Faculty Senate Minutes
February 22, 2017
Division Street Campus
- Call to Order: Toni McDaniel
Meeting was called to order by McDaniel at 3:47
Senators in attendance:
Alex Fitzner, President
Jake Hamric, President Elect
Jeff Lockett, Secretary
Sally Lighter, Communications Officer absent
Dave Vinson, TBR Representative
Toni McDaniel, Business Officer,
Trent Eades, Parliamentarian
Business and Computer Tech: Holly Knowling, Elizabeth McCowan
Engineering and Media Technology: Ron Goodrich
English: Nick Morgan, Chester Needham. Inez Gibson
Liberal Arts: Gretchen Wingerter, Jennifer Brickey
Mathematics: Emily Casey, Ellen Matheny
Natural/Behavioral Science: Rebecca Glatt, Judy Sichler, Deb McElroy
Nursing: Melinda Wang, Patricia Crotty
Library Services: Janine Pino, Naomi Williams
Division Street Representative: Mike Murphy
Blount County Representative: Marilyn McClanahan
Magnolia Representative: Bob Boyd, absent
Strawberry Plains Representative: Tracy Rees
Adjunct Faculty Representative: Gabe Crowell, absent
Promotion and Tenure: Mark Fuentes
Faculty Development Kellie Toon, absent
Guest(s) Bob Stern, B. L. Mosby
- Approval of Minute: Toni McDaniel
The meeting was called to order and the Minutes of the January 25, 2017 meeting were approved.
Secretary: Jeff Lockett- No report
Communications: Sally Lighter-No report
TBR Representative: Dave Vinson brought up an email that he had sent to the faculty listserv. In this he discussed the TBR subcouncil meeting but condensed the 36 agenda items down to two primary ones. The first concerned the shared governance initiative and the second was about the upcoming student concealed carry legislation. He reiterated that there seems to be no TBR political agenda concerning student carry.
President: Alex Fitzner discussed the TN legislative move in sympathy of student concealed carry and expressed his personal condemnation of the idea. He said that he was going to attend the upcoming TBR legislative day in Nashville and is looking forward to meeting and speaking to legislators.
Concerning the possible reorganization of the college in order to add administrative positions such as assistant deans, Fitzner said that none is underway. He did mention that the senate might potentially address this need in the future.
Fitzner expressed the hope that the Reconnect plan will help the number of enrolled students to rise and that our current enrollment is under 9,000.
The upcoming budget from the Governor’s office does not include additional funding for safety and security on the campus but that the office of safety and security recently underwent an audit.
Fitzner reported that Good Friday will remain a holiday despite some protestations to Dr. Lewis’s office from professors concerning the number of classes offered on Fridays.
Dr. Lewis’s office is in support of an official statement from the college to local banks requesting that adjunct instructors not be penalized by fees in the months in which they do not teach and do not have a direct deposit.
It was mentioned that summer enrollment is down substantially and Dr. Lewis said that it will be up to the deans to decide which classes will run and who will teach them.
Fitzner announced that there will be a college-wide meeting on shared services on Monday, March 6 and encouraged everyone to be there.
Adjunct representative: No report
Student Scholarships: The Faculty Senate book sale is now accepting donations in drop-off locations around campus.
Rules Committee: No report
Nominating Committee: No report
Promotion/Tenure Committee: Mark Fuentes announced that there have been few issues viewing the online promotion and tenure portfolios.
Faculty Development: Kelli Toon submitted a handout of report on the development of the Center for Teaching and Learning which is funded by a $1.9 million, five-year grant.
- Unfinished Business:
Policy 03:11:01, section X
Fitzner presented a change to this policy submitted by ad hoc committee in which attendance policies will be determined by consensus of faculty, program coordinators and department deans before being submitted to the chief academic officer. The motion to approve passed.
Mark Fuentes presented a motion for three revisions to this policy on faculty promotion.
Section V needed an editorial change for clarification concerning the school’s change in D2L usage.
Section V, subsection N concerns an added paragraph that reads as follows:
“Prior to making his or her recommendation to the Chief Academic Officer (to recommend for promotion or do not recommend for promotion), the dean must inform the candidate of his or her recommendation and its justification. Since candidates for promotion are eligible to apply again in future promotion cycles, it is extremely critical for the dean to provide the candidate useful feedback for improvement.”
Section VI. Subsection U also needed an editorial change which reads: “portfolios in notebook form are returned to the candidates and ‘course access’ to electronic portfolios is ended so only the candidates have access to their individual portfolios.” The proposed revisions would change ‘course access’ to ‘access and ‘ended’ to ‘removed.’
All three motions on the revisions were approved on the vote.
Policy 06:02:00 “Faculty Tenure” The revisions to the policy on faculty tenure were mostly identical to the revisions to faculty promotion and included the added paragraph to Section V, Subsection N:
“Prior to making his or her recommendation to the Chief Academic Officer, the dean must inform the candidate of his or her recommendation and its justification.”
All three motions on the revisions were approved on the vote.
Fuentes also presented a proposal to change the promotion and tenure ballots to include reasons for non-recommendation beyond just “recommend” and “do not recommend.”
After the move to approve, the motion carried.
Janine Pino asked the senate members to discourage students from printing so many pages on the ERC printers. She announced that the libraries and computer labs now use Paper Cut software that will restrict student printer use to 300 pages per semester.
Pino also mentioned that the ERC is now providing workshops, which she leads, to help students and faculty get Microsoft Office certification..
Senate meeting adjourned at 5:12.