Faculty Policies Committee Minutes
12 September 2005
Members present: Peggy Ruth Geren, Pam Hayward, Donna Hobbs, Pam Jackson, Wayne Mixon, Rick Pukis, Bob Reeves, Jana Sandarg, Bruce Saul, Mike Searles, Barry Thompson, Cathy Tugmon
Peggy Ruth Geren called the meeting to order at 3:00 pm.
The committee unanimously approved minutes from 29 August 05.
Peggy Ruth asked for a volunteer to serve on the campus Employee Benefit Committee to complete a two-year term. Rick Pukis will fill that opening.
Peggy Ruth talked with Dr. Sullivan about some faculty changing final exam schedules without proper authority. He would send out another memorandum and remind the Deans to enforce that policy. It was suggested that the FPC send out a recommendation too.
The FPC discussed the asbestos information we received from the Physical Facilities and Safety Committee. Peggy Ruth relayed that a subcontractor was reviewing measurements and would soon present their findings to the administration. In the past, measurements did not reveal any areas of concern. The FPC will invite a representative from the physical plant to discuss the topic.
Our new Director of Grants Administration, Kimberly Gray, was tentatively added as an ex-officio member to the following committees: Faculty Research & Faculty Development, Intellectual Properties (with President Bloodworth's approval) and Oversight Committee on Human & Animal Research. The appropriate changes would be made to the Faculty Manual once approved.
The FPC discussed some issues that have been raised by faculty about new student activities policies. Peggy Ruth asked that we compile our concerns and discuss it further.
Peggy Ruth asked the FPC if we had any concerns about ITS or Media Services assistance in the evenings. After a short discussion, Peggy Ruth said that she would determine the current schedule.
The FPC would receive some proposed changes in the Faculty Manual from Faculty Secretary Jeff Heck. They would be reviewed at our next meeting.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:05pm.