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Vote for presidential search committee to be held Friday

Vote for presidential search committee to be held Friday

Riley Guerzini, News Editor

September 26, 2017


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A public forum will be held next Friday, Sept. 29 in Forum II to discuss qualities of a good president followed by a vote on candidates to represent the faculty on the presidential search committee. Faculty received an email from Faculty Senate chair Peter Whiting asking them to nominate candidates to serve o...

Faculty Senate looks to alter factbook

Faculty Senate looks to alter factbook

Riley Guerzini, News Editor

April 6, 2017


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The Faculty Senate is looking to increase salary transparency within the university. In a formal request sent to the Faculty Senate for action, Liberal Arts Representative Chuck Conaway charged the Faculty and Academic Affairs subcommittee to work with the Economic Benefits subcommittee and the Office of ...

Faculty Senate to focus on salary increases

Faculty Senate to focus on salary increases

Riley Guerzini, News Editor

March 22, 2017


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Nick LaRowe said salary increases are Faculty Senate’s number one goal at this year’s budget hearing. The next round of hearings is scheduled for March 24 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Mitchell Auditorium. LaRowe, the chair of Faculty Senate, will present his budget requests followed by Nita Musich, the ch...

Faculty Senate alters subcommittee-reporting

Riley Guerzini, News Editor

March 1, 2017


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The Faculty Senate voted  Friday to alter subcommittee-reporting practices along with requiring university officials to justify a non-tenure promotion. The senate voted to move the subcommittee reporting date to the second-to-last senate meeting of the semester instead of the last meeting. Subcommittees...

Faculty Senate to vote on letter addressing executive order

Riley Guerzini, News Editor

February 15, 2017


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Faculty Senate got political in its Friday meeting Feb. 10. The senate will vote on an open letter to the university regarding the recent executive order on immigration in the coming days. Executive Order 13769 bars refugees from entering the country for 120 days and temporarily bans immigrants from...

Faculty Senate looks to revamp course evaluations

Faculty Senate looks to revamp course evaluations

Riley Guerzini, News Editor

February 10, 2017


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Grant Edwards said there isn’t much that would make him want to do the course evaluations that students receive at the end of each semester. “They send you a bunch of emails near the end of the semester and you’re in the middle of studying and working on other things and you just don’t have time ...

Faculty Senate approves open letter, syllabus template

Riley Guerzini, News Editor

December 8, 2016


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Faculty Senate voted to approve a post-election open letter on civility to the university along with the syllabus template for faculty on Friday. “The faculty at the University of Southern Indiana wholeheartedly embraces the university’s mission to prepare individuals to live wisely in a diverse and...

Faculty Senate discusses syllabi

Gabi Wy, Features Editor

September 7, 2016


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Faculty Senate’s first decision of the semester is to “remind” the chairs of departments to monitor course syllabi and curriculum changes by instructors. The senate spent nearly half of the one hour and 45 minute meeting discussing problems when instructors within each department, specifically t...

Tenure: helping or hurting?

Tenure: helping or hurting?

Gabi Wy, News Editor

April 20, 2016


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Cassidy Ferguson doesn’t pay attention to her educators’ job titles. While students like Ferguson took courses this year without a thought to whether their teachers hold doctorates, Faculty Senate discussed promotion and tenure at length. The conversation, which lasted an entire academic year, is not ...

SGA requests Senate change finals dates

Gabi Wy, News Editor

March 31, 2016


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All Matt Peak wanted to do during graduation was get on stage, “wear a funny hat” and leave. Peak, who graduated in 2015, said he couldn’t enjoy the ceremony with the thought that he still had finals left to take. “The entire process was absolutely ridiculous,” he said. “Give me my diploma whe...

Senate considers more ‘closed sessions’

Gabi Wy, News Editor

February 23, 2016


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Faculty Senate is considering delegating discussion time to separate “executive sessions” rather than in the public meetings. At Faculty Senate’s meeting Feb. 19, senate chair Rex Strange said there’s been conversation about how long Faculty Senate takes to make decisions. “Last year...

Faculty discusses outside speakers

Gabi Wy, News Editor

February 5, 2016


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Faculty Senate wants to find the balance between protecting university students and protecting First Amendment Rights. Based on complaints concerning Campus Ministry USA’s visit to campus Dec. 7, Faculty Senate discussed a drafted policy addressing potentially offensive speakers on campus Friday...

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