NORTHEASTERN STATE UNIVERSITY
Minutes of Faculty Council Meeting
March 7, 2003
Members in attendance: Alicia Casas-Celaya, Julie Sawyer, Vanessa Hardbarger,
Linda West, Jackie Schumaker, Gary Wickham, John Milbauer, Lallie Scott
Substitute delegates: Andrew Vassar for Mayrene Bentley, Joyce Van Nostrand
for Diana Mashburn, Randy Snider for Rick Matzen, Debbie Stansell for Grant
Alexander, Ronald Schaefer for Dan Glasgow
Other faculty in attendance: Rex Pjesky
A. Committees and Standing Reports
1. Minutes of February 7, 2003 meeting
The minutes were approved with one correction. Under C. New Business, 3.
Faculty Awards Committee, Jackie Schumaker's name is misspelled. Correct from J.
Shoemaker to J. Schumaker.
2. Treasurer's Report
Secretary-Treasurer Julie Sawyer, stated that the balance as of 02/05/03 was
$6,574.29 with $25.75 being expended in January. The $1,500 approved for
Undergraduate Research Day has not yet been paid out.
3. Welfare Committee Report
Vice President Alicia Casas stated there was nothing new to report from the
B. Old Business
1. Instructor Evaluations (Update)
Casas, who chaired the meeting in the absence of Kenny Paris, reported that
the revised evaluation instrument had been sent to Tammy Perry for formatting.
Perry will contact Julie Sawyer, chair of the revision committee, for
2. Nominations Committee Report
Casas told the council that Paris has visited with faculty members about
running for faculty council offices, and that Paris had requested that delegates
encourage faculty to consider serving in these positions. All three offices will
3. Faculty Awards Committee
Casas stated that Dana Eversole, chair of the Faculty Awards Committee, has
notified nominees for the Circle of Excellence Awards. One Awards Committee
member has been nominated and therefore resigned from the committee; that
individual will be replaced. The awards ceremony has been scheduled for April
30, 2003, at 3:30 p.m. in the NET Tower Room.
4. Workshop on Portfolio Development
Casas reported that Dr. Pate and Dr. Paris will offer a workshop on
developing a professional file for tenure and promotion. The workshop is
scheduled for Thursday, May 1, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. The workshop is open to
all interested faculty. Invitations to attend will be sent to faculty eligible
for tenure and promotion as well as to new faculty.
C. New Business
John Milbauer told the council that some faculty members had recently
received a letter stating that their contracts will not be renewed and that an
explanation as to the reason for the non-renewal was not included. Discussion
centered around the ongoing issue of the adoption of a policy at NSU for
providing written explanations for terminations and non-renewals if requested by
the affected party. The council decided to ask Kenny Paris to follow up on
the specific cases with the administration, to determine the status of the
previously discussed policy being considered by the Regents, and to put the
issue on the agenda for the April meeting.
D. Other Business
Linda West asked if the delegates would like for her to update the website
she created for the Faculty Council. The members enthusiastically agreed to her
suggestion and thanked her for her efforts. West stated she would design a new
site for implementation in the fall.
The next meeting of the Faculty Council will be held on Friday, April 4, 2003
at 3:00 p.m. in the NET Tower Room.
Submitted by Julie Sawyer, Secretary-Treasurer