Minutes – August 31, 2016

Faculty Senate Minutes

August 31, 2016

Hardin Valley Campus

  1. Call to Order: Toni McDaniel

Meeting was called to order by McDaniel at 3:47     Senators in attendance:

  •  Alex Fitzner, President
  • Jake Harmic, President Elect
  • Jeff Lockett, Secretary
  • Sally Lighter, Communications Officer absent
  •  Dave Vinson, TBR Representative
  • Toni McDaniels, Business Officer,
  • Trent Eades, Parliamentarian
  • Business and Computer Tech:  Tammie Bolling
  • Engineering and Media Technology: Ron Goodrich,  Katie Lovette
  •  English:   Nick Morgan, Chester Needham. Inez Gibson
  • Liberal Arts: Gretchen Wingerter, Charles Cardwell, Jennifer Brickey
  • Mathematics: Emily Casey, Chris Culliton, Ellen Matheny
  •  Natural/Behavioral Science: Rebecca Glatt, Judy Sichler
  •  Nursing: Melinda Wang, Patricia Crotty
  • Library Services:  Janine Pino
  • Division Street Representative: Mike Murphy
  •  Blount County Representative: Marilyn McClanahan
  •  Magnolia Representative: Bob Boyd, absent
  • Promotion and Tenure:  Mark Fuentes, absent
  • Faculty Development Kellie Toon
  • Guest(s) Bob Stern
  1. Approval of Minute: Toni McDaniel

The meeting was called to order and the Minutes of the July 20, 2016 meeting were approved. The agenda was suspended in order for our guests, Fred Breiner and Terry Crowe to discuss changes in security at PSCC.  They announced that the security offices on all campuses are now officially police departments.  We have three fully trained officers and will be training and employing 10 more certified officers within the year.  Chief of Police Breiner answered questions from the senate concerning the school’s stance on student weapons, stalking and private security officers on campus.  The presentation was well received by the senate who expressed their support for the hard work and professionalism of the new police department.

  • Officer Reports:

Secretary: Jeff Lockett- No report

Communications:  Sally Lighter No report

TBR Representative: Dave Vinson reported that he distributed an email two weeks ago that not everyone seems to have received due to irregularities in the email server for the faculty senate listserv.  Fitzner has said that he will redistribute the email and that if anyone still is unable to open or read it they can contact him.

President: Alex Fitzner announced that PSCC is thriving as a school even in an otherwise downturn in community college enrollment.  PSCC is the only school in TBR to have over 9000 students enrolled for the fall semester.  Also presented is the change for the spring semester that will align our spring break with Knox County schools as well as plans for an increase in pay for adjunct instructors.  Between October 7 and 14 the new midterm “snapshot” grading will go into effect and all faculty will be required to complete a report online for all enrolled students in their classes.  Fitzner commented on his new position as TBR Faculty Regent and mentioned that he believes that TBR is interested and receptive to input from faculty.  Specifically, he said that the board recognizes the complexities of the new concealed carry gun laws and allows for individual opinion on these policies without censure.  He also points out that the new policies on gun possession on campus is driven by the Tennessee Legislature and not TBR.  The board also restated their belief in the value of tenure in all TBR institutions and overall support for it.

Committee Reports:

Adjunct representative: No report

Student Scholarships:  no report

Rules Committee:  Trent Eades proposed that the Strawberry Plains campus be allowed to   have senate representation and that they select a representative who would be able to attend meetings immediately.  The proposal passed unanimously.  In addition Eades suggested a change in the term site campus representative to be replaced with “at-large representative.” This was also unanimously approved.

Nominating Committee:  No report

Promotion/Tenure Committee: Mark Fuentes reports that candidates who intend to be promoted  or apply for tenure have announced their intentions with the committee and their deans and that new processes have been created for ease of online access to P/T packets

Faculty Development: Kellie Toon announced the deadline for intent to participate in QEP this semester and that there is a new dynamic form out that should make participation simpler.  Toon says that the new Faculty Academy is continuing and seems to be doing well.  All faculty are required to complete level one online training and at the current time more than half still need to do so.

Accessibility Oversight: Charles Cardwell brought to the senate his experiences with accessibility in a draft report that points out the differences and problems with accessibility software and screen readers.  He pointed out the frustrations he has encountered trying to follow the guidelines for making syllabi accessible for his students.  He contends that accessibility was supposed to require only meeting the standards of universal design; however as it pertains to syllabi the present de facto demand is that work be modified so as to work with one particular (of many possible) screen reader for the blind, and that often the changes necessary made for reduced readability for sighted students.  His solution was to create two separate syllabi for his classes.  Fitzner said that he will take the information from the discussion and give it back to the administration for further evaluation about the standard need for accommodation.

Unfinished Business:  See Rules Committee above concerning changes to the constitution about At-Large representatives.

