The Citadel Faculty Council Meeting Minutes

 

Meeting Date and Time:       

Thursday, November 8, 2007, 11:00 am

Meeting Location:

Daniel Library Instruction Lab

Meeting Type:

Regular

 

 

I. Call To Order

 

Chair Trautman called the regular meeting of the Faculty Council to order. A working agenda had been distributed previously by email. The Chair welcomed those attending.

 

 

II. Attendees  (substitutes shown in parentheses)

 

Faculty Council Members (attending members shown by “X” in right column)

Barsanti, Bob

Electrical Engineering

X

Betterton, Carl (Secretary 2007-08)

Business Administration

X

Bishop, Jane

History

X

Briggs, Pat

Physics

X

Brown, Kathy

Education

X

Calloway, Licia

English

X

Connor, Elizabeth

Library

X

Cooper, David

Naval Science

 

Dorko, Mike

Chemistry

X

Francel, Margaret

Mathematics

 

Grenier, Kathy

History

 

Gustafson, Danny

Biology

X

Keogh, Tim

Business Administration

X

Mays, Terry

Political Science & Criminal Just.

X

McPherson, Ray

Aerospace Studies

X

Politano, Mike

Psychology

X

Eloy Urroz

Modern Language

X

Spafford, Beau

Military Science

 

Templeton, Josey (Harry Davacos)

Health, Exercise & Sport Science

X

Thompson, Tom

English

X

Trautman, David (Chair 2007-08)

Mathematics and Computer Science

X

Woelfel, Kay

Education

X

Woo, Michael (J.A.M)

Civil and Environmental Engineering

X

 

 

 

 

 

III. Approval of Minutes from Last Meeting

 

The minutes of the previous meeting (18 Oct 07) had been sent to all members via email. Comments or corrections were requested. Members requested the following corrections: (1) In the wording of the motion for Evaluation of Instruction Committee recommendations, revise the phrase “with scantron use” to “with scantron-tabulated results” and (2) under discussion of Class absence system delete one sentence and revise the sentence prior to the motion to read, “Now we understand that it may be about two years ....” The minutes were approved with these corrections.

 

 

IV. Old Business

 

Election of Faculty Council Vice-Chair for 2007-2008.

 

Josey Templeton was nominated. There were no other nominations. Members voted unanimously to elect Josey Templeton Vice-Chair.

 

 

V. New Business

 

Updates from Graduate Council, Presidential Staff Meetings, and Academic Board.

 

Graduate Council

 

1.  In many of its graduate programs The Citadel lists as “fully accepted” many students who are really provisionally admitted and still fulfilling some entrance requirements or in the processing of having proper documentation sent to The Citadel.  Due to accrediting and reporting issues we need to properly list these students as “non degree seeking”.  This raises other problems (such as financial aid concerns.)  Directors of the affected graduate programs are working on how best to address this issue.  (It appears the key problem is that The Citadel has no way to list “provisionally admitted”, we have “fully accepted” or “non degree seeking”.)

 

2.  Will Johnson noted the MA program in Clinical Counseling has very low minority enrollment.  He asked GC for advice on how to recruit minority students.  Sam Hines recommended that Citadel faculty try to establish relationships with faculty at colleges and universities which have substantial minority enrollment.

 

Provost

 

The International Education Study Group (IESG) is established by the Provost to undertake research into and to formulate recommendations regarding international education at The Citadel.  The International Education Study Group (IESG) will include representation from the faculty, staff, student body, and alumni. The IESG will be co-chaired by Professor Donald Sparks (School of Business) and co-chaired by Maj. Robert Pickering (Study Abroad Office). A member of the Advisory Board of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences will be asked to serve as an alumni representative. Faculty representatives will be recommended by their school deans to ensure representation across the entire curriculum. One of the Professors of Military Science will also serve on the IESG. Student representatives (with junior class standing) may be nominated by their school deans and should be pursuing a major that has an international dimension.  In addition, student representatives ideally will have participated in a study abroad experience. The IESG will make its final report to the Provost in September 2008.

 

 

Report from Bill Woolsey, ad hoc committee on faculty governance

 

Bill Woolsey presented an interim report from the ad hoc committee on faculty governance. The committee developed three principles of reform: (1) Continuity of Leadership, (2) Faculty Senate Model, and (3) the understanding that the Provost can consult directly with all elements of the faculty – Deans, Department Heads, Chairmen of key committees. This third element had been understood but was made explicit upon meeting with the Provost, who also indicated his need to review the “Carter” proposal for Faculty Senate, assess Academic Board’s view on possible reform, and observe operations of Faculty Council. After further discussion two related motions were presented:

 

That the Ad-Hoc Committee on Faculty Governance forward to Faculty Council by Council’s next meeting the committee report on faculty governance structure at peer institutions.           

The motion passed unanimously.

 

That the Ad-Hoc Committee on Faculty Governance develop a draft proposal on Faculty Governance.

The motion passed unanimously.

 

Campus clocks

 

Faculty Council wants the correct time on campus clocks and personal computers. Wall clocks vary widely in stated time, and PC clocks are inconsistent with one another and with the wall clocks. The Chair will follow up on this issue.

 

Adequate sleep for cadets

 

Some faculty are concerned about cadet sleep deprivation. Activities such as the recent (29 October 2007) regimental PT do not appear to serve any obvious purpose, and are academically destructive. The Chair will send a letter to the administration on this subject.

 

Campus phone directories

 

Some faculty have need for an additional paper copy of the campus phone directory, and wonder what the policy is regarding number of copies printed and availability of extra copies. The Chair will inquire.

 

Other

 

Relative to our discussion in an earlier meeting of the Cadet Attendance System (CAS), it was pointed out that wording in the catalog does not constitute a contract with faculty.

 

 

VI. Adjournment

 

Chair Trautman thanked members for their attendance and efforts, and adjourned the meeting.

 

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Carl Betterton, Secretary