May 2015

FACULTY REPRESENTATIVE ASSEMBLY MEETING

May 8, 2015

Attendance: Mary Coussons-Read, David Weiss, Michele Companion, Joe Postell, Mandi Elder, Tom Zwirlein, Peggy Beranek, Morgan Shepherd, Monica Yoo, Pam Carter, Rebecca Webb, Suzanne Cook, Curt Holder, Lisa Hines, Karen Livesey, Stephanie Spratt, Anna Kosloski, David Havlick


Call to Order / Approval of Minutes:

Motion to approve the minutes from April 10, 2015 meeting by Morgan Shepherd
Seconded by Peggy Beranek
Motion passed unanimously, with 0 opposed and 0 abstentions


Reports of Visitors:

Mary Coussons-Read, Provost:
Academic Affairs is collaborating on an audit of faculty service with Faculty Assembly to look at efficiency of faculty service. We will be working on that over the summer and will bring it back to Faculty Assembly in the Fall. Please be sure to give your input and get on the list of undocumented service faculty are serving on, if applicable. Dr. David Laude, Senior Vice Provost for Enrollment & Graduation Management at UT/Austin, visited the campus on April 24 and gave several informative presentations. As a result, we will focus on working with individual units to concentrate on an undergraduate emphasis, including undergrad research and undergrad engagement. Commencement is next Friday and we are looking forward to a well-attended event by the faculty. We will be advancing two new degrees, Master of Science in Athletic Training and Bachelor of Arts in Inclusive Elementary Education, to the Board of Regents in June. In Leadership Team this morning, it was discussed that the campuses must develop a set of metrics to measure progress. This is a directive from the Board of Regents and we will get a framework in front of the regents in June. We will need to get faculty input in the Fall.

David Weiss, Director of Compass Curriculum:
An update was given on the new Compass Curriculum program (formerly the campus-wide General Education program). The program was available only to Freshmen this year. Transfer students will be starting this program in the Fall. It starts with Gateway (GPS) for Freshman year; Explore for Sophomore year; Navigate for Junior year; and Summit for Senior year. We will be offering faculty development workshops again this Fall. We have a website geared for both faculty and students. We also have a faculty-led effort on assessment and we will be offering grants.


Officer Reports:

President’s Report

Vice-President’s Report
No report; not present

Past President’s Report
No report


Reports from Standing Committees:

EPUS:
Report and survey

Personnel & Benefits:
Report and Memo 

Budget Advisory Committee

Faculty Minority Affairs Committee

Women’s Committee

Non-Tenure Track Faculty

Teaching with Technology

Library:
Not present - no report

Intercollegiate Athletics

Sustainability

PRIDE

Misconduct in Research, Scholarship & Creative Activities


OLD BUSINESS

None


NEW BUSINESS

  1. Representatives’ Reports –
    1. College of Business Representative Peggy Beranek stated that Associate Dean Cathy Claiborne from COB brought up an issue concerning a problem with the switched final exam schedule and instructors having Friday-only parking passes and getting a ticket. It was mentioned that this issue should be easily corrected with Parking.


Adjournment:

Motion to adjourn the Faculty Assembly Meeting by Mandi Elder
Seconded by Anna Kosloski
Motion passed unanimously
Meeting adjourned at 1:03 p.m.