TO:            The Faculty
FROM:      The Faculty Status Committee
RE:            Annual Report
DATE:        April 19, 2013

The Faculty Status Committee met 25 times (for approximately three hours per meeting) during the 2012-2013 academic session. During this period of time the committee did the following:

1.  Evaluated the files of 52 faculty members and recommended a merit category for each of these faculty to the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean.

2.  Reviewed portfolios of 11 candidates requesting tenure and promotion, one candidate requesting tenure, and two portfolios of candidates requesting promotion to the rank of professor, and subsequently made recommendations to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean and the President.

3.   Recommended to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean and the President that four faculty members be awarded the rank of Emeritus Professor.

4.  Discussed and made recommendations to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean concerning the salary pool increase.

5.   In conjunction with ITS, devised a process for the online submission of tenure and promotion dossiers via Moodle and invited two faculty to utilize the new system as a pilot (one faculty member accepted).

6.   In collaboration with the Associate Academic Dean, instituted procedures for administering the online surveys of student opinion of instruction.

7.  Reviewed, revised and recommended changes and then submitted ten files to the Policies and Procedures Committee and the faculty for review. These files included: 101.1, Faculty Salaries; 122.2, Surveys of Student Opinion of Instruction; 137.3, Political Activity; 144.3, South Carolina Unemployment Compensation Insurance; 144.4, Workers Compensation Insurance; 152.2, Faculty Evaluation; 158.5, Eligibility of Administrators for Tenure; 165.5, Leaves of Absence; 181.1, Clearance for a Faculty Member Terminating Service; 181.5, Faculty Discounts at University Store.

8.  Sponsored one Faculty Forum to discuss Policy 122.2 and the implementation of the online surveys of student opinion of instruction.

9.   Attended a demonstration by a representative of the online surveys of student opinion of instruction service provider.

10.  The chair met with new faculty to discuss the FSC charge, with specific emphasis placed on issues related to tenure and promotion and student opinion surveys.

Respectfully submitted by the 2012-2013 Faculty Status Committee:

Linda Bartlett, Chair (MLL), Bob Chesebro (MUS), Nick Radel (ENG), Shirley Ritter (EDU), Diane Vecchio (HST), Paul Wagenknecht (CHM), and John Beckford, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean (non-voting, ex-officio).

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