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EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY

FACULTY SENATE

 

FULL MINUTES OF 7 DECEMBER 1999

 

The fourth regular meeting of the 1999-2000 Faculty Senate

was held on Tuesday, 7 December 1999, in Club Level

Seating at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

 

Agenda Item I.  Call to Order

Vice Chair Robert Morrison called the meeting to order at

2:10 p.m.

 

Agenda Item II.  Approval of Minutes

The 16 November 1999, full Faculty Senate minutes were

approved as distributed.

 

Agenda Item III.  Special Order of the Day

A.    Roll Call

Senators absent were: Vice Chancellor Feldbush,

Professors Lowe (Administrative Council), Neal (Geology),

Joyner (Education), Stanley (Biology), Mustafa (Medicine),

Meredith (Medicine), Fiordalisi (Medicine), Shea (HESC),

Clark (Theatre and Dance), Miller (Philosophy),

Killingsworth (Faculty Chair)

 

Alternates present were: Professors Whitman (Allied Health)

for Smith, Wubneh (Industry and Technology) for Friend

 

B.    Announcements: Allred (Psychology) spoke about the

East Carolina University scholars program.  Information

about the program was distributed to all Senators prior to

the meeting.  The goal for the Faculty Component is

$300,000 over a 3-year period.

 

C.    Richard Eakin, Chancellor, began his remarks by

commenting on the facility in which the meeting was held. 

He spoke of the positive impact that could be made by

private donations to the University.  The Chancellor also

stated that the club level and the soon-to-be completed

strength and conditioning center were much needed

additions to the University.  The Chancellor discussed the

report on employment category for all faculty, referring to a

report which had been distributed to all Senators.  Eakin

spoke of the "distressing" characteristic on the decline of

tenure track faculty members since 1991, and the increase

in non-tenure track positions.  Compared to other UNC

institutions, ECU has lower percentage of faculty not on

tenure track, but a task force will be empanelled to discover

reasons for the gradual increase in non-tenure track faculty. 

 

Financial matters: The Chancellor stated that the remaining

funds from the ECU flood relief fund will be distributed on

December 8.  Phase II of the flood relief program will involve

much larger grants, some over $3000. 

 

Tuition: The Chancellor stated that authority for tuition

increases has been passed to individual campuses in past

few years.  For the first time each campus can recommend

across the board increases.  The Chapel Hill campus and

North Carolina State have already done so.  UNC-

Wilmington and UNC-Charlotte have recommended

increases.  These recommendations are in addition to Board

of Governors recommendations, and the Board of

Governors must approve all tuition increases.  On Friday,

December 10, Chancellor Eakin will recommend a $150

increase to the ECU Board of Trustees.  A $30 increase is

already mandated because of University's move to Doctoral

II status, but a $400 increase is mandated for out of state

tuition as a result of moving to Doctoral II status.  The

Student Government Association has expressed concern

about the proposed increase in view of the recent flood and

the hardship it imposed.  The Chancellor stated that he is

proposing a $530 increase over the next three years.  He

stated that the reasons for the recommended increases are:

1) to keep faculty salaries with other institutions, 2) to

augment library resources, 3) to continue ECU's leadership

in developing and maintaining technology, and 4) to set

aside some funds for financial aid. 

 

Salaries: Chancellor Eakin stated that a recent report in the

News and Observer with respect to faculty salaries is

inaccurate. He stated that commissions have been

established to study our standing, and that the attempt is to

place us in the 80th percentile relative to other universities. 

The estimated total cost for raising faculty salaries to the

desirable level is approximately $28 million for the entire

state.  

 

Chancellor Eakin stated that the Merit scholarship campaign

has exceeded $8 million and is headed toward $15 million.

 

Tilley (History) asked if phased retirement was a possible

factor in the decline of tenure track positions.  The

Chancellor stated that he was not sure if phase retirement

faculty were included in the information in Senator's hands. 

Joyce (Physics) stated that the issue of declining tenure

track faculty is being studied by the Faculty Governance

Committee.  Joyce stated that he is concerned that over 1 in

3 faculty on campus are not on tenure track.  Professor

Joyce asked whether this situation is a result of the 6-year

cap.  The Chancellor stated that a task force would be

appointed to examine what is going on in individual units

that may be causing the decline in tenure track faculty. 

Tabrizi (Mathematics) offered possible explanations for

increase.  The Chancellor stated that the answer may not lie

in just one factor, and that the problem may get worse with

the projected growth in enrollment.  Ferrell (Faculty

Assembly) stated that quality of instruction rather than

administrative ease should be the determining factor in

hiring fixed term faculty.

