Faculty Senate Minutes
February 5, 2014 (DRAFT)
Hardin Valley Campus, Faculty/Staff Dining Room
I. Call to Order: Keith Norris
Meeting was called to order by Keith Norris. Senators in attendance: Lisa Bogaty (BCT), Cindy Arnold (BCT), Amy Lavelle (BCT), John May (EMT), Ron Goodrich (EMT), Lawana Day (English), Heather Schroeder (English), Jeff Lockett (LA), Charles Cardwell (LA), Frank Mashburn (LA), Rick Bower (Library Services), Bob Stern (Math), Diann DeJulia (Math), Jonathan Lamb (Math), Patricia Roller (TS), John Smith (TS), Mike Murphy (Division St.), Ashley Boone (Blount County), Michael Boyd (Adjunct Rep), Tyra Barrett (President), Keith Norris (Business Officer), Nina McPherson (Secretary), Sally Lighter (Communications Officer), Dave Vinson (TBR Rep). Guests: Mark Fuentes, Donn King, HL Ford, Annie Gray, John Ruppe, Jean Jackson, Janet Hardin, Kathy Byrd, President Wise.
II. Approval of Minutes: Keith Norris
Minutes of the November 20, 2013 meeting were approved.
III. Officer Reports
Secretary: Nina McPherson
Communications: Sally Lighter
Changes to the Faculty Senate Constitution were approved at the November, 2013 meeting. The revised Constitution is now on the blog.
.TBR Representative: Dave Vinson
President: Tyra Barrett
Barrett announced that President Wise will attend this meeting this afternoon at some point. Issues that he will address are release time for Curriculum Development Committee members, formation of committees, and office privacy. He will entertain other questions from Senators.
IV. Committee Reports
Adjunct Faculty – No report
Student Scholarships: Ashley Boone, Pat Zingg
Boone reported that a book sale is scheduled for March 24-26 at the Blount County Campus. Norris reported for Zingg. A book sale will be held March 31-April 2 at the Hardin Valley Campus. A planning meeting will be held Friday, February 7, from 11 to 12, in Bagwell 209. Faculty will be asked to help with the sales..
Rules: Donn King
Nominating Committee: Nina McPherson
Pat Zingg and Alex Fitzner were nominated to be candidates for the office of Faculty Senate President Elect. No names were offered from the floor.
The calendar for the election is:
February 5: Present Nominees
Constitution: Voting is conducted by email within one week of the presentation of nominees. Election is open for seven days.
February 6: Email questions to nominees
February 11: Deadline to return question responses
February 12: Email ballot to faculty
February 19: Election closes
February 20: Count votes
Election is determined by simple majority (50% plus 1)
Questions developed by the Nominating Committee will be emailed to candidates:
- What do you believe the role(s) of faculty to be at a community college?
- What do you believe the role(s) of administration to be a community college?
- What do you believe the role(s) of staff to be at a community college?
- As Faculty President you will have to present Faculty Senate views on issues to President Wise and/or Dr. Lewis. You may not personally agree with the Faculty Senate stance on these issues. How would you handle this situation?
Promotion/Tenure: Mark Fuentes
Portfolios are available for review in Bagwell 209 between February 17 and March 7. The electronic portfolios will be in D2L during the same time frame. Fuentes will send faculty an email with directions explaining how to access the electronic portfolios. He stressed that faculty need to remember to sign that they have reviewed portfolios, both the paper portfolios and electronic portfolios. A link will be in the D2L to click when a faculty completes her/his review. His directions will include the process to acknowledge that faculty have reviewed the electronic portfolio. Departmental meetings will start on March 17.
Fuentes reported that Dr. Lewis asked him for clarification on the section of the policy dealing with when faculty have to apply for tenure review and the section of the policy dealing with faculty need to request to “stop the clock.” Fuentes thinks the policies are straight forward and there is no need to review them.
Transitional Studies faculty asked how the upcoming changes to that program will impact their promotion/tenure status. Fuentes will provide a report at the next Faculty Senate meeting.
New Faculty Orientation: Kelli Toon
Faculty Lecture Series: Keith Norris
Norris reported that new coordinators for the lecture series will be announced at the next Senate meeting.
