FULL MINUTES OF MARCH 18, 2008
The seventh regular meeting of the 2007-2008 Faculty Senate was held on Tuesday, March 18, 2008, in the Mendenhall Student Center Great Room.
Agenda Item I. Call to Order
Mark Taggart, Chair of the Faculty called the meeting to order at 2:10 p.m.
Agenda Item II. Approval of Minutes
The minutes of February 19, 2008, were approved as distributed, with one addition in reference to Chancellor Ballard’s comments, as noted in bold print below:
The Chancellor made his comments to the faculty at the end of the Faculty Senate meeting due to a prior engagement. In his remarks, Chancellor Ballard discussed the mini-retreat on February 18, which involved the faculty officers and the administrators. Chancellor Ballard reported that the mini-retreat outcome was favorable and stated that all felt that their perspectives were voiced. Chancellor Ballard stated that this discussion was needed and that the overall goal was for better practices. He stated that the agreement was subject to discussion and revision, noting that we now have nine people committed to continue to work together on shared governance. The Chancellor stated that with the work of the facilitator, Dr. Judith Wegner, good dialogue resulted and as a result, the substance of the one-page response, distributed to faculty and administration, would provide direction regarding ways to proceed and additional time to determine future directions.
Agenda Item III. Special Order of the Day
A. Roll Call
Senators absent were: Professors Winstead (Academic Library Services), Hodge (Education), Robinson (Mathematics), Bode (Medicine), Pagliari (Technology and Computer Science), Parker (Theatre & Dance), and Interim Provost Sheerer.
Alternates present were: Professors Harer for Stapleton (Education), Grobe for Greene (Education), Lillian for Sharer (English), Henze for Deena (English), Long for Jenks (History), Coleman for Weismiller (Medicine), Previll for MacGilvray (Medicine), Dobbs for Levine (Medicine), and Micklow for Smith (Technology & Computer Science).
1. The Chancellor has approved the following resolutions from the January 29, 2008, Faculty Senate
08-01 Request to establish photography as an area of concentration within the Master of Fine Arts degree, School of Art and Design; Notice of Intent to Plan Bachelor of Science in Applied Atmospheric Science and Bachelor of Science in Geographic Information Science and Technology, Department of Geography; Notice of Intent to Plan Master of Science in Security Studies, Department of Political Science; Certificate title change - Department of English, Graduate Certificate in Multicultural Literatures to Graduate Certificate in Multicultural and Transnational Literatures; Degree program department title change – Department of Pharmacology to Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology; Degree program title change - Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, Management of Recreation Facilities and Services (MRFS) to Recreation and Park Management (RPM).
08-03 Proposed new Department of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Unit Code of
Operation and revised
light of questions posed to Dr. Dorothy Muller following the last Senate
meeting, she has provided the following additional information on the
The application process allows anyone interested to
be considered. The ranking rubric gives points for
variables. Interest, counselor recommendation, and interview results carry
3. Academic Committee Chairs are reminded that Committee Annual Reports are due in the Faculty Senate office by Thursday, May 1, 2008.
4. Faculty members are reminded that April 1 Chancellor Ballard will call for candidates for the prestigious 2008/2009 Oliver Max Gardner award. A copy of the University’s nomination procedures is available at: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/fsonline/customcf/committee/aa/maxgardneraward.htm
5. The University Curriculum Committee will continue to review curricular proposals through April 10, 2008. Faculty are reminded that the official ECU catalog is now the online catalog. Please direct any questions to Professor Janice Neil, Chair of the University Curriculum Committee at email@example.com.
6. The Chancellor will host a Faculty Senate reception in the Chancellor’s residence on Tuesday, April 22, 2008, from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Formal invitations will be forthcoming to all Faculty Senators, Alternates, past Chairs of the Faculty, and their guests.
7. A preliminary call for nominations for the Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching, Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching Award, East Carolina Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award and Robert L. Jones Teaching Award will be distributed soon to all academic unit heads. Nomination materials will be due September 1 and portfolios due November 1. Information on the different award nominating procedures are available at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/fsonline/aa/academicawards.cfm.
