EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
2003-2004 FACULTY SENATE
The organizational meeting of the 2003-2004 Faculty Senate will be held on Tuesday, April 29, 2003, at 2:10 p.m. in the Mendenhall Student Center Great Room.
This meeting is for newly elected Faculty Senators and those
Senators whose terms did not expire in 2003.
I. Call to Order
II. Roll Call
III. Report of Committees
A. Nominating Committee for Faculty Officers, Mark Taggart
Election of Faculty Officers (attachment 1).
B. Committee on Committees, Henry Ferrell
Election of Academic, Administrative, Appellate, Board of Trustees, Student Life, and Student Union Committee Members (attachment 2).
C. Election of Members to the Committee on Committees (attachment 3).
D. Election of Members to the Agenda Committee (attachment 4).
Faculty elected to serve on these committees will be notified via email of the upcoming Fall organizational committee meeting dates.
Please call the Faculty Senate office at ext 6537 if you have any questions.
NOMINATING COMMITTEE FOR FACULTY OFFICERS REPORT
ELECTION OF FACULTY OFFICERS
Candidates for Chair of the Faculty
Rick Niswander, College of Business
I have very much enjoyed the opportunity to serve you as Vice Chair of the Faculty. The experience has helped me obtain an even broader understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing the faculty and the University.
As faculty, we face complex challenges to our core values in the areas of our community of scholars, our shared governance, and our academic authority. Facing those challenges will require faculty leadership that can understand the breadth and depth of the issues, that can help formulate reasoned and reasonable responses and solutions, that can clearly and forcefully articulate the position of the faculty, and that can serve as an effective voice of both the Senate and the faculty. I am convinced that I can ably serve as Chair of the Faculty in each of those respects.
I hold that conviction, in large part, because of my ongoing active role in faculty governance. In the current academic year alone, I am a Faculty Senator, serve on the Faculty Welfare Committee, the Educational Policies and Procedures Committee, the Institutional Resources Computing Committee and the IRCC Executive Committee, the Agenda Committee, the search committee for the Director of the School of Art, the Non-Tenure Track Faculty Task Force, the Bachelors/Masters Integrated Degree Task Force, the Community Engagement Committee, the Economic Development Task Force, the executive committee of the Masters of Arts in International Studies interdisciplinary program, the Graduate School Administrative Board, and on three committees in my unit. In previous years, I have served on many of the above committees and also on the Teaching Grants Committee, selection committees for various University-wide teaching awards, the S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series committee, and the Senate Nominating Committee.
Two of my current roles (not mentioned above) have been particularly rewarding and pertain to areas that have long-range implications for faculty and faculty governance. First, I have been chair of the University Budget Committee since its inception. This committee and my CPA background have helped me more-comprehensively understand the intricacies of the State and University budgeting process and how the faculty can be an influence in that process. The on-going budgetary constraints faced by the State suggest that continued strong faculty leadership is imperative in the fiscal arena.
Second, I am a member of the Commission on Scholarship. This commission has just issued its report. If you have not yet read it, I urge you to go to the Faculty Senate web page and do so. The report discusses important issues that get to the heart of who we are and what we do as faculty. This report will be the core of discussions that we will have in our units and in the Senate over the next few years.
I am certain that I have the depth and breadth of experience necessary to ably serve in the visible and important role of Chair of the Faculty. I would appreciate your vote. With your support, we can move forward, together, as a faculty and as a University.
David Pravica, Department of Mathematics
The chair of the faculty champions the Faculty Manual and unit codes, offers opportunities to the faculty to articulate their views, brings together scholars from a broad range of disciplines, listens respectfully and interprets. As chair, Bob Morrison has refocused the faculty on the core values of the academic enterprise, on the Faculty Senate as the heart of faculty participation in governance, and on the Faculty Manual and unit codes as central to the functioning of the university. If elected, that is the vision I would continue to uphold and develop.
Dr. Morrison opened up forums for discourse on the university as a Community of Scholars. He facilitated the faculty committees that are drawing conclusions about the faculty reward system. Indeed, “marketability” was the sole criterion put forward for the last round of faculty raises; the Community of Scholars model leads to a much-needed alternative framework. I believe we need forums, organized by faculty representatives, to rebuild awareness of the core values of scholarship, learning and public service. This would provide a path to draw students into a role other than that of passive consumers.
Our Community of Scholars faces a serious challenge in this period. Management uses every opportunity, such as the state’s fiscal crisis, to place itself and the rationales of the commercial world at the center of the university. In the last three years, Morrison has shown us that the faculty has the capacity to meet this challenge constructively. If given the opportunity, I believe that I have the energy and follow-through to further develop this capacity.
Biographically, I came to ECU in 1994. Since then, I have chaired the Math Department’s Personnel Committee, am chairing the Unit Evaluation Committee, have served on the Faculty Senate for four years, on the Faculty Assembly for two years and on several university committees. I am a member of the AAUP. My research interests involve applications of Mathematics to various fields. Presently I am working with colleagues in Allied Health, the Medical School and the Departments of Physics and of Mathematics.
