FACULTY SENATE MEETING
Members: L. Atkinson, B. Butler, K. Cole, M. Harvey, H. Holt, B. Hook, B. Larson, D. Lisnerski,
J. McClain, C. McKenzie, M. Moseley, G. Nallan, B. Sabo, B. Wilson, J. Wood; M. Padilla.
Alternates: C. Bell, R. Bowen.
Excused: G. Boudreaux, P. Downes, S. Judson.
Visitors: G. Ashburn, B. Haggard, E. Katz, G. Kormanik, P. McClellan, J. McHargue, J. McKnight,
A. Shope, B. Spellman, K. Whatley.
I. Call to Order, Introductions, Announcements
Dr. Gary Nallan called the meeting to order at and welcomed Senators and guests. Introductions were made throughout the room.
II. Approval of minutes
III. Student Government Association Report (SGA)
JoAnne McKnight reported for the Chancellor’s Staff Advisory Committee.
UNC Staff Assembly
UNC Staff Assembly is the elected body of representatives of the staff of the
sixteen campuses of the
Staff Assembly convened in
Chair J. C. Boykin (NCSU)
Vice-Chair JoAnne McKnight (UNCA)
Secretary/Treasurer Suzanne Williams (UNCG)
Liaison, UNC GA Ann W. Lemmon (UNCGA)
At Large Delegates: Linda Adkins (UNCW)
Chuck Brink (UNCCH)
Linda Cole (WSSU)
Kelley Eaves-Boykin (UNCC)
Seventy-three staff members responded to the CSAC check-list. The two areas that received the most interest were:
· Establish a positive attitude on campus among staff, administration, supervisors and faculty.
· Create ways to acknowledge the outstanding jobs employees routinely do.
Fifteen of the 73 staff members wrote comments, suggested options and wrote letters. Two options from staff follow:
· Take a leadership role in identifying and solving the "morale crisis" that is talked about.
· Examine ways to constructively foster positive communication efforts among staff and between staff and faculty.
Vacant Seats on CSAC
A top priority will be to fill the many vacancies on CSAC.
V. Administrative Report
Faculty Development (formerly Off-Campus Scholarly Assignment)
Dr. Padilla reported that the Faculty Development proposals are proceeding to faculty governance for the next stage of review.
Annual Report of Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
During the summer of 2006 there was significant progress related to the re-establishment of the Division of Student Affairs. Dr. Haggard began working as the new Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs on July 10. Dr. Calvin Kelly, former Assistant Director for Multicultural Student Development, was promoted to Director for Campus Life and began his new role on June 1. Ms. Jackie McHargue was hired as Dean of Students and began her new position on July 31. Dr. Haggard, Dr. Kelly and Ms. McHargue comprise the three-person leadership team that will guide further reshaping of Student Affairs programs and services.
- Paradigm Shifts
The following paradigm shifts will provide a context for the work of the division in the coming year:
The larger framework for the paradigm shifts is that of strengthening the spirit of community and fostering communities which are purposeful, open, just, disciplined, caring and celebrative.
- Priority Themes for 2006-07
Areas under Jackie McHargue, Dean of Students:
Areas under Calvin Kelly, Director of Campus Life:
Dr. Wood noted that the university has shifted to a more residential, traditional age campus that many faculty have noticed in their classes. Are we thinking about what we are losing in our classrooms and in our obligations to meet the needs of the community? Will we lose something in terms of our access to the community and our reputation of serving the community by shifting our priority to students between the ages of 18 and 21?
Dr. Haggard replied that this is part of the discussion. To clarify, becoming more of a residential campus is for primarily traditional age students. Institutional Research has data to support that there is a difference in retention and satisfaction of off-campus versus on-campus students; we are trying to respond to that data. At the same time, he agrees that our non-traditional students and our diversity of age adds a richness to the whole experience. We are engaging in some efforts to help in those areas. For example, a month ago 70-80 commuter students attended an open forum and gave feedback that is going to the appropriate administrative units to improve our support. Efforts are underway to identify space in Highsmith as a commuter lounge. As we look into the future, if we have an opportunity to build more on-campus housing, he is concerned that there is not an option for students with families and non-traditional populations. Day care is another issue we need to consider.
