NOVEMBER 4, 2003
Present: Chair Daley, Secretary Weiner, Past Chair Carter, Parliamentarian Corbin, Provost Oblinger; Senators Allen, Atkin, Batra, Bernhard, Branson, Brothers, Brownie, Bruck, DeLuca, Fikry, Griffin, Hammerberg, Headen, Honeycutt, Hooper, Jasper, Kasal, Khosla, Krotee, Matthews, McRae, Misra, Rice, Smith, Stoddard, Tyler, Warren
Excused: Senators Beasley, Estes, Peacock, Tetro
Absent: Bitting, Fahmy, Lucovsky, Middleton
Visitors: Marye Anne Fox, Chancellor; Judy Peel, Associate Vice Provost; Clare, Kristofco, Executive Assistant to the Chancellor; Katie Perry, Senior Vice Provost; Mark Matthews, Student Senate President ProTempore; Tony Caravano, Student Body President; Lee Fowler, Director of Athletics; Thomas Conway, Interim Vice Provost for Enrollment Management; Benny Benton, Editor of the Bulletin; Jose Picart, Vice Provost for Diversity and African-American Affairs
1. Call to Order
Chair Dennis Daley called the sixth meeting of the fiftieth session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate to order at 3:00 p.m.
2. Welcome and Announcements
Chair Daley welcomed Senators and Guests.
Chair Daley would like anyone with problems or issues of concern regarding safety on the campus to email him so he can refer them to the Task Force.
Chair Daley requested that Senators send a notice to the Faculty Senate Office in advance if they are not able to attend the meeting.
3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 5, October 21, 2003
The minutes were approved unanimously.
4. Remarks from the Chancellor
Thank you again for allowing me to come to address you. I want to talk about two things that have happened within the past week, the Board of Visitors Meeting, and a Tuition Town Hall that was held on Sunday evening.
Although the attendance was relatively low at the Tuition Town Hall, I think many points were raised about the importance of having a sound financial base for the university and at the same time balancing that with access and affordability to our students. That principle of access and that we will do our very best to make sure that every student who can benefit from an NC State education is able to get one irrespective of financial income, remains a dominant force.
One year ago the Provost and the Student Body President were charged by me to put together a tuition task force that would address the principles for setting tuition as we went forward. They affirmed two important principles that tuition should be at a level that informs financial decisions about student need-based financial aid, and about academic excellence. That is, if a tuition increase was recommended that the uses made of the money that would come in as a function of that tuition increase would be used to those two purposes. These are consistent with the principles that I have just mentioned, access and affordability as well as a top quality education available to our students. Soon after those principles were developed in the spring it became clear that the Board of Governors was also going to allow us to think about tuition increases, and in fact, at the end of September they gave us instructions about how to construct a tuition task force on campus. According to their policy they asked that we review our situation as it pertains to tuition by a campus committee, “with representation from business affairs, student affairs, financial aid, and the student body.” I thought it was incredibly important to include the faculty into these deliberations as well. In addition to members suggested by the Board of Governors, I asked that Dennis Daley and Harriette Griffin represent you as a faculty as part of those tuition deliberations. In June, Provost Oblinger and Student Body President, Tony Caravano assembled a group of fourteen members to study tuition and to examine how those principles might lead to a specific recommendation. The tuition task force met five or six times between June and last week and last week brought to me a recommendation that tuition be increased, a campus initiated tuition increase, by $300 each year, starting next fall and continuing the year after that and the year after that. They recommended, again consistent with the principles described before and reaffirmed by this task force, that allocations be made to address need-based financial aid consistent with our access and affordability as well as academic excellence. Under academic excellence we would include investments that would make it possible to have a sufficient number of sections for students to graduate promptly, that the classrooms be equipped appropriately, that there be support services and advising to allow students to make maximum progress toward their degrees, etc., and of course a very important part of academic excellence would be that there be an appropriate salary increment that would allow us to have merit based raises for at least some fraction of our faculty.
