General Faculty Meeting
11 May 95

Remarks and reports

  1. Ron Gaskins (administrative dean) thanked faculty for timely submission of senior grades; called attention to the materials, etc, for the next few years' recruiting campaigns; stated that the fall 1995 numbers look good, anticipated a showing comparable to fall 1994

  2. Ted Tucker (Chair, Faculty Council) commented briefly on the activities of Graduate Council, Academic Board, the Board of Visitors, and the strategic planning task force, as well as on Faculty Council.

    Academic Board was recognized and applauded for its efforts towards establishing standards for tenure/promotion/merit.

    Professors Siskind, Redd, and Trautman were thanked for their efforts as members of the "Committee on Student Evaluation of Teaching" and their work with Faculty Council; it was noted that this is an ongoing process.

    During the past year, various Faculty Manual issues were addressed: procedures for development and modification are being formulated -- Faculty Council and Academic Board will consider proposals and forward these to VPAA. At the end of 1995, there will be a three-year "lock" on the manual; changes will be by ADDENDA, not by substitution until the next update time.
    Col. Metts noted that the current version on the VAX is the 1993 version which is the "official document." The draft 1995 version is presently with the Academic Board with a Parents' Day target for completing review. A copy will be placed in the library for perusal.
    Faculty Council also undertook a variety of "routine work:" modification of General Order 28 and its inclusion into the Faculty Manual; an ongoing investigation of the "learning disabilities" arrangements (in conjunction with the Curriculum Committee); and an ongoing discussion of "uniforming" as a part of the military-academic interaction (a follow-on to the recent SACS process).

  3. John Coussons (Chair, Committee on Committees) sketched the work done towards making 1995-96 committee assignments. These will be posted within the week. Professor Margaret Francel was thanked for her dedication to completing the process.
    With respect to a question concerning the apparent lateness of the assignments: The proposal was submitted to General Poole at the appropriate time who responded in reasonable time.
  4. Tom Dion (Chair, Campus Affairs) noted that the committee had met monthly and addressed issues and questions concerning housing, public safety, and various campus activities.

  5. John Carter (Chair, Community Relations) reported that the committee had sponsored one event each semester during the past year: enabling local school children to attend the fine arts series and participating in the Wagner Terrace cleanup program as well as supporting the Corps in April's Community Service Day.

  6. Woody Holbein (Chair, Curriculum and Instruction) noted that the committee had considered and in some cases acted upon "learning disabilities," department requests for updates and revisions to their course offerings, changes in grading policy, and various aspects of academic-minor programs. Faculty are asked to anticipate a review of the CORE program in the coming year.

  7. William Sharbrough (for Saul Adelman, Chair, Employment) reported that the committee had conducted a survey on benefits, made recommendations on merit pay, held brown bag luncheons (esp for supplemental retirement) and recommended that a consultant be retained for a salary survey. An alternate provider for the "Mark Clark Life Insurance," at less cost, had been recommended.

  8. David Shields (Chair, Faculty Development) noted that in conjunction with the Research Committee, the various areas of responsibility had been identified; this analysis will be distributed in September. Aspects include Program vs. Individual, Teaching and Pedagogy vs Research.

    Meeting were conducted by e-mail (including voting). This "virtual committee" experiment was considered to have been successful -- there were very few face-to-face meetings.

  9. David Shields (Chair, Sabbatical) reported that three applications had been received, the committee recommended that these be granted for the full year. The administration granted one for one year and one for six months; because the third individual was from the same department as one of the granted proposals, this individual was turned down for the coming year but will be offered preference for the following year.

  10. Charles Clever (Chair, Library Services) noted that the library has been operating under an interim head; that the search for a permanent head was unsuccessful. The committee has recommended that the search be reopened with a goal of a January 1996 hiring.

    The committee has recommended hiring a consultant to identify library usage; this has been postponed until after the hiring of a head.

