April 6, 2004
1. Call to Order
Chair Dennis M. Daley called the thirteenth meeting of the fiftieth session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate to order at 3:12 p.m.
2. Welcome and Announcements
Chair Daley welcomed Senators and Guests.
Chair Daley announced that Past Chair George Wahl’s wife passed away on Saturday.
Chair Daley announced that there are two items in the Red Book for the Board of Trustees Meeting that the faculty might be interested in reviewing. There is material dealing with retention for faculty and there is also the report on economic development on the impact of research universities in the Triangle.
3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 12, March 23, 2004
The minutes were approved unanimously.
The minutes from the Executive Session of Regular meeting number twelve of the fiftieth session were approved unanimously.
4. Remarks from the Stephen Jones, Vice Chancellor for Extension & Engagement
Vice Chancellor Jones commented on the mission and vision of extension and engagement to the university.
The mission of extension and engagement in the university is to partner the resources of both the university and community to produce mutual benefits. The idea is to involve the faculty, undergraduate and graduate students with real people across the state facing real issues and problems and do it in a way that deals with those things in real time. Their vision is to model excellence in extension and engagement and become among the nations’ leaders in embracing and applying this concept of engagement.
Four thrusts that have been identified for extension and engagement are: Economic Development, K-12 Excellence in Education, Environmental Sustainability, and Leadership Development.
5. Remarks from Senior Vice Provost Katie Perry
The SACS accreditation visit had very positive results. The process now goes on as they recommend to the commission, which will reaffirm the university’s accreditation by December 2004.
The reappointment promotion and tenure cycle went very well. The final decisions will go to the Board of Trustees next week.
Senior Vice Provost Perry reported on the status of the dean searches in the Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Management, and Veterinary Medicine.
6. Issues of Concern
Senator Warren would like the Faculty Senate to consider being very proactive in suggesting to the NC State Board of Trustees that there be more significant faculty involvement in the search for a new chancellor when that should happen.
Senator Peacock is concerned about some faculty not being on the listserv and therefore not receiving the ballots for elections.
7. New Business
Reappointment Promotion & Tenure Revisions
The Personnel Policy Committee has been examining the issues associated with reappointment promotion and tenure and have decided that the basic criteria that is currently in the academic tenure policy should be replaced with what is essentially the language of the six realms currently on the Provost’s website as a regulation. Vice Provost Katie Perry met with the committee and offered a small revision to the promotion criteria.
The recommendation on the six realms was voted on and passed unanimously.
8. New Business
Overhead Compensation and Summer Pay for Faculty
Fourteen months ago a work group was formed by the Provost’s Office to examine the issues of summer school compensation for faculty and also the issue of overload compensation as it was then called for faculty during their contract period. This committee was charged with examining all aspects of these issues including what the limits were, how the compensation should be made, and tracking from an administrative standpoint. The Personnel Policy Committee has reviewed the document and recommends that the Senate endorse the draft resolutions.
The document will be voted on in the next meeting.
Chair of the Faculty
Chair Daley announced that Senator Nina Allen was elected by the faculty to serve as the next Chair-Elect of the Faculty. He thanked Senator Bernhard for running.
Dr. John Griggs and Dr. Roby Sawyers were elected to serve on the Athletics Council.
The delegates elected to the Faculty Assembly were Richard Bernhard, Frederick Corbin, Harriette Griffin, and Suzanne Weiner. The alternates are Cecil Brownie and Mary Tetro.
Faculty Budget Advisory Committee
Dr. Bruce Branson and Dr. Catherine Warren were elected to serve on the Faculty Budget Advisory Committee.
9. Report on Committee on Committees
Senator Nina Allen, Chair of the Governance Committee, thanked Senior Vice Provost Katie Perry and Samara Fleming Burnette for their assistance to the committee.
University Standing Committees play an important role in the communications and infrastructure of NC State. These committees provide essential feedback to administrators in continuing to improve university administrative services and operations. Recently, faculty and administrators have expressed concerns about the effectiveness of the current structure. In response, Provost Oblinger requested an evaluation by the Faculty Senate. Subsequently, the Faculty Senate Governance Committee prepared this report with substantive assistance from the Provost’s administrative staff. The primary change in the committee structure proposed is that the support responsibility for each standing committee be assigned to the administrative office it advises
The report will be voted on in the next meeting.
The meeting adjourned at 4:50 p.m.