Draft – Minutes – March 20, 2016

  • Draft – Faculty Senate Minutes
  • March 30, 2016
  • Magnolia Campus
  1. Call to Order: Alex Fitzner

Meeting was called to order by Fitzner at 3:47p

Senators in attendance:

Alex Fitzner, President, Jeff Lockett, Secretary,  Sally Lighter, Communications Officer, Dave Vinson, TBR Representative, Toni McDaniels, Business officer, Donn King, Parliamentarian, Engineering and Media Technology: Ron Goodrich, Business and Computer Technology:  Tammie Bolling, Elizabeth McCowan,  English:  Lawana Day, Nick Morgan, Chester Needham.  Liberal Arts:  Jennifer Brickey, Charles Cardwell., Frank Mashburn. Mathematics: Chris Culliton, Bob Stern, Jonathan Lamb, Natural/Behavioral Science: Rebecca Glatt, Nursing: Ann Sherman.  Library Services:  Janine Pino.  Division Street Representative: Mike Murphy. Blount County Representative: Margaret McCrary. Magnolia Representative: Bob Boyd, Adjunct Faculty Representative: Gabe Crowell, Lori Price, Promotion and Tenure: Mark Fuentes.

Approval of Minutes: Toni McDaniel

The meeting was called to order and the Minutes of the February 24th meeting were approved.

  • Officer Reports:

Secretary: Jeff Lockett- Introduced Jake Hamrich to the senate as our new president-elect.

Communications:  Sally Lighter-No report.

TBR Representative: Dave Vinson reported that from TBR Sub council discussion concerning the outsourcing of staff positions he heard opposing statements.  Initially he heard that no institution would be able to opt out of this business office decision and that in a follow-up visit to sub council he heard responses to this opinion which stated that included an opt out option for individual institutions.  Vinson also noted that he has been appointed to a TBR committee to explore campus bookstores beginning in May, 2016.  In reference to this new appointment, Vinson asked for any input from PSCC senators.

President: Alex Fitzner announced that in reference to FOCUS Act there is a renewed focus on community colleges and hopes for a positive outcome.  Fitzner brought up the proposed changes to the tobacco policy, 08:06:00, and said that it has not yet come up in President’s council.  He also commented on new changes taking place with the security forces used at PSCC.  He said that there are new training initiatives which are available to all security personnel as well as new organizational strategies in discussion.  His opinion is that the security staff believe this to be a positive move.  Regarding an update to the school’s budget, Dr. Wise reported to Fitzner that our allocations will fund salaries first and will include continued compensation studies.  Dr. Wise is asking for an increase in salaries for adjunct instructors from TBR.  Concerning spring break, Dr. Wise will be asking to position ours with UTK and Knox County Schools.  Fitzner’s attendance at the strategic planning meeting last week prompted insight into the upcoming staffing and attendance proposals which will have gen-ed course available in block format at site campuses and should allow full programs to be completed at a single campus.  Advising is still working on a team approach according to Rachel Cragle.  Several options will be available to faculty concerning advising roles.  There will be an accelerated Business degree program at Blount and new online degree pathways for history, accounting, business administration, information systems, economics, finance, marketing and management.

Committee Reports:

Adjunct representative: No report

Student Scholarships:  No report

Rules Committee:  Donn King reports that the online version of the faculty senate        constitution needs to be updated and that he will be stepping down as parliamentarian to be replaced by Trent Eads.

Nominating Committee:  No report

Promotion/Tenure Committee: No report

Faculty Development: No report

Accessibility Oversight: No report

Unfinished Business

  1. Alex Fitzner returned to the faculty evaluation policy, 06:02:04, Section V, part G, and proposed changes to remove language that is primarily tied into the old process of student evaluations that took place in the classroom during class time. The motion to accept these changes was made and carried.
  2. Fitzner proposed the following changes to Section V, part K:

If the Immediate Supervisor wishes to exceed the minimum number of evaluations for an entire department, then that Supervisor will gain the approval of a majority of the tenured faculty in that department prior to implementation.  This approval will be signified by the agreement of a simple majority of the tenured faculty of that department.   The motion was seconded and carried.

  1. Change all references to Vice President of Learning to Chief Academic Office

New Business

  1. Pat Zingg proposed not to have Good Friday as a school holiday. The motion failed and there was a motion to postpone discussion of the issue indefinitely.  The motion carried.
  2. Rebecca Glatt presented three concerns for senate consideration: Breastfeeding Stations, Maternity/Parental Leave and Sick Leave.  All three concerns had motions to form committees to explore options with regard to policy.  All motions to form committees carried.
  3. Fitzner brought up the need for senate elections and announced that new senators will be attending the April 27th meeting with outgoing senators.
  4. Fitzner nominated Donn King to be awarded the Nina McPherson Award for service to the college. The nomination carried unanimously.

Announcements – no new announcements

  • Meeting was adjourned at 5:10

Minutes- February 24, 2016 -Draft

Faculty Senate Minutes

February 24, 2016

Division Street Campus

  1. Call to Order: Alex Fitzner

Meeting was called to order by Fitzner at 3:32.

