CCSU Faculty Senate

Minutes—February 4, 2002

VAC 105  3:00 PM

Members Present: Abadiano, Altieri, Austad, Best, Benfield, Blatz, Blitz, Brann, Braverman, Calvert, Capitao, Carter-Lowrey, Chasse, Conway, Crundwell, Cueto, Czymik, Fried, Garcia, Halkin, Halloran, Hedlund, Hermes, Hicks, Jones, Kim, Larose, Leake, Lefebvre, Martin-Troy, Mitra, Moran, Odesina, Ribchinsky, Ritzenhoff, Sarisley, Terezakis, Ulrich, Williams, Wolff,

 

Ex-Officio: VP.’s Bartelt (Acad. Aff) & Demos, (Ex Asst to Pres.), Deans Lemma, Whitford, Higgins, Kremens.

 

Guests: Dr Richard Judd, President of the University, Dick McCallum, Associate VP (Acad, Aff) and Dr. Olusegun Sogunro.

The Meeting was called to order by President Best at 3.20 p.m. in Founders Hall.

 

He indicated that the Gala drinks and nibbles enjoyed by all were curtsey of the Vice-President of Academic Affairs and Dr. Bartelt was given recognition and thanks with applause by 35 senators all of whom were trying not to spill grossly overloaded plates.

 

I. Approval of Minutes of 12/17/01

 

Sen. Crundwell noted that in the curriculum minutes the revisions, deletions and additions for Chemistry have the copyright symbol inserted, probably by m/s word default. They should be removed prior to printing in the catalogue. Secretary to inform the Curriculum Committee Chair Dr Petterson who will be signed up for m/s word basic (one of many excellent courses offered this semester for faculty) and Patricia Lane who will make sure this is not in the catalogue.

Motion to approve: Martin-Troy/Wolff

CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

 

II. Announcements

a.       Dr Sogunro addressed the senate to express his appreciation for the senate’s support and encouragement during his recent request for reinstatement. He indicated that now he is back teaching, he is teaching with greater strength knowing his family has less worry and he is certain that the ongoing grievance will be fairly and quickly resolved. He particularly wanted to express his gratitude to the AAUP, African Studies Committee, Black Caucus, Department of Educational Leadership, School of Education and Professional Studies, the entire university faculty and staff, several community organizations and individuals for their moral and financial support. He also thanked the University Administration and Dr. Judd for their re-consideration of the issues involved.

 

b.       AAUP Report. Sen. Austad.

 

Summarized AAUP activities since the last faculty senate meeting:

 

·         The issue of the part-time cap is currently before the State Labor Board, which was expected to make its ruling on whether or not the cap is a mandatory subject of bargaining by mid-January, but no ruling has been forthcoming as yet. AAUP briefs for the Labor Board are available on the AAUP web site.

 

·         CSU-AAUP’s proposal of establishing an optimal ratio of full-time faculty to FTE students is also before the Labor Board.

 

·         The CSU-AAUP Council voted to employ a leading public relations firm to work with us to educate the public and the legislature about these issues for CSU. Over the break, we have been working intensively with the firm in preparation for launching an informational campaign and public education program.

 

AAUP will update members on the progress of negotiations as they occur, though Sen. Austad is considerably more hopeful of resolution at this point than she was during the past year.

 

c.       Dr Judd addressed the senate briefly on two major issues:

 

a.       The Budget: While the deficit is up and apparently growing there is no word yet on whether there will be cuts and then the amount of the cuts. He is hopeful that cuts can be avoided and he will keep all faculty and administration posted on developments

b.       The Reorganization: The committee has reported to him as per their terms of reference and he has studied the report. However it is a complex and political (small “p”) issue and he wishes to move slowly and deliberately. For example one area of concern is that of curricula where, for example, liberal education faculty may be overly influencing management curricula. He suspects more disciplinary control is warranted in some specialized areas. However he sees consensus and real effective change being possible.

 

III. Elections

Sen. Braverman indicated that the notice of a vacancy on the University Athletic Board was a mistake. There was no vacancy, however the names of the two keen faculty who desperately wished to be on the board will be kept for future elections…speaking of which Sen. Braverman indicated that ballots for committees for the next year will be distributed prior to the next meeting and at the next meeting the ballots for committees will be available. Be prepared.

 

IV. Senate Committee Reports

There were no senate committee reports

V. Old Business

There was no old business

VI. New Business

There was no new business

VII Adjournment

Motion to adjourn: Wolff/Crundwell

CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

Meeting adjourned at 3.45 p.m.

The next meeting is on Monday March 4, 2002 @ 3.00 p.m. in Vance 105

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