- Faculty Senate Minutes
- October 26, 2016
- Magnolia 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 McDaniels, Business Officer,
Trent Eades, Parliamentarian
Business and Computer Tech: Tammie Bolling, Holly Knowling, Elizabeth McCowan
Engineering and Media Technology:
English: Chester Needham. Inez Gibson
Liberal Arts: Charles Cardwell, Jennifer Brickey
Mathematics: Emily Casey, Chris Culliton, Ellen Matheny
Natural/Behavioral Science: Rebecca Glatt, Judy Sichler, Grant Mincy
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
Promotion and Tenure: Mark Fuentes
Adjunct Faculty Representative: Lori Price
Faculty Development Kellie Toon, Absent
Guest(s) Bob Stern, Jessica Dean
- Approval of Minutes: Toni McDaniel
The meeting was called to order and the Minutes of the September 28, 2016 meeting were approved.
- Officer Reports:
Secretary: Jeff Lockett- No report
Communications: Sally Lighter reminded everyone how to access the Faculty Senate blog and encouraged its use for reviewing the minutes from previous Senate meetings.
TBR Representative: Dave Vinson reported that he attended TBR subcouncil on Oct. 21 and that there was no meaningful content to report from that meeting. Nonetheless, he will be sending out a written report in the next week. He stated on Oct. 20 that he was present for TN eCampus conference in Nashville and that there are state-wide co-requisite meetings occurring this week and next for math and English. He stated that he opposes standardization in course development for TN eCampus and that Dr. Denley agrees with him.
President: Alex Fitzner announced that he attended the scholarship donor reception last week and that there were seven scholarships given by the Senate. He was encouraged by the response from some of the recipients regarding how it has had a positive impact on their lives. Fitzner reported that there is no update on the Memorandum of Understanding from Knox County Schools. Additionally he stated that Dr. Lewis emphasized that no employee from PSCC will have to pay for drug testing. Fitzner also mentioned that the issue of designated breast feeding spaces at PSCC is unresolved.
- Committee Reports:
Adjunct representative: No report
Student Scholarships: Tammie Boling offered that she is entertaining new ideas for the Senate Book Sale.
Rules Committee: No reports
Nominating Committee: No report
Promotion/Tenure Committee: No report
Faculty Development: No report
- Unfinished Business: Trent Eades directed an ad hoc committee on which several senators served to evaluate the PSCC policy concerning the college-wide attendance policy. He created a resolution to modify the school’s attendance policy which would remove the 75% college-wide attendance rule and replace the first paragraph under X, Policy 03:11:01 with the following paragraph:
“To ensure the highest quality of education, Pellissippi State expects student to attend/participate in all scheduled instructional activities. In order to receive credit for any scheduled class, laboratory, and/or a clinical laboratory meeting, students must meet specified attendance requirements for that course. These requirements will be determined by individual faculty, programs or departments and clearly specified in the course syllabus.”
An amendment was made to change the wording of the paragraph to include “participate in”, highlighted above and remove the word faculty, struck through above. The motion passed as amended.
Rebecca Glatt addressed the work she has done concerning the college Sick Bank transfer and that the complications within its definition as Tennessee state law make changes impossible. She suggested that we discontinue our efforts to change it. Regarding Parental Leave Glatt proposed that the Senate request of Human Recourses a FAQ or summary to inform employees of their choices and limitations within the policy. The proposal passed.
- Fitzner introduced a proposal to change the wording of Policies 06:02:00 and 06:03:00 concerning Academic Tenure and Promotion in which the paragraphs will include, after the first sentence,
“Results are defined as the faculty member’s written reflections on student perception surveys as well as any comments on those surveys made by the Dean of the faculty member’s Department. The portfolio should must not include the surveys themselves.”
After an amendment was made to change the word should to must, seen above struck out and highlighted, the motion carried.
- Fitzner made a motion regarding the future potential for students who hold Concealed-Carry permits wherein the Senate shall resolve to oppose said (potential) legislation. The motion carried.
- Cardwell asked the question concerning student evaluation, if we need to have another committee to reevaluate the IOTA process and create a new student evaluation survey. After the vote was taken, the proposal failed.
- Announcements: There was general recognition suggesting concern for the new Mid-Term grade reports and the way in which there has been an explosion of work for student success coordinators. Fitzner said that he will be bringing this concern to Dr. Lewis. Brickey announced that the opening for the play, “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson” is this weekend.
- Meeting was adjourned at 5:05