Additionally the senate addressed language within Policy 03:11:01 which concerns the academic appeals process.  A motion was made to replace a section with new wording which creates specific criteria for a complaint of an academic nature.  The first one is an error in calculating the student’s grade and the other one concerns a deviation from the classroom syllabus that violates the policies of PSCC or TBR.  The motion carried.

  1. New Business: Mike Murphy agreed to chair an ad-hoc committee to look into the idea of self-plagiarism which currently is not included in the Academic Misconduct policy.
  1. Announcements: Jennifer Brickey announced that the Bagwell Center Gallery will be hosting an exhibit of works relating to TNCIS and travel abroad and asked for any artistic contributions which she would like to sell to raise scholarship funds for future study abroad students.  She graciously volunteered to turn over any proceeds from the sale of her work in this show to start that fund.
  1. Meeting was adjourned at 5:05

 

 

 

Minutes – July 20, 2016

Faculty Senate Minutes

July 20, 2016

Hardin Valley Campus

 

  1. Call to Order: Toni McDaniel

Meeting was called to order by McDaniel at 3:47

 Senators in attendance:

Alex Fitzner, President

Jake Harmic, President Elect

Jeff Lockett, Secretary

Sally Lighter, Communications Officer

Dave Vinson, TBR Representative

Toni McDaniels, Business Officer,

Trent Eades, Parliamentarian

Business and Computer Tech:  Elizabeth McCowan

Engineering and Media Technology: Ron Goodrich

English:   Nick Morgan, Chester Needham. Inez Gibson

Liberal Arts: Gretchen Wingerter, Charles Cardwell

Mathematics: Emily Casey, Chris Culliton, Ellen Matheny

 Natural/Behavioral Science: Rebecca Glatt,  Judy Sichler

 Nursing:

Library Services:  Janine Pino, Naomi Williams

Division Street Representative: Mike Murphy

 Blount County Representative: Marilyn McClanahan

 Magnolia Representative: Bob Boyd

Promotion and Tenure:

  1. Approval of Minute: Toni McDaniel

The meeting was called to order and the Minutes of the April 27, 2016 meeting were approved.

  • Officer Reports:

Secretary: Jeff Lockett- Acknowledged the problems with the listserv for the senate and has been in communication with the help desk to resolve the problems.

Communications:  Sally Lighter- Discussed the senate blog with directions for access.  She said that we have received an archived disc of senate minutes back to 2000 and asked for help in reviewing the archive.  Additionally, Lighter asked for help in updating the senate terms for the blog so that it will list current senate members and the beginning and ending dates of their terms.

TBR Representative: Dave Vinson reported that he recently attended a subcouncil meeting and that the biggest topic was the new initiative for guns on campus.  He also mentioned that TBR purchased a state-wide access for Microsoft IT academy for certification in Microsoft products.

President: Alex Fitzner reports thathe has seen many emails about guns on campus and announced that school will not allow any signs which say “no guns allowed”  He also mentioned that by the start of class for the Fall 16 term all classes must have accessible syllabi for everyone.  He noted that enrollment was down markedly for the summer term.  He said that Dr. Wise would like the faculty to do something new beginning in the fall for midterms, what he is calling a snapshot of the students’ progress at that time.  These will be due October 14.  Dr. Lewis has said that there are still many more grants available in technology.  In addition, Fitzner reports that we will be coordinating our spring break schedule with UTK and Knox County this year.  There will be a continuation of the compensation plan which will include a 2% salary increase across the board for all employees including adjuncts beginning Jan 1, 2017.  Our security officers are now fully trained in police work and will be officially a police force at all PACC campuses.  They extend the desire to hear of any guns or weapons on campus.  Fitzner also announced that he is the new Faculty Regent for TBR.

Committee Reports:

Adjunct representative: No report

Student Scholarships:  no report

Rules Committee:  Trent Eades says that three issues have been looked at and include increases in term limits from two to three years, having a student be a voting member and having the Strawplains campus have a senate representative.  He reports that the only one to go through was the Strawplains rep initiative.

Nominating Committee:  No report

Promotion/Tenure Committee: No report

Faculty Development: No report

Accessibility Oversight: September 30 is the date for the school’s syllabi for all courses to be in an accessible format.   Also, the date for all materials from the top 30 courses to be accessible is December 31

  1. Unfinished Business:

 2. New Business:

 

Eades asked for an amendment to set up a vote for adding at-large senators from all campuses.  From Dr. Lewis there is a new policy for academic appeals in place that has new conditions for when a student can appeal a grade.  It is meant to protect instructors from judgement by the student and dean.  Fitzner asked for a committee to form to look into the academic appeal policy.   Fitzner wants to look into the student complaint policy to determine if we have one and what is the protocol on such a policy.

Bob Stern announced that he is starting an adjunct faculty scholarship to offer tuition assistance to adjuncts and would like input on the specifics of a final decision.

Fitzner began a discussion begun about new IDs for employees and the idea that we would wear them around our necks on lanyards.  It was mentioned that new IDs were to be made for the fall semester.

3.Announcements: No new announcements.

  • Meeting was adjourned at 4:45