April 7, 1998

CEFO Minutes

(J. Carter, Secretary


COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING FACULTY ORGANIZATION Tuesday, April 7, 1998 @ 12:36 PM Cameron Applied Research Center, Room 101
CEFO President Yogendra Kakad opened the meeting at 12:37. The following individuals signed the attendance sheet: 

COMPUTER SCIENCE: M. Allen, B. Chu, R. Lejk, T. Mostafavi, J. Quinn, Z. Ras, H. Razavi, R. Shaw, W. Tolone, B. Wilkinson. 
CIVIL ENGINEERING: D. Bayer, J. Graham, R. Janardhanam, M. Kane, E. King, K. Linden, D. Young. 
ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING: S. Bobbio, K. Daneshvar, M. Hasan, Y. Kakad, V. Lukic, M. Miri, H. Phillips, M. Sleva, F. Tranjan. 
ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY: J. Bowen, E. Braun, J. Carter, C. Liu, J. Patten, R. Priebe, W. Shelnutt, B. Sherlock. 
MECHANICAL ENGR & ENGR SCIENCE: P. DeHoff, R. Dubler, H. Estrada, J. Hill, R. Hocken, R. Johnson, G. Mohanty, J. Raja, Stuart Smith. 
GUESTS: None. Total documented attendance: 46 (41 voting members.) Quorum=39.

I. Previous Meeting Minutes, Jack Carter. The minutes of the February, 1997 meeting were approved following a request by Rick Lejk that the "model" referred to in the FEC report clearly state that it is the model for the Tenured Faculty Performance Review. Note that, in addition to distribution, the archive of CEFO minutes is maintained on the world wide web at http://www.coe.uncc.edu/~jcarter/cefo. Corrections may be submitted through that media.

II. Committee Reports.

Faculty Executive Committee, Rick Lejk. Everyone should have received the latest draft for the policy for Tenured Faculty Performance Review. There have been a few revisions of the last document. There is still some objection to the document due to the amount of administrative action that is still part of the policy. The opinion expressed is that the administration should not be given the opporunity to override a peer evaluation since it is inherently a peer review document. The FEC would like your input. Email or call Rick. For information, see Rick Lejk.
CEAPCC, Hassan Razavi. No Report. Discussion ensued concerning a "glitch" in the consent calendar policy. There is no well-understood method for taking an action off of the calendar. The committee will look into this problem.
General Education, David Bayer. No Report.
FAPSC, Edwin Braun. Next week the faculty council will be voting on the new proposal for the elimination of exclusions and the eventual elimination of replacement of grades from repeated courses for GPA calculations. If passed, all grades will count towards a student's GPA when the policy phases in. The council is also looking at a proposal to limit the period of time allowable for grade appeals.

III. Dean's Report, Dean Snyder. Renda Gwaltney has contacted several of the equipment committees concerning purchasing needs for this fiscal year. There is about $500,000 to be expended in this fiscal year, and purchase orders must be submitted quickly or the funding will be lost. Please make an emergency maintenance list and a long-term list of equipment needs. Again, the committees must get on this quickly.

V. Annual Evaluation of Administrators, Yogi Kakad. A copy of a draft policy document for the annual evaluation of department chairs and deans was distributed. This document, in two parts, was prepared by the committee appointed following the last meeting (see 02/26/98 minutes.) Considerable discussion followed. A motion was made to remove the last sentence of paragraph 5 in both documents, to replace the "will" with "may" in paragraph 2 that refers to the submission of teaching and research information. An amendment to the motion asked for the inclusion of a final statement in the chair's document that the dean will meet with the assessment committee to discuss the dean's recommendation. This same statement will be added to the dean's document, stating that the provost will be asked to meet with the assessment committee. The amendment passed with one dissention. The motion passed without dissent.

IV. COE Elections, Jack Carter. Nomination forms have been distributed to all faculty by mail. The deadline was indicated as April 6. Because of slow returns, the deadline will be extended to April 10th. Please feel free to nominate yourself for any positions you are interested in. Those who have been nominated will be contacted prior to the placement of any names on the ballot. Ballots will be distributed on April 13th with a deadline of receipt by April 27 so that the results can be published at the April 28th CEFO meeting. No nominations were received from the floor.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:50 P.M.

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