Faculty Senate


February 17, 2010, 3:30 p.m.           Pellissippi Campus                Faculty/Staff Dining Room




I.          Call to Order                                                 Tom Gaddis


The meeting was called to order by Tom Gaddis. Members in attendance: Mark Fuentes (President), Wanda Scarbro (Past President), Dave Vinson (TBR Rep), Donn King (Parliamentarian), Mae Jean King (BCT), Joe Zitka (BCT), Rick Barber (BCT), Ken Swayne (EMT), Trent Eades (English), Lawana Day (English), Sydney Gingrow (English), David Keys (LA), Marilyn Harper (LA), Anita Maddox (LA), Ann Preston (Math), Meg Moss (Math), Ron Bridges (NBS), Michael Lusk (NBS), Brad Rose (NBS), Jean Jackson (Library Services), Trish Roller (Transitional Studies), Pam Smith(Transitional Studies),Tom Gaddis (Business Officer/Division Street), Ashley Boone (Blount County), Jane Stribling (Magnolia Avenue), William Gwin (Adjunct Faculty). Guests: Keith Norris, Bob Stern


II.        Approval of Minutes: Tom Gaddis


            Minutes of the January 27, 2010 Senate meeting were approved as posted.


III.       Officer Reports:

                  Secretary: Jean Jackson – No Report


                  Communications: Ken Swayne – No Report


                  TBR Representative: Dave Vinson


A letter to TBR written by the ETSU representative on behalf of sub council, which addresses assumptions of the recent bill from a faculty perspective, is currently being reviewed. Dave will distribute the document if it is approved by sub council.


                  President: Mark Fuentes


§  Pam Smith was introduced as the newly added representative from Transitional


§  Send President Fuentes any concerns or ideas for final registration processes.

§  Locations for the initial installations of the new classroom sympodiums were 


§  Parking is still an issue. Mark is still working toward getting another lot

      designated as faculty parking.

§  Marilyn Harper is assisting in negotiations for placement of shred bins placed at

      satellite campus locations.

§  There is no further information regarding House Bill 3542, which addresses

educational qualifications required to serve as a college or university president in the state system. There was a suggestion that Faculty Senate establish a legislative committee to follow legislative initiatives that affect higher education.

§  According to current planning for the fall calendar, new faculty will report

Monday, August 16. All faculty will report Wednesday, August 18. The first day of in-service will be held at the new Blount County Campus. In-service will focus on the QEP/SACS but further suggestions for presentations may be sent to Ron Bridges.

§  A meeting is scheduled at TBR on February 25 to review the proposed

A100 Guidelines. Pellissippi State plans to implement the approved Guidelines in 2011.

§  Summer registration is 40% higher than registration figures from the same time

      last year.

§  Learning Council has reviewed TBR’s Five Year Plan.

§  President Fuentes has been assured that faculty given rank in the Transitional

Studies Department will be placed elsewhere if there are organizational changes due to changes in the Guidelines.

§  President Fuentes formed an advisory committee to review and revise the current

Pellissippi State Policy 06:02:03 Academic Freedom and Responsibility. The advisory committee created a draft document revising the text of this policy and the document (see Attachment 1) was distributed to those in attendance.


President Fuentes moved that the document distributed be sent forward to replace Policy 06:02:03. He stated after the motion that he did not plan to call for a vote at this meeting, but rather to solicit discussion and revisions for further action at the March meeting.


Some discussion followed. Members of the advisory committee offered their views on the need for revision of the policy. President Fuentes will send the text of the document to members of the Senate in e-format to facilitate sharing and discussion with departmental colleagues. Senators may send him resulting concerns and suggestions for revisions.


President Fuentes moved to postpone further action on this matter until the March 17 meeting. There were no objections.


IV.       Committee Reports:

                  Adjunct Faculty: Jonathan Morrell/William Gwin – No report.


                  Student Scholarships: David Key

The book sale is coming up soon and donations are still needed. The book dealers are coming February 25.


                  Rules: Donn King – No report.


                  Nominating Committee: Jean Jackson

                  The following written report was distributed regarding the recent election:


In compliance with conditions stated in the Faculty Senate Constitution, Article VII –Officers, Section 3. Election of Officers, Part D, the ballot for the election of the President Elect of the faculty was emailed to FULLTIME-L and the election was open for one week, February 2-8. An email reminder was sent on the final day of voting to encourage participation.


The Nominating Committee met Tuesday, February 9 at 1 p.m. to count the votes. All members were present.


The chair of the Nominating Committee emailed the President of the Faculty and the candidates with the results of the vote shortly after the votes were counted Tuesday afternoon. An email notification of the results was sent to FULLTIME-L on Wednesday, February 10.


