Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1976-04-061
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1-t r r Flamrri wins elections by 1 26 votes Weber State College Professional travel? Growth controversy grows between faculty and admin According to some Administration and Faculty sources the reasons for stifled professional growth at WSC are self-imposed by individual instructors. However, at least one School on campus here has been able to show some real efforts toward eliminating morale-related problems with their instructors.During interviews with a variety of faculty and staff employees it was revealed that the various budgets for travel are, in general, never really dried up. Dr. Parry Wilson, Executive Director of Admin. Information Services, explained that each Dean has extra money he can allocate for travel in his department, in addition to travel money allocated to Faculty Senate Committees and various Administration planning and curriculum functions, which send faculty members out of state. "I didn't know they didn't know that," was Dr. Wilson's response " when informed that many faculty members weren't aware of the alternate funds he described. The Deans of the Schools are generally in agreement, also, that all faculty members don't wish to L.vel, thereby allowing those who do to have the necessary funds. "I don't know of any genuine need for out of state travel we haven't been able to meet," stated Dr. Robert Mikkelsen, Dean of Humanities. Dr. Jerald Storey, vice president in charge of Planning and Admin. Systems, stated that there are several outlets available to faculty members who wish to travel out of state. He said that in addition to the funds allocated to each school, the Research and Professional Growth Committee and the Improvement Instructions Committee, each composed of faculty members, accept proposals for such funds and allocate them according to need. He also pointed out that schools have been known to exchange surplus funds in certain budgeted areas in order to enable additional travel and more complete use of money. When asked why the faculty doesn't respond to these opportunities more, Storey replied that they should be aware of them as the committees constantly invite the submitting of proposals by faculty. He attributed it to a breakdown in communication. "Some segments are more aware '(of the opportunities) than others." Though there is admittedly a ceiling on travel funds, Storey said that each fiscal year there are some monies tft over which go unused in this area. "Every faculty member does not have a productive trip to take each year," he said. Mikkelsen also said that good payment is available for the developing of courses. "If someone has a good idea for a course the committee can allocate money for that," he said. Specific money for these areas including travel also increases each year. Storey said that the funds have increased 111 percent over the 1971-1972 fiscal year as compared to a 56 percent increase in overall budget in that same period. Replying to these reports of travel fund surpluses, instructors in two departments retorted that it was general knowledge that most requests for travel went unfilled and that most travel, particularly further than one state away, had to be paid for by the individual professor. Dr. Glen Wiese, English Department Professor, said that most profs don't even bother to submit travel requests anymore because they know they'll have to pay for the trip themselves and can't afford to on their low salaries. Mr. Mike Stemkoski, a popular Accounting instructor, agreed that most out of state travel was paid for out of the pocket. He pointed out that his vacation trips were timed to coincide with important professional meetings, and that was the only way he could go. When questioned about the funds available for in state travel, Mr. Stemkoski responded that most instructors' time was too valuable to spend on local meetings when so much more was accomplished by attending regional or national meetings., Making a discussion of student evaluations with the department head mandatory was cited by Stemkoski as a very positive step taken by the School of Business. He pointed to increased interest and effort on the part of his peers as a result after only a few months of the program, and suggested that other departments could benefit from a similar policy. A professor from a Social Science department reported that he could not find out what his superiors had done with that school's student evaluations, but that it hadn't been added to his promotion and tenure file in the Admin. Building. The Signpost, through its continuing investigations has uncovered many conflicting statements by members of both faculty and administration, leading to the unfortunate conclusion that there is pervasive lack of communications which seems to underlie all of Weber's serious problems. April 6, 1976 i r ; V ' ; ; A:- - , A! Jeff Flamin, next year's student body president. 1 A ) Mike Hunsaker: Will be new Student Services VP See Rage 2 for related story and photos.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1976-04-06, Vol. 36, No. 39|
|Creator||Weber State College|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber College|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State College|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|