C. Steve Ballard, Chancellor
Chancellor Ballard began his discussion to the
Regarding the short session of the legislature, Chancellor Ballard stated that a bond package for the Fall of 2008 appeared unlikely. The other possibility is that typically the short session does not address new programmatic or capital requests, but only makes adjustments to the budget passed in the long session.
Chancellor Ballard stated that five new buildings were approved by the Board of Governors, with three on the east campus, and of those five, two are listed as priorities in this legislative session. Chancellor Ballard reported that these two priorities are buildings for Dentistry (#1) and Family Medicine (#2). The other three priorities, in order, are the Biosciences building (#3), the Education-Business building (#4), and Visual and Performing Arts Center (#5). Ballard stated that he hopes that the first two buildings are funded this spring and the other three soon after on a bond package. Chancellor Ballard stated that system capital project funding in this short legislature session was important for the University.
Regarding the operating side of the budget, Chancellor Ballard reported that President Bowles and the Board of Governors presented an impressive operating budget with priorities in the areas of campus safety and academic salaries. He reported that President Bowles desires that all university faculty salaries be up to 80% of peer group salaries for all 17 universities, and is requesting a 4% average range of salary increases for faculty.
Regarding the budget and research funding, Chancellor Ballard stated that $69 million was allocated for research. He stated that he is unsure of the amount that ECU will obtain for its research mission. Other budget allocations included $8 million for teaching, $23 million for health care, imaging care, and medical education, and $23 million for economic development.
Regarding the new Carnegie classification for an
In comments about UNC Tomorrow, Chancellor Ballard that the Task Force is making great progress toward the response and that this is one of the most important activities for the university. He stated that this report will be what the legislature and the Board of Governors think about this institution.
Relative to university searches, Chancellor Ballard reported
that the search for the Dean of the
Chancellor Ballard ended his remarks by stating that EPA salary data would be posted on One-Stop.
Professor Martinez (Foreign Languages) respectfully asked
Chancellor Ballard to explain why he did not approve
Professor Sprague (Physics) requested a list of all Task Forces, their functions and memberships. Chancellor Ballard replied that he will obtain this information, with the help of Dr. Taggart, and will provide the name, membership and charges of each task force.
Professor Zoller (Art and Design) asked is there will be
funding for the Visual and Performing Arts Center if the bond issue goes
through. Chancellor Ballard stated that the Visual and
Professor Zoller (Art and Design) asked that if the bond issue goes through in 2009, did the Chancellor think that a new Performing Arts Building would be included and if not, was there anything that faculty could do to assist in getting the building built. Chancellor Ballard responded that that best thing we could do is to raise $10 million. The single best thing we could do, Ballard stated, is to raise private contributions. The Chancellor stated that he felt that the University had not done enough yet to raise private contributions from interested parties to assist in funding this new center.
Professor Martinez (Foreign Languages and Literatures)
stated that, in addition to the list, memberships and duties of the Task
Forces, she would like to see their specific deadlines for reporting and to
whom the groups were reporting to. She
also inquired if he would reconsider the
Professor Rigsby (Geology) as a point of clarification spoke on the two resolutions thus far being denied by the Chancellor this academic year, stating that both relate to task forces overseeing academics. She then inquired from Chancellor Ballard his opinion on what types of task forces would be appropriate for faculty to be appointed to. Chancellor Ballard replied that, with all due respect to Professor Rigsby, the question is one that he considers all of the time.
Professor Sprague (Physics) questioned the recent newspaper article and its reference to enrollment growth and the need to reevaluate and review academic programs that have fewer students in order to handle the enrollment growth. He asked if the review process would include standing academic committees’ involvement, such as Educational Policies and Planning Committee. Chancellor Ballard stated that he was unaware of that comment and that this was not the best way to think about program evaluation.
The Chancellor stated that UNC Tomorrow requires that we
should take very seriously the program and its function. He stated that he
thinks that we are not doing as much as we can at
Chancellor Ballard stated that the University must take the program review process very seriously so that we all know whether the programs are achieving what is expected. This is a multivariate step in the process. He stated what is more important, as a request from the President, was that we allocate our resources to the better programs and programs that can make a difference rather than be related to enrollment, in times of a budget crunch.
