8_27_2021 Indy Faculty Co Meeting Minutes

Indianapolis Faculty Council Meeting

August 27, 2021


Zoom Meeting


PositionNameYES / NO
ChairErica Barrowy
Vice ChairJanet DalzellY
SecretaryAndrew BuckleN
TreasurerLes MeyerY
Senior Faculty RepDiane Smith 
Senior Faculty RepBrianna PikeY
Adjunct Faculty RepLinda MorseY
Adjunct Faculty RepRomán GraffY
Rep for School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering & Applied TechnologyJ. Bradon BarnesY
Rep for School of Arts, Science & EducationMichael SparksY
Rep for School of Business, Logistics & Supply ChainBarbara BurtonY
Rep for School of Health SciencesMarcus StoweY
Rep for School of Information TechnologyPatrick BennerY
Rep for School of NursingMichelle Shaffer 
Rep for School of Public Affairs & Social ServicesMegan OedLara sub


  1. Goodbye to dr. Brown
  2. Dr. Esters:
    1. There will be a nationwide search for new VCAA, paid by SO. Goal is installation by Feb, Jan preferred. Dean Koller will be chairing search. Faculty rep on committee up to Dr. Koller.
    1. Chancellor’s Innovation fund: $100k-120k for recruitment and retention grants. Open to faculty/staff. Work must be done in cooperation with a community org. Watch for draft language about this in next weeks.
    1. Diversity Task Force – Alonzo Ross, Emily Watson. This force’s reporting will go into new director of DEB search. Equity Coaching and Auditing from UK.
    1. Task force on Teaching, Learning, Completion – Brandon Houston, Natasha Wickenheiser Current data, best practices, benchmarking , Faculty Fellows, PD options. They’ll have recommendations by Feb 2022.
    1. Chancellor’s Celebration – community celebration,
    1. Erica brought up community issue – Sherry asked “what do you want from community? What does community look like?”
  3. Faculty Listening Session Debrief (all) (~30 minutes)
    Honest sharing of feelings and concerns. Do we need another one? (per semester? Per year?) Concern about adjunct non-attendance.
  4. Faculty Loading Taskforce Update on Academic Professional Model (Erica) (~10 minutes)
    Taskforce makes recommendations, has academic prof. model document – TRUST involved in definition. Goal for end of year recommendations.
  5. Update on Chancellor’s Transition Team (Marcus) (~5 minutes)
    Dr. Esters has peer mentors from other colleges advising him, he’s aware of his PR issues. Operational efficiency is something we need to think about. Community focus will feed both ways.
  6. Ivy Online Discussions:
    1. IvyOnline Class Scheduling & Payrate (Erica & Pat & et al) (~15 minutes)
      Wave structure. IvyOnline pays FT instructor contract for Wave 1 classes, is this a way to help budget? Questions: How are faculty chosen? Who chooses faculty for teaching? What are criteria? New rank ordering – new folks are good to go, once you’re experienced your evals count.
    1. Discussion on IvyOnline teaching limits (Erica) (~10 minutes)
      This is being reconsidered – IvyOnline wants good/experienced teachers.
    1. Discussion on early opening of classes on IvyOnline (Erica) (1 minute)
  7. Ivy+ & Banded Tuition Discussion (Braden) (~15 minutes)
    Bradon’s concern is that for 12 credit students, this is a tuition hike/money grab. Philosophy of teaching/service vs corporate issues/bottom line.
  8. Department Chair definition discussion (Braden) (~15 minutes)
    ASOM dept chair – are all faculty whose jobs satisfy that definition paid at that level?
  9. Plans for the Indy faculty council for the upcoming year (all) (~20 minutes)

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