September 30, 2005
Call to Order:
Michael Patton called the meeting to order at
Casey Bassett, Jason Cooper, Charlotte
Daughhetee, Michelle Duran-McClure, Sherry Ford,
Brook Miller, Michael Patton, M. E. Spencer,
Elizabeth Thrower, Cindy Tidwell, Eric
Vaccarella, Samantha Webb, Jill Wicknick
Approval of September
16, 2005 Minutes: M. E. Spencer moved that
the minutes be approved after corrections, Casey
Bassett seconded and the motion passed
Michael Patton reported on the following items
presidential search committee has been formed
and the faculty senate will be communicating
faculty concerns to the committee.
faculty governance discussion group will begin
on October 5th. Michael Patton
will send out an email reminder.
Michael Patton met with the College of
Business faculty in an effort to encourage COB
participation and representation on the
Bookstore: The faculty senate discussed
concerns about the bookstore including:
bookstore does not order the amount of books
designated on the order form. This causes
problems particularly in May and in the
Sending the books back early in the semester
caused problems for Monday classes which
were not in session due to Katrina and Labor
Day, and Saturday classes which did not
begin until September 10th.
faculty would like to order desk copies
directly through efollett.com
The bookstore committee
will communicate these and other concerns raised
by faculty members with the bookstore.
Hollie Cost has agreed to be the designated
Faculty Senate liaison to the city council.
Cooper will be the liaison to IITC
Senators were asked to recruit liaisons for
Chamber of Commerce, OSP and SGA.
Dependent Tuition Waiver-no report at this
time but information related to faculty
concerns is being gathered.
Faculty Survey-a summary report is under
- HEP -
Michael Patton has invited Gordon Stone to
attend a Faculty Senate meeting.
Cookout-The Faculty Senate will sponsor a
cookout at the faculty lounge on October 27,
2005 beginning at 2:00 pm.
senate discussed support for junior faculty
research/writing. Ideas included: pre-tenure
sabbaticals and teaching releases for
research. Jill Wicknick and Cindy Tidwell
will gather information from other
institutions and report back.
question was raised regarding administrators
who are hired without tenure and if such
administrators are held to the same scholarly
requirements as faculty.
timing of sabbatical applications can cause
scheduling problems if a sabbatical is
denied. The senate will look into suggestions
for possible adjustments to the sabbatical
electronic archive of past Faculty Senate
minutes and documents would be helpful. Jason
Cooper will report back to the senate on what
would be involved in setting up an archive.
page-The senate discussed the need for
department web masters to be empowered to make
changes to web pages and to directly assist
faculty in setting up web pages. Senators
reported that many faculty members feel
constrained by the template. Brook Miller and
Charlotte Daughhetee will report back to the
senate on this issue.
International faculty-the senate would like
clarification on the universityís policy
regarding hiring of international faculty.
Samantha Webb will find out about specific
international faculty policies.
next faculty senate meeting is on October 14th,
2005 at 2:00 pm in the Merrill Room.
Elizabeth Thrower moved to adjourn, Michelle
Duran-McClure seconded and the motion passed
unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 3:20 pm.
Charlotte Daughhetee, Faculty Senate Secretary