Faculty Council Steering Committee
Faculty Dining Room, Goins
Members Present: Cindy Alexander, Brenda Ammons, Becky Blackwell, Lisa Bogaty, Bill Brewer, Sharon Burlingame, Kathy Byrd, Karen Cornell, Tony Crossland, Lawana Day, Jonathan Fowler, Vida Hashemian, Carol Luther, Toni McDaniel, Rick Patton, Yolanda Sankey, Wanda Scarbro, David Vinson, Kelly Waldrop
I . The meeting was called to order by President K. Byrd at
II. The minutes of Oct. 22 and Nov. 19 were approved as written.
III. Officer Reports
Communications Officer Cindy Alexander No report
Secretary Carol Luther No report
TBR Representative Dave Vinson
D. Vinson highlighted a few items from TBR Subcouncil. A salary increase
(suggested 3%) would have to paid from the PSTCC budget (not state funded). A 5%
budget cut is likely. At the Oct. and Jan. meetings, the summer pay of 1/32 full-time
instructor’s salary per hour was upheld. Presidents are not to reduce summer pay for FT
instructors. The need for an RODP Curriculum Committee is being discussed. A written
report will be sent.
President Kathy Byrd
• Learning Council
◦ Accuracy in attendance reporting is important.
◦ Fair Credit Reporting Act Disclosure and Authorization Form --
The college has gone to an outside agency to check employee references. The agency requires that applicants fill out the Fair Credit Reporting Act Disclosure and Authorization Form that seems to imply that employees will have their credit rating checked. This is not the cause. Only employees who have a fiscal responsibility would have a credit check.
◦ HS Tech Students and the Lottery Scholarship
The legislature is working to ensure that hs technical students will have access to lottery scholarships. The proposed solution is that hs students
who have a 3.0 in the tech core courses would be eligible for the
scholarship. PSTCC is discussing methods of attracting these students to
Career Tech programs.
◦ Enrollment numbers are down.
IV. Committee Reports
• Adjunct Faculty John Fairstein/Kelly Waldrop
reported that J. Fairstein and K. Waldrop met with
adjuncts during the spring
• Promotion/ Tenure Don Thomas/Janice Rowland
J. Rowland reported via e-mail that Promotion/Tenure packets will be
available for reading Feb. 16-27. Voting in departments will take place
from Mar. 1-5.
• Faculty Forums/High Performance Teaching Paul Baxter/Elaine Oswald
K. Byrd has e-mailed P. Baxter about contacting Paula Short of TBR to
come to PSTCC to meet with faculty.
• Student Scholarship (Booksale) Karen Cornell
Schedule for Booksale:
Blount Mar. 2-3
Div. St. Mar. 2-3
Main Mar. 10-11
• Rules Committee Donn King No report
• Evaluation Committee Wanda Scarbro
Presentations have been made to departments in meetings or via e-mail.
• Nominating Committee Carol Luther
Names are being sought for next year’s officers. Some departmental and
site representatives will be rotating off, and new elections need to be held
for their replacements.
IV. Unfinished Business
Motions that were postponed from the Dec. 3 Faculty Council meeting were discussed. Many expressed concerns about the motion relating to the use of the final exam period. Some had problems with the wording that referred to SACS and TBR expectations for the final exam period. Some felt that pressing this motion might lead to a negative outcome. Discussion about wording in the Policies and Procedures statements on the final exam period led to the conclusion that departments at present had the discretion to decide what was appropriate for the final exam period within their subject areas. A consensus developed that the motion was not satisfactory. It will be voted on by full council at the next meeting.
V. New Business
Faculty are concerned that students on financial aid must wait a week to get textbooks because they cannot receive their checks until the end of the attendance reporting period. D. Vinson is researching other schools’ methods of distributing financial aid checks. Suggested solutions should be sent to D. Vinson.
Next Steering Committee meeting is at Blount Feb. 25.
Career Fair is Mar. 3.
A meeting of those interested in forming a student chapter of the American Marketing
Association is being held Feb. 18.
approved a joint agreement between PSTCC and
offer nursing classes at PSTCC’s Blount and Magnolia sites for a five year period.
At the end of the five-year period, TBR will reconsider the service area
restrictions on both schools.
The meeting was adjourned at