Minutes – October 26, 2016

  • Faculty Senate Minutes
  • October 26, 2016
  • Magnolia Campus

 

  1. Call to Order: Toni McDaniel

Meeting was called to order by McDaniel at 3:47

Senators in attendance:

Alex Fitzner, President

Jake Hamric, 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, Holly Knowling, Elizabeth McCowan

Engineering and Media Technology:

English:   Chester Needham. Inez Gibson

Liberal Arts: Charles Cardwell, Jennifer Brickey

Mathematics: Emily Casey, Chris Culliton, Ellen Matheny

Natural/Behavioral Science: Rebecca Glatt, Judy Sichler, Grant Mincy

Nursing: Melinda Wang, Patricia Crotty

Library Services:  Janine Pino, Naomi Williams

Division Street Representative: Mike Murphy

Blount County Representative: Marilyn McClanahan

Magnolia Representative: Bob Boyd

Promotion and Tenure:  Mark Fuentes

Adjunct Faculty Representative: Lori Price

Faculty Development Kellie Toon, Absent

Guest(s) Bob Stern, Jessica Dean

  1. Approval of Minutes: Toni McDaniel

The meeting was called to order and the Minutes of the September 28, 2016 meeting were approved.

  • Officer Reports:

Secretary: Jeff Lockett- No report

Communications:  Sally Lighter reminded everyone how to access the Faculty Senate blog and encouraged its use for reviewing the minutes from previous Senate meetings.

TBR Representative: Dave Vinson reported that he attended TBR subcouncil on Oct. 21 and that there was no meaningful content to report from that meeting.  Nonetheless, he will be sending out a written report in the next week.  He stated on Oct. 20 that he was present for TN eCampus conference in Nashville and that there are state-wide co-requisite meetings occurring this week and next for math and English.  He stated that he opposes standardization in course development for TN eCampus and that Dr. Denley agrees with him.

President: Alex Fitzner announced that he attended the scholarship donor reception last week and that there were seven scholarships given by the Senate. He was encouraged by the response from some of the recipients regarding how it has had a positive impact on their lives.  Fitzner reported that there is no update on the Memorandum of Understanding from Knox County Schools.  Additionally he stated that Dr. Lewis emphasized that no employee from PSCC will have to pay for drug testing.  Fitzner also mentioned that the issue of designated breast feeding spaces at PSCC is unresolved.

  1. Committee Reports:

Adjunct representative: No report

Student Scholarships:  Tammie Boling offered that she is entertaining new ideas for the Senate Book Sale.

Rules Committee:  No reports

Nominating Committee:  No report

Promotion/Tenure Committee:  No report

Faculty Development:  No report

  1. Unfinished Business:  Trent Eades directed an ad hoc committee on which several senators served to evaluate the PSCC policy concerning the college-wide attendance policy.  He created a resolution to modify the school’s attendance policy which would remove the 75% college-wide attendance rule and replace the first paragraph under X, Policy 03:11:01 with the following paragraph:

 “To ensure the highest quality of education, Pellissippi State expects student to attend/participate in all scheduled instructional activities.  In order to receive credit for any scheduled class, laboratory, and/or a clinical laboratory meeting, students must meet specified attendance requirements for that course.  These requirements will be determined by individual faculty, programs or departments and clearly specified in the course syllabus.”

 An amendment was made to change the wording of the paragraph to include “participate in”, highlighted above and remove the word faculty, struck through above.  The motion passed as amended.

Rebecca Glatt addressed the work she has done concerning the college Sick Bank transfer and that the complications within its definition as Tennessee state law make changes impossible.  She suggested that we discontinue our efforts to change it.  Regarding Parental Leave Glatt proposed that the Senate request of Human Recourses a FAQ or summary to inform employees of their choices and limitations within the policy.  The proposal passed.

 New Business:

  1. Fitzner introduced a proposal to change the wording of Policies 06:02:00 and 06:03:00 concerning Academic Tenure and Promotion in which the paragraphs will include, after the first sentence,

“Results are defined as the faculty member’s written reflections on student perception surveys as well as any comments on those surveys made by the Dean of the faculty member’s Department.  The portfolio should must not include the surveys themselves.”

After an amendment was made to change the word should to must, seen above struck out and highlighted, the motion carried.

  1. Fitzner made a motion regarding the future potential for students who hold Concealed-Carry permits wherein the Senate shall resolve to oppose said (potential) legislation. The motion carried.
  2. Cardwell asked the question concerning student evaluation, if we need to have another committee to reevaluate the IOTA process and create a new student evaluation survey. After the vote was taken, the proposal failed.
  • Announcements: There was general recognition suggesting concern for the new Mid-Term grade reports and the way in which there has been an explosion of work for student success coordinators. Fitzner said that he will be bringing this concern to Dr. Lewis.  Brickey announced that the opening for the play, “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson” is this weekend.
  • Meeting was adjourned at 5:05

 

 

 

Minutes – September 28, 2016

  • Faculty Senate Minutes
  • September 28, 2016
  • Division Street 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 absent

