Deans Council Meeting


September 22, 2010


Note:  At times, issues of confidentiality may require that some items discussed in these meetings be excluded from these minutes.


Members:  Bill Barnes, Dave Caudill, Tom Currin, Alan Gabrielli, Steve Hamrick, Ruston Hunt, Joyce Mills, Jeff Orr, Nikki Palamiotis, Jeffrey Ray, Han Reichgelt, Zvi Szafran


Members Absent:   David Caudill, Nikki Palamiotis


Guests:   Brichaya Shah for David Caudill


Item 1. Updates


Dr. Szafran updated the Council on the following:




Item 2. New Faculty


Szafran emailed a list earlier today showing current open positions and ranks (including temps & part-time faculty) and the proposed hires for next year.  The Council reviewed each proposed position and set priorities.  A delta cost spreadsheet will be generated, discussed with the President, and reported back to the Council soon.  New Staff – need to start searches for CE/CET technician and an outreach person.  Tom Currin and Alan Gabrielli will draft job descriptions.  Division of Engineering and Architecture will both search for half-time secretaries and were asked to draft job descriptions.


Item 3. Summer Pay


The Council discussed the proposed policy for determining summer pay for regular faculty and compared it to our current policy.  Szafran stated that the biggest change is the commitment date for faculty.  Currently faculty commit to teach the Friday before classes begin.  The proposed policy would commit faculty to teaching the course at the time the faculty member agrees to teach the course.  Additionally, compensation will be based on the actual enrollment after the summer drop date.  A study by Szafran and Hamrick found that applying the new policy would overall slightly increase pay for faculty.  It was stated that the multiple formats paragraph may require some modifications.



Item 4.  Treatment of Large Courses and Directed Studies


The Council discussed a proposed policy to compensate faculty teaching large courses and directed study courses.  Hamrick ran a report for this fall and identified courses that would have generated extra compensation by applying the proposed policy and found approximately 30 sections of low enrollment courses and several high enrollment courses that would have qualified.  The net increase in costs would have been approximately $30,000 for the semester.  After discussing different options, it was decided that having support available for those teaching large classes (graduate assistants, student assistants, etc.) would be preferable to paying extra compensation.  The Council was also in favor of giving the departments additional money for each large class they teach, to be spent on faculty support, equipment, travel, etc., at the discretion of the Department.  Szafran will redraft the proposal to incorporate these suggestions.  It was also decided that small classes should be paid at a flat rate of $100 per student for a 3-credit course for the summer semester.  Szafran stated that he is trying to deal with the dual modality issue and will send a draft to the faculty soon and then plans to have a couple of open forums for faculty to discuss this policy.



Item 5.  Comprehensive Program Reviews


Han Reichgelt distributed a handout and talked about an issue he has with the new regulations being less well defined than the old regulations and asked for clarification on who is supposed to write the report for programs not covered by accreditation reports/self studies.  Szafran responded that program coordinators or directors are required to do the program reviews as part of their duties as program coordinators or program chairs.



Item 6. New Business


Russ Hunt asked the Council to vote on the research center proposals.  All approved.

Szafran reminded the Council that he needs a list of their faculty and how they are meeting their workloads including copies of requests for release time as agreed upon.


Meeting adjourned at 4:09 P.M.