Faculty Senate Minutes April 30, 2014

Faculty Senate Minutes

April 30, 2014

Blount County Campus, Room 251

  1. Call to Order: Keith Norris

Meeting was called to order by Norris. Senators in attendance: Lisa Bogaty (BCT), Cindy Arnold (BCT), Sami Ghezawi (EMT), John May (EMT), Lawana Day (English), Heather Schroeder (English), Trent Eades (English), Charles Cardwell (LA), Frank Mashburn (LA), Rick Bower (Library Services), Bob Stern (Math), Diann DeJulia (Math), John Smith (TS), Mike Murphy (Division Street), Ashley Boone (Blount County), Tyra Barrett (President), Ron Bridges (Past President), Keith Norris (Business Officer), Nina McPherson (Secretary), Sally Lighter (Communications Officer), Dave Vinson (TBR Rep). Guests: Donn King, Kellie Toon, Andrew Frantz, SJ Brewer, Ann Sherman, Kimberly Wilks, Lucinda Alexander, Jean Jackson, Katy Lovette, Margaret McCrary.

  1. Guests: Student Activities board Representatives: SJ Brewer and Andrew Frantz

Motion was passed to suspend the Rules to allow guests, Student Activities Board member SJ Brewer and Council of Student Advocates Liaison Andrew Frantz, to make a presentation concerning the location of student activities at the Hardin Valley Campus (Attachment 1: Student Presentation).

Schroeder presented a motion (Attachment 2: Faculty Senate Resolution Re: COSA Music Locations) concerning possible locations for COSA activities that include music. Many of the student activity events are scheduled in the courtyard between the Goins, McWherter, and Alexander buildings. Faculty have complained the activities create noise problems for classes in classrooms on the courtyard side of those buildings. President Wise has directed that these student activities be moved to the grassy area around the pond. COSA presented a proposal for consideration of two other locations, the courtyard area between the Bagwell building and the parking lot next to the ERC building or the grassy area next to the flags in front of the Goins building. Students are concerned that the pond area presents barriers for handicap access and that the pond location is not a convenient area, which would probably limit student participation in the activities. The issue was discussed at a Dean’s Council meeting but COSA representatives were not invited to the meeting to provide their viewpoint. Senate approved the resolution.

Schroeder presented a second motion related to student representation on Faculty Senate (Attachment 3: Faculty Senate Resolution Re: Faculty Senate Student Representation). Senate should consider adding an ex-officio student member to the Senate membership. This would require an amendment to the Faculty Senate Constitution. The motion passed and will be added to the July agenda for action.

  1. Approval of Minutes: Keith Norris

Minutes of the March 26, 2014 meeting were approved with an editorial change.

Norris reported that he has resigned his position as an English department Senator but will continue as Business Officer. The English department faculty elected Trent Eades to assume Norris’ vacant Senator position.

  1. Officer Reports

Secretary: Nina McPherson

  • No report.

Communications: Sally Lighter

  • No report.

TBR Representative: Dave Vinson

Vinson attended TBR Faculty sub council meeting on April 25; he will email his notes of the meeting soon. Vinson discussed three of the agenda items:

  • Salary rate for full time faculty teaching summer term courses was a discussion item. Some presidents have said that their college cannot afford to pay the 1/32 per credit hour salary required in TBR policy. Some say they will pay the first three credit hours at the 1/32 rate and the adjunct rate for hours above that or pay only the adjunct rate.   TBR policy requires presidents to ask for a waiver from the TBR Chancellor to pay something other than the 1/32 per credit hour. Vinson asked the Chancellor if any presidents have asked for a waiver; he replied that he couldn’t remember any asking for a waiver. Vinson will contact college representatives on the sub council for information about their college’s summer plan.
  • Vinson reported that there was discussion about student perception of faculty documents and whether the procedures used produced statistically valid results. Data shows that self-selected surveys are not statistically valid. Dr. Denley agreed that invalid results should not be used.
  • Vinson reported that there was discussion about changes to remedial/developmental programs. Changes are now referred to as Corequisite Instruction, not “embedded remediation.” Dr. Denley was questioned about how these changes came about without faculty input.  Dr. Denley reported that he did not make this a mandate, which led to much discussion and confusion. Dr. Denley said that he wanted faculty to examine the issue, discuss possible changes, and to report their findings. Although he said it was not a mandate, college administrators heard it as a mandate and presented it to their faculty as such.

President: Tyra Barrett

Barrett thanked all of the Senators, especially those leaving the Senate at the end of this academic year, for their hard work this academic year. She welcomed new Senators and said she looked forward to working with them. 

Barrett reported that only 38% of students had completed the Student Perception of Faculty online surveys. Questions related to the process were how to keep students from completing the form twice and how to differentiate between the lecture portion of a course and the lab. Barrett asked that faculty send her any comments about issues they encountered with the process this spring semester.

Although it is still not definite, it is rumored that adjunct faculty will be able to teach 12 hours per semester for fall 2014 and spring 2015 terms. Barrett has not received any answers as to whether pay for office hours will be added to the base pay for adjuncts.

President Wise has requested that a safety/security audit by an outside agency be conducted before he responds to the Faculty Senate resolution concerning Campus Security and Health passed at the March 26, 2014 Faculty Senate meeting.

Barrett reported that a decision concerning the new position of Director of Equity and Compliance has not been finalized. Whoever is hired, she plans to work closely with that person concerning the harassment policy. 

  1. Committee Reports

Adjunct Faculty – Gabe Crowell

  • No report.

Student Scholarships: Ashley Boone, Pat Zingg

Bridges reported for Zingg. This year’s book sale raised $4342, compared to a little over $3000 last year. Zingg would like to change the status of the book sale funds to an endowment from the current money in/money out type of fund. This will be discussed with the college’s Foundation office. This change might make the payouts smaller for a few years but in the long run will be a much better fund.

Rules: Donn King

King reported that there has been discussion with Rules Committee members concerning the standing of Senators who currently represent Transitional Studies (TS.) The college’s organizational changes for Corequisite Instruction have raised issues that are not addressed in the Faculty Senate Constitution. King presented two motions.

The first motion (Attachment 4: Faculty Senate Resolution Re: Transitional Studies Faculty Senate Representatives) addressed the issue of current TS Senators and new TS Senators. Transitional Studies faculty will be merged into other academic departments July 1, 2014. King made a motion that current Transitional Studies Senators continue to represent the Transitional Studies department until their terms expire despite the merging of departments. This motion passed unanimously.

The second motion (Attachment 5: Faculty Senate Resolution Re: Amend Faculty Senate Constitution Regarding Membership) presented an amendment to the Faculty Senate Constitution concerning Senator representations when changes are made to the organizational structure of the college that impact Faculty Senate representations. This motion also passed unanimously and will be presented to Faculty Senate again in July 2014 for action.

Nominating Committee: Nina McPherson

  • No report.

Promotion/Tenure: Mark Fuentes

  • No report.

New Faculty Orientation: Kellie Toon

Toon will provide a report at the July meeting concerning plans for the new faculty retreat and academy that will start in August.

Faculty Lecture Series: Keith Norris

Norris reported that presentations will be made during the 2014-2015 year by the following faculty:

Ann Pharr, Trent Eades, John Smith, Frank Mashburn, Dave Vinson, and Herb Rieth.

  1. Unfinished Business – None 
  2. New Business  

Faculty Senate role in shared governance – Trent Eades

Eades expressed concern that many decisions are now being made without faculty input. Learning Council has been replaced with the Deans Council but there is no faculty or student representation on it. College administration can appoint faculty to committees but those appointments do not represent the “voice” of faculty. Eades made a motion (Attachment 6: Faculty Senate Resolution Re: Amend Faculty Senate Constitution Regarding Senate Duties and Powers) regarding Senate duties and powers. The motion passed unanimously, and according to procedure specified in the Constitution will be presented at the July meeting for action. In the meantime, the Rules Committee will consider refinements to offer.

Faculty Senate scholarship – Pat Zingg

Addressed above

Faculty Tenure: John May

May questioned whether academic departments are following College Policy 06:02:00 (Academic Tenure), in particular whether new faculty are assigned mentors and whether proper procedures are followed in peer review group meetings. This issue will be revisited during the summer meeting in July.

Tutoring – John Smith

Smith questioned who makes the decisions about who to hire as tutors and what credentials tutors are supposed to have. He thinks that faculty should be involved in the selection process. This issue will be discussed in July.

  1. Announcements

Next meeting will be July 23, 2014, Hardin Valley Campus, Faculty/Staff Dining Room.

Adjournment

Meeting adjourned at 5:40 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

Attachment 1: Student Presentation

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attachment 2: Faculty Senate Resolution Re: COSA Music Locations

Faculty Senate Resolution Re: COSA Music Locations

Whereas, The students of Pellissippi State Community College pay a student activity fee designated for the creation and execution of activities designed to benefit the student body, promote student retention and develop student/faculty/staff relationships;

Resolved , That the Faculty Senate support Council of Student Advocates (COSA) use, on a trial basis and with the use of decibel meter, of two locations on the Hardin Valley campus, between the Alexander and Goins buildings and outside the Bagwell building for music events in the coming year.

 

Attachment 3: Faculty Senate Student Representative (Proposed)

Faculty Senate Resolution Re: Faculty Senate Student Representative (Proposed)

Resolved, That Faculty Senate amends its constitution to include an ex-officio student representative for all committee and meetings pertaining to matters that relate to current and prospective students.

 

 

Attachment 4: Faculty Senate Resolution Re: Transitional Studies Faculty Senate Representatives.