    Concerns have been expressed with respect to funding for expansion and acquisitions. Also the dichotomy between "electronic access" and "paper ownership" of materials needs to be addressed and resolved with the new head.

  11. Jim Leonard (chair, Research) reported that in addition to processing several proposals, the committee had instituted a process in which "research" was separated from "presentation." This is a continuing project.

  12. Mike Barrett (Chair, Scholarship and Student Awards) noted that too few nominations had been received from faculty.

    The committee has direct control on the Sidney Algeron Award and the "international" (Rhodes and Fulbright) scholarships. It was recommended that the committee's intent and purpose be limited to these; that such awards as "Who's Who," "CDF," and "military" scholarships be considered by the individuals and groups which have actual control of these programs.

  13. Dot Moore (Chair, Tenure and Promotion) thanked the committee members for their efforts. It was noted that there had been considerable confusion concerning the various T&P guidelines documents in the past year but that the final document was "very nice" and would be used in the 1995-96 year.

    The committee will be developing a written document on its policies and procedures as well as having a training/orientation program for its members. These written and stable policies need to be fully disseminated.

    An appeal process for procedural difficulties is needed. The committee has also requested the establishment of a committee vice- chair and a course load reduction for the Chair during the Spring semester; these have been endorsed by Faculty Council and Committee on Committees, the latter has been tabled by Academic Board.

    Among the concerns which have been discussed with the Deans: early publishing of the annual tenure and promotion calendar; written policy documents; knowledge of standards well in advance; grandfathering during standards changes. General Orders 15 and 20 will be followed; procedures for 1995-96 will be provided by the end of 1995; charter guidelines will be followed.

    The new chair will be Peter Greim, the vice chair will be Hack Ezell.

  14. Milt Boykin (Chair, Communication across Curriculum) reported that 80% of the faculty had participated in some fashion. Thanks were directed to the writing center for its support of the program. The new chair will be Dennis Fallon.

  15. General Poole:

    Faculty Manual: concurs 100% with the Faculty Council resolution.

    Committee Assignments: apologized for delay in confirming the proposal

    With respect to assessment in the coming semesters: set achievable goals!

  16. General Watts: thanked faculty for meeting and exceeding expectations; the college has received a ten-year accreditation from SACS; anticipate a disarray in the physical plant as the barracks and utilities are upgraded.

    Various aspects of the single-gender education situation were presented. He (Watts) is optimistic and comfortable with the situation as it now stands; he acknowledged that this has been a distraction from the normal course of events.

    State support in real funds has gone done! For the next year, the current senate bill shows a slight increase but the house bill has a slight decline!

    With respect to fees and tuition, we are in the top four (but not THE TOP) in South Carolina; an attempt to hold prices will be made but a slight increase is possible.

    The college is in "reasonable good" financial shape.

    The "US News" ranking is a credit to The Citadel and to South Carolina.

  17. Peter Mailloux (Chair, Strategic Planning) acknowledged and thanked the members of the committee and its task forces and subcommittees for their work over the past year. Thanks were also extended to those individuals who had provided input to the process either at the various meetings or by e-mail. (More such input was invited!)

    The timetable: the draft document has been distributed for review and is to be presented to General Watts and the Board of Visitors in the fall semester with an anticipated implementation by the first of the new year.

  18. Dean Poole:

    Tenure and promotion standards should be in place by June.

    The Strategic planning and budget process interact; these are needed for this fall for the 1996-97 planning.

    There needs to be a review of the committee structure with a goal of eliminating unneeded committees. Also a reporting process needs to be put into place.

    Expressed frustration with the low level of communication between the dean and the faculty. Various possibilities for improvement will be addressed in the coming year.

    Classes will begin on 23 August 95.

    Greater Issues visitors will, to the extent possible, be scheduled for Saturdays and Drill periods. The recent occasion of five in one week is an aberation!

Tom Richardson, recorder (secretary, Faculty Council)
e-mail: RICHARDSONT