By Cassondra Kirby/Editor
When Eastern’s Board of Regents convenes for its regular meeting Saturday it will be discussing expanding options for teaching and learning at Eastern.During the meeting, which will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Airlington Association in the dining room, the Board will hear a newly proposed lecturership program.
Doug Whitlock, vice president of administrative affairs, said, currently Eastern has full-time non tenured track faculty positions that are identified as visiting professors to the university.
Under this visiting policy, there is a limit on the number of years these individuals are allowed to remain with the university. Even if they are wonderful professors and the university wants to keep them on board to teach, they must leave.
The newly proposed lecturership program will allow the university to bring in instructors under a new category other than visiting, giving the potential for those instructors to stay longer.
Besides opening more doors for instructors, the board also will consider offering options for learning through a faculty/staff tuition waiver.
The waiver addresses the situation Eastern has where its faculty staff members can take six hours a semester at Eastern or any other public institution in the state.
If passed by the Board, this policy also will allow faculty staff members to take six credit hours at Berea College, a private institution. This would be a test arrangement at the undergraduate level only, Whitlock said.
Along with these items, the Board also will hear recent personnel actions made by Eastern President Joanne Glasser.
Whitlock said the personnel actions pertained to the moving around and naming of several faculty positions at Eastern. This includes Paul Blanchard, who was named executive director of government relations; Claire E. Goode, who has been named associate vice president/dean of students; Cheryl Harris, who has been named university counsel, Amanda Woods, who has been named health educator; Jim Clark, who has been named liaison for the College of Justice and Safety, and Laura Koppes, who has been named acting vice president for institutional effectiveness.
“Essentially, this item on the agenda is about the routine sorts of things (Glasser) has acted on since the last board meeting, Whitlock said.
“The president has standing authorization from the board to act on certain personnel matters between board meetings and then bring those to the Board for its confirmation.”
The Board will also look at removing the policy of the six grade replacement limit, an amendment to the capital plan, policy to discretionary expenditures, the Gramm, Leach Bliley Act security plan and a policy on leased space.
During the meeting, the Board also will discuss several items including a construction and project update, university budget planning and an update on external support.
The Board will hear the construction update from James Street, director of facilities services. Regents will be informed about the status of the Combs Hall renovation, Business and Technology Complex and the Fitness and Wellness Center, among others.
The Board also will be swearing in Regents Kristina O’Brien, Orson Oliver, Cynthia Rogers and David Williams.
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