The Moon Room

A Community Forum on Guilford College Faculty Life

Faculty and Staff Guilford Edge discussion area

November 29th, 2017

Please feel free to discuss the Guilford Edge proposal and its various parts here.

You may post anonymously if you wish. Comments from anonymous and first-time posters will be held by the site software moderation until I can approve them.

The Guilford Edge website is here.

Feedback collected by the Edge team about the changes to the semester calendar and weekly schedule is here.

The faculty Learning Collaboratively folder is here, the index with background information and proposals is here, and the working list of ideas prepared for the December 6 faculty meeting is here.

The first draft of a faculty plan for the Learning Collaboratively proposal, prepared by Clerk’s Committee, based on discussion at the December 6 meeting, is here.

The second draft of a faculty plan for the Learning Collaboratively proposal, containing updates after the December 15 faculty meeting, is here.

Clerk’s Committee Meeting Minutes – November 9, 2017

November 28th, 2017

Clerk’s Committee Minutes

Thursday November 9, 2017 8:30 am

 

Clerk’s Committee Meeting Agenda

  1. Gathering and Moment of Silence 2 minutes
  2. Figuring out who’s doing the minutes (Alfonso?) 1 minute
  3. Approval of Minutes from 11/2 2 minutes
  4. Items for follow-up 5 minutes
    • Status of study leaves for 2017-18
    • SACS report
    • ADO web page
  5. Review of faculty meeting on November 8 20 minutes
  6. Potential topics for November 29 Faculty Forum 5 minutes
  7. Ongoing discussion of pressing issues 30 minutes
  • Committee structure, stipends, and compensation
  • Calendar and schedule change proposal & Edge work

 

Close in silence

 


Meeting Minutes

Minutes from November 2 were approved.

Items for follow-up:

  • Status of study leaves 2017-18: we are still waiting for formal announcement and awarding of these. All applications were recommended and passed along.
  • SACS report: it seems the report details will be made available for in-person viewing in the President’s office.
  • ADO website
  • Note: the SACS report and ADO website info were only briefly mentioned in our meeting, as Frank Boyd was traveling and not at the meeting.

 

Review of faculty meeting on November 8

Clerk’s committee was interested in more details about the retention numbers and reasons for declining retention. We wondered about the competing narratives that we’ve heard about reasons for declining retention numbers. There does not seem to be a shared sense of which students we’re losing or how many of them or why.

There were questions about the future plans/ideas for CCE, especially since Arlene did not get a chance to talk about that much at the faculty meeting. One member of Clerk’s reported that CCE students are hearing conflicting messages about the future of CCE, from different Guilford VPs. There was also discussion of CCE’s tuition model.

We discussed that we would like more information and chances to ask questions (for example, of Ara and Arlene), but we have to be cognizant of not turning faculty meeting into a series of reports from Vice Presidents.

This discussion led to another discussion about how faculty can come together, proactively and not simply reactionarily, and have a conversation about the chasms that emerged during the LAGER debates. We started to wonder if we could use the faculty forum for that.

In thinking about the new calendar/schedule, Clerk’s doesn’t see enough energy and optimism among faculty for this. It seems that it’s not worth faculty time to keep discussing this, e.g., in faculty forums, etc.

Ideas for framing faculty forum: making it clear we need representation from every part of faculty; ask “what can you imagine doing with the resources you have?”;

Clerk’s committee homework: how can we frame questions for the upcoming faculty forum, to ensure energy and participation

 

Clerk’s Committee Agenda for November 30, 2017

November 28th, 2017

Clerk’s Committee Meeting Agenda

Thursday November 30, 2017 8:30 am


  1. Gathering and Moment of Silence – 2 minutes

  2. Figuring out who’s doing the minutes (Darryl?) – 1 minute

  3. Approval of Minutes from 11/16 – 2 minutes

  4. Items for follow-up – 5 minutes

    • SACS report – announce access to faculty

    • ADO web page

  5. For discussion: QEP Director position – 5 minutes

  6. Review of November 29 Faculty Forum – 30 minutes

  7. For approval: Faculty meeting agenda for December 6 – 20 minutes

Possible items:

  • Learning Collaboratively proposals and discussion

  • Expanded committee service requirement

  • Scheduling additional called forums and meetings

 

Close in silence


 

Remaining Wednesday Dates for Fall 2017:

November 29 – Faculty Forum

December 6 – Faculty Meeting

 

Clerk’s Committee Meeting Agenda, November 16, 2017

November 16th, 2017

Clerk’s Committee Meeting Agenda

Thursday November 16, 2017 8:30 am

  1. Gathering and Moment of Silence 2 minutes
  2. Figuring out who’s doing the minutes (Alfonso?) 1 minute
  3. Approval of Minutes from 11/9 2 minutes
  4. Items for follow-up 5 minutes
    • Status of study leaves for 2017-18
    • SACS report – announce access to faculty
    • ADO web page
  5. Idea for Budget Committee project 5 minutes
  6. Potential topics for November 29 Faculty Forum 20 minutes

From last time –

    • Improving faculty dialog – vision of shared future
    • Seeking faculty-led new ideas with broad support
  1. Potential proposal for expanded committee service requirement 20 minutes

 

Close in silence

 

Remaining Wednesday Dates for Fall 2017:

November 29 – Faculty Forum
December 6 – Faculty Meeting

 

Clerk’s Committee Meeting Minutes, October 26, 2017

November 7th, 2017

Clerk’s Committee Meeting Minutes

Thursday, Thursday October 26, 2017

Present: Frank Boyd (recording), Dave Dobson (Clerk), Don Smith, Darryl Samsell, Alfonso Abad Mancheño, Jill Peterfeso, Eva Lawrence, Jeffrey R. Ray (CCE Representative)

Minutes

  1. The meeting began at 8:38 with a moment of silence.  Frank assumed the drafting of the meeting’s minutes.
  2. The committee reviewed and approved the minutes from the previous meeting.
  3. There were several directed queries about the long-overdue website.  Frank issued additional promises about the site being live by the November Faculty Meeting. There were some questions about the veracity of this claim.
  4. The committee discussed the minutes from the faculty meeting.  The minutes were discussed and reviewed.
  5. The committee returned to the issue of the SACS monitoring reports that are due in the spring.  We discussed the best means of both sharing the substance of the work that is to be done and the best means for providing access to the letter for the faculty.  Frank agreed to report back to the committee on November 3.
  6. The committee devoted considerable time to the committee structure, some of the challenges presented by that structure, and some of the solutions that have been proposed. The Clerk’s analysis indicates that there are a number of factors to be considered:  insufficient number of faculty, the inscrutable means of appointments for some leadership positions, and minimal transparency regarding the length of tenure and compensation for some positions.  There was some discussion about a point system that would more precisely quantify faculty service, and additional time devoted to discussing a tiered system in which there would be some differentiation among the committees.   The committee agreed that additional analysis is needed, beginning with a list of the committees and a comprehensive list of the course releases.
  7. In the final minutes of the meeting, the committee discussed some of the feedback on a proposed calendar revision.  There are significant concerns about the ability to transition our current curriculum into the new structure, and there is also considerable interest in the innovative opportunities available in a new structure.  Regardless of the action taken, there was agreement that it should be discussed with the collective faculty and also that there needs to be some clarification of where the locus of decision-making lies for the college calendar.   
  8. The meeting closed in a moment of silence at 9:56.

 

Clerk’s Committee Agenda for Thursday, November 9

November 7th, 2017

Clerk’s Committee Meeting Agenda

Thursday November 9, 2017 8:30 am

  1. Gathering and Moment of Silence – 2 minutes
  2. Figuring out who’s doing the minutes (Alfonso?) – 1 minute
  3. Approval of Minutes from 11/2 – 2 minutes
  4. Items for follow-up – 5 minutes
    • Status of study leaves for 2017-18
    • SACS report
    • ADO web page
  5. Review of faculty meeting on November 8 – 20 minutes
  6. Potential topics for November 29 Faculty Forum – 5 minutes
  7. Ongoing discussion of pressing issues – 30 minutes
    • Committee structure, stipends, and compensation
    • Calendar and schedule change proposal & Edge work

Close in silence

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