Resolved, That it is the sense of Faculty Senate that it is in the best interests of the faculty and the college in general that the current representatives of the Transitional Studies Department continue to represent that department until their terms expire despite the merging of its members into other departments.

 

Attachment 5: Faculty Senate Resolution Re: Amend Faculty Senate Constitution Regarding Membership (Proposed)

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 a mass meeting on written petition of 30 full-time faculty with at least 10 days’ notice to all full-time faculty by email 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.

 

 

Attachment 6: Faculty Senate Resolution Re: Amend Faculty Senate Constitution Regarding Senate Duties and Powers (Proposed)

 

Insert as last paragraph under Section II: Senate Duties and Powers

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 is the only body at Pellissippi that speaks with the collective voice of Pellissippi faculty, and thus has sole authority in determining the will of the faculty on matters under its legitimate purview.

 

March 26 (Draft) Minutes

Faculty Senate Minutes

March 26, 2014

Hardin Valley Campus, Faculty/Staff Dining Room

 I.      Call to Order: Keith Norris

Meeting was called to order by Norris.  Senators in attendance:  Lisa Bogaty (BCT), Cindy Arnold (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), Jonathan Lamb (Math), Bob Stern (Math), Joan Jackson (NBS), Amy Tankersley (TS), Patricia Roller (TS), John Smith (TS), Mike Murphy (Division Street), Ashley Boone (Blount County),  Tyra Barrett (President), Keith Norris (Business Officer), Nina McPherson (Secretary), Sally Lighter (Communications Officer), Dave Vinson (TBR Rep).  Ron Bridges. Guests:  Mark Fuentes, Donn King, Kelli Toon, Gabe Crowell, , Ted Lewis.

VII.         Guest:  Dr. Ted Lewis

Motion to suspend the Rules to allow guest Dr. Ted Lewis to discuss student perceptions of instruction and a few other topics was approved.

There has been an understood minimum student enrollment if 15 for classes to be held, but he is leaving those decisions up to academic deans.   In the past, summer classes had a required enrollment of 21 in order for a full time faculty member to teach it.  That minimum is now lowered to 15.

He is giving more institutional support to faculty development activities.  There should be a representative from each academic department on the Faculty Development Committee.  The New Faculty Academy will continue.

He encouraged faculty to apply for a Mobile Engagement Fellowship to learn how to incorporate mobile technologies in the classroom.

Dual enrollment courses are increasing.  A career magnet academy will be located at the Strawberry Plains campus; students will take freshman and sophomore classes at their high school and the third and fourth year courses at Strawberry Plains.  Computer science   courses are being offered at the L&N STEM Academy.

The primary purpose of Lewis’s visit was to discuss the Faculty Senate Resolution Re: Student Perception of Faculty (SPoF) passed at the February 26, 2013 Faculty Senate meeting.  The resolution required that the SPoF be administered in a statistically unbiased manner on one day and in the classroom and that as long as the SPoF process utilizes a self-selecting sample, the results of the SPoF be available only to the faculty member and that no other employee of the college be allowed to view them without going through public records procedures as established in the college’s Human Resources office, and that the results of the  SPoF should be made available to the faculty member’s dean, the academic vice-president, and the president of the college if the SPoF returns  to being administered as an in-class activity.  Lewis announced that the SPoF would be administered only in an electronic format, that a paper version will not be used.  He offered a variety of methods that faculty could use to administer the electronic SPoF – in computer labs, students could use their own electronic device, laptops could be brought to the classroom, assigning the surveys as homework.  He disputed the claim that these methods would produce statistically invalid results.  Lewis did not change his decision.  He reiterated  that only electronic formats would be used and continued to argue that the electronic survey would be statistically valid.

II.     Approval of Minutes: Keith Norris

Minutes of the February 26, 2014 meeting were approved with some editorial changes.

  1. Officer Reports

Secretary: Nina McPherson

No report.

Communications:  Sally Lighter

Photographs have been added to the blog.

TBR Representative:  Dave Vinson

TBR decisions about increasing adjunct faculty pay scales cannot move forward until there is more information about the cost of the proposed changes and a cost benefit analysis conducted.  There has not been any action on East Tennessee State University’s proposal for TBR to enact a policy of benefit fairness by providing equal benefits to employees who are married or involved in a domestic partnership.  Pellissippi State’s Faculty Senate passed a resolution on Feb.20, 2013 in support of the East Tennessee resolution. TBR is developing a rubric to determine eligibility for benefits.

President: Tyra Barrett

Barrett is also a Trustee of the college’s Faculty Sick Leave Bank.  The Trustees will be meeting to discuss changes to the sick leave bank policy.  The bank has not been used a great deal in the past but as the age of faculty is increasing, requests  might.

1. Committee Reports

Adjunct Faculty – Lori Price, Michael Boyd

  • Gabe Crowell reported that there is not any new information about  incorporating pay for office hours into the current pay scale for adjunct faculty.

Student Scholarships:  Ashley Boone, Pat Zingg

  • Boone reported that the book sale at the Blount County campus raised $981.  The books there have been packed and are ready to be moved to the Hardin Valley campus.  Norris asked for additional books to be donated for the Hardin Valley campus book sale and that there is still a need for faculty volunteers to help with the sale.

Rules:  Donn King

  • No report.

Nominating Committee:  Nina McPherson

  • No report.

Promotion/Tenure: Mark Fuentes

  • The process has been completed without any problems or issues.  Candidates have been notified of actions by their academic deans.  The next step will be TBR approval.  President Wise will notify candidates of TBR decisions.

New Faculty Orientation: Kelli Toon

  • Dates for Conversation Café events have been posted to the Senate blog.

Faculty Lecture Series: Keith Norris

  • Norris announced that Sarah Malley and Katie Morris, sociology faculty,  will be the new coordinators for the Faculty Lecture series.

V.           Unfinished Business:

Campus Safety/Active Shooter Procedures: Heather Schroeder

  • Schroeder and Roller made a motion to Faculty Senate adopt a resolution concerning campus safety and health (Attachment 1).  They had discussed these issues with Fred Breiner before developing the resolution.  The resolutions included optional CPR/first Aide/AED training for faculty and staff, the naming  or numbering of roads on the Hardin Valley campus to improve vehicle response time, the installation of laminated signs with emergency contact information appropriate for each campus in all classrooms, the installation of new locks on doors that can be locked from the inside, the installation of blinds on classroom doors to be closed only in the case of an active shooting occurrence,  and that the college develop a voluntary comprehensive training program for staff and faculty for the implementation of active shooter plans in each classroom.  The motion was passed.

CPR, First Aid, other health/safety issues – Tyra Barrett

This was included in the Campus Safety/Active Shooter motion discussed above.

Harassment Policy – Tyra Barrett

  • A Director of Equity and Compliance will be hired in April.  Open interviews will be held for the final candidates.  Discussions about changes to policy names and procedures will be on hold until a candidate is hired.
  • Review of the College Budget – Tyra Barrett

In previous years, a Senator would review the college budget and report at a Senate meeting information about the budget and its implications.  A motion was made by Ron Bridges to form a one person committee to review the budget and report back to the Senate.  Motion was adopted.

VI.      New Business  

  • Co-requisite Model Courses: John Smith

Smith made a motion (Attachment 2) to adopt the resolution PSCC Faculty Senate Resolution Regarding Co-Requisite Course Model.  The motion resolved that Pellissippi State  offer both stand-alone Learning Support courses and co-requisite courses to meet the needs of its students, fulfilling the college’s mission and meeting SACS standards and that the college administrators deliver copies to TBR administrators, officials, councils, and sub counsels.  Smith based part of his resolution on SACS standards stating that faculty are responsible for determining the college curriculum.  Smith also presented statistical information (Attachment 3) comparing Austin Peay State University (APSU) with Pellissippi State’s data.  The Austin Peay data was used by TBR to justify changes in Learning Support programs.  However a comparison of the two college’s data showed instances where the comparisons were inapplicable and also showed that in some instances Pellissippi’s data showed higher results.

Motion passed. 

  • College Decision Making: Bob Stern

Concerns in this area were fully covered by the discussions that took place during the meeting. 

  1. Announcements

Next meeting will be April 30, 2014, Blount County Campus, Room TBD.

Adjournment

Meeting adjourned at 5:40 pm.

 

Attachment 1 – Resolution Re: Campus Security and Health

Whereas, The safety and well-being of Pellissippi State Community College students, faculty and staff are a priority for the college;

Whereas, Recent events on campus (including a medical emergency in the classroom involving a student and a student-on-faculty stalking incident) have highlighted areas for improvement in PSCC’s current safety and security protocol;

Whereas, The nationwide incidence of campus violence in recent years increasingly involves shootings (27 total gun-related murders in 2013 versus 16 total gun-related murders in 2011);

Whereas, Faculty and staff members are committed to cooperating with the administration, the Behavioral Intervention Team, and the Office of Safety and Security;

Resolved, That the 2014-15 faculty development program include an optional CPR/First Aid/AED training program and certification for interested faculty and staff members.

Resolved, That the college approve and implement a system of named roads on the Hardin Valley campus to improve emergency vehicle response time on campus.

Resolved, That laminated signs no smaller than 8.5 x 11 inches containing the words “campus Emergency, 865-694-6649” or some permutation thereof appropriate to each campus be planed in each classroom in a highly visible location to facilitate the use of the Office of Safety and Security during emergency situations.

Resolved, That the administration authorize the immediate installation of a method for quickly locking the doors that does not require a key (NOTE: not a deadbolt) on the interior, as well as the keyed locks on the exterior of all classroom doors to allow faculty to immediately lock the classroom doors in case of an emergency situation.

