Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Called to Order –3:32 PM
Adjourned –3:59 PM
Officers Present: Doug Jeppesen, President Keith Bickley, Vice President Cliff Luxion, Treasurer
Amy Powers, Secretary Rich Kiefer, Senator Local 604
Senators Present: Dan Gibbons (Business and Career Technologies)
Mindy Finch (Health Professions and Public Service)
Heidi Kindelin (Counselors and Librarians)
Martine Stuckey (Communications, Humanities and Fine Arts)
Ellen Field (Developmental Education and College Readiness)
Lisa Fozio-Theilk (Social Sciences, Education and World Languages)
Nancy Christensen (Mathematics and Sciences)
Guests: Cathy Collins, Stephen Skaggs
Call to Order
Vice President Keith Bickley called the meeting to order at 3:32.
Approval of Agenda
Today’s agenda was approved as submitted.
Attendance was verified.
Presentation: Charles Miles—“Show You Care Kane”
Secretary: Acceptance of the October 9, 2013 minutes was motioned, seconded, and approved.
Treasurer: Treasurer Luxion reported that the savings account has a balance of $22,144.32 and the checking account has a balance of $100.
President: President Jeppesen discussed the IFT Convention, which he had attended in October. He also reminded everyone about the email they should have received from Human Resources about our benefits and open enrollment. He asked everyone to read it and fill out the paperwork for our Flex Spending accounts, if applicable.
President Jeppesen has been spending a good deal of time going around campus and meeting with faculty to find out what is going on in the various departments and divisions. He feels it is important to talk face-to-face with our colleagues to find out whether or not there are any issues to be resolved. He also wants to make sure that our membership feels connected to the Council leadership.
Recently, he met with Dr. Lovingood about dual credit.
He went on to talk about the first Faculty Council meeting with Administration where the following issues were discussed:
- · Engagement
- · Faculty Responsibilities
He was pleased to announce that the Autobody program, headed by fellow- faculty member Andy MacDonald, received a $50,000 grant to upgrade its facilities. He also read the college’s press releases that pertained to faculty, including John Fu, Kim Livingston, Doug Jeppesen, Tim Draper, and Amy Powers.
President Jeppesen also discussed the following items:
- · The social committee has been holding “Thirsty Thursday” events;
- · The Council received a thank-you note from Scholarship foundation;
- · John Bitterman has agreed to serve as the grievance chair with the assistance of Larry Modaff, Doug Jeppesen, and Keith Bickley
Local 604 Update: Senator Kiefer attended the Local 604 senate meeting where he received an update on pensions. A special commission has formed to make suggestions to members of House and Senate, but it has not come up with a specific proposal yet.
The main issues of concern are: COLA, retirement age, changing to a 401K.
- Duties and Responsibilities
President Jeppesen has been talking to faculty about this document. One reoccurring problem that he has seen is that a few faculty have been missing class and office hours without notifying administration.
- Administration/Council Meeting
The Executive committee is pleased to have regular meetings with Dr. Sobek and other administrators.
The first issue that the group discussed was engagement. The EC encouraged the administrators to go out and talk to faculty more. They also discussed the video shown at orientation and commented that it was not very useful.
They also discussed the new clause in the contract pertaining to syllabi. The Administration expressed concerns that faculty had old syllabi with errors. They stressed that there was no need to use template or logo, but that it was important to include information about policies. If syllabi are thorough, they will offer protection in the case of grade appeals and student conduct board. The administration also wanted the syllabi to include ICCB requirements like course description and objectives.
Faculty members expressed concern about overly-long syllabi with too much text.
- Dual Credit Courses
Stephen Skaggs explained the process of dual credit by which a high school student takes a class and receives credit for both high school and college. The number of dual credit classes is increasing every year and students are able to earn an Associate’s Degree before graduating high school. The faculty are concerned that the courses are being taught by high school teachers, not college faculty. He asked that Waubonsee faculty be involved in teaching these classes and expressed concern about the integrity of the courses and the future of full-time faculty at Waubonsee.
Doug will meet Dr. Lovingood about this. She is in the process of sending him information about the dual-credit policy.
Next steps: Research the topic and bring it up at spring meeting.
The Council will hold an election for the offices of President and Vice President at Spring Meeting in January. We will also have formal senator elections.
It is very important that we also talk about how to make sure that the counselor and librarian senators can attend Senate meetings.
We will not hold a meeting in December.
A motion for adjournment was seconded and approved at 4:38 PM.
Amy Powers, WCCFC Secretary
Assistant Professor of History