Faculty Senate Minutes
February 20, 2013 (DRAFT)
Hardin Valley Campus, Faculty/Staff Dining Room
I. Call to Order: Tyra Barrett (appointed as temporary Business Officer due to the absence of Keith Norris.)
Meeting was called to order by Tyra Barrett, President Elect. Senators in attendance: Lisa Bogaty (BCT), Linda Manning (BCT), Sami Ghezawi (EMT), John May (EMT), Lawana Day (English), Joan Easterly (LA), Charles Cardwell (LA), Jeff Lockett (LA), Rick Bower (Library Services), Claire Suddeth (Math), Bob Stern (Math), Beverly Rogers (Nursing), Michael Lusk (NBS), Amy Tankersley (TS), Robert Baird (DS), Ashley Boone (BC), Bob Boyd (Magnolia Avenue), Michael Boyd (Adjunct Faculty), Lori Price (Adjunct Faculty), Ron Bridges (President), Nina McPherson (Secretary), Sally Lighter (Communications), Dave Vinson (TBR Rep), Donn King (Parliamentarian), Mark Fuentes (Co-chair, Promotion & Tenure).
II. Approval of Minutes: Tyra Barrett
The January 23, 2013, minutes were not distributed by email; approval was postponed until the March 27, 2013 meeting so that faculty will have an opportunity to read them.
III. Officer Reports
Secretary: Nina McPherson – No report
Communications: Sally Lighter
Lighter is continuing to work on the blog. Only materials for the 2012-2013 year and future years will be available on the blog. Everything previous to 2012-2013 will remain on the old web site, accessible on the A-Z directory. Faculty were encouraged to submit photos, relevant links, or other resources that could be added to the blog. Comments and suggestions are welcome.
TBR Representative: Dave Vinson
Dave will be sending information about Faculty Sub-Council meetings soon. He reported that at one meeting, changes to adjunct faculty pay were passed. Previous maximum salaries were recommended to be changed to minimum salaries. It was also recommended that adjunct faculty receive the same percentage raise as full time faculty. The proposal will now go forward to the President’s Sub-Council.
President: Ron Bridges
Safe Campus Discussions have been held on the Hardin Valley Campus and will be held on other campuses during the coming week. A video recording of the Hardin Valley campus is available at http://blogs.pstcc.edu/video/2013/02/13/safe-campus-conversation-february-1. If faculty have a security concern, they are advised to contact one of the college’s full time security personnel as quickly as possible.
President Wise recently had a strategic planning session with faculty, staff, and administrators as a follow-up to the listening sessions that were held during fall semester. Strategic goals for the college will be developed based on all of that input. Bridges stated that one goal will be a review of college policies with the objective of streamlining procedures.
Two years ago a Faculty Senate ad hoc committee began work on revising the faculty hiring process. Some of the procedures developed by Faculty Senate and Human Resources (HR) staff have been implemented. Some of the procedures and wording recommended by Faculty Senate and accepted by HR were altered by academic deans during Deans Council. Departments are starting to use the new procedure and forms, although implementation does not seem to be uniform amongst departments. Departments will have more discretion in the hiring process. There is now a stop line on the qualifications form; the entire form does not have to be filled out if the applicant does not meet all of the qualifications. After this round of hiring, we may need to revisit the new procedures for further streamlining.
Several policies are scheduled for review; ad hoc committee chairs were appointed. The chairs will recruit faculty or others to be members of the committees. Following is a list of the ad hoc committees and chairs:
Faculty Ethics – Charles Cardwell
New Faculty Orientation – Mark Fuentes
Selection of Instructional Materials – Tyra Barrett
IT Support Center/Open Lab – Linda Ellams
In December, Dr. Lewis had asked every dean to hold discussions with their department’s faculty members on the possibility of changing class hours. Based on feedback from the deans, Dr. Lewis has decided that nothing will change at this time. It appears that many faculty were not aware of these discussions. Bridges will discuss this apparent lack of communication with Dr. Lewis.
IV. Committee Reports
Adjunct Faculty: Lori Price, Michael Boyd
Price asked Dave Vinson to help her draft a letter to state legislators about the possibility of providing health insurance coverage for adjunct faculty.
Student Scholarships: Dawn Roberts
Fuentes reported for Roberts. It is unlikely that a casino night will be used to raise funds for the Faculty Senate student scholarship; it appears to be too costly. Other options are being investigated. Faculty can make donations to the college’s foundation for the scholarship.
Rules: Donn King – No report
Nominating Committee: Nina McPherson – No report
Faculty Development: Mark Fuentes/Nancy Pevey
Fuentes is working on a blog for faculty development activities. Bridges announced that there is now a Faculty Interests Calendar available on the college web site that shows activities that will be of interest to faculty. If you schedule events through 25Live, and correctly “tag” them, they will automatically appear in that calendar.
Faculty Lecture Series: Trent Eades – no report
Promotion/Tenure: Jonathan Lamb and Mark Fuentes
Fuentes reported that portfolios can be reviewed in Bagwell 209 until March 9. Electronic portfolios are available for review in D2L. Departments have been notified about candidates and the format of their portfolios. Fuentes reminded faculty to sign paperwork when they have reviewed portfolios..
V. Unfinished Business: Tyra Barrett
Lisa Bogaty asked for feedback about having students verify whether Banner shows their correct major. The system is now closed but will re-open in mid-April to make major changes.
ETSU Resolution on Benefit Equality: Ron Bridges
Bridges made a motion to support the ETSU Resolution on Benefit Equality. The motion passed.
VII. New Business
Campus Master Plan – Tyra Barrett encouraged everyone to read the new plan. She noted that some faculty comments made to architects developing the new plan were included in the plan.
Salary/Benefit Letters – John May had asked for more information from HR about the December letter he received showing his salary and benefits; to date he has not received any information. Information will be requested from President Wise. .
Next meeting-Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 3:30 PM – Blount County Campus, Room BL251
Meeting adjourned at 4:35 pm
Resolution of Support (February 20, 2013)
Resolved, That Pellissippi State’s Faculty Senate supports the following East Tennessee State University Faculty Senate Resolution passed by ETSU Faculty Senate on February 11, 2013:
Proposed Resolution to the East Tennessee State University Faculty Senate
Resolution on Benefit Equity
Whereas, East Tennessee State University (ETSU) provides substantial benefits (health insurance, life insurance, use of facilities, etc.) to its full time staff and academic faculty, and
Whereas, these benefits accrue to married employees in a manner that is not available to those who are in a domestic partnership; and
Whereas, ETSU seeks to be competitive in the marketplace, hiring the best person for the job, irrespective of marital status, and
Whereas, ETSU seeks to practice fairness in all of its relations with emplyees and faculty,
Therefore, be it resolved, that
- The Faculty Senate of East Tennessee State University supports benefit equality and requests that President Noland, acting on behalf of all university employees and faculty, request that the Tennessee Board of Regents enact a policy of benefit fairness by providing equal benefits to employees who are married or involved in a domestic partnership
- We accept the following definition of a domestic partnership adapted from the Employee Benefits Research Institute1 and reproduced here for convenience.
1) The partners must have attained a minimum age for consent to partnership, usually 18; 2) Neither partner is related to the other by blood closer than permitted by state law for marriage; 3) The [two] partners must declare a committed relationship; 4) the relationship must be exclusive to the two partners; 5) The partners must be financially interdependent and 6) qualifying partnership may exist regardless of the sex or gender of the partners.
The Faculty Senate requests a written response from President Noland regarding his plans to act on this resolution.