Faculty Policies Committee Minutes
Members present: Marc Miller, Wendy Turner, Pam Hayward, Tom Crute, Wayne Mixon, Peggy Ruth Geren, Bruce Saul, Donna Wear, Janice Williams Whiting and Katherine Sweeney
Marc Miller called the meeting to order at . The minutes of March 21 were distributed and approved unanimously.
University Council-Marc relayed that the Outstanding Faculty member award change as well as the Professional Leave proposal (with modification concerning cost of living adjustments suggested by University Council) would be on the agenda for the next faculty meeting. The three items presented at the last faculty meeting for voting at the next meeting will also be on the agenda (faculty manual modifications, faculty role model modifications and tenure policy modification).
Cullum 2007- FPC voted unanimously to offer “The Year of Jazz” as the Cullum topic for 2007. Marc met with Jim Benedict (Jana Sandarg was ill) and shared some of Jim’s vision with FPC. The proposal will continue to evolve when the committee is formally appointed.
Faculty Elections- Donna Wear and Wendy Turner volunteered to help Bruce Saul tally the results of the General Election to be held March 29 and 30.
Faculty Forum-Various FPC members commented that several faculty had discussed the issue with them and would be attending the forum on March 30 at in University Hall Rom 170. Marc encouraged FPC members to attend if at all possible.
Online Faculty Manual-Marc shared a general overview of the online manual with the group. The question of support for the online manual and its updates once it is in production was raised. Marc wrote it in two versions and felt it wouldn’t take too much to hand it off to someone else once his work is completed. FPC approved Marc releasing the prototype to the general faculty listserv for comments.
Chair Evaluations-Wayne Mixon shared a proposal approved by the Arts and Science Chairs with the group. The proposal suggests yearly evaluations of chairs, as opposed to every two years. FPC heartily endorsed the proposal. Marc will draft a resolution of support from FPC to Dean Parham.
There was a general discussion concerning the timing of committee, University Council and general Faculty meetings. Marc outlined two basic issues: the timing of when committee assignments are made public and the timing of receipt of agenda items required by University Council. Marc asked the group to think about options relative to earlier faculty committee assignments with students being named when fall semester begins and whether the timing could be condensed for submission of items to University Council. It was noted that this would require a Faculty Manual change.
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The meeting was adjourned at .