Faculty Council Steering Committee
Magnolia Avenue Campus, Room 160
Members Present: Brenda Ammons, Becky Blackwell, Lisa Bogaty, Bill Brewer, Kathy Byrd, Tony Crossland, Ely Driver, John Fairstein, Jonathan Fowler, Carol Luther, Toni McDaniel, Rick Patton, Harold Rowland, Yolanda Sankey, Wanda Scarbro, Don Thomas, David 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. Officer Reports
Secretary Carol Luther
The Faculty Council Constitution is being revised to reflect the approved amendments. A new version will be posted on the web. In revising the constitution, it was discovered that there were no term limits given for the Recording Secretary and the Communications Officer. This matter has been referred to the Rules Committee.
TBR Representative Dave Vinson
A report is pending.
Communications Officer Cindy Alexander No report
Past President Lisa Bogaty
L. Bogaty presented information about the decline in enrollment in Career
Tech programs since 1998. Enrollment has dropped by 400 FTE. She
urged faculty to help make students more aware of CT options and to
publicize and support the program in general.
President Kathy Byrd
· Faculty Council Scholarship Recipients
K. Byrd shared some thank you notes from Faculty Council Scholarship
· Faculty Council Evaluation Committee
The committee has been formed and consists of the following members: Wanda Scarbro, chair; Judy Ahrens, George Cox, Kathryn Nowell, Paul Ramp, and Anne Schwartzlander.
· Employee Development Committee—Outstanding Full-Time and Adjunct Faculty Awards—Selection Process
Previously, final selection of the winner from three finalists was made by a committee. The selection process has been modified to the following:
For Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member: The adjunct faculty member receiving the most votes from the faculty will be declared the winner. In the case of a tie, the winner will be decided by a committee comprised of representatives from the Employee Development Committee: (1) Support Staff, (1) Faculty, (1) Administrator and (4) representatives appointed by the Faculty Council.
For Outstanding full-Time Faculty: The full-time faculty member receiving the most votes from the faculty will be declared the winner. In the case of a tie, the winner will be decided by a committee comprised of representatives from the Employee Development Committee: (1) Support Staff, (1) Faculty, (1) Administrator and (4) representatives appointed by the Faculty Council.
· Meeting with President Edwards
President Edwards anticipates a 5% budget cut, but it will not be met by letting faculty go.
· Learning Council News
o PSTCC made 96 out of 100 on performance funding, higher than last year.
o A committee has been formed to address the issue of students who
are not making academic progress. K. Byrd is the faculty member.
IV. Committee Reports
Adjunct Faculty John Fairstein/Kelly Waldrop
An Adjunct Instructor’s Café is being developed for the web.
Promotion-Tenure Don Thomas/Janice Rowland No report
Faculty Forums Elaine Oswald/Paul Baxter No report
Student Scholarships Karen Cornell No report
Rules Committee Donn King No report
V. Unfinished Business
VI. New Business
· Use of the Final Exam period Don Thomas
Considerable discussion of the use of the final exam period occurred.
Toni McDaniel made the following motion:
Motion: Because the final exam period is not mandated by TBR or
SACS , the faculty reserve the right to use their professional judgment
to determine the manner in which the final exam period should be
The motion passed.
· Safety issues
Concern was expressed that PSTCC may soon have only one counselor.
· Privacy issues
The fact that instructors’ addresses are part of the public record that anyone may access was discussed.
Lisa Bogaty made the following motion:
Motion: That a statement concerning the privacy of instructors’
addresses be written to be considered by Faculty Council.
The motion passed.
VII. Announcements None
VIII. The meeting adjourned at