Faculty Senate Minutes
March 26, 2014 (DRAFT)
Hardin Valley Campus, Faculty/Staff Dining Room
I. Call to Order: Keith Norris
Meeting was called to order by Norris. Senators in attendance: 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). 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.
- Officer Reports
Secretary: Nina McPherson
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.
- College Decision Making: Bob Stern
Concerns in this area were fully covered by the discussions that took place during the meeting.
Next meeting will be April 30, 2014, Blount County Campus, Room TBD.
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