Senators in attendance:

Alex Fitzner, President, Jeff Lockett, Secretary,  Sally Lighter, Communications Officer, Dave Vinson, TBR Representative, Toni McDaniels, Business Officer, Engineering and Media Technology: Ron Goodrich, Business and Computer Technology:  Tammie Bolling, Elizabeth McCowan, Lucinda Alexander. English:  Lawana Day, Nick Morgan, Chester Needham.  Liberal Arts:  Jennifer Brickey, Charles Cardwell., Frank Mashburn. Mathematics: Chris Culliton, Bob Stern, Jonathan Lamb, Natural/Behavioral Science: Rebecca Glatt, Pat Zingg, Nursing: Kimberly Wilks.  Library Services:  Jennifer Mezick.  Division Street Representative: Mike Murphy, Blount County Representative: Margaret McCrary. Magnolia Representative: Bob Boyd, Adjunct Faculty Representative: Gabe Crowell, Lori Price, Promotion and Tenure: Mark Fuentes,  Faculty Development Representative: Kellie Toon, Guest: BL Mosby.

  1. Approval of Minutes: Alex Fitzner

The Minutes of the January 27th meeting were approved.

  • Officer Reports:

Secretary: Jeff Lockett- No Report.

Communications:  Sally Lighter-No report.

TBR Representative: Dave Vinson reported in reference to the “Haven for Faculty “training that two faculty had issue with the training and that he has scheduled a meeting with Patrick Shipwash and that Shipwash is open to work with special exceptions to the problems.

President: Alex Fitzner announced that he had received an email from Joan Newman that changed the protocol for the testing center and the policy of the center wherein students must have a larger lead time in order to use the center’s services.  Fitzner advanced the idea of the testing center’s use for all class tests.  Fitzner further expressed a concern of Drs. Wise and Lewis over the ways that inclement weather protocols had recently failed because of variability of weather conditions and that he had heard an update from security about the advancement of street names for the Hardin Valley campus.

Committee Reports:

Adjunct representative: Gabe Crowell says that he has noticed that adjunct office space at the Division Street campus has shrunk in size by 33% and there is not privacy.  He also mentioned that he has felt pressure to move adjunct office hours to the library.

Student Scholarships:  Pat Zingg announced that the Faculty Senate book sale is scheduled for April 4, 5, and 6 on the Hardin Valley campus and the site campuses the week before.  She expressed that the book sale is on track and she made a motion to change the name to “Student Scholarship Book Sale.”  It was seconded and the motion passed.

Rules Committee:  No report

Nominating Committee:  Lockett announced that through acclamation Jake Hamrick was selected as our President Elect beginning at the July 2016 faculty senate meeting.

Promotion/Tenure Committee: Fuentes notified the senate that promotion and tenure books are available for review in AL 220 but will not be available to read over spring break.

Faculty Development: Kelli Toon announced that sixty-six faculty have finished level one of the online training sessions and that by spring break all of the faculty who teach online will be enrolled in level one training.  She said that by spring 2017 all instructors must have completed level one and two training in order to teach online.

Accessibility Oversight: No report.

  1. Unfinished Business:
  2. Charles Cardwell presented the Report of the Core Competencies ad hoc committee. The committee recommends that the entry from the College’s 2016-17 Catalogue be changed to read as follows:  Pellissippi State recognizes core college-level competencies expected of all graduates.  The school regularly assesses its students as to these competencies.  Pellissippi State graduates will have demonstrated that they are able to: Write Clearly, Read proficiently, Communicate effectively, Think critically, Analyze and apply quantitative information appropriately, and Use technology to gather, process, analyze and create information.  A motion to accept these changes was made and passed.

 There was a motion made to have a member of faculty senate attend Dean’s Council as a nonvoting member. The motion did not carry.

  1. New Business:
  1. Charles Cardwell introduced a motion that Pellissippi State faculty call for future spring calendars to include at least two snow days to be activated in the event of weather related closures of the college. The motion did not carry.
  2. Blount County representative, Margaret McCrary, expressed issues with the Blount County bookstore and said that it is not sufficiently supplying required textbook access cards.
  1. Announcements:

March 8 was announced by Crowell as Lobby day in Nashville for members of the union.

  • Meeting was adjourned at 5:10

 

Minutes – January 2016

Faculty Senate Minutes

January 27, 2016

Hardin Valley Campus

 

  1. Call to Order: Alex Fitzner

Meeting was called to order by Fitzner at 3:32.

Senators in attendance:  Alex Fitzner, President, , Jeff Lockett, Secretary, Sally Lighter, Communications Officer, Dave Vinson, TBR Representative, Business and Computer Technology: Tammie Bolling, Elizabeth McCowan, Lucinda Alexander. English: Lawana Day, Nick Morgan, Chester Needham. Liberal Arts: Jennifer Brickey, Charles Cardwell., Frank Mashburn. Mathematics: Chris Culliton, Bob Stern, Jonathan Lamb. Nursing: Ann Sherman. Library Services: Jennifer Mezick. Division Street Representative: Mike Murphy. Blount County Representative: Margaret McCrary.

  1. Approval of Minute: Alex Fitzner

Minutes of the October meeting were approved without objections or discussion.

  • Officer Reports:

Secretary: Jeff Lockett- No Report.

Communications: Sally Lighter-No report.

TBR Representative: Dave Vinson reported that the TBR Sub council would meet on Friday, February 5 in the faculty staff dining room.

President: Alex Fitzner announced that he had met with Dr. Lewis and the Lewis informed him that he is moving towards his goal of having at least one major able to be completed on each campus

Committee Reports:

Adjunct representative: No report

Student Scholarships: Pat Zingg announced that the Faculty Senate book sale is scheduled for April 4, 5, and 6 on the Hardin Valley campus and the site campuses the week before. She also expressed her thanks to the librarians for holding the sales at the site campuses. Collection site for books is in ERC 312.

Rules Committee: No report

Nominating Committee: Jeff Lockett announced that to date he has only received interest from Jake Hamric to replace Alex Fitzner at the end of his senate presidency. If no other interested parties come forward before the next senate meeting, Hamric will be elected automatically.

Promotion/Tenure Committee: It was announced that the dates for peer group review of promotion and tenure packets will be February 13- March 4.

Faculty Development: No report

Accessibility Oversight: No report.

Old Business:

  1. Fitzner opened discussion on faculty senate meeting locations and a motion was made to go back to the old rule for senate meeting locations which states that each campus will host one meeting per year with Hardin Valley hosting the balance. Fitzner had proposed that each meeting should alternate between campuses. The motion was defeated 10 to 11.
  2. A statement from Donn King was read and a motion was made to change the number necessary for a quorum of the senate from a simple majority to only one third. After debate the motion was defeated.
  3. Business returned to Annie Gray’s presentation that a formal statement containing information about counseling services available at PSCC to be included at the sole option of the instructor on class syllabi. A motion to adopt this use carried.
  4. A revision to the college’s statement about Core Competencies for graduates was previously presented by Nancy Ramsey and Dean Barker. There was a motion made to support the changes to these Core Competencies as a senate body. After debate the motion was defeated. Fitzner asked to have an ad hoc committee convene to look at these proposed changes to be discussed at February’s senate meeting.
  5. A motion was made to update policy 08:06:00 to include vaping into the tobacco policy and not just e-cigarettes. After debate the motion carried.

 New Business:

  1. Ron Goodrich moved to change the standard block of classes for MWF classes to reflect the class blocks for TR classes and leave the Friday blocks for classes meeting once a week and for labs. After debate the motion was defeated.
  2.  Fitzner moved that policy 03:04:02 concerning program modification, which is currently up for review, be accepted because the proposal only concerns updating certain language changes. After debate the motion passed.
  3.  Bob Stern proposed to the senate to move the start time of senate meetings from 3:30 to 3:45. After debate the motion passed.
  4.  Fitzner proposed that an ad hoc committee be formed to review and make recommendations about the Faculty Evaluation Policy Committee’s report which is up for a scheduled review. This ad hoc committee will report to the senate at the February meeting.

 Announcements:

  1. Fitzner announced that he has asked Toni McDaniel to become the faculty Senate Business Officer and that she has accepted.
  • Meeting was adjourned at 5:30

 

 

October 2015 – Minutes

Faculty Senate Minutes

October 28, 2015

Magnolia Campus

Call to Order: Tyra Barrett

Meeting was called to order by Barrett at 3:32.

Senators in attendance:

Alex Fitzner, President, Tyra Barrett, Past President, Jeff Lockett, Secretary, Sally Lighter, Communications officer, Donn King, Parliamentarian, Business and Computer Technology: Lucinda Alexander, Tammy Bolling, Elizabeth McCowan. Engineering and Media Technology: Ron Goodrich. English: Nicholas Morgan, Lawana Day, Chester Needham. Liberal Arts: Frank Mashburn, Jennifer Brickey, Charles Cardwell. Mathematics: Chris Culliton, Bob Stern. Natural and Behavioral Science: Rebecca Glatt. Library Services: Jennifer Mezick. Division Street Representative: Mike Murphy. Magnolia Representative: Bob Boyd. Adjunct Faculty Representatives: Gabe Crowell, Lori Price.

Faculty Development Representative: Kellie Toon. Guest: Nneka Norman-Gordon.

Approval of Minutes:

Minutes of the September 30, 2015 meeting were approved without objections or discussion.

Fitzner introduced and welcomed our invited guest, Nneka Norman-Gordon to the senate. She addressed the senators and guests with an introduction as the Office of Higher Education Resource Officer. She discussed the role of her office t serve as a resource to higher education faculty, staff and employees in Tennessee. Norman-Gordon answered questions from the senate members on subjects relating to her responsibilities and the office’s mission.

  1. Officer Reports:

Secretary: Jeff Lockett- Asked for volunteers to assist in the collection of names to run for President Elect following Fitzner’s term.

Communications: Sally Lighter-No report.

President: Alex Fitzner reported on his conversation concerning security drills on campus with Darrell McGraw. Surrounding complaints and observations that the security drills are disruptive to classroom activities, Fitzner said that there will be no announcement prior to the drills. McGraw noted that for the safety of the college it is not possible to give any public statement before the drills take place.

Fitzner also announced that TBR has warned its institutions that the issue of concealed carry laws will be coming up in future Tennessee legislative actions and he suggested that Fred Breiner can be asked to address security issues before the faculty senate. Fitzner also reported that the Behavioral Intervention Team has been especially active this semester and that two students have been removed from the roster at PSCC in their courses. He acknowledges that Vice President Lewis takes these instances very seriously.

Fitzner talked about his recent trip to Nashville and conversations that he had with the TBR Chancellor. Concerning PSCC, Fitzner says that we awarded 13.5% of all degrees and 16.5% of certificates across TBR last year. A consequence of this achievement is that PSCC has moved up the list of new facilities priorities to number two. President Wise and Dr. Lewis hope to initiate new buildings on the Hardin Valley and Blount County campuses in the next two years after acknowledging our lack of private office space for our full-time faculty.

Next the issue of adjunct pay scale was addressed relating to a maximum rate. Fitzner says that Dr. Wise is interested in asking for an exception to this policy for PSCC. Along the same line Fitzner suggests that the senate revisit the definition of adjunct professor in the spring semester and that he will be asking for an ad hoc committee then.

