- Faculty Senate Minutes
- April 27, 2016
- Blount County Campus
- 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.
- 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.
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
- Unfinished Business:
- 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.
- Announcements: No new announcements.
- Meeting was adjourned at 5:12