1. Call to Order
Chair James D. Martin called the first meeting of the fifty-fifth session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate to order at 3:00 p.m.
Chair Martin welcomed Senators and Guests.
Remarks from the Chair
Chair Martin stated that most of what they do as chemist is to think about structure and function and he likes that same idea for faculty governance. Faculty needs to find ways to assemble and do faculty governance to create the environment where they can come together and assemble and consider structure/function, structure/property relationships.
Former Senator Bill Bradley will be at NC State Monday, September 8 for the Millennium Seminar. He will deliver a foreign policy address on the reemergence of Russia and its force in international affairs. The seminar will be at 6 p.m.
The General Faculty Meeting will be October 15 at 3 p.m.
The Budget 101 Plus Forum (University Budget Forum) will be held on Wednesday, October 22 at 2 p.m. and another session will be held on Thursday, October 23 at 10:30 a.m.
Senator Edwin Lindsay was nominated and elected by acclamation to serve as the Faculty Senate liaison on the Athletics Council.
The student body president would like to have faculty participation regarding textbook cost. Anyone interested may contact the Chair of the Faculty.
Kelli Rogers, Student Senate President Pro Tempore announced that Student Government would like to solicit faculty support on a campaign to get students registered to vote.
2. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 16, April 22, 2008
A motion passed to approve the minutes as corrected.
3. Remarks from Chancellor Oblinger
Chancellor Oblinger discussed the budget in terms of what happened for NC State in the last legislative session.
The total enrollment growth funding that came to the university of North Carolina System is $34.6M of which, approximately $24.0M will come to NC State University because of its consistent growth over time.
Budget Reductions (Reduction at the System Level $16.0M)
$2.92M will come from NC State
$2.3M out of the budget academic code (16030); Agriculture Research Budget (16031) reduced by $360,000; Cooperative Extension, 16032 was reduced by $273,000
$109M Centennial Campus Library (entire funding package requested); $14.4M allocation for planning (complete the engineering complex and to plan the backfill for three buildings that will have been vacated by engineering as they make that move); $4.0M 4H Camp Improvements all over the state; $.5M renovation for the structure on DH Hill Library
The Grievance Procedure
Chancellor Oblinger stated that he and Chair Martin have had several conversations regarding the adequacy of NC State’s grievance process as it relates to faculty. The Personnel Policy Committee will soon receive the results from a task force that started meeting on this issue in December 2007.
4. Consideration/Approval of REG05.20.4 Post Tenure Review
A motion was made and seconded to accept the policy.
After a brief discussion the motion passed unanimously.
5. Report on Resolutions from 2007-2008 Session
Chair Martin reported on the status of the six resolutions that were passed during the 2007-08 academic year.
6. Report on the Grievance Process
Chair Martin plans to give the written report to the Personnel Policy Committee for them to review in confidence.
There were six grievances filed last year, and four out of the six had significant issues of jurisdictional appeal overriding the concerns of the faculty committee. Five out of the six cases have issues where the Faculty Grievance Process’ findings do not seem to have been respected.
Chair Martin stated that this is a matter of very serious concern and that is the reason it needs an objective review.
7. Issues of Concern
Chair Martin stated that three issues of concern have come to his attention.
- He received an issue of concern regarding the GEP.
- People both internal and external have asked the Senate to consider issues surrounding the appointment of First Lady Mary Easley.
- He received an issue of concern on procedures for hiring administrators who are seeking tenure.
8. Computer Use Policy
Senator Paul Williams, Chair of the Resources and Environment Committee reported that an issue of concern was raised last year about paragraph 2.11 in the old computer use policy. The committee has developed some alternative language.
Senator Williams moved approval of the policy with the opportunity for the committee to revisit the wording at a later date.
The motion was seconded and passed with three abstentions.
A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting.
The motion passed unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 5:08 p.m.