Faculty Council Meeting Minutes June 28th meeting
Diane Smith- Via Phone
Linda Nicole Morse
Tina Hiett- via phone
J. Braden Barnes
Randall Scott Sharkey- via phone
Erica- Gave overview and introductions to the council, reviewed bylaws formation and roles of each council member, highlighting officers, senior faculty, school representatives and adjunct representatives.
Discussed shared email account access
Need to come up with a plan
Robin and Erica to form a formal budget request for Dr. Brown by end of July.
Standing Subcommittee’s where an extension of current faculty concerns brought to council
Senior faculty standing subcommittee- Faculty Reclassification
Emphasis on mentorship
Members who joined this subcommittee: Janet, Diane, Merrill, Marcus, Braden and Randall
Faculty Onboarding and mentoring standing subcommittee
Members who joined: Patrick, Linda, Nicol, Lara, Robin, and Merrill.
Faculty Council Web space standing subcommittee
On My Ivy- place for information
Members who joined: Tina and Erica
Possible need for an Ivy Learn Org as well
Objectives needed for the webs pace and possible org in Ivy Learn, what does/should each space be doing?
Question raised: How do we collect faculty voices/concerns?
Generated ideas included: Google form, Microsoft Teams, Survey Monkey, Email a Rep.
Need to have process in place to direct faculty Human Resources concerns directly to HR when issues of this nature arise
Faculty Reps all shared they have sent emails to their constituents introducing themselves and sharing contacts.
Summer Faculty Loading:
Concern that it was 1/3 of pay for 40% of the work
Concern with contact hours versus credit hours as well.
Guest Presenter: Chris Sleppy- Staff Council Chair
Staff councils next meeting is July 12th
Seeking ways to get more members involved
Possible professional development day for staff, but possible partnership with Faculty
Employee appreciation day
Guest Presenter- Dr. Rod Brown- VCAA
Emphasized council will be great for seeing administration’s possible blind spots
Non- Instructional Week:
Changed faculty to any 4 days of that week Mon-Sat, minimum 32 hours on campus
Background for this communication:
Chair forums from Spring
Need for engaging sites
Deepening for interdepartmental connections
Collaboration opportunities between Student Affairs and Academic Affairs
Expended opportunities for involvement on campus
Find role for professional development
Professional Development day had mixed reviews
Measurement on enrollment, retention and completion still a concern, having employees oncomes and available to students is important.
Question: how do we make our large campus feel smaller, for example admissions representatives cannot speak to potential students on a programmatic level for each program offered, faculty do this best. Also the smaller feel is not just for students, but faculty and staff too.
ASOM 7.2 outlines non non-instructional week,
Definition included 10 non instructional days over spring/fall and can vary from campus to campus. Faculty Handbook states 32 hours.
Some campuses require faculty a 40 hour week Monday-Friday.
There is a lot going on during this week, and having all hands on deck can help.
Opportunity for individual schools and departments to treat it as professional development week as well.
Non instructional week differs from instructional weeks, instructional weeks are determines by schools/departments.
Non- instructional week is not just a week for prepping classes.
Dr, Brown admits there are perspectives missing and need to be considered.
Question: How do faculty get held accountable?
Submit plan to supervisor or dean and use honor system
There is a spirit of presence
Ex. Adjunct in service is part of this non instructional week requirement.
Math Coordinators have a LOT more prep possibly
Faculty should be able to determine the best use of their time
The question is not that faculty are not doing enough, it’s to serve students and assist enrollment, retention and completion.
Guest Presenter: Marry Henehan- Academic Affairs
Syllabus additional statement regarding food insecurity
Has a statement to place within syllabus urging students to use ERCCC and has hotlinks to additional support
Erica will email this to council to share more widely.
Council Approved the use of the statement
Next Meeting is scheduled for August 2nd 12pm-2:00pm
More discussion on Professional Development Needed and Faculty Morale.