Faculty Senate Minutes

Meeting -January 25, 2006

3:30 p.m. Pellissippi Campus


I.                    Called to order at 3:30 by Jonathan Lamb with the following senators present: Mary Monroe-Ellis, Bill Brewer, Anne Kinggard, Liz McCowan, Jonathan Lamb, Ashley Boone, Garry Pennycuff, Rick Bower, Matt Thompson, Sydney Gingrow, Maggie Jenkins, Katherine Harper, Anne Swartzlander, Ramzi Ghezawi, Ken Swayne, Carol Brenner, Lawana Day, Kathy Byrd, Paul Ramp, Dave Vinson, Bob Stern, David Gilbert, Rick Patton, Wanda Scarbro, Patricia Zingg

II.                 Minutes from the December 7, 2005 meeting were approved as read

III.               Officer Reports:

a.       Secretary: Ashley Boone will record the minutes for the February meeting in the absence of Bill Brewer.

b.      Communications Officer: none

c.       TBR Representative: see recent e-mail

d.      President: Report from meeting with Dr. Bruns; supervisor evaluations will be promoted by Dr. Bruns and are due to his office by February 28th. Senators need to encourage their departments to complete evaluations. Instructors who teach all on-line courses are required to spend 10 hours a week on campus. Final exams must be given at the designated times. Enrollment is slightly up, better than other area institutions.

IV.              Committee Reports:

a.       Adjunct Faculty: It was requested that the issue of paying adjunct faculty for office hours during the summer term be revisited by the faculty senate. After discussion the senate approved a motion to pursue with administration the possibility of paying adjunct faculty for summer office hours. Mary Monroe-Ellis will take this matter to Dr. Bruns.

b.      Student Scholarship: Plans for the book sale are moving along. More book donations are needed.

c.       Rules: none

d.      Evaluation: Department Heads have been asked by the evaluation committee to not look at Self Evaluations of faculty until after a meeting to clarify the interpretation of the evaluation instrument.

e.       Nominating Committee: Bill Brewer, Sydney Gingrow and Anne Kinggard will serve as the committee to offer a slate of needed officers by the March meeting.

f.        Promotion Tenure: The senate body discussed the new technological methods of course delivery now being employed by the college and how this might in the future correlate with changes in the promotion/tenure guidelines and criteria.

g.       High Performance Teaching: none

h.       Calendar Committee: TBR is evaluating any changes in the common calendar. Needed or requested changes will be implemented in fall 2007.


V.                 Unfinished Business: none

VI.              New Business: A Foundations of Excellence philosophy statement will be forthcoming for faculty approval.

VII.            Announcements: none

VIII.         Adjournment: 4:40 p.m.