Resolved, That the administration authorize the immediate purchase and installation of blinds for all classroom doors to be closed only in the event of an active shooter situation or other emergency or for instructional necessity.

Resolved, That the ad-hoc safety committee, in cooperation with the Behavioral Intervention Team, develop a voluntary comprehensive campus training program for staff and faculty for the implementation of active shooter plans in each classroom.

 

Attachment 2 – Resolution Re: Co-Requisite Course Model

PSCC Faculty Senate Resolution Regarding Co-Requisite Course Model

Whereas, In compliance with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation standards, faculty are responsible for determining curriculum offered at Pellissippi State Community College;

Whereas, The Curriculum Development Committee is responsible for approving determined prerequisites for college level courses and the co-requisite model ignores the prerequisites that have been determined by the CDC at PSCC;

Whereas, PSCC students differ from the population in the data from Austin Peay State University in that PSCC includes students with very low ACT scores and insufficient background knowledge necessary for success in college-level courses while Austin Peay State University students are admitted if they possess an ACT test score of 19 or they earn a high school GPA of 2.75; and

Whereas, approximately 50 percent of PSCC students attend part time, making the two-year benchmark for graduation inappropriate;

Resolved, That it is the sense of Faculty Senate that PSCC should offer both stand-alone Learning Support courses and co-requisite courses to meet the needs of our students, and thereby fulfill our mission and meet SACS standards; and

Resolved, That the Faculty Senate requests that PSCC administrators and representatives deliver copies of this resolution to TBR administrators, officials, councils, and sub-councils in every way possible in order to ensure it gets a serious hearing.

 

Attachment 3 – Co-Requisite Data Package

Click to view Attachment 3 (PDF)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minutes February 26, 2014

Faculty Senate Minutes

February 26, 2014

Magnolia Avenue Campus, Room 158

I.                    Call to Order: Keith Norris

Meeting was called to order by Keith.  Senators in attendance:  Cindy Arnold (BCT), Amy Lavelle (BCT), Sami Ghezawi (EMT) 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), Amy Tankersley (TS), Mike Murphy (Division Street), Ashley Boone (Blount County), Bob Boyd (Magnolia Avenue), Tyra Barrett (President), Keith Norris (Business Officer), Nina McPherson (Secretary), Sally Lighter (Communications Officer), Dave Vinson (TBR Rep).  Guests:  Mark Fuentes, Donn King, Kelli Toon, Annie Gray, Trent Eades, Rebecca Ashford, Rachael Cragle, Maggie Jenkins, Rick Patton, Gabe Crowell, Becky Blackwell, Ted Lewis.

II.    Approval of Minutes: Keith Norris

Minutes of the February 5, 2014 meeting were approved as submitted.

III.   Visitors:  Dr. Rebecca Ashford and Rachael Cragle, Dr. Ted Lewis

Rules were suspended to allow visitors to make presentations.

Ashford and Cragle:

Ashford presented a proposal to change the Fall 2014 Final Registration and In-service (Attachment 1) She has already presented the proposal to the Strategic Planning Council.  The proposal changes registration activities to the week of August 11 and moves in-service activities to the week of August 18.  Departmental meetings would still be held on August 14 and 15.  Registration activities would occur every day the week of August 11 on all of the campuses.  This proposal would eliminate the final registration events at all campuses and would allow students at least two days to re-register for classes after the expunge date.

For this new schedule to work, several issues need to be resolved.  Will there be enough advisors and staff to work all of the campuses every day of the registration week?  How will

the college adjust for the change in the official date that faculty are required to return to work?  That date is after the August 11 currently designated date for the beginning of final registration.  Academic departments will have to address scheduling of department meetings while also supporting registration activities.  Cragle presented a calendar (Attachment 2) for August 2014 with the proposed changes.

Cardwell made a motion to approve the proposal; motion was seconded.  Discussion centered on approving the proposal with the understanding that additional planning was needed.  Motion was approved unanimously.

Lewis:

Lewis discussed the upcoming changes being mandated by TBR concerning Learning Support courses.  He apologized for withholding information about the changes but wanted to discuss the changes with Transitional Studies faculty members first.  He said that the college has made a commitment to the TS faculty that their employment status will not change due to redesign.  No one will lose tenure, no one will lose their seniority, and full time faculty are guaranteed their jobs.  Adjunct faculty might be impacted.  All TS faculty will need to meet SACS credential requirements for all courses they teach.  He has also discussed the changes with academic deans.  Changes need to be in place for the Fall 2015 term.  Departments will be combined; Learning Support math will be combined with Nancy Pevey’s  Math department; College and Lifetime Learning will join Natural and Behavioral Sciences, Learning Support English, Reading, and ESL courses will be combined with Kathy Byrd’s English department.

The college has not received directions from TBR about how to provide remediation for students.  Lewis distributed an email (Attachment 3) he received from Dr. Denley that provided some fundamental features for remediation in math, English, and reading.  It also included some still outstanding questions.  There are numerous questions about what the end product will look like.  Teams will be formed to work through the issues in the academic departments.  He will approve some release time for faculty to work on this project.  Faculty in career tech programs voiced concerns about how these changes will impact sequencing of courses and student retention in their programs.  Another unknown is how these changes might affect financial aid.

Lewis encouraged faculty to research how these changes are being implemented at other colleges.  Faculty were concerned about the increased work load this is causing Byrd and Pevey.  Lewis was asked whether these changes would lead to reorganization in Academic Affairs; he said not at this time.

III.           Officer Reports

Secretary: Nina McPherson

No report.

Communications:  Sally Lighter

Names of Senators and officers have been updated on the blog.

TBR Representative:  Dave Vinson

No report.

President: Tyra Barrett

Barrett had the following announcements about workshops:

  • Jill Green – “How to Write a Resume and How to Make the Most of a Career Fair”, Monday, March 3, Alexander 206, 9-10:30
  • Laura Barron – “Effective Interviewing Techniques and How to Project a Positive Professional Image”, Wednesday, March 5, Alexander 206, 9-10:30
  • Career Fair – “Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Your Career”, Wednesday, March 19, College Center, 9am-1pm
  • VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), every Wednesday beginning March 5 (with the exception of March 12) thru April 9, ER 147, 12-5.  Contact Deanne Michaelson (694-6484) for more information.

IV.          Committee Reports

Adjunct Faculty – Lori Price, Michael Boyd

Barrett reported for Price and Boyd.   Policy number 06:01:02 (Adjunct Faculty) is scheduled to be reviewed.  Barrett gave the policy to Gabe Crowell to work with Price and Boyd to revise the policy; Crowell will report on progress at the March 26 meeting.

Crowell also raised a problem that adjunct faculty are facing regarding changes spurred by the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.  Based on the latest directives from Washington,  each load hour taught would  equal 2.5 work hours.  This equals 30 hours per week.  Holding office hours would put them over the 30 hour limit.  A proposed solution would be to include the $150 per office hour in their base pay for each class taught.

Student Scholarships:  Ashley Boone, Pat Zingg

Schedule for the book sales is:

  • Blount County – March 24-26
  •  Hardin Valley – March 31-April 2

People who do not want to participate in the book sale can make donations to the Foundation, designating their donation to the Faculty Scholarship fund.  It was noted that more money can be donated to the scholarship fund by selling books to textbook sellers  than by selling books at the book sale.  Norris asked for faculty assistance in sorting books.

Mike Murphy raised the question as to whether support staff at the Division Street campus can conduct a book sale and designate the funds for the Support Staff Scholarships.  This led to a discussion about the site campuses having fund raisers for scholarships with the funds designated for students at their site campus.  It was pointed out that more money is raised at the Hardin Valley campus book sale than the site campuses.  Students at all of the sites would benefit more from the Hardin Valley campus sale than only relying on scholarship money raised at their site.  There was no resolution to this discussion.

Rules:  Donn King

No report.

Nominating Committee:  Nina McPherson

McPherson presented results of the election for Faculty Senate President Elect.  Jeff Lockett and McPherson verified the results of the electronic ballot on Feb. 24.  Fitzner received 55% of the vote and thus has been elected to that position.  Fitzner will take office July 1, 2014.  McPherson thanked Brandon Ballentine and Andre Schutte for their help with the electronic election, the Nominating Committee who helped organize the election, and the willingness of the candidates to serve in the position.

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.

New Faculty Orientation: Kelli Toon

The first New Faculty Academy has been completed.  Toon is now in the process of compiling evaluation feedback.  She will send out an email asking for new proposal ideas for the next Academy.

Faculty Lecture Series: Keith Norris

Norris reminded people of the next two presentations:

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 reported that she has talked to Fred Breiner, Director, Safety and Security, to make sure procedures that might be recommended by this ad hoc committee are in alignment with his office’s procedures.  She will present a motion at the next Senate meeting.

VI.          New Business

  •    Harassment Policy (revisited):  Charles Cardwell

Cardwell made a motion (Attachment 4) to revise Pellissippi Policy 06:23:01 – Discrimination and Harassment Complaint and Investigation Procedure to provide a clear set of guidelines for accused parties clearly outlining their due-process rights and offering guidelines for crafting responses to any charges or accusations brought against them and to require the Executive Director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action to include in any report full documentation of compliance with the timeliness and all other requirements of TBR Guideline P-080, Section V.  The motion was seconded.  Discussion that followed questioned whether the current policy is being followed and whether the current policies were transparent.  Vote was a unanimous aye.  Barrett will present the motion to President Wise.

