Faculty Policies Committee Minutes, November 3, 2003
Present: Michelle Benedict, Tom Crute, Gordon Eisenman, Cliff Gardiner, Jeff Heck (secretary), Marc Miller, Bill Reese (chair), Wendy Turner, Donna Wear, Janice Whiting, Sabina Widner
1. Fall Break –
Wendy Turner had available additional information about Fall Break options, following discussion with Katherine Sweeney, but the FPC chose to delay discussion until Sweeney could be present. Bill Reese mentioned that the option to use exam time as contact hours had been eliminated because of conflicts with Board of Regents rules.
2. Peaceful Assembly / Freedom of Expression –
The FPC discussed the logistics of implementing a Faculty Manual section containing peaceful assembly and freedom of expression policy. Cliff Gardiner will work with Bill Reese to develop a cover letter addressed to Vice President of Business and Student Services Fred Barnabei, Dean of Students Joyce Jones, and Public Safety Director Jasper Cooke, asking for their comment on the proposed policy, which will be attached. They will have the option of email reply or to request a meeting with the FPC to discuss the policy, as they choose.
3. Faculty Leave –
Bill Reese distributed a handout with information from a faculty member asking for review of the process of faculty leave to teach elsewhere, for future discussion.
4. New Faculty Packet –
Traditionally, new faculty have received limited material in a packet to orient them to the area, such as a Chamber of Commerce packet. More recently, the FPC has sent new faculty mentors a checklist of items to review with their mentees. Sabina Widner discussed ideas for expanding the information given to new faculty to include more information about the school, resources, etc., such as handouts of Lyceum and Cullum events, and portions of the Faculty Manual. Jeff Heck suggested distributing the complete Faculty Manual and other items on a CD, rather than in paper. Marc Miller volunteered to develop a menu front-end to the material. Widner will coordinate with Miller, Heck and Information Technology Services to see if this can be arranged.
5. Development Activities –
continued on the focus of this university’s development process. An article by Stanley Fish, dean of the
All other agenda items were deferred. Meeting adjourned at