Faculty Council Steering Committee
Oct. 22, 2003
Goins 208, Main campus
Members Present: Cindy Alexander, Lisa Bogaty, Bill Brewer, Sharon Burlingame, Kathy Byrd, Karen Cornell, Lawana Day, Ely Driver, John Fairstein, Jonathan Fowler, Donn King, Carol Luther, Yolanda Sankey, Wanda Scarbro, Donnie Thomas, David Vinson
I . The meeting was called to order by Business Office Ely Driver at 3 p.m.
II. The minutes of Oct. 1 were approved.
III. Officer Reports
Communications Officer Cindy Alexander No report
Secretary Carol Luther No report
TBR Representative Dave Vinson
D. Vinson will send full details of TBR meeting later. The 5 % cut in the state budget will work out to about $900, 000 for PSTCC.
President Kathy Byrd
Learning Council – Changing to the common calendar in Fall 05 will result in a loss of some days for PSTCC. There is discussion about doing away with exam week.
Other – The term “Faculty Senate” is used in the TBR Promotion /Tenure documents to refer to bodies representing the faculty. Most TBR schools have a representative body, a senate, rather than a council, as does PSTCC.
D. Thomas made the following motion:
That the idea of exploring a Faculty Senate at PSTCC be sent to the Rules Committee for consideration.
The motion passed.
Adjunct Faculty John Fairstein
Kelly Waldrop was introduced as the new co-representative for adjuncts.
Promotion/ Tenure Don Thomas/ Janice Rowland
Send any comments about the new promotion/tenure policy to Dr. Bruns
by Oct. 27. The calendar for P/T has been sent to Dr. Bruns. Persons
eligible for promotion/tenure have been notified and have been sent
information about the portfolio.
Faculty Forums/High Performance Teaching
A follow-up discussion of Parker Palmer’s The Courage to
Teach will be held in the spring.
Paula Short, Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, may be invited to meet
with faculty in the spring.
Student Scholarship (Booksale) Karen Cornell No report
Rules Committee Donn King No report
Evaluation Committee Kathy Byrd
Representatives from all departments but one have been found.
IV. Unfinished Business None
V. New Business
D. King presented a letter to TBR advocating the use of SPH 2400 to fulfill a gen. ed. speech requirement. TBR has not allowed this course to serve as one of the accepted courses. D. King asked that Faculty Council consider supporting his position. He made the following motion:
That Faculty Council consider the documents supporting SPH 2400.
The motion passed.
Lisa Bogaty raised concerns about a decline in enrollments in Career/Tech programs.
She will present further information at a later meeting.
VI. Announcements None
VII. The meeting was adjourned at 4:10 p.m.