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April 16, 2013

1. Call to Order
Chair Kellner called the fourteenth meeting of the 59th session of the NC State Faculty Senate to order at 3 p.m.

2. Remarks from the Chair
Chair Kellner announced that this would be the final meeting of the 59th session and the last meeting that he will preside over as Chair of the Faculty.  He thanked the officers/Executive Committee members, and Senators for their help and support during the last two years.

Chair Kellner noted that the most outstanding event during his tenure was serving on the Chancellor’s installation committee. 

Chair Kellner announced that next year while serving as the immediate Past Chair of the Faculty he will oversee the election process that will include the election of a new chair-elect. He encouraged faculty to begin thinking about who will be willing to take on the four-year commitment, which will be both rewarding and demanding.

Chair Kellner announced that there will be a report on the OIED (Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity) evaluation on Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Winslow Hall Conference room.  The meeting will be open to anyone who would like to attend.

There will be a mini connecting-with-North Carolina tour on Thursday, May 16, that will include a full day trip to Harnett County to visit several NC State connected sites.  There are 20 seats available on the bus, for anyone interested in attending.

Chair Kellner recognized the new senators and those that will not be returning next year.

3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 13, March 19, 2013
A motion passed to approve the minutes as submitted.

4. Remarks from Betsy Brown, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
Vice Provost Brown updated the faculty on the issue of summer salary.  

Brown reported that there were some changes in how people used their time and how they reported their effort while on grants and contracts during the summer, which resulted in an audit that took place in 2011-12.  The internal audit looked at some sample transactions in terms of paying faculty and within the sample there were a range of errors.  The error rate was at 87%, which is high. 

Comments from Duane Larick, Sr. Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives
Vice Provost Larick updated the faculty on the new College of Sciences.

There are two implementation teams still working with one being the space team that is working hard on the biological research facility and is also working diligently on trying to figure out what to do with the teaching laboratories.

Larick reported that the communication subcommittee outlined a communication plan that begins with a broad community announcement that is going to go out at the end of April to alums. 

5. Discussion on MOOCs
Vice Provost Miller reported that MOOC has been popular in the news and it is very different from what we have traditionally done.   He stated that it is entirely enabled by what’s happening in the digital world. 

Miller reported that SACS has a committee looking at the whole issue of MOOCs and how they impact accreditation and what they actually mean in terms of university accreditation.  Karen Helms serves on that committee.

6. University-Wide IT Strategic Planning Process
Stan North Martin, Director of Outreach, Communication and Consulting gave an overview of the strategic planning process specifically for Information Technology. He also solicited ideas from the faculty on that process.

Martin stated that the goal would be to have a strategic plan that is approved by the Executive Officers by the end of October so that in the November time frame they can start working with some action plans to put the goals in place and to start moving on them.  

7. Nominations for the 2013-2014 Executive Committee
The senators were asked to nominate a slate of six candidates to serve on the 2013-14 Executive Committee and the candidates with the most votes will be placed on the ballot for next year’s Executive Committee election.

8. Special Presentation
Benny Suggs, Associate Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations, Randy Ham, Associate Executive Director, and Chancellor Woodson recognized Chair Kellner as the outgoing Chair of the Faculty by presenting him with an NC State Alumni Association chair.

Chancellor Woodson thanked Chair Kellner for his outstanding leadership while serving as Chair of the Faculty.

9. Old/New Business
The Governance Committee submitted two proposals to be addressed during the Fall 2013 semester.

The proposals included a revision to the bylaws and a proposed solution for EPA/Non Faculty representation.

10.  Issues of concern/Grievance Report
Chair Kellner stated that Secretary Sawyers will post a final report on the issues of concerns. 

Chair Kellner reported that there were no grievances filed this year, which does not show that we are a purely happy campus, but rather that we have a system that isn’t working very well. 

11.  Passing of the Gavel
Chair Kellner passed the gavel to Chair-elect Zonderman for him to adjourn the fifty ninth session of the Faculty Senate.

12. Adjournment
A motion passed to adjourn the fifity ninth session of the NC State Faculty Senate at 4:50 p.m.

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