September 7, 1993

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CEFO Minutes
(J. Carter, Secretary)


COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING FACULTY ORGANIZATION Special meeting to discuss Promotion and Tenure Document Tuesday, September 7, 1993 @ 12:30 PM Cameron Applied Research Center, Room 101

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

COLLEGE OF ENGR: R. Snyder, S. Middleton. COMPUTER SCIENCE: G. Revesz, R. Lejk, M. Allen, G. Epstein, M. Hadzikadic, Z. Michalewicz, T. Mostafavi, Z. Ras, J. Schell, R. Shaw, K. Subramanian, J. Xiao. ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY: E. Braun, F. Auchey, B. Barry, N. Byars, J. Carter, M. Kocak, C. Liu, R. Lollar, C. Mobley, T. Owen, J. Patten, H. Phillips, W. Shelnutt, P. Wang, E. Willis. CIVIL ENGINEERING: L. King, D. Bayer, J. Evett, J. Graham, D. Hanks, R. Janardhanam, I. Runge, J. Wu, D. Young. MECHANICAL ENGR & ENGR SCIENCE: I. Bodur, R. Dubler, H. Estrada, Y. Hari, J. Hill, C. Hough, R. Keanini, W. Milheim, G. Mohanty, E. Munday, R. Wilhelm. ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING: F. Tranjan, S. Bobbio, R. Coleman, K. Daneshvar, R. Greene. V. Lukic, R. Makki, M. Miri, R. Tsu, CAMERON A.R.C.: H. Leamy. COMPUTING SVCS & LABS: J. Grant.

R. Makki stated that the purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the two documents attached to the meeting announcement, the College of Engineering Tenure Policies, and the Policies and Procedures of Non-Tenure Track Faculty and Faculty Support Staff.

R. Makki noted that each faculty should have the following documents pertaining to promotion and tenure:

Faculty Guide to the University Tenure Document University Tenure Policies and Procedures College of Engineering Tenure Policies Policies and Procedures of Non-Tenure Track Faculty and Faculty Support Staff Department Tenure Document

A MOTION was made from the floor to table discussion on the Non-Tenure Track document. Motion seconded. Discussion. Motion Failed.

A MOTION was made from the floor to discuss the Tenure document first. Motion seconded. Discussion. Motion Passed.

Discussion raised by Bob Coleman. College document guidelines must be met in the departmental documents. Departments may be more restrictive. The University document overrides both the College and Department documents. The college document is procedural in nature and does not set specific levels of accomplishment necessary for promotion and tenure. The college document spells out procedures relevant to the search for, promotion of, and tenure of academic faculty. It does not attempt to provide guidelines for search or promotion of administrative positions. Where administrative personnel hold faculty rank, the procedure for determination of that rank and tenure is subject to the college and department documents.

Ed Willis presented an overview of recent changes to the College of Engineering Tenure Policies document. The may 4th meeting identified some of the changes implemented in the current document. Since there was no quorum, a vote on the acceptance of the document was terminated. A few changes were also made as a result of advice by the University Attorney.

A MOTION was made from the floor to accept the document. Motion seconded. Discussion. The motion was tabled by the moderator to allow discussion of the following additional changes.

A MOTION was made from the floor to add the word “consulting” to the first paragraph in section D.3.2. It is stated in the section title, and in the external evaluation procedure. Consulting should also be a part of the Internal Evaluation. Motion seconded, Motion Passed.

A MOTION was made from the floor that the College Review Committee be elected by college faculty prior to April 15th, and the election is to be executed by written ballot. Motion seconded, Motion Passed.

A MOTION was made from the floor to remove the statement from the document requiring the Department Review Committee to elect its own chair. Motion seconded. Discussion. Motion Failed. It was observed that the intent of the statement is to provide more autonomy to the departments, disallowing the possibility that the college faculty or its administration would dictate the appointment of a department committee chair.

A MOTION was made from the floor to change the phrase “will be contacted” to “may be contacted”, in the second paragraph in section D.3.1 in reference to contacting alumni for input pertaining to the candidate’s teaching effectiveness. Motion seconded. Motion Passed. It was pointed out that contacts with alumni are difficult and will probably result in a statistically insignificant response.

A MOTION was made from the floor to change the phrase “refereed publications” to “publications” in all appearances in the document. Motion seconded. Motion Failed.

The moderator removed the original motion to consider a vote on approval of the document from the table. Motion Passed.

Dean Snyder made the following announcements:

It is necessary to form the College Review Committee as soon as possible.

The purpose of the Non-Tenure document is to attempt to “codify” requirements and procedures in order to satisfy SACS requirements.

Volunteers are needed for the Administrative Computing Advisory Committee, and for a committee to work on the Vision Statement. The need for these was discussed in the August 18th Faculty & Staff Meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:50 PM