                Testing Center Policies:  Ron Bridges

                Discussion was withdrawn by Bridges.

                Student Perception of Faculty:  Dave Vinson

Vinson made a motion (Attachment 5) concerning the college’s Student Perception of Faculty (SPoF) process; motion was seconded.  This semester student perceptions will be conducted online on a voluntary basis by students.  Faculty feel this will not produce scientific or objective valid results.  College administrators accept that this process will not produce valid results and that the results will be used only as ideas for faculty to improve their teaching.  This process is not in compliance with TBR Policy 5:02:02:03, which requires that student evaluations be used as part of promotional criteria.  The motion would require that student perceptions be administered in a statistically unbiased manner on one day in the classroom.  Schroeder made a motion to amend the original motion; motion was seconded.  Darnetta Brown made a motion to table the motion for further discussion; motion was seconded.   Vinson/Schroeder motions would be continued as Unfinished Business on the agenda at the March Senate meeting.  Brown’s motion failed.  Discussion continued on the Vinson/Schroeder motion.  Schroeder amended motion was approved.  The vote on the amended motion was approved.

                Policy Revisions – Adjunct Faculty (06:01:02):  Tyra Barrett

Gabe Crowell will discuss the current policy with Price and Boyd and recommend possible revisions.

                College Decision-Making:  Bob Stern

                This item will be carried over to the next Senate meeting.

VIII.        Announcements

  • King announced that the next Conversation Café will be March 28, 3pm, at the Hardin Valley Campus; other sites may want to hold a Conversation Café at another day and time.
  • Bob Boyd announced that he is running for the Knox County School Board member to represent District 1.
  • Trent Eades asked the Senate to consider reviewing the college’s budget periodically; this will be considered for discussion at the next Senate meeting.

Next meeting will be March 26, 2014, Hardin Valley Campus, Room TBD.

 

IX.           Adjournment

Meeting adjourned at 5:40 pm.

 

 

Attachment 1 – Final Registration/Inservice Proposal

Final Registration/Inservice Proposal

Fall 2014

Summary of proposed changes

  • Eliminates final registration “events” on each campus.
  • Registration/advising activities will occur on all campuses, every day of the week of August 11.
  • Shifts Inservice activities to the week leading up to the start of classes.
    • “Big” Inservice on Monday, August 18
    • ½ Day (afternoon) Inservice on Tuesday, August 19
    • Adjunct Inservice on Tuesday, August 19 (evening)
    • Regular Inservice Day on Wednesday, August 20
    • Academic departmental meetings are held on Thursday, August 14 and Friday, August 15 (times are coordinated and staggered to allow faculty to assist with advising at all the campuses).
    • New registrations for fall 2014 end on Monday, August 18.
    • After the expunge on August 20, students who have been dropped from classes have 2 ½ days to re-register for fall classes.

Attachment 2 – Final Registration/Inservice Proposal Calendar August 2014

 

 

 

Attachment 3 – Denley Email

Fundamental Features of Co-requisite Remediation

Mathematics

  • All students with ACT Math subscore below 19 who have not demonstrated that they have achieved the A-100 Math Learning Competencies will be enrolled in a co-requisite credit bearing math class that satisfies a general education requirement.
  • The math class will be a non-algebra based class, such as elementary statistics or quantitative reasoning.
  • There will be a required semester-long co-requisite instruction experience that interfaces with the credit bearing class.
  • The credit bearing class experience will be identical to that taken by students who have ACT subscores above 18, and no elements of the co-requisite instruction experience will contribute to the grade earned in the credit bearing course.
  • The students will still be assessed in the established developmental learning competencies.
  • The co-requisite experience will serve the dual purpose of supporting and illuminating the skills and concepts of the credit bearing class whilst also providing instruction for students to remediate those algebra skills in which they have a deficiency.
  • While it is possible for the student to complete the A-100 competencies without earning a passing grade in the credit bearing class, if they pass the credit bearing class they will ne deemed to have also satisfied the competencies.

English

  • All students with ACT Writing subscore below 18 who have not demonstrated that they have achieved the A-100 Writing Learning Competencies will be enrolled in a co-requisite section of ENGL1010.
  • There will be a required semester-long co-requisite instruction experience that interfaces with the credit bearing class.
  • The credit bearing class experience will be identical to that taken by students who have ACT subscores above 17, and no elements of the co-requisite instruction experience will contribute to the grade earned in the credit bearing course.
  • The students will be still be assessed in the established developmental learning competencies.
  • While it is possible for the student to complete the A-100 competencies without earning a passing grade in the credit bearing class, if they pass the credit bearing class they will ne deemed to have also satisfied the competencies.

Reading

  • All students with ACT Reading subscore below 19 who have not demonstrated that they have achieved the A-100 Reading Learning Competencies will be enrolled in a co-requisite credit bearing reading intensive class that satisfies a general education requirement.
  • There will be a required semester-long co-requisite instruction experience that interfaces with the credit bearing class.
  • The credit bearing class experience will be identical to that taken by students who have ACT subscores above 18, and no elements of the co-requisite instruction experience will contribute to the grade earned in the credit bearing course.
  • The students will still be assessed in the established developmental learning competencies.
  • While it is possible for the student to complete the A-100 competencies without earning a passing grade in the credit bearing class, if they pass the credit bearing class they will ne deemed to have also satisfied the competencies.

Outstanding Questions

  • While students at all ACT levels will be enrolled in a credit bearing class, is there advantage in tailoring the co-requisite experience to the level of student preparation?
  • There is potentially a significant time commitment to students taking more than 1 co-requisite course. Is there advantage to first dealing with literacy and then math in a subsequent semester?
  • Should a combined Reading-Writing co-requisite experience be created for students who have need for both?
  • Should the financial model be something akin to enrolling in both the 3-hr credit class and a 3-hr LS course, or something akin to a lab-fee?

Attachment 4 – Resolution Regarding Pellissippi Policy 06:23:01

 PSCC Faculty Senate Resolution regarding Pellissippi Policy 06:23:01

Whereas, Pellissippi Policy 06:23:01 (Discrimination and Harassment Complaint and Investigation Procedure) currently comprises only a statement as to who is responsible for compliance with federal law and whom to bring any complaint to, together with references to PSCC Policy 00:03:00 and TBR Guideline P-080l;

Whereas, TBR Guideline P-080 sets certain conditions which the above policy must meet but (even in Section V, Procedures) fails to provide well-defined procedures beyond those required for timeliness and notification, instead delegating establishment of these further procedures to the individual institutions;

Whereas, owing in part to the limited specificity of said TBR Guideline P-080, Pellissippi Policy 06:23:01 thus fails to contain procedure significantly beyond a statement to the effect that the complaining party “should contact the following,” immediately after which follows the title and address of the Executive Director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action;

Whereas, said Policy 06:23:01 therefore fails to guarantee either substantive or procedural due process; and

Whereas, said lack of established procedure and/or process has resulted in a widespread perception and deep concern among faculty that the de facto procedures are secretive, mysterious, frightening, arbitrarily variable, unjust, unfair, and sometimes non-compliant with even the limited conditions set by TBR Guideline P-080;

Resolved, That the Pellissippi State faculty calls upon the administration, in conjunction with faculty and other affected employees, to timely develop a detailed and specific set of just, fair, and transparent procedures regarding discrimination and harassment complaints and investigations, and to incorporate and publish said procedures in a revised Policy 06:23:01, said Policy to include a clear statement of the procedural steps that will be followed in the complaint and investigation; and

Resolved, That the Pellissippi State faculty affirms that any revised Policy 06:23:01 (1) should provide a clear set of guidelines for accused parties clearly outlining their due-process rights and offering guidelines for crafting responses to any charges or accusations brought against them, and (2) should require that the Executive Director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action shall include in any report full documentation of compliance with the timeliness and all other requirements of TBR Guideline P-080, Section V.

 

Attachment 5 – Faculty Senate Resolution Re: Student Perception of Faculty

Faculty Senate Resolution Re: Student Perception of Faculty        

February, 26, 2014

Whereas, TBR policy 5:02:02:30 requires that students evaluations serve as part of promotional criteria;

Whereas, In every introductory textbook on statistics, self-selecting samples are clearly shown to have no scientific or objective validity because of what is frequently called “voluntary response bias”;

Whereas, We teach this elementary concept in MATH 1530 (Elementary Probability and Statistics) and MATH 2050 (Introduction to Statistics), so that even college freshmen and sophomores know this;

Whereas, The integrity and respect of the Math Department in particular and the college in general is diminished if we teach this principle and then ignore it in researching our own educational practices, and

Whereas, Pellissippi State administrators have indicated that because of such lack of validity, the intent of administering the SPoF is only to provide information for the purpose of giving faculty members ideas for improving their teaching;

                Resolved, That the Student Perception of Faculty (SPoF) at PSCC be administered in a statistically unbiased manner on one day, and in the classroom;

Resolved, That it is the sense of the PSCC Faculty Senate that as long as the SPoF process utilizes a self-selecting sample, the results of the SPoF should be available exclusively to the faculty member, and that no other employee of PSCC should be allowed to view them without going through public records procedures as established in the office of Human Resources;

Resolved, That it is the sense of the PSCC Faculty Senate that results of the SPoF should only be made available to the faculty member’s dean, the academic vice-president, and the president of the college if the SPoF returns to being administered as an in-class activity; and

Resolved, That the president of Faculty Senate be requested to send a copy of this resolution to the president of the college and the academic vice president.

 

Attachment 3 – Co-Requisite Data Package\

 

 

 

 

 

February 5, 2014 Minutes

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

No report.

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

No report.

