Update: Faculty Council, May 12

Faculty Council met for the final time this academic year on May 12.

Council discussed a proposal to request a 4% increase to the salary pool for both faculty and staff in the next academic year; the preliminary budget only includes a 2% increase.  A 6.5% increase would be necessary to ensure that no employee has a reduction in take-home pay with the expected increase to healthcare premiums. Given that the increase to the salary pool last year was 3% and that the college appears to be on solid financial footing for the next fiscal year, Council agreed to draft a memo to the President and to the CFO requesting the 4% increase to the salary pool.  The memo will be approved electronically next week.

The Chair reminded Council that a decision needs to be made about how to move forward with the proposal to include the Chair and Chair Elect of Council on the A&P Sub-Committee of the Board. Council agreed that A&P should revisit the proposed language with particular attention to (i) the legality and implications of the term “member”, (ii) best practices identified by the AAUP and other relevant bodies, (iii) practices at our comparison institutions, and (iv) a rationale for the proposed change.

Lastly, Council discussed the Core Review feedback from the April 21 All Faculty Meeting, the role of faculty governance as the review process comes to a close, and the recommendations to the Provost as we begin to think about the implementation of a revised Core. The feedback from the All Faculty meeting suggests that roughly half of the faculty who were present at the meeting and participated in the discussion would favor investigating a smaller Core model if that model would also require students to complete a minor in the liberal arts.  Council discussed the validity of the data, the feasibility of requiring a liberal arts minor of all students, and whether the data consists of sufficient evidence to request a further review by the Ad Hoc Core Review Committee.  Council did not feel that it had enough evidence to warrant an intervention into the Core Review process.  Council concluded the discussion with an outline of the process moving forward and recommendations to the Provost.

Agenda: Faculty Council May 12

Faculty Council will meet for the last time on Friday, May 12 at 1pm in the Lipo Room.  The meeting is open to all. Our agenda is to:

  1. Discuss a salary proposal drafted by Faculty Benefits.
  2. Discuss the recommendation from A&P that places the chairs of Council on the Board sub-committee.
  3. Identify any agenda items for Council in 2017-2018.
  4. Formulate recommendations to the Core Review Committee for the next academic year.

Please remember that you can access all of the minutes from faculty governance committees on our website http://wp.kings.edu/facultygovernance/. Under the Faculty Council portion of this site, you can also find the results of the Core model discussion at the April All-Faculty meeting and the results of the campus-wide votes on the proposed constitutional amendments.


Update: Faculty Council, May 5

Faculty Council met on Friday, May 5.  The primary order of business was the discussion of the nursing program proposal which includes (i) a pathway for current registered nurses to earn a BS in Nursing from King’s (a RN to BSN program) and (ii) a dual degree program with LCCC in which students earn an Associate’s degree in Nursing from LCCC and then a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from King’s.  Dr. Cindy Mailloux, director of the nursing program, was present to answer questions about the proposal.  Council discussed the distribution of courses in the program planner, the Core courses which would be satisfied at King’s and LCCC, the expected program enrollments, and the overlap with nursing and other academic programs at King’s.  Council voted unanimously to recommend that the administration move forward with the program.

Council also approved a recommendation by A&P to house the new nursing and engineering faculty in Division A for the 2017-2018 academic year.  The division structure will be revisited by A&P next year.  Lastly, Council considered a salary recommendation from the Faculty Benefits committee.  Further discussion of the recommendation was tabled to the May 12 meeting.

Agenda: Faculty Council, May 5

Faculty Council will meet this Friday at 1:00pm in the Molewski Room of the Student Center.  Please note that we are meeting early this week to accommodate the benefit for the Supkowksi/Yezerski families later in the afternoon.  The meeting agenda includes:

  1.  Call to Order; Approval of Minutes
  2. Reports (Chair, Academic Affairs, Committees, Divisions)
  3. Discussion: Constitution Language Changes from A&P – Faculty on Board Sub-Committee
  4. Review of Nursing program proposal from C&T
  5. Handbook Changes from A&P – Nursing and Engineering Faculty in Division A
  6. Discussion of Healthcare Response and Salary Proposal from Faculty Benefits

Faculty Council will also meet next Friday, May 12 at 1:00pm in the Lipo Room. The primary purpose of this final meeting is to formulate Council’s recommendations for the Core Review as the process moves forward and to identify agenda items for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Update: Faculty Council, April 7

Faculty Council met on Friday, April 7.

