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fc minutes 10-15-20

Faculty Council Agenda and Meeting Minutes

October 15, 2020


Held via Zoom

Council Attendees:  Dr.’s Julia Bryan, Frank Arbaugh, Kimberly Lawless, Gwen Lloyd, Tracy Raulson, Bernard Badiali, Ashley Patterson, David Post, Tanner Vea, Kelly Rosinger, Esther Prins, Brian Belland, Wendy Coduti; and Joey Clark (USC), and Sagun Giri (GRSC)

Guests:  Shannon Telenko, Kristen Nadermann, Hyung Joon Yoon

A quorum was reached to conduct official business.
Chair called the meeting called to order at 2:33 PM.

1.     Minutes of the Preceding Meetings (9/17/2020)

1.1.  Motion made to approve, 2nd. Motion unanimously approved.

2.     Announcements by the Chair

 3.     Communications to the Council

3.1.   Undergraduate Student Council Updates (Joe Clark)

3.1.1.  How do faculty feel about the upcoming spring semester?   What is the student’s perception on being “on camera” during the zoom classes?  We can’t require it, but we can let student’s know it’s an expectation.

3.1.2.  New member placed on the Council for Sustainable Leaders.

3.1.3.   SOAR and Restore is going well.  We’ve hosted several organizations and talks. If your or anyone you know would like t join and present about a program or something else, lease contact Joey.

3.1.4.   Are there any faculty needs from the undergraduate student council?  Fran: has there been thought to having technology tutors for faculty?

3.2.  Graduate Student Council Updates (Sagun Giri)

3.2.1.  Lions Pride Speaker Series – hosted by the College of Education Student Council   September 24 is the kick-off of the series. Speakers:  Erica Frankenberg and Starlette “Star” Sharp. Audience include both faculty and students. Twenty-
five joined live, and 1- requested the series be recorded.   October 29 speaker series will be 5:30-6:30. Topic:  What Social Justice Initiatives Look Like in the Context of Schools, Business/Industry and Universities.  Speakers: Dr’s Amy Meisinger, Ashley Patterson, SeriaShia Chatters, and William Rothwell.

3.2.2.  College Graduate-Undergraduate Student Mentor Program  Program kicks off next semester.  Mentors and mentees are in the process of being matched.

3.2.3.  How can TA’s and students help with online and remote classes? Technology help with observers of group work? (students want to help)

4.     Comments by the Dean of the College

4.1.  Spring Schedule has been submitted. Beginning to be deployed to students. Ran more smoothly this time.

4.2.  College Strategic Planning (SPC):  First draft of goals/actions and tasks was received. The Executive Committee of the SPC is working on massaging the plan.

4.3.  SIMBA:  Implementation has hit some hiccups and the university and college are learning to navigate the system. Budget wise, we are aggressively thinking about how to use our funds so we don’t have too much carryforward in the future as we will now be penalized.

4.4.  College of Education Action Plan – Implementing the development of a council of color that will serve as and advisory body to the college leadership team. This has been put in the hands of the faculty, staff, and students of color to form.

4.5.  Deans Equity Forum – Two scholars confirmed to present to the College.  On Mildred Boveda from Arizona State University will present on November 12. Marcus Jenkins from the University of Arizona will present on December 8th.

4.6.  Climate/Culture speaker session to engage students

4.7.  Sabbaticals requested for 2021-22 have been approved by the College.  They are currently in the vice provost’s office.

5.     Reports of Standing Committees

5.1.   Faculty, Staff, Student Concerns  (Tracy Raulston)

5.1.1.  Committee Members: Tracy Raulston, Tanner Vea, Matthew Kelly, James Yao

5.2.  Curricular Affairs  (Fran Arbaugh)

5.2.1.  The curriculum committee met on Monday, October 5, 2020.  Most of the meeting was a conversation with Bill Clark, associate dean of the Graduate School. The conversation centered on the graduate program review process that is being administered. Graduate programs were given a set of data and need to comment on trends, errors in the data, and/or provide explanations for trends if needed.  No curriculum applications were discussed.

5.3.   Graduate Studies and Research Policy (Ashley Patterson)

5.3.1.  Committee met on October 9 to review and recommend awarding for Student Dissertation Research Initiation Grants. Four applicants submitted materials; two were eligible for funding and will funded.  Rayne plans to contact the remaining two  whose requests were not commensurate with our funding ability.

5.3.2.  Rayne briefly discussed with the committee the early spring recruiting funding programs with a particular focus on the Dean’s Graduate Assistantship which is for new incoming students showing promise in research to work with a faculty member who either has externally funded research or is planning to submit for external grant funding.

5.3.3.  Currently reviewing 1 “Category R” Recommendation for Graduate Faculty Status.

5.4.  Technology (David McNaughton)

 5.4.1.  Positive experiences with using Archive to support live captioning in Zoom have been reported. If interested, contact Joshua Miller in CETC.

5.4.2.    Proposed bylaw change for the committee’s membership was presented at the last faculty council meeting. Joon attended today's meeting to discuss, but the committee agreed to wait until other bylaw changes can be presented and then move all to “new legislative” business for a vote in December.

5.4.3.    Proposed new wording:  With the goal of representing departments and centers within the College, Committee membership consists of, but is not limited to, one representative from the elected members of Faculty Council, two College faculty representatives, one representative from the Carrara Education Technology Center, and one staff representative. At least one graduate student and the Dean’s representative shall serve as non-voting members.

5.4.4.  Roundtable Series on Technology  Student session planned for mid-November (via Zoom).  Tentative plans for faculty session(s) in Spring.

6.     Reports of Special and Ad-Hoc Committees

7.     News from the University Graduate Council  

7.1.  Floating idea of having a residency requirement for all doctoral students.

7.2.  Requiring Chair of professional studies doctoral committee be a graduate faculty member.

7.2.1.  Esther Prins shared that this would adversely affect the ADTED program and shared the response that the program is submitting for the council’s review.

8.     News from the Faculty Senate (Wendy Coduti)

9.     Unfinished Legislative Business

10.   New Legislative Business

11.  Forensic Business

11.1.  Faculty Survey

11.1.1. Talked about feedback from the survey. Discussed and edited.

11.2.  Technology Committee

11.2.1.  New language for the committee membership was reviewed and it was decided it  would move to “new legislative business” for a vote at the December meeting.

11.3.  Standing Committees – Revision of Articles of Authority

11.3.1.  Additional suggested changes will be shared at the next meeting with the expectation that the committee will vote on those changes at the December meeting.

11.4.  Work Load and Enrollments

12.  Comments and recommendations for the good of the College

Meeting adjourned at 4:33 pm

Next Faculty Council Meeting:

November 19, 2020, 2:30-4:30 PM, Zoom meeting