Faculty Senate Minutes
July 20, 2016
Hardin Valley Campus
- 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
Library Services: Janine Pino, Naomi Williams
Division Street Representative: Mike Murphy
Blount County Representative: Marilyn McClanahan
Magnolia Representative: Bob Boyd
Promotion and Tenure:
- 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.
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
- 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