Academic Council Meeting
The meeting was called to order at by Council chair, Jeff Clark.
Members Present: Jim Bissett, Mike Calhoun,
I. Approval of Minutes: The minutes of the November meeting were approved noting a correction previously made changing soccer to softball in paragraph II, line seven.
II. Faculty Advocacy and Advising Committee:
The committee initially favored the use of an ombudsman. After meeting with a committee of senior faculty, however, the committee agreed to look at a three-tiered approach to advocacy. The three-tier plan would include strengthening of the mentoring program – to junior faculty by senior faculty, partnership with Alamance Mediation Board, and legal insurance. She also stated that after the November meeting, the Faculty Advocacy and Advising Committee would review the results of the focus group and decide if they needed more information from faculty and staff. The Faculty Advocacy and Advising Committee also sent a survey to faculty/staff and have about 45 responses to date. Faculty members have until February 1 to respond to the survey. The committee will make a preliminary report in the spring.
III. Faculty Handbook
Process: At the September Council meeting, concerns were expressed about
the delay in publication of the Faculty Handbook.
Doug Redington stated that the proposal looked good and that he liked the idea of a streamlined version. He proposed that paper copies be made available to all faculty. Barbara will continue to work with Mary Wise and Dr. Francis on this project.
IV. December Faculty Meeting Feedback: Council discussed comments made at the Faculty Meeting. Dr. Francis thanked Jeff Clark for his suggestion to address the faculty on working together as a community.
A question was asked if there were reactions to having the faculty meeting on reading day. It was reported that there were none.
V. Progress on Priorities: This item was tabled until next meeting.
VI. Faculty Handbook Revision Committee re Revision of References to Contract Status:
Election Committee Planning for Spring Elections; Election of Committee of
Academic Council: Elections for Council membership will be at the March faculty meeting. Four at-large members are needed with the goal of a final slate by the February 20 Council meeting.
Promotion and Tenure Committee: Promotion and Tenure elections will be held at the April Faculty meeting. The proposed by-laws change to alter membership (replace Professional status) will be presented at the February Faculty meeting, and the slate will be finalized by the March 19 Council meeting.
Standing Committees are elected at the May faculty meeting. Committee preference forms soliciting faculty interest will be sent out by March 1. Forms should be returned by March 19. The elections committee will meet to develop a slate of names the week of March 29 to be finalized by the April 16 Council meeting.
Ad Hoc Committee on Intellectual
Climate membership will consist of 5 faculty, one each from A&S,
Communications, Business, Education, and support staff/administrator with
faculty rank. The elections committee recommended that 2 current members serve
to provide continuity and that 3 new members be appointed. Current members are
Lisa and Barbara answered questions from Council and asked members to help in generating interest in P&T and Academic Council. Council agreed.
VIII. Excellence Awards: Dr. Francis reported that the University will be recognizing more individuals through new awards. Each school will be presenting awards in the following categories; Excellence in Teaching award, Excellence in Scholarship award, and Excellence in Service-Leadership award. These awards are not related to the end of the year awards and will be relatively consistent from school to school. The dean of each school will appoint a selection committee and present the awards at individual meetings in the spring.
Emeritus Status: Council discussed the memo from Jim Bissett and
XI. Adjunct Representation on Academic Council: Jon Metzger attended the meeting to present a proposal to the Council from the Sub-Committee on Adjunct and Limited-Term Faculty requesting adjunct representation on Academic Council. Jon talked about the benefits of having an adjunct faculty member on the Council. He presented names of adjunct faculty that could qualify to serve on Council. He explained that adjuncts could bring a knowledge base and a voice that needs to be heard to the Council. After questions to Jon from the Council, the item was voted upon. The motion passed 7 to 4 to take the proposed by-law change to the faculty at the February meeting.
XII. Evaluation of Teaching; Where to go from here: Council agreed to follow-up with an email discussion on the report from the ad hoc Committee for the Evaluation of Teaching.
XIII. Issues for the Spring: Council agreed to discuss by email issues/concerns to be addressed by Council in the spring semester.
XIV. Old Business-Campus Parking: Dr. Francis stated that he would request that Campus Safety and Police patrol faculty parking lots more in the morning, especially the Koury Center lot. He will also request that restricted time for faculty-staff only parking in faculty lots be increased (from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.) in an effort to ensure spaces for faculty teaching 8 a.m. classes. The time change moves the time that students can legally park in faculty lots back a half hour, from 7:30 a.m. to
The meeting adjourned at