Faculty Council Steering Committee Meeting

July 16, 2003


Members Present: Brenda Ammons, Becky Blackwell, Bill Brewer, Sharon Burlingame, Kathy Byrd, Tony Crossland, Karen Cornell,Lawana Day, Ely Driver, Rasey Feezell, Jonathan Fowler, Jean Jackson, Donnell King,Carol Luther, Toni McDaniel, Rick Patton, Wanda Scarbro, Dave Vinson


I . The meeting was called to order by Business Officer Ely Driver at 2 p.m.


II.Faculty Council President Kathy Byrd asked all present to introduce themselves and state which areas they represent.


III. Minutes

††††††††††† Brenda Ammons made the following motion:


Motion 1: Approval of the minutes should be postponed until the next meeting.

There being no objections, the motion passed.


IV. Officer Reports[dak1] 

††††††††††† Communications Officer †††††††††† Cindy Alexander†††††††††† No report

††††††††††† Secretary †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Carol Luther†††††††††††††††† No report

††††††††††† TBR Representative †††††††††††††††† Dave Vinson††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† D. Vinson will be attending TBR Faculty Sub Council later this month and will

have a report for the next meeting.

††††††††††† President††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Kathy Byrd

K. Byrd reported some items from the Learning Council. Summer enrollment is

good.The tuition and fee increase has been set.LC is working on guidelines for

expectations of instructors who teach video courses.


K. Byrd also commented on the recent layoffs and reduced contracts.Division St.

and Blount were particularly hard hit.There is concern about the future of site



††††††††††††††††††††††† K. Byrd [dak2] informed SC that with one exception all committees have chairs.Faculty

Forums and High Performance Teaching have been combined. The committees

and their chairs are as follows:

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Adjunct Faculty †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Rasey Feezell

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Promotion/ Tenure††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Jean Jackson

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Faculty Forums/High Performance Teaching †††††††††††††††† No chair

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Student Scholarship (Booksale)††††††††††† Library Services

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Rules Committee††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Donn King



††††††††††††††††††††††† K. Byrd will chair an in-service session on faculty evaluations.Dr. Bruns and

some department heads will attend to discuss the process.


K. Byrd suggested that filing reports prior to meetings would be helpful and may

help save time in the meeting

Donn King made the following motion:

Motion 2: The Faculty Council will adopt as a standing rule the requirement

that main motions must be submitted in writing.

The motion passed.


K. Byrd asked for ideas on how to increase attendance at Faculty Council

meetings.Everyone should remind colleagues of the meetings and encourage

them to attend.


V. Unfinished Business


††††††††††† None


VI.New Business


Article 8, Section 4, E.3 of the FC Constitution contains ambiguous wording about the term of service of the Adjunct Faculty Representative.Rewording of the section is remanded to the Rules Committee for clarification.


VII.††††† Announcements


Faculty Council President Kathy Byrd is the Faculty Regent for the Tennessee Board of Regents for 2003-04.


VIII.The meeting was adjourned at 3:05 p.m.


Respectfully submitted[dak3] ,


Carol Luther

Recording Secretary






 [dak1]Itís not necessary to include a summary of reports, but itís OK to do so. If Kathy can get people to submit their reports in writing (a good idea), this is safer, because it takes you out of the interpreterís role. On the other hand, itís not very dangerous since everyone gets a shot at amending the minutes when they are read.

 [dak2]Minor formatting comment: check with whoever is doing the Web page (Cindy Alexander?) to see how Word formatting might or might not cause a problem for converting to the Web. Using the Tab key to line up paragraphs can cause horrible problems in the conversion, and can even cause problems for faculty members if you send out minutes via a Word attachment (different printers will render characters in slightly different widths, causing the tabs to migrate to unintended lines). Itís better to use the Format, Paragraph setting to set indents for a paragraph like this.

 [dak3]Perfect form, according to RONR. J Overall, the things Iíve picked at are minor.