D. Deirdre Mageean, Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies
Vice Chancellor Mageean discussed the UNC Tomorrow Response
to team members) She reminded the
Vice Chancellor Mageean discussed the UNC Tomorrow response
Regarding the ECU response team, VC Mageean reported that
there was a student representative and a Pitt County Development member in
addition to the large task force made up of ECU employees. In order to address
the seven target areas of UNC Tomorrow, groups have been set up to discuss
these issues, which involves another 60 faculty and staff. Vice Chancellor
Mageean stated the seven areas include the following: Our Global Readiness, Access to Higher
Education, Improving Public Education, Economic Transformation, Health,
Environment, and Outreach and Engagement. Vice Chancellor Mageean reported that
the large university task force ranges from six to fifteen members and that all
meetings (Wednesdays at 7:30 am) are open meetings. Each of the small groups
will report to the larger group with the executive council reviewing the first
draft of ECU’s response to UNC Tomorrow on March 31. Regarding
Vice Chancellor Mageean stated that the UNC Tomorrow
Response replaces long term strategic planning. Mageean discussed deadlines and
phases of the response including the following schedule. With May 1 being just the beginning of a long term project, Phase
2 will involve another eight items which pertains to the process and policies
relating to tenure and promotion policies. Mageean stated that the present UNC
Task Forces (large and small) will be active for an extended time period. She
Professor Martinez (Foreign Languages) asked if Dr. Mageean expected the University’s response to the UNC Tomorrow Commission would have any effect with the legislature and budgeting. She stated that global readiness requires money in order to achieve it and questioned where that money would come from. She also requested that the final report being forwarded to President Bowles be made available to the general faculty.
Vice Chancellor Mageean stated that that might be possible if the legislators were already looking at the budget.
Professor Martinez (Foreign Languages and Literatures) asked whether the preliminary report provided to the Executive Committee would be accessible to other faculty. Vice Chancellor Mageean stated that it would be placed in a PDF file on the website.
Professor Martinez (Foreign Language and Literatures) stated that her department knows about globally readiness and if global readiness is desired, more money is needed. She asked Vice Chancellor Mageean about this source of this funding. Vice Chancellor Mageean discussed the Carnegie classification application, which it due on September 1 and how it would overlap with the UNC Tomorrow Response. Mageean described the initial team of faculty, staff, and students. She stated that there was 1/3 overlap of team members on the Carnegie and UNC Tomorrow task forces and that the UNC Tomorrow , SACS, Carnegie, Strategic Enrollment task forces are all working synergistically. Vice Chancellor Mageean summarized the Carnegie Panel sponsored by the AAUP and about the many questions about this initiative and classification.
Chancellor Ballard stated that the UNC Tomorrow draft reports will not discuss each specific department or specialty and that the purpose is not to review everything that we do at the university. He stated that this report would represent ECU’s commitment to the State and what ECU pledges to do. Chancellor Ballard described how the group must choose a limited number of areas to showcase, related to the type of university. Ballard continued to explain that if we say that we are the best teacher preparation in the State, as one of the areas, it will be applauded. In addition, Ballard stated, we must think about the six or seven areas of excellence, and what we can do regarding university engagement. One of the hardest tasks, Chancellor Ballard concluded, is to choose the areas to showcase.
E. Bob Morphett, Chair of the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Task Force
Chair Morphett described the current initiatives of the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Task Force and that the new task force involved students. One of the current initiatives involved the administration of a course survey. He stated that a nationwide measurement of drug and alcohol use will give us a baseline for comparison on campus. He stated that research shows that there appears to be no rise in the use of alcohol and marijuana; however, the use of powder cocaine is on the rise.
He stated that one of the goals of this college education experience is to increase baseline knowledge of alcohol and drug use. He stated that freshmen are most at risk for alcohol use. There has been an on-line proposal, which was presented to the State ABC to receive funding. He stated that students will have to score 75% or higher to pass it a test following alcohol and drug use education. Chair Morphett feels that this program will augment other programs that already exist on campus. This task force would like to propose that if students do not take this test by a certain date; they would be prohibited from registering for classes the subsequent semester. He stated that both students and parents would be aware of the required training prior to enrollment. Morphett stated that parents could have access in taking the testing as well as the students.
