2006-2007 Faculty Senate
January 23, 2007

The Faculty Senate meeting for January 23, 2007 was called to order at 3:10 p.m. in the Lobo Room, Student Union Building. Senate President Virginia Shipman presided.


Guests Present: Associate Vice President Terry Babbitt (Student Affairs Recruitment Services), Assistant Professor Susan Copeland (Educational Specialties), Provost Reed Dasenbrock, Associate Provost Wynn Goering, Deputy Provost Richard Holder, Assistant Professor Nancy Lopez (Sociology), Fred Nathan (THINK New Mexico), Program Manager Nicholas Spezza (Employee Health Promotion Program), Grant Taylor (THINK New Mexico), and Dean Peter White (University College)

The agenda was approved as written.

The minutes for the November 28, 2006 meeting were approved as written.

The Faculty Senate President reported on the following:

President-Elect Jackie Hood gave an update on the progress from the Faculty Senate committee restructuring retreat that was held on December 6, 2006. President-Elect Hood thanked those that participated. Approximately 70 people participated of the more than 300 that were invited. Faculty, staff, students, and administrators that have served on Faculty Senate committees over the last three years were invited. The goal of the retreat was to begin work on a structure that will have an impact on faculty issues and to get more faculty involvement.

Many of the committees do not meet, many do not submit minutes and agendas, and some have been doing work that could be turned over to administrative units. Two proposed committees are a Policy Committee and a Community Engagement Committee. Any changes in the committee structure would require changes to the Faculty Handbook. President-Elect Hood will check the progress of the oversight committees. Following is the summary of the flip-charts from the retreat that was distributed to the senators:

Faculty Senate Retreat on Committee Structure
December 6, 2006

The Faculty Senate called a retreat on December 6, 2006 to begin discussing a Faculty Senate committee structure that would more effectively accomplish the goals and serve the needs of the Faculty Senate. Invitees included all Faculty Senate committee members over the past three years, including faculty, staff and students that served, along with the current membership of the Faculty Senate. Below is the compilation of the flip charts that emerged from the retreat.

 A. Review of Current Faculty Governance Structure

The Faculty Senate acts for the entire faculty in coordinating faculty governance at the University of New Mexico. The Senate exercises the faculty's responsibilities for education, care of students, their contributions to the academic excellence of the University, and to an environment in which all members of the campus community are free to learn and communicate. The policies and procedures by which this is governed, the Faculty Constitution and Faculty Senate Bylaws, as well as personnel policies regulating sabbatical leaves, promotion, and tenure, are found in the UNM Faculty Handbook.


International Affairs
Student Conduct
Student Publications
Student Union 

B. What are the Major Areas of Oversight for Faculty?

Six groups discussed what areas should be overseen by faculty at the University. Below are the responses from these groups.

Group 1 Group 3 Group 5
Curricula Core Curricula Faculty Welfare
Graduate Articulation Scholarship
Undergraduate Advisement  
Honorary Degree Allocation of resources Group 6
BUS Mentoring of Jr. Faculty Curriculum
Research Long Term strategies-Rio Rancho Budget
University Honors Retention Research
General Faculty welfare Campus Faculty Benefits
  Ethics Faculty Affairs
Group 2 Tenure Library
Tenure and Promotion Research Scholarship
Community Engagement Scheduling Community Engagement
  Group 4  
  (no information provided)  

C. Proposed Structure from Operations Committee

The Faculty Senate Operations Committee presented their ideas on committee restructuring to the participants at the retreat. Below is the structure previously discussed by the Faculty Senate Operations Committee.


Faculty Senate


Committee Restructuring




Curricula and Instruction


General Faculty Affairs

Admissions and Registration


Faculty Ethics and Advisory



Junior Faculty Mentoring (ad hoc)



Deans Evaluation (ad hoc)




Honorary Degree


Student Affairs

Bachelor of University Studies


International Affairs

University Honors


Student Conduct

Teaching Enhancement


Student Publications




Finance and Budget


Athletic Council



Student Union

Computer Use





Policy and Planning

Faculty Staff Benefits


Campus Planning



Governmental Relations

Research and Creative Works


Policy (proposed)

Research Allocations


Intellectual Property


Community Engagement

Research Policy


University Press


D. Brainstorming on Possible Committee Structure  

Each small group was charged with developing a list of committees that would more functional in carrying out the work necessary for the University while more powerfully representing faculty interests.