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

No report.

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:

  1. What do you believe the role(s) of faculty to be at a community college?
  2. What do you believe the role(s) of administration to be a community college?
  3. What do you believe the role(s) of staff to be at a community college?
  4. 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

No report.         

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.

VIII.    Announcements

Next meeting will be February 26, 2014, Magnolia Avenue Campus, Room TBD       

IX.       Adjournment

            Meeting adjourned at 5:30pm

November 2013 Minutes

Faculty Senate Minutes

November 20, 2013 (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:  Cindy Arnold (BCT), Amy Lavelle (BCT), John May (EMT), Ron Goodrich (EMT), Lawana Day (English), Jeff Lockett (LA), Charles Cardwell (LA),  Frank Mashburn (LA), Rick Bower (Library Services), Bob Stern (Math), Diann DeJulia (Math), Jonathan Lamb (Math), Joan Jackson (NBS), Pat Zingg (NBS), Darnetta Brown (Nursing), Patricia Roller (TS), John Smith (TS), Mike Murphy (Division St.),  Bob Boyd (Magnolia Ave.), Lori Price (Adjunct), Tyra Barrett (President), Ron Bridges (Past President), Keith Norris (Business Officer), Nina McPherson (Secretary), Sally Lighter (Communications Officer), Guests:  Mark Fuentes,

II.        Approval of Minutes: Keith Norris

Minutes of the October 23, 2013 meeting were approved.

III.       Officer Reports

Secretary: Nina McPherson

No report.

Communications:  Sally Lighter

No report. 

TBR Representative:  Dave Vinson

No report.

President: Tyra Barrett

Report will be discussed in Unfinished Business section below

IV.       Committee Reports

Adjunct Faculty – No report

Student Scholarships:  Ashley Boone, Pat Zingg

Zingg asked for volunteers to be on this committee.  The following people volunteered: Jeff Lockett, Keith Norris, Diann DeJulia, Amy Lavelle, Mark Fuentes.  A book sale will be held again in spring 2014 to raise money for the scholarship fund.  The amount of money raised in spring 2013 by requesting donations did not raise the same amount of money as previous book sales.  The committee met after the Senate meeting adjourned to begin planning..

Rules:  Donn King

Discussion of Faculty Senate amendment proposals is discussed in the Unfinished Business section below.

Nominating Committee:  Nina McPherson

No report.

Promotion/Tenure: Mark Fuentes

Fuentes reported that the committee met several times to review Policy 06:02:00 (Academic Tenure) and Policy 06:03:00 (Faculty Promotion).  The committee attempted to bring the two policies into alignment with each other for consistency and actual  practice.  He made a motion to recommend that the policies as revised be forwarded to college administration.  The revised policy eliminates the need to include all documentation in the portfolio but faculty should keep it for 3 years.

Changes to the Academic Tenure policy are:

The portfolio should include all five years of probationary period information, not just three.  This will be more inclusive and will show a progression of teaching experience.  Attachment I of the current policy, which lists examples of documentation, will be deleted.

A motion was made by Bob Stern to change wording in Section IV. Portfolio Development B. Teaching “Especially important is the use of high impact teaching practices involving research-proven methods …) to “Effective teaching may include the use of high impact teaching practices involving research-proven methods…).  The motion was seconded and was approved.

A motion was made by Charles Cardwell to change wording in Section I. Definitions F. Peer-Group from “Peer-Group – a group of tenured faculty from the tenure candidate’s academic department or division” to “Peer Group – a group comprising all tenured faculty from the tenure candidate’s academic department or division …”  The motion was seconded and was approved.

All of the motions changing wording in the tenure policy were also made for the Academic Promotion policy; all changes were made and approved.

A motion was made to approve the amended policies and they were approved.

Faculty Development: Nancy Pevey

Fuentes reported for Pevey.  A concluding session for New Faculty Orientation will be held at 2:30, Friday, Nov. 22.  The session will be about promotion and tenure policy.  Pevey wanted to express her thanks to faculty for developing and supporting QEP sessions this semester.

Faculty Lecture Series: Keith Norris

Norris said that announcements concerning faculty who will manage the series should be announced soon.

V.       Unfinished Business:

   Academic Freedom Policy: Mark Fuentes

TBR has completed its review of the system’s academic freedom policy. No changes are needed in policy (06:02:03) that was previously approved by Faculty Senate because it is in compliance with the TBR policy.  Norris made a motion to send the revised policy back to Dean’s Council for action by the college administration; motion was approved.  

Updates to Constitution: Donn King

Norris made a motion to approve proposed changes to the Senate’s Constitution that were presented at the October meeting.  All changes were approved and are effective immediately.

  • CDC Release Time/Travel Reimbursement and Committee Formation Resolution: Tyra Barrett

Barrett discussed both of these items as part of the President’s report.  She delivered both of the resolutions concerning these issues to President Wise and Dr. Lewis after the October meeting.  There has been no response to the resolutions until today.  She received an email from President Wise saying he will meet with her in January before the next Faculty Senate meeting to discuss these resolutions.    

  •  Student Perception Instrument: Tyra Barrett

Barrett met with Dr. McDaniel’s Student Perception committee to present and discuss the Senate’s proposed changes to that committee’s proposed changes.  That committee either accepted Senate proposals or deleted affected questions.  These changes will be effective in spring 2014.  Departments, academic programs, or individuals can add questions to the instrument, which will be online.  A few classes are testing the current online instrument this semester.

  • Campus Safety/Active Shooter Procedures: Heather Schroeder

Discussion of this item is postponed until January 2014 meeting.

  •  Civil Discourse: Dave Vinson

            No action will be taken on this item.  

VI.       New Business

 Facility Design/Renovations

Renovations at the Magnolia Avenue Campus and the Division Street Campus are being planned.  Faculty are concerned that their input has not been requested and that they have not been involved in the discussions, especially discussions about teaching spaces.   Concern was expressed that the campus deans are not open to discussion about the proposed changes.  Norris made the following motion:

Faculty requests of the administration that a representative sample of faculty in affected disciplines/departments be included in the planning process of academic spaces, whether new spaces or renovated spaces.

The motion was seconded and approved by Senators.  Barrett asked faculty to send her examples of planning of teaching spaces that have been done without faculty input. 

Privacy Issues

There was also discussion about faculty office privacy.  It is not clear whether the college has an office privacy policy.  Faculty are concerned that administrators have been entering faculty offices without prior notification or consent.  Barrett will follow up on this issue.           

VIII.    Announcements

Next meeting will be January 29, 2014, 3:30 pm, at the Hardin Valley Campus.

IX.       Adjournment

            Meeting adjourned at 4:55pm

 

October 23, 2013 Minutes

 

Faculty Senate Minutes

October 23, 2013 (DRAFT)

Division Street Campus, Room 140

I.          Call to Order: Keith Norris

Meeting was called to order by Keith Norris. Senators in attendance:  Lisa Bogaty (BCT), Cindy Arnold (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), Beverly Rogers (Nursing), Amy Tankersley (TS), John Smith (TS), Mike Murphy (Division St.), Ashley Boone (Blount County),  Bob Boyd (Magnolia Ave.), Tyra Barrett (President), Ron Bridges (Past President), Keith Norris (Business Officer), Nina McPherson (Secretary), Sally Lighter (Communications Officer), Dave Vinson (TBR Representative) Guests:  Nancy Pevey, Mark Fuentes, Emily Casey, Denisa Gandara.

II.        Approval of Minutes: Keith Norris

Minutes of the September 25, 2013 meeting were approved.

III.       Officer Reports

Secretary: Nina McPherson

To facilitate communication amongst Faculty Senate representatives, McPherson has established a listserv, FSENATORS-L.

Communications:  Sally Lighter

The most recent Faculty Senate Constitution has been added to the Faculty Senate blog. 

TBR Representative:  Dave Vinson

Vinson will be distributing his notes of the October 18 Faculty Subcouncil meeting soon.  Dr. Tristan Denley, the new Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, attended the meeting and shared his vision of higher education.  Vinson will distribute Dr. Denley’s PowerPoint presentation.  Vinson said that proposals concerning adjunct faculty pay, such as changing the TBR maximum to the minimum level of pay and providing adjunct faculty pay raises at the same percent that full time faculty receive, were not approved by the Academic Affairs Subcouncil and thus did no make it to the Presidents Council for action.  Some colleges were concerned about the effect of changing adjunct pay might have on their budgets.  Other issues that Vinson said were discussed at the meeting:

1) If a student in a TBR class represents one enrollment (so that a typical fulltime student might represent 4, 5, or 6 “enrollments”), half of all enrollments (close to 500000) in all combined TBR institutions occur in only 30 classes. The five classes with the largest total enrollments are English 1010 and 1020, Math 1530, and Western Civ 2010 and 2020. Mini-grants will be rewarded to TBR institutions to assess and redesign the ways they delivers that class.

2) The Praxis test for deciding whether students have the knowledge base to allow enrollment in higher ed education colleges/departments is no longer being used. This decision was made unilaterally by the Tennessee Department of Education, with no forewarning. The justification for a new test is that the state is committed to implementing curricula based on Common Core. This new curricula will be in place soon (if it didn’t start this year, I can’t remember) at the 4th grade level and will follow this group of 4th graders as they progress to high school, so that by the time they are seniors, all Tennessee students will have been taught with Common Core pedagogy for a total of 9 years. Since Common Core is a requirement, the Department of Education decided that they needed to switch to an exam based on the Common Core. Instead of phasing this in to correspond to the percentage of students receiving Common Core-based instruction, they went all in, requiring that this year’s test will be based 100% on Common Core concepts. The problem then, is that the current crop of Education students taking the test have received very little Common Core training, and are taking a qualifying exam that is entirely based on Common Core. When this was pointed out to the Department of Education, they decided that students could be grandfathered in and allowed to take the Praxis. The unfortunate thing about that is that students who arrived at the testing centers were immediately informed that the Praxis was no longer available at the center, and that they would often need to drive to some far distant testing center, which in at least one case was 250 miles away.

