October 20 1998
Senators present: Chair Wahl, Chair Elect Corbin, Secretary Daley, Provost Stiles, Parliamentarian Link, Senators Bernhard, Brown, Carter, De Buysscher, Fahmy, Fisher, FitzGerald, Funderlic, Gilbert, Griffin, Hamouda, Kimler, Hooker, Jewell, Knowles, Lewis, Markham, Monahan, Nagel, Patty, Robinson, Schwab, Serow, Siderelis, Suh, Wall, Willits
Senators absent: Senator Bottcher, El-Masry, Middleton, Ollis, Peel, Wilkerson
Visitors: Marye Anne Fox, Chancellor; Smedes York, Chair, Board of Trustees; Clare Kristofco, Executive Assistant to the Chancellor; Rebecca Leonard, Assistant Provost; Andrew Payne, Vice President for Academic Policy, Student Government; Seth Whitaker, Student Senate President Pro Tempore; Frank Abrams, Senior Associate Provost; Ruth Green, Director, Hewlett Group; Doug Wellman, Director, Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning
1. Call to Order
The fourth meeting of the forty fifth session of the NC State Faculty Senate was called to order at 3:00 p.m. by Chair George Wahl.
Dr. Robert Barnhardt, Dean of the College of Textiles welcomed the Senators to Centennial Campus, particularly in the College of Textiles. Dean Barnhardt feels that the concept of the Centennial Campus was a great opportunity. He stated that it gives you the feeling of where we were and where we are. Dean Barnhardt credits the faculty and staff for the College of Textiles making the changes it has made without hiring additional people. He feels that his college has become more efficient and more effective in every thing they are doing on Centennial Campus and he is very proud of that.
Chair Wahl announced that the Honors Convocation will be held at 7:00 p.m. in Stewart Theater.
The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be November 20, 1998. Chair Wahl urged Senators who have not attended one of these meetings to do so.
Chair Wahl announced that October is Breast Cancer Month. There is a National Program selling postage stamps at the cost of $.40. The additional $.08 will be put into a national fund to fight breast cancer.
Chair Wahl reminded the faculty that the students are competing with UNC Chapel Hill to see who can raise the most money for the Special Olympics National and International Games to be held on NC State's Campus in June and July. He encouraged the faculty to support them.
Chair Wahl announced that Senator Brown has agreed to be the Faculty Senate representative on the Honorary Degrees Committee.
The Provost Search Committee will meet on October 26, 1998. They are currently drafting questions to the Chancellor about what she thinks the job should be. Anyone wanting to submit questions should give them to Chair Wahl. He will get them to the Chancellor.
4. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 3, September 29, 1998
The minutes of the third meeting of the forty fifth session were approved.
5. Remarks from the Chancellor
Chancellor Fox thanked the Senate for an opportunity to visit again. She showed a brief video about plans for Centennial Campus.
Chancellor Fox stated that it was not described in the video what is to happen with respect to academic programming and how that will go forward. That will depend on how successful we are in terms of arguing for capital investments as part of our enrollment strategy for the next ten years. She feels that it will be an exciting place to be and hopes that the faculty will be active participants in the discussion about how best to use the Centennial Campus. One of the most exciting things that is happening on the Centennial Campus is the venture capital fund which is now operational. We have ten million dollars available from both public and university sources which can be used to leverage start-up business. We had our first closing last Friday, a venture in which a half million dollars from that centennial venture fund was leveraged five times to provide a sound start-up base for a company headed by Anne Stomp, who will be using a common weed as a vehicle for expression of high value proteins.
Chancellor Fox announced that there is a statement about student success on her web page, particularly focusing on African American students success and some infrastructure activities which are being undertaken to undergird specific projects to focus on students' success. That will be joined by another statement attesting to the value of diversity and reflecting on the importance of avoiding violence and intolerance on our campus, (reflecting the murder of a gay student in Wyoming). There is a vigil tonight for which this policy will be a response.
Chancellor Fox reported that the Board of Visitors met last week. They expressed a great deal of interest in benefits for faculty and staff. This is in concert with our earlier recognition that although our salary comparisons do not show us to be abnormally below average, but if one looks at total compensation, we do suffer appreciably. She is working with the Deans to get a fairer comparison by focusing on our true peers rather than an averaged salary over all universities. She stated that when we focus on science, engineering and technology, we should have a higher base against which to compare because of market driven salaries in those disciplines. In addition to working on benefits, the Board of Visitors are also concerned with the quality of mentoring and advising with the function of the university providing synergy beyond that which is available in the colleges and in external relations and public relations.
Chancellor Fox stated that they continuing the "Back Home" program. It has been a wonderful experience for her to learn about the State in such a dramatic way by taking students back home to their former institutions. She said it has been part of our public relations strategy as well as learning experience. It seems to be working very well. The visits are quite informative and have been covered extensively by the local press in each of those community.
