To:Steve Madden, Chair, Faculty Senate From: Nancy Ratcliff, Chair, Faculty Welfare and Development Committee (2014-2015) RE: Faculty Welfare and Development Committee Report (2015-2015) Date: May 12, 2015
As chair of the Faculty Welfare and Development Committee, I respectfully submit the following Annual Report on behalf of the committee members.
1.Committee Members 2014-2015:
Ariana Baker, Amanda Brian (Vice Chair), Amy Edmunds, Dennis Edwards, Cathy Jones, Var Limpasuvan, Pam Martin, Arlise McKinney (Secretary), Nancy Ratcliff (Chair), and Don Rockey.
2.Summary of Business Completed and Topics Discussed:
August 24. 20014
- Organizational meeting – brief discussion related to possible topics for the committee to focus on.
September 24, 2014
- Charmaine Tomczyk (Faculty Ombuds) presented her findings related to workplace bullying. A CCU climate survey is being developed by a team of faculty members with the intent of administering the survey upon its completion.
- Committee reviewed applications for Scholarly Reassignment for Spring2015.
- Issues for FWD to consider for academic year
- Merit system as part of operating budget
- Increases in promotion to Associate and Full
- Compression and salaries
- AD hoc committee appointed to investigate issues related to salaries and merit pay
October 10, 2014
- Reviewed 32 Professional Enhancement grant applications and recommended 20 applications totaling $84,287 to Provost Byington.
January 21, 2015
- Revisions to Professional Enhancement Grant application process was discussed and approved.
- Modify language to include both graduate and undergraduate student workers.
- Require necessary permissions with applications (e.g. IRB, letters of support from external constituents, book editors, etc).
- Consequence for failure to submit final report will result to exclusion from consideration on future grant applications.
- Include clarifying language in directions.
- Modify the application timeline.
February 19, 2015
- Reviewed 11 applications for scholarly reassignment.
- General discussion included committee charge and possible need for revision due to tremendous amount of time needed to review increasing number of PEG and Scholarly reassignment applications, need to update climate survey, and faculty ombuds application update.
March 19, 2015
- Reviewed four applications for Faculty Ombuds and forwarded recommendations to Faculty senate.
- Amanda Brian presented research related to improving student evaluation response rates. Amanda will meet with Chris Mee and Dan Lawless to discuss possible student incentives.
April 16, 2015
- Effective fall 2015, a week-long campaign to heighten awareness and timing of course evaluations will be implemented. It was also recommended that a tent be set up during the fall campaign and possibly on CINO day to emphasize the importance of students completing faculty course evaluations. Additionally, FWD representatives will work with their constituents to discuss possible ideas for more effectively weighing course evaluations in the P & T process.
- Discussion with Provost Byington related to budget, salary, compensation, merit pay, and student retention.
May 5, 2015
- Recommendation will be sent to Senate to split the FWD committee into a Faculty Welfare Committee and Faculty Professional Development Committee. A revised charge for the Faculty Welfare committee was approved along with recommended committee membership and charge for the Faculty Professional Development Committee.
- A tentative slate of officers was submitted for the 2015-2016 academic year; however, elections will not be help until the first meeting of the year.