In standing reports, the Chair noted that Division elections should wrap up before Easter Break.  Elections for at-large representatives will be held after Easter.  The VPAA reported that the progress report to Middle States has been submitted and the Strategic Planning committee has begun their work by conducting external scans and creating internal surveys.

Council discussed the updated proposal for a campus common hour.  Discussion centered around (i) the proposed common hour time (MWF 1-2:15) and it’s impact on the class scheduling and (ii) who would oversee the scheduling of events during the time period.  The committee also discussed the opportunity for events to be scheduled during this time including CELT events, theater brown bag discussions and other cultural and co-curricular events.  Faculty would be encouraged to schedule official office hours outside the common hour.

A&P presented proposed constitutional language to seat the Chair and Chair-Elect of Faculty Council as ex-officio members of the A&P Sub-Committee of the Board of Directors.  In principle, inclusion of the faculty on the committee would strengthen the relationship and communication between the faculty and the board; the faculty would have no voting rights or responsibilities.  The proposed language will be presented at the All Faculty Meeting on April 21 and the BOD meeting on April 28 before further discussion in Council.

 C&T forwarded to Council a proposal for a new Entrepreneurship track in the Management major of the McGowan School of Business. The new track represents one concentration among several in a planned restructuring of majors within the business school.  C&T recommends encouraging students to use “free electives” to pursue minors outside the school of business and recommends re-evaluating the decision to remove the foreign language/experience requirement from the Global Business concentration.  Council voted to endorse the recommendations of C&T.

Lastly, Council discussed the Faculty Athletic Representative position which will become an elected position of faculty governance.  The Council Chair will gather more information about the responsibilities of the position before further action is taken.

Update: Faculty Council, March 24

Faculty Council met for the fifth time this semester on Friday, March 24.

The only new business considered at the meeting was proposed changes to the membership of the Faculty Benefits Committee.  Council voted to increase the Faculty Benefits committee by four at-large representative seats, adding a full professor, an associate professor, an assistant professor and one instructor to the current roster of Division representatives.

The next Faculty Council meeting is scheduled for Friday, April 7.

Agenda: Faculty Council March 24

The fifth spring meeting of Faculty Council is scheduled for Friday at 2:10pm in the Lipo Room of the Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center. The meeting is open to all; please consider yourself invited to attend. The only item on this week’s agenda is discussion of proposed changes to the faculty constitution regarding membership of the Faculty Benefits Committee.

In addition, today is the last voting day for the position of Chair-Elect of C&T. The polls will close at 5pm; you can vote here: http://departments.kings.edu/facultyelections/

In the next couple of weeks, your Divisions will elect representatives to the standing committees. After Easter, we will hold elections for any remaining at-large positions.

Update: Faculty Council, March 3

Faculty Council met for the fourth time this semester on March 4.  Mr. Freddie Pettit was present to give a report on the capital campaign and institutional advancement.  He indicated that financial metrics are positive with an increase in donations from alumni and benefactors.  He also reported that his team is working to fine tune the capital campaign prospectus.  Early reports indicate that four areas resonate with potential donors: student scholarships, initiatives to improve student success, initiatives to enhance the Holy Cross mission, and new Engineering/STEM programs.  Mr. Pettit expects the campaign to be a seven-year process, with the first three years in a silent phase.

Faculty Council continued discussion on four proposed changes to the faculty constitution.  The discussion resulted in (1) a vote to clearly define a quorum of members for standing committees, (2) a vote to change the start date of committee terms, including Chair positions, to July 1st, (3) a vote to make Faculty Council a clearinghouse of all faculty committees.  Each of these proposed changes will require approval by the Faculty and the Board of Directors.  Council also considered a proposal to include faculty on the A&P sub-committee of the Board; this was returned to A&P for further discussion and clarification.  A proposal to update the membership of the Faculty Benefits Committee was tabled.

Agenda: Faculty Council, March 3

The fourth spring meeting of Faculty Council is scheduled for Friday at 2:10pm in the Molewski Room of the Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center.  The meeting is open to all; please consider yourself invited to attend.  The agenda includes:

  1. Call to Order; Approval of Minutes
  2. Report on the Capital Campaign (Freddie Pettit)
  3. Reports from: Council Chair, Academic Affairs, Standing Committees & Ad Hoc Core Review Committee Rep
  4. Review of proposed changes to the faculty constitution regarding: standing committee quorums, the term timeline for committee chairs, faculty as members of the A&P committee of the Board, Council’s role as a “committee on committees” and membership of the Faculty Benefits Committee.