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University Faculty Senate

INDIANA STATE UNIVERSITY                                                                            FACULTY SENATE

ANNUAL REPORT OF THE FACULTY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE  2005 - 06 

Submitted by

Karen Liu, Chairperson

 

 


 


  

I.          Members:  Karen Liu (Chair), Richard Schneirov (Vice Chair), Linda Sperry (Secretary), William Clyburn, Julia Fine, Robert Goldbort, Larry Kunes, Yasenka Peterson, Betsy Hine (second semester), Feng Qi Lai (replacement for Betsy Hine Fall Semester), Steve Shure (Executive Committee Liaison), Susan Hoffman (Special Purpose, Part-time, Temporary Faculty Advocate, Spring Semester) and Bob English (Academic Affairs Liaison).

 

II.         Meetings:  September 13, September 21, October 5, October 19, October 26, November 2, November 9, December 7, January 25, February 8, February 22, March 8, March 22, April 5, and April 19 (15 meetings)

 

III.       Attendance Record of Voting Members

 

Absences per meeting:

 

9/13/05:    W. Clyburn, L. Kunes, Y. Peterson, R. Schneirov

9/21/05:       S. Shure (Exec. Committee liaison)

10/5/05:       J. Fine, R. Goldbort

10/19/05:     R. Goldbort, F. Q. Lai

10/26/05:     W. Clyburn, J. Fine, R. Goldbort, Y. Peterson, R. Schneirov, S. Shure (Exec. Committee liaison)

11/2/05:       L. Kunes, R. Schneirov, L. Sperry

11/9/05:       J. Fine, R. Goldbort,  L. Kunes, Y. Peterson, R. Schneirov, S. Shure (Exec. Committee liaison)

12/7/05:       Y. Peterson

1/25/06:       W. Clyburn, Y. Peterson, S. Shure (Exec. Committee liaison)

2/8/06:        W. Clyburn, Y. Peterson, S. Shure (Exec. Committee liaison)

2/22/06:       W. Clyburn, R. Goldbort, Y. Peterson, S. Shure (Exec. Committee liaison)

3/8/06:        W. Clyburn, R. Goldbort, Y. Peterson, S. Shure (Exec. Committee liaison)

3/22/06:       W. Clyburn, Y. Peterson, R. Schneirov, S. Shure (Exec Committee liaison), L. Sperry

4/5/06:        W. Clyburn, S. Hoffman (Special Purpose and Part Time Temporary Faculty Advocate), S. Shure (Exec. Committee liaison)

4/19/06:       W. Clyburn, S. Shure (Exec. Committee liaison), L. Sperry, Y. Peterson

 

 

 

 

Absences per member:

Karen Liu: 0

Richard Schneirov: 5

Linda Sperry: 3

William Clyburn: 9

Julia Fine: 3

Robert Goldbort: 6

Larry Kunes: 3

Yasenka Peterson: 10

Betsy Hine: 0

Feng Qi Lai: 1

Susan Hoffman (Special Purpose and Part Time Temporary Faculty Advocate): 1

Steve Shure (Executive Committee Liaison): 10

Bob English (Academic Affairs Liaison): 0

 

IV.       Charges and Disposition of Each

 

A. Initial Charges to the Committee:

 

1.       Review the prioritization scheme developed in the book Prioritizing Academic Programs and Services.  Then advise CAAC as to the set of criteria that can be used in evaluating program viability. 

Accepted subcommittee’s report & motion passed: 11/9/05 (8, 0, 0)

Passed to Executive Committee with Minutes: 11/10/05

 

2.       Review Promotion and Tenure Section of the Handbook (pp section III-2 through section III-6) to include "Reappointment" to ensure that policies and procedures include candidates throughout the P/T process.

 

Faculty Senate vote on new Handbook language:  9/22/05 (36, 0, 1)

 

3.       Evaluate the impact of developmental advising on faculty workload and recommend how advising should be calculated in student credit hours (SCH).

Accepted subcommittee’s report & motion passed: 4/5/06 (7, 0, 0)

Passed to Executive Committee with Minutes: 4/19/06

 

4.   Review online course evaluation (distance courses) and investigate the possibility to adopt an Electronic SIR.

Accepted subcommittee’s report & motion passed: 4/5/06 (6, 0, 0)

Passed to Executive Committee with Minutes: 4/19/06

 

5.   Replenish grievance pool as called for in the grievance policy.

Grievance Training was conducted on 3/9/06/06

Grievance Pool list forwarded to Faculty Senate office: 2/24/06

 

6.       Faculty Enrollment in Classes at ISU

            Accepted subcommittee’s report & motion passed: 4/21/06 (8, 0, 0)

Passed to Executive Committee with Minutes: 4/25/06

 

7.       Modifications to Special Purpose and P/T Temporary Faculty Handbook language to include an access to existing grievance policy and procedures

            Accepted subcommittee’s report & motion passed:  1/25/06 (7, 0, 0)

            Passed to Executive Committee with Minutes:  1/25/06

Accepted subcommittee’s report & motion passed: 4/5/06 (6, 0, 0)

Passed to Executive Committee with Minutes: 4/19/06

                             

B.     Other Charges Received

 

1.       Modification of Handbook language change on Incomplete and Vacant Grades

Accepted subcommittee’s report & motion passed:  4/19/06 (5, 0, 0)

Passed to Executive Committee: 4/26/06

 

2.   Faculty Award for Civic and Community Leadership

Accepted subcommittee’s recommendation & motion passed: 2/22/06 (6, 0, 0).

