Faculty Policies Committee Minutes,
Present: Michelle Benedict, Barbara Coleman, Bill Dodd, Gordon Eisenman, Cliff Gardiner, Jim Garvey, Andy Hauger (chair), Jeff Heck (secretary), Donna Hobbs, Bill Reese, Sabina Widner
Agenda items: Old Business
1. Full-Time/Part-Time Faculty Ratio – Dr. Sam Sullivan, VPAA, presented his work toward allocating faculty positions on campus. He handed out a spreadsheet with calculations that determine the minimum required number of faculty to cover required classes within each department, reviewed the handout, and requested comments and ideas. The formulas do not include some influencing factors, such as differences in quantity of time required between classes to provide support, grading, etc. For example, honors and graduate-level classes generally need smaller class sizes because more time is required to evaluate the work of each student.
The initial work showed that while many departments have the correct number of faculty, many require additional positions. Each department will be expected to provide to Sullivan the additional factors that affect the evaluation, such as accreditation limits on class size. The final work also will include recommendations on use of part-time faculty, full-time temporary faculty, and a category of employees only recently approved by the BOR for use at ASU, senior lecturers. These lecturers will be non-tenure track employees who will be eligible for promotion. Sullivan seeks a balance between the stability of full-time permanent faculty and the flexibility of temporary and part-time faculty.
Bill Dodd noted that Learning Support is unique in having many full-time permanent faculty who are not tenure-track. He requested that the percentage of non-tenure track, part-timers, lecturers, etc. (which must be no more than 10 percent of the total faculty), not include these learning support personnel. Michelle Benedict noted that the spreadsheet needs to use optimum class size numbers and number of faculty, not the current ones, because we’re already stretched thin from cuts during the past two years.
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3. Retirement Benefits Survey of New Faculty – The FPC reviewed results of a survey of new faculty about the retirement benefits available at ASU. Survey comments indicate that individual time and attention are needed for new faculty to understand their options and make good choices for their situation. The full results of the survey will be available to the committee in two days. Andy Hauger will contact Peter Basciano from the Business unit to set up a time for him to meet with the FPC to discuss possible recommendations. The FPC will forward the survey in mid-January, with comment and a charge, to the Employee Benefits Committee for review and for them to generate recommendations.
4. Retention/Graduation Study – The committee reviewed the final version of the Retention and Graduation Report. Some suggestions for changes were made, which will be compiled by Jim Garvey by Tuesday. He will distribute a copy of the report to all committee members; Andy Hauger will carry a copy to President Bloodworth.