Faculty Senate Minutes

Meeting – July 12, 2006

1:00 p.m.


I.                    Meeting was called to order by Mary Monroe Ellis at 1:00 p.m. Senators in attendance: Mary Monroe-Ellis, Bill Brewer, Wanda Scarbro, Donnie Thomas, Carol Brenner, Lawana Day, Sydney Gingrow, Dave Vinson, Maggie Jenkins, Rick Bower, Ramzi Ghezawi, Bob Stern, Paul Ramp, Mark Fuentes, Ken Swayne, David Gilbert, Ashley Boone, Anne Swartzlander, Pat Zing.

II.                 Minutes were approved with the following correction: Donnie Thomas was in attendance at the April meeting as a new member.

III.               Officer Reports:

a.       Secretary: none

b.      Communications Officer: one

c.       TBR Representative: none

d.      President: none


IV.              Committee Reports:

a.       Student Scholarship: The BCT department senators need to direct the BCT department to elect the person/persons in charge of next year’s book sale.

b.      Adjunct Faculty: The 2% raise from the state applies to adjunct faculty as well.

c.       Rules: none

d.      Nominating Committee: none

e.       Promotion Tenure: proposed changes to Promotion/Tenure guideline document were presented by Wanda Scarbro and discussed by the senate. Suggested changes will be taken to the academic departments in the August meetings for discussion by faculty. The senate will vote on proposed changes in the September meeting.

f.        Calendar: none


V.                 Unfinished Business:

a.       Policies and Procedures: It was reported that the policy for Faculty Emeritus status contains no criteria for what makes a faculty member eligible for said status. The Faculty Senate proposes we eliminate the Faculty Emeritus policy altogether.

b.      Saturday Mandatory Orientation: Faculty will be asked to document the number of students attending the mandatory orientation for students enrolled in on-line classes to help in the evaluation of the effectiveness of such an orientation. Faculty is requested to also compile a list of suggestions/ideas concerning the event.

c.       Evaluation of Advisor Training Sessions: The advising office welcomes faculty input for creating an evaluation document.



VI.              New Business:

a.       Noise in Al 255: This issue will be taken to Learning Council for further discussion.

b.      Summer Loads: There is concern that there is inequity in the number of load hours being allowed for full time faculty, in summer, across disciplines. There is also a wide discrepancy in class roll size across disciplines. This concern will be taken to Learning Council for discussion and clarification.

c.       Pandemic Statement on Syllabi: The Senate discussed at length the idea of placing a pandemic statement, such as the one suggested by the administration, on syllabi for the fall semester. Several concerns were raised as to the legality of such a statement especially when the college has no specific plan in place. The Senate feels that faculty schould not be held accountable to include such a statement at this time. Mary Monroe-Ellis will take these concerns to Dr. Bruns, including the Senate’s objection that decisions on academic matters are being made without faculty input. She will state that the Senate is not in favor of this statement but are in full accordance that the college needs to implement a plan in the event of a pandemic.


VII. Adjournment at 2:45 p.m.