President: Tyra Barrett

Barrett attended a recent Enrollment Management Committee meeting. There will be a significant increase in the collection of student data.  Data for students’ education experience before they enroll at Pellissippi State will be collected.  Collection and analysis of data gathered from D2L after they enroll at Pellissippi State will be used.  Barrett is concerned about the turnover of staff in the Institutional Effectiveness, Assessment and Planning office and would like to see more faculty involved in the hiring process for that office.

Festivities to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the college during Fall 2014 are being discussed.

IV.       Committee Reports

Adjunct Faculty – No report

Student Scholarships:  Ashley Boone, Pat Zingg

A planning meeting will be held Nov. 7 at 3pm to discuss possible fund raising ideas.  Ideas discussed so far have been doing a book sale again and the possibility of payroll deductions.  Space will be reserved just in case the book sale is revived..

Rules:  Donn King

Fuentes reported for King.  The Rules Committee submitted several changes to the Senate constitution (Attachment 1), clarifying when a candidate for President Elect has to have tenure.  There was also some minor editing.  A motion was made by Shroeder to change the wording in one of the proposed changes to clarify the faculty tenure status for both Senate President and President Elect.  Proposed changes will be voted on at the November meeting.

Nominating Committee:  Nina McPherson

Three people have been nominated for the President Elect position.  The Committee is working on compiling a few questions to present to nominees.  Nominations are still open.  The slate of candidates will be presented to Faculty Senate at the January meeting; nominations can be presented from the floor at that time but nominees will have to be present to accept the nomination.

Promotion/Tenure: Mark Fuentes

The Committee has finished reviewing/editing the tenure policy and has started work on the promotion policy.  Calendar for reviews during spring semester will be presented in November.

Faculty Development: Nancy Pevey

Pevey reported that a meeting is scheduled for November 22 for promotion/tenure candidates.  Brown bag lunches are scheduled on Wednesdays and Thursdays through the end of the semester; sessions are usually scheduled in the Goins Auditorium.  Brandon Ballantine will present information about the D2L update on November 6 and 7.

Faculty Lecture Series: Keith Norris

The next lecture is scheduled for Nov. 6, at 2pm.  Sue Yamin will present a lecture titled “Fairytales Aren’t Just for Kids.”  Candidates to manage the lecture series are still being sought.

V.       Unfinished Business:

            Student Perception Instrument: Lawana Day

Day chaired an ad hoc committee to examine the proposed Student Perception Course Instruction instrument and to make recommendations for changes.  Schroeder presented the committee’s report (Attachment 2).  The committee presented eight resolutions to change wording in the instrument that was tabled at the previous Senate meeting.  All of the resolutions were presented as motions made by Schroeder and seconded. Amendments were made in Resolutions 1, 5, and 7 that were approved by Senators.  The resolutions and changes are attached as Attachment 3.  Barrett will present the proposed changed instrument to Dr. McDaniel, who chaired the committee organized by Dr. Wise, and ask her to reconvene that committee to review Senate proposed changes. 

            Civil Discourse: Dave Vinson

Vinson did not have a report for this topic but some faculty would like to have a discussion for this in the future.  .

VI.       New Business

            CDC release time/travel reimbursement: Heather Schroeder

Schroeder introduced a motion (Attachment 4) to recommend the Faculty Senate ask Dr. Ted Lewis to develop a course release plan for members of the Curriculum and Development Committee that will take into consideration the time-consuming nature of service on this important committee. The motion passed. 

            Camus safety/active shooter procedures: Heather Schroeder

            Discussion was postponed until the November meeting.

Committee Formation: Keith Norris

Norris expressed concern that college administration has formed committees that are relevant to faculty concerns without involving the Faculty Senate.  He made the following motion, which was seconded and passed.

Whereas, faculty committees concerned with faculty issues have been traditionally formed by the Faculty President; and

            Whereas, faculty governance is established through the Faculty Senate; and

            Whereas, the formation of faculty committees directly by Administration can cause confusion and dissention within the faculty

            Therefore be it resolved, that if faculty input is desired, the administration shall charge the Faculty President with the formation of faculty committees, who will then report to the Senate for amendment and vote, in accordance with faculty governance and procedures.

VIII.    Announcements

Next meeting will be Nov. 20, 2013, 3:30 pm, at the Hardin Valley Campus.

IX.       Adjournment

            Meeting adjourned at 5:35pm

Attachment 1  Rules Committee Report

Attachment 2 Senate Perception Committee Report

Attachment 3  Proposed PSCC Student Perception of Course Instruction

Attachment 4  CDC Course Release Time Proposal

 

 Attachment 1  Rules Committee Report

The Rules Committee submits the following report.

The committee was asked to consider changes needed to the constitution

especially relating to the qualifications for candidates for election as Faculty Senate

president in terms of when such a candidate must be tenured. The current constitution

says, “Any member of the tenured full-time faculty is eligible for the office of the

President of the Faculty,” which leaves the required status at the time of election a bit

unclear.

To reduce uncertainty, and to head off the potential problem of a candidate being

elected and then not achieving tenure, the committee suggests amendments to the constitution that will require candidates who must have tenure to serve to have already achieved tenure before running for election. The committee also has some related changes to suggest. In pursuit of those goals, the committee recommends the adoption of the following resolution. 

Resolved, That Article IV, Section 1, Paragraph B of the Faculty Senate

Constitution be amended by inserting the phrase “at the time of election” after every

occurrence of the phrase “holding academic tenure” in said paragraph; and 

Resolved, That Article VII, Section 1, Paragraph A of the Faculty Senate

Constitution be amended by striking the first sentence and substituting the following

sentences: “Any member of the tenured full-time faculty is eligible for the office of the

President-Elect and President of the Faculty. The candidate must have tenure at the

time of election, to either office”

The committee also recommends the adoption of the following resolution. 

Resolved, That Article VII, Section 1, Paragraph A of the Faculty Senate

Constitution be amended by striking the word “represent” from the current second

sentence and substituting the phrase “be faculty members from.”

The committee also recommends the adoption of the following resolution.

Resolved, That Article VII, Section 1, Paragraph E be reordered to Article VII,

Section 1, Paragraph A, resulting in current paragraphs A through D being incremented

forward to become paragraphs B through E.

Donnell King, Chair

  Attachment 2 Senate Perception Committee Report

The committee appointed to examine the PSCC Student Perception of Course Instruction proposed instrument and to make recommendations for changes to this instrument submits the following report:

The ad-hoc committee met on Friday, October 11, 2013. Members in attendance included: Lawana Day, chair; Heather Lee Schroeder, English; Morvarid Bejnood, NBS; Kim Martin, Learning Support; Ron Goodrich, Engineering/Media Technologies; Jeff Lockett, Liberal Arts; and Ashley Boone, Math. Cynthia Arnold, BCT, was unable to attend but submitted comments via email.

Day reviewed the committee’s charge to propose minor changes in wording and reminded committee members that departments have the ability to add specific questions that relate to departmental needs and concerns. In addition, Day commended the work that the original committee did in creating the proposed instrument. After discussion, the ad-hoc committee reached agreement on questions that various departments believe need to be changed. Of particular concern to all departments were two questions: the first under Instructor Outcomes which asks about various types of teaching methods that an instructor might use, and the second under Student Outcomes which asks about the relationship between student effort and grades.

The committee also agreed that departments should take advantage of the ability to add specific questions related to departmental concerns. For example, under the question that asks about feedback, departments may wish to add a question that asks if assignments were returned within a one/two/three-week time limit.

The committee therefore recommends the adoption of the following resolutions (NOTE: Changes are indicated by underlining.):

Resolved, That the response scale be standardized for all sections of the student perception instrument, using the following categories: Strongly Agree     Agree     Neutral     Disagree     Strongly Disagree     Not Sure/NA.

Resolved, that the entry “My instructor uses a variety of teaching methods to encourage student learning (for example, group work, computer/media, discussions, et.)” under Instructor Outcomes be changed to read: “My instructor uses teaching methods that help me learn.”

Resolved, That the entry “My instructor encourages students to ask questions and actively participate” under Instructor Outcomes be changed to read: “My instructor encourages students to ask questions and to actively participate.”

 Resolved, That the entry “My instructor provides timely and useful feedback on tests and assignments to help me improve” under Instructor Outcomes be changed to read: “My instructor provides useful feedback on tests and assignments to help me improve.”

Resolved, That the entry “Exam/projects are based on material covered in lectures, discussions, and/or assignments” under Class Outcomes be changed to read: “Exams, projects and assignments are connected to material covered in lectures, discussions, and readings.”

Resolved, That the entry “The pace of the course is appropriate for the material covered” under Class Outcomes be changed to read: “The course moved at a pace and presented a workload that kept me engaged.”

 Resolved, That the entry “My grades reflect the effort I have put forth in this course” under Class Outcomes be changed to read: “My level of mastery in the subject matter reflects the effort I have put forth in this course.”

 Resolved, That an entry be added under Class Outcomes that will read: “I regularly ask questions and participate in class.”

