Deans Council Meeting
October 25, 2012
Note: At times, issues of confidentiality may require that some items discussed in these meetings be excluded from these minutes.
Members: Rich Cole, Tom Currin, Ruston Hunt, Thomas Nelson, Jeffrey Ray, Han Reichgelt, Zvi Szafran
Guests: Betsy Adams
Item 1. Updates
Dr. Szafran updated the Council on the following:
Item 2. Approval of Minutes
The minutes from the October 3, 2012, Deans Council meeting were approved.
Item 3. Discussion of Mini-Grants
Tom Nelson and Han Reichgelt have been working on mini-grant procedures and operations for the coming year. One issue is how to handle summer extra compensation for these faculty when the regulations require personnel to be paid from the budget year in which the work is performed. Betsy Adams explained the process and potential problems. Szafran agreed to follow up with Bill Prigge to see what options may be available to pay faculty for work performed in one fiscal year during the next fiscal year. Also, the document does not address what happens to equipment purchased with grant money or what happens if a faculty member receives money from the grant and then does not complete the project. This will be addressed and added to the document. After discussion, it was decided to accept the operating document in principle and work out the issues at a later time. It was also decided to start with a figure of $75,000 for initial funding.
Item 4. Part-time Faculty
A discussion was held to determine the appropriate percentage of part-time faculty being utilized. This agenda item was added at the request of the Council. Steve Hamrick recalled discussions with the former VPAA that 25% should be our target rate and that some areas at that time had very large percentages of part-time faculty. Szafran stated that our numbers have been lowered by converting many part-time faculty to full-time temps. No one was sure how the part-time percentages were calculated in the past but Szafran suggested that each dean provide statistics for their areas based both on FTE and student credit hours for face to face courses only. This discussion will continue and the data is due to Szafran by November 3, 2012.
Item 5. New Business
Szafran agreed to follow up with Bill Prigge to see what options may be available to pay faculty for work performed in one fiscal year during the next fiscal year.
Deans will provide part-time faculty statistics for their areas based both on FTE and student credit hours for face to face courses only.
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