On the state level I have been active in the UNC Faculty Assembly, where I served for two years as Secretary of the Assembly, assisting Chair Richard Veit in the day-to-day operations of the Assembly. While on the Assembly I served on the Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee and on the Faculty Technology Committee.
I am active as an officer in professional associations both with the American Library Association and the American Association of University Professors. I have served as President of the ECU Chapter of the AAUP and currently serve as Chapter Treasurer. From 1996 until 2001 I served as Treasurer of the State AAUP Conference. In 2001-2002 I was AAUP State Conference President. In the 1990s I served as Chair of the Council of Public Colleges and Universities of the AAUP State Conference. While chair of the Council, we met with UNC President C.D. Spangler on a number faculty concerns including: effective faculty governance on local campuses; the role of teaching in determining merit pay; and the need for child care for working universities employees. These exchanges with President Spangler helped him better understand faculty concerns in a shared governance setting.
I believe I bring a long history of working with faculty and administrators on common issues of concern in a positive and caring way. As Chair of the Faculty during these times of transition you can be assured that I will look after faculty interests in areas such as budget, faculty rewards, and organizational change. While I don’t think we can solve the parking issue overnight, I do think we need to move away from the post World War 2 parking model we are currently using. We have seen this year at NC State University, the impact that a unified faculty can have in university affairs, where there was considerable faculty opposition to the dismissal by Chancellor Fox of a popular Provost. This was also the year of the famous freshman reading assignment controversy at UNC-Chapel Hill. The UNC-CH Faculty Council and the UNC Faculty Assembly, as well as the AAUP National Office in Washington, played major roles in supporting Academic Freedom and faculty rights on the Chapel Hill campus. Regardless of how you feel about this freshman assignment, few of us would disagree with the right of a faculty member to make a reading assignment to a class. I think we successfully defended this right in North Carolina. I was pleased to play a minor, but important role in this issue, by forwarding assessments of the situation in North Carolina to the AAUP National Office. In conclusion I believe that I can bring an open, caring, experienced style of leadership as Chair of the Faculty at East Carolina. Thank you.
Candidates for Vice Chair of the Faculty
John Cope, Department of Psychology
I have been privileged to be able to serve on the UNC Faculty Assembly this year, and you can’t help but notice the respect for East Carolina University that is granted by the other assembly delegates. ECU is becoming a major player and is perceived as a “class act” in a State that already has a lot of academic muscle. I believe this respect comes from actions that are a result of excellence of administration, faculty accomplishments and a commitment to shared-governance. As the current Secretary of the Faculty, I have worked with the other senate officers and the administration to help provide the leadership necessary for this respect. I am deeply proud of this University and the role the faculty play in shaping its direction. By running for Vice Chair of the Faculty, I look forward to continuing to work toward the same basic goals I expressed in last years’ election process: 1) to work with the Chair of the Faculty in guiding and developing policy consistent with the University’s mission, and 2) to proceed in a way that reflects the principles of shared governance by strengthening a cooperative relationship between the administration, faculty, and staff.
Ongoing Statewide financial problems, academic and administrative reorganization, and the unprecedented changes in size and mission of our University make faculty leadership through shared governance absolutely imperative. This is the time for strong faculty guidance, and if elected as Vice Chair of the Faculty, I will continue my efforts to provide a leadership role. Thank you for your consideration.
I have been at ECU since 1993 and am currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Geology, working hard toward promotion to full professor. I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in sedimentology and global climate change. For the past seven years, my research in these areas has focused on the history of climate change in the tropics and the impact of climate change on the peopling of high-elevation landscapes. I study river and lake sediments on the high plateau of the Bolivian and Peruvian Andes, lake sediments from tropical islands and, soon, river sediments on the Tibetan Plateau. My work examines tropical and high-elevation climate change over the last 40,000 years and, for more recent times (the last 10,000 years), includes investigations of the relationship between climate change and human land-use.
Although it is time consuming and sometimes un-rewarded, I believe that -- alongside teaching and research -- participation in shared governance is a major faculty responsibility. I am a firm believer in both the need for a strong faculty voice in all decisions related to the teaching and research missions of the university and the importance of individual faculty members voicing their opinions and working to promote faculty perspectives. The best universities foster the full participation of the faculty. ECU must remain among that group. In order for us to do so, faculty must continue to serve.
I have been an active participant in the shared decision-making process since arriving at ECU. I served two terms on the Research Creative Activity Grants Committee (including chairing the committee) during my first years on campus and used that experience as a jumping off point to become more involved in all levels of shared governance. I have served on the Agenda Committee; the Faculty Information Technology Committee; the University Curriculum Committee; the IRCC Charge Committee; the Parking and Transportation Committee (yes, it is painful, but someone has to do it!); the IRCC and the IRCC Vision, Planning and Strategy Committee; the Academic Standards Committee (working to reevaluate our General Education requirements); the Provost’s Commission on Scholarship (working to redefine scholarship at ECU as we attempt to become to a research-extensive university); the Coastal Resources Management Admissions Committee; and an outrageous number of unit/departmental committees. I am currently a second-term Faculty Senator.
