MINUTES of the Faculty Council Meeting
Friday, November 3, 2000
Members in Attendance:
A. Committees and Standing Reports
1. Minutes of September 1 Meeting, Informal
Minutes of October 13 Meeting
The minutes were amended to reflect
the accurate proceedings and accepted by the group.
2. Treasurer's Report
The treasurer reported that we had received
an annual budget allotment of $4,815. Most of that allotment was committed.
We also anticipate a roll-over amount from the previous fiscal year. That
roll-over has not yet occurred.
B. Old Business
1. Noel-Levitz Advisement Workshop Update
2. Faculty Concerns With NCA
Three issues were discussed related to the NCA Self study: (1) the
time required to complete the tasks being delegated to faculty interfered
with value-added activities for serving students, and (2) there appeared
to be a bureaucratic micromanagement of faculty, as evidenced by the syllabus
and faculty data summary format, and (3) there appeared to be a stealth
introduction of Object Based education, without appropriate faculty advise
The council determined that a private meeting between Dunn Faires and
faculty representatives to discuss these issues would be an appropriate
3. Mentoring & Faculty Input on Promotion
K. Paris will be requesting input from faculty regarding this issue,
but it was noted that a "mentoring task force" is being developed by VP
4. Restructuring University Committees Initiative
A task force or "Committee on Committees will be developed
5. Faculty Community Service Initiative
L. Ethridge brought information on "service learning" an activity having
students do work in the community which meets both the needs of the community
and the students' education.
6. Disability Insurance Policies & Procedures
K. Medlin was scheduled to appear at the Dec Faculty Council meeting,
but it was determined that the issue had been resolved to the satisfaction
of those concerned.
7.. Merit Pay Policies/Procedures Updates
The faculty expressed concern that there was no definition of "merit".
Some also expressed concern that the current focus on senior faculty had
a negative effect on the morale of those who were being encouraged to produce.
The council determined that it would be appropriate to communicate these
concerns to the administration, and to request that criteria be identified
for "merit" pay raises.
C. New Business
1. Faculty Workload Issues: this
issue was discussed above (B 2)
2. Meetings With Vice-President
3. Improving Campus Communication:
a general faculty meeting to discuss issues was suggested as a means to
accomplish this objective
D. Other Business
G. Alexander reported that on 9/13 a female faculty member received
an obscene phone call, which was recorded by her voice mail. This faculty
member immediately reported it to campus police, and obtained a recording
of the call for evidence. Only after a follow-up call by the faculty member
did the campus police on 10/16 view a video tape of the call, and identify
the student. The student has asserted that the call was meant as a prank.
The office of Student Conduct and Development (Ginny Wilson) has assessed
only minor penalties for this crime, and has given only an oral reprimand
to the student.
The Faculty council unanimously adopted the following resolution:
The Faculty Council wishes to express its concern and support for Dr.
Marianne Bennett in the recent alleged incident of sexual harassment and
requests that the NSU President assure the Council that BOROC policies
and procedures have been followed appropriately.
Original to: Dr. Larry Williams, NSU President
Dr. Marianne Bennett
Dr. Gene Kozlowski
Dean Penny Dotson
Dr. James Pate
Ms. Ginny Wilson, Director, Student Conduct and Development
Mr. James Vernon Jr., Lieutenant, Campus Police
Dean Ron Cambiano
Mr. Dennis Bearpaw, Director, Personnel