1. Call to Order
Chair James D. Martin called the second meeting of the fifty-fourth session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate to order at 3:00 p.m.
2. Welcome & Announcements
Chair Martin welcomed Senators and guests.
Chair Martin welcomed Senator Amassa Fauntleroy as a member of the Executive Committee to replace Senator Wayne Robarge.
The General Faculty meeting will be October 3 at 3p.m. in the Erdahl-Cloyd Theater; the State of NC State Address will be on September 27 at 3p.m. in the Stewart Theater; the Budget Forum which is co-sponsored between the Faculty Senate and the Staff Senate will be held on October 8 at 3:30 p.m. in 2215 Williams Hall.
Remarks from the Chair of the Faculty
Chair Martin gave brief remarks on faculty retention.
The Senate paused for a moment of silence to remember the 911 victims.
3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 1, August 28, 2007
The motion passed unanimously to approve the minutes.
4. Remarks from the Provost
Provost Nielsen announced that a small group from NC State is planning a trip to Washington DC to accept the Institutional Role Model Award for Diversity which recognizes good work that is being done in the area of diversity and in the areas of graduating minority graduate students from this institution.
Provost Nielsen spoke on the following areas of concern to him.
Graduate Enrollment—What incentives we provide, what expectations we provide to drive our graduate enrollment.
Facilities versus Programs – Provost Nielsen stated that he thinks it is a major challenge and a major issue to plan buildings based on a plan of how they are going to roll out, and doing enrollment growth based on year-to-year changes and growth. He feels that those involved in space issues can help with this issue.
Faculty Satisfaction— The ability to hire people when there is a great demand and to retain those that we want to retain when opportunities are out there for senior hires in lots of places. The second part of that faculty satisfaction is the question of being family friendly.
Retaining and Improving our Information Technology Capability—The institution is going through some reformation and the concept of virtual computing is a very big item in our information technology world at NC State and thinking through what that means and how it goes is important.
The Business of Academics—Provost Nielsen stated that where you stand depends on where you sit. One thing that concerns him from the chair that he sits in is the idea of the “business of academics.” Are we sincere about it? Are we doing the right things? Are we in jeopardy because of what we are doing or not doing?
5. Retention of Tenure Track Assistant Professors (Marcia Gumpertz)
There is a task force on women faculty that was convened in March and has been meeting all summer and will be meeting through the fall. Assistant Vice Provost Gumpertz presented data that was generated from this task force.
Report on COACHE Survey of Tenure-Track Faculty (Betsy Brown)
The COACHE Survey was administered nationally by a collaborative of universities led by the Harvard Graduate School of Education. NC State participated in this survey, along with all the other UNC campuses that award tenure. There were 32 institutions in the survey, including NC State.
The purposes were to further enlighten academic leaders about the experience and concerns of tenure-track junior faculty and to provide data that led to informed discussions and appropriate actions to improve the quality of work life for junior faculty. The real purpose initially was to figure out what are the great academic work places and what can we learn from them.
6. Old Business
Council on Athletics
Senator Edwin Lindsay was elected by acclamation to represent the Faculty Senate on the Athletics Council.
A motion passed to adjourn the meeting at 5 p.m.