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A Community Forum on Guilford College Faculty Life

Open discussion area for Faculty Meeting on March 21, 2018

March 21st, 2018

Please feel free to post any comments about business at the March 21 meeting, or on any other topic relevant to faculty. You may post anonymously if you wish.

Comment cards left at the meeting:

 

We could have a temporary benevolent dictator

 

Could you please ask people to type more quietly in faculty meeting? Some people bang away throughout the meeting and it’s super distracting (and audible from across the room in some cases!). Thx!

 

Why are there so many Vice Presidents attending faculty meeting?

How does their presence affect the ability of faculty to speak freely?

Clerk’s Committee Meeting Agenda for March 14, 2018

March 12th, 2018

Clerk’s Committee Meeting Agenda

Wednesday March 14, 2018 3:45 pm

  1. Gathering and Moment of Silence – 2 minutes
  2. Figuring out who’s doing the minutes (Don?) – 1 minute
  3. Approval of Minutes from February 28 – 2 minutes
  4. Checking in – Adjunct faculty salary payments – 5 minutes
  5. For discussion: Implementation of Edge plan – 50 minutes
  6. For approval: Agenda for March 21 faculty meeting – 10 minutes

Possible items:

  • Details, timeline and compensation structure for Edge transition
    • Q Experience model
    • Gen Ed Adjustments
    • Expectations of departments
  • Curriculum Transition Committee Ad Hoc proposal
  • Weekly schedule models
  • Revisiting nominating proposals
  • Nominating slate (deferred to April?)
  • Academic policy changes
  • Request from GUS folks for brief presentation
  • Silent announcements – Free online newspapers, Dean’s writing awards

Close in silence


Remaining Wednesday Dates for Spring 2018:

March 21 – Faculty Meeting
March 28 – Faculty Forum
April 11 – Faculty Meeting
April 18 – Officially Reserved for called Faculty Meeting (but also GUS)

Minutes rotation: Boyd – Lawrence – Mancheño – Peterfeso – Samsell – Shields – Smith  

 

Clerk’s Committee Agenda, February 28, 2018

February 26th, 2018

Clerk’s Committee Meeting Agenda

Wednesday February 28, 2018 3:45 pm

  1. Gathering and Moment of Silence – 2 minutes
  2. Figuring out who’s doing the minutes (Kathryn?) – 1 minute
  3. Approval of Minutes from February 21 – 2 minutes
  4. Checking in – Adjunct faculty salary payments – 5 minutes
  5. For discussion: Nominations for Nominating Committee for 2018-19 – 5 minutes
  6. For approval: Revised handbook language for Nominating process – 10 minutes
  7. For review: Insights from data on academic policy proposals – 5 minutes
  8. For review: Edge developments at Board meeting – 5 minutes
  9. For discussion: Implementation of Edge plan – 30 minutes

Close in silence

Remaining Wednesday Dates for Spring 2018:

March 21 – Faculty Meeting
March 28 – Faculty Forum
April 11 – Faculty Meeting
April 18 – Officially Reserved for called Faculty Meeting (but also GUS)

 

Minutes rotation: Boyd – Lawrence – Mancheño – Peterfeso – Samsell – Shields – Smith  

 

Updates on building projects at Board of Trustees

February 23rd, 2018

The updates to Binford were described at the board meeting today. Some highlighted features are:

  • Higher ceilings
  • Sprinklers
  • An added elevator
  • A new annex (called the “orangerie”) with a glass-walled communal student space
  • Much better air circulation, with greatly enhanced input of outside air
  • High quality floor tiles (apparently we got a great deal on these)
  • Preservation and restoration of terrazzo floors, which are a cool design feature we probably couldn’t afford to add as new
  • Preservation of fancy marble elements and trim in bathrooms
  • Preservation and restoration of dorm shelving and furniture, which was apparently very high quality.
  • Shifting closet space to have curtains rather than sliding doors, which improves utility and ease of use

The project is projected to be complete in time for students to move in this fall. Milner will be offline for construction next year, and Bryan the year after.

There are also a number of renovation and restoration projects in design or under contemplation in other buildings, such as Hege Cox and athletics facilities.

Clerk’s Committee Meeting Minutes, February 15, 2018

February 22nd, 2018

Clerk’s Meeting

2/15/2018

In attendance: Frank Boyd, Dave Dobson, Kathryn Shields, Don Smith, Alfonso Mancheno, Darrell Samsell, Jill Peterfeso (recording)

  1. Gathering and Moment of Silence 2 minutes
  2. Figuring out who’s doing the minutes (Jill?) 1 minute
  3. Approval of Minutes from February 8 2 minutes
  4. Intro and comments from Clerk-Elect 5 minutes
  5. Feedback on candidates for QEP director 10 minutes
  6. Review of Faculty Meeting Feb 14 20 minutes
  7. For discussion: “Still Here” report on contingent faculty 10 minutes
  8. For discussion: Implementation of Edge plan 20 minutes

We opened with a moment of silence. We approved minutes from February 8. We spent considerable time fretting over trying to schedule Clerk’s meeting so that newly elect “shadow clerk” Jim Hood can attend our meetings.

Feedback on candidates for QEP director

We had one candidate for QEP director, and we discussed ways to support the new QEP director. We agreed that funding for QEP-related workshops and trainings is essential; Guilford told SACS we’d be funding this, and the ADO reported working on a grant that includes QEP alongside the Edge.

