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 FRIDAY Sept 7, 2007

3:00- 5:15 pm Egan Library 211

Call in #  1-800-893-8850    PIN 3325714

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)

Minutes Approved  last meeting (May 4, 2007 minutes)

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.

Reference to Article 5 in  the Faculty Handbook
All regular faculty members, tenured and non-tenured, will be evaluated annually by the dean (or their designee) and directors. Upon the request of the faculty member under review or the dean and/or director, the evaluation will continue through the full evaluation process. This full process includes review by the appropriate MAU Faculty Evaluation Committee and the Chancellor.

All regular non-tenured faculty members in ACCFT (Article 5) will be evaluated through the full evaluation process in their third and fifth year of service prior to the tenure consideration in their seventh year of service. Members in UNAC (Article 9) will be evaluated through the full evaluation process in their fourth year of service prior to the tenure consideration in their seventh year of service.
Tenured faculty members in ACCFT (Article 5) will be reviewed through the full process every five years. Members in UNAC (Article 9) will receive an evaluation by the dean or designee at least every three years and will be evaluated through the full evaluation process every 6 years.

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.

New Business

Proposals for Program Changes/New Programs

6. Associate of Business (Mark Speece)


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)


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 Connor

Ad 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. Reports

Faculty 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


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