In a further report from Chancellor Morgan, Fitzner mentioned that TBR has agreed to be part of Governor Haslam’s privatization study but that he does not believe that privatization will serve our students. He is reported to have said that if we are charged with this it will be up to each institution to decide regarding participation. President Wise has already said that PSCC will not participate based on the reports that these measures will not realize actual cost savings and that they do not serve our students.

Other noted observations from Fitzner include efforts underway to create a mobile food pantry to visit each campus through Second Harvest.

New search committees for tenure track faculty are to commence in November with the hope of accelerating the hiring process.

Regarding classes and scheduling, Fitzner said that his conversations with Dr. Lewis show Lewis’s goal of defining block scheduling as “morning, afternoon or evening” and that he would like to offer popular classes in a sequential way in order to boost our enrollment of adult students. The intention is to also offer (ideally) all of the classes required for the most popular majors on every campus. In this way he hopes to facilitate graduation in a two year time frame. Connected to this Lewis is reported to have said that there will be new TTPs proposed for the future as well as an Associate of Fine Arts. He Dr. Lewis also expects to see a return to a previous policy that allows students to enroll for more than 12 credit hours without cost beyond the first 12.

Committee Reports:

Adjunct representative: Gabe Crowell announced that he believes that PSCC has the worst space allocations for adjunct professors compared to other local colleges who use adjunct professors.

Student Scholarships: No report

Rules Committee: No report

Nominating Committee: See secretary’s report above.

Promotion/Tenure Committee: No report

Faculty Lecture Series: No Report.

Unfinished Business: There were no official motions made.

 New Business: There were no official motions made.

  1. Announcements: Fitzner announced that he is going to bring a motion at the November senate meeting concerning traveling to site campuses for senate meetings and that our next official meeting will be held November 18 at 3:30 in Blount county.

Adjournment

Meeting was adjourned at 5:46

 

Minutes – September 30, 2015

Faculty Senate

MinutesSeptember 30, 2015

Division Street Campus

I. Call to Order: Tyra Barrett – Acting Business officer

Meeting was called to order by Barrett at 3:40

Senators in attendance: Mike Murphy (Division Street), Bob Stern (Math), Charles Cardwell (LA), Lawana Day (English), Margaret McCrary (Blount County Rep), Dave Vinson (TBR Rep) Donn King (Parliamentarian), Sally Lighter (Communications Officer), Jeff Lockett (Secretary), Alex Fitzner (President), Chester Needham, (English), Frank Mashburn (Liberal Art), Tyra Barrett (BTS), Jennifer Mezick (LS), Liz McCowan (BTS), Nick Morgan (Eng), Jennifer Brickey (LA), Bob Boyd (Magnolia), Gabe Crowell (Adjunct), Lucinda Alexander (BCT), Robert Baird (Guest), Lori Price (Adjunct), Rebecca Glatt (NBS)

II. Approval of Minute: Barrett

Minutes of the August 26, 2015 meeting were approved without objections or discussion.

Officer Reports:

Secretary: Jeff Lockett- Asked for selection committee volunteers from the senate for choosing the new Faculty President to follow Alex Fitzner.

Communications: Sally Lighter- Announced an interest in having everyone check to see that they are properly listed as senators on the senate blog.

President: Alex Fitzner Announced that at a recent President’s Council meeting which he attended he heard that there is now an increase in compensation to instructors for independent study students. The amount will increase to 0.3 hours per student in a three hour course and 0.4 for four hours and 0.5 for a five hour course.

Official policy has been changed to reflect that full time faculty are no longer required to teach one evening class per academic year.

Fitzner noted that there is approval for a change in policy for employment requirements in AAS programs, particularly the new welding courses, which lowers the minimum degree to Associate in line with TBR policy.

Concerning merit pay, Fitzner mentioned that there is no new information available. He stated that he had met with Dr. Wise and Dr. Lewis and he was told that Chancellor Morgan of TBR said that each individual institution has to be paying its employees at 100% of market rate before any merit pay scenarios can be initiated. PSCC is currently at 81% with a goal of 99% in the next academic year. Barrett expressed an interest in studying merit pay systems in other schools and how their employees have reacted to them. She asked for volunteers to help with this informal study and Mike Murphy and Alex Fitzner agreed to help.

TBR Representative: Dave Vinson – No report.

Committee Reports:

Adjunct representative: Gabe Crowell mentioned that he would like to see the adjunct handbook list policies and procedures relating to questions he’s received lately from other adjunct professors. Barrett suggested that these are already in the online handbook and that adjuncts should be directed to this.

Student Scholarships: Pat Zingg mentioned that she needs boxes and representatives from each department for the book sale as well as locations in each department to store books.

Rules Committee: No report

Nominating Committee: See secretary report above.

Promotion/Tenure Committee: No new report.

Faculty Lecture Series: No Report.

Faculty Development Committee: Kellie Toon reports that QEP received 10/10 points in this year’s evaluations for performance funding and that she intends to publish a monthly calendar containing faculty development content. She asked for updated department information for inclusion in each month’s issue.

Unfinished Business:

01:03:01 Barrett met with several others to discuss policy and its wording to remove the section which does not exist anymore. In line with the new wording, Barrett stressed that PSCC needs to have a student member on the faculty senate. Cardwell moved that we contact Mary Bledsoe and Kim LaRue in Student Life and ask them to review the procedure for selecting a student senate representative. The motion passed without further discussion.

03:03:01 Murphy presented results from the ad hoc committee on these policy changes.

