February 1, 1994

 
  • CEFO Minutes

(J. Carter, Secretary)


 

     

    M I N U T E S

    COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING FACULTY ORGANIZATION Tuesday, February 1, 1994 @ 12:30 PM 101 Cameron Center

    Dr. Rafic Makki opened the meeting at 12:36 PM. The following signed the attendance sheet:

    COLLEGE OF ENGR: R. Snyder, S. Middleton. COMPUTER SCIENCE: G. Revesz, R. Lejk, M. Allen, B. Chu, G. Epstein, J. Frazier, M. Hadzikadic, Z. Michalewicz, T. Mostafavi, Z. Ras, H. Razavi, K. Subramanian, B. Wilkinson, J. Xiao. ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY: E. Braun, F. Auchey, B. Barry, N. Byars, J. Carter, J. Chaffin, M. Kocak, C. Liu, R. Lollar, T. Owen, J. Patten, R. Priebe, W. Shelnutt, D. Smith, P. Wang. CIVIL ENGINEERING: D. Bayer, J. Evett, J. Graham, D. Hanks, H. Hilger, R. Janardhanam, G. Murgel, I. Runge, D. Young. MECHANICAL ENGR & ENGR SCIENCE: I. Bodur, R. Dubler, H. Estrada, Y. Hari, J. Hill, R. Kim, W. Milheim, G. Mohanty, E. Munday, S. Patterson. ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING: F. Tranjan, S. Bobbio, K. Daneshvar, A. Edwards, R. Greene, F. Kiamilev, R. Makki, M. Miri, E. Nicollian, S. Simanapalli, W. Smith, R. Tsu. CAMERON A.R.C.: H. Leamy, T. Rufty. COMPUTING SVCS & LABS: R. Wolny. GUESTS: N. Schul. Total documented attendance: 64.

    I. Announcements, R. Makki. Office of Research has a new blue form to fill out so that research opportunities can be better identified. It will be sent to faculty shortly. Please complete the form and return it to the Office of Research.

    We have formed a college committee on teaching. This committee will evaluate ways we teach in the college. Over the next few weeks methods and procedures for evaluation will be developed, including in-classroom visitation. The committee meets weekly.

    II. Policies and Procedures of the College of Engineering pertaining to appointment, reappointment, and promotion of non-tenure track faculty and support staff., R. Lejk. Basic documentation was distributed to all faculty prior to the meeting. Issue: Determination of definitions of titles for part-time faculty and staff with the intent of providing consistency across the college. Currently no such definitions exist and the distinction between various job titles is vague. These definitions are applied to those faculty and staff who are hired for part-time and visiting positions and who are neither tenured or on a tenure track.

    It was clarified that a Visiting Professor position is limited to two years and is not renewable.

    The document does not address titles for Post-Doctoral positions. A motion was made to add a title for a "Post-Doctoral Fellow" to the document. Motion seconded, & passed.

    The document does not and is not intended to address or specify the source of funding for positions.

    The document provides specifications on the voting rights of non-tenured teaching positions. At this point, this is a constitutional issue to be addressed later this semester. In response to this point: A motion was made to limit governance issues concerning non-tenured track faculty and support staff to the constitution of the faculty. Motion seconded, & passed.

    A motion was made to strike out the distinction between "teaching" and "research" titles. The motion was withdrawn after discussion revealed that such an action would serve to remove the distinction of titles used by non-tenure track faculty and those used by tenured and tenure-track faculty.

    A motion was made to accept the document as amended by the previous motions. Motion seconded, & passed.

    III. CEAPCC Proposals, R. Lejk. CS is working on proposals to restructure the course curricula. The intent is to align the program with IEEE, ACM and State Regents requirements for number of credit hours to graduation. The closed lab concept is being introduced into the program. A motion was made by the CEAPCC to accept this action. Motion passed.

    A motion was made to accept the EE proposal for EEGR5122. The motion passed by the general faculty. A separate vote on the motion by the graduate faculty also passed.

    IV. Dean's Comments, R. Snyder.

    • The Curriculum Steering Committee will be distributing their report which provides guidelines for curriculum planning soon. It is intended as a starting point for discussion.
    • The Strategic Planning Steering Committee will be distributing guidelines for strategic planning in departments.
    • The college is to prepare a mechanism for peer evaluation of teaching. The immediate concern is to address a memo addressing this action which has been received from the Board of Governors. It specifically concerns the evaluation of non-tenure track faculty. An effort is being made to expand that action to include the evaluation of tenured and tenure-track faculty as well as develop methods for improving the quality of teaching.
    • SUCCEED. Conferences will be held to hear report of individual projects which have been underway. SUCCEED reviewers urged that the research results, such as the Millikan project, be implemented in the curriculum.

      V. Projects Update, S. Middleton.

    • Harding Professional Success Mentoring Program, (SUCCEED). This is a proposal to take our students and put them into the schools to serve as mentors, assistants, and technical help. A Job Opportunities flyer has been distributed to attract students who can communicate and would like to take part.
    • Sex Equity Grant. Workshops are to be held, pending funding, to attract young women into technical, non-traditional careers. Students can take part here also.
    • Mega-Project, (SUCCEED). Eight colleges of Engineering will be taking part in Summer workshops on each campus to assist minorities in their preparation for success at the university level. Next Summer UNCC will be hosting such a workshop.
    • Women in Engineering Board. A conference will be held in February. Interested students can contact Dean Middleton. A survey will be coming around shortly concerning current attitudes on promotion and tenure.
    • A task force to address our current student advising system has been formed. It will be looking at what we are doing, alternate models for advising, what it is we want to do, etc. Models may vary by department.

      VI. Experiential Learning, N. Schul Piedmont Partnerships with CPCC and JC Smith. These other schools would like to be involved in the discussions of the Curriculum Task Force. Currently there is an intent to install two Sun workstations to assist in the transferability of their students. CPCC will hold workshops on the utilization of the Sun system.

      French Universities. Visits have been made to two technological universities in France. The French expressed a desire to be involved in faculty and student exchanges, teleconferencing, industrial placement, etc. A proficiency in French is useful for anyone who wants to be involved. Also, they would like to learn "American English". The development of this project is continuing.

      VII. Final Announcements, R. Makki The Chair of the University level Curriculum Committee is available. We in the college can nominate an individual.

      A motion was made to table the last item on the agenda, a review of the CEFO proposal for reorganization, due to the lack of time remaining. Motion seconded, passed.

      At 1:57PM the motion was made to adjourn.