Faculty Senate Minutes
August 31, 2016
Hardin Valley Campus
- 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 absent
- Dave Vinson, TBR Representative
- Toni McDaniels, Business Officer,
- Trent Eades, Parliamentarian
- Business and Computer Tech: Tammie Bolling
- Engineering and Media Technology: Ron Goodrich, Katie Lovette
- English: Nick Morgan, Chester Needham. Inez Gibson
- Liberal Arts: Gretchen Wingerter, Charles Cardwell, Jennifer Brickey
- Mathematics: Emily Casey, Chris Culliton, Ellen Matheny
- Natural/Behavioral Science: Rebecca Glatt, Judy Sichler
- Nursing: Melinda Wang, Patricia Crotty
- Library Services: Janine Pino
- Division Street Representative: Mike Murphy
- Blount County Representative: Marilyn McClanahan
- Magnolia Representative: Bob Boyd, absent
- Promotion and Tenure: Mark Fuentes, absent
- Faculty Development Kellie Toon
- Guest(s) Bob Stern
- Approval of Minute: Toni McDaniel
The meeting was called to order and the Minutes of the July 20, 2016 meeting were approved. The agenda was suspended in order for our guests, Fred Breiner and Terry Crowe to discuss changes in security at PSCC. They announced that the security offices on all campuses are now officially police departments. We have three fully trained officers and will be training and employing 10 more certified officers within the year. Chief of Police Breiner answered questions from the senate concerning the school’s stance on student weapons, stalking and private security officers on campus. The presentation was well received by the senate who expressed their support for the hard work and professionalism of the new police department.
- Officer Reports:
Secretary: Jeff Lockett- No report
Communications: Sally Lighter No report
TBR Representative: Dave Vinson reported that he distributed an email two weeks ago that not everyone seems to have received due to irregularities in the email server for the faculty senate listserv. Fitzner has said that he will redistribute the email and that if anyone still is unable to open or read it they can contact him.
President: Alex Fitzner announced that PSCC is thriving as a school even in an otherwise downturn in community college enrollment. PSCC is the only school in TBR to have over 9000 students enrolled for the fall semester. Also presented is the change for the spring semester that will align our spring break with Knox County schools as well as plans for an increase in pay for adjunct instructors. Between October 7 and 14 the new midterm “snapshot” grading will go into effect and all faculty will be required to complete a report online for all enrolled students in their classes. Fitzner commented on his new position as TBR Faculty Regent and mentioned that he believes that TBR is interested and receptive to input from faculty. Specifically, he said that the board recognizes the complexities of the new concealed carry gun laws and allows for individual opinion on these policies without censure. He also points out that the new policies on gun possession on campus is driven by the Tennessee Legislature and not TBR. The board also restated their belief in the value of tenure in all TBR institutions and overall support for it.
Adjunct representative: No report
Student Scholarships: no report
Rules Committee: Trent Eades proposed that the Strawberry Plains campus be allowed to have senate representation and that they select a representative who would be able to attend meetings immediately. The proposal passed unanimously. In addition Eades suggested a change in the term site campus representative to be replaced with “at-large representative.” This was also unanimously approved.
Nominating Committee: No report
Promotion/Tenure Committee: Mark Fuentes reports that candidates who intend to be promoted or apply for tenure have announced their intentions with the committee and their deans and that new processes have been created for ease of online access to P/T packets
Faculty Development: Kellie Toon announced the deadline for intent to participate in QEP this semester and that there is a new dynamic form out that should make participation simpler. Toon says that the new Faculty Academy is continuing and seems to be doing well. All faculty are required to complete level one online training and at the current time more than half still need to do so.
Accessibility Oversight: Charles Cardwell brought to the senate his experiences with accessibility in a draft report that points out the differences and problems with accessibility software and screen readers. He pointed out the frustrations he has encountered trying to follow the guidelines for making syllabi accessible for his students. He contends that accessibility was supposed to require only meeting the standards of universal design; however as it pertains to syllabi the present de facto demand is that work be modified so as to work with one particular (of many possible) screen reader for the blind, and that often the changes necessary made for reduced readability for sighted students. His solution was to create two separate syllabi for his classes. Fitzner said that he will take the information from the discussion and give it back to the administration for further evaluation about the standard need for accommodation.
Unfinished Business: See Rules Committee above concerning changes to the constitution about At-Large representatives.
Additionally the senate addressed language within Policy 03:11:01 which concerns the academic appeals process. A motion was made to replace a section with new wording which creates specific criteria for a complaint of an academic nature. The first one is an error in calculating the student’s grade and the other one concerns a deviation from the classroom syllabus that violates the policies of PSCC or TBR. The motion carried.
- New Business: Mike Murphy agreed to chair an ad-hoc committee to look into the idea of self-plagiarism which currently is not included in the Academic Misconduct policy.
- Announcements: Jennifer Brickey announced that the Bagwell Center Gallery will be hosting an exhibit of works relating to TNCIS and travel abroad and asked for any artistic contributions which she would like to sell to raise scholarship funds for future study abroad students. She graciously volunteered to turn over any proceeds from the sale of her work in this show to start that fund.
- Meeting was adjourned at 5:05