  1. Remove the word: “strict” from section II, so as to change ”Courses will be taught in strict accordance with the master syllabus” to say “Course will be taught in accordance with the master syllabus.
  2. Add the word “course’s” to Section IV to say “A class syllabus or a copy of the course’s master syllabus and a supplement…”

Both changes were accepted without discussion as written.

III. New Business:

03:16:01 Barrett introduced these changes in Use of Copyrighted Materials and Mezick outlined the changes made to this policy. Cardwell made a motion that the senate commends Stephanie Gillespie for her detailed work to make these changes. The motion passed without discussion.

06:21:01 Toon addressed changes to this policy on Faculty Development primarily on point II of the document. She recommends that it now read:

To assist faculty members in achieving their faculty development goals, the College has established a College-wide Faculty Development Committee to assist in the planning and implementation of faculty development activities including annual in-service workshops, special presentation, lectures, forums, and instruction in use of teaching technology. The College also encourages faculty members to participate in other available faculty development opportunities.

Vinson moved to change policy wording in the first sentence in point I

from:

To provide faculty members feedback on effectiveness of their instruction, the college will conduct student perception surveys and instructional observations on a regular basis.

to:

To provide faculty members feedback on effectiveness of their instruction, the college will conduct instructional observations and statistically valid student perception surveys on a regular basis.

There were no objections to these policy changes as amended.

Donn King addressed his attendance a recent meeting of the Accessibility Oversight/Steering Committee. At this meeting Dr. Lewis recognized the top 30 courses taught at PSCC and he has proposed that a training session will be held on October 20 on accessibility to be attended by a representative from the faculty teaching each of these courses.

IV. Announcements:

Fitzner read letters from the Foundation office recognizing Faculty Senate Scholarships of four recipients. Announced that our next senate meeting will be October 28 at Magnolia Campus at 3:30

V. Adjournment – Meeting was adjourned at 5:30.

Minutes – July 2015

Aside

Faculty Senate Minutes

July 22, 2015

Hardin Valley Campus

I. Call to Order: Keith Norris

Meeting was called to order by Norris at 3:32.

Senators in attendance: Mike Murphy (Division Street), Bob Stern (Math), Charles Cardwell (LA),), Lawana Day (English), Lucinda Alexander (BCT) , Ann Sherman (Nursing), Margaret McCrary (Blount County Rep), Dave Vinson (TBR Rep) Donn King (Parliamentarian), Sally Lighter (Communications Officer), Jeff Lockett (Secretary), Alex Fitzner (President Elect), Chester Needham, (English), Frank Mashburn (Liberal Art), Ron Goodrich (EMT),Tyra Barrett (BTS), John Smith, Tammie Bowling, Chris Colleton (Math), Jennifer Mezick (LS

II. Approval of Minutes: Keith Norris

Minutes of the April 29, 2015 meeting were approved without objections or discussion.

III.            Officer Reports:

Secretary: Jeff Lockett- No Report.

Communications: Sally Lighter-No report.

TBR Representative: Dave Vinson reported on his most recent TBR Sub-Council meeting. Vinson reports of an announcement of a newly created position within the Tennessee Higher Education Commission of a Higher Ed Resource Officer held by Nneka Norman-Gordon.

President: Alex Fitzner announced that he had met with Dr. Wise and Dr. Lewis and received reassurance that the current term appointments offered for the 2015-16 year are not replacements for tenure track jobs. Fitzner reports that with regard to shared governance Dr. Wise is uncomfortable allowing faculty senate to review all Pellissippi policy. Concerning the new accessibility officer, Dr. Wise says that they will not be eliminating the current student success coordinators but there will be a new committee for accessibility consisting of Fitzner, Kelly Toon, Ann Satkowiak and Ted Lewis.

Committee Reports:

Adjunct representative: No report

Student Scholarships: No report

Rules Committee: No report

Nominating Committee: No report.

Promotion/Tenure Committee: No report

Faculty Lecture Series: No Report.

IV. Unfinished Business: No senate quorum was reached at this meeting and no items are listed 

V. New Business: No senate quorum was reached at this meeting and no items are listed

VI. Announcements: Fitzner announced that he had received a thank-you card from Rachel Cragle about the senate’s support of changes to advising at PSCC.

Fitzner announced that our next regular meeting will be August 26, 2015 at 3:30 at Hardin Valley.

VII.             Meeting was adjourned at 4:30.

Minutes – April 29, 2015

Faculty Senate Minutes

April 29, 2015

Hardin Valley Campus

I. Call to Order: Alex Fitzner substituting for Keith Norris

Meeting was called to order by Fitzner at 3:34.

Senators in attendance: Amy Tankersley (TS), Gabe Crowell (Adjunct), Mike Murphy (Division Street), Bob Stern (Math), Charles Cardwell (LA), Trent Eades (English), Lawana Day (English), John May (EMT), Ron Goodrich (EMT), Lucinda Alexander (BCT) Amy Lavelle (BCT), Pat Zingg (NBS), Ann Sherman (Nursing), Margaret McCrary (Blount County Rep),  Heather Schroeder (English), Jean Jackson (Library Science),Dave Vinson (TBR Rep) Donn King (Parliamentarian), Sally Lighter (Communications Officer), Jeff Lockett (Secretary), Alex Fitzner (President Elect), Mark Fuentes (Co-Chair, Promotion and Tenure), Kelly Toon (Chair, Faculty Development), , Chester Needham, (English), Katie Lovette (EMT), Frank Mashburn (LA), Jonathan Lamb (Math), Diann DeJulia (Math), Rebecca Glatt (NBS), Michael Boyd (Adjunct), Lori Price (Adjunct), Rachel Cragle (Guest), Liz McCowan, Joe Zitka (Guest), Tammie Bolling (Guest), Jennifer Brickey (LA), Cassie Waters (Guest)

II.  Approval of Minute: Alex Fitzner

Minutes of the March 25, 2015 meeting were approved without objections or discussion. Rules suspended for guest speaker, Rachael Cragle. Cragle outlined, in a handout a proposal for a change in university parallel advisors which will offer a choice for advisor duties outside of traditional advisor responsibilities. These included:

Academic Mentor, New Student Orientation Faculty Leader, Student Veteran Mentor and advisor, Prior Learning Assessment Coach, Advisor for Specialized area.