 

D.    Vice Chancellor's Report

James Hallock, Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences, stated

that an $8 million gift has been received from the Brody

family, and that the ECU School of Medicine has been

renamed the Brody School of Medicine.  Seven million

dollars will go for an endowment in several areas of

medicine; $1 million will go for the scholars program.  With

respect to this year's incoming Medical School class, there

were 72 admissions, 39 men, 33 women, and 50% of the

class came from the three largest North Carolina

Universities.  Hallock stated that grade point averages and

medical school score test scores remain very high, and that

there has been no adverse impact on minority enrollment. 

The Vice Chancellor stated that permission to plan has been

granted for a Master in Public Health degree. He also stated

that a contract has been signed with the National Library of

Medicine contract for telemedicine and that ECU will lead

the way in applying telemedicine throughout the country.

 

E.    Faculty Assembly Report

Lou Everett reported that the Faculty Assembly met on 19

November 1999. The full Faculty Assembly report on the

19 November 1999, meeting is available in the Faculty

Senate office, 140 Rawl Annex. 

 

F.    Delegate Alan Rosenberg, Chair of the Professional

Development Committee (PDAC) for the Assembly spoke of

recommendations made by the Committee.  Included was

the recommendation that Teaching Development centers be

established at all campuses, and that ECU was one of six

campuses that does not have one.  Professor Rosenberg

stated that funding for the Carolina Colloquy is due to expire

in June, and that faculty should provide encouragement for

keeping the Colloquy operational.  Rosenberg stated that

the Instructional Technology Initiative was funded last year,

and that the technology is being used well, but that not

enough funding was being used for teaching development in

this area.  Pravica (Mathematics) asked if more emphasis

was going to be placed on distance learning.  Rosenberg

stated that the answer was yes, and Chancellor Eakin stated

that a teleconference meeting was held on December 6 to

discuss enrollment increases statewide and distance

learning.  He stated that ECU was featured in the meeting,

as we are leaders in distance education.

 

G.    Keith Howell of UNC-Greensboro and Chair of the

Faculty Assembly was invited to address the Senate.  He

encouraged participation in the Assembly. Howell stated that

the purpose of the Assembly was to facilitate communication

between the UNC campuses and bring information to the

President's attention.  He spoke of President Broad's

openness to assembly concerns, including the role of non-

tenure track positions, and that information is already being

compiled.  Each campus will appoint at least one faculty

member to task forces to examine the tenure track

employment situation, that the percentage of classes being

taught by tenure track faculty has been dropping statewide

over the last 10 years.  The problem is nationwide and

extends to public and private colleges and universities.  He

stated that cost is not the only factor involved and that some

is due to faculty requests for various non-tenure track

expertise.  Howell stated that the question of how non-

tenure track employees are treated is also an important one.

Professor Howell stated that the UNC system is near the

bottom (39th according to comments made by Professor

Everett) in terms of benefits.  Retirement and health benefits

are of greatest concern in this area.  The Assembly wants a

political action group to influence legislators on these

issues, rather than depending solely on Chancellors to

inform legislators of faculty needs.  Professor Howell

acknowledged the work of ECU delegates for this year, and

the work of Professor Don Sexauer (Immediate Past Chair)

for his work in the past.

 

Agenda Item IV.  Unfinished Business  There was no

unfinished business to come before the Faculty Senate for

this meeting.

 

Agenda Item V.  Report of Committees

A.    Agenda Committee

Jim Joyce (Physics), Chair of the Committee, presented the

proposed 2000-2001 Faculty Senate and Agenda

Committee meeting dates.  There was no discussion and the

proposed meeting dates were approved as presented.

(Resolution #99-27)

 

B.    Faculty Governance Committee, Henry Ferrell, Chair,

presented an interpretation of Appendix D, Section IV. H.

regarding non-concurring personnel recommendations.  The

report was approved without discussion.

(Resolution #99-28)

 

C.    University Curriculum Committee

James Smith (Business), Chair of the Committee, stated that

a workshop on electronic submission is being prepared.  He

presented the curriculum matters contained in the minutes of

28 October 1999, and 11 November 1999, meetings. There

was no discussion and the curriculum matters were

approved as presented.  (Resolution #99-29)

 

Agenda Item VI.  New Business

There being no new business to come before the Faculty

Senate at this time.  The meeting adjourned at 3:56 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Mark Jones

Secretary of the Faculty           

School of Social Work and Criminal Justice Studies