Minutes

Faculty Council Steering Committee

Oct. 1, 2003

Division Street Campus, Room 166

 

Members Present:

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 3 p.m. 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 Pellissippi State.

The Defining Our Future document that was completed last year by all of the institutions 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 Tennessee.  A second item of concern to Pellissippi State is that at the December board meeting, the proposal that  Pellissippi State have a nursing program will be voted on.  This proposal affects Pellissippi State’s service agreement with Roane State.  .

 

·         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, Pellissippi State cannot set limits for students of this kind.

·         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. 

 

                                Evaluation Committee                        

                                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 employed at Pellissippi State.”

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.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VII.          Announcements

                Faculty Council will not participate in Octoberfest.

                Meeting times will remain at 3 p.m.

 

VIII.        Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 4:05 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Carol Luther

Recording Secretary