April 18, 2006
1. Call to Order
Chair Nina Strömgren Allen called the fifteenth meeting of the fifty-second session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate to order at 3:00 p.m.
2. W elcome and Announcements from the Chair
Chair Allen welcomed Senators and Guests.
3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 14, April 4, 2006
The motion passed unanimously to approve the minutes.
4. Remarks by Provost Nielsen
Provost Nielsen encouraged the faculty to nominate candidates for the Watauga Medals, Holladay Medals, and Honorary Doctoral Degrees. He stated that the Board of Trustees would like to have ten nominations put forward for the Honorary Degrees.
Provost Nielsen stated that because of the nature of the Honorary degrees they would like to give an average of three at each graduation for a total of six a year.
Provost Nielsen stated that an issue has risen about which salary base faculty are on during the second half of the summer.
The second half of the summer is going to be put on next year’s salary. For research faculty it will be back paid for the second half of the summer that there might have been a research contract. For summer school the salary will be taken from the previous year and increased by the average of the last three-year salary increases. For example, if the average has been 3% for the past three years the faculty will get a 3% increase for teaching the second summer session over the first summer session.
One response was received from an RFP that was sent out for daycare. They are hopeful that slots will be available in January.
The interviews are complete for the Dean of Natural Resources.
Four interviews have been scheduled for the Dean of the College of Engineering. The interviews are scheduled for the last week in April and the first week in May.
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences are in the process of doing airport interviews.
There are forty-six candidates for the Graduate dean position. The committee handed in its first ranking yesterday.
Last year one of the issues that came up in the Faculty Senate was the question of student integrity. Vice Chancellor Stafford and Provost Nielsen set up a task force of academic integrity, which Paul Cousins is chairing. The charge to the group is to think about what can be done and make recommendations for how we could establish and approve student integrity on the campus. The task force has been working all year on this issue and will continue to work through the summer and into the fall.
Comments from Paul Cousins, Director of the Office of Student Conduct
Cousins stated that student integrity is going to take some stewardship as these concepts and values get better integrated into the community. It is going to take some soul searching on the part of some faculty and staff about their own conduct and their decision-making.
5. Issues of Concern
Senator Brownie is concerned about the Faculty Senate’s silence on concerns by the African American Student Advisory Council in their March 16, 2006 North Carolina State University Report Card.
Senator Kellner wants to know whether NC State can compete for minority faculty as well as it could twenty or thirty years ago.
6. New Business
Resolution of Commendation for Coach Herb Sendek
The resolution was presented for its first reading.
A motion was made and seconded to adopt the resolution as amended
The motion passed unanimously to adopt the resolution.
PPO – Preferred Provider Organization
Associate Vice Chancellor Barbara Carroll stated that the PPO materials are available on the State Health Plan website. The State Health Plan expects the vast majority of state employees to migrate to this plan because it has some cost advantages. Several workshops have been scheduled around campus. She urged everyone to attend one of them to find out more about the plan.
Chair-Elect Election Results
Chair Allen announced that Senator Jim Martin had been elected to serve as Chair-Elect of the Faculty from 2006-2007 and Chair of the Faculty from 2007-2009.
A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting.
The motion passed to adjourn the meeting at 4:05 p.m.