April 14, 2010, 3:30 PM
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), Donn King (Parliamentarian), Joe Zitka (BCT), Rick Barber (BCT), Ramzi Ghezawi (EMT), Ken Swayne (EMT), Trent Eades (English), Lawana Day (English), Sydney Gingrow (English), David Key (LA), Marilyn Harper (LA), Anita Maddox (LA), Ann Preston (Math), Linda Streebeck (Math), Meg Moss (Math), Ron Bridges (NBS), Michael Lusk (NBS), Brad Rose (NBS), Jean Jackson (Library Services), Pam Smith(Transitional Studies),Tom Gaddis (Business Officer/Division Street), Ashley Boone (Blount County), Jane Stribling (Magnolia Avenue), William Gwin (AF). Guests: Betty Bumgarner, Ed Francisco, Sami Ghezawi, Joan Jackson, Beth Long, Deanne Michaelson, Mary Monroe-Ellis, Mike Rose, Bob Stern, Amy Tankersley
II. Suspension of Rules: Mark Fuentes
President Fuentes welcomed incoming representatives who will be joining Senate next year.
Amy Tankersley then addressed Senate on behalf of the Transitional Studies Department. A discussion followed about propriety of proceedings and the importance of professional and respectful discourse among faculty.
Presidents Note: There was a mention of some information from a students academic record. The person responsible agreed that disclosure of student information is inappropriate (in any forum), and has issued a letter of apology to the student.
Faculty have been invited to visit GN225 to select books from the many boxes left over from this years sale, and then deliver a donation to either Mark Fuentes or Marilyn Harper. The books must be removed from GN225 by the end of the semester and there is no storage space available. As the book sale is so labor intensive, and as there are always storage issues, President Fuentes is soliciting ideas for an alternate fundraising activity that would still allow Faculty Senate to make a sizable donation to the student scholarship fund each year.
§ Faculty Load Hours:
Wanda Scarbro summarized maximum enrollment figures from reports that she had gathered for classes delivered via the web and via face-to-face instruction. Discussion followed regarding a maximum cap for web classes to recommend to Dr. Wise. A motion will be presented during new business.
Another issue related to load hours was introduced by Ron Bridges. It concerns load hours for teaching labs, which varies among departments offering lab courses. The issue is whether action should be considered that would move toward an equitable policy for everyone. This issue will be discussed with Dr. Kelly and deans of other departments offering courses that include labs before it is pursued further.
III. Approval of Minutes : Tom Gaddis
Minutes of the March meeting were approved with no objection.
IV. Officer Reports:
Secretary: Jean Jackson No report.
Communications: Ken Swayne No report
TBR Representative: Dave Vinson No report
President: Mark Fuentes
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§ Fall inservice is scheduled August 18 and 20. Activities on the first day are scheduled at the new Blount County Campus. The Faculty Development Committee will work with Lois Reynolds on other activities.
§ There is no further information on the textbook policies required to comply with the Higher Education Opportunity Act.
§ Changes are being made in health insurance coverage and the Optional Retirement programs. Human Resources and providers of benefits are sending information.
§ President Fuentes distributed the Faculty Senate meeting schedule for 2010-2011 (Attachment 1). He also distributed a listing of the members of senate for 2010-11, including the slate of officers offered for confirmation at the July meeting (Attachment 2).
§ Spring grades are due Friday, May 7 by 4:30 p.m.
V. Committee Reports:
Adjunct Faculty: Jonathan Morrell/William Gwin No report
Student Scholarships: David Key No report
Rules: Donn King No report
Nominating Committee: Jean Jackson No report
Promotion/Tenure: Mae Jean King No report
President Fuentes noted that a chair will be needed for this committee for next year.
Faculty Development: Ron Bridges
The draft policy revision has been reviewed and it is currently with Learning Council for feedback.
Faculty Lecture Series: Trent Eades
Ron Bridges will be presenting the final lecture for this year tomorrow.
Faculty Bill of Rights Ad Hoc: Anita Maddox No report
Budget Ad Hoc: Wanda Scarbro No report
VI. Unfinished Business:
There was no unfinished business.
VII. New Business:
Faculty Load Hours:
Wanda Scarbro made a motion that regarding a maximum enrollment recommendation to be sent to Dr. Wise, Faculty Senate recommends that the maximum enrollment for web courses should be the same as the maximum enrollment for face-to-face courses.
During discussion, Ron Bridges moved to amend the wording of the motion to read maximum enrollment for web courses should be less than or equal to the maximum enrollment for face-to-face courses. The amended wording was approved.
After further discussion, the motion was approved, as follows:
Regarding a maximum enrollment recommendation to be sent to Dr. Wise, Faculty Senate recommends that the maximum enrollment for web courses should be less than or equal to the maximum enrollment for face-to-face courses.
The next meeting is scheduled on July 14, 2010 at 3:30 p.m. at the Pellissippi Campus in the Faculty/Staff Dining Room.
Meg Moss announced that she will be leaving to accept a new position as chair of the Education Department at UNC - Ashville.
Donations may be sent to Jonathan Fowler for scholarship funds in honor of two Liberal Arts faculty members who are retiring this year.
IX. Adjourned at 5:10 p.m.
Submitted: 5/14/2010 jj
Meeting Dates and Locations
Academic Year 2010-2011
Wednesday, July 14 3:30 pm
Fall Semester 2010:
Meeting Wednesday, September 15 3:30 pm
Meeting Wednesday, October 20 3:30 pm
Meeting Wednesday, November 17 3:30 pm
Spring Semester 2011:
Meeting Wednesday, January 26 3:30 pm
Meeting Wednesday, February 16 3:30 pm
Meeting Wednesday, March 16 3:30 pm Blount
Meeting Wednesday, April 13 3:30 pm
2010-2011 Faculty Senate
President Mark Fuentes, Associate Professor, Business and Computer Technology
President-Elect Ron Bridges, Associate Professor, Natural and Behavioral Sciences
Business Officer Tom Gaddis, Professor, Business and Computer Technology
Secretary Jean Jackson, Professor, Library Services
Communications Officer Ken Swayne, Associate Professor, Engineering and Media Technologies
Parliamentarian Donn King, Associate Professor, Liberal Arts
TBR Representative Dave Vinson, Associate Professor, Mathematics
Department Elected 2010 Elected 2009 Elected 2009
Business and Computer Technology Deanne Michaelson Joe Zitka Rick Barber
Engineering and Media Technology Ken Swayne Vida Hashemian Sami Ghezawi
Liberal Arts Mike Rose Marilyn Harper Anita Maddox
Natural/Behavioral Sciences Brad Rose Joan Jackson Michael Lusk
Transitional Studies Pam Smith Trish Roller
Library Services (1) Jean Jackson
Division Street Representative (1) Tom Gaddis
Magnolia Ave. Representative (1) Jane Stribling
Adjunct Faculty Representatives (2) Jonathan Morrell William Gwen