The meeting was called to order by President John
Yeutter in E 107. There was ITV access at Muskogee, Broken Arrow
Council Members in attendance: Harriett Hobbs (Library), Ernst
Bekkering (Business & Technology), Rick
Matzen (Science & Health Professions), John Milbauer (Liberal
Arts), David Scott (Liberal Arts), Lallie Scott
Arts), Dan Sisk (Science & Health Professions), Dawn Yonally
(Education), Tom Salmon (Optometry), Robert Taylor (Education), Denise
Deason-Toyne (Business & Technology), Alan McKee (Optometry), Bill
Rosener (Business & Technology)
Council Members in attendance in Broken Arrow: Pamela Louderback (Library), Jon Shapiro (Business & Technology).
Council Members in attendance in Muskogee: Joyce Van Nostrand (Muskogee).
Council Officers in attendance: John Diamantopoulos (Vice
President), Linda West (Secretary/Treasurer), John Yeutter (President).
Guests: Dalton Bigbee (VP for Academic Affairs), Mark L. Giese (Education/IR), Chuck Ziehr (Liberal Arts)
A. Invited Presentations
[Council will set aside time at the first of each meeting to visit with President Williams, VP Academic Affairs Bigbee and/or VP Administration Cherry should they be able to attend.]
1. VP Bigbee addressed the Council. He has been reading
annual reports and talking with deans. He wants faculty to know
that his office door is always open and looks forward to working with
Faculty Council. There was a question about support for research
both in funding and release time through reduced teaching loads.
He responded that he is looking for solutions to that question.
He recommended that faculty use the grant application process that Dr.
Jackson is streamlining in his area.
B. Committees and Standing Reports
These meetings will take place after Labor
Day. There are a variety of locations on all campuses. Some
will be video conferenced.
1. Peer Evaluations/Performance Reviews
There was extensive discussion of this issue. The question is whether Faculty Council wishes to pursue this issue further.
Some comments were made in reference to the
fact that there are no guidelines for merit increases that apply across
the campus. Some faculty, such as in Education, have specific
criteria to meet each year. Dr. Bigbee asked if we want
uniformity across campus. A number of concerns were raised about
how merit pay is awarded, whether the criteria is known in advance,
whether the criteria is subjective or objective, and which colleges
already have procedures in place. Dr. Bigbee said that we need to
clarify procedures for promotion and tenure. This process will
help us clarify our process and will benefit all of us. He
solicits Faculty Council cooperation and involvement in the
process. Most likely the process will be specific at the program
or department level.
The meeting adjourned at 4:15 p.m.