Minutes – July 20, 2016

Faculty Senate Minutes

July 20, 2016

Hardin Valley Campus

 

  1. Call to Order: Toni McDaniel

Meeting was called to order by McDaniel at 3:47

 Senators in attendance:

Alex Fitzner, President

Jake Harmic, President Elect

Jeff Lockett, Secretary

Sally Lighter, Communications Officer

Dave Vinson, TBR Representative

Toni McDaniels, Business Officer,

Trent Eades, Parliamentarian

Business and Computer Tech:  Elizabeth McCowan

Engineering and Media Technology: Ron Goodrich

English:   Nick Morgan, Chester Needham. Inez Gibson

Liberal Arts: Gretchen Wingerter, Charles Cardwell

Mathematics: Emily Casey, Chris Culliton, Ellen Matheny

 Natural/Behavioral Science: Rebecca Glatt,  Judy Sichler

 Nursing:

Library Services:  Janine Pino, Naomi Williams

Division Street Representative: Mike Murphy

 Blount County Representative: Marilyn McClanahan

 Magnolia Representative: Bob Boyd

Promotion and Tenure:

  1. Approval of Minute: Toni McDaniel

The meeting was called to order and the Minutes of the April 27, 2016 meeting were approved.

  • Officer Reports:

Secretary: Jeff Lockett- Acknowledged the problems with the listserv for the senate and has been in communication with the help desk to resolve the problems.

Communications:  Sally Lighter- Discussed the senate blog with directions for access.  She said that we have received an archived disc of senate minutes back to 2000 and asked for help in reviewing the archive.  Additionally, Lighter asked for help in updating the senate terms for the blog so that it will list current senate members and the beginning and ending dates of their terms.

TBR Representative: Dave Vinson reported that he recently attended a subcouncil meeting and that the biggest topic was the new initiative for guns on campus.  He also mentioned that TBR purchased a state-wide access for Microsoft IT academy for certification in Microsoft products.

President: Alex Fitzner reports thathe has seen many emails about guns on campus and announced that school will not allow any signs which say “no guns allowed”  He also mentioned that by the start of class for the Fall 16 term all classes must have accessible syllabi for everyone.  He noted that enrollment was down markedly for the summer term.  He said that Dr. Wise would like the faculty to do something new beginning in the fall for midterms, what he is calling a snapshot of the students’ progress at that time.  These will be due October 14.  Dr. Lewis has said that there are still many more grants available in technology.  In addition, Fitzner reports that we will be coordinating our spring break schedule with UTK and Knox County this year.  There will be a continuation of the compensation plan which will include a 2% salary increase across the board for all employees including adjuncts beginning Jan 1, 2017.  Our security officers are now fully trained in police work and will be officially a police force at all PACC campuses.  They extend the desire to hear of any guns or weapons on campus.  Fitzner also announced that he is the new Faculty Regent for TBR.

Committee Reports:

Adjunct representative: No report

Student Scholarships:  no report

Rules Committee:  Trent Eades says that three issues have been looked at and include increases in term limits from two to three years, having a student be a voting member and having the Strawplains campus have a senate representative.  He reports that the only one to go through was the Strawplains rep initiative.

Nominating Committee:  No report

Promotion/Tenure Committee: No report

Faculty Development: No report

Accessibility Oversight: September 30 is the date for the school’s syllabi for all courses to be in an accessible format.   Also, the date for all materials from the top 30 courses to be accessible is December 31

  1. Unfinished Business:

 2. New Business:

 

Eades asked for an amendment to set up a vote for adding at-large senators from all campuses.  From Dr. Lewis there is a new policy for academic appeals in place that has new conditions for when a student can appeal a grade.  It is meant to protect instructors from judgement by the student and dean.  Fitzner asked for a committee to form to look into the academic appeal policy.   Fitzner wants to look into the student complaint policy to determine if we have one and what is the protocol on such a policy.

Bob Stern announced that he is starting an adjunct faculty scholarship to offer tuition assistance to adjuncts and would like input on the specifics of a final decision.

Fitzner began a discussion begun about new IDs for employees and the idea that we would wear them around our necks on lanyards.  It was mentioned that new IDs were to be made for the fall semester.

3.Announcements: No new announcements.

