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Faculty Affairs Committee Minutes (10-11-07)

Faculty Affairs Committee Meeting
October 11, 2007
Present: Stacey Parker Aronson, Bart Finzel, Argie Manolis, Timna Wyckoff
Absent: Tom Mahoney, Alex Murphy, Pam Solvie

SPRING ELECTIONS

 

Finzel wondered if there would be elected positions for the Faculty Affairs Committee after the Constitution revision.

Aronson noted that the issue will undoubtedly be settled by the spring semester before the elections would take place.

EMPLOYEE CLASSIFICATIONS

 

Finzel suggested that the committee invite Sarah Mattson, the Director of Human Resources, to explain the titles and definitions of employee classifications at UMM.

Manolis wondered who(m) she actually represents. As regards the Non-Tenure Track contracts, she wondered how many classifications actually exist.

Finzel said that, in accordance with Human Resource policies, job reviews should be conducted more frequently at the beginning of a hire and then less frequently over time.

Wyckoff noted that if reviews are not conducted, then it is difficult if not impossible to fire someone.

Manolis suggested that the policy should call for regular reviews. Right now, such reviews are inconsistently conducted.

Aronson suggested that the committee also invite division chair to discuss the issue as it affects each division.

Finzel noted that employers have sometime “played” with positions in order to protect employees, and the resulting confusion some time result from what is essentially an act of good will.

Aronson will invited Sarah Mattson to the next meeting to try to clarify the issue.

COURSE LOADS

 

Manolis remarked that she has a 3/3 load for College Writing instructors, because they are not tenure-track and there is no research requirement.

Finzel commented that Social Science typically assigns a 3/2 course load.

Aronson replied that Humanities similarly assigns a 3/2 course load.

Committee members wondered what the actual university policy is regarding course load and what are the expectations (research? service?)

Manolis wondered whether there should be consistency across the campus. How is load determined? Does it affect pay? Preps?

Finzel suggested that the committee engage in a broader discussion of whether that is healthy for the campus.

Manolis wanted to ask Sarah if there exist a list of duties for each job classification.

Finzel wanted to know if we have higher course loads for non-tenure track employees or not?

Wyckoff wanted to know if there were a service and/or research requirement.

Manolis commented that in he experience, service is indeed expected (advising, committee work) but research is not.

The meeting was adjourned at 12:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Stacey Parker Aronson
Chair, Faculty Affairs Committee


Faculty Affairs Committee Meeting
October ??, 2007
Present: Stacey Parker Aronson, Bart Finzel, Tom Mahoney, Argie Manolis, Alex Murphy, Pam Solvie, Timna Wyckoff

EMPLOYEE CLASSIFICATIONS

 

Sarah Mattson, the Director of Human Resources, and Darla Peterson, from the Dean’s office attempted to explain the various employee classifications that exist at UMM and the requirements and responsibilities that exist for each.

ADD STUFF HERE!!

 

The meeting was adjourned at 12:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Stacey Parker Aronson
Chair, Faculty Affairs Committee