Faculty Policies Committee Minutes
Members present: Marc Miller, Bruce Saul, Peggy Ruth Geren, Barry Thompson, Tom Crute, Pam Hayward, Jana Sandarg, Wendy Turner, Wayne Mixon, Janice Williams Whiting and Katherine Sweeney
Marc Miller called the meeting to order at 3:30 pm. The minutes from September 20 were accepted as posted to the FPC intranet and approved unanimously.
Peggy Ruth Geren asked that the agenda be modified slightly to allow for new business earlier in the meeting as she had to leave early. The committee all agreed to the modification.
Peggy Ruth has heard concerns from several faculty about the way the Outstanding Faculty Member is chosen. Currently, once nominated, a faculty member must put together a packet in support of him or herself. The faculty with whom Peggy Ruth has spoken feel the nominee should be removed from this process. The Faculty Recognition Committee should gather whatever materials they feel important for the selection process. Many FPC members also feel this way. Peggy Ruth will draft a memo (to be discussed at next week’s meeting) for FPC to send to the Faculty Recognition Committee. Marc mentioned that he has also sent a request to the Faculty Recognition Committee for a new award—the Outstanding New Faculty Award.
Jana Sandarg gave an update on the new Cullum 2900 course. While approved at the May 2004 faculty meeting the course did not make the current catalog. Jana and a small group of other faculty will meet with each academic department promoting the course for Spring 2005 and asking them to consider adding this course as an elective in Area F where possible.
Teaching abroad and compensation-The subcommittee will meet after today’s FPC meeting.
Faculty Handbook-Marc and Bruce Saul have met. Marc has posted the first grouping of proposed changes to the FPC intranet and asked that the group review this list. Marc will have groupings two and three on the intranet soon. Marc has met with Jeff Heck (faculty secretary) and Jeff is currently researching policies and procedures that have been approved by the faculty but not yet included in the handbook. In the future Jeff will have a routine schedule of when the handbook gets updated.
Lyceum Committee-Tom Crute has posted some information to the FPC intranet for the committee’s review. The guidelines for Lyceum are fairly general. Janice Williams and Marc will do some research as to the historical composition of the committee.
Cheating and ethical behavior among students-Peggy Ruth clarified the charge of the subcommittee to be to determine that the policy is clear, is applied consistently and that ASU is using current software and technology to ensure that original work is presented by our students. She then shared examples from other schools, most of which strive to create an atmosphere of integrity rather than a list of sanctions.
Chair evaluations-Wendy Turner distributed a Departmental Review process that could come out of FPC perhaps. She then distributed a Rotating Department Chairs process that might be better handled by interested faculty in Arts and Sciences speaking directly with Dean Parham. The Colleges of Education and Business Administration follow different models. There was considerable discussion. The group agreed to read both documents carefully before the next meeting and discussion will continue then.
The meeting was adjourned at .