  • Meeting was adjourned at 4:45

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minutes – April 27, 2016

  • Faculty Senate Minutes
  • April 27, 2016
  • Blount County Campus
  1. Call to Order: Toni McDaniel

Meeting was called to order by McDaniel at 3:47

Senators in attendance:

Alex Fitzner, President, Jeff Lockett, Secretary,  , Dave Vinson, TBR Representative, Toni McDaniels, Business officer, Trent Eades, Parliamentarian, Engineering and Media Technology: Ron Goodrich,   English:  Lawana Day, Nick Morgan, Chester Needham. Inez Gibson, Liberal Arts: Gretchen Wingerter, Jennifer Brickey, Charles Cardwell., Frank Mashburn. Mathematics: Emily Casey, Chris Culliton, Bob Stern Ellen Matheny, Natural/Behavioral Science: Rebecca Glatt, Grant Mincy, Judy Sichler, Nursing: Ann Sherman, Kimberly Wilkes, Melinda wang, Patricia Crotty,  Library Services:  Janine Pino, Jennifer Mezick  Division Street Representative: Mike Murphy. Blount County Representative: Margaret McCrary, Marilyn McClanahan, Magnolia Representative: Bob Boyd, Promotion and Tenure: Mark Fuentes. Guest: Tamatha Lambert.

  1. Approval of Minute: Toni McDaniel

The meeting was called to order and the Minutes of the March 30th meeting were approved.

Rules were suspended to allow guests to the senate meeting to speak about a new online evaluation tool.  Angela Lunsford and Brenda Ammons brought up SACS requirements to teach online.  A motion was made to recommend that it be sent on to Dean’s Council and the motion carried.

Moira Connelly presented as an English faculty member from Magnolia that she attended a conference, “Beyond Financial Aid,” which is a grant from Lumina to come up with a plan to overcome obstacles beyond financial aid. She shared that she was asked to submit a proposal to TBR with four practices that we can do based on policies in place at PSCC. Connelly also addressed Gama Beta Phi, a complement to PTK, and noted that this honor society at PSCC has the largest community college chapter in the US.  She also mentioned that the school’s chapter has been noted as an exemplary chapter by GBT.

Audrey Williams spoke of four changes that will be taking place over the summer.  Windows 10 will be implemented in faculty offices on a rolling basis. Student accounts have moved to Office 365 and faculty will be moving to Office 365, also.  Training will be offered to faculty and staff and the college will be rolling out Skype for Business.

  • Officer Reports:

Secretary: Jeff Lockett- Welcomed new senators to the faculty senate and explained the roll.

Communications:  Sally Lighter-No report.

TBR Representative: Dave Vinson reported that he recently attended a subcouncil meeting and that there were 30 new educational initiatives.  He stated that he would be summarize the initiatives at a later time in a report but that there were a few he wanted to mention in the senate meeting.  The first concerns a payment plan extension as well as potential debt release for struggling students. Next Vinson explained that digital transcripts will be able to be shared between TBR schools in the next six to nine months.  Additionally Vinson addressed the Huron Study about which he has reservations.  This is a study wherein the state proposes to leverage economies of scale.  This is especially concerning to Vinson as it applies to textbooks and the college bookstore.

President: Alex Fitzner announced changes to college policies including Policy 08:06:00 which has been updated to include vaping to the school’s smoking/tobacco policy.

There was a brief discussion about policy 06:02:04 concerning proposed changes to the faculty evaluation system.  Fitzner expressed his disagreement.

Fitzner also said that there has been no decision with regard to departmental reorganization.

Also mentioned was the need for the promotion and tenure votes from the peer review group, the dean and the CAO to be separated.

Committee Reports:

Adjunct representative: No report

Student Scholarships:  The booksale raised $3,937 for student scholarships this year.

Rules Committee:  Donn King noted that the rules committee continues to work on revising     the senate constitution and that a report should be ready for the July meeting.

Nominating Committee:  No report

Promotion/Tenure Committee: No report

Faculty Development: No report

Accessibility Oversight: September 30 is the date for the school’s syllabi for all courses to be in an accessible format.   Also, the date for all materials from the top 30 courses to be accessible is December 31

  1. Unfinished Business:
  1. New Business:

 

A motion was made to address the senate seat for the Strawberry Plains campus as well as concerns about senate terms to the July meeting.  There were no objections and the motion carried.

Jennifer Mezzick addressed the senate about library faculty status inequality. A motion was made to allow all full time librarians from all campuses the opportunity for academic rank and tenure.  The motion carried.

Fitzner presented three minor editorial changes to policies 03:01:00, 03:02:01 and 03:04:00.  A motion was made to change and the motion carried.

A motion was made to move the senate meeting for July meeting from the Strawberry Plains campus to the Hardin Valley campus.  The motion carried.

  1. Announcements: No new announcements.
  • Meeting was adjourned at 5:12