Professor Mark Jones (Criminal Justice) explained that this training, being proposed as part of orientation, will start as a pilot and that any kinks will be worked out as time permits. He stated that he asked his class about the incidence of community probation among students. He stated that many students raised their hands and that the probation was due to underage drinking. He stated that this is a small step in changing the culture.
Professor Sprague (Physics) stated that in a recent class on St. Patricks’ Day, only 20 students out of 60 were present. He stated that we need ways to change the culture, which is an academic issue. Chair Morphett stated that we are trying to change the culture and that 180 prevention programs have been conducted on campus. He stated that students in Health Education get credit for taking this course. Chair Morphett added that when students hear it from elder peers, they take it more seriously. He stated that when students get to the junior and senior level, the alcohol use declines.
Professor Tovey (English) questioned how students would be made to take the one and one half hour test. Chair Morphett stated that the university would initially encourage students to take the test at orientation, and then later will give them a deadline.
Professor Fraley (Communication) asked why he had to go outside of the university to get the money for this program. Chair Morphett stated that NC State had provided funds for this type of training but that he felt that part of alcohol taxes should be for education and prevention.
Professor Rigsby (Past Chair of the Faculty, Geology) commended the group on their efforts and asked if he had spoken to Interim Provost Sheerer and the Task Force on Academic Affairs and Student Life to work together to target this issue since the Task Force had been talking about ways to involve more students through COAD 1000 and Health 1000. She stated that the Academic/Student Affairs Task Force had been talking about freshmen and their experiences. She suggested that Interim Provost Sheerer should be asked if the task force could be informed of this issue. Chair Morphett replied that Interim Provost Sheerer had given her support of this program and that this course will be part of COAD 1000. He stated that it has been presented in 30 classes.
Professor Vail Smith (Health and Human Performance) asked how Health 1000 could be structured to aid this group in their efforts. Chair Morphett stated that the two module instruction should piggy-back well with Health 1000 curriculum.
F. Mark Taggart, Chair of the Faculty
Professor Taggart stated that not too long ago, he remembered hearing an interesting comment that gave him pause. A colleague was seeking faculty input on academic matters, and when a member of the Faculty Senate was mentioned, his reply was: “Oh no, we want a regular faculty member, not someone from the Faculty Senate.” While Professor Taggart was certain that this was not meant as a slight to the Faculty Senate, this misunderstanding was like one of many that he had have heard in the past year, “which makes me wonder how secure we are in understanding the vital role that the Faculty Senate, and its committees, play at ECU”.
stated that ECU’s Faculty Senate, composed of faculty elected within each
academic unit, has a proud tradition of participating in shared governance for
over 40 years and counting. Part II of our Faculty Manual states that: “The faculty organization of
Further, academic policy recommendations from any source are referred to the Faculty Senate, as the deliberative body of the general faculty. By extension, the 26 Senate committees do the “heavy lifting” for the general faculty. These committees give the faculty the opportunity to focus on the specific academic policy that outlined in that committee’s charge, allowing the necessary faculty input in formulating or altering policy that would eventually come before this body for approval. The standing academic committees are representative of the Faculty Senate and the Faculty Senate is the only body that represented the faculty as a whole. Faculty members who have served on these various committees throughout the years have gained insights in these specific areas of academia, and we all should value their expertise and call upon them as resource people as needed.
Professor Taggart stated that Appendix A defines general faculty as: “Consist[ing] of all full-time members of the teaching, research, or administrative staff who hold an academic title, including those on special faculty appointment.” Faculty senators are the elected representatives of the general faculty in their unit. Faculty senators, as elected representatives, are responsible for reporting to their academic units in order to ensure that all faculty members are kept informed of the principles and importance of faculty governance. This communication is necessary, so that the faculty from each unit can feel affected and empowered through their elected representative, the faculty senator. It is the responsibility of the senators to fill this vital role of communication.
Professor Taggart suggested that during the 2008-2009 Faculty Senate organizational meeting on April 29, as the body elects representatives for the standing academic committees, that the body also have an orientation session for the Senators, where the roles and responsibilities of the Senate and its committees can be discussed. He reminded the Senators that it was their responsibility to keep faculty within their unit abreast of the larger issues being discussed outside of the unit. He also stated that all colleagues need to be reminded that it was faculty who had dedicated their lives to this institution, had much knowledge and expertise in the matters at hand, were willing to work hard to address issues related to academia, and would probably still be at ECU long after many administrative appointments had expired.