Jake Hamric, President Elect

Sally Lighter, Communications Officer absent

Dave Vinson, TBR Representative

Toni McDaniels, Business Officer,

Trent Eades, Parliamentarian

Business and Computer Tech:  Tammie Bolling, Holly Knowling, Elizabeth McCowan

Engineering and Media Technology: Ron Goodrich

English:   Nick Morgan, Chester Needham. Inez Gibson

Liberal Arts: Gretchen Wingerter, Charles Cardwell, Jennifer Brickey

Mathematics: Chris Culliton, Ellen Matheny

Natural/Behavioral Science: Rebecca Glatt

Nursing: Melinda Wang, Patricia Crotty

Library Services:  Janine Pino, Naomi Williams

Division Street Representative: Mike Murphy

Blount County Representative: Marilyn McClanahan

Magnolia Representative: Bob Boyd

Promotion and Tenure:  Mark Fuentes

Faculty Development: Kellie Toon

Guest(s) Bob Stern

 

  • Call to order (Business Officer: Tony McDaniel)
  • Secretary: NONE
  • Communications Report: NONE (Sally Not Present)
  • Approval of minutes (from August Meeting)
  • TBR Representative (Dave Vinson)
    • Currently Not present (late arrival)

 

  • President’s Report (Alex Fitzner):
    • Topic: Student Perceptions
      • No Clear Resolution
      • Friday, October 7th @ 2pm college-wide forum broadcast to all campuses via TWAV and hosted by the department deans. Explain reasoning behind the perceptions.
      • Per Dr. Lewis: perceptions will be every semester, for every faculty.
      • Fitzner mentioned how the Senate has repeatedly addressed the ways our current perception survey is faulty.
      • Discussion: Highlight need for “reflection” (a personal reflection, via Dr. Lewis)
      • Fitzner made a motion to request that the results of the Student Perception Survey results are no longer a requirement of Promotion/Tenure voting. The motion passed.
      • First Year Seminar Course: (President Continues)
        • College Success Course for all incoming freshman (housed in English Department)

This course will add an additional three hour load to the schedules of students and will replace the current COLL 1500.

 

  • Dual enrollment: PSCC and Knox County schools have entered into a Memoranda of Understanding that requires by Knox County that everyone who works in their facilities be drug tested, Career Magnet Academy not included. PSCC is a drug free work place. This has the potential to impact scheduling on site campuses and will go into effect in Spring 2017
  • Not a TBR policy for employees to be drug tested (but it is not Knox Co. Schools)
  • Knox Co. Will pay for drug test.
  • TBR Subcouncil Vinson
    • Will report back later after sub council meeting (which is on 22nd). Let him know by the 7th if you have anything to add to agenda.
  • Adjunct Faculty: NONE present (no report)
  • Committee Reports:
    • Pat Zingg stepping down (AKA Book sale) Volunteer?
      • Tammy Bolling Volunteer (we all clap)
    • Fuentes (Promotion and Tenure report)
      • New way to review online portfolios are on the way. D2L not ready for that.
      • Working with ETS for updates
      • 52 candidates are up from promotion and tenure.
      • Will have more information soon.
      • Fuentes is Co-chairing with Jonathan Lamb, as well as one member from each department.
    • Kellie Toon (faculty development)
      • Announcement that PSCC has applied for and received a $1.9M Title III grant for creating a learning center to support faculty development
    • OLD BUS:
      • Plagiarism Policy
        • Mike Murphy led Ad-Hoc committee to Plagiarism policy (or “self-plagiarism” policy)
        • Murphy: Submit revision to Policy: 04:02:00-Sudent Conduct, specifically section C pertaining to academic misconduct.

After many motions to amend the language, the final version was:

“Unauthorized duplication of work submitted for a previously-or concurrently-taken for-credit course at this or any other institution.” The motion to approve as amended carried.

  • Academic Appeals: Lewis asked Senate to adopt amended version of Policy: Section XI.B  policy 03:11:01: to read:

An academic appeal is a formal request brought by a student to challenge a grade.  An academic appeal will be considered if there is evidence of one or more of the following conditions that have adversely affected the student’s grade:

  1. Error in calculation of grade;
  2. Substantial deviation from the syllabus;
  3. Clear violation of PSCC and/or the TBR policies.

The motion carried.

  • Sick/Parental Leave
    • Ad hoc committee has whittled down its conversation to focus on a few key points. More info will be forthcoming.
  • New Business:
    • College wide attendance Policy:
      • Fitzner asked for input concerning Dr. Lewis’s opinion that a college-wide policy does not need to exist.
      • Ad Hoc committee formed (Trent Eades to lead)
    • Grade of Record:

Fitzner made a motion to revise the Grade of Record policy to read that PSCC “will count the highest grade earned for the repeated course or courses.” The motion carried.

  • Tutor Shortage (Division Street)

Fitzner moved that the Senate impress upon the administration the need to fulfill our obligation to our students and to ask for more tutors.  The motion carried.

  • Announcements:
    • Brickey: Paper trail exhibition
    • Wingerter: Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson