Faculty Senate Minutes

The Faculty Senate met on Monday, October 1, 2001 at 3:15 in the Cumberland Room.

15 Senators were present for the meeting: Roland Bergman, Daniel De Palma, Sonya Evanisko, Richard Gibson, Judy Kepple, Barbara Kemerer, Jim Lewin, Barbara Maxwell, Alec Mihailovs, Jim Pantle, E.S. Phillips, Jack Schmidt, Ed Snyder, Bob Willgoos, Denis Woods

Other Senators: Carl Bell, Geri Crawley-Woods, Parvin Rahnavard, J. W. Thatcher, Irving Tucker, Joyce Webb

Guests present for the meeting: V. J. Brown, Roger Hamood

Items on the printed agenda for the day were moved for Senate convenience.

1. Minutes of the September 17, 2001 meeting were approved as distributed following the correction of the room location (Blue-Gray).

2. The October 15, 2001 meeting of the Faculty Senate will be held in the Blue-Gray Room. All scheduled meetings for the remainder of the year are scheduled for the Cumberland Room.

3. Items for agenda will be brought forth in committee reports.

Committee Reports
1. Admission & Credit (Senator Thatcher) No report

2. Affirmative Action (Senator Lewin) No report

3. Assessment [NCA] (Senator Pantle) No report

4. Bylaws (Senator Phillips) Senator Phillips conducted an election for 2 faculty positions on the Bylaws Committee for one-year terms; J. W. Thatcher and Parvin Rahnavard were nominated. Election was by acclamation.

5. Computer Services (Senator Mihailovs) The Committee will meet this week.

6. Curriculum & Instruction (Senator Webb) No report

7. Ethics (Senator Crawley-Woods) No report

8. Gateway (Senator Kemerer) No report

9. Library (Senator Bergman) No report

10. Professional Development (Senator Philllips) No committee report Senator Phillips presented two motions:
a. Motion 1 dealt with the revised Associate Professor criteria (See Motion 1 in Attachments). V.J. Brown explained that the intent of the motion is to amend the language (bold print) and to delete item #4 by the Faculty Senate (SEE Faculty Senate Minutes: April 12, 16, 30 and September 17, 2001). The Faculty Senate members present voted unanimously to approve Motion 1 as presented.
b. Motion 2 concerned Academic Rank (See Motion 2 in Attachments). This motion would amend paragraph #2 of the Tenure Requirements presented on p.41 of the Faculty Handbook. V. J. Brown, Chairman of the Business and Social Science Division, spoke in favor of Motion 2. Senator Pantle moved the insertion of accredited after recognized in last paragraph; Senator Lewin seconded. Amendment passed. After more discussion, Senator Phillips moved to insert or institute chair after hiring department in the last paragraph; Senator Evanisko seconded. The amendment passed. Motion 2 was then passed unanimously as amended.

11. Research Ethics (Senator Tucker) No report

12. Scholarship & Awards (Senator Kepple) No report

New Business
Senator Lewin asked the senators to consider the need for a resolution on adjunct faculty--needs and benefits. It was referred to the Professional Development Committee and Professor Shurbutt (ACF Representative) for further study and recommendations.

Respectfully submitted,

Barbara A. Maxwell

Motion 1:
Associate Professor
a. To be eligible for promotion, the faculty member must meet one of the following three professional requirements:

1) Hold an earned doctorate or the highest academic degree appropriate to the teaching field.

2) Master's degree plus 30 hours of graduate work, appropriate to the teaching field, toward the doctorate from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.

3) Hold an advanced degree, masters appropriate to the teaching field, and a national certification. The appropriate national certification will be identified at the Divisional level and will be subject to approval by the Faculty Senate.

a. Nursing--to fulfill condition a. 3), a candidate must meet the following criterion:

National Certification in Nursing by a recognized professional specialty group that includes one of the following:

AACN­American Association of Critical Care Nurses
ANCC­American Nurses Credentialing Center
NAPNAP­National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners

b. Accounting---to fulfill condition a. 3), a candidate must meet the following criterion:

The designation of Certified Public Accountant, or Certified management Accountant that is obtained by successfully completing an examination prepared by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants or the Institute of Management Accountants.

[to be deleted]
4) Have achieved professional and scholarly distinction (e.g., published extensively in nationally recognized professional journals, received national professional awards or honors, delivered professional papers at national conferences, served as consultant to nationally recognized groups or agencies). Primary consideration will be given to that professional and scholarly achievement since the attainment of the current rank.

b. To apply for promotion to Associate Professor the faculty member must meet each of the following requirements:

1) Five (5) years of full time higher educational teaching experience. After five (5) years of teaching experience, three (3) years of which must be at Shepherd College, a candidate may apply for promotion.

2) Excellence in teaching.

3) Professional activities that might include: Some publication, exhibition, or performance activity in the form of research papers, creative writing, or, participation in juried exhibitions, concerts, or other professionally rendered services.

4) Evidence of interest in the College through rendered services.

5) Evidence of interest in community through rendered services.

Motion 2:
8. Academic Rank
Faculty eligible for advancement or appointment to tenured or probationary positions shall be advanced or appointed to one of the following ranks: Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, or Instructor. Yearly contracts will indicate a faculty member¹s specific rank as one of the four listed above and years in rank will also be recorded on the same contracts.

(To be delete)
An individual may be awarded up to two years credit toward tenure at the time of his or her initial appointment on the basis of having earned credit toward tenure at another accredited college or university. Such credit may be awarded by the College President on the basis of one year¹s tenure credit for each two years of credit earned toward tenure at another accredited college or university up to a maximum of two years, unless otherwise determined by the College President.

Faculty members contracted by Shepherd College may receive up to two years of credit towards tenure or promotion, if they have taught four or more years as a full-time faculty member at a recognized accredited institution of higher education. If a member has taught at least two years but less than four years at another institution, that individual could receive one year of credit. The recommendation for awarding of credit toward tenure or promotion must be brought forward by the hiring department or institute chair, with the agreement of the Division Chair, and is subject to approval by the VPAA.

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