Skip to Content
Committee Name: Faculty Association
Meeting Date: 8/15/2019 12:00:00 AM

Juville Dario-Becker, Marci Gale (Treasurer), Donna Hobbs, Matt Latimer, Lana Velez, Cynthia Deutsch (President), David McGee, Shannon McDermott, Jessica Hogan, Alison Moore, Ernie Wade, Lorenz Chan (Secretary), Tom Sparhawk, Jim Tuite (Vice President), Tim Rhoads, John Lofaso, Fazi Arabi, Elizabeth Elam, Kirk Gomes, Rebecca Honeycutt, John McCullough, Julie Piercy, Michelle Penner, Charles Poff, Matt Poteat, Elizabeth Shelton, Vic Sizemore, Mike Alderman, Taz Daughtrey, Deborah Harris, Corinne Hoisington, Brent Lester, Nelson Ayala, Yalitza Figueroa, Rick Templeton, Tim Wilhelm.


If you were present in this first meeting and your name does not appear on the list above, please make sure to mention it to Lorenz Chan immediately.

Approval of Minutes from last meeting on 04-30-2019. All in favor.
  1. Jessica Hogan, Biology professor, proposes a review of the Bookstore ordering ancillary material not requested by the instructor.  If the bookstore states that materials are recommended, it implies that these items were requested by the instructors when they were not. This issue can present a problem for some students who are purchasing unnecessary items assuming that the instructor recommends the materials.  The faculty want to see the bookstore succeed; however, they do not want students to buy unneeded materials.  
  • ACTION: Dr. Deutsch will discuss further with the administration and the bookstore later. 
  1. Marci Gale brought forward a concern about IOTA evaluation scores and the way averages are computed on instructor evaluations.  Evaluations appear to include several questions that are unrelated to instructor performance or class issues.  These questions appear to be averaged into the final evaluation score, which may be skewing the evaluation scores.  Additionally, questions on face-to-face class evaluations are not the same as questions for web classes.  An example of a non-class related question is: “Would you take a web class?”  Jessica Hogan agreed that IOTA evaluations have issues that may be affecting evaluation results.
  • ACTION: Dr. Deutsch will discuss this issue with Kris and clarify it.                               
  1. Cynthia Deutsch announced that the University of Lynchburg had a meeting about homelessness. This meeting was promoted in an email sent from Dr. Capps. Participants at the meeting were divided into groups. The purpose of the meeting was to increase awareness about homelessness, including homelessness among students in our community. Faculty members aware of issues among their students should advise them to contact the Community Connections Coordinator, Philmika Reid (ext. 7730).                                                                                                                                                                          
  2. Shannon McDermott encouraged faculty members to let their students know about the NOYCE Grant (STEM) opportunity for students. There is more money available for students. Currently, only one student has applied.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
  3. Alison Moore, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, on behalf of herself and her colleagues Sarah Jarrett, Career Services Advisor, and Julie Pierce, Professor of Psychology, announced that their children were participating in a local performance of “FROZEN” over the next two weekends.                                                                                                                                                                   
  4. Tom Sparhawk, professor of Sociology, invited all to attend a concert by classical pianist Jeanne Backofen Craig on Sunday, August 25, 2019, 2:00 – 3:00 pm at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church, 1307 Oakwood St. Bedford, VA 24523.  This performance is a free concert for Project Starfish Haiti. Donations will assist in building and operating a medical clinic in Haiti.                                                                                                                                                                     
  5. Juville Dario-Becker, professor of Anatomy and Physiology, announced that she still was giving away free coffee mugs.                                                                                                                                                        
  6. Jim Tuite announced that governance committee meetings begin next week.
None at this time.
None at this time.
Lorenz Chan
Back to top