Faculty Council Steering Committee
Members Present: Brenda Ammons, Cindy Alexander, Becky Blackwell, Sharon Burlingame, Kathy Byrd, Karen Cornell, Lawana Day, Ely Driver, Rick Patton, Don Thomas, Dave Vinson, Kelly Waldrop
I. The meeting was called to order by Business Officer Ely Driver at
II. Approval of the minutes was deferred to the next meeting.
III. The rules of order were suspended to allow guest Berta Ward to present information of “proposed refinements to the college’s registration and advising systems.” The principal recommendation is to allow students the option of self-advising or continuing to meet with a faculty advisor in the traditional manner. Students would be asked to make an official designation of their advising status and agree to meet the responsibilities that accompany their choice. They would retain the right to change their designation at a later date.
IV. Officer Reports
Secretary Carol Luther No report
TBR Representative Dave Vinson
A task force is to be formed to examine procedural issues impacting faculty members in the RODP program.
Communications Cindy Alexander No report
President Kathy Byrd
Meeting with Dr. Bruns:
Review of the new TBR promotion/tenure policies is almost complete at the state level. Dr. Bruns and a small committee of faculty members will meet to discuss how the policies will affect the college.
The 2% raise will likely not affect summer pay, because faculty contracts start in August.
V. Committee Reports
Adjunct Faculty John Fairstein/Kelly Waldrop
Kelly Waldrop shared some items from her meeting with Dr. Bruns:
She discussed with him the adjuncts’ need for access to a lockable storage space in which they could secure personal belongings, such as purses and books, while on campus.
She discussed with him the wishes of many adjuncts that they be allowed to share with full-time faculty the privilege of taking Pellissippi classes for credit without incurring tuition costs.
Kelly made the following motion:
Motion: that full-time faculty support finding a way to allow adjuncts to take PSTCC classes for credit and for free.
The motion passed.
Promotion-Tenure Don Thomas/Janice Rowland No report
Faculty Forums Elaine Oswald/Paul Baxter No report
Student Scholarships Karen Cornell
Planning for the booksale is progressing on schedule.
Rules Committee Donn King
Don Thomas reported that the committee is in the process of researching the various faculty governing systems used in other TBR schools. Information is already being received from many other colleges. A survey will be prepared and sent out to solicit further information.
Evaluation Committee Wanda Scarbro No report
Nominating Committee Carol Luther No report
VI. Unfinished Business
VII. New Business
Advising/Registration Berta Ward
Discussed earlier through suspension of rules of order.
VIII. Announcements None
IX. The meeting adjourned at .
Acting for Carol Luther, Recording Secretary