Faculty Lecture Series

It is almost time for the Spring 2016-2017 Faculty Lecture Series to begin! We have an excellent schedule this semester and we hope to see you and your students there. Frank Mashburn kicks us off next Wednesday with his presentation, “The Matter with Matter: Or, Why Reality is Stranger Than You Think It Is!” All faculty lectures take place in the Goins Building Auditorium on the Hardin Valley Campus and will be live streamed and archived. Here is a schedule of the lectures:


Frank Mashburn: The Matter with Matter: Or, Why Reality is Stranger Than You Think It Is!

February 8, 2 p.m.

A philosophical analysis of what the world around us is made of … which may be more complicated than we think. Idealist philosophy and George Berkeley will be part of our analysis.


Claude Hardy: Good God, Claude! Introduction to Black Gospel February 21, 1 p.m.

An introduction to the world of gospel soul and funk music and the history of vinyl records. We will listen to records live during the lecture.


Carol Luther: The Silliest Stuff You’ve Ever Heard: Love vs. Logic in A Midsummer Night’s Dream March 1, 12 p.m.

It was just a dream, wasn’t it? Or was it? Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream is full of irrational behavior, but perhaps the silly stuff of the play hints at some mysterious forces at work. We will explore the power of dreams and imagination as we follow the characters’ search for true love.

Grant Mincy: The Ecology of Play: How Leisure Time Activities Benefit the Common Good April 12, 2 p.m.

Play – self-directed, free, spontaneous, emotional, joyous and frustrating – is a rather interesting phenomenon not easily defined by biology. We discuss today’s working culture that limits play, among both children and adults, and the repercussions it may have.

NOTE:  We have enjoyed our experience with the Faculty Lecture Series, but this will be our last semester as organizers. We are very excited that Trent Eades and Rob Lloyd are stepping back in their roles as organizers! They are already working on the 2017-2018 series, so if you are interested in presenting please let them know. Thank you all for your support of this very important series!

As always, we encourage you to come and support your fellow faculty members and bring your students!  We are happy to put out sign-in sheets for you.


Katie Morris and Grant Mincy

November Minutes

  • Faculty Senate Minutes
  • November 30, 2016
  • Blount County Campus

Call to Order: Sally Lighter

Meeting was called to order by Lighter at 3:47

Senators in attendance:

Alex Fitzner, President

Jake Hamric, President Elect

Jeff Lockett, Secretary

Sally Lighter, Communications Officer

Dave Vinson, TBR Representative

Toni McDaniels, Business Officer, absent

Trent Eades, Parliamentarian

Business and Computer Tech:  Tammie Bolling, Holly Knowling, Elizabeth McCowan

Engineering and Media Technology: Ron Goodrich

English:   Nicholas Morgan

Liberal Arts:  Gretchen Wingerter, Jennifer Brickey

Mathematics: Chris Culliton, Ellen Matheny

Natural/Behavioral Science: Rebecca Glatt, Judy Sichler, Grant Mincy

Nursing: Melinda Wang, Patricia Crotty

Library Services:

Division Street Representative:

Blount County Representative: Marilyn McClanahan

Magnolia Representative:

Promotion and Tenure:

Adjunct Faculty Representative:

Faculty Development Kellie Toon, Absent

Guest(s) Bob Stern,

Approval of Minutes: Sally Lighter filling in for Toni McDaniel

The Minutes of the October 26, 2016 meeting were approved.

Officer Reports:

Secretary: Jeff Lockett- No report

Communications:  Sally Lighter No report

TBR Representative: Dave Vinson reported that he has no written report but that one will be forthcoming in the next week reviewing the October TBR meeting.

President: Alex Fitzner announced a press release about outsourcing for higher-ed but that many initiatives have already been implemented at the college. He reminded us that the tobacco use policy has now been updated to explicitly name vaping along with other tobacco use on campus.  From the President’s council Fitzner mentioned that there was a discussion regarding student perceptions and what “statistically valid” means.  He announced that on the promotion and tenure packets presented each spring as well as in annual self-evaluations that any content from the student perception surveys would be in the self-reflection section and will not include raw data.  Fitzner and Hamrick attended a meeting with COSA regarding concealed carry and COSA expressed their displeasure with the impending opportunity for students to carry handguns on campus.  Fitzner also attended a panel discussion on student carry at UTK.

Committee Reports:

Adjunct representative: No report

Student Scholarships:  Tammie Bolling announced that she will be accepting donations for the book sale in her office.

Rules Committee:  No reports

Nominating Committee:  No report

Promotion/Tenure Committee:  No report

Faculty Development:  No report

Unfinished Business: 

Rebecca Glatt addressed family leave and said that it will be brought up in TBR faculty subcommittee.

 New Business:

No new business


Elizabeth McCowan mentioned that the new policy of “clear purses” is in effect for Thompson-Boling Arena and that all attending graduation should be made aware.

Meeting was adjourned at 4:10