Faculty Governance Committee
Minutes of October 8, 2008
Members present: Rigsby,
Also present: Linner Griffin, Lori Lee, Hope Murphy, Mike Spurr
Members absent: Gilliland, Mageean
I. The minutes of the September 10 meeting were approved. The committee is awaiting the minutes of the last meeting.
II. The proposed guidelines for unit academic program review – Appendix L, E- were discussed. The discussion was led by Linner Griffin and Mike Spurr.
Spurr provided an overview
of the guidelines document, which is intended for use in the SACS accreditation
process and for other future uses as well. Some minor suggestions and changes
were recommended, more specifically language pertaining to the number of
external reviewers for program. It was decided that more flexibility is needed
in the guidelines, especially for units with more than one degree program or
interdisciplinary programs. The
Committee approved using the guidelines document as revised. Professor Griffin
will notify members of the Educational Policies and Planning Committee of the
suggested revisions and the proposed guidelines for unit academic program review
will be presented to the
The UNC Tomorrow Report was discussed. More specifically, Phase II, the tenure and promotion subcommittee. Some emails were circulated suggesting that an ad hoc committee do the work normally assigned to FGC. This action is opposed by the FGC and Faculty Chair Tovey. The Faculty Chair will meet with this subcommittee.
The report on review of
administrators was discussed. Tovey spoke with Chancellor Ballard about the
difference between the two drafts being circulated, one approved by FGC and one
approved by Chancellor. According to Tovey, the Chancellor wants to clarify
faulty input on evaluation of administrators, thinking that the greatest input
from faculty should come with respect to chairs and unit heads. Tovey will
invite Chancellor to a future FGC meeting (approved by
Discussion was held regarding recently approved (and modified) Appendix C. The Senate approved revisions to Appendix C, and the Chancellor made significant revisions to the approved Senate resolutions on Appendix C. The FGC was told that the Chancellor’s modifications are not official policy, but are suggestions for further revision. More specifically, a lengthy discussion was held on a proposed modification concerning whether to use faculty collegiality as a basis for evaluating faculty in annual evaluations. Horns and Murphy voiced approval for a code of conduct to govern faculty behavior.
Mark Jones, Professor
Secretary Pro Tem