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1.  Call to Order
Chair James D. Martin called the eighth 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 guests.

The Faculty Senate supported and endorsed the student leaders’ statement on hate speech.  The student leadership is pleased that the Faculty Senate endorsed their action.

Chair Martin reported that the majority of the Executive Committee meeting focused on the discussion about the response to the Phase II report on faculty recruitment and retention.  He encouraged the Senators to read the report carefully and noted that there may need to be some further discussions.  Chair Martin requested that questions or items of concern about the report be directed to a member of the Executive Committee.

Comments from the Chair of the Faculty
Chair Martin commented on where the Senate is at the halfway point of the fifty-fifth session of the Faculty Senate. 

As I look back over some of the things we have done this year I think we have addressed or begun to address and collect information on a lot of the issues that were raised in our brainstorming issues of concern.  As I tried to group the themes, I came up with three major themes; cross-campus communication, faculty support, and campus growth and budget cuts.  I think those have been the topics that we have spent most of our attention thinking about this year.

Chair Martin announced that the Emerging Issues Forum will be February 9-10 at the Raleigh Convention Center.  Scholarships have been made available to members of the Executive Committee.  However, not all members of the Executive Committee can attend so a waiting list has been started on a first-come-first-served basis.  Please contact the Senate office if you would like to be included on the waiting list.

The Annual Open House at the Chancellor’s Residence is Thursday, December 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The entire campus is welcome.

The next Millennium Seminar will be jointly hosted with the Harrelson Seminar and the speaker will be former President Bill Clinton.  The event is scheduled on January 26 at 10:30 a.m. in Reynolds Coliseum. 

The next Faculty Senate meeting will be January 13, 2009.

3.  Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 7, November 18, 2008
A motion passed to approve the minutes.

4. Remarks from Provost Nielsen
Provost Nielsen reported that we (NCSU) are still being asked to plan for a 5% one time budget cut this year.  A report has been received from all units on how they would take the cut.   He has met with Vice Chancellor Leffler and others to review the reports. 

Provost Nielsen stated that the second part is planning for the permanent cut that will come.  Most of the people he has talked to have already thought about what they might do on a permanent basis next year.

Provost Nielsen stated that GA has requested plans well before June 30 and NC State will have two tracks.

Provost Nielsen stated that a mini retreat of the University Council has been scheduled in January and at that time they should have a lot of information to review.  The advice that has been received up until that point can be reviewed by the University Council in terms of the criteria that would be used and some ideas for options that they might look at in terms of eliminations, reductions, etc., and then the information would be sent back to the campus community for its feedback. 

Provost Nielsen reported that later in the spring there would be a discussion of how to deal with enrollment increase budgets and CITI, if that is available. 

5. Policies for Consideration
REG05.55.8 Background Checks
Senator Williams moved that the background regulation be accepted with the changes that have been made.

The motion passed unanimously to accept the amended regulation.

Senator Hudson reported that the Evaluation of Teaching Committee wanted to change the UEI to Class Evaluation because that is the new name and also to eliminate the step of having the optional question approved by Deans and Department Heads.  Last February Academic Policy Committee made some recommendations to the Evaluation of Teaching Committee so as this was moving through they asked if those could be included as well.  What was included from the recommendations was for a definition of peer, which was included.  They asked in 6.1.2  online courses be included rather than just classroom, and they wanted to separate out in Section 8, changing teacher evaluations to evaluation of teaching effectiveness and confidentiality because those are separate issues.  All the changes that were requested were made. 

The Senate had a lengthy discussion about the regulation.

Chair Martin suggested that he put the document on the WIKI for anyone to add comments because he doesn’t sense that the regulation is ready for the Senate to vote on. He suggested that it be put on the WIKI for discussion and to give an opportunity for the Academic Policy Committee to take back to the Evaluation Of Teaching Committee the sense of the Senate and to take with that a copy of last year’s resolution.  The Senate would like to see the intent of the resolution incorporated into the policy.

6.  Adjournment
Chair Martin adjourned the meeting at 5 p.m.

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