit Your feedback is welcome.

Old Business

  • Faculty Senate Finance – Jerry Trick
  • American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Summer Developments and updates on forthcoming retreat at West Plains – Jason McCollom
  • Common Reader Updates – Alex Pinnon
  • IDS Updates – Jerry Trick

New Business

  • Salary benchmark – Ed Birdyshaw
  • Divisional Personnel Committee (DPC) – Faculty Senate needs to decide a point person/committee to oversee Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure (RPT) process – Cathy Boys (also Dennis Lancaster)
  • Faculty professional ethics and due process – Renee Moore
  • At-risk students and 'Grizzly Guard' – Michelle Branton
  • Attendance tracking and administrative withdrawal. – Judy Carr & Frank Anthony Priest

Committee Updates

  • Academic Concerns – Cindy Smith
  • Assessment – Amy Ackerson
  • Curriculum – Joyce Jennings-Pineda
  • Faculty Budget Priorities – Ed Birdyshaw
  • Faculty Evaluation – Craig Albin
  • Faculty Handbook – Kip Rugutt
  • Public Affairs – Gary Phillips
  • Student Advisement – Jerry Trick
  • Institutional Analysis – Kathy Morrison/Joyce Jennings-Pineda
  • Service Learning – Cathy Boys
  • International Issues – Rajiv Thakur


  • The P-Card Travel Procedures have been revised. 
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) – Jacob Poulette
  • South Central Ozark Council of Governments (SCOCOG)'s Geography/ Regional Planning Paid Internship (flyer available) – Rajiv Thakur
  • K-12 Summer Institute (Globalization and Diversity in classroom) at Missouri State-West Plains in 2017. – Rajiv Thakur
  • American Association of Geographers (AAG) West Lakes Division Annual Regional Meeting of 2017 to be likely hosted by Missouri State-West Plains. – Rajiv Thakur
  • Faculty leave benefits are changing: Over the summer, the Board of Governors approved a new policy for faculty sick leave
  • Sept. 12-19 Public Affairs Week - opinions on streaming portions to West Plains
  • Dennis Lancaster out from Tuesday noon through Friday for Governor's Economic Development Conference in Kansas City (No Dean Updates).
  • Inspirational Recruiting Video (Draft Screening) Feel free to provide your inputs to Paul or Cheryl Caldwell – Paul Majkut
  • Manufacturing (MFG) Day Expo – recruiting manufacturers to participate in the expo. Reception will be held October 6, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. MFG Day is October 7.
  • Restaurant Management and Food Safety Seminar is September 19, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Natural Sciences Career Presentation, September 13, 2016 at 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., Melton 112. (Represented by departments such as Biology, Biomedical Science, Physics, Geology and Geography)

Closed session

  • TBA after Chancellor's update.


Next Meeting: Friday October 7, 2016 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon (with Dean's update).