Leadership Council Minutes
NOTE: At times, issues of
confidentiality may require that some items discussed in meetings be excluded
from these minutes.
Glenn Allen, Austin Asgill, Tom Ball, Bill Barnes, Richard Bennett, Renee
Butler, David Caudill, Lance Crimm, Tom Currin, Venu Dasigi, Ameen Farooq, Alan
Gabrielli, Steven Hamrick, Bob Homer, Ruston Hunt, Sonny Kim, Andrew McMorran,
Joyce Mills, Julie Newell, Mark Nunes, Ilseok Oh, Jeff Orr, Nikki Palamiotis,
Phil Patterson, Dawn Ramsey, Jeffrey Ray, Nancy Reichert, Han Reichgelt, Ronny
Richardson, Richard Ruhala, Becky Rutherfoord, Khalid Siddiqi, Denise Stover,
John Sweigart, Zvi Szafran, Andy Wang, and Tim Zeigler
MEMBERS ABSENT: Dawn Ramsey, Denise Stover
GUESTS: Pam Frinzi, Bill Prigge
Item 1. Updates
Szafran introduced Bill Prigge, our new Vice President for Business and
Szafran updated the Council on the following:
- Budget – There is nothing
new to report at the present time. There
is a proposal for no formula funding for one year and a budget cut of
10%. Our cut this year was 8% so if
approved the cut will be an additional 2%.
No decision has been made on a tuition increase. The changes to the HOPE Scholarship are
complex and will result in a reduction in the amount and possibly the
number of awards given. Books and
fees will no longer be covered.
Federal Pell Grants are being reduced as well. Chairs should keep this in mind when
scheduling future classes.
- Degree Proposals – When
submitting these proposals to the System Office, we will most likely be
asked if we can afford to offer these programs with a tuition increase and
without formula funding. He stated
that our answer would be no, that the cost cannot be covered by tuition
generated alone and that new programs generate costs campus-wide, not just
in Academic Affairs.
- ETCMA – proposal is ready
- Education – is in the
- STEM Grant – The STEM
Grant of $350,000 awarded to SPSU in 2007 must be reapplied for and that
only one-half of the grants will be re-awarded. Currently approximately $210,000 of our
grant is being used for faculty salaries.
SPSU has re-applied for the grant and is waiting for the results.
- Engineering Alliance
Banquet – Two SPSU students were honored at this event – SPSU had the top
Engineering student and the top Engineering Technology student.
- Tech Fee – 40 proposals
totaling 1.8 million dollars have been submitted for funding.
- End-of-Year Equipment
Money – Some $500,000 will be available for end of year spending and
encouraged everyone to prepare and submit their departmental
requests. These requests, as well
as tech fee requests, will be carefully scrutinized to determine if future
or additional costs may be incurred as these factors may impact the
decision on whether to approve them or not.
Item 2. Evaluation of Part-time and
Szafran reviewed the evaluation form for part-time and temporary faculty and
asked the chairs for feedback. Some
comments/concerns from the Council were:
- Classroom assessment –
chair does not attend class, review exams, etc., for part-time and
temporary faculty and only uses student evaluation to assess these faculty
- Some part-time faculty are monitored by regular faculty – who should
do the evaluation? Szafran
responded that this is ultimately the chair’s responsibility. Appointee
from chair may do the evaluation but the chair is responsible for making
sure it is done.
- When/how often should this
be done? Some departments only hire
part-time faculty for one semester and if this is done once per year the
SIRs may not be back in time for the evaluation.
- There is currently no
P&P for part-time faculty activities but there probably should be one.
- Suggest we do part-time
evaluations in September to reduce the time crunch in the spring.
- Require evaluation the
first semester hired and thereafter annually.
- If the faculty member
works for multiple departments do they each evaluate the faculty
member? Szafran responded
- Evaluation of all faculty (including part-time and temporary) is a SACS
- This evaluation process is
to begin with the next academic year.
- Chairs can ask for
whatever evidence they need from the part-time and temporary faculty.
- Add a summary conclusion
to the evaluation form
- Senate needs to review the
form before the end of the year so we need to get the final version to Pam
- Leave off summary
conclusion about satisfactory/unsatisfactory/no rehire because there is no
guarantee of future employment.
- Is a face-to-face meeting
required with the faculty member?
Szafran responded no, but the faculty member must be given a copy
of the evaluation and an opportunity to respond.
Item 3. Comprehensive Program Review
Homer gave a brief update and passed out a handout of what the reviewers will
be looking for. Dr. Szafran sent out a
link last year to the current reviews and the timeline of when they are due for
the chairs to review. He stated that a
professional body accreditation review can be used as long as all questions are
answered in the review. It was stated
that the P&P is not clear about how the reports get from the department to
Bob Homer to be posted. Szafran stated
they should be sent directly to Bob.
Szafran will go over the P&P and send it out to the Council for
review and finalization.
Item 4. Honors SPSU 1001 Questionnaire
of some Honors cohort issues, Nancy Reichert distributed and asked the Council
members to fill out a questionnaire about how they will be incorporating SPSU
1001 into their programs.
Item 5. New Business
- Advisor Training – Dawn
Ramsey announced there will be summer workshops for advisor training and
that 95% of the full-time faculty participated in the mandatory advisor
training this year. Summer will be
round two and will cover a two-year plan.
It was suggested that all professional advisors attend the summer
training. It was suggested that we
need to have a new form for evaluating full-time faculty that specifically
addresses the faculty advising requirement.
- Administrator Contracts - The
BoR has requested that faculty administrators’ contracts include
terminology that details what happens to faculty administrators when they
no longer serve in their administrative capacity.
- Ethics Training - The BoR
has further stated that both faculty and staff must comply with the
integrity policy and complete the required ethics course. Anyone, whether
faculty or staff, who does not comply is subject to termination per the
adjourned at 4:00 P.M.