Faculty Senate Minutes
July 23, 2014 (Draft)
Hardin Valley Campus, Faculty Staff Dining Room
I.Call to Order: Keith Norris
Meeting was called to order by Norris. Senators in attendance: Cindy Arnold (BCT), John May (EMT), Heather Schroeder (English), Trent Eades (English), Charles Cardwell (LA), Frank Mashburn (LA),Jeff Lockett (LA), Jean Jackson(Library Services), Jennifer Mezick (Library Services), Bob Stern (Math), Diann DeJulia (Math), Pat Zingg (NBS), John Smith (TS), Mike Murphy (Division Street), Tyra Barrett (President), Alex Fitzner (President Elect), Keith Norris (Business Officer), Nina McPherson (Secretary). Guests: Fred Breiner.
VII. Guest: Fred Breiner, Director of Safety and Security
Motion was passed to suspend the Rules to allow Breiner to discuss security issues.
On June 19, there was an attempted abduction of a female student on campus. The student was able to free herself and no physical harm was done to the female student. College security personnel called for assistance from the Knox County Sheriff Department. Deputies arrived quickly and took control of the situation. A male student was identified as the possible perpetrator and was arrested by KCSD.
President Wise requested that appropriate personnel at the college meet to review how the college responded to the incident and to recommend possible changes. Communication issues were identified as an area for improvement; possible technologies are being investigated to improve communication. Reviews of the incident are on-going.
Other security issues discussed included a reminder that employees and students can request security escorts to their vehicle. Portable automatic defibrillators have been purchased for all campuses and will be installed soon. New no guns on campus signs are being installed on all campuses.
II. Approval of Minutes: Keith Norris
Minutes of the April 23, 2014 meeting were approved with an editorial change.
III. Officer Reports
Secretary: Nina McPherson
The list of Senators has not been finalized yet. When it is, FSENATORS-L will be updated.
Communications: Sally Lighter – No report.
TBR Representative: Dave Vinson – No report.
President: Tyra Barrett
Officers for 2014-2015 were approved. Officers are:
Business Officer: Keith Norris
Secretary: Nina McPherson
Communications Officer: Sally Lighter
TBR Representative: Dave Vinson
Parliamentarian: Donn King
Co-chair, Promotion & Tenure Committee: Mark Fuentes
Chair, Faculty Development: Kellie Toon
Except for the September meeting, all meetings are scheduled for the fourth Wednesday of the month. President Wise will meet with Faculty Senate that month and is not available on the fourth Wednesday. Meeting dates for 2014-2015 are:
September 17 – Hardin Valley Campus
October 29 – Division Street
November 26 – Hardin Valley
January 28 – Magnolia Avenue Campus
February 25 – Hardin Valley Campus
March 25 – Blount County Campus
April 29 – Hardin Valley
IV. Committee Reports
Adjunct Faculty – No report.
Student Scholarships: Ashley Boone, Pat Zingg
Barrett made a motion to change the Faculty Senate scholarship from a money in – money out status to an endowed status; motion was seconded. Barrett had met with Peggy Wilson, Vice President, College Advancement, and Foundation Executive Director, to discuss the status of the scholarship. This change would impact the amount of money available for scholarship(s) the first few years because 70% of the money would be used to fund the principle amount and only 30% would be used for dispersal to scholarship recipients. In time the amount available for dispersal will grow. The Senate unanimously approved this motion. Zingg will organize a committee in September. In addition to begin planning for a book sale during spring semester, the committee will also discuss eligibility requirements to receive a scholarship and promotion activities to encourage giving to the scholarship during the Foundation internal campaigns.
Rules: Keith Norris reported for Donn King
The Faculty Senate Rules Committee reported on motions to amend the Senate Constitution that were voted on at the April Senate meeting. A motion was made to approve each amendment. All amendments were unanimously approved. The amendments are effective now. The proposed amendments are below.
Amend Faculty Senate Constitution Regarding Senate Duties and Powers
At our last Senate meeting, a resolution to amend the constitution to clarify the role of the Faculty Senate was offered. After it was referred to the Rules Committee, we now offer that resolution in the following form:
Resolved, That the Faculty Senate Constitution be amended by inserting the following paragraph as a new paragraph at the end of Article II:
As the primary governing body of the faculty at Pellissippi State Community College, and as the only democratically elected and legitimate voice of the faculty, the Faculty Senate reserves the right to ratify, amend, or reject the conclusions of any other Pellissippi organization considering such matters as are detailed in the paragraph above. While the Faculty Senate recognizes the value of committees appointed by the administration or other bodies, it also recognizes that the Faculty Senate is the only body at Pellissippi State that speaks with the collective voice of Pellissippi State faculty, and thus has sole authority in determining the will of the faculty on matters under its legitimate purview.
Faculty Senate Student Representative
At the last Senate meeting a resolution to include student representation was introduced. After it was referred to the Rules Committee, we offer the following resolution to enable that intention:
Resolved, That Faculty Senate Constitution be amended by adding Section 6 to Article IV as follows:
A. Students may have up to two non-voting seats on Faculty Senate. Each representative will serve one year or until a successor is selected. Vacancies will be filled at the earliest possible Senate meeting.
