Minutes – April 27, 2016

  • Faculty Senate Minutes
  • April 27, 2016
  • Blount County Campus
  1. Call to Order: Toni McDaniel

Meeting was called to order by McDaniel at 3:47

Senators in attendance:

Alex Fitzner, President, Jeff Lockett, Secretary,  , Dave Vinson, TBR Representative, Toni McDaniels, Business officer, Trent Eades, Parliamentarian, Engineering and Media Technology: Ron Goodrich,   English:  Lawana Day, Nick Morgan, Chester Needham. Inez Gibson, Liberal Arts: Gretchen Wingerter, Jennifer Brickey, Charles Cardwell., Frank Mashburn. Mathematics: Emily Casey, Chris Culliton, Bob Stern Ellen Matheny, Natural/Behavioral Science: Rebecca Glatt, Grant Mincy, Judy Sichler, Nursing: Ann Sherman, Kimberly Wilkes, Melinda wang, Patricia Crotty,  Library Services:  Janine Pino, Jennifer Mezick  Division Street Representative: Mike Murphy. Blount County Representative: Margaret McCrary, Marilyn McClanahan, Magnolia Representative: Bob Boyd, Promotion and Tenure: Mark Fuentes. Guest: Tamatha Lambert.

  1. Approval of Minute: Toni McDaniel

The meeting was called to order and the Minutes of the March 30th meeting were approved.

Rules were suspended to allow guests to the senate meeting to speak about a new online evaluation tool.  Angela Lunsford and Brenda Ammons brought up SACS requirements to teach online.  A motion was made to recommend that it be sent on to Dean’s Council and the motion carried.

Moira Connelly presented as an English faculty member from Magnolia that she attended a conference, “Beyond Financial Aid,” which is a grant from Lumina to come up with a plan to overcome obstacles beyond financial aid. She shared that she was asked to submit a proposal to TBR with four practices that we can do based on policies in place at PSCC. Connelly also addressed Gama Beta Phi, a complement to PTK, and noted that this honor society at PSCC has the largest community college chapter in the US.  She also mentioned that the school’s chapter has been noted as an exemplary chapter by GBT.

Audrey Williams spoke of four changes that will be taking place over the summer.  Windows 10 will be implemented in faculty offices on a rolling basis. Student accounts have moved to Office 365 and faculty will be moving to Office 365, also.  Training will be offered to faculty and staff and the college will be rolling out Skype for Business.

  • Officer Reports:

Secretary: Jeff Lockett- Welcomed new senators to the faculty senate and explained the roll.

Communications:  Sally Lighter-No report.

TBR Representative: Dave Vinson reported that he recently attended a subcouncil meeting and that there were 30 new educational initiatives.  He stated that he would be summarize the initiatives at a later time in a report but that there were a few he wanted to mention in the senate meeting.  The first concerns a payment plan extension as well as potential debt release for struggling students. Next Vinson explained that digital transcripts will be able to be shared between TBR schools in the next six to nine months.  Additionally Vinson addressed the Huron Study about which he has reservations.  This is a study wherein the state proposes to leverage economies of scale.  This is especially concerning to Vinson as it applies to textbooks and the college bookstore.

President: Alex Fitzner announced changes to college policies including Policy 08:06:00 which has been updated to include vaping to the school’s smoking/tobacco policy.

There was a brief discussion about policy 06:02:04 concerning proposed changes to the faculty evaluation system.  Fitzner expressed his disagreement.

Fitzner also said that there has been no decision with regard to departmental reorganization.

Also mentioned was the need for the promotion and tenure votes from the peer review group, the dean and the CAO to be separated.

Committee Reports:

Adjunct representative: No report

Student Scholarships:  The booksale raised $3,937 for student scholarships this year.

Rules Committee:  Donn King noted that the rules committee continues to work on revising     the senate constitution and that a report should be ready for the July meeting.

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:
  1. New Business:

 

A motion was made to address the senate seat for the Strawberry Plains campus as well as concerns about senate terms to the July meeting.  There were no objections and the motion carried.

Jennifer Mezzick addressed the senate about library faculty status inequality. A motion was made to allow all full time librarians from all campuses the opportunity for academic rank and tenure.  The motion carried.

Fitzner presented three minor editorial changes to policies 03:01:00, 03:02:01 and 03:04:00.  A motion was made to change and the motion carried.

A motion was made to move the senate meeting for July meeting from the Strawberry Plains campus to the Hardin Valley campus.  The motion carried.

  1. Announcements: No new announcements.
  • Meeting was adjourned at 5:12

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