Charles Cardwell moved to approve the proposal in principle and Bob Stern seconded the motion. The move was called to a vote and the motion carried.

Guest, Joe Zitka followed Cragle and presented an Accessibility initiative proposal which has been sent to the administration for approval. The accessibility initiative proposal will remove training responsibilities from ETS and will replaced it with a new training model. Additionally the proposal would create an Accessibility Committee and do away with student success coordinators while reducing advising hours. Tyra Barrett asked about the $5 million grant received by PSCC to fund the Accessibility initiative and specifically why those funds were not being used to fully fund the program without elimination the student success coordinators. Zitka’s proposal was met with much skepticism from senators. A motion was made to eliminate the portion of the proposal that would cut student success coordinators, Lighter seconded the motion and it carried on the vote.

Guest, Cassie Waters was introduced to the Senate as a representative of United Campus Workers and she presented UCW legislative issues.

 

III.                Officer Reports:

Secretary: Jeff Lockett- No Report.

Communications: Sally Lighter-No report. Announced that the Faculty Senate Blog is up and running

TBR Representative: Dave Vinson reported on two “hot button” issues from TBR sub council. The first reflected that the tenure issues from the main handout had been resolved. The second issue brought up by sub council is that TBR has allowed ETSU to pay less than 1/32 per load hour which is dictated by policy for summer teaching. Vinson acknowledges that this sets a bad president.

President: Tyra Barrett introduced risk and noteworthy issues from the security and safety meeting. These included suggestions that PSCC have key cards made to do away with regular keys and improve in/out function for the Information Center and include a panic button there. Barrett also made a motion to include Straw Plains campus in the rotation for Faculty Senate meetings every other year. Lighter seconded and after the vote the motion carried.

IV. Committee Reports:

Adjunct representative: Gabe Crowell reported on efforts to update grievance issues for Adjunct faculty, that the April 15 teach out was not done because of rain and that a meeting was called for May 6 for adjunct and staff to meet with Dr. Wise to talk about adjunct concerns.

Student Scholarships: Reported that the final tally for the faculty book sale was $3,883.

Rules Committee: Donn King made a motion to change the constitution to add Straw Plains as a site with a senate representative. The motion was seconded by Bob Stern and a vote automatically delayed until the July meeting. King also made a motion to amend the constitution to cover tenure issues for program areas that might have too few tenured faculty to satisfy constitutional policy. Cardwell seconded and the proposal will be delayed until the July meeting.

Nominating Committee: No report.

Promotion/Tenure Committee: Mark Fuentes asked the senate to recommend a policy given to us in a handout defining term appointments. The motion was made and the vote carried.

New Faculty Orientation: Kelly Toon said that QEP is progressing well and that the New Faculty Academy has wrapped up two weeks ago and the outcome seems beneficial. A new faculty retreat is scheduled for August.

Faculty Lecture Series: No Report.

V. Unfinished Business:

 The ad-hoc committee on shared governance presented a proposal regarding the ongoing issues with the creation and approval of new college-wide policies. The new proposal addresses the way in which a policy can be made; it argues that since all PSCC policies address some issue within the college, and faculty and students comprise the core of the college, then all policies are the concern of faculty. Therefore, all PSCC policies should be subject to the Faculty Senate’s approval. The committee suggests that shared governance and shared responsibility are the burden of the senate. Thus, the proposal introduced is to revise Policy 00:00:03 to insert at the end of the second sentence in Article IV, Section I, Subsection B the phrase: “unless a department has fewer than three tenured faculty members, in which case the tenure requirement is waived.” It was also proposed that in Article IV, Section 4, subsection A the phrase be substituted “Each campus other than Hardin Valley is” in place of “Blount County, Division Street and Magnolia Campus are.” The new proposal addresses the way in which a policy can be made. A vote on the committee recommendation was taken and carried.

VI. New Business:

Barrett said that moderation of the Fac. Listserv must stop being staff moderated and that she will talk to Dr. Wise about it.

Charles Cardwell suggested three areas that Senate might want to consider addressing in the future:  Issues regarding stalking of faculty by students; civility in social media, especially regarding college-related matters; and academic integrity and faculty role regarding dual-credit course offerings.

VII. Announcements:

 Our next meeting was announced for July 22, 2015 on the Hardin Valley campus.

