Faculty Council Minutes -- August 2011MINUTES
DBCAFLS FACULTY COUNCIL MEETING
August 19, 2011
Rosen Center Conference Room
Hayden Brown – ANSC
Kristofor Brye - CSES (Chair-elect)
Ron Buescher – FDSC
Don Edgar – AEED
Ken Korth – PLPA
Tim Kring - ENTO
Jeff Miller – AEED (Chair)
Cindy Moore - HESC
Brad Murphy – HORT
Scott Osborn - BAEG
Thad Scott – CSES
Leslie Edgar – Ag Curriculum Sub-Committee
Mike Richardson - Graduate Council
Michael E. Vayda – Dean and Associate Vice President for Agriculture-Academic Programs
Lona Robertson – Associate Dean
Call to Order – Jeff Miller, chair, called the meeting to order at 2:30 p.m.
Approval of Agenda – Motion made and seconded to approve the agenda. Motion adopted by voice approval.
Approval of Minutes – Motion made and seconded to approve the July 15, 2011, Faculty Council minutes. Motion adopted by voice approval.
Bumpers College - Dean Mike Vayda
The provost will meet with Bumpers College faculty on October 10 from noon to 1:30 pm.
The promotion and tenure (P&T) guidelines for personnel documents have been reviewed by an appointed committee and the Division of Agriculture's P&T guidelines have been reviewed as well with the intent to make sure the College was in line with changes coming from Faculty Senate and to reconcile the Division's policies and the College's policies. The results should be coming forward very soon. Dr. Vayda has worked with department heads to examine workload procedures. The changes would include that the workload assignment process occurs in the late fall and culminates with workload assignment by December 15. New forms are being developed and they will be shared with the Faculty Council.
The Ag Curriculum Committee is looking for opportunities for cross departmental collaboration.
Andy Proctor has been abroad this summer working to establish and re-establish European linkages for the International programs. Dr. Proctor has organized a multi-disciplinary trip to visit with Gent University in Belgium is scheduled for late September. Gent is a consortium affiliated university looking for programmatic opportunities across the college. There are opportunities developing in China for articulation agreements with two universities in China.
Biological and Agricultural Engineering is looking to develop an articulation agreement with two universities in China. Conversations have been held with delegations from Panama. The purpose of these programs is to look for opportunities of recurring relationships with partners abroad. There are opportunities for private sector support and development fundraising opportunities for the international programs.
Dr. Duane Wolf is contemplating retirement and he has requested that the College replace him as Honors Program Director. The College received 12 nominations, interviewed four candidates and will make a selection by early next week.
The capital campaign is in the silent phase through the summer of 2012. This is an 8 year development effort. The College is working with the Division of Agriculture to develop compelling messages to reach out to donors.
The College is working on its recruiting messages. From the College's staff retreat came a quick identity tag line: "Sustainable Solutions for Food, Family and Environment Issues". Dr. Vayda read additional tag lines and each department and each major will be asked to provide examples that link to the common mission.
Bumpers College – Associate Dean Lona Robertson
Dr. Robertson reviewed freshmen enrollment numbers (rough numbers) - the College has 209 new freshmen who attended orientation, which is equal to the number of freshmen and transfer students for Bumpers College one year ago. The College will most likely show an increase of 8 to 10 percent in first time enrollment.
The new Academic Integrity Policy may be found at the provost's Web site and faculty should review it and add a link to their syllabi rather than add the policy to their syllabi. Associate deans will be the academic integrity monitors for the College.
An AFLS technology committee has been formed to identify and examine the technology needs of the College and make recommendations on minimum computer needs for incoming students. Bumpers College is the only college at the University that does not have minimum computer needs for incoming students.
The University has requested that each college redesign their Web pages. The College has formed a committee of Web master types to work with Priya Kulkarni and another committee has been formed to work on the content with Howell Medders.
The Graduate Certificate in Bioenergy and Sustainable Technology (BSTCGC) program was presented at UCPC. The program passed and also passed at the University level.
Standing Committee Reports
University Faculty Senate – No Report
Ag Curriculum Sub-Committee – Leslie Edgar
Dr. Edgar provided handouts.
The only action item included a course addition of Animal Science 3491L. There was a motion made and seconded to accept the recommendation to add ANSC 3491L. Motion adopted by voice approval.
HESC Curriculum Sub-Committee – No Report
Graduate Council Report – Mike Richardson
Dr. Richardson provided a handout. Please go to this link for report summary. The topics discussed at the August 18, 2011 Graduate Council meeting included the Academic Honesty Syllabus Statement and Graduate Faculty Status. The council is considering adding another classification that would accommodate master's degree-holding faculty and allow them to serve on master's committees without allowing service on doctoral committees. Dr. Richardson asked that the Faculty Council members get feedback from their respective departmental faculty regarding the above.
Old Business – Jeff Miller
Updating Faculty By-Laws. Dr. Miller has appointed a sub-committee of Faculty Council reps (Donn Johnson, Dan Rainey, Kris Brye, and Ron Buescher (Chair) to examine By-Laws issues. The first charge was to examine changes in the P&T process, which will also lead to changes in the Personnel Document. The second charge is to look at the committee structure of the four standing committees. The sub-committee will review the committee structure to make sure it is operating under the recommended by Faculty By-Laws. The committee is also cleaning up the By-Laws and will recommend changes to the Faculty Council. Their goal is to have all By-Laws changes completed by spring 2012.
New Business – Jeff Miller
A suggestion was made to submit a one-page White Paper about the duties and responsibilities of Faculty Council.
The next meeting will be on September 16 at 2:30 pm.
Motion made and seconded to adjourn. The meeting adjourned at 3:45 pm.