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fc minutes 09-17-20

Faculty Council Agenda & Meeting Minutes

September 17, 2020

Meeting held via Zoom



Attendees: Dr.’s Julia Bryan, Fran Arbaugh, Wendy Coduti, Gwen Lloyd (partial), David Post, David McNaughten, Bern Badiali, Ashley Patterson, Kelly Rosinger, Tanner Vea, Tracy Raulston, Brian Belland, Esther Prins; and, Sagun Giri (GSC Rep), Joey Clark (UGSC Rep)

Guests: Joon Yoon, Royel Johnson, LaWanda Ward

Quorum was reached to conduct official business.
Chair called the meeting to order at 2:30 PM.

1.     Minutes of the Preceding Meetings --  April 16, 2020

1.1.  Motion made to approve and passed with one abstention and no objections.

2.     Announcements by the Chair

2.1.  Julia Bryan oriented members to the purpose and membership of Faculty Council using the ByLaws.

2.2.  Member introductions

3.     Communications to the Council

3.1.  Undergraduate Student Council Updates (Joey Clark)

3.1.1.   Student Council Activities  Kick-off mentorship program (26 mentors/49 mentees) on Sunday, Sept 13.  Soar and Restore: alternating week seminars for students with speakers one week and yoga/hangout the next. (Thursday nights)

3.1.2.   How semester is going: Thankful for classroom environments in all modes. Feel safe to attend in person.

3.1.3.   Mental Health Services are well advertised but missing what we can do to help students not get so stressed before they need counseling services.

3.2.  Graduate Student Council Updates (Sagun Giri)

3.2.1.  September 24 kick-off of Lion’s Pride Speaker Series. First 2 speakers: Erica Frankenburg and Startlett “Star” Sharp.

3.2.2.  Graduate students have been volunteering for mentoring program specific for graduate students and undergraduate students.

3.2.3.  Thankful to Dean for weekly updates and for efforts for keeping campus safe.

3.2.4.   How semester is going: Teaching Assistants are doing better. Some concerns around vaccines (when? how to get when available?).

4.     Comments by the Dean of the College (Gwen Lloyd)

4.1.  Gwen’s portfolio as Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs: faculty development and faculty review (sabbatical/PT); faculty awards; curriculum review process; WC portfolio. Member of new university-level Faculty Affairs Advisory Council, through the office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs. This group has subcommittees including Covid Equity and Promotion and Tenure. Gwen is a member of the P&T subcommittee, which is looking at both tenure-line and fixed term promotion.

4.2.  Question posed: Some of us are unclear about when there will be an announcement for budget to support faculty travel.

5.     Reports of Standing Committees

5.1.  Faculty, Staff, Student Concerns  (Tracy Raulston) – no report

5.2.  Curricular Affairs  (Fran Arbaugh)

5.2.1.  First meeting is on Monday, Sept 21, 2020

5.3.  Graduate Studies and Research Policy (Ashley Patterson) – no report

5.4.  Technology (David McNaughton)

5.4.1.  Held mMeeting yesterday to talk about changes to bylaws.

5.4.2.  Josh Miller reminded committee that the university is switching from Box to OneDrive over the next 2 semesters.

5.4.3.   Discussed round-tables for 2020-2021 and tabled discussion until next meeting.

5.4.4.    Will Diehl and Peggy Schooling were invited to join the committee. They are developing professional development sessions for school districts.

6.     Reports of Special and Ad-Hoc Commitees

7.     News from the University Graduate Councilno report

8.     News from the Faculty Senate (Wendy Coduti)

8.1.  President and Provost provided information on “off-ramp” options if Covid situation gets really bad.

8.2.  Provost: Overall we are doing pretty well financially.

8.3.  Hope to partner with Faculty Councils about faculty concerns and information – creating a two way conduit.

9.     Unfinished Legislative Business

10.  New Legislative Business

11.  Forensic Business

11.1.  Faculty concerns regarding COVID pandemic

11.2.  Technology Committee proposed change to Bylaws with regard to committee composition (presented by Joon Yoon).

12.  Comments and recommendations for the good of the College


Next Faculty Council Meeting:

October 15, 2020, 2:30-4:30 PM, Zoom meeting