FACULTY SENATE MEETING Minutes
FRIDAY Sept 7, 2007
3:00- 5:15 pm Egan Library 211
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Elluminate Session for Document Viewing in Real time
Call to order 3:04. Introductions
Present: Cathy Connor (President), Jill Dumesnil (President-elect), Jeremy Kane (Humanities), Sanjay Pyare (Juneau At-Large), Tony Martin (Career ED), Lynn Shepherd (Library), Rick Wolk (Business), Rick McDonald (CIOS-Ketchikan), Priscilla Schulte (At Large Ketchikan), David Noon (Social Sciences), Cara Wicks-Ortega (Education). Absent Matt Heavner (Natural Sciences)
Ex Officio: Robbie Stell (Provost)
2. Today’s agenda approved
3. Approved 2007-2008 FS Meeting Calendar
(FIRST Fridays 9/7, 10/5, 11/2, 12/7, no Jan, 2/1, 3/7, 4/4, 5/2)
Old Business May 4 Meeting Continuations
Proposed changes to Faculty Handbook
4. Regional Campus Faculty evaluation by School Deans in place of Campus Directors (Provost Robbie Stell)
Robbie Stell: Rationale is that for accreditation purposes, there is a disconnect between how faculty members are evaluated at the Juneau campus and how faculty members are evaluated at Sitka and Ketchikan. The strongest recommendation from the accrediting committee last visit was with regard to the “lack of clear lines of academic authority.” Part of the problem is caused by discrepancies in the evaluation process by the two union contracts. Proposal is for faculty members to be evaluated by the Deans with significant input from the campus Directors in the case of Ketchikan and Sitka faculty. Article 5 in Faculty Handbook States no changes in evaluation process maybe be made following July 2003 agreed upon language. ACCFT negotiations are underway with no evidence of this topic being important to negotiating team.
Q: How does the evaluation by the Dean fit with the workload determination made primarily by the Directors? RS: The Deans are responsible for the determining the workload in conjunction with the Director.
Joe Liddle: The Director is really the person who knows what happens at the community campuses… It seems like a bad idea to have the Deans evaluate faculty s(h)e doesn’t know or see the results of the faculty work.
The issue is “our organization academic credibility.” We will have to address this issue.
Provost Stell will make visits to Sitka and Ketchikan campuses in the near future to communicate with ACCFT faculty and Campus Directors. Following these visits FS can revisit this issue and assess the need for future action.
5. ACTION ITEM: The Ad Hoc Curriculum Clarification Committee suggested changes to the faculty handbook; (Lynn Shepherd )Lynn Shepherd summarized issues which FS initially looked at in March 2007 in a guide document. Her proposed changes address clarification for the pathways for articulation through Faculty Senate and its Curriculum Committee for changes to UAS programs and curricula
Motivations: 3 new types of programs have been added
Curriculum process is complicated/unclear; Curriculum Committee forms do not require articulation with faculty Senate as a prerequisite where necessary for program changes. Which changes require FS scrutiny is also unclear.
Senate discussed Category A of the proposed changes to the Curriculum Guide/Faculty Handbook….
Discussion also took place between FS members and Provost Stell about the slippage of calendar date deadlines (Sept 15 to Oct ?? etc) for curricular changes due to UAS transitioning from hard copy Course Catalogues to Web/CD/electronic format.
Lynn Shepherd and Jill Dumesnil will work with Heather Hadley and Provost Stell to make certain online Faculty handbook is accurate relative to what the Faculty Senate has approved.
Proposals for Program Changes/New Programs
6. Associate of Business (Mark Speece)
ATTACHMENTS (AB Rationale)
Basically this is a repackaging of current BBA Lower Division which enforces that students taking GERs early and in an orderly fashion. The Faculty Senate Approved this new program conditionally so it could go forward to the Curriculum Committee but Requests that Dr. Speece return to FS with all forms required for BOR consideration before going forward to the BOR. According to the Faculty Handbook, there are other required elements before the proposal can be considered by the Curriculum Committee and the Board of Regents.
7. Allied Health Program Changes (Marianne Stillner)
FIRST READING ATTACHMENTS (many)
Community Wellness Advocate – 12 credit occupational endorsement out of Sitka – repackaging of courses from existing Community Wellness Certificate – endorsement will basically result in pay-raise for community wellness advocates working in the SEARHC, Native corporations, etc…
Paramedical Technology Occupational Endorsement – 11 credits – delivers out of Sitka - involves one new courses – all others are AK State curriculum – purpose is to entice high school students to get endorsement and work as first responders and later funnel into Kenai program in paramedical technology
These Occupational Endorsements were approved by the FS with some suggestions for improving clarity before presentation to Curriculum Committee.
Nursing Program Changes require articulation with Natural Sciences Department.
Some course changes/prerequisites: Add CHEM104 to Nursing
Add PHYS102 to Rad Tech
Add SWK220 – Fairbanks course
Add HS 120 – not yet approved bridge course
8. GIS Occupational Endorsement (Sanjay Pyare)* - doesn’t require Senate approval
9. Faculty Senate Committees
Standing Committees, ADHOC Committees
2007-2008 Identify committee members, Identify Committee Charges link with Self-Assessment teams where helpful
New Ad Hoc Committees
Proposed by ConnorAd Hoc UAS Environmental Sustainability-“Greening UAS”…Produce Report on system changes behaviors we can undertake to make UAS environmentally sustainable. – Sanjay Pyare (J@L) and Rick Wolk(Business) have volunteered to serve on this committee and will hopefully articulate with Sustainability Task Force on UAA campus.
Ad Hoc Research Faculty Sustainability-in prep for Standards 4 Assessment UAS UA support tripartite research (Grants and Contracts, Undergraduate Research support, Sabbatical funding, etc) – Matt Heavner (NS) has agreed to serve on this committee. FS is looking for additional Tripartite Faculty to serve.
Ad Hoc Faculty Evaluation Academic Managers (a la UAF, UAA) Develop Mechanism for 3 Year post tenure review by faculty of academic managers (Deans, Directors, Provost) – Cathy Connor, Jill Dumesnil, and anyone interested.
10. ReportsFaculty Alliance (Dumesnil, Connor)
UA Online Survey of Intent - UAA, UAF
ORP 1 Changes/TERS Statewide cap linkage
Intellectual Property DE (Use Research as model contract, patent, nebulous)
5:15 pm Adjourn
Next Meeting Friday Oct 5, 2007