Minutes of Meeting

Faculty Affairs Committee Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 12:15 PM

Location: OFE/FA Conference Room - Osprey Commons, Bldg 16, 3rd Floor, Rm 3108

Call to Order:

The meeting was called to order at 12:15 PM by Gordon Rakita.

Members Present:

Gordon Rakita, Chip Klostermeyer, David Fenner, Scott Hochwald, Radha Pyati, Ali Jahan-Mihan, Sherry Pinkstaff, Julie Ingersoll, Cynthia Cummings

Members Absent:

None.

Others Attending:

Matt Davies (Chemistry)
  • Approval of the Minutes
    Minutes from December 8, 2016 were approved by the committee.
  • Announcements/Old Business
    • Rakita announced that proposed language for a No-Confidence Process was going forward for a third first-reading.
    • Rakita said that the Unity Statement was going forward for consideration of FA adoption. 
    • Rakita announced that he would be meeting with the SGA president to convey that FA was not in favor of a syllabus bank. Some means by which to meet student needs without compromising faculty needs would be explored. 
    • The question of what number of faculty should constitute a quorum for FA meetings had been raised; data regarding how many faculty are attending FA meetings is being collected.
    • Fenner will be working with the FAC and Research Council to develop a draft of a Scholarship Statement, complete with recommendations. This Statement will be developed from the results of the Research Survey.
  • New Business
    • The Committee voted to remove reference to summer teaching from all of our teaching award guidelines. Summer teaching is a regular part of the assignments of lab lecturers – who were being disadvantaged by not being allowed to include reference to it in their award applications. 
    • The Committee discussed the creation of an Investor Responsibility Advisory Committee. Pyati will draw up a set of questions and concerns to be addressed by those proposing the formation of such a committee. Rakita will communicate those concerns and the committee’s recommendation to the petitioners.
  • Future Business
    • The Committee will take up discussion of make-up tests. There is a concern that students who request make-up tests expect those tests to be, in some measure, the same as the regularly scheduled test.
    • Moving to a Faculty Senate 
    • Student Behavioral Issues
    • Campus Climate Survey – launch in Spring
    • Retired faculty Email accounts issue
  • Adjournment & Next Meeting
    The meeting was adjourned at 1:45 p.m.
    The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 12:15 PM in the OFE/FA Conference Room.