As your vice chair, I would continue to promote the views of faculty and to work for full faculty participation in all university decisions related to our teaching and research missions.
Candidates for Secretary of the Faculty
Mark Sprague, Department of Physics
I would like to serve the Faculty in this position, and I believe that I possess the skills to do a good job. I have an excellent understanding of Robert's Rules of Order and have the ability to keep minutes in a meeting. Also, I believe that I can make "behind the scenes" contributions to keep the Faculty Senate working smoothly. One thing that I would like to do as Secretary of the Faculty is to streamline the process of electronic document distribution so that we are not faced with the situation we had in a recent Faculty Senate meeting where we were debating a committee report of which nobody had a copy!
Since 1993, I have been a member of the English department faculty in the Technical and Professional Communication concentration. My current research involves ethical issues for web-based education and the transition of students into the professional world. I will begin a case study of interns in a not-for-profit organization this Fall.
I have been active in the service of the English department, the university, and professional organizations since I joined the faculty. Last August, my department recognized my efforts with the Department of English Service Award for 2001-2002, specifically for my work on department search committees, executive and personnel committees, and the graduate committee as well as my 6 years of service as Faculty Advisor to the ECU Student Chapter Society for Technical Communication, and as a member of the Advisory Board of the ECU Outreach Network. In addition, I served the department as Writing Center Director for two years and supervised the academic internship program for five years.
My Faculty Senate service includes Writing Across the Curriculum Committee, Continuing and Career Education Committee, and Admissions and Retention Policies Committee, of which I was secretary in 2001-2002 and currently am the Chair. I am in my first term as a Faculty Senator and served one term as an alternate.
Service is extremely important to me and shared governance can only be effective with individuals who desire to serve and who wish to see this concept work. Balancing the needs of students, faculty, and administration takes thoughtful consideration and the ability to acknowledge and value different perspectives. Budget woes of the state of North Carolina, anticipated growth in the student population, and administrative changes to the Division of Academic Affairs will continue to drive the activity of the Faculty Senate and we need capable leaders to guide us. I hope you will seriously consider me for this position. Thank you.
Nominations for the 2003-2004 University Committees
(New Members are noted in bold print.)
Allied Health Sciences
Health & Human Perf.
Admission and Retention Policies Committee
Academic Library Services
Human Environmental Sc.
Social Work & CJS
Continuing and Career Education Committee
Industry and Technology
Gary Marc Trube
Acad. Library Services
Educational Policies and Planning Committee
Belk Annex 3
Theatre and Dance
Faculty Information Technology Review Committee
Faculty Welfare Committee
Belk Annex #2
Joyner East 113
Belk Annex 4
Comm. and Broadcasting
Erwin Hall 321
Research/Creative Activity Grants Committee
Yu (Frank) Yang
Joyner East 120
Health and Human Perf.
Marieke Van Willigen
Social Work and CJS
Student Academic Appellate Committee
Student Scholarships, Fellowships, And Financial Aid Committee
Bate 3204 A
Teaching Grants Committee
Human Env. Sciences
Industry and Tech.
Rawl Annex 139
University Budget Committee
Unit Code Screening Committee
A.Health Tr 306B
University Curriculum Committee
Health Sciences Library
Informational Resources Coordinating Council
Parking and Transportation Committee
Research Ethics Oversight Committee
Human Environmental Sc
Smart Classroom Technology Committee
Space Allocation Committee
Due Process Committee
Dorothea Handron - Alt
Jeanette Dolezal - Alt
Thomas Allen - Alt
Bruce Albright - Alt
Faculty Grievance Committee
Michael Schinasi - Alt
Hanna Jubran - Alt
Belk Annex 5,6
Alexandra Shlapentokh– Alt
Mary Kirkpatrick - Alt
Kathleen Treole - Alt
Belk Annex 2,7
Judy Bernhardt - Alt
Angela Thompson - Alt
George Williams - Alt
Boni Boswell - Alt
Jack Karns - Alt
Beth Velde – Alt
Richard Mauger – Alt
Nancy Shires – Alt
Donald Neal – Alt
Linda Mooney - Alt
Robin Webb-Corbett – Alt
Gary Lowe - Alt
Belk Annex 5, 6
Academic Integrity Board
Social Work &CJS
Jessica Christie - Alt
Britton Theurer - Alt
Kimberly Floyd – Alt
Chris Carolan - Alt
STUDENT UNION COMMITTEES
Cultural Awareness Committee
Popular Entertainment Committee
Belk Annex 2, 1
Visual Arts Committee
(no specifications, 2 year terms)
2003 Richard Miller Philosophy
2003 Ralph Scott Academic Library Services
2003 Henry Ferrell History
Others on the committee:
2004 Donald Neal Geology
2004 Mark Taggart Music
2004 Paul Gares Geography
(no specifications, 1 year terms)
2003 Catherine Rigsby Geology
2003 Bill Sugar Education
2003 David Pravica Mathematics
2003 Mark Taggart Music
2003 Purificacion Martinez Foreign Languages and Literatures