Friday, March 16, 2001
History Seminar Room, Carlton
Members present: Larry Basirico, Jim Bissett, Joyce Davis, Tom Green (chair), Don Grady, Bob Guffey, Pam Kiser, Leo Lambert, Todd Lee, Becky Olive-Taylor, Jean Schwind
The meeting was called to
order at 3:00 PM. Minutes of the February 16, 2001 meeting
Dr. Nancy Harris reported to Council on the
proposed changes in the Policy for Internship Compensation developed in
conjunction with the SACS focus group who are studying the connection of
knowledge and experience. This report was developed due to confusion
which had arisen in regard to the existing 1998 policies on internship
compensation. Discussion ensued on the types of internships (course-based
and individual based), overload pay for internship supervision, and accrued
hours for course release. Council requested additional information
about similar procedures in regard to academic extra load duties such as
independent study or research study. The suggestion was made that
compensation policies be studied in regard to these other issues.
Council offered general support for the policy with suggestions for the
Harris’ group to consider.
Elon College as the College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. John Sullivan reported
to Council on the study to establish the Division of Arts and Sciences
as the Elon College of Arts and Sciences. The committee has met with
other schools who have adopted like naming when the college changed to
a university. He pointed out that the rationale for such naming has
been the maintenance of heritage. Dr. Sullivan pointed out that his
presentation was informational and the Council offered thanks and support
for the committee activities.
Contract and Tenure Issues
Dr. Green and Dr. Lambert shared information on the continuing review of contract length for professional status faculty and the in-track time for faculty placed on tenure-track after achieving professional status. Dr. Green indicated that he had met several times with Dr. Francis and/or Dr. Lambert during this past year concerning these issues. Dr. Green suggested that although no changes in contract length or in-track time have been made, Dr. Lambert has agreed to continue discussion of these issues. Dr. Lambert indicated that more discussion is needed on the issue of status classification for the non-tenured career faculty member at Elon. Dr. Lambert feels the current title is uncomfortable and lacks clear definition of what the alternate track is. Dr. Lambert also informed Council that trustees supports the limit of 75% of faculty on tenure or tenure-track and a two-track system. He suggested discussion be held on the alternate track. Additionally, in response to a question, Dr. Lambert indicated that possibly shortening the length of in-track time for those who have moved to tenure-track from professional-status was still on the table for discussion but not the length of the contract.
Additional issues discussed included length
of contract for professional status faculty, impact of the present two-track
system on Phi Beta Kappa consideration, and equality of professionalized
and tenured faculty. Council will continue this discussion at the
April and May meetings.
Statement of Professional Standards
Prof. Pam Kiser and Dr. Don
Grady reported on the final draft of the Statement of Professional Standards.
Discussion ensued regarding the use of “college” versus “university,” the
language in the proposed statement, and where the statement should appear
in the faculty handbook. Council approved the draft and will bring
the statement before the faculty in May. Discussion of other concerns
related to the Statement of Professional Standards was postponed until
the May meeting.
Election Committee Report
Dr. Jim Bissett reported
on the upcoming election of Promotions, Tenure and Professional Status
Committee. Council discussed several proposed nominees and whether
an additional search for candidates should occur. Results will be
reviewed and nominations will be ready for the next faculty meeting.
Dr. Larry Basirico reported on the evaluation of the advising subcommittee. He noted that some response had been received to solicitation for feedback and that there were no significant problems to meet SACS requirements. The committee is considering some process alternatives for the evaluation.
Joyce Davis reported that
work with Mary Wise has resulted in a questionnaire considered appropriate
for evaluation of the most recent reorganization. She noted that
Dr. Lambert approved and that the questionnaire has appropriately been
customized for feedback by different employee classifications at Elon.
Council suggested minor changes for the final questionnaire format.
Book Store Issues
It was noted that most departments
have shared reports on their problems with the bookstore. Council
agreed to invite Vice President Gerald Whittington to the next meeting
to discuss problems and seek solutions.
Student Evaluation of Faculty
Discussion of full-year student
evaluations were briefly discussed and deferred until Dr. Francis was available
to discuss the matter in detail.
The meeting adjourned at 5:05 pm.
Minutes submitted by Bob Guffey
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