October 24, 1995

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CEFO Minutes

(J. Carter, Secretary)


COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING FACULTY ORGANIZATION Tuesday, October 24, 1995 @ 12:30 PM CARC Building – Room 101
Dr. Rick Lejk opened the meeting at 12:36 PM. The following individuals signed the attendance sheet:

COLLEGE OF ENGR: R. Snyder. COMPUTER SCIENCE: M. Allen, R. Lejk, G. Revesz, H. Razavi, K. Subramanian, B. Wilkinson. ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY: E. Braun, J. Carter, D. Liou, C. Liu, C. Mobley, J. Patten, R. Priebe, W. Shelnutt, D. Smith, P. Wang. CIVIL ENGINEERING: J. Evett, J. Graham, D. Hanks, R. Janardhanam, M. Kane, E. King, I. Runge, D. Young. MECHANICAL ENGR & ENGR SCIENCE: J. Brien, P. DeHoff, R. Dubler, H. Estrada, Y. Hari, J. Hill, R. Hocken, R. Johnson, R. Kim, G. Mohanty, S. Patterson, J. Raja, R. Wilhelm. ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING: T. Dahlberg, A. Edwards, M. Hasan, Y. Kakad, M. Miri, D. Phillips, M. Sleva, F. Tranjan. CAMERON A.R.C.: J. Hudak, H. Leamy, T. Rufty. COMPUTING SVCS & LABS: J. Grant, T. Patton, D. Rowe. Total documented attendance: 52, (43 Voting Faculty; a quorum = 39.) I. Minutes of the September, 1995 meeting. The minutes of the 09/12/95 meeting were approved as submitted.

II. International Exchange, Art Edwards.
Overview of Limoges. Limoges is in south-central France, located Southwest of Paris and West of Lyon. It has a population of about 175,000, is the capitol of the Department of Haute Vienne, and the capitol of the Region of Limousin. It has a continuous history for about 2000 years, and has been a center for the production of enameling for about 1300 years. It is also a major source of Porcelain. Limoges supports the ceramics industry as well as producing some textiles (including leather), and some electronics. Its primary institutions are:
University of Limoges, including the I.U.T., Institut Universitaire de Technologie.
ENSIL, Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Ingeneurs de Limoges.
ENSCI, Ecole Nationale Superiure de Ceramique Industrielle. Founded around 1896 in Paris, moved to Limoges in 1979. The school has 120 – 180 students and has recently initiated research programs. Students enter by successfully completing competitive examinations. The engineering program includes three years of intense training with internships.

Day-to-Day Life and Work. Knowledge of the French language is very useful (even phrase-book French.) Very few people feel comfortable speaking English, and they are patient with your French. French is spoken slowly, and is easy to understand. Though English is spoken at the Universities, collegiate discussion is still held in French. Students are more comfortable with English. Labs and academic buildings are closed daily at 8:00 PM, closed on weekends, and closed for August (as is the rest of the country.)

Collaboration. Forging of collaborations is not particularly difficult. The best method is through informal communication with faculty members with similar research interests. Their faculty are interested in collaboration.

III. Retrospective View, Dean Snyder.
Planning. The Vice Chancellor is about to issue time tables and instructions for reinstating the planning structure. Our focus will be on the implementation of improvements in our current strategic plans. It is essential that we move on. We have strategic plans in place. We now need tactical plans for fulfilling specific aspects of the strategic plan. Some sort of “support resource” is needed to help with the implementation of the plan. The name of this resource will be the “Quality Improvement Resource Group.” This group includes college faculty and one member from Duke Power Company. Another group will be the “Tactical Guidance Team,” and will consist of the department chairs, the deans, and the president of the faculty. This group will be working together to organize the tactical strategies for implementation of the college’s strategic plan. A score sheet has been developed to track the success of implementation of strategic plan objectives.

Faculty Rewards. The dean recommended that something be done with the report from the Faculty Rewards Task Force. This is unfinished business. The group spent one and one-half years on this report. It has been suggested that the ideas presented in this report be implemented on a test basis. This may involve the implementation of the first phase of a modified reward system which addresses specific objectives in the college strategic plan.

IV. Mosaic Status, Mike Allen. The college faculty committee for academic computing is working on issues concerning the strategic plan, budgets, equipment and software requests. Each department has a representative on that committee. Send any requests for MOSAIC support to the committee through that representative.

V. Peer Evaluation of Teaching: Status Reports by Department, Rick Lejk. Several of the departments provided short reports of the progress of their peer evaluation processes.

Civil Engineering. Senior faculty members are divided into teams and are visiting junior faculty. About half of these have been visited.

Computer Science. Teams have started peer reviews of junior faculty.

Engineering Technology. The department has completed the development of and adopted specific policies and procedures concerning both mentoring and peer review. Mentors have been selected for all junior faculty members. The peer review process is just starting.

Mechanical Engineering. The department has had an on-going peer review committee. They have been engaged in peer evaluation and are overseeing the overall evaluation of junior faculty members.

Electrical Engineering. (No report.)

Dean Snyder. The University requires the implementation of the peer review of junior faculty this Fall, and the documents pertaining to peer review will be a part of all reward, promotion and tenure packages hereafter. Current candidates for reward, promotion and tenure do not come under this new ruling.

VI. Dean’s Report, Dean Snyder.

The strategic plan for computing facilities in the college is part of a campus-wide effort.

Budget. The University, because of last year’s failure to hit enrollment projections, is in a position to “kick back” funds. Consequently, we were forced to re-project enrollments. The college should be able to handle the resulting budgetary shortfall without too much impact. Equipment committees are working to spend the money which was already allocated. A budget for next year will be developed by a new equipment committee.
Duke Professorship. Recruiting is about to start for the Duke professorship. A committee has been put together to conduct the search. The area of specialty will be consistent with the focus of the college’s Ph.D. programs.

Co-Op. All departments are encouraged to lead students to take part in the available Co-Op programs within the college. The program makes our students more marketable, and many are hired by the companies sponsoring the Co-Op activity. Some companies are specifically using this program in their hiring practice. There are several Co-Op positions available.

Student Mentoring Program. A student mentoring program can be used to enable the student to develop a “network for learning.” Leadership will be on board in November to start this program.

Conflict of Interest and Conflict of Commitment policy. This policy is imposed on us by the general administration in order to get out in front of NSF and NIH. All EPA faculty and staff are required to file a report annually.

VII. Announcements.

Summer course schedules are due on the 20th of November.

All course registration will be done by phone. Students are to call the REAL system to get their appointment time.

All faculty are encouraged to take part in the State Employee’s United Campaign, (United Way). Our college has not shown itself to be a leader on the campus in this area. A suggested minimum donation is $2.00 per payday.

The next meeting of the college faculty will be held on November 28 in CARC 101 at 12:30PM

The meeting was adjourned at 1:32 PM.