 

VIII.           Meeting was adjourned at 6:10.

Minutes – March 25, 2015

 

Faculty Senate Minutes

March 25, 2015

Blount County Campus

 

  1. Call to Order: Keith Norris

Meeting was called to order by Norris. Senators in attendance: Amy Tankersley (TS), Gabe Crowell (Adjunct), Mike Murphy (Division Street), Bob Stern (Math), Charles Cardwell (LA), Trent Eades (English), Lawana Day (English), John May (EMT), Ron Goodrich (EMT), Lucinda Alexander (BCT) Amy Lavelle (BCT), Pat Zingg (NBS), Ann Sherman (Nursing), Margaret McCrary (Blount County Rep), Bob Boyd (Magnolia Rep), Cindy Arnold (BCT), Heather Schroeder (English), Jean Jackson (Library Science),Dave Vinson (TBR Rep) Donn King (Parliamentarian), Sally Lighter (Communications Officer), Jeff Lockett (Secretary), Keith Norris (Business Officer), Alex Fitzner (President Elect), Mark Frentes (Co-Chair, Promotion and Tenure), Kelly Toon (Chair, Faculty Development), Dr Anthony Wise, (Guest), Dr Rebecca Ashford, (Guest), Aaron Overall, (Guest), Rick Patton, (Guest), Chester Needham, (Guest)

2. Approval of Minutes: Keith Norris

Minutes of the February 25, 2015 meeting were approved without objections or discussion.

Suspension of rules to allow, Rebecca Ashford, VP of Student Affairs, to speak as a guest.  Dr. Ashford gave a presentation about a possible early alert system.  Last year, the College purchased the Hobson’s Student Management System.  The system includes both recruitment and retention modules, the latter of which includes an early alert program.  Dr. Ashford and Aaron Overall gave a brief demonstration of the faculty view of the early alert system.  Dr. Ashford asked for suggestions on how to move forward with the early alert program. The Faculty expressed that they approved of the system and some agreed to pilot the program(s) over the summer.

President Wise followed Dr. Ashford’s presentation with a number of topics for the Senate. Initially he stated that the fiscal year and outlook for PSCC is good and that increases in tuition for next year will be minimal, and used to support a 1.5% salary increase for employees. The increase in enrollment in fall 2015 should be somewhere around 2200 if the projections from interested TN Promise students are correct. Dr. Wise spoke on his desire to keep the ratio of full-time to adjunct instructors near the current 60%-40% range. He stated that hiring needs would be based on enrollment and that there are no new hires this year outside of retiring faculty. Temporary, full-time contracts will only be employed to fill vacancies for one year. This is sometimes necessary when there is not enough time to conduct a faculty search during the year in which a faculty member retires or otherwise leaves his or her position. New hires for those positions would be offered tenure-track appointments the following academic year. Next Dr. Wise mentioned the recent passing of Bill Brewer and the loss of Nina McPherson and the establishment of the Nina McPherson Outstanding Service to the College award. The first awardee will be Bill Brewer. Bill’s widow, Sharon, will accept the (posthumous) award at this year’s Employee Appreciation Awards’ Ceremony.

During questioning from the senators, Dr. Wise acknowledged potential problems for students entering the college whose preparedness is inadequate. Dave Vinson, (ever the optimist) pointed out the probability that without other course alternatives a student entering the school with a math ACT score of 12 will have no chance for success when placed into a course with embedded remediation. His opinion is that the student will fail and skew our pass/fail ratio outside of acceptable numbers. Dr. Wise acknowledged that only time will tell.

Senate Quorum reached at 4:37

Minutes approved

III.                Officer Reports:

  • Secretary: Jeff Lockett- No Report.
  • Communications: Sally Lighter-No report
  • TBR Representative:

Dave Vinson to meet with Dr. Denley of TBR to determine if new policies put in place, which could conceivably replace tenure track with term hires and three year contracts, was an oversight on his part or intentional. Vinson contends that if the new policy was implemented accidentally then Denley needs to acknowledge this and do what is necessary to correct it as it concerns community colleges.

  • President:

Tyra Barrett introduced the idea that faculty have no specific legal advocate at our disposal should we need legal representation regarding our positions at the college. She acknowledged that members of the United Campus Workers’ (UCW) union might be better off with regard to representation. Barrett’s next topic included results of an Executive Summary of PSCC Policy concerning a security assessment. She stated that the report was mostly favorable with regard to PSCC policy as it pertains to short-term, intermediate and long-term recommendations for improvement. Among the things mentioned were “panic buttons” which could be used to alert security of potential problems. These were especially recommended near the entrance to the school at our information building and the cashier and financial aid offices. Another potential problem with security brought up by Barrett concerns the wide distribution of DF12 keys and a need to have a better plan for their management and regulation.

  1. Committee Reports:

Adjunct representative:

Gabe Crowell mentioned his desire to implement an “Adjunct Teach-in Day on April 15. His plan will request that adjunct instructors will hold their classes outdoors as a way to call attention to the college’s use of adjunct faculty.

Student Scholarships: Pat Zingg announced that the faculty book sale for scholarships is underway and that boxes have been distributed around campuses. Additional boxes can be obtained in GN 259; the sale dates are 3/30-4/1 on the Hardin Valley campus. She announced that there is still a great need for volunteers and that this year she has seen far too little with regard to volunteer help. She announced that she had taken on the burden of the book sale almost single handedly and that she needed and expected the senators and college departments to step up their assistance.

  • Rules Committee: No report.
  • Nominating Committee: No report.

Promotion/Tenure Committee: Mark Fuentes reports that the P/T meetings all took place and that the recommendations have been sent to Dr. Lewis and that they will be sent to Dr. Wise and then to TBR for final approval.

New Faculty Orientation: Kellie Toon said that the Quality Enhancement Program (QEP) is progressing well and that the New Faculty Academy has one more session left this semester. She also mentioned that she has applied for a grant to be applied to a new online teaching center.

