Faculty Advisory Council
March 6, 2019
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
In attendance: David Hough, Sarah Baker, Megan Boyle, Pam Correll, Kayla Lewis, Debra Price, Tuesda Roberts, Sharon Lopinot
Our college needs to cut $70,000 from our budget for FY20. The Dean needs to give our plan to the Provost by the end of the month. We need to plan for a similar cut in FY21, because “flat” funding and increased costs could result in another budget deficit. The Dean gave everyone a list of funding priorities and asked them to rank the priorities from 1 (most important) to 18 (least important). They could also add other items if they wanted to. Prior to starting, the Dean was asked if someone with a higher salary leaves and is replaced with someone who starts for less does our college get the difference. The answer was yes and that is how we hired some of our new faculty for this year. The Dean mentioned that the funding items that involve the most amount of money are related to personnel and benefits (97%), including cost associated with CAEP. He also pointed out that the University will not make any changes to the internet incentive policy at this time, and a number of staff cuts have been made in the past.
Results were reviewed and discussed. The highest priorities were tenure-track faculty positions and other personnel while the lowest priorities were in the areas of programs with low enrollment, study away, international travel, new program development, and accreditation. Dean Hough pointed out that COE does not have a policy dealing with academic programs with low enrollments, so he will broach this with the Budget Committee on Friday. FAC members pointed out data from the last meeting indicated that while COE student enrollments are down about 250 over the past few years, we have added 4 new tenure-track faculty positions.
- 2019 August College Meeting
This year’s meeting will be at the University Plaza Hotel on August 16, 2019, from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Breakfast will be served. The Dean asked what would be of value to faculty regarding the program. The purpose is three-fold: (1) to welcome everyone back, (2) allow cross-college interaction and meet new personnel, and (3) provide highlights and updates from across the University (presented by the president or provost) and College. The Dean pointed out that he always references the Long-Range Plan, noting accomplishments, future directions, and his vision for the College. FAC members recommended:
- Have a few alumni speak who have gone on to teach and are doing well in their area
- Have a video of alum teaching; how our students become teachers, and how they, in turn, influence their students
- Ask for concerns, suggestions, feedback
- Highlight information on what we have done from COE Three-Year Strategic Plan
- Talk about the initiative, what’s been done and where we are going
- Students making a difference: short video; stories are powerful
- Video from MarooNation Ball – very powerful
- Highlights from Study Away trips
The Dean will be meeting with Department Heads tomorrow and put something in the Hough Post to faculty letting them know we are looking for the names/contact information on students/alumni to highlight in a video. Will also highlight topics from the three-year plan.
Meeting adjourned at 9:02 a.m.
Submitted by Sharon Lopinot, Executive Assistant II
Next meeting: April 10, 2019