Faculty Policies Minutes – Jan. 22, 2007
Attending: Carol Rychly, Charles Jackson, Rick Pukis, Mike Searles, Jim Benedict, Donna Hobbs, Pam Jackson, Sam Myers, Robert Reeves, Cathy Tugmon (chair), and Debbie van Tuyll (secretary).
1. Minutes of the Dec. 4 meeting were approved with no corrections.
2. Tugmon reported on her last meeting with the president and associate academic vice president (Dr. Sullivan was unable to attend the meeting). Their main topic was the recent computer policy contract that had been circulated for signatures prior to the semester break. Dr. Dodd said he believed the policy only dealt with information from Banner and was not a general computer policy. The matter is being looked into further. Additionally, Tugmon said she made sure to let Dr. Bloodworth know how helpful Justin Clifton had been in getting the computer-based faculty election ballot ready to go.
Tugmon asked for volunteers to define acceptable and unacceptable behaviors for
students in class and in related settings and to propose a disciplinary
procedure for infractions.
4. Pukis reported on the recent meetings of the Faculty Benefits Committee and actions being contemplated with regard to the two retirement programs. He said no decisions have been made at the legislative level yet, but a state-wide group is working on proposals to allow a one-time only switch between the two programs, to link ORP funding to TRS funding, and to offer the ORP option to monthly non-faculty employees. Cliff Gardiner is representing ASU in this matter.
5. Tugmon reported on the recent University Council meeting. As a result of the meeting, FPC is being asked to revise the membership on the Scholarships Committee. Development has asked for two additional voting members and the Vice President for Business Services (Dan Whitfield) has asked for a revision to clarify that his office should have an ex-officio member of the committee. The current wording is “a representative of the Vice President for Business and Student Services,” but that position has been split into two separate vice presidencies. The committee membership should go with the business division, according to Whitfield. Tugmon will take this last issue up with Vice President for Student Services Joyce Jones and report back to the committee. Some concern was raised about whether the number of faculty on the committee ought to be increased if the number of non-faculty members is increased. The matter was carried over for further discussion later.
6. The committee looked at the policy regarding departmental groupings for post tenure review and how to list the different groups clearly. Tugmon will revise the policy according to suggestions made by FPC members.
7. The committee considered two proposed policies regarding the work of the Faculty Development and Faculty Research Committee and how it does its work. One policy sets criteria for evaluating proposals and allocating funding and the other establishes a calendar and a process for the committee’s work. Van Tuyll will revise the policy regarding the evaluation of proposals, and Benedict and Rychly will revised the policy regarding the calendar.
8. Committee members agreed to discuss in the next meeting the questions and procedure to be used in interviewing faculty members about their work load. Van Tuyll will bring copies of the questions, as agreed to at the Nov. 27 meeting.
Pukis passed around for review the “thank you” letter that will be sent to
Debbie van Tuyll