Group 1


Group 2


Group 3

Curricula and Instruction


Curricula and Instruction


Curricula and Instruction

Finance and Budget


Finance and Budget


Finance and Budget

Research and Creative Works


Research and Creative Works


Research and Publications

Gen Faculty Affairs


Gen Faculty Affairs


Gen Faculty and Student Welfare

Student Affairs


Student Affairs


Community Engagement

Policy and Planning


Policy and Planning



Community Engagement


Community Engagement





Academic Services



Group 4


Group 5

Curricula and Instruction


Curricula and Instruction

Research and Creativity


Finance and Budget

Student Affairs


Research and Creative Works

Faculty Affairs


Faculty Affairs

Long-term Strategies


Student Affairs



Policy and Planning



Community Engagement

E. Final Headings as Voted by Retreat Participants

Discussion of the final areas for committees started with the list below.

1. Curriculum and Instruction
2. Research
3. Faculty benefits
4. Faculty affairs
5. Library
6. Budget-

a. compensation
b. benefits
c. computer use/access
d. products
e. contractual issues

7. Scholarship
8. Community engagement
9. Community engagement

1. C & I
2. Finance & Budget
3. Research
4. Support Services
5. Community Engagement

The full group of participants then devised one final list of committees. 

F. Committee Charges  

Each table was given the task of writing a draft charge for their area. Below are the charges that the tables developed. 

1. Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee

First Priority:

  • Core curriculum
  • Articulation policy (in general)
  • Prerequisites
  • New degrees (including mandates)
  • Graduate/undergraduate studies
  • Teaching
  • Evaluation of teaching
  • Advisement by faculty and staff
  • Allocation of resources
  • Retention and graduation (with student affairs)
  • Online
  • Time-to-degree

Second Priority:

  • Long-term strategies
    • Rio rancho
    • Development of programs at branches
    • Expansion of campus (buildings)

Third Priority:

  • Mentoring of faculty
  • Tenure
  • Ethics
  • General faculty issues
  • Other modes of delivery besides online
  • Research and creativity
  • Student affairs separate from instruction

2. Faculty Senate Committee on Instruction

Draft charge

(Mark Emmons, Floyd Kezele, Kate Krause, Jackie Shane, Susan Romano)

Mission: Encourage and support quality teaching


  • Adapting teaching to student learning styles
  • Instructional design
  • Teaching skills (facilitation, directing)
  • Modes of delivery
  • Teaching with technology (advocacy of innovative and effective instructional computing)
  • Grading
  • Ethical/unethical behavior in the classroom (faculty or student)
  • Training of new faculty/workshops
  • Policy for education support services (computing, library, media)
  • Teaching international students & other unique population groups

Other possibilities:

  • Honorary degrees
  • Honors students
  • Teaching awards
  • Teaching allocation grants

Can’t be separated from Curriculum:

  • Articulation among all branches / transfer issues
  • Admissions
  • Prerequisites
  • New online courses

3. Faculty Senate Faculty Affairs Charge

The Faculty Affairs Committee shall be charged with oversight and policy related to faculty mentoring and development, faculty grievances (not within scope of AF&T), faculty hiring and search procedures, and evaluation of administrators. The Committee will oversee additional matters pertaining to general faculty welfare.

Seven faculty members appointed by the Faculty Senate will serve on the Committee and one Graduate Student employed by the University and appointed by the Graduate and Professional Student Association. Members shall serve for overlapping two-year terms. No committee member will serve more than two consecutive two-year terms. The Chairperson will be elected each year by the Committee and shall be a tenured faculty member.

  • Formulation of new policies that are deemed to be in the best interest of faculty
  • Development and implementation of faculty policies as defined in the Faculty Constitution.