B. The student representatives will be selected by the body officially recognized by the College as representing the students, according to whatever manner they deem suitable. The Senate retains the right to ratify the selection by majority vote.
C. A student representative may be removed by a two-thirds vote of the Senate, or by the student representative body according to their own recall procedures.
Amend Faculty Senate Constitution Regarding Membership
At the last Senate meeting a resolution was introduced to address in the Constitution a procedure to follow in the case of academic reorganization. We off the following refinement of that resolution:
Resolved, That a new subsection D be added to the Constitution under Article IV. Section 1, to read as follows:
D. Academic reorganization: In the event that the college administration, either on its own or at the behest of the Tennessee Board of Regents or other bodies with authority superseding the college administration, reorganizes the academic structure of the college, the Faculty Senate will respond in the following manner:
1. If a new department representing a new discipline is formed, or a new department is formed from existing departments, guidelines under Article IV.1.B. will be followed, unless such new departments occur as a result of a complete reorganization.
2. If a department is merged into existing departments after Feb. 1 of a given year, representatives of the eliminated department with unexpired terms will continue to serve as Senators through the following academic year in order to advise the Senate and the faculty concerning transitional issues. However, expiring Senate seats associated with such a department will not be filled, except that if the Senate by a two-thirds majority of those present and voting request it, the faculty President may appoint a Senator to fill the expiring seat, but only for a term of one year.
3. If the academic unit of the college is completely reorganized after Feb. 1 of a given year, currently serving Senators, including those with expiring terms, will continue to serve through the following academic year, or until the Senate can organize elections for Senators representing the new departments according to the guidelines of Article IV.1.B. and of Article IV.1.C.1, whichever occurs soonest. If the currently serving Senate fails to organize such an election by Feb. 1 of the academic year following reorganization, the faculty at large may call by email a mass meeting on written petition of 30 full-time faculty with at least 10 days’ notice to all full-time faculty for the purpose of organizing such an election. At such a meeting, faculty would be limited to selecting an election chair for each department charged with carrying out the provisions of this Constitution for the election of Senators.
Nominating Committee: Nina McPherson – No report.
Promotion/Tenure: Mark Fuentes
Barrett reported for Fuentes. Twenty seven candidates for promotion and eighteen candidates for tenure have been notified of their eligibility to apply for promotion and/or tenure. Candidates have until August 29 to notify their dean of their intent to apply for tenure.
New Faculty Orientation: Kellie Toon
Barrett reported for Toon, who is attending a conference. New faculty report on August 11 to begin New Faculty Orientation. The New Faculty Academy will continue this year.
Faculty Lecture Series: Keith Norris
Sarah Malley and Katie Morris, new coordinators for the Faculty Lecture series are finalizing details for the fall presentations.
V. Unfinished Business
Faculty Senate role in shared governance
Barrett discussed with President Wise faculty concerns that decisions related to academic matters and faculty welfare are being made without faculty input. An example is the seeming non-existence of Learning Council even though college policy requires the review of campus policies through Learning Council. Faculty are concerned that decisions that previously have been reviewed by Learning Council are now being passed on directly to the President’s Council. Wise assured her that Learning Council will be revived, although it might have a different name.
Student Activities – location for events
Student events involving music on the Hardin Valley Campus will be moved to the grassy area between the Bagwell Building and the ERC Building.
Faculty Senate scholarship
Discussed above in the Committee Reports section.
VI. New Business
Faculty input in selection of tutors – Tyra Barrett
This topic was moved to the September 17 Faculty Senate meeting.
Conversation Cafes re: TN’s Amendment 1 – Donn King and Tyra Barrett
Barrett encouraged faculty to attend this Conversation Café session, hosted by Masha Hupfel. This is scheduled for October 8, 12-2pm, in the Goins Auditorium.
Tuition waivers – Tyra Barrett
Tennessee Board of Regents has approved a new tuition waiver fee policy that impacts employees. A copy of the July email from the Human Resources office concerning this change is Attachment 1.
Voter Registration – Tyra Barrett
Lisa Bogaty will be organizing a voter registration on September 22-25. She will be asking for assistance.
Heather Schroder announced that Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down, The Finish: The Killing of Osama Bin Laden and other books will be on campus September 18 to make presentations as part of the Common Book activities.
Next meeting will be September 17, 2014, Hardin Valley Campus, Faculty/Staff Dining Room.
Meeting adjourned at 5:15 pm.
Effective 7/1/14, regular part-time and temporary part-time employees of the state community college system and the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology may enroll in one course per term, at the college where they are employed, without paying tuition charges or maintenance fees. All admission requirements must be met, and enrollment is dependent upon space availability.
This tuition waiver does not include adjunct faculty (including temporary full-time one semester), temporary full-time one year employees (faculty and staff), temporary part-time employees hired through an agency or temporary staffing firm, and student workers whose job is dependent upon a student status (examples: Work Study, NSO Leader, Peer Tutor).