Recommendation was forwarded to the Center for Public Service and Community Engagement for their response: 2/27/06

The proposal was withdrawn: 3/7/06

 

3.   Review and make recommendation on the document, Policy on Academic Integrity, prepared by the Academic Integrity Taskforce:

Recommendations were shared with taskforce members, David Wright and Blanche Evans for future revision on the Academic Integrity document.

 

V.        Charges Remaining

With CAAC and Grad Council monitor the administrative initiative requiring “all programs to meet appropriate productivity and quality standards.”

 

VI.       FAC Actions

 

1.       Selection of Committee Members for the Caleb Mills Distinguished Teaching Awards committee, the Distinguished Service Award committee, the University Leaves committee, and the Theodore Dreiser Distinguished Research and Creativity Awards committee.

 

Lists approved:  10/19/05 (6, 0, 0)

Lists forwarded to Faculty Senate:  10/26/05

 

2.       Resolution on Program Prioritization Recommendation

 

FAC submitted Program Prioritization Recommendations to the Executive committee.  The document is posted on the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs’ website: http://www.indstate.edu/acad-aff/doc/program_prioritization/fac_report.pdf

 

Motion passed: 11/9/05 (8, 0, 0)

Document forwarded to Executive Committee: 11/10/05

3.       Special Purpose, Part-Time Temporary Faculty

 

Recommendations were made to change Handbook language regarding the definitions of Lecturer I, II and III.

 

Motion passed: 1/25/06 (5, 0, 0)

Passed to Executive Committee with Minutes: 2/8/06

 

FAC recommended having a special purpose, part-time temporary faculty advocate serve on the FAC committee.  It is a speaking but non-voting seat.  The advocate will receive an equivalent to one credit hour (or at least $1,000 stipend for serving as the SP & PTT Advocate on FAC.

 

Motion passed: 1/25/06 (5, 0, 0)

Passed to Executive Committee with Minutes: 2/8/06

 

4.       Resolution on Faculty Advising

 

FAC recommends the following process and procedures to implement “Developmental Advising”

·         “Developmental Advising” load will be determined at the departmental level.

·          “Developmental Advising” credit hour must be calculated into faculty’s semester workload or as an overload

 

Other Recommendation:

·         It is recommended that the developmental advising be assigned to designated faculty members in the department.

·         University and College will provide annual training to developmental advisors. 

·         Academic Affairs will produce a Developmental Advising handbook

·         Academic Affairs will develop or adopt an assessment instrument to measure Developmental Advising outcomes

 

Motion passed: 4/5/06 (7, 0, 0)

Passed to Executive Committee with Minutes: 4/19/06

 

5.       Resolution on Grievance Policy for Special Purpose and Part-Time Temporary Faculty

 

FAC recommended that special purpose and part-time temporary faculty will be given access to existing grievance policy and procedures.  Handbook language modifications were made.

 

Motion passed: 4/5/05 (6, 0, 0)

Passed to Executive Committee with Minutes: 4/19/06

 

FAC recommended that special purpose and part-time temporary faculty advocate will have a speaking but non-voting seat on the grievance committee.  Handbook language modifications were made.

 

Motion passed: 4/5/05 (6, 0, 0)

Passed to Executive Committee with Minutes: 4/19/06

 

6.       Resolution on Faculty Enrollment in Course(s) at Indiana State University

 

FAC recommends that the following paragraph be inserted between paragraphs 3 and 4 on page III-4 of the Faculty Handbook:

 

“A faculty member who wishes to enroll in any course at ISU must seek approval, in writing, from the Dean of the College offering that course.  The Dean will then either deny the request and notify the faculty member or consider approval in consultation with the faculty governance body of that College.  If the faculty governance body approves the request, a record of the approval is forwarded to the University’s Office of Academic Affairs and the faculty member may then enroll.  If the faculty governance body denies the request, it is forwarded to the Faculty Senate’s Executive Committee, who will consult with the Provost in reaching a final decision to approve or deny the request.  In considering whether to approve or deny a faculty member’s request to enroll in a course, the Dean should act to prevent conflicts of interest that the requested enrollment could create.  Such conflicts of interest may include the following:  (1) the faculty enrollee may be evaluating the instructor for tenure or other reasons;  (2) other students in the course may be taught by a fellow student;  (3) the faculty enrollee may receive undue preferences from the instructor;  (4) there may be long-term consequences of retribution in the case of work or grade disagreements; and (5) the faculty enrollee may have undue access to information about fellow students/instructors (e.g., other students in the course may need to be licensed or served by the faculty enrollee; or, the instructor’s privilege in terms of academic freedom may be violated).”  

 

            Motion passed: 4/21/06 (8, 0, 0)

Passed to Executive Committee with Minutes: 4/25/06

 

 

7.       Resolution on Handbook language change on Incomplete and Vacant Grades

 

FAC recommends that the following paragraph be inserted into Handbook (Grades and Standards, section III-8) at the end of second paragraph. 

 

“In the event that the instructor from whom students receive an IN or an NX grade is no longer employed by Indiana State University or incapable of performance due to medical conditions, the disposition of students’ eventual grade resides with the appropriate department chairperson.”

 

Motion passed:  4/19/06 (5, 0, 0)

Passed to Executive Committee: 4/26/06

 

 

VII. Recommended Charges for 2005-2006

 

A.     Evaluate the existing course assessment tool (SIR II).

 

B.     Review distance course evaluation instrument and make an adoption recommendation.

 

C.     Examine Handbook language on Grades and Standards. Add minus (A-, B-, C-) grades into the grading system.