 

Attachment 3  Proposed PSCC Student Perception of Course Instruction

Pellissippi State Community College Student Perception of Course Instruction

(Proposed New Instrument) 

Resolved, That the response scale be standardized for all sections of the student perception instrument, using the following categories: Strongly Agree     Agree     Neutral     Disagree     Strongly Disagree     Not Sure/NA     and exclude the use of a numerical scale

Instructor outcomes:

(RESPONSE SCALE – Almost Always     Often     Sometimes     Rarely     Never     Not Sure/NA)

  • My instructor uses a variety of teaching methods to encourage student learning (for    example, group work, computer/media, discussions, etc.) teaching methods to help me learn.
  • My instructor encourages students to ask questions and to actively participate.
  • My instructor relates course content to broader applications.
  • My instructor provides timely and useful feedback on tests and assignments to help me          improve.
  • My instructor displays an interest in my learning and overall success at reaching my goals       for this course.
  • I would recommend my instructor to other students.

  (RESPONSE SCALE – Definitely Yes     Probably Yes     Probably Not     Definitely Not     Not Sure)

Class Outcomes

(RESPONSE SCALE – Almost Always     Often     Sometimes     Rarely     Never     Not Sure/NA)

  • Exam/projects are based on material covered in lectures, discussions, and/or assignments.  Graded items, such as exams, projects, and assignments, are connected to material covered in lectures, discussions, and other course materials.
  • The pace of the course is appropriate for the material covered. The course moved at a pace and presented a workload that kept me engaged.

Resolved, That an entry be added under Class Outcomes that will read: “I regularly ask questions and participate in class.”

Student Outcomes

(RESPONSE SCALE – Definitely Yes     Probably Yes     Probably Not     Definitely Not     Not Sure)

  • I know more and/or have better skills in this area because of the instruction I am receiving     in this course.
  • I take advantage of assistance outside of the classroom (for example:  office hours,    supplemental instruction, tutoring, online support/discussion forums) to enhance my       learning experience.
  • My grades reflect the effort I have put forth in this course.  My level of understanding of the subject matter reflects the effort I have put forth in this course.

 

 

Minutes – September 24

Faculty Senate Minutes 

September 25, 2013

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), Sami Ghezawi (EMT), 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), Jonathan Lamb (Math), Diann DeJulia (Math), Joan Jackson (NBS), Michael Lusk (NBS), Pat Zingg (NBS), Jake Terry (Nursing), Amy Tankersley (TS), Patricia Roller (TS), John Smith (TS), Mike Murphy (Division St.), Ashley Boone (Blount County),  Bob Boyd (Magnolia Ave.), Tyra Barrett (President), Ron Bridges (Past President), Keith Norris (Business Officer), Nina McPherson (Secretary), Sally Lighter (Communications Officer), Donn King (Parliamentarian). Guest:  Nancy Pevey, Mark Fuentes, Leslie Adamczyk.

II.         Approval of Minutes: Keith Norris

The section of the draft discussing the ad hoc committee reviewing the Discrimination/Harassment policy was made to reflect action not taken on the policy.    The July 24, 2013 minutes were approved as submitted.

III.       Officer Reports

  •  Secretary: Nina McPherson – No report
  • Communications:  Sally Lighter

Minutes are now on the Faculty Senate blogCurrently the most recent posting shows up at the top of the blog.  She is working with Brandon Ballantine to change that so that minutes show up in chronological order.  She is still searching for photographs to add to the blog. 

  • TBR Representative:  Dave Vinson – No report
  • President: Tyra Barrett

Faculty at the University of Georgia are conducting research on how colleges in Tennessee are responding to the new funding formula.  They will be guests at the Faculty senate meeting on October 23.

Flag Received From the USAF

Air Force Master Sergeant Ed Owenby from the 46th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron, Ali Al Salem AB, Kuwait, recently presented the College with an American flag. The Faculty Senate received a certificate of appreciation from the Squadron which will be placed in the ERC at the Hardin Valley Campus along with our other archival material.  The certificate reads as follows: “To all who read this: Let it be known that this American Flag was flown on a mission to an undisclosed location on the 6th day of May 2013, aboard an MQ-1B Predator, Tail 3245. This mission was flown in support of American and Coalition Force objectives in the AFCENT Theater of Operations. This flag is hereby presented to Student Veterans Club, PSCC Faculty, and Staff & Students for outstanding support to the nation and our brothers and sisters in arms.”

IV.       Committee Reports

  •    Adjunct Faculty:

Names of current representatives need to be clarified

  • Student Scholarships:  Ashley Boone

Volunteers are needed to be on the scholarship committee.  Fund raising ideas are being discussed; some people are interested in sponsoring a book sale again.  Storage space is available on the first floor of the McWherter Building.  The committee is open to suggestions..

  • Rules:  Donn King

The Faculty Senate constitution has not been reviewed for possible changes in several years.  Nina McPherson will help review the constitution; other volunteers are welcome

  • Nominating Committee:  Nina McPherson

Committee members are:

  • Holly Knowling (BCT)
  • John May (EMT)
  • Heather Schroeder (English)
  • Jeff Lockett (Liberal Arts)
  • Jonathan Lamb (Math)
  • Joan Jackson (NBS)
  • Beverly Rogers (Nursing)
  • Patricia Roller (TS)

The committee has met and established a calendar.  McPherson asked for names of nominees by October 18.  Nominees cannot be faculty in BCT.  The Faculty Senate Constitution precludes the President and the President Elect being faculty in the same department.  Nominees should also have tenure status.  The Constitution does not say whether the President Elect must have tenure at the time of election or when the President Elect assumes office.  The Rules Committee will make a recommendation about this at the October meeting.  Nominee names will be presented at the January 29 Faculty Senate meeting.  Nominations can be made from the floor at that meeting; those nominees must be present at the January meeting to accept the nomination.  If there is only one nominee, that person is declared elected without representation.  If there is more than one candidate, an electronic ballot will be sent to all full time faculty.  The election will be open for seven days.  If none of the candidates has a simple majority plus one of those voting, the top two nominees will have another election.  An electronic ballot will be sent to all full time faculty and the election will be open for five days.  The candidate with a majority of votes will be declared the winner.  Four or five questions will be sent to nominees before the election to get a sense of who the nominee is; possible questions will be sent to Senators for feedback before the questions are sent to nominees.

  • Promotion/Tenure: Mark Fuentes

The calendar will not be set until the spring 2014 academic calendar is finalized.  The committee will meet on Thursday, Sept. 26 to review the policies for promotion and tenure.  He does not expect any important changes and no criteria changes.  The committee will review policies to make sure that procedures for promotion and tenure are in sync with each other.  Policies will be presented to Faculty Senate for review before the end of this semester.

  • Faculty Development: Nancy Pevey

Pevey reported that the New Faculty Academy is in full swing; meetings have been held at the Pellissippi and Magnolia campuses and one is scheduled at the Blount County campus.  Session topics include lessons learned from the first week of class, how to handle discipline issues in the classroom, and classroom assessment techniques.  In a few weeks the tenure track members of the cohort will begin advising training.  Sessions will conclude before the Thanksgiving break.

  • Faculty Lecture Series: Keith Norris

The next lecture will be by Lisa Bogaty, “What They Know: Privacy in the Digital Age,” will be on Oct. 3, 12:30 in the Goins Building Auditorium.  A schedule has been set for the rest of 2013-2014.  Topics and speakers are still needed for 2014-2015.  Successors to Norris, Trent Eades, and Rob Lloyd have not been finalized yet.  Norris also said that the possibility of lectures being presented at site campuses and being streamed from that site is being investigated.

  •     Policy Revision Ad Hoc Committees:

Selection of Instructional Materials – Tyra Barrett

Barrett made a motion to accept revisions made to Policy 03.03.00; motion was seconded.   The major change to the policy concerns universal access.  In response to civil rights complaints filed against the college, the following paragraph has been added to the policy: “Accessibility of all course content, including (but not limited to) books, computer software, websites, instructional manuals, videos, study guides, laboratory manuals, and computer-assisted instruction modules should be ensured when adopting textbooks and other course materials.  Faculty responsible for textbook adoption should request that sales representatives and publishers provide accessible alternate formats of their textbooks prior to agreeing to purchase the books.  Hard copies of textbooks should be provided to Disability Services in a timely manner when requested for alternate format development.”  Faculty should talk to Ann Satkowiak, Director of Services for Students With Disabilities, for assistance in the selection of course materials if they have questions about accessibility.

Although not previously enforced, the bookstore is required to disclose to faculty the costs to students of purchasing required textbooks and other course materials.  The bookstore order is not complete until faculty members affirmatively acknowledge the price of the textbooks and materials.

The question was called and the motion to accept the revised policy was adopted.

  • Discrimination/Harassment Policy – Sally Lighter

Lighter reported that although this policy was scheduled to be reviewed this year, college administration has taken it off the schedule.  This ad hoc committee is disbanded at this time and no action will be taken this year..

  • Behavioral Management Committee – Michael Lusk

Lusk reported that the committee has not met.

V.       Unfinished Business:

  •     Student Perception Instrument: Tyra Barrett

Barrett put on the table the motion she made at the July 24, 2013, meeting to accept the proposed new questions that will be used on the Student Perception of Course Instruction survey form; that motion was postponed for action until the September 25, 2013, meeting.  

Barrett shared portions of an email she received from Dr. Lewis.  He expressed concern that a committee had spent a considerable amount of time researching and discussing the faculty perception form.  A negative vote on the adoption of the proposed new form might discourage faculty from serving on other committees.

