August 15, 1996

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CEFO Minutes

(J. Carter, Secretary)


COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING FACULTY ORGANIZATION Tuesday, August 15, 1996 @ 2:00 PM McEniry Building – Room 142
CEFO President, Dr. Art Edwards opened the meeting at 2:05 PM. The following individuals signed the attendance sheet:

COLLEGE OF ENGR: R. Snyder, S. Middleton, R. Gwaltney, N. Schul.
COMPUTER SCIENCE: M. Allen, R. Lejk, J. Quinn, G. Revesz, W. Tolone.
ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY: N. Byars, J. Carter, J. Chaffin, S. Henley, D. Liou C. Liu, R. Priebe, D. Smith, P. Wang.
CIVIL ENGINEERING: D. Bayer, J. Evett, J. Graham, D. Hanks, H. Hilger, M. Kane, E. King.
MECHANICAL ENGR & ENGR SCIENCE: I. Bodur, P. DeHoff, R. Dubler, H. Estrada, D. Fodel, M. Frank, R. Kim, G. Mohanty, E. Munday, J. Raja.
ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING: T. Dahlberg, K. Daneshvar, A. Edwards, M. Edwards, R. Greene, F. Kiamilev, V. Lukic, S. Mahaffey, R. Makki, G. Metze, D. Phillips, M. Sleva, T. Weldon.
GUESTS: None. Total documented attendance: 47 (34 voting members.)

I. Welcome of New Faculty and Staff, Department Chairs.

Civil Engineering

Karl Lindenauer
Alan Stadler
Kathy Lloyd, Secretarial Staff

Computer Science

Bill Tolone

Electrical Engineering

Tom Weldon
George Metze
Linda Edwards, Secretarial Staff

Engineering Technology

Jim Bowen

Mechanical Engineering

Robin Coger
Maurice Charukuri
Jim Salsbury, MET Lab Manager.

II. Electronic Distribution of Announcements, Agendas, Minutes, Art Edwards. Pending a concensus at this meeting, from this day forward, all announcements for COE meetings will appear on the world-wide-web. Consensus obtained. The web page for CEFO business is at:

You may want to bookmark this site. This will be the home page for all COE business. It will:

Announce the time and place of the next COE faculty meeting
Link to the agenda for the current meeting
Link to a calendar of all future meetings
Link to an archive of minutes of previous meetings
Link to web versions of many important COE documents

You will receive e-mail one week before each meeting and two hours before each meeting. You will also receive through e-mail a copy of the minutes. Any corrections to the minutes can be returned to the sender on-line.

You will not receive any hard copy of announcments, agendas, minutes. Such hardcopies may be obtained by selecting “Print” on the “File” menu on the upper-left corner of the Netscape display.


Large reduction in time (Faculty and staff)
Large reduction in physical resources
Greater organization of greater amount of information
Hard copy is available with convenience through Netscape

If you are unfamiliar with Netscape, we will arrange for training. If you did not receive e-mail, send me an email message at:

and I will put you on the mailing list.

III. Iteration on Annual Priorities, Art Edwards. The following is a list of some of the priorities we are presented with this year. These will require action of some kind, so we need to be thinking about them.

Priorities thrust upon us Priorities we choose —————————– ——————————- ABET Visitations SUCCEED Implementation Curriculum Revisions Faculty Workload Policy New University Planning Cycle Faculty Reward Policy Distance Learning Curriculum Revisions Post-Tenure Review Recruitment of Quality Students Honors Programs Development of Ph. D. Programs

Note that several important thrusts are not part of the list. For example, plans are in progress to make ENGR1201 and ENGR1202 available to advanced High-School students. If something important is missing do something about it.

IV. How we do business, Art Edwards. Is there College Business that we can conduct outside the structure of a committee? Committees are required when issues do not enjoy consensus. Committees are probably not required when action is either obvious or enjoys consensus.

A model for non-controversial business: An issue arises about which you have strong feelings and that you are willing to spend time on. When you have progress that merits announcement to the faculty, ask for a place on the agenda. Examples: (1) Recuiting: Pilot program in EE department (2) Advising: Jack Carter’s Advising System.

V. Announcements for Chairs, Art Edwards. The Provost reminds us of the importance of the following four items:

Policy on Sexual Harrassment. (1) Faculty/Staff/Student interactions (2) Student/Student interactions
Policy on Student Relations
Policy on Final Exams
For each class we must distribute a syllabus that discusses Academic Integrity and the Universities policies.

VI. SPART, Bill Shelnutt. A Strategic Planning And Resource Team (SPART) is being formed to support the departments in the maintenance and upgrade of the College Strategic Plan. This is not a completed document, but is rather dynamic, and should be re-evaluated and updated on a regular basis. It will be the charge of this team to work with the departments to help this to take place.

VII. Distance Learning, Ed Braun, Norman Schul. What is distance learning? It is the separation of the student from the instructor. With the advent of recent developments in communications capabilities, we will have to become more involved with distance learning technology. The concept of a “protected marketplace” is gone. We must compete with others for this area now. Other educational organizations are providing such resources to a growing marketplace.

The General Administration is looking at this on a Statewide basis rather than on a national basis.

A cultural change is taking place. Our society is changing from a Reading/Writing culture to a Listening & Watching/Creating culture. We must look at alternate technologies such as ISDN or cable TV. We now have a full-time cable TV station for UNC Charlotte.

There will be opportunities to cooperate with NC State and UNCCH in this area.

VIII. Dean’s Report, Dean Snyder

ABET Visitation. We will be visited by ABET shortly. Two E.T. programs and one Engineering program will be reviewed. We are facing another visit if we want to be reviewed under Curriculum 2000. There are both opportunities and elements of risk if we go this route. This direction is being driven by the legislature, ABET, and SACS.
Post-Tenure Review. We have to turn in something on our plans for post-tenure review to the Board of Governors by November. We will not be able to start a “Grass-roots” development of a process. We must get something on the table which represents thought and organization.
Workload Policy. We will have to turn in a workload policy to the General Administration this fall. Since 1977 a very simple policy has been in place. Action will be taken by the legislature and General Administration to set down some guidelines. You will receive a workload policy for the college which describes our existing policy. Departments can develop the mechanisms to deal with this and mechanise this.
Distance Learning. At this time Ed Braun, Joe Quinn, and Norm Schul are sorting out the main issues. Development within the Strategic Plan is taking place to set the context for this issue. Some guidance should be coming in about four to five weeks. It is time that we use this technology to first enhance the education delivered to our own, on-campus, students. This can include things other than specific course delivery for example, advising, assignment distribution and collection.

The meeting was adjourned at 3;00 PM.

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