In addition to the tuition task force we also commissioned a group to study fee structure and of course the difference between tuition and fees are that tuition are set by the administration, approved by the Board of Trustees and the Board of Governors for academic purposes. Fees are those, which are proposed and affirmed or rejected with respect to a recommendation to the Chancellor presenting that to the Board of Trustees for student life activities. They have suggested after reviewing fees this year that a number of fees be raised for a total of $52 in the fall semester and that that number be adjusted in the spring semester of 2005 to $74.50. The difference being that there would be a start of planning and construction for a major expansion to Carmichael Gymnasium for recreational sports in the spring of 2005.
In addition there was a fee approved for those enrolled in the Professional Golf Management Program. It sounds like a hefty fee ($400), but it is essentially to pay for green fees for the students with the recognition that by negotiating greens fees together they would get a better deal than if they showed up at a place to play golf on their own.
In addition to what I have mentioned about tuition and fees for all students there was a special tuition allocation for the graduate programs in the College of Management, i.e., the MBA and MAC Program, a substantial incremental of $4,000 per year approved by the students because they could see the need for investment in terms of their own education. The Tuition Town Hall Meeting on Sunday was to explain these recommendations from these two committees and to listen carefully to responses from our students. The students on the tuition fee uniformly voted against tuition increase and of course as Provost Oblinger brought those fees forward he too expressed the view that we do want to keep tuition as low as is possible consistent with the quality of education.
Many students voiced various reservations about their ability to pay, about the economic climate in North Carolina, about relative fees in a state in which the constitution says that tuition shall be as low as practicable. They also played out live stories of how tuition increases have made it more difficult for them to achieve their goals in a reasonable amount of time. We certainly understand this and I am trying now to balance the recommendation that came from the Tuition Task Force with the concerns that were voiced by students. These, of course mirrored the kinds of concern that have been voiced in the past. We also want to be sure that our students actively wish to participate in the activities that underscore the equality of their student life and here too, the cost versus the benefit is a question of balance. I would welcome anything you could contribute about the tuition and fee structure as it is coming forward because it is a very important part of the mission that we have uniquely as a land grant institution. It is one of our most closely held values that this access not be impaired, but at the same time, we need to have sufficient funds which seem to be less than forthcoming from the legislature per say to assure the we maintain a high quality faculty, that the faculty are appropriately rewarded for their contributions, that we are able to retain faculty and provide support services that allow their scholarly mission as well as the teaching mission of the university and our outreach mission to take place without compromise.
Speaking of the involvement of our legislature, that was the major topic of the Board of Visitors Meeting last Friday in which they came together with various campus leaders to talk about advocacy. They were very impressed to learn that you too had expressed interest in interacting with the legislators and that perhaps you might be willing to make visits, either with the Board of Visitors or the Administrators, as we go to them to make the case for the importance of higher education and how that plays out financially in decisions that they are called upon to make. So in my mind these two activities come together, that is a decision about a recommendation on tuition I will make to the Board of Trustees at their meeting on November 20-21. They will make a decision, which is then forwarded to the Board of Governors. The Board of Governors will consider that recommendation in a January workshop and then make a decision in February at which time they will let students know what the situation will be. Even though our tuition is at the very bottom of the list of peers we do have an obligation as part of this land grant mission to assist our students in every possible way to meet the financial obligations associated with a college education, even recognizing that a college graduate typically makes about one million dollars over his or her life time compared to someone who only has a high school diploma. We recognize that at the time students are facing these bills, it becomes very difficult for them. So together as a community we do want to keep the cost as low as possible but it has to be consistent with the quality of education. I welcome any questions or comments that you have. If you have comments that you would like to share privately, please send them. I certainly will represent your views as well as the students when we have this presentation to the Board of Trustees on November 20-21.
Thank you for letting me visit.
Chair Daley stated that all reports of University Committees are required to be sent to the Faculty Senate to give the Senate an opportunity to act on them. “We have the option to approve, reject, or make recommendations for changes on any report from the University Committees.”
