Regents Hear Faculty Senate Update

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Faculty Senate has approved several bills this semester, including one focused on advising students and another on revising the academic calendar through 2022, according to Dr. David Powell, chair of Faculty Senate, who presented the Board with an update.

Two resolutions also have been approved concerning student evaluations and the allowable number of overload assignments.

He said a plan has been developed to redefine the culture of Faculty Senate with the goal being to build a culture of communication and community.

Powell told the Board the Senate recently engaged in a notecard survey to solicit input from faculty across the campus. About a third (or 144) faculty responded, he said, with the major areas of concern listed as workload, compensation, communication, shared governance and faculty morale.

He noted that Southeast President Carlos Vargas and Interim Provost Tamela Randolph met with the Senate Nov. 28 to discuss issues identified in the poll. The next step is for the Senate to convene task forces and work groups to focus on areas of concern, including winter session, budget issues for Academic Affairs, faculty morale, community engagement and improved relationships with leadership.

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