VI. Executive Committee Report
Gary Nallan reported for the Executive Committee.
two-year budget cycle. Two important financial concerns are faculty salaries and tuition plan. The
Legislature was very supportive of university requests for this two-year budget. Dr. Nelson said
that President Bowles continues to stress efficiencies; campuses are to spend money wisely.
on improving retention and graduation rates. Graduation rates are generally good in comparison
to national averages but each campus is to a develop plan as to how to improve in both areas.
for grade inflation as campuses strive to improve retention and graduation rates. Dr. Martin
promised accountability measures to ensure campuses were maintaining high standards and
discouraging practices such as grade inflation.
students opportunities to improve communication, technology, and time management skills. He
was also asked about the impact of rising tuition costs. He noted that President Bowles would be
addressing tuition rate increases.
continue to be the primary funding source for the university. He briefly discussed his proposed tuition
plan (which had not been presented to the Board of Governors at that time so his information was
limited). His second priority is to raise faculty compensation to 80% of peer institutions in two years.
President Bowles briefly discussed performance goals, summer remediation. He fielded an array of
questions; one of his responses included his support of textbook rental but said he could be proven
wrong. Members of the Faculty Assembly thanked him for our 6% raises this year. He said he hoped
to do better.
Dr. Nallan asked if there was discussion of the Shared Governance document passed by the Faculty
Assembly last spring. Dr. Ashburn replied that there is a Task Force still concerned that a number of
campuses were not fully participating in shared governance. They are encouraging all campuses to
attend to the Shared Governance document passed by the Faculty Assembly. They are also
concerned about whether faculty members are getting information discussions at the Faculty
VII. Academic Policies Committee Report
First Reading: [Unanimously approved by
The following documents were distributed for First Reading:
Deadline for Grades
Dr. Sabo distributed a
draft resolution that
VIII. Institutional Development Committee Report
Faculty Senate Representative to the Tuition & Fees Committee
Vice Chancellors Pat Hunt and
Vice Chancellor Hunt has
asked for a Faculty Senate representative on the committee and IDC recommended
Other IDC Activities
IDC is reviewing a special committee report on the role of the university and community on economic development created by the Board of Governors earlier this year. IDC is devising a strategy on how it might deal with this at a future time.
Gregg Kormanik, University Research Officer, is working to develop a policy on Centers for UNCA.
IX. Faculty Welfare and Development Committee Report
How COPLAC and Peer Institutes handle Faculty Development
FWDC contacted some of our COPLAC and Peer Institutes regarding how they handle faculty development such as structure and coordination. Faculty development tends to be coordinated through a Center for Teaching and Learning – or the CTL is part of an Office of Faculty Development. FWDC looked at some of the structure and staffing and invited Dr. Larson, the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, to join FWDC at its last meeting where they had a lengthy discussion. Discussions will continue with recommendations coming later.
The following document was distributed for First Reading:
FWDC 1: Proposal to establish the “Library, Information Resources, & Technology Committee”
as a new Standing Committee replacing the Computing & Telecommunications
Committee and the Library & Media Services Advisory Committee (Replaces SD7403S;
Faculty Handbook 6.5.3; 10.4.4; 10.4.13
X. Old Business
Dr. Nallan reminded Senators that Leah
Mathews chaired a Task Force on Student Rating of Instruction and gave the
final report last spring. Dr. Mathews,
XI. New Business
A Special Faculty Senate meeting was held on October 17th and many Senators and faculty from across campus gave input on the future of the Office of Academic Affairs. The consensus was to have:
· an open search process for the permanent chief academic officer
· the interim should serve for 18 months
· the interim would not be a candidate for the permanent position
They discussed who the interim should be – whether it should it be a senior faculty member, a current Dean, someone from outside campus, or someone from General Administration. Dr. Nallan asked if the Faculty Senate wanted to try to reach a consensus toward making a recommendation to Chancellor Ponder. Following a brief discussion, Senators were asked to communicate their thoughts to the Executive Committee individually.
Dr. Nallan adjourned the meeting at .
Respectfully submitted by: Sandra Gravely