Faculty Advisory Council
April 10, 2019
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
In attendance: David Hough, Jamie Atkinson, Sarah Baker, Megan Boyle, Pamela Correll, Tammi Davis, Jeni Hopkins, Kayla Lewis, Kim Roam, Tuesda Roberts, Sharon Lopinot
- Journal rigor
From time to time, professors receive emails from “editors “who say they will publish manuscripts within a day or two of submission. These are not viewed as legitimate journals, because it is impossible to review and revise same in that short amount of turnaround time. Faculty who choose to submit to these journals may be receiving the same credit as faculty who publish in recognized, peer-reviewed journals. A member suggested departments “tackle” the quality of journals along with the quality of publications in the P&T Guidelines and Research Active Policy. The Dean asked FAC members how this issue should be addressed.
- Put together a list with criteria for Peer Review
- It is not ok if someone is not doing good work, hold everyone accountable, all should be professional
- Discuss with all faculty; there needs to be equity in the quality of work
- Discuss COE Ethics Policy with all faculty
- Talk to P/T committees; discuss with them
- Is this covered in P/T documents?
- Faculty need to be accountable for their work
- FAC members should bring this topic up at their department meetings
- Possibly develop a college policy that departments could follow
Not all FAC members were aware of the inequities among journals and the types of articles being “counted” for P&T and research active.
FAC members gave the Dean the task of talking to the department heads regarding this topic. Department Heads need to ask their P/T committees if this is issue addressed and how in their department guidelines.
The Executive Budget Committee met awhile back, but Dean Hough has not heard back from the COE representative. It is the Dean’s understanding the Missouri Legislature may give MSU additional funding but we will not know for sure until May. The Dean believes the College will continue to be in sound financial shape as we continue to manage our resources well.
- 2019 August College Meeting
At the last FAC meeting, there was a discussion on having short videos to promote our college, programs, etc. A group of faculty are now working on this. They are focusing on the goals in our Strategic Plan. The video clips will be shown at the August College Meeting and also used for recruitment.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:05 a.m.
Submitted by Sharon Lopinot, Exec. Asst. II
Next meeting: May 1, 2019