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October 2008 Minutes

October 2, 2008

Judith Schaumberg called the meeting to order at 11:48 a.m.

Harvard Stephens delivered the invocation.

The minutes of August 29, 2008 were approved as posted.


(August, December, February, May)


Ms. Aiwe Mmari of Tanzania teaches English and French in her home institution and is the Dean of Students.  She is here until October 25.


Executive Committee - Christine Rener

Christine Rener reported on moribund committees.  She announced that Mike West will be speaking to the November meeting regarding changes in the adult education department that will affect its committee.

Budget & Compensation

Pascal Rollet passed out a survey regarding the presentation on faculty salaries.  He also announced that beginning this summer, all ad hoc and overload salaries will increase at the same rate as those of regular faculty.

Cathy Duffy gave a presentation on Faculty Salaries 2005-2007.  She compared salaries to the measures of AAUP and ELCA standards.  Faculty salaries have risen over the last ten years.  Carthage’s average salaries are within or close to the 2nd Quintile range of AAUP. 

In the ELCA standard, salaries have varied slightly; professors are near the top ten.  Benefits for all salary levels are in the top ten.

Salary distribution:  Cathy showed a series of graphs detailing salary distribution.

Jerry Mast:  Why the variation in salary?

Cathy:  Market conditions, needs of individual disciplines.

Cathy’s information is available online.

Bob Schlack:  What is median salary?

Cathy:  We don’t do median, there’s not a significant difference between median and mean.



Minutes of May 8 and 15, 2008 were not taken off the table due to lack of time.



Quality of Life

Mimi Yang reported the committee is launching a green campus project.  Committee wants to work with professors already involved in green projects.  Wants to reduce operating costs of the College.  Wants to reach out and contact other institutions as well.

Isabel Rivero reported on easy ways the faculty can reduce consumption of resources and energy, and recycle materials.  She suggested that we get our students involved as well.

Martin McClendon reported on faculty biking habits.

Jean Quashnock:  Concern about waste of energy through heat, lighting, etc.  Make contact with the administration to reduce waste.

Mimi:  Committee laying out plan to talk to administration.

Bob Schlack:  WE Energy gives grants to colleges that reduce energy waste.

Jerry Mast:  Hire an environmental engineer to do an energy audit.

Stephen Udry:  Survey all departments to get a picture of energy use.

Paul Chilsen:  Does Carthage recycle?  Need to set an example for the students to follow.

Michael McShane:  Need to improve Blackboard to use it to save paper.

Temple Burling:  Status of QOL grants for travel.

Mimi:  Need to see how many apply before budget is known.

David:  How much energy do computers use?

Jean:  Estimates that we spend “in the millions” on energy to run the campus


Curriculum Planning Committee

CPC Agenda

Richard Sperber proposed changes to the curriculum.   A motion to move the entire program as a package was made.

Richard announced the FEC wants to bring an early vote on the Western Heritage pilot.  CPC is working on a new proposal for Heritage which will be ready in December.

Jerry Mast:  December is too late, raise the issues in November.

Richard:  Looking for departmental feedback in October, but conversations need to take place sooner.

Jerry:  Will the faculty be able to vote early?

Richard:  CPC will bring a motion to vote on.


Carthage Symposium Oversight Committee

Matt Borden showed where to go online to find information on the committee and proposal forms.   Matt outlined initiatives of the committee to gather information regarding C-Syms.  Information regarding specific classes remains anonymous.  Matt requests more feedback from the faculty.


Christine Rener, Dan Miller, and Greg Baer introduced themselves and their roles within the committee.  They announced their schedule of fall workshops on advising and faculty development. 

Collegiate Learning Assessment is a national student assessment of skills taught at a liberal arts college, i.e. communication, critical thinking, and constructive thinking skills.  200 students are being given this written test at Carthage.  CADRE will then gather the data, and use it to improve student outcomes.  CADRE looks for feedback on making assessments better.

April 1st is Assessment and Student Outcomes Day.

Ingrid Tiegel:  Is CLA rubric available on website?

Dan:  The rubric is only partially available as it is a trade secret.

Jerry Mast:  Is sample of students representative?

Dan:  Yes.

Christine:  Our data will be reported along with national data to compare to.




Herschel Krueger:  Announced the first theatre production of the season.

Erik Kulke:  Forming an advisory committee for study abroad issues.

Mark Petering:  His music will be performed by the Chicago ensemble 5th House.

Paul Chilsen:  Speaker Tom Christensen will be speaking on faculty issues.


The meeting adjourned at 1:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Martin McClendon
Faculty Secretary

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