Some faculty have expressed concerns that they had not had the opportunity to review the new form.  Committee members were charged with keeping their department members aware of the discussions and actions of the committee.  Some committee members received no feedback from department faculty.  Some department representatives did not communicate with their department faculty.   Some faculty felt that they had not had enough time to consider the instrument because of the communications breakdown.

Schroeder made a motion to postpone indefinitely action on the motion made in July.  The question was called.  There were 21 in the affirmative and 4 in the negative.  The motion was adopted, which removes the main motion from further consideration.

Barrett said that the vote will not have any impact on whether the new form will be used by the college.  The committee charged with reviewing the policy was a college committee, appointed by Wise, and was not a Faculty Senate committee.  

  •  Civil Discourse: Dave Vinson

            There was no discussion about this topic due to the medical absence of Vinson.          

VI.       New Business

  •    Nominating Committee: Nina McPherson

            Discussed in the Committee Reports section. 

  •    Faculty Senate Constitution: Donn King

            Discussed in the Committee Reports section.

  • Student Perception of Faculty

Schroeder made a motion to form an ad hoc committee to examine and recommend changes to the Student Perception of Faculty form; motion was seconded.  The question was called.  There were 16 in the affirmative and 8 in the negative; motion was adopted.

Lawana Day will be the chair of the ad hoc committee.  The committee will make a report at the October meeting.

VIII.     Announcements-

Flag received from USAF: Tyra Barrett

Discussed in the President’s Officer Report.

Next meeting-Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 3:30 PM – Division Street, Room TBD

IX.       Adjournment

            Meeting adjourned at 5:05pm

July Faculty Senate Minutes

Faculty Senate Minutes

July 24, 2013

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), Jeff Lockett (LA), Charles Cardwell (LA),  Frank Mashburn (LA), Rick Bower (Library Services), Bob Stern (Math), Jonathan Lamb (Math), Judy Fethe (Math), Joan Jackson (NBS), Pat Zingg (NBS), Patricia Roller (TS), Mike Murphy (Division St.), Ashley Boone (Blount County),  Tyra Barrett (President), Ron Bridges (Past President), Keith Norris (Business Officer), Nina McPherson (Secretary), Dave Vinson (TBR Rep),  Donn King (Parliamentarian). Guest:  Nancy Pevey.

II.   Approval of Minutes: Keith Norris

The April 17 and May 7, 2013 minutes were approved as submitted.

III.  Officer Reports

Secretary: Nina McPherson – No report

Communications:  Sally Lighter – No report

Lighter will begin putting the draft of minutes on the Faculty Senate blog.

TBR Representative:  Dave Vinson

Vinson will email April 19 Faculty Subcouncil minutes.  The Subcouncil also met on July 19.  He will email his notes about the meeting during his recuperation.  Policies approved and sent on to the Presidents Council were the new proposed academic freedom policy and the benefits for partners resolution.  Among other issues discussed was credit for prior learning, GPA calculations, and moonlighting policies.  Affordable Health Care issues were not discussed. 

President: Tyra Barrett – Barrett presented her list of proposed Faculty Senate officers; the list was approved by unanimous consent. Officers for 2013-2014 are:

Business Officer:  Keith Norris

Secretary: Nina McPherson

Communications Officer: Sally Lighter

Parliamentarian:  Donn King

TBR Representative: Dave Vinson

A list of all officers and Senators is on the Faculty Senate blog.

Immediate Past President: Ron Bridges – Bridges thanked all of the Senators for their support these last two years.

IV.   Committee Reports

Adjunct Faculty:  Lori Price – No report

      Student Scholarships:  Mark Fuentes – Barrett reported for Fuentes.  Co-chairs for the next fund raiser will be Ashley Boone and Pat Zingg.  They will report at the next meeting about possible funding activities and recommendations on how to administer the fund raising activities in the future, i.e., returning to departmental rotations or operated by volunteers.

.Rules:  Donn King

King asked for volunteers to help him review the Faculty Senate Constitution for needed changes since it has not been revised in several years.  Interested people should contact him.

Nominating Committee:  Nina McPherson

A nominating committee will be appointed by President Barrett at the September 25, 2014, meeting.  Election for a president elect will be held during Spring 2014 term.  The nominating committee will present a slate of nominees at the January 29, 2014 Faculty Senate meeting.  McPherson will chair the committee and would like a representative from each academic department to be on the committee.  Joan Jackson and Patricia Roller volunteered to be on the committee.  McPherson will send emails to other Senators asking for volunteers.

Promotion/Tenure: Mark Fuentes

Barrett reported for Fuentes. Letters notifying faculty of their eligibility to apply for promotion and/or tenure have been mailed; faculty need to notify their supervisor of their intent to apply by August 31.  Mark Fuentes and Jonathan Lamb were approved to be co-chairs of the Promotion/Tenure Committee by acclamation.

Faculty Development: Mark Fuentes/Nancy Pevey

Bridges reported for Fuentes.  Faculty Senate formed the Faculty Development Committee as a standing committee in 2009 to assist with the planning of in-service programs.  The committee has worked with several college constituencies to provide professional development activities for college employees.  Dr. Lewis has now proposed the creation of a college-wide committee to coordinate professional development.  This committee will be chaired by the QEP director and would have representatives from every academic department, Educational Technology Services, and other interested groups.  The committee will report to Dr. Lewis.  Cardwell made the following motion, “Move to dissolve the Faculty Senate Faculty Development Committee.”  The motion was seconded and approved by unanimous consent.  Cardwell then made a second motion that addressed the make-up of the new committee that will be formed by Dr. Lewis.  Cardwell’s motion was “The Faculty Senate requests that the new college-wide Faculty Development Committee’s membership be primarily faculty members with appropriate representation from all academic departments.”  The motion was seconded.  An amendment to this motion was made by Norris to add the following “including at least one Faculty Senate representative.”  The amendment was approved by unanimous consent.  The final motion reads “The Faculty Senate requests that the new college-wide Faculty Development Committee’s membership be primarily faculty members with appropriate representation from all academic departments, including at least one Faculty Senate representative.”

Faculty Lecture Series:

Norris made the following motion: “The Faculty Lecture Series be recognized as a standing committee in the Faculty Senate.”  The motion was seconded and approved by unanimous consent.

Policy Revision Adhoc Committee

Faculty Ethics – Charles Cardwell - Final report was made at the April meeting.

New Faculty Orientation – Mark Fuentes – Pevey reported for Fuentes.  A semester long plan is being developed.

Selection of Instructional Materials – Tyra Barrett – Barrett is still working on this policy, which involves information from the Business Office and the bookstore.  She will provide a report at the September meeting.

IT Support/Open Lab – Final report was made at the April meeting.

Discrimination/Harassment Policy – Sally Lighter – Final report was made at the April meeting.

Behavioral Management Committee – Michael Lusk – Bridges reported for Lusk.  No meeting has been held since early spring term.  This issue will be moved to Unfinished Business for discussion at the September meeting.

V.       Unfinished Business: None

 VI.       Discussion

  •             Adjunct Instructor/Part-time employee hour reductionRon Bridges - No information has been received from college administration at this point.
  •             Resolution on hiring of Deans – Ron Bridges

Bridges emailed the Faculty Senate resolutions to President Wise and Dr. Lewis.  He did not receive any reply.  The selection committees for new deans for Mathematics and Natural and Behavioral Sciences departments have met and reviewed applications.  Both committees reported to Dr. Lewis that they thought new advertisements should be sent out and to continue the process until interviews and recommendations can be made.  Both committees felt that it was not feasible to get faculty during the summer to observe teaching demonstrations of applicants selected for interviews.  Judy Fethe will serve as Interim Dean of Mathematics during the fall term.  Jim Kelley will remain as Dean of Natural and Behavioral Sciences during the fall term.

  •              Student Perception of Course Instruction – Tyra Barrett

Barrett reported that the committee reviewing the current questions used on the perception form had reviewed perception documents used at other colleges and had developed new questions.  The committee was comprised of mostly faculty members and some staff of the IERP unit.  She distributed the proposed new questions and made a motion to accept them as the questions that will be used on the Student Perception of Course Instruction survey form.  The motion was seconded.  Barrett said that these were the minimum questions but that departments could add questions and that the current form had not been revised in twelve years.  After discussion, Cardwell made a motion to postpone action on the motion until the September meeting; motion was passed with unanimous consent. The new instrument will not be used for fall semester 2013. (Draft of the Student Perception of Course Instruction survey form is attached)

  •              Academic Freedom & Responsibility – Tyra Barrett – Bridges reported for Barrett.  Dr. Lewis is now on the TBR committee that is reviewing the proposed changes to this policy, which is the policy proposed by the Faculty Senate.

VII.     New Business

  •             Meeting dates for 2013-2014 – Tyra Barrett

A schedule for Faculty Senate meetings was distributed.  Dates are September 25 (Hardin Valley), October 23 (Division Street), November 20 (Hardin Valley), January 29, 2014 (Hardin Valley), February 26 (Magnolia Avenue), March 26 (Hardin Valley), April 30 (Blount County), and July 23 (Hardin Valley)

  •              Nominating Committee – Tyra Barrett -      Discussed in the Nominating Committee section.
  •              Faculty Senate Constitution – Donn King - Discussed in the Rules Committee section.
  •              Civil Discourse – Dave Vinson - Vinson asked if there was some venue where faculty could have a civil discourse   concerning issues about which faculty members have philosophical differences.

Discussion will continue at the September meeting.

VIII.    Announcements-

Next meeting-Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 3:30 PM – Hardin Valley Campus, Faculty/Staff Dining Room

IX.       Adjournment

            Meeting adjourned at 4:15 pm