G. Approval of Spring 2008 Graduation Roster, including honors program graduates, subject to the complete of degree requirements.
Professor Glascoff (Health and Human Performance) moved approval of the Spring 2008 Graduation Roster, including honors program graduates, subject to the complete of degree requirements. RESOLUTION #08-09
H . Question Period
Professor Zoller (Art and Design) asked about the joint statement provided to the Senators last month and wanted a clarification to what a “senior academic officer” meant and did it include Chairs of units. Professor Taggart (Chair of the Faculty) stated that the mini-retreat was in regards to the current dean searches and the discussions centered around the term “senior administrative officer” and it was defined as deans and higher. Chancellor Ballard added that this was an ECU Code definition.
Professor Glascoff (Vice Chair of the Faculty, Health and Human Performance) asked for a moment of silence in honor of the two slain students from the two universities, UNC Chapel Hill - Eve Carson and Duke - Abhijit Mahato.
Professor Killingsworth (Business/Faculty Assembly Chairperson) asked Chancellor Ballard about President Bowles’ textbook adoption initiative and stated that textbook orders were needed by the last day of class. Chancellor Ballard stated that Interim Provost Sheerer and Vice Chancellor Seitz had been involved in this endeavor and that President Bowles had asked universities to hold down text book costs and to help with this, text book orders should be in on time. Ballard agreed that that the last day of class was when all textbook orders should be turned in and added that we did not want to challenge Bowles on this mandate and textbook orders. Professor Killngsworth (Faculty Assembly, Business) stated that GA is proposing that if textbooks orders are not ordered on time, that at some level this measure will count against us.
Professor Vail-Smith (Health and Human Performance) inquired as to why students couldn’t rent books or whether the University could include the cost of books in the course registration fees. Professor Killingsworth (Faculty Assembly, Business) stated that this has to do with academic freedom. Also, Professor Killingsworth stated, books would be expensive to rent and currently, students are able to sell books back for half price. She stated that she personally did not support the textbook rental concept.
Professor Glascoff (Health and Human Performance) asked administrators what happened to the earlier initiative on giving rewards for those departments that returned all textbook requests on time. Professor Tovey (English) inquired if the Student Government Association had tried to work with other universities to buy their used books. Professor Taggart replied that he would ask Vice Provost Adkins to look into both issues.
Professor Sprague (Physics) asked what the joint statement, distributed last month to the Senators, meant when referencing that the Faculty Governance Committee would participate in campus decisions on policies and procedures. Professor Taggart (Chair of the Faculty) stated that at the mini-retreat a discussion relative to the development of university policies and procedures and involvement of the Faculty Governance Committee was briefly discussed at the end of the session.
Professor Zoller (Art and Design) asked how the University was planning to keep the 9th and 10th grade students in the Early High School Program safe in relation to alcohol, drugs, etc. Chancellor Ballard remarked that a task force for the Early College High School (ECHS) had been working on resolving issues about this program. The Chancellor stated that he is very concerned about this program; however, he feels strongly that it is an obligation that we must address. He stated that he did not have an answer to the questions about the ECHS, including transportation costs. These are all tough questions, remarked Chancellor Ballard, that must be answered. We will be asking for a delay in implementing this ECHS. Your questions are important and are among questions that we all have at this time.
Agenda Item IV. Unfinished Business
There was no unfinished business to come before the body at this time.
Agenda Item V. Report of Committees.
A. Academic Standards Committee
Professor Linda Wolfe (Anthropology), Chair of the Committee, presented for approval two courses (ENTH 3501 and ENTH 3502) for Foundation Curriculum Credit. There were no questions and the two courses ENTH 3501 and ENTH 3502 were approved for Foundation Curriculum Credit as requested. RESOLUTION #08-10
B. Calendar Committee
Shanan Gibson (Business), a member of the Committee, presented the proposed Summer 2009-Spring 2010 University Calendars. She suggested faculty interested in changing ECU’s calendar format to view what the other UNC school calendars looked like at overview of other UNC School calendars.
