DAFVM Faculty Senate

MINUTES

Bost Extension Building 205
Video links to Delta R&E, Coastal R&E, Central R&E
January 10, 2013
1:30 p.m.

Members attending included Hart Bailey, Linda Breazeale, Ned Browning, Jeremiah Davis, Jim DelPrince, Sherrill Fleming, Harvey Gordon, Matt Interis, Brandi Bourg Karisch, Lelia Kelly, Danny Magee, Tibor Pechan, Dan Seale, Sead Sabanadzovic, and Barry Stewart.

Additional guest: Connie Forde, professor of Instructional Systems & Workforce Development

Excused: Andrew Claude, Brent Fountain, Wayne Ebelhar, Jason Gordon, Jeff Gore, David Ingram, Chou Li, Robert Meyer, Ian Munn, John Riggins, Dan Peterson and Jessica Wells

  1. Barry Stewart called the meeting to order. The minutes from Oct. 11, 2012, were approved.
  2. Connie Forde presented an overview of the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan, which is required by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, or SACS, to improve undergraduate education. DAFVM senate member Ned Browning also served on the QEP Development Committee.
    1. During the fall 2011 and spring 2012 semesters, listening sessions were conducted to solicit input from faculty, students, administrators, alumni and others. The committee met with groups to determine their greatest academic concerns. They reached 800 individuals.
    2. Themes derived from the listening sessions included:
      1. Lack of skill sets (primary faculty concern)
      2. Course-related issues (primary student concern)
      3. Access and contact issues
      4. Service and practical learning
      5. Well-roundedness of students
      6. Responsibility and accountability
    3. Three topics emerged and QEP white paper rubrics were developed for:
      1. Information literacy
      2. Oral communication
      3. Written communication
    4. The group selected written communication as MSU’s primary focus. The goal will be to adjust the university’s culture to place more emphasis on writing skills. The pilot of MSU’s QEP will begin this fall.
    5. Hart Bailey commended Forde and Browning for their work on the QEP.
    6. Browning will develop a survey to determine DAFVM faculty expectations regarding students’ writing skills and what help faculty need in judging writing.
    7. More information on the Quality Enhancement Plan Development Committee is online at http://www.sacs.msstate.edu/.
  3. Old business: Evaluation forms.
    1. The senate discussed the “numerical evaluation” options on page 2. Concern was expressed with use of numbers instead of specific words to communicate performance.
    2. Danny Magee said the College of Veterinary Medicine abandoned the numeric system in 2006, now using unsatisfactory, needs improvement, satisfactory, etc. Magee motioned, Jeremiah Davis seconded, that DAFVM not use the numeric scale in the future. The motion carried.
    3. Stewart wants administration to provide more guidance on where to place activities and accomplishments in the document.
    4. Hart Bailey motioned, Lelia Kelly seconded, that the senate’s Faculty Affairs Committee review and make recommendations on the evaluation document. (Members of the FA Committee include Claude, Ingram and Karisch)
  4. New business
    1. Guidelines are needed for MAFES promotions of non-tenured faculty. Hart Bailey said David Shaw had a group looking into this. Barry Stewart will investigate and report back to the senate.
    2. A senator requested more aggressive notice be given to faculty, staff and students when servers are hacked and personal information could be compromised.
    3. A senator requested the protocol when sponsored research is deliberately damaged or destroyed. Should researchers contact MSU ethics committee or police? This will be on a future agenda.

The senate adjourned until the next meeting on Feb. 14, 2013. President Barry Stewart will bring red velvet cupcakes.

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