Chancellor Fox stated that the Task Force is neither a standing university committee nor an ad hoc committee. It is constructed under specific guidance and requirements of the Board of Governors. While she welcomes the input, she does not think it is required.
Senator Allen stated that she thinks it is a very complex issue and thinks it is a very hard decision to make. She noted that the minute there is an increase it is going to be a burden on a lot of students. “On the other hand if we are going to remain a good institution we have to do this. It is a tough decision to make.”
Senator Honeycutt stated that he would like to see a definite commitment from the tuition increase to make sure that the courses that are available for the freshmen at orientation are covered because we are exposed to the community when moms and dads are here and their child cannot get a particular course. “We have done a great job with the main line courses, math and science, but the extra stuff around the edges is where we just do not have enough.”
Chancellor Fox responded that that is certainly one of the things that is spoken to exactly in the report and she knows that Provost Oblinger is focusing on being sure that happens. “Jim and I have been eating lunch randomly with students and one of the question we ask them is, “Did you get the full load of classes that you wanted?” Greater than 90% of them got exactly what they wanted and even greater than that enjoys attending NC State.”
Senator Honeycutt stated that the second thing is the realization of what we do with budget cuts. “If we are not careful we can cause ourselves some problems if we do not pay attention to those first two years. Building quality in at this point in time is very important. Let’s not sacrifice the first two years and leave a problem to fester throughout their career.”
Chancellor Fox stated that she pledges that one of the things they plan to put high on their legislative agenda is the attempt to get the state to realize the need for need-based financial aid as they go forward in approving the university system’s budget and if we could handle the need-based financial aid by a separate line accommodation within the budget for the UNC system then of course the $300 that we have would be much more available to allow us to do exactly what you are suggesting.
Senator Bruck stated that he is hearing it more and more from students, “You are raising fees, you are raising tuition and I cannot afford to come here.” He wonders whether or not, particularly during orientation there couldn’t be some sort of well designed session on understanding the financial implications of attending universities to make it clear to everyone concerned that there is going to be something good coming out of this. Senator Bruck stated that he believes an educational campaign needs to happen from which people understand that a little bit of pain right now is going to pay off later on.
Chancellor Fox stated that it is her hope this year that as she travels around the state that she will be adding visits to high schools to have workshops for the parents to do exactly that. That is, how to make college affordable, what it means to emerge with a fifteen or twenty thousand dollar debt and what it would mean to income going forward after the degree. As our federal agenda also begins to come to the floor, the federal government can help us as well as the state. We have not had an adequate increase in the pell grants and we also have professions that represent the extremes of the bell curve with respective income. If you are talking about a profession where you start immediately at fifty to seventy thousand dollars, there is less concern about a loan package than if you are starting in a profession that pays twenty-five or thirty thousand as a starting salary. We have been working with the federal government in particularly for public school teachers, on developing a loan forgiveness program so that although they may be incurring debt while they are students, that if they follow their profession and contribute to what is a recognized national problem that they too will be able to get back some of the differential between salary. We are pushing our agenda not only locally but also at the federal level.
Senator Headen wanted to know if it has been taken into account how many students the university is going to lose as a result of the tuition increase.
Chancellor Fox stated that among private institutions when tuition goes up so does the application pressure. This is something that happened at Boston University at the beginning of the 1990’s, every time they raised tuition it was perceived as more value laden. We have tried to do that study. There are enough assumptions that I have not presented it publicly because the assumptions can be criticized. The things that we can do best to get our students loans down would be to get them through in four years or less. That is where the real costs are incurred.
Senator Stoddard stated that the minority report quoted that the average professor’s salary is $94,000. He disagrees with that. He feels that it presents a fairly misleading picture to the general student population. He wishes that it would be addressed.
Senator Stoddard stated that he has perceived over the years less of a willingness to take those sacrifices on the part of students and especially their families. “How many of us drove fancy cars when we were in college? How many of us went through college and did not have a loan? How many of us had a fancy place to live? Many of us lived at the poverty level when we were in school because we knew that that reward was there at the end. I do not see that to much extent any more. “
Chancellor Fox stated that the average faculty salary is $72,000 over all ranks. $94,000 is the average for a full professor, including endowments and supplements.