Chancellor Fox stated that an external evaluating Board came to evaluate and accredit the Computer Science Department. The Advisory Committee made the statement that the faculty do not realize how strong they are and what a wonderful department this is. She thinks it is part of what the faculty have been asked to do. That is to tell the NC State story, not on the outside, but inside as well so that we realize what a terrific university this truly is.
Chancellor Fox announced that there will be an inauguration for the new Chancellor on Saturday, April 17, 1998. She invited all the faculty to be active participants.
Senator Gilbert would like to know what the faculty can do to help move this university forward to a World Class University.
Chancellor Fox responded that there are many things that can be done to help. She thinks some work needs to be done internally to convince ourselves that there is a product here that can be sold. We have to have a steady stream of visitors who can appreciate exactly the strengths of this institution. We have to recognize and celebrate the differences and the strengths that we have. It is her hope that everyone will do that in their professional lives and to also encourage colleagues to do so.
Chair Wahl thanked Chancellor Fox for her remarks.
6. Remarks from Smedes York, Chair, Board of Trustees
Mr. York stated that the Board of Trustees is appreciative of what is being done in the Faculty Senate and noted that Chair Wahl has done an excellent job in representing the Faculty. He led the Senate in giving Chancellor Fox a round of applause for her leadership at NC State.
Mr. York is proud to be the Chair of the Board of Trustees. He grew up always wanting to be a student at NC State in the College of Engineering. He came here to become a civil engineer to become part of the family business, and to play basketball. He has been a member of the Trustees for five years and intends to stay for three additional years.
Mr. York stated that York Construction Company has built a number of buildings at NC State. The first part of the Bell Tower was built by York Construction along with Patterson Hall and a number of others.
Mr. York thinks Dr. Monteith built a great platform for the university in his leadership. He stated that we are ready to move to a different level. The faculty, support and leadership of Chancellor Fox is coming together in the recognition that NC State is receiving. For the next few years we will grow both in numbers and in quality. As Chair of the Board of Trustees he hopes to accomplish more active involvement by the Trustees. He stated that they would like to have active involvement that relates to all of the Trustees. They are setting up some different committee structures from what they have had in the past.
Mr. York feels that the trustees can play a major role in resources in both public and private support. He stated that it has to be a recognition by the Legislature that the Research I institutions are different. They are providing a lot of the job growth that is taking place in the State and in the region. He stated that our political problems do not relate to us versus UNC. We have a lot in common, but what you hear is a lot of discussion about spreading the money equally across the state to the other institutions. He stated that NC State wants to be the best in the world at lots of things. Therefore, we have to have the very best . The resources to do that is very important. He plans to try to get the trustees much more involved in supporting the university with both public support and private support. They are forming a new committee called the Development Committee which will be looking at ways to raise funds from the private side. In terms of working with the public, the Legislative body will need to do a lot. This committee will be chaired by Ed Hood. He stated that they want to support innovation which he thinks should be the hall mark of NC State and play a big role in the guidance of the physical development of the campus. He said that is a particular responsibility of the Trustees of an institution as opposed to the Board of Governors. The Trustees have the final authority on the placement of buildings, the way that the campus grows, and the way that the campus looks.
Mr. York stated that the Trustees want to be a part of Chancellor Fox's team in terms of supporting the faculty's initiative. He feels that the faculty is laying out the right plan for the future of this institution.
Mr York concluded his remarks by saying "We are a team here. When we go against other teams to other universities we want to go as a team, but when we are in practice sessions, then you are fighting for a position. The few scuffles that I got into when I was attempting to play basketball at NC State were all over at Reynolds Coliseum during practice. Then when we went to play the other teams, we were together." He stated that we will have some discussions, but at the same time we want to come together as a team. We have a great leader in Chancellor Fox. Mr. York stated that he is proud to be the Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
7. Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning
Doug Wellman, Director of the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, stated that it has been a very exciting time since the Center opened its doors in January. He reviewed the mission inherited from Dick Lancia's committee that established the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning. He stated that promoting a culture that values and rewards teaching excellence is the overall goal of the center. The mission of the center is to enhance student learning by promoting faculty growth and development in the knowledge techniques, and skills related teaching and learning.
Dr. Wellman stated that one of the early things they did was to examine the question of governance. The Teaching Effectiveness and Evaluation Committee voted to change its focus to the evaluation of teaching, and an ad hoc advisory committee for the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning was created. This will be supplanted next year by a regular standing university committee. He stated that the ad hoc advisory committee has had some very productive meetings. In the first meeting they discussed a new faculty seminar. The committee discussed programming in the second meeting. They went over things that have been done and things that might be done in the future.
