Faculty Advisory Council
October 10, 2018
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
In attendance: David Hough, Leslie Anderson, Sarah Baker, Megan Boyle, Pamela Correll, Tammi Davis, Kayla Lewis, Kim Roam
Dean Hough shared with members the New Faculty Start-up Fund Policy and the Travel Policy as approved by the Leadership Council. Both policies are now posted on the web.
FAC discussed potential ways to handle travel reimbursement to faculty. The major issue is how best to allocate the pool of travel funds remaining in the dean’s budget after departments have received their allocations. In the past the dean was able to provide $400 additional travel support. However, those funds are limited, so the dean asked FAC members how best to determine allocations going forward. One suggestion was to redistribute these funds to departments. Another suggestion was to develop a rubric that details what is valued most. Another issue is support for student travel. The dean will ask departments to provide an estimate of student travel that is expected to be requested through June 2019. The dean agreed to bring these issues to the Budget Committee at its next meeting.
Discussion as to how best to use one-time salary savings to purchase office furniture for faculty was discussed. Only one department could provide definitive input based on lively discussions that took place at the last faculty meeting. This matter was tabled until the other departments could provide input from their faculty.
The FAC agreed that adjunct / per course faculty should be compensated according to levels of academic degrees that are in the area of expertise associated with the course(s) for which the person is being hired to teach. Because not all people currently hired as per course have a higher degree specific to what they are being hired to teach, the FAC advised the dean to develop language in the policy to clearly specify the higher rate of per course compensation will only apply when the degree is in the area the person is hired to teach.
Meeting adjourned at 9:00 a.m.
Submitted by Sharon Lopinot, Exec. Assistant II