Faculty Policies Committee Minutes (corrected)
Sept. 18, 2006
Attending: Carol Rychly, Charles Jackson, Rick Pukis, Robert Reeves, Mike Searles, Jim Benedict, Tom Colbert, Sam Myers, Donna Hobbs, Cathy Tugmon (chair), and Debbie van Tuyll (secretary)
1. Tugmon called the meeting to order at 2:30 p.m. Minutes from Sept. 11 were approved with one correction.
2. Tugmon reported on her meeting last week with the president and vice president. Dr. Bloodworth has supported the policy of allowing faculty to purchase a second parking tag for $40, and he advised her to discuss the renaming of the Fine Arts Gallery with the Art faculty. This would be to ensure the proper name for the gallery is listed in the Faculty Manual.
3. Hobbs reported on her work to determine who has faculty voting rights. Tugmon distributed the Board of Regents policies that address that matter and Benedict reported on the kinds of titles that are attached to non-tenure track teaching positions. Hobbs’s action will be to acquire a copy of the University statutes that state the local policy on who is faculty.
4. Rychly reported on her discussions regarding constitution of post-tenure review committees for Learn Support and the Library. Learning Support is open to the change. The Library faculty will discuss the proposal at its next meeting and report back to Rychly.
5. Myers reported on her attempts to untangle the structure of campus committees. She met with Associate Academic Vice President Bill Dodd last week who encouraged her in this work and offered assistance. Myers’s next step is to acquire information about charge, membership, and amount of work required for both permanent and standing committees. She will be developing a questionnaire to be used in acquiring the information, and Tugmon will include the form in her reminder to committee chairs to file end-of-year reports about their activities. Once this information is in, it will be used to evaluate whether any revisions need to be made to the current committee structure.
Further, Myers relayed a request from Dodd that FPC look into whether it would be possible and desirable to create a new committee to deal specifically with student academic grievances. Members agreed to study the issue.
6. Benedict reported that faculty have been included in those covered by the new customer service policy without any faculty input into the creation of that policy. The committee instructed Tugmon to take this matter up with the president in her weekly meeting and to have any reference to faculty removed from the policy.
Debbie van Tuyll