Details of the vote:

-The ballot was distributed to 225 recipients of the FULLTIME-L listserv, with 124 full-time faculty (55.1%) returning votes.

-A simple majority of the 124 votes received would be 63 or greater.


Ron Bridged received 65 votes.

Keith Norris received 59 votes.


                  Promotion/Tenure: Mae Jean King

Notebooks are in Bagwell 209 for peer review. The room can be accessed using the classroom key. Peer meetings are being scheduled. Three departments (4 candidates) have packets submitted in electronic-format for review.


                  Faculty Development: Ron Bridges

The committee is developing a policy to replace the current Pellissippi State Policy 06:21:01 Faculty Development. Two seminars are scheduled. Staff from Services for Students With Disabilities will provide information on working with students with disabilities, and a later presentation will address the subject of increasing student engagement.


                  Faculty Lecture Series:   Trent Eades

The first lecture took place yesterday (2/16) and was well attended. Posters publicizing the March lecture to be presented by Toni McDaniel are available. Ron Bridges is the scheduled speaker in April. The committee will look at ways to provide access to satellite campus locations. The schedule of lectures for the next academic year will be released before the end of this semester.


                  Faculty Bill of Rights Ad Hoc:   Anita Maddox – No Report


                  Budget Ad Hoc: Wanda Scarbro

There was a very brief mention of buy outs of contracts that have occurred at other schools.


V.        Unfinished Business: There is no unfinished business.


VI.       New Business:

                  Election of New Senators:

Departmental elections to replace senators who will be rotating off should be scheduled during the month of March. Current senators whose terms are ending are responsible for conducting elections within their departments. The senators-elect will attend the April Senate meeting as non-voting members.







VII.     Announcements:

§ The next meeting will be held on March 17, 2010, at 3:30 p.m. at Blount County Center in BL108.

§ David Key will present a lecture on industrialism on April 1 at 11:00 a.m. in the Goins Auditorium.


IX.       Adjourned at 4:40 p.m.


Attachment 1


                                                                                                                            POLICY 06:02:03





Pellissippi State Community College affirms that academic freedom is fundamental to the faculty’s role in preparing students to be independent, critical thinkers equipped to fully participate in a free society.

Academic freedom is essential to fulfilling the ultimate objectives of an educational institution—the skills for enabling the free search for truth—and applies to both teaching and research. Freedom in research is fundamental to the advancement of truth, and academic freedom in teaching is fundamental for the protection of the rights of the faculty member in teaching and of the student to freedom in learning as well as for leading the student to effective critical thinking skills.

Because of the rigorous process by which faculty members become qualified and maintain qualifications to teach in a college or university, they as a group are best qualified to set and determine professional standards.

Academic Freedom and Responsibility:

                  I.    Each faculty member is entitled to freedom in teaching his or her subject, including the right to determine pedagogical techniques, activities, delivery systems, and assignments.

                II.    Faculty as members of departments are responsible for creating master syllabi constructed in such a way that allows individual faculty members maximum liberty in designing his or her own syllabi within the limits or requirements of the master syllabi.

               III.    The faculty member is entitled to full freedom in research and in the publication of the results, subject to the adequate performance of his or her other academic duties.

              IV.    The faculty member is a citizen, a member of a learned profession, and an officer of an educational institution. When the faculty member speaks or writes as a citizen, he or she should be free from institutional censorship or discipline, but his or her special position in the community imposes special obligations. As a man or woman of learning and an educational officer, he or she should remember that the public might judge the profession and the College by the faculty member's utterances. Hence, a faculty member should at all times be accurate, should exercise appropriate restraint, should show respect for the opinions of others, and should make every effort to indicate that he or she does not speak for the College.

               V.    Implicit in the principle of academic freedom are the corollary responsibilities of the faculty who enjoy that freedom. Incompetence, indolence, intellectual dishonesty, failure to carry out assigned duties, serious moral dereliction, arbitrary and capricious disregard of standards of professional conduct—these and other grounds as set forth in the policy on academic tenure may constitute adequate cause for dismissal or other disciplinary sanctions against faculty members, subject to the judgment of peers.

              VI.    The right to academic freedom imposes upon the faculty an equal obligation to take appropriate professional action against faculty members who are derelict in discharging their professional responsibilities. The faculty member has an obligation to participate in tenure and promotion review of colleagues. Thus, academic freedom and academic responsibility are interdependent, and academic tenure is adopted as a means to protect the former while promoting the latter. While academic tenure is essential for the protection of academic freedom, all faculty members, tenured or non-tenured, have an equal right to academic freedom and bear the same academic responsibilities implicit in that freedom.

This policy on academic Freedom and responsibility is consistent with the Tennessee Board of Regents Policy No. 5:02:03:30: Academic Freedom and Responsibility.