Tony Caravano stated that he can understand what is being said but would also like to remind everyone to look out for students… “ who you don’t see on the road, students who do not have cars, student who have cars but can’t get the maintenance to drive the car. Looking out at people who do have cars and can afford to come here and in fact are the students who are not complaining about this at all and are the students whose parents can afford an increase is also a skewed view. Part of the essence of the report is the fact that there are individuals who are concerned with how many times you raise tuition, how many times you have put it on the backs of students and their families before you say it is enough and before you say we have been able to put money into the areas that we are concerned about. I think that is the major concern. There are a lot of students who cannot afford those luxuries that you just mentioned. We look around and see that every day. “
Senator Stoddard stated that what he said is more aimed at the students who have parents that he feels could help them out. “I don’t think the parents are willing to take the sacrifices that our parents took for us and that many of us have taken for our own children. I think it is a cultural thing.”
Caravano stated that it is a great problem.
Senator Stoddard stated that it all depends on the balance. He feels that if the financial aid was there to help the students who have to pay their own way for whatever reason and if that was a fair representation and the parents were helping out he thinks that the university would be in better shape.
Chancellor Fox stated that they recognize that there are a substantial number of students that really do have difficulty. It is our obligation to help those students as we go forward if I do come to that recommendation and if the Board of Trustees affirms it.
Caravano stated that he will be voting on this issue as a member of the Board of Trustees. Feel free to contact him in the next few weeks.
Mark Matthews, Student Senate President ProTemp stated that, “surely college graduates do stand to do better statistically as a population than non college graduates. I think the danger of going too far down that path is it simply looks at the economic value of the degree. It undermines a lot of the aspects and core mission of this university that is, it puts the value of a degree in regards with just what kind of money am I going to get back, whereas students might be discouraged from going down a path which is really what they are more interested in doing and becoming more well rounded individuals. It also overlooks the importance of the university and its mission to the state of North Carolina and individuals who don’t come to this university also stand to do better from the education that is provided by this university from the mission it serves. I think those are some important points that should be looked at as well.”
Past Chair Carter stated that the student attendance was low at the Town Meeting. He wanted to know how do the students not see this as a big issue.
Caravano stated that it was very difficult for students to attend comparing to the fact that it was Parent’s weekend, Halloween and the amount of schoolwork this time of year. The timing to advertise was short and they were not able to get the word out to as many students as possible.
5. Remarks by Jose Picart, Vice Provost for Diversity and African-American Affairs
My objective today was really to come before you and introduce myself. This is an opportunity for us to get acquainted. I think it is important particularly in this position that we have a kind of understanding and appreciation about what I am about, where I have come from, and what I am trying to accomplish in this position. I also would like to share a few points with you about the diversity of North Carolina State. This is from a thirty-day look. It is an opportunity for us to pause and reflect on a good news story. The thing that attracted me to this university was not only that it was an outstanding institution, but also in many ways it looked a lot like the institution where I was: very selective, outstanding students, quality faculty, turning out graduates who were going out into the world and succeeding. Quite often we sit around and beat ourselves up because of one reason or another and we do not take time to pause and reflect on the good things that are going on and the good things that are happening. I also want to solicit your assistance and support in some of the things that we are looking to do down the road in terms of diversity.
As many of you know I am originally from Puerto Rico. I grew up speaking Spanish as my native language. As an army brat I did a lot of traveling around the world. By the time I got to junior high school my father was assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina where I went to junior high and ultimately graduated from high school down in Fayetteville. I spent some fairly formative years here in North Carolina getting a sense and really appreciating what the state was like. Those were some challenging years for the state. Late sixties, early seventies there was a lot going on in the state and I was part of that. There were four of us going to high school at the same time and were each bused to a different high school in the city. All my brothers graduated from a different high school. I have had a lot of diverse experiences. I am sure as you know the United States Army is considered probably one of the more successful diverse organizations in our institutions and our country. I had the privilege of working in that institution for twenty-eight years and developing leaders and working with leaders. I am bringing I hope a very strong background in diversity and in leadership to the table in terms of what I can do to work with you and the university to move diversity forward.
