December 6, 2002

MEMBERS PRESENT: P. Anderson, G. Avent, P. Bagley, D. Borino, K. Dannehl, G. Goicoechea, E. Henderson, C. Hyslop, L. Hyslop, J. Larson, M. LaSalle, J. Licht, K. Martin, K. Mowrey, E. Nickel, L. Owens, M. Ports, C. Pyatt, L. Reber, S. Rombough, J. Rosenthal, L. Sanchez-Saenz, R. Schaffner, J. Shrock, J. Shaw, G. Skivington, Ju. Smith, P. Smith, T. Staley, S. Sweetwater, L. Uhlenkott, J. Williams

  1. WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS : Chair Pete Bagley welcomed everyone to Senate.
  2. ATTENDANCE: Silent roll was taken. Chair Pete Bagley declared a quorum present. Five proxy votes were recorded.
  3. CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 1:22 p.m.
  4. APPROVAL OF MINUTES: The minutes of the November 15, 2002, Faculty Senate meeting were unanimously approved.
    1. Sabbatical - Congratulations were extended to Marilee Kuhl and Ed Nickel who were awarded sabbatical for the 2003-2004 academic year.
    2. Board of Regents - The BoR will convene December 11-13.
      1. NV State College at Henderson is recruiting CCSN faculty. The workload stated within these contracts could affect GBC; however the workload reduction and extra compensation may only cover adjunct work.
    3. Administrative Council - Dr. Killpatrick is intended to form the council as a representative body as per the Senate model. Voting on issues would come through the Senate then voted on in Administrative Council. Senate has tentative acceptance of this and requests Dr. Killpatrick's attendance to define the exact Administrative Council procedure.
  6. PART-TIME FACULTY: Part-time Faculty Representatives to Senate spoke with Dr. Killpatrick, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs with positive dialogue issued.
    1. Forty percent of courses are taught by adjunct faculty. They proposed a salary increase which is consistent with other institutions in the system. Full-time faculty have been supportive; however, the monetary resources are not in place to back the increase. Each institution sets their own salary schedule.
    2. With campus improvements, the part-time faculty work area was discontinued. Part-time faculty would like the space replaced to include computer workstations so that adjunct faculty have a quiet area to prepare their lessons.
    3. The current mailbox situation for adjunct faculty is intolerable. Currently two to three part-time faculty share one cubby and several part-time faculty do not check their mail on a timely basis leading to excessive overcrowding and inconvenience. A request was made to relocate the part-time faculty mailboxes and to construct enough boxes to adequately store everyone's mail.
    4. Information to part-time faculty is not being routinely circulated or made clear. This affects part-time orientation wherein few part-time faculty attend and affect the distribution of campus information directly pertinent to adjunct faculty such as the location of teaching supplies. They propose an e-newsletter to be circulated on a regular basis and a more relevant part-time employee handbook.
    5. The student evaluation of faculty process seems to be working well. Adjunct faculty request that they be administered earlier in the class time to cut down on disruption of class instruction and thought processes.
    6. Adjunct faculty request attendance at Department Chair meetings in an effort to improve interaction concerning the disciplines being taught. This request will be brought directly to Department Chairs for consideration.
    7. Information from the UCCSN Final Report on Part-time Faculty gives insight into the policies of other institutions.
    1. Academic Standards - Report withdrawn.
    1. Bylaw Changes - A revised model regarding the issue of Senate Membership was brought forward. The model adapts itself to the suggestions made by faculty at the last senate meeting. It defines Executive Faculty as consisting of the GBC President, Vice Presidents and each administrative faculty member who has both a Vice President or President as his/her immediate supervisor, and he/she supervises at least one member of the faculty. The proposal is an across the board affecting all Senate department designations. The proposal defines 'supervision' as positions responsible for the hiring and evaluating of subordinates. Statements of opposition were heard indicating that there appeared to be an element of personality conflicts driving the proposed revision and that the revision causes a divisive atmosphere in Senate which a small institution can ill afford. A motion was made and unanimously accepted to hold a confidential ballot vote on the proposal. Ballots were distributed at silent roll call. Vice Chair Joel Shrock and assistant Chris Mitchell counted the votes resulting in a 16:10 vote against the proposed model. The model will go back the Secretary Frank Daniels for further revision and will be brought before Executive Council for discussion.
    1. The Library will accommodate the final's week schedule and will operate hours conducive to the students' needs. This measure is in an effort to conserve operating dollars.
    2. There are two new Regents to the Board. More information will be distributed to faculty. The Governor proposes that the Regent positions be by appointment and not election.
  10. ADJOURNMENT: The meeting was adjourned at 2:22 p.m. The next Senate meeting is scheduled for January 17, 2003, at 1:15 p.m.