Professor Fraley (Communication) asked how other universities in the system could not start on Friday and meet the 15 week requirement. Professor Long (History) inquired why Fall break could not be combined with Thanksgiving break. Professor Gibson (Business) stated that she would be happy to let the Calendar Committee know that the Senators wished for them to reconsider this issue. Following discussion, the proposed Summer 2009-Spring 2010 University Calendars were approved as presented. RESOLUTION #08-11
C. Faculty Governance Committee
Professor McKinnon (Interior Design and Merchandising) asked about the student opinion of instruction survey and moved to strike reference to this in Section III and Section VIII where survey instruments were referenced.
Professor Martinez stated that the SOIS deviation was only for Fall 2007. Professor Sprague (Physics) stated that the Academic Standards Committee was in the process of re-doing how to evaluate faculty effectiveness and that student opinion surveys would be addressed in their report to the Senate in April.
Professor Taggart (Chair of the
Faculty) stated that most of the new recommendations and changes are based on
the Task Force for Fixed-Term Appointments. Professor Roberts (Philosophy)
moved to have the proposed revisions to Appendix C as noted in the
Professor Wilson (Sociology) asked if the administrators present at the meeting had had a chance to review the proposed revisions. Both Vice Chancellors present stated yes and Professor Martinez reminded the body that all three academic Vice Chancellors serve on the Faculty Governance Committee and participate in all matters before the committee. Professor Roberts (Philosophy) moved approval of the proposed revisions to Appendix C. Following discussion, the proposed revisions to the ECU Faculty Manual, Appendix C. Personnel Policies and Procedures for the Faculty of ECU were approved as presented. RESOLUTION #08-12
D. Teaching Grants Committee
Jan Tovey (English), a member of the Committee, presented proposed revisions to the teaching grant application process. Professor Sprague (Physics) asked about required IRB approval with some proposals and stated that the IRB administrative committee was overwhelmed with applications related to research grants. He suggested that the application materials state that the actual funding of the proposal was dependent on the applicant’s IRB approval.
Professor Long (History) asked if there were a total count of how many proposals came from the various academic units. Professor Tovey replied no. Following discussion, the proposed revisions to the 2008/2009 Teaching Grant Application Process was approved as presented. RESOLUTION #08-13
E. Unit Code Screening Committee
Garris Conner (Nursing), Chair of the Committee, presented the proposed revised Psychology Unit Code of Operation. There was no discussion and the unit code was approved as presented. RESOLUTION #08-14
F. University Curriculum Committee
Janice Neil (Nursing), Chair of the Committee, presented first the curriculum matters contained in the minutes of the February 14, 2008 and February 28, 2008, meetings. There was no discussion and the curriculum matters were approved as presented. RESOLUTION #08-15
Professor Neil then presented proposed revisions to the Committee’s Banking Form and Course Proposal Form. There was no discussion and the revised curriculum forms were approved as presented.
Agenda Item VI. New Business
There was no new business to come before the body at this time.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 4:30 p.m.
Marianna Walker Lori Lee
Secretary of the Faculty Administrative Officer
College of Allied Health Sciences Faculty Senate
FACULTY SENATE RESOLUTIONS APPROVED AT THE MARCH 18, 2008, MEETING
08-09 Spring 2008 Graduation Roster, including honors program graduates, subject to the complete of degree requirements.
Disposition: Chancellor, Board of Trustees
08-10 Foundation Curriculum Credit for ENTH 3501: Selected Topics in Ethnic Studies, Social Science and ENTH 3502: Selected Topics in Ethnic Studies, Humanities.
08-11 Summer 2009-Spring 2010 University Calendars.
08-12 Revisions to the ECU Faculty Manual, Appendix C. Personnel Policies and Procedures for the Faculty of
Disposition: Chancellor, Board of Trustees
08-13 Revised 2008/2009 Teaching Grant Application Process.
Disposition: Faculty Senate
08-14 Revised Psychology Unit Code of Operation.
08-16 Revised University Curriculum Committee’s Banking Form and Course Proposal Form.
Disposition: Faculty Senate