I have tried to present some numbers to you that speak to three areas; student demographics, faculty demographics, and student survey results from seniors as they were leaving campus with respect to their experiences and education here at North Carolina State as it related to diversity. The numbers really are not that important for my message today. The message that I want to present is that we are doing well in a lot of areas with regard to diversity. There is some work to be done but when you look at the numbers and you compare how we stand relative to other institutions, how we stand relative to demographics and higher education across the country we are doing very well in some areas. Can we do better? Should we do better? Yes and we are going to work on those. I am going to ask that the faculty in this group be part of the progress and solution toward making those numbers better.
I understand the difficulties of moving these numbers. It is a challenge but it is a challenge that we can overcome. One of the other things that attracted me here as I was going through the interview process was what I felt was a genuine commitment to diversity, which only grows everyday that I am here. Just this morning I was meeting with Susan Nutter and some of her staff who were working on the issues of diversity here at the library. I am so impressed with the initiative and commitment that individual folks throughout the university have toward diversity. There is not a week that goes by in which I don’t get at least two emails from either a faculty member, a student, or someone on the staff who says I want to help, what can I do? There is a commitment. What we need to do to move us forward is to translate that commitment into a reality.
I spent the first thirty days going around talking to people and I have talked to a number of the senior women faculty and there is some work that needs to be done in this area. I am going to be working and soliciting the support and help of some of our women faculty and women faculty groups to move us up in this area. Are we the worst? No. Are we the best? No. We can be better if you look at comparison to our peer groups.
The Climate Survey Graduating Seniors is the seniors saying how they perceive these various groups being treated while they were here at North Carolina State. I pulled up the 2002 numbers and what you see is a gradual increase in those numbers. On a five-point scale when you are up around four, this is a good news story. We are making progress. It is getting better but seniors are leaving here feeling like we can improve in some areas.
Here is an area where we could do some work. For me it relates to the integration of diversity in the curriculum. To what extent does a student who is graduating from here feel like they leave with an appreciation of racial and gender equity? Again seniors and sophomores in this case rate lower than we would like them to be. In fact, those ratings although they very widely, rank us last in the system. My take on it is that this is something that relates to the following, to what extent as they go through their curriculum, are they being exposed to diversity and appreciation for other cultures and so forth. I have not been on the ground here long enough to say whether it is the case or not, but maybe we need to look at our curriculum and ask ourselves to what extent does a student going through here in their four, five, or six years get exposed to other cultures and to gender equity.
Yes there are areas that we need to work on. There is work to be done and I am prepared and up to the task but I cannot do it alone. I will need assistance. Diversity is everybody’s responsibility. When someone asks me for my definition of diversity, it starts out with the community and it does not just mean the group of people who are diverse. It means the group of people who are responsible for diversity, and that is all of us. It is a community of people who are different. How are they different? For me it is different in every possible way that you can think of. It is a very broad definition. It is not just about race, or ethnicity or culture. It is about religion. It is about sexual orientation. It is about whether I’m a single parent or not. It is about whether I am faculty, staff or student. There are so many different attributes that are part of that. This is my own personal take on it that we have to think about diversity in a very broad way.
Diversity is about the future. It is not about the past. Is there a past or legacy? Yes. However, diversity is about making us better. These are three areas that I will be working on and I will solicit the work of the faculty in some of these areas as much as is feasible. To engage faculty in the development of the climate survey that we are going to be working on for faculty, the assessment of diversity in the curriculum and ultimately as a result of feedback that we get from those instruments and other things, developing a strategic plan with a vision of where we want to be in some of these benchmark areas (enrollment, retention rates, graduation, etc.).”