Dr. Wellman stated that the programs they inherited through the work of the Teaching Effectiveness and Evaluation Committee and others on campus were upgoing when he started. Awards in the mini grants program for teaching improvement were already made for this year. They have had a newsletter for six years to give the faculty an opportunity to voice their experiences. They have had Outstanding Teachers, the Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Faculty Award, and the Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence. All three have been handled by that committee. The Fall Teaching Effectiveness workshop is a half day workshop held before the start of classes at the McKimmon Center. Finally, there are the active learning workshops for the colleges delivered to the colleges by Rich Felder and Rebecca Brent. The program is supported by the Provost's Office. The program was that Felder and Brent would come in, give the workshop and in the audience at the same time would be those who would carry on in the following years through college.
Dr. Wellman stated that some initiatives of what they have done is to suggest a change in the newsletter. The current newsletter is published twice a year and is between twelve and sixteen pages. Some feedback that he received is that it is a big bite. Quite a few people would say it looks interesting, I'll get to it. He decided to make it briefer and there will be a four page limit. It will be published twice a semester.
He stated that they have developed a graphic identity for the center so that everything they do will have a certain look and will begin to build the image of the center on campus. They developed plaques for past teaching award winners. At the advice of the Advisory Committee, he is trying to get the plaques located in Talley Student Center. They have developed a small library and are working toward expanding that to articles related to teaching and learning that will be there, readily available for faculty. The idea is to make it as pleasant and easy as possible to access the literature on teaching. They have a web site. One of the big adventures this year is a new faculty seminar. He stated that they have invited all tenure-track faculty who are new to NC State campus. They have just finished discussing diversity in the class room and also effective teaching. Dr. Wellman senses that things are going well but feels it will be a work in progress for years to get it all worked out. Dr. Wellman stated that they are looking toward the future. He is working with Sondra Kirsch to take what was learned in the Connecting in North Carolina Bus Tour and put it together with some of the interests that are coming out of the New Faculty Seminar.
Dr. Wellman announced that they have signed up and site licensed two Public Broadcasting System workshops. The first will be Thursday of this week and the other one next week. This week's will be on Centennial Campus at the Engineering Graduate Research Building. It is focusing on infrastructure for teaching. The one after that will also be on technology. The speaker will be discussing pedagogy involving distance education.
Finally they initiated a graduate student brown bag program as a follow-up to the teaching effectiveness workshop in the fall. Approximately 95% of the 320 people who attended were graduate students. They wanted to give them an opportunity to continue the conversation if they wished. At the invitation of faculty, they are going into classes, observing them and then coming back and discussing what they observed. He feels that it is an inductive approach to improving teachers.
Dr. Wellman closed by reviewing some of the Committees on which he serves which complement the work of the teaching center including the Honors Council, the Diversity Initiative, and the Hewlett Initiative, which will be the subject of the first newsletter. The Professional Development Advisory Committee is a General Administration committee looking at system-wide ways we can complement the work in faculty development being done on the individual campuses. The Search Committee for the writing consultants, and classroom improvement committee. The third mission statement was to cooperate with other things on campus so that the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning does not become an isolated place.
8. Hewlett Initiative
Ruth Green, Director of the Hewlett Group stated that in 1993, NC State implemented and had the first students begin to take General Education Courses under the General Education Requirements. In 1996, the Council on Undergraduate Education had talked in depth about what they were attempting to accomplish in General Education and how to best do that.
Ms. Green handed out copies of a statement that shows some things they are attempting to accomplish. She stated that the statement basically says that for effective teaching to occur, we need a cooperative interaction between faculty and students in which the Faculty will structure and guide the process, but that the students must be actively engaged and fully committed and responsible for their own learning. This statement makes explicit what we would really like to see on the teaching and learning side in general education courses.
Ms. Green stated that the big background piece was called the Boyer Commission Report. Basically this report focuses on undergraduate education in research universities. It argues that research universities have some unique characteristics which put us in a good position to provide some of the best undergraduate education possible. The major characteristics are a research faculty who know and have in depth expertise in research process, that we have good technology, and that we are a very diverse multi-culture community. If we apply those strengths to the learning process we will begin to see that students really can learn effectively in general education courses in research universities.
The report identifies ten major ways that research universities might think about ways to restructure and improve what they are doing in undergraduate education. They are to make research base learning a standard, to construct an inquiry base freshman year, to build on that freshmen foundation, to remove barriers to interdisciplinary education, to link communication skills and course work, to use information technology, to culminate with the experience, to educate graduate students as apprentice teachers, to change faculty reward systems, and to cultivate a sense of community. She stated that all of those things have been part of the discussion for the Hewlett Fellows.
