1. Call to Order
Chair James D. Martin called the twelfth meeting of the fifty-fifth session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate to order at 3:00 p.m.
2. Welcome and Announcements
Chair Martin welcomed Senators and visitors.
3. Tribute to Dr. Leroy Martin
Senator John Franke read a tribute to Dr. Leroy Martin who passed away on February 12, 2009. The Faculty Senate observed a moment of silence in Dr. Martin’s honor.
The Chancellor’s State of NC State Address will be on March 10 at 11 a.m. in Stewart Theater.
The next Millennium Seminar will be March 19th at 6 p.m. Dennis Gartman, the publisher of the Gartman Letter will be the speaker.
Marc Bousquet, Associate Professor, Santa Clara University will be giving a lecture on March 20th at 7 p.m. for the NC Chapter of the American Association of University Professors.
The Law Enforcement of North Carolina raises funds for the Special Olympics and Steven Carlton, Crime Prevention Officer and Chair-Elect of the Staff Senate would like to have faculty, staff, and student involvement in the Polar Plunge that will take place Saturday, February 28 at 11 a.m., at the fishing pier on Centennial Campus.
Chair Martin solicited faculty participation on the review team to look at the academic tenure policy and the non-tenure track policy.
4. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 11, February 10, 2009
A motion passed to approve the minutes.
5. Remarks from Charles Leffler, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Business
Vice Chancellor Leffler handed out a budget update and gave an overview on the status of the budget situation.
Vice Chancellor Leffler stated that the biggest piece of the state budget comes from income taxes and the second biggest piece from sales tax and those are the two pieces that are getting impacted the most and have affected us in the budget.
Vice Chancellor Leffler reported that 154,000 jobs have been lost in North Carolina overall and while looking at the revenue they are expecting about a two billion dollars shortfall in this fiscal year, which will ripple down through all state agencies just as it has with NC State.
Vice Chancellor Leffler reported that the State Health Plan is already $300M in the hole and that is an issue that has to be resolved this year. NC State has prepared a 7% strategy for this fiscal year, so an additional 1% reduction can be taken without changing the allocations that have been made to the campus.
6. POL 05.20.2 Emeritus Faculty Status and Involvement
Senator Franke reported that there was a section in the Faculty Handbook that described the privileges of being an Emeritus Faculty and when the handbook was put online four items in the section was left out. The committee rewrote the policy and came up with wording that they would like to see included in the policy.
Senator Franke reviewed the changes and presented a resolution for first reading that recommended including the changes in the policy.
A motion passed (three opposed) to waive the rules to vote on the document/resolution.
After an extensive discussion a motion passed to table the document.
Chair Martin requested that all nominations be submitted by March 17th. The elections for senators and grievance and hearings panels will be held on March 24th.
The nominations for Secretary of the Faculty opened today and will close on March 10th. The election will take place on March 24th.
8. Issue of Concern
Senator Ambaras stated that someone from his college (CHASS) would like the Senate to reconsider its opposition to any form of incentive for teaching evaluation in order to enhance students’ response rates.
Senator Ristaino from the Academic Policy Committee stated that they have talked about that at length and the decision was made through consensus not to have any kind of incentives at all.
The meeting adjourned at 5:10 p.m.