The spring calendar of presentations is:
Feb. 6 – Bob Boyd “An Ol’ Griot Reads the Poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar”
Feb. 27 – Joy Ingram “John Brown: Maniacal Egoist or Moral Crusader”
March 26 – John May “Indie Wrestling: Fabricating Reality”
V. Unfinished Business:
Campus Safety/Active Shooter Procedures: Heather Schroeder
Schroeder made the following motion: Faculty Senate will create an ad hoc committee to address issues of campus security. The motion was seconded by Cardwell. The ad hoc committee will address issues for all campuses. The motion received unanimous consent. Barrett asked Schroeder to chair the committee; members will be appointed soon.
Office privacy on all campuses: Mike Murphy
President Wise is aware of the concerns about office privacy. He will discuss this issue with involved administrators. Although there is not a college policy concerning this, everyone does have an expectation of office privacy. It is understandable that there are times when college staff need to enter locked offices, such as when equipment inventory is required.
VI. New Business
CPR/ First Aid, other health: Patricia Roller
A student in one her classes had a heart attack. That event has raised several concerns about campus readiness to handle such incidents. The need for training, naming of campus streets, need for equipment such as automated external defibrillator (AED) equipment were examples. Roller will bring a motion concerning this at the next Senate meeting.
Students Veterans Club Book-Sharing Repository: Ron Bridges
Roller reported for Bridges. Many of the college veteran students do not have financial resources to purchase all of their textbooks. They have started a book repository in their Center but do not have enough textbooks yet. Faculty were asked to donate textbooks.
VII. Guest: Dr. Anthony Wise, President
President Wise was asked to discuss committee assignments, time issues spent on Curriculum Development Committee (CDC) activities, and office privacy. He also answered questions on other topics brought up by Senators.
Wise agrees that Faculty Senate makes recommendations in regards to committees related to faculty governance along with the academic deans and chief academic officer. He would like to use project management techniques for other committees in order to move action on issues and to provide wider communication.
Wise considers the CDC the most important college committee and understands that it requires a lot of faculty time. He expects the work load to be lighter from this point on with perhaps only five meetings during spring term. He would like to investigate whether the work can be organized more efficiently, perhaps using online avenues or wiki-like tools.
Wise has discussed the concerns about office privacy with Vice Presidents Lewis and Ashford.
Enrollment is down slightly, which is normal for spring term. Headcount was down 1.7% in comparison to last year; FTE was down 3.9%. From the start of the recession to now headcount enrollment has grown approximately from 7,000 to 10,000 or so students. Many people are now finding jobs, which impacts enrollment.
Governor Haslam’s announcement of the Tennessee Promise program during his State of the State speech was a surprise to everyone. This might not impact Pellissippi State much since the tnAchieves program has been active in Knoxville for several years but will probably affect the community colleges in the more rural areas of the state. The college has not received any specific budget information yet. There are also questions about the capacity of the college to handle increased enrollment. We do have capacity for some growth.
The college is required to submit data to the federal National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. This is the primary source for data on colleges, universities and technical and vocational postsecondary institutions in the United States. Data concerning first time full time students has finally changed to reflect the characteristics of community college students.
When asked whether TBR is considering system wide textbooks, Wise said he didn’t think so. There are concerns about the continuing rise in the cost of textbooks. He strongly thinks that faculty should determine which textbooks to adopt for use. He is interested in the possibility of using open source textbooks when appropriate.
Senators asked Wise about not being included in facility renovation discussions in classrooms and other student centered facilities. Often they are included in the beginning of the planning but not after that. They often see that their input was not considered in the final design. One example given was the layout for the Veterans Center. Although given other input, the computers are placed so that users have their backs to the door which is unacceptable to veterans. Facility design affects the delivery of the curriculum, so faculty would like more input.
Classes were cancelled and the college closed at 11:30 on January 28 due to the snow conditions. It took some people more than two hours to finally get off of the Hardin Valley campus because of the vehicle backup at the exits. The need for an evacuation plan was raised again. It is difficult to develop a plan because of the design of the campus and surrounding roads, but this issue will be discussed again for possible solutions, such as having staggered evacuation times.
Senators discussed with him their perception of being disenfranchised from decision making and of their input being disrespected in the decision making process. They feel that changes that will be coming because of changes in the Transitional Studies program and other programs are being “handed down” with no conversation being allowed.
Next meeting will be February 26, 2014, Magnolia Avenue Campus, Room TBD
Meeting adjourned at 5:30pm