The Hewlett Initiative is a two year planning grant with one part of the funding coming from the William and Cloyd Hewlett Foundation. NC State matches that amount. The purpose of the grant was for us to identify NC State Faculty who would spend two years talking about what they would like to achieve in general education and how GER links with the major. Then to focus on and do pilot activity after deciding what our priorities will be. For the last year and a half we have had three major faculty work groups meeting. The first group identified as the Climate and Culture group has focused on university level issues in terms of how we would like to improve the intellectual climate at NC State. Integration Group has spent a year talking about curriculum level issues. At the end of last year they reached the point of being able to say that they think that a desirable general education program by extension and course level would provide these experiences for students. A general education program would promote development of twenty first century skills. The third faculty group who were interested in focusing on pedagogy in their own classes is now in a planning phase of deciding how they are going to incorporate inquiry into their courses in the spring.
They identified twenty four graduate students who are working in three work groups and will be developing white papers and doing at least one professional development activity on one of three questions. One group will focus on who are our students and what do they need to be effective learners. The second group will focus on what benefits are associated with active learning and inquiry. The third group will focus on what NC State and other research universities need to do to prepare future faculty.
The major recommendations are likely to be to continue to develop ways in which the general education courses can incorporate the set of characteristics that was discussed earlier and to continue to support faculty development. They have decided that it is important to focus on the first year. They feel that some of the issues related to general education might have a greater impact if in the first semester they get some of the issues in front of students and have some dialogue with them about why they are here, etc.
The graduate student work groups have been looking at what other universities are doing to prepare future faculty. The primary recommendation from their efforts will likely focus on providing an opportunity for all graduate students at NC State who wish to be teacher/faculty a structure set of experiences that would prepare them to be effective teachers. Some of the components of that program might be a graduate course on teaching and learning, developing a teaching folio, participating in a mentoring program and undertaking at least one research activity related to their teaching.
The final part of the grant is to have the conversation about how to continue to broaden the conversation about teaching and learning and whether we have teachers who are fellows and what that whole process might be.
Seth Whitaker, President Pro Tempore, Student Senate wanted to know if an undergraduate work group has been included in this process. If not, why not?
Ms. Green responded that there is not an undergraduate work group, but several of the work groups are going to be focused through interactions with undergraduate students. She stated that it is a very good idea. However, they have not gotten to it.
Senator Fahmy commented that he thinks there has to be more effort on the part of the faculty to let their students know that it is a good thing to study college teaching if they intend to be college teachers.
9. Unfinished Business
Senate E-Mail Network Protocol
Chair Wahl reported that the Faculty is trying to establish a fool proof E-mail communication network. He is working with the Computing Center to make sure that it will be something technically up-to-date.
10. New Business
A. First Reading: Resolution on Honors
Senator Griffin, Chair of the Academic Policy Committee read the resolution for its first reading.
Senator Griffin encouraged anyone with comments concerning the resolution to contact her before the next Academic Policy committee meeting on Tuesday, October 27.
The resolution will be debated at the next meeting.
B. Student Grievance Procedures
Senator Griffin stated that the Board of Trustees requested that the university develop a uniform grievance procedure for students. The draft Grievance Procedures at everyone's place is the result of Legal Affairs developing a uniform grievance procedure for students, which will replace the current procedures. She moved that the Senate approve the draft Grievance Procedures. The motion was seconded.
A motion was made and seconded to postpone voting on the procedures until the next meeting.
The motion passed.
C. Representation for EPA Professionals
Senator Monahan, Chair of the Governance Committee reported that there are over 1400 EPA Professionals whose status needs to be resolved. There are certain rules in the General Faculty Bylaws which discuss their eligibility in the General Faculty. In discussions with the Chair of the Staff Senate, although their bylaws specifically states that they represent employees who are subject to the State Personnel Act, they are willing to take actions to amend those bylaws. The Governance Committee recommends that annually all EPA Professionals be encouraged to apply for membership either in the General Faculty or for voting rights in the Staff Senate and that a new committee be constituted to judge these applications for membership, replacing the University Government committee. He moved that the Senate accept the preliminary report. Secondly he would like to have feedback on the other detail questions left to be resolved.
The motion was seconded by Senator Gilbert.
Senator Bernhard moved to postpone the report until the next meeting, The motion was seconded and passed to postpone the report until the next meeting.
11. Diversity Initiative
At the last Faculty Senate meeting, Assistant Provost Leonard described the work of the project team on the Campus Climate of the Diversity Initiative and asked that the Faculty Senate serve as one of the pilot groups on the Campus Climate study. Dr. Leonard collected and received feedback about the survey and asked those who had not completed the survey to send them to her via campus mail. She stated that the project team would like to refine the survey and that any feedback received from the Senate will be very important.
12. Issues of Concern
Senator Hooker raised an issue of concern about three small water sheds on Centennial Campus.
Chair Wahl assigned the issue of concern to the Resources and Environment committee.
Senator Suh raised an issue of concern about student absenteeism.
Chair Wahl assigned the issue of concern to the Academic Policy Committee.
The meeting adjourned at 5:10 p.m.