4. Faculty Senate Student Affairs

  • Shared Governance
  • Student Activities
  • Athletics
  • Pubs
  • SUB
  • International Student Support Services
  • Student Support Services
  • Fraternities/Sororities
  • Financial Aid
  • Housing
  • Scholarships
  • Health Center
  • Child Care
  • International Student Center
  • Student Conduct
  • International Issues
  • * Student related issues
  • Addressing student issues brought to the Senate

Senate has an interest in these activities as a whole and in having a voice in setting policy and solving problems as they arise. These are things that affect student life on and off campus.

5. Faculty Senate Policy Committee Charge

Suggestion: We recommend keeping the Governance committee as it stands.

Suggestion: Establish a Policy committee as a Faculty Senate Committee

In the interest of shared governance any and all policies that impact faculty of UNM must be reviewed by the Policy Committee, with the exception of those under the purview of other faculty standing committees. The Policy Committee membership must include 2 members from Governance, 1 from AF&T, 4 from Faculty Senate (none of whom are from the same department).

The charge to this committee is as follows:

  • Review of the Regents’ Handbook, Faculty Handbook, Constitution, Red book, and the Pathfinder
  • Consult and collaborate with administrators with respect to policies in documents other than in the Faculty Handbook.
  • Communication of policies across the campuses after Faculty Senate approval, full faculty approval, or as per policy history.
  • Review and approve policies developed by other standing committees.

G. Final Oversight Committee Leaders

Individuals were asked to volunteer to lead the discussion efforts for each oversight committee. Below are the individuals who volunteered to pull together interested parties to discuss the charge, structure, and operations of these committees. An agreement was reached that a progress report from each area was due on February 1.


The following Forms C were approved by unanimous voice vote of the Faculty Senate:


Assistant Professor Susan Copeland (Educational Specialties) presented the following Form D. The Form D was approved by unanimous voice vote of the Faculty Senate.

Provost Reed Dasenbrock introduced the Graduation Task Force Report. UNM's third semester retention rate is up ten percent while its peers are trending downward. The Freshman Academic Choices program has had a dramatic impact on retention. However, UNM's graduation rate is appalling when compared to its peers. Advising is required for freshman and declared majors, but not for the students in between. There has been $300,000 invested in advisement and the results will take some time to be seen.

The Graduation Task Force steering committee was comprised of: Peter White, Vice Provost and Dean of University College, Co-Chair; Wynn Goering, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, Co-Chair; Terry Babbitt, Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management; Mark Chisholm, Director of Institutional Research; Jennifer Gomez-Chavez, Director, Title V Program; Nancy Lopez, Assistant Professor of Sociology; and Mark Ondrias, Arts and Sciences Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Professor of Chemistry. The members were each in charge of a subcommittee. The subcommittees looked at the critical factors effecting graduation rates at UNM. Each subcommittee crafted recommendations, not all of which were used in the final report.

Dean Peter White (University College) distributed the 19 page summary of the larger report. Associate Provost Wynn Goering reviewed the handout with the senate. Both the summary and the full report are available at:

Graduation Task Force Summary

Graduation Task Force Full Report

Fred Nathan and Grant Taylor from THINK New Mexico presented the following resolution for the Faculty Senate to consider. The THINK NM website is www.thinknewmexico.org. After brief discussion, the resolution passed by a unanimous vote. There was one abstention.


WHEREAS, the Faculty Senate exercises the faculty's responsibilities for education, care of students, their contributions to the academic excellence of the University, and to an environment in which all members of the campus community are free to learn and communicate, and

WHEREAS, the New Mexico Legislature created the lottery, in part, to fund a full-tuition scholarship to every deserving high school graduate at any public university or community college in New Mexico, and

WHEREAS, the New Mexico Higher Education Department projects the scholarship fund will face an $18 million deficit in 2011, and

WHEREAS, approximately 20 cents of every dollar bet on the lottery goes to pay operating and administrative costs, the fifth highest of 43 states, according to La Fleur’s 2006 World Lottery Almanac, and

WHEREAS, currently only about 24 cents of every dollar bet on the lottery actually go to scholarships, while eleven states have set statutory minimum percentages for beneficiaries between 30 and 35 percent (California, Delaware, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Tennessee), and

WHEREAS, even small states (New Hampshire, North Dakota, West Virginia and Washington D.C.) returned 30 percent or more of their lottery revenues to their beneficiaries last year, and

