MINUTES

Faculty Council Steering Committee

Nov. 19, 2003

Magnolia Avenue Campus, Room 160

3:00 p.m.

 

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 3 p.m.

 

   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

recipients.

·        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

used.

                        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 4:05 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Carol Luther

Recording Secretary