Faculty senate elects president, discusses policy changes

Jacob Stewart

The ISU faculty senate elected a new president, Ann Marie Vanderzanden, Tuesday night.

She was elected after the first vote ended in a tie between Robert Wallace, associate professor of ecology, evolution and organismal biology, and Vanderzanden, associate director for the department of horticulture.

Vanderzanden recently completed her second term on the senate and as the council chairwoman for the department of horticulture. She was excited to work with the senate and is confident in her ability to be president. She also plans to address faculty morale concerns.

The most heated issue of the night was the ratification of the unacceptable performance of duties policy. The policy, which has been undergoing revision and review for the past four months, was brought before the senate for a vote, but several faculty members had problems with the proposed ideas.

Peter Sherman, associate professor of aerospace engineering, believed the revised policy was “not ready for a vote.” He said the department of aerospace engineering and several other departments had not received the ratified document until Tuesday, and had not had time to talk over the proposed revisions.

The original document suggested that the first step in a complaint of unacceptable performance of duty was to have the dean of the college bring the complaint to the head of the department the faculty member in question belongs to, then have a jury of faculty extensively investigate the accused faculty member’s past work at the college before making a decision to take action against that faculty member.

Arnold Van Der Valk, professor of ecology, evolution and organismal biology, proposed that a council of colleagues be assembled by the department head to review that faculty member’s performance and take action accordingly. The senate voted against his proposal and a motion was passed that voting on the policy change be postponed until their next meeting.

Several more issues were brought up before the senate after the election. Elizabeth Hoffman, executive vice president and provost, apologized for the office’s failure to communicate clearly the increased recreational service fee.

A plan to incorporate a recreational service program in the faculty budget was in the works, but the provost office was not able to keep costs down and provide a recreational budget.