Senator Warren asked, “How many of the universities that you engage with have a diversity requirement in their curriculum. Do you have thoughts about this and how to do it?”
Dr. Picart stated that he prefers that it be integrated and incorporated into the curriculum. “I think diversity becomes meaningful in the contest of the knowledge that you are acquiring and not as an add on. My own opinion is that what has worked is when we have identified learning outcomes that we want for our students in the areas of diversity. How do we want our students to be with regards to diversity as a result of their education? Once we identify those then we can go back and integrate into the curriculum learning activities that result in those learning outcomes. There are very few vocations of professions where you would not need an appreciation for diversity.”
Senator Fikry stated that he sees that the issues with gays and lesbians are more important than religion. Is there a way you can find out?
Dr. Picart stated that he thinks religion is a very important attribute factor of diversity and we do not generally collect that data. Clearly most of the major conflicts in our lifetime and in our history have been around religion so clearly that is an important issue.
Senator Fikry wanted to know why is diversity important.
Dr. Picart stated that higher education learning is really about helping students construct world views and educators in general believe that the best way to help students develop their world views is to present them with alternative ways of looking at the world. “That is diversity. Diversity is different ways of looking at the world, so if we can bring to the campus a diverse faculty and a diverse staff and a diverse student body, our students will be exposed in a very real way to diverse alternative ways of looking at the world that will inform their thinking and in my opinion improve their readiness to go out into the world and succeed. “
Senator Allen stated, “Speaking of the climate survey, how do you plan to do that?”
Dr. Picart stated that they are in the very early stages of thinking about that. “One of the reasons why I am here is to solicit help in doing that.”
Senator Bruck stated that it kind of obfuscates our ability in this state to get the best and brightest minority students when we have five historically black universities who would just as much like those students. “Many of them I asked why whey did not come to state and their response was that I feel more comfortable there and this is, in my opinion a very legitimate reason.”
Dr. Picart stated that with regard to the point Senator Bruck made about feeling comfortable, he feels that it is a very strong draw to the HPCU’s but he does not believe that is the overwhelming reason. There are issues related to the cost of the education.
Dr. Thomas Conway, Interim Vice Provost for Enrollment Management commented that they did a survey of students that were accepted into NC State who either enrolled or did not enroll and what they found was that in terms of the minority students, “Yes the HPCU’ s are much more competitive than we might envision them to be but the determining factor goes back to the financial aid package and how students perceive they are contacted and worked with here at the institution. We found that students who were contacted by a student, faculty member or staff member at NC State and where a relationship started to form was much more likely to come. The financial aid package was a big piece. There is an impressive rope in our ability to provide financial aid but it is not growing at the rate that we are able to keep up with the growth in the market. There are some other variables that play into this. I would say that in the midways, the HPCU’s up the level of competition in ways that may be healthy for us.”
Senator Griffin stated that there is a point of view out there in the world that institutions like NC State and Harvard’s area studies programs portray anti American views more than desired and are at risk as a result.
Dr. Picart stated that that argument could be said or made against any number of multi- disciplinary studies. It does not in his view over ride the idea that we need to continue to present our students with alternative moral views. Ethnic studies exist on many campuses and I suspect they will continue to exist on many campuses. I believe that exposing our students to different worldviews is more important to graduating well-balanced individuals that an argument that it is anti American.
Senator Brownie stated that the few black faculty here have to do what they can to encourage students to attend. If we are so happy working here why can’t we be the leader in encouraging more minorities to choose our institution for higher education? He has seen very positive results when he has taken the time to personally contact families and encourage them to send us their young adults.
6. Issues of Concern
Chair Daley stated that a concern has been raised about a private enterprise (Lake Raleigh Centennial Campus North Shore Residential Complex) being allowed to develop housing (ranging from $200,000 to $400,0000) that is not affordable to faculty? It was also noted that it is being marketed that residents will have access to campus resources.
Chair Daley assigned the issue to the Resources and Environment Committee.
