Faculty Senate Minutes
February 18, 2009-3:30 PM, Pellissippi Campus
I. Call to Order
Meeting was called to order by Tom Gaddis. Senators in attendance: Wanda Scarbro (President), Martha Merrill (BCT), Denise Reed (BCT), Mae Jean King (BCT), Ken Swayne (EMT), Sami Ghezawi (EMT), David Gilbert (EMT), Lawana Day (English), Trish Roller (English), Sharon Reedy (English), David Key (LA), Charles Miller (LA), Meg Moss (Math), Linda Streebeck (Math), Daryl Thomas (Math), Yolanda Kirkpatrick (NBS), Nina McPherson (Library Services), Caroline Best (Transitional Studies), Tom Gaddis (Business Officer), Ashley Boone (Blount County), Jane Stribling (Magnolia Avenue), Mark Fuentes (BCT, President Elect), David Vinson (Math, TBR Rep). Guests: Marilyn Harper
II. Approval of Minutes – Tom Gaddis
Minutes were approved as written with no changes.
IIII. Officer Reports
Secretary: Nina McPherson – no report
Communications: Ken Swayne – no report
TBR Representative: Dave Vinson
Reported that TBR chancellor candidate information is posted on the TBR web site
President: Wanda Scarbro
Distributed a copy of the new Professional Standards policy. The new policy is less specific than the previous proposed policy. Faculty Senate will take no further action on this issue at this time.
Distributed a copy of the Summary of DSP Redesign Results 08F document.
Reported that it appears that the TBR Chancellor’s new business model has been withdrawn based on an email from the Chancellor.
IV. Committee Reports
Adjunct Faculty: Jonathan Morrell – No report.
Student Scholarships: Trish Roller
At this time, $1,200 has already been raised. Although a lot of materials have already been donated, additional materials for the sale are still needed. One suggestion discussed was asking faculty to consider giving students extra credit for donating materials. Additional advertising will be done.
Rules: Charles Miller – no report
Nominating Committee: Nina McPherson – No report
Promotion/Tenure: Mae Jean King
Departmental meetings have been scheduled. The notebooks are available in Room 248 in the Bagwell building; a DF12 key unlocks the door.
Faculty Emeritus: Mark Fuentes – No report
Faculty Bill of Rights Ad Hoc: Anita Maddox – no report
Budget Ad Hoc Committee: President Scarbro
Four faculty have volunteered to be on the committee thus far. Ron Kesterson is willing to meet with the committee.
Budget issues – President Scarbro
Nothing new to report. In President Scarbro’s discussion with Ron Kesterson about the budget, he said that the 12 hour cap is still being discussed, with one possibility being that the cap might stay in effect but that hours above 12 will be priced at a lower rate than the hourly rate of the tuition.
Add days – President Scarbro
The current policy was discussed at Learning Council but no changes were adopted. There is a shortened time frame in spring semesters for students to add classes but nothing can be done to alleviate this problem due to TBR calendar guidelines.
Snow policy – President Scarbro
Snow days are not included in the academic calendar and the college cannot match the local school system in scheduling such days.
Demonstrations policy changes – President Scarbro
The President’s staff has reviewed the Demonstrations policy, 08:03:13. The following sentence was added: The college may designate areas or spaces appropriate for demonstrations as necessary. The policy is being reviewed by TBR legal staff. Senators were concerned about the added sentence being an infringement on free speech. Demonstrators could be directed to remote and/or difficult to access areas of the college. Senators took no action at this time. Depending on TBR legal staff actions, the issue might be revisited.
Tenure process for Transitional Studies Faculty – Dave Vinson
Discussion of tenure for faculty teaching in the Transitional Studies department was discussed. Faculty cannot be granted tenure status in a department, only in an academic discipline. Some faculty who are administratively assigned to the Transitional Studies Department also teach college level courses in their academic discipline, but some do not. Mr. Vinson had reservations about voting on promotion and tenure decisions for faculty who teach transitional math courses since he might not know them or be knowledgeable about their teaching and other job requirements. Other senators noted that faculty in departments that contain very different disciplines, such as Liberal Arts and the Business and Computer Technology departments, carefully read self-evaluation packets so that they can make informed decisions. President Scarbro will discuss this issue with Dr. Wise and have a report at the next Faculty Senate meeting.
VII. Unfinished Business
Election of new senators in March – Wanda Scarbro
President Scarbro reminded senators of the need to elect new senators in March. A list of senators rotating off at the end of this academic year was included with the January 28th minutes. Names of new senators should be given to President Scarbro at the March meeting. New senators should attend the April meeting.
VIII. New Business - None
IX. Announcements-Next meeting-Wednesday, March 18, 2009, at 3:30 PM at the Blount County Campus
Meeting adjourned at 4:12 PM