WHEREAS, the New Mexico Lottery pays online vendor GTech 8.52 percent of online sales, while comparable states pay between 2.16 percent and 5.10 percent, and

WHEREAS, lottery retailers receive a base commission of 6 percent of every dollar of ticket sales from the New Mexico Lottery, while most states pay their retailers 5 percent, and

WHEREAS, Think New Mexico proposes the “30-percent solution”, by which 30 percent of lottery revenues will be statutorily dedicated to the Lottery Success Scholarship fund, and

WHEREAS, increasing the percentage for scholarships from 24 percent to 30 percent will produce approximately $9 million per year, or enough for 2,500 scholarships,

WHEREAS, Think New Mexico proposes to add language to the current law requiring that at least one of the seven Lottery Board positions be reserved for representative(s) of the higher education community, and

NOW THEREFORE, the Faculty Senate of UNM does hereby endorse legislation that appropriates at least 30 percent of lottery revenues to Lottery Success Scholarships and verbiage that requires at least one Lottery Board member be from the higher education community, as recommended by Think New Mexico.

Program Manager Nicholas Spezza (Employee Health Promotion Program) presented a report on the Employee Health Promotion Program rapid-redesign and the current wellness program. Faculty are invited to attend an informational meeting on UNM’s “World of Wellness” rapid redesign initiative. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 31, 2007, from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. in the Student Union Building Lobo Rooms A & B.

Current Wellness Program
Employee Health Promotion Program

Healthy Weight Project

Biggest Loser Challenge - helps you achieve a more optimal state of health through modification of diet, exercise and lifestyle.

Call Shelley - 272-3989.

Tobacco Cessation

Tobacco Cessation - FREE tobacco treatment counseling Sessions focused on individual needs. Topics of discussion include nicotine replacement therapy, formulating a good quit plan, and emotional support.

Call Mary at 277-4996.

Stress Management

Art for health – creativity, relaxation and productivity all go together. Stress reduction is not just a catch phrase but also a necessary part of the workweek. Participants in this program swear by its effectiveness.

TIME OUT! - is important for maintaining energy. The balance of work, family, finances, social activities and more causes stress in this new millennium of constant stimulation. This hands on workshop provides instruction and experience in activities that can be used daily to decrease stress.

Call Eli at 272-4460.


Fitness classes – Yoga, Pilates, Circuit training and more. Exercise improves the functioning of your immune system, helps you to lose weight, helps you to incur fewer medical and health-care expenses and so much more.

Personal trainers
- to help you with your individual goals.

Discounted memberships -
to local gyms are available.

Call Cheri at 277-3116.

Physiologic Testing

Fitness testing – UNM has one of the most advanced exercise physiology laboratories in the state. Get a handle on your current level of health and fitness, as well as assist you in taking the next most appropriate steps towards maintaining or improving your health and wellness.

Lipid and Glucose testing - Lipid testing includes total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. The fee is $15 for lipid test and $10 for the glucose test. Johnson Center, Room B143, 7am - 8:30 am on the first Thursday of each month, on a walk-in basis.

Call Christine at 277-2658.

Nutrition Services

Nutrition Consultations - You may have an individual or small group nutrition consult with the dietitian for any nutrition related issue or concern. They can also be scheduled to follow-up a fitness assessment, lipid or glucose testing, or personalized workouts. Weight management support is also available.

Dietary Analysis - can help determine if you are meeting your dietary goal and nutritional requirements.

Call Shelley at 272-3989.


Worksite wellness – our expert staff provides interactive classes and programming on an expansive list of health, nutrition and fitness topics.

Consulting - We can work with you to perform needs assessments and development of department specific programming.

Call Nicholas at 272-3710.

Life Support

AED - Automated External Defibrillators are the machines, we may all have seen on T.V., which provide life saving electric shock to a heart that is in trouble. EHPP oversees this program and trains employees in many key areas on campus in this crucial life saving technology.

CPR/First Aid – These courses teach the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize and provide basic first aid care for breathing and cardiac emergencies until advanced medical personnel arrive.

Call Erin at 277-5715.


No new business was raised.

The meeting adjourned at 5:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Rick Holmes
Office of the Secretary