Faculty Senate Minutes
April 30, 2014
Blount County Campus, Room 251
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Unfinished Business – None
- 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
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.
Next meeting will be July 23, 2014, Hardin Valley Campus, Faculty/Staff Dining Room.
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.