Extended Deans Council Meeting
February 13, 2013
Members Absent: Jeff Ray
Guests: Tom Ball for Jeff Ray; Joel Fowler, Faculty Observer
Item 1. Approval of Minutes
The minutes from January 16, 2013 and January 23, 2013 were approved with one correction to the January 23 minutes: correct “Nobel prize winner” to “Pulitzer prize winner” in the reference to Isabel Wilkerson. Corrected.
Item 2. Updates
Szafran updated the Council on the following:
Item 3. 5th Year SACS Report
Becky Rutherfoord went over the timeline for the completion of our upcoming SACS 5th Year Report. The report will include a mini self-study and results of our QEP which must show that we collected data and followed our process regardless of the outcome. Becky asked for recommendations for chairs and committee members (may include staff) as soon as possible so that the committees can be formed and work can begin. The final report will be edited and reviewed by Senior Staff and must be completed by Spring 2015. Becky further stated that it is critical that a SACSCOC liaison be identified and allowed to shadow her until she retires so that they will be ready to take over this responsibility.
Item 4. Part-Time Faculty Pay
The deans each reported on the pay scale and criteria used to determine the pay rate for the part-time faculty in their departments. The results varied between schools and even between departments within the same school. After a discussion, the following points were suggested:
Szafran stated that it is acceptable to have different rates between schools and even departments but that the deans need to be able to rationalize this. He asked the deans to prepare a proposed pay scale and rational for their school as a whole or by department. The criteria may include a base salary with increases for degree held, teaching experience, undergraduate versus graduate courses, and length of service at SPSU. This is due in two weeks and will be reviewed at a future Deans Council meeting.
Item 5. End of Year Additions
Item 6. Faculty Senate Meeting Schedule
It was suggested that the Faculty Senate meet more often and suggested at least bi-weekly meetings or a different meeting time that would allow longer meetings when needed. The Council agreed and asked Tom to draft something for them to review and forward to the Faculty Senate.
Item 7. Space Issues
The Council discussed space needs and even with the acquisition of the Rose Street property there will be a severe shortage of faculty office space for Fall 2013. Szafran stated that hiring has not been determined for next year yet so our real needs have not been determined. Szafran will follow up with Bill Prigge about the possibility of using space in the residence halls for faculty and will report back his findings. Tom Currin and Jeff Ray are working out the details regarding the SME office space.
Item 8. Center for Digital Engagement
This was approved by the Council and will be forwarded to Dr. Rossbacher for review and approval.
Russ Hunt also stated that we need to have some procedure in place to handle accepting or denying industry donations. Hunt will send something to Zvi on establishing a procedure for handling industry donations to take to Senior Staff for discussion.
Item 9. New Business
Future Agenda Items:
Meeting Adjourned at 3:58PM