Faculty Advisory Council
March 7, 2018
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
In attendance: David Hough, Tammi Davis, Kim Finch, Jeni Hopkins, Joe Hulgus, Annice McLean, Becky Swearingen, Michele Smith
Prior to starting the meeting, Dean Hough asked everyone present to report back to their colleagues regarding information discussed at today’s meeting.
- Instructor / Clinical Support Policy
The Dean meets with Instructors and Clinical Instructors on a monthly basis. At the last meeting mention was made regarding opportunities to advance beyond instructors and clinical positions. One idea that surfaced was whether or not it would be possible to provide a career pathway for instructors and clinical instructors by supporting them to complete a terminal degree.
- The terminal degree would need to be in the area/education they teach for us.
- They would need to go someplace else to work on their degree.
- They would possibly need to teach fewer hours since they normally teach 12-15 hours.
- Would be any agreement regarding fulltime employment, or would they need to apply for open positions for which they would qualify upon completion of a terminal degree?
- What would the “support” look like?
Everyone thought this was an excellent idea. The FAC asked the dean to draft a sample policy addressing the above for further consideration in the future.
- Strategic Hiring Plan
In 2016, the COE Plan for Prioritizing Faculty (or Staff) Position Requests were written and approved. Regarding the document for faculty, it is used to request new positions or positions that were open in a specific program, but the department head would like to move the opening to another program. Dean Hough discussed the procedures on page 4.
The dean asked FAC members if they would like to keep the process the same or change anything. After a discussion it was decided to keep the procedures the same. Department Heads will be reminded of the procedures.
- Bear POWER
Rachel Heinz is the director of Bear POWER. She has two graduate assistants. Their salaries are paid by money raised that is in a Bear POWER fund. They are self-sufficient and will stay that way. At the last meeting the Dean had with the Instructor/Clinical Instructor group, an instructor asked if he could be involved in the program. The dean asked the group to discuss if this would be service oriented, or to consider reassigning of teaching assignments, or use Bear POWER funds to pay them. Bear POWER will have a summer program for potential students and their families where interviews will be conducted. They will also meet with staff from various places on campus.
- Should count as service
- Should not use Bear POWER funds for it
- If they help in the summer, using money from Bear POWER funds should be considered
- Hold off on monetary compensation until the program is more established
Dean Hough thanked everyone for their input.
- Certificate Program in Dyslexia
Kayla Lewis has identified coursework for a certificate in dyslexia. We would be the only university in Missouri to offer this. Classes would all be online. Today she is at a meeting with local school districts to discuss it. The certificated should be completed by our next FAC meeting on April 11. She will be asked to attend the next FAC meeting and discuss it further.
- What to Call Student Services
MSU Design & Construction would like COE to determine signage for the renovated Hill Hall. There will be a sign at the top of the second floor mounted on a wood backing from the old basketball court that was in Hill Hall’s basement. The name “College of Education” will be spelled out in steel letters. This will also be where the office suite for Student Services is located, with certification on one side and advisement on the other. The dean asked the group how they would recommend we go about naming the current offices grouped under Student Services. The Recommendation was to have the Dean form a task force to include faculty, staff, and students to make recommendations.
- Budget Considerations
FAC members were given 5-year enrollment trends, numbers of faculty positions, and numbers of per course hires to help facilitate future discussions, which were also given to Department Heads. This information will be used in the future regarding new position requests. The documents distributed were:
- Total Course Enrollments FA2019-FA2017
- Headcount Graphs by Major FY09-SP18
- Fall 2012 Per Course Usage
- Fall 2017 Per Course Usage
- Spring 2018 Per Course Usage
- CAEP Issues
Dean Hough reported on CAEP meetings held last Friday, noting that we are on track regarding time lines and that we will need to spend more time on data analysis and reporting as evidence for the self-study narrative. Provost Einhellig has asked that the Dean’s Office the unit in charge of seeing that the CAEP process is completed successfully. The dean had meetings with the Assessment and Writing Teams and both went well and are on track. He is now meeting with the people assigned to the Standards and will work with them individually throughout the spring 2018 semester, the summer 2018 semester and the fall 2018 semester in route to submission of the report by January 2019. Hard copies of evidence will be kept in the Dean’s office for people to access along with a shared file with electronic copies. He asked if there were any questions. Some responded that they are not hearing much about what is going on with CAEP. Information will be in The Hough Post periodically. He also asked if it would be O.K. for him to attend their department faculty meetings to give updates. All were in agreement.