Wilkins Presents Faculty Senate Update

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Faculty Senate Chair Dr. Nicolas Wilkins provided the Regents Sept. 20 with an overview of the goals and plans for the 54th Senate.

Strengthening a sense of community among all employee groups across campus is a top priority, Wilkins said. As part of its Faculty Social events, the Senate will invite employee groups as guests to foster communication and build bridges between the faculty and staff on campus. The first Faculty Senate social included University professional staff and was held at Ebb & Flow Fermentations in downtown Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The social events, he said, also are an opportunity to connect with the local community and businesses, and future events will be held at locations throughout Cape Girardeau.

Faculty Senate will host two Take-Away Friday faculty development workshops this semester with discussion focused on governance on Nov. 15 and faculty rights on Dec. 6.

The 54th Senate will continue to review the Faculty Handbook and is implementing an annual review of the Handbook at the start of each academic year to ensure it is current, Wilkins said.

He said Faculty Senate is working on a collegiality statement and bills related to academic honesty and students’ course evaluations. He also commended Southeast Provost Dr. Michael Godard, who arrived on campus in July, for quickly implementing change.

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