UMES Faculty Assembly Meeting
September 21, 2010
Approved October 19, 2010
- The meeting was called to order by Dr. Mark Williams at 11:04 a.m.
- Introduction to officers:
- Chair – Dr. Mark Williams
- Chair-Elect – Dr. Bill Chapin
- Secretary – Ms. Anne Driscoll
- Parliamentarian: Mr. Joseph Bree
- Approval of Minutes of Joint Senate/Assembly meeting was approved at the Senate Meeting on September 16
- Dr. Chapin reported that the Advisory Council to the Regents and Chancellor have indicated there is a lot of confusion about the budgets for next year. Dr. Holden has been asked to prepare 3 version of the budget (one current level, 4% reduction or 8% reduction). May not have furlough days this coming year, but chances of cuts are extremely high.
- Most state employees who are not administrators have the legal right to choose whether or not they want to do collective bargaining. The faculty of the University System are the exception. We are not allowed to consider it by law. Dr. Chapin took a straw poll on “Should faculty have the right to consider this? (i.e. should faculty have the same rights as other state employees to take place in collective bargaining?). Unanimously approved.
- A suggestion has been made from several faculty members that when faculty retire that they should be able to continue their university email accounts. Dr. Chapin made a motion the faculty assembly recommends that faculty members who retire from UMES be allowed to continue using their email account. During the discussion portion, the question was brought raised as to how long the access would last. Dr. Williams reported that he talked to Mr. Taylor and Dr. Ron Forsythe of the Information Technology Department they have stated a few extra email accounts would not be a problem. The motion passed unanimously. Dr. Williams will forward on to the Senate for their consideration the approved motion for consideration at the October Senate meeting
- Faculty Assembly Committees
- Faculty Concerns Committee – If anyone is interested in chairing and/or serving the on the committee email Dr. Mark Williams
- Standards Committee: have not met since 2004. They developed amendments to the constitution to bring it up to date. Also tried to modify the student evaluation of instruction forms to ensure they just looked at the faculty. Dr. Mark Williams was the Chair of the Committee in 2004. He indicated that he is willing to serve on the committee. Send Dr. Mark Williams an email if you are interested in serving on the committee.
- Dr. Mollett is serving on the committee for the new Dean. One suggestion was that faculty provide input on questions to be asked. It was suggested that a list of questions be asked in an open forum of each candidate. The other option is that a committee member representing the committee asks the question. Please email the questions to Dr. Mark Williams indicating if you want them to be asked in an open forum or in the closed session. The consensus was that this body would like the questions asked in an open forum. The members of this search committee would like to have the questions sent to Dr. Mark Williams no later than the close of business on the 18th. He will synthesize into a list.
- Dr. Spinner raised the question of the status of the Faculty Handbook. Per Dr. Chapin stated there are problems that Dr. Charles Williams (V.P. for Academic Affairs) is aware of. Dr. Mark Williams will send an expression of concern to Dr. Charles Williams asking for clarification of where we are in the process. Dr. Mollett commented that it is equally important to find out the status of the promotion and tenure document. The last approved document was in 1989. Per Dr. Mark Williams he received an emailing stating that the P&T document had been signed by the president and sent across the Bay to the Attorney General’s office. No other feedback has been given. Dr Mark Williams will send an email to Dr. Charles Williams
- Dr. Lamb asked if anyone has been having problems receiving the requested number of textbooks. Dr. Chapin commented that he has had problems as well. Dr. Lamb mentioned that books which are bundled can not be rented. The bookstore orders based on the previous semesters purchases. ENGL101 has been seriously impacted because the textbooks are not available. Dr. Mark Williams asked Dr. Lamb send an email requesting that the item be placed on the October agenda. She will do so.
- No other business
- Please send discussion items to Dr. Mark Williams or to any of the other officers. He will send an agenda for next time based on today’s suggestions as well as those submitted before the next meeting
- No announcements
- The meeting was adjourned at 11:40 a.m.
Anne Driscoll, Secretary