Faculty Senate Minutes

Meeting – November 2, 2005

3:30 p.m.


I.                    Meeting was called to order by Jonathan Lamb at 3:30 p.m. The following senators were present: Mary Monroe Ellis, Bill Brewer, Rick Bower, Ashley Boone, Jonathan Lamb, Garry Pennycuff, Paul Ramp, Bob Stern, Carol Brenner, Anne Kinggard, Anne Swantzlander, Sydney Gingrow, Dave Vinson, Judy Fethe, Katherine Harper, Luwanna Day, Ramzi Ghezawi, Kathy Byrd, Maggie Jenkins, David Gilbert, Jonathan Morrell, Rick Patton, Wanda Scarbro, Liz McCowen. Guest; Dr. Bruns

II.                 Minutes from the October 5, 2005 meeting were approved with the following correction: The Senate adopted the rule that the chair of each standing committee must be a member of the Senate. The minutes had read: The Senate adopted the rule that at least one member of each standing committee be a member of the Senate.

III.               Officer Reports:

a.       Secretary – none

b.      Communications Officer – none

c.       TBR Representative – refer to recent e-mail report

d.      President – Reminders will be sent to faculty from Dr. Bruns office concerning Department Head yearly evaluations.                                           Forms are available from the Human Resources Office explaining the process for applying for disability leave. Discuss with Karen Queener before completing.


IV.              Committee Reports:

a.       Adjunct Faculty – None

b.      Student Scholarships – Dates for the Faculty Book Sale are: March 15-16 at site campuses; March 20-21 at Main Campus. The book sale will have a “Café” theme.

c.       Rules – none

d.      Evaluation – none

e.       Nominating Committee – none

f.        Promotion/Tenure – none

g.       High Performance Teaching – none

h.       Calendar Committee – See attached sheets: after much discussion it was suggested that the senators poll their departments concerning the start time for classes with the following three options: A. A desire to change the current times, B. Leave the current times as they are, C. No strong feeling either way. The committee will then review the need to proceed with suggesting changes etc.                                                                                    The senate voted to request that the Wednesday before Thanksgiving break become the Monday class schedule in following years. This request will be sent to Learning Council.

V.                 Unfinished Business: Dr. Bruns stated that he will be taking a look at the current office hours policy to consider requested changes.                                                                                                                                          

VI.              New Business: On the question of half-time retirement contracts Dr. Bruns stated that the college no longer offers or plans to offer this option. The stated reasons are that this option was designed for the four year institutions and not the community colleges and that it drains budget resources need for additional full-time faculty positions. Since the drastic budget cuts of two and three years ago the college does not have the resources to continue this option. Any special circumstances will be reviewed by the President and Vice President of Academic Affairs if a retiring faculty member requests a contract. In the situation of a recent contract that was granted, it was in the best interest of the college financially to offer this option.

On the issue of inappropriate use of the faculty dining room, the Senate passed the following request in form of a motion:

The Faculty Senate asks that the faculty/staff dining room be reserved between 11:00 and 1:30 for faculty/staff dining with the exception of any Presidential functions.

The senate also requests that Learning Council take a look at the policy for the first day a student can enter an on-line class with the intent of  indicating some deadline date.