Faculty Lecture Series: No Report.

  1. Unfinished Business:

 

An ad-hoc committee looking into the removal of Learning Council as a policy making body reports that the Dean’s Council is now the academic policy maker. The names of its members were disclosed and the committee is preparing a statement to present to the senate at the April meeting.

Barrett reports that adjunct faculty is not adequately defined at PSCC in policy and that Dr. Lewis responded that TBR returned his inquiry about adjunct faculty definition and grievance procedures. Currently adjuncts are not listed as faculty or staff with TBR, and Barrett charged Gabe Crowell with chairing an adjunct policy committee on change and grievance and to bring in new adjunct senate members. She said they should look at policies that apply and to help create an updated definition.

Next Barrett brought up the response from TBR legal that Dr. Lewis received concerning a proposal for a PSCC policy on office privacy. The response advised against pushing for such a written policy because it might force a larger TBR policy that would further remove rights from individuals regarding the contents of their offices. TBR appears to want to do away with any definitions of “private” on campus thus removing any liability to themselves for loss or damage. It was agreed that the senate would come back to this issue at the April meeting.

 

  1. New Business:

 

Heather Schroeder made a motion that the senate express support of the use of the Hobson’s early alert faculty reporting tool and appoint representatives to assist in the deliberation about and eventual implementation of said tool. Trent Eades seconded the motion and the motion passed on first vote.

 

  • Announcements:

 Our next meeting was announced for April 29, 2015 on the Hardin Valley campus.

 

VIII.            Meeting was adjourned at 5:40.

 

Minutes February 25, 2015 (draft)

Faculty Senate Minutes

February 25, 2015

Hardin Valley Campus

I. Call to Order: Keith Norris

Meeting was called to order by Norris. Senators in attendance: Amy Tankersley (TS), Gabe Crowell (Adjunct), Mike Murphy (Division Street), Bob Stern (Math), Jennifer Mezick (Library Science), Charles Cardwell (LA), Frank Mashburn (LA), Trent Eades (English), Lawana Day (English), John May (EMT), Ron Goodrich (EMT), Lucinda Alexander (BCT), Cindy Arnold (BCT), Heather Schroeder (English), Jean Jackson (Library Science), Jonathan Lamb (Mathematics), Donn King (Parliamentarian), Sally Lighter (Communications Officer), Jeff Lockett (Secretary), Keith Norris (Business Officer), Alex Fitzner (President Elect), Mary Bledsoe (Guest), Mark Frentes (Co-Chair, Promotion and Tenure)

  1. Approval of Minute: Keith Norris

Minutes of the February 25, 2015 meeting were approved without objections or discussion.

Suspension of rules to allow guest Mary Bledsoe, Dean of Students, time to take the floor in place of Dr. Ashford. She was present to address new emphasis on Title IX. She passed out a brochure which discusses Pellissippi State’s responsibilities to Title IX and she mentioned that we currently have no Title IX director since Karen Queener has retired. Bledsoe’s conversation revolved around policy changes concerning (TBR Policies 6:01:00:00,6:02:00:00 and 6:03:00:00) These are Violence Against Women Act and Campus Safety Act.

Leading from this discussion and the college’s charge to address Title IX, the school will implement a new Title IX online training course to be required of all faculty beginning in the fall of 2015

Senate Quorum reached at 3:45

III.                Officer Reports:

Secretary: Jeff Lockett- No Report.

Communications: No report

TBR Representative: No report

President: No report

  1. Committee Reports:

Adjunct representative Gabe Crowell reported that a meeting of adjunct faculty from area 2- and 4-year schools that he had helped to organize took place at Barley’s Tap Room with approximately 30 individuals in attendance. He reports that there is still no adjunct handbook online or available for adjunct use. Crowell points out that the college needs to provide more office space for adjuncts and lockers for their use.

Student Scholarships: Pat Zingg announced that the faculty book sale for scholarships is underway and that boxes have been distributed around campuses. Additional boxes can be obtained in GN 259 and that the sale dates are 3/30-4/1 on the Hardin Valley campus.

Rules Committee: No report.

Nominating Committee: No report.

Promotion/Tenure Committee: Mark Fuentes reports that the P/T meetings will go on as scheduled and that the written promotion and tenure packets are viewable in BA 209 through spring break and online portfolios are viewable on D2L.

New Faculty Orientation: No report

Faculty Lecture Series: No Report.

  1. Unfinished Business

Barrett and Fitzner report that a meeting scheduled from the previous week had to be cancelled because of snow. In addition Fitzner is seeking answers concerning legal implication about the school’s definition of “private and public” spaces. He reports that the concern was passed from Dr. Lewis to TBR Legal but that no response has been forthcoming. Fuentes reiterated that from his experience “legal issues take time concerning TBR.” Fitzner expressed his belief that the job of the Faculty Senate President is to stay on top of the approval process and that he intends to hound those responsible for making that happen and he will do so.

  1. New Business

Bob Stern brought up the issue of the academic calendar and whose decision it is to alter the spring semester timeframe. Of concern are the post-MLK day start date and the adding of Good Friday as a school holiday. Stern made a motion to investigate where these changes come from within the calendar making process. At the core is the question: why are three days eliminated and the faculty has had no input.

Fitzner presented to the senate that he can appoint an ad hoc committee to investigate the calendar issues. Donn King recommended an ad hoc committee be formed, a vote was taken and it was approved.

  • Announcements: Our next meeting was announced for March 25, 2015 at Blount County.

 

VII.              Meeting was adjourned at 4:32.