Faculty Peer Review Committee
December 5, 2008
Present: Pat Lee, Joan Nelson, Suzie White Thunder, Craig Howe
Absent: Karen Lone Hill
Meeting was called to order by the honorable Patrick Lee, whose turn it is to serve as Chair, at 2:04 PM local time. Howe was told roughly to be the recorder.
Motion by Nelson, seconded by White Thunder, to approve minutes of last meeting. Vote was unanimous.
An aside by Nelson to the recorder: “Did you get that?” Howe replied, “Yes.”
Lee called for Old Business. No response. He moved on.
Brett Bump joined the committee. He assisted committee members in uploading the minutes they were responsible for since the committee’s inception to the appropriate OLC webpage. The Policy Procedure was also uploaded. The result is that all important documents related to this committee are now available online.
Bump departed, happy to be free of the luddites.
Suggestion made by unknown source that the recorder send criteria for faculty portfolios to all faculty prior to January 8, 2009. Vote was as follows: 1 very much opposed, 3 adamantly in favor. Suggestion passed. Moreover, recorder was admonished to just take notes. Feeling threatened, he complied.
Motion by Nelson, seconded by White Thunder [this seems to be a pattern], to set January 30, 2009 as the due date for faculty portfolios. Vote was unanimous. [Note: the recorder was allowed to vote—and did.]
Nelson again inquired of the recorder: “Did you get that?” The recorder tried to ignore the inquiry, but the tension in the room became so oppressive that he caved in and weakly replied, “yes.” The tension evaporated.
Heated debate ensued with big words and flashing glances exchanged among and between all in attendance concerning whether or not the committee would meet prior to January 8, 2009. After a lengthy free-for-all in which Chair Lee admirably refereed, the tired committee members consented to not meet, but to have copies of the portfolio criteria available at the Instructional Division meeting scheduled for January 8, 2009.
In exasperation, and, it should be noted, thankfulness that there had been no significant injuries suffered over the course of his tenure, Chair Lee, as the clock struck 2:15 PM, adjourned the meeting. In response, committee members whooped it up.
Submitted by Howe after weeks of procrastination.