Faculty Council Steering Committee
Division Street Campus, Room 166
Brenda Ammons, Bill Brewer, Kathy Byrd, Karen Cornell, Lawana Day, Ely Driver, John Fairstein, Jonathan Fowler, Donn King, Carol Luther, Toni McDaniel, Rick Patton, Harold Rowland, Yolanda Sankey, Wanda Scarbro, Donnie Thomas, David Vinson
I. The meeting was called to order at by Business Officer Ely Driver.
II. Minutes The August 27 minutes were approved as written.
III. Officer Reports
Communications Officer Cindy Alexander No report
Secretary Carol Luther No report
TBR Representative Dave Vinson No report
President Kathy Byrd
· From TBR
At last week’s TBR
meeting there were two issues of interest to
The Defining Our
Future document that was completed last year by all of the instutions in the system will be followed
up with another study, to be entitled A Vision of Excellence,which will focus on the future of
education in the state of
· From Learning Council
Learning Council approved the change from “excellent” to “exceptional” in the evaluation document. It will not be put into effect for the 2003 cycle.
K. Byrd brought the motion to reconsider the 2004 summer schedule to Dr. Bruns, but the schedule has been decided and will not be revisited.
Learning Council was informed that Faculty Council had approved the formation of a standing Evaluation Committee. K. Byrd seeks volunteers for the committee from each department and/or will appoint members as necessary.
· From faculty
Some aspects of the Safety Plan were clarified.
Some faculty are concerned about students who attend year after
year with no progress and no degree. TBR
policy permits this, and therefore,
· Election of adjunct faculty representative
John Fairstein made the following motion.
Motion 1: That Kelly Waldrop be elected as the second faculty representative for adjuncts.
The motion was approved.
IV. Committee Reports
Adjunct Faculty John Fairstein
J. Fairstein is working to compile statistics on adjuncts and to form committees to assist in
furthering adjunct concerns. He is using WebCT to communicate with adjuncts.
Promotion/Tenure Don Thomas/Janice Rowland
The committee has formed.
Faculty Forums Elaine Oswald/Paul Baxter
E. Oswald sent an e-mail announcing a four week discussion of The Courage to Teach that will
begin Oct. 21.
Paula Short of TBR may be invited to be the featured speaker at a Faculty Forum in the spring.
Student Scholarships Karen Cornell
Books are needed. Main campus sale will be Mar. 10-11. A Magnolia representative is needed.
Rules Committee Donn King
Members are Donnie Thomas, John Fairstein, and Anita Maddox. Another member is needed.
This will be forming in the future. (See above.)
V. Unfinished Business None
VI. New Business
Motions that were referred back to Steering from full Faculty Council were acted upon as follows:
That the phrase “adjunct faculty” means “currently
Discussion of this motion was postponed until the next Steering Committee meeting so that K. Byrd can check with Peggy Wilson about the official definition of “adjunct faculty.”
· That Article 8, section 4, subparts E3a be struck and the following substituted: “Adjunct faculty receive one seat on the Faculty Council Steering Committee. Adjunct faculty are defined as part-time teachers who are employed semester by semester. In order to represent the adjunct faculty and exercise a vote in Faculty Council business or on the Steering Committee, the adjunct must be teaching in the current major semester (fall or spring). One adjunct representative is elected each year and serves two years or until a successor is elected. Only the senior representative exercises a vote on the Steering Committee. If the senior adjunct representative is unable to exercise his/her vote because of not teaching in a given semester, his/her term is ended early and the junior representative becomes the senior representative. Vacancies will be filled by election at the next Steering Committee meeting.”
This motion was amended to the following:
· That Article 8, section 4, subparts E3a be struck and the following substituted: “Adjunct faculty receive two seats on the Faculty Council Steering Committee. Adjunct faculty are defined as part-time teachers who are employed semester by semester. In order to represent the adjunct faculty and exercise a vote in Faculty Council business or on the Steering Committee, the adjunct must be teaching in the current major semester (fall or spring). One adjunct representative is elected each year and serves two years or until a successor is elected. Vacancies will be filled by election at the next Steering Committee meeting.”
Faculty Council will not participate in Octoberfest.
Meeting times will remain at
The meeting was adjourned at