7. Special Faculty Rank Regulation
Associate Vice Provost Judy Peel provided some background information relating to the Special Faculty Rank Regulations. She reported that dialog on this regulation begin approximately five years ago. It has evolved with much input from many constituencies on campus. She highlighted some of the reasons the regulation would be needed on campus.
Peel noted that in addition to the Personnel Police Committee this regulation has been discussed and feedback has been provided from the following groups:
The Executive Officers
The Council of Deans
The Provost Staff
The Joint Personnel Roundtable
Representative from Human Resources
The Non-tenure Track Faculty Task Force
Field Faculty Personnel Administrators
The Office of Legal Affairs
Senator Scott McRae, Chair of the Personnel Policy Committee stated that the committee is split evenly as to whether or not the prefix of Teaching is appropriate for a title that already means teacher. After discussing the matter over three meetings they are still split. There were also concerns expressed about special faculty members who have the Teaching prefix serving on graduate committees. It was expressed that service as a committee member may be justified due to expertise. However, if this individual under the current regulations has Associate Graduate Faculty status then they can also serve as co-chair of a committee as opposed to just a member.
The committee is concerned about the large number of non-tenured tract faculty who are teaching courses here at the university. Depending on which number you believe about the total number of tenured track faculty then 40% of the faculty at the university today are in the special faculty category. “Obviously not only are they teaching courses but I think it is something we need to be very much concerned about and I had planned to have our committee look at the issue as a separate one.”
The committee believes that there are many beneficial aspects to this resolution that will help to bring some order to our descriptions that we have for our special faculty. This regulation will go a long ways toward doing that. However, the committee was unable to reach consensus on the question of the instruction prefix for the special faculty and therefore they request that the Senate consider the regulation with the goal of endorsing it for adoption.
Senator McRae moved that the Faculty Senate endorse the regulation.
Senator Batra stated that he has a concern about the privilege for a faculty member who would like to have the teaching faculty status with that prefix and at the same time also then have the privilege of being a member of the associate membership or full membership or graduate faculty and still be involved in chairing graduate committees.
Dean Sowell stated that the graduate faculty is recommended to the graduate school by either the department head or the director of the graduate program. In order to be a full member of the graduate faculty you have to have a tenure or tenure track appointment.
Senator Batra wanted to know if the graduate school requires the head of the department to make sure that he or she has gotten recommendation from the existing graduate faculty membership.
Dean Sowell stated that the recommendation for associate membership on the graduate faculty does not require the vote of the faculty. Full membership requires the vote of full members of the graduate faculty.
Chancellor Fox wanted to know if it is the recommendation of the committee that some particular titles would have multi-year contracts or not.
Senator McRae stated that the way the regulation is currently written is that special faculty may have appointments up to five years and they can be renewed with one exception and that is the visiting rank that has a maximum time of two consecutive years.
Senator Honeycutt stated that it used to be that if you were in an instructor’s position for more than seven years you had an implied commitment for tenure. Is that still the case?
Associate Provost Peel responded that it is now limited to four years.
A senator wanted to know if the report constitutes any change in the way that adjunct faculty are used now.
Senator McRae stated that there is a change in adjunct status essentially to a part time position. It is either someone who is employed locally in industry or a laboratory that may teach in a university or participate in research and it also may be a university employee in a non-teaching position who then is engaged by a department to teach courses on a part time basis.
Senator Allen wanted to know the difference between a senior lecturer and a teaching assistant professor.
Senator McRae stated that the qualifications are different. A teaching assistant professor would have to meet the same qualifications as a tenured assistant professor whereas a senior lecturer only has to meet the qualifications that are set forth currently for a lecturer.
The motion to approve the document was seconded and passed.
8. New Business
First Reading: Resolution to Form a Faculty Budget Advisory Committee
Senator Gene Brothers, Co-chair of the Governance Committee read the resolution for its first reading.
Chair Daley stated that the resolution will go back to the committee for a second reading at which time it can be discussed and voted on. Anyone with concerns or questions can email a member of the committee or talk with other faculty.
Chair Daley adjourned the meeting at 4:55 p.m.