Faculty Council

October 3, 2001

The meeting was called to order at 3:00 p.m.

The minutes of the Sept. 5, 2001 meeting were approved.

Officer Reports

President Lisa Bogaty will attend the Oct. 19 TBR Sub-council meeting for TBR representative Dave Vinson.

Bogaty reminded Faculty Council that she posts notes on the council’s website following her meetings with Dr. Edwards and attendance at Learning Council.

She reported on a number of initiatives and actions from Learning Council. The group is currently revising goals due to budget cuts and has approved the 2002-2003 Academic Calendar. Student perception of faculty will be conducted the eleventh week of the semester. Dr. Bruns reiterated that the policy of the college is that faculty must use the official exam period to give an exam or an alternative learning activity. President Bogaty will ask if this policy applies to developmental classes as well.

Standing Committee Reports

The Promotion-Tenure committee has sent informational packets to 23 faculty members who are eligible for promotion or tenure this academic year.

The committee will meet with Dr. Bruns at his request in the near future.

The High-Performance Teaching Committee will host a presentation by Dr. Emily Walker on “Dealing With Disruptive Behavior in the Classroom” at noon on Nov. 12 in the Goins Auditorium. All faculty members are invited to attend.

The committee also noted that Pellissippi State faculty had responded to the events of Sept. 11 by incorporating discussion of them into a wide variety of classes and assignments. Three faculty members also participated in a COSA panel discussion on terrorism.

The Faculty Forum Committee has a new chairperson—Paul Baxter. Other faculty members are encouraged to join this committee.

The Book Sale/Student Scholarship Committee, chaired by Annie O’Dowd and Betty Bumgarner of the English Department, has set March 6 and 7 as the dates for this year’s main campus book sale. Dates for the sale at other campus sites will be set later.

The Intellectual Property Committee has come up with a list of questions and its members will now seek the answers to them.

Two motions came from Steering Committee:

Motion 1

Faculty Council supports conducting a workload study during the 2002-2203 academic year.

Motion carried.

Motion 2

Faculty Council requests that the Mercer study information be reinstated to the web site.

Motion carried.

Past president Toni McDaniel followed up on the issue of support staff seeking information about the way in which the Mercer study compensated them for CPS certification received prior to the study. Some support staff have received a letter from the administration indicating that the matter is closed, and the letter has been put in each staff member’s personnel file and sent to the appropriate supervisor. In response, the following motion was offered:

Motion 3

Free and honest inquiry is the hallmark of higher education. In this spirit, Faculty Council feels that all employees of the college should be free to seek information, especially where matters of salary and benefits are concerned. Therefore, we wish to express our deep concern over the apparent resistance which some support staff have met in their questioning of the Mercer salary study results. We urge the administration to work conscientiously with support staff to resolve these issues in a fair and equitable manner.

Motion carried.

In new business, two motions were made.

Motion 4

Faculty Council supports faculty members bringing flowers for the grounds, planting them, and placing signs indicating that no college funds were spent on the project.

Motion carried.

Motion 5

Faculty Council Steering Committee appoint a committee to study the wisdom and necessity of a mandatory final examination.

Motion carried.

The meeting adjourned at 4:53.

Respectfully submitted,

Kathy Byrd

Recording Secretary