SCF Board Report: April 25, 2012

Continuing Contract Status for 11 Faculty Members Approved

(Bradenton, Fla., April 25, 2012) – State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) District Board of Trustees at the regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 25, unanimously approved continuing contract status for 11 faculty members who had been recommended through the College’s rigorous process.

Approved for continuing contract were: Anastasia Bojanowski, instructor, language and literature; Daniel Fuerstman, instructor, social and behavioral sciences; Kim Ghiselin, instructor, mathematics; Adrienne Gould-Choquette, instructor, business and technology; Rosemarie Grebe, assistant professor, nursing; Dr. Matthew Keirle, assistant professor, natural science; Dr. Hyun Kim, assistant professor, fine and performing arts; Debra Marr, assistant professor, nursing; Matthew Masucci, instructor, language and literature; Mary Jane Randolph, assistant professor, nursing; and Robyn Wilkes, instructor, fine and performing arts.

“I want to thank the board for acknowledging the quality of our faculty and integrity of our process in approving our recommendation today,” said SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner.

Continuing contracts and tenure at universities and colleges are being discussed at the state level. In March, SCF’s process for awarding continuing contract status was the subject of an SCF board workshop. Unlike some other colleges, continuing contracts at SCF are not awarded automatically, and faculty members on continuing contract status are evaluated annually. Teaching effectiveness is the main factor with College and community service and professional development contributing to faculty portfolios. Key aspects of the efficient model at SCF are being considered by the State Board of Education and Florida College System Council of Presidents as they continue their review in coming months.

Other board actions included:

  • Approval of the College’s plan to utilize alternative labs for chemistry courses in the Fall 2012 semester to allow the board time to establish a “hard bid process” to refurbish the Venice campus chemistry lab in time for the Spring 2013 semester.
  • Approval of the 2011-2012 Florida Education Equity Act Report
  • Approval of the SCF naming committee’s request, presented by Peg Lowery, executive director of the SCF Foundation Inc., to name a new tennis court on the Bradenton campus for Tom and Mary James in recognition of their generous gift and support of the SCF Tennis Program. Tom James, executive chairman of Raymond James Financial, and his wife, Mary, are well-known philanthropists.
  • Approval for a proposal for a Quick Response Training Grant sponsored by Workforce Florida Inc. for SCF Corporate and Community Development to assist with providing training for 21 new employees that Braille Battery Inc. plans to hire in the next two years.

The board heard a report from Dr. Carol Probstfeld, vice president of business and administrative services, that the college is continuing talks with Desire 2 Learn about a contract to provide a new educational technology platform, called a Learning Management System.

The board also discussed a capital funding proposal and fund balance designations; staff vacation leave, benefits and College breaks; salary schedule and trends; lobby efforts and results; A+STEM Collegiate School projected revenues and expenses; potential evaluation tools; performance compared to projections of baccalaureate and other programs; and the SCF mission statement and its relevance to principles of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the regional accrediting body, and SCF’s upcoming 10-year reaffirmation process.

A board workshop on the 2012- 2013 SCF budget is tentatively scheduled for May 18. Details will be on the SCF Board of Trustees Web page. The next regular board meeting is scheduled for 8 a.m., Wednesday, May 30, at SCF Lakewood Ranch.

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