Review of Faculty Meeting, February 14, 2018

We noted the following from meeting:

  • Vice President for Enrollment Arlene Cash reported she is cautiously optimistic about application numbers. (Yay! Yay?)
  • The new nominating slate of changes was approved
  • An anonymous concern was raised via a written note that the FAR (Faculty Athletic Rep) has been a white male for a long time.  We will pass this concern on to nominating committee.
  • We discussed the feedback Nominating received re: the proposed changes to the faculty handbook around service. This issue continues to be a challenge, largely because many faculty seem to view this as connected to larger questions of workload extending beyond simply committee service. This led to brainstorming and discussions about teaching load, addressing bigger faculty concerns about workload, etc. Some suggestions came up: asking Nominating and current committee chairs to ascertain whether some committees could be half-credit committees, such that people can serve on two and not be doing an onerous amount of work; seeing if some committees can exist with far fewer members, or even just be led by one committee chair. Bottom line: all of this is super challenging — at Guilford and everywhere — and the meeting became impassioned as we tried to come up with practical and creative solutions to our many struggles.

For discussion: “Still Here” report on contingent faculty

We had an open discussion about the contingent faculty report provided by Richie Zweigenhaft. Can the salaries for contingent faculty increase? Yes, but it would come out of the same pool of the Academic budget, so an increase in one place would necessitate a decrease in another place.

We discussed how the report helped us to see how we can work with our contingent faculty.

Might we be able to create titles for our continent faculty that will help them advance professionally, even if we cannot help them monetarily? Yes. And that’s something that would have to be discussed with and among the faculty.

 

We closed with a minute of silence.

Clerk’s Committee Meeting Minutes, February 8, 2018

February 20th, 2018

Clerk’s Committee Meeting Agenda

Thursday February 8, 2018 8:30 am

Present: Frank Boyd, Darryl Samsell, Dave Dobson (Clerk), Kathryn Shields, Don Smith, Jill Peterfeso, Eva Lawrence, Alfonso Abad Mancheño (Recording clerk)

  1. Gathering and Moment of Silence 2 minutes
  2. Figuring out who’s doing the minutes (Alfonso) 1 minute
  3. Approval of Minutes from February 1 Approved 2 minutes
  4. Review of Faculty Forum Feb 7 10 minutes

We discussed the issue of faculty-administration communication, and the decision making process. We need to figure out an efficient and healthy way of communication between the faculty and the administration. A process that is centralized in the faculty and avoids factions and is directed by clear and unbiased leadership.

Concerning the design of the new curriculum, one suggestion was to let people experienced in the faculty design the curriculum as people being in the best position to do that.

Another issue was to let faculty work on the curriculum without emergency extra procedures.

We discussed the issue of what to do with the three weeks of the 12/3 schedule. Are fast tracks going away? Is CCE going away?

Another issue brought up was flexibility for faculty to create their classes to allow creativity to flow in departments, so we need to avoid constraints.

There are new funds that can implement an exciting process.

  1. For approval: Nominating proposal to revise Committee Service 10 minutes

We are delegating to Nominating committee, we talked about two possibilities, stipends and other possibilities, we also talked about the possibility of asking adjunct faculty to advise students (continuing faculty). We raised our concerns. The document seems directionally appropriate with a potential concern about part-time faculty and how those people contribute.

  1. For approval: Agenda for Faculty Meeting on Feb. 8 10 minutes

Possible topics: Approved (for Clerk election, people that are not present at the meeting (abroad) can still vote.

  • Clerk election (10 minutes):
  • Nominating changes (5 minutes)
  • Request from Assessment (10-15 minutes)
  • Request from Enrollment (7-10 minutes)
  • Revisions to CTIS plus new CNS minor (10 minutes)
  • Proposal from Nominating regarding committee service
  • All the other stuff going on (Gen Ed, 12/3, governance, etc.)
  • Silent Announcement: ECG juniors are required to take the ACT on Tuesday, February 27. They will miss all morning classes.
  1. For discussion: Implementation of Edge plan 20 minutes (Dave’s comment – this was briefly discussed along with other topics)
  2. For discussion: “Still Here” report on contingent faculty 10 minutes (Dave’s comment – this was deferred until next week)

Close in silence

Remaining Wednesday Dates for Spring 2018:

February 14 – Faculty Meeting
February 28 – (Bad Wednesday) Reserved for Faculty Forum
March 21 – Faculty Meeting
March 28 – Faculty Forum
April 11 – Faculty Meeting
April 18 – Officially Reserved for called Faculty Meeting (but also GUS)

 

Minutes rotation: Boyd – Lawrence – Mancheño – Peterfeso – Samsell – Shields – Smith  

 

Clerk’s Committee Agenda, February 21, 2018

February 20th, 2018

Clerk’s Committee Meeting Agenda
Wednesday February 21, 2018 3:45 pm

  • Gathering and Moment of Silence – 2 minutes
  • Figuring out who’s doing the minutes (Darryl?) – 1 minute
  • Approval of Minutes from February 15 – 2 minutes
  • Intro and comments from Clerk-Elect – 5 minutes
  • For approval: Academic Policy Memo – 20 minutes
  • For discussion: Implementation of Edge plan – 40 minutes

Close in silence

Open discussion area for faculty meeting on February 14, 2018

February 14th, 2018

Feel free to post any thoughts, questions, concerns, or comments related to the faculty meeting on the 14th, or on any topic related to faculty work at Guilford. You may post anonymously if you wish.

There were four comment cards left at the meeting. Three were directed to particular parties. The following one was general:

I think the WORKLOAD conversation has to happen BEFORE the nominating committee conversation.

 

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A Community Forum on Guilford College Faculty Life