CCSU Faculty Senate

Minutes—October 12, 2009

VAC 105   3:00 PM

Note: Senate Constitution, Bylaws, Meeting Dates, Agenda and Minutes are posted on the CCSU Pipeline under Faculty Resources/Faculty Senate.

Next Meeting of the Faculty Senate is on October 26, 2009, 3pm, Vance.

Present: Abadiano, H., Alewitz, M., Al-Masoud, N., Ayalon, A., Ball, K., Barr, B., Barrington, C., Bernstein, S., Best, F., Bigley, M.P., Bishop, R., Blitz, D., Bunce, P., Button, C., Carberry, T., Crespi, C., DelAma, J., Delventhal, T., Dziuda, D., Eustis, K., Fallahi, C., Foshay, J., Glagovich, N., Horan, M., Jarmoszko, T., Kapper, M., Karpuk, P., Koh, K., Kurkovsky, S., Larsen, K., Latour, F., Laurent, L., Leake, M., Love, K., Mendez-Mendez, S., Mulrooney, J., O’Connor, J., Oliva, K., Poppe, K., Osoba, B., Park, M., Percy, V., Ratansi, S., Reagan, T., Sanders, D., Sarisley, E., Sikorski, J., Sims, D., Spector, D., Stankewicz, K.,  Tomoda, S., Voight, M., Wang, W., Warren, A., Wood, R., Zidani-Eroglu, L.,

Ex-Officio: Miller, J., Lovitt, C., Lemma, P., Pease, S., Sakofs, M.

Parliamentarian: Dimmick, C.

Guests: Jones, J., Tordenti, L. Hosch, B., Halloran, P., Adair, S., Kiernan, M., Austad, C.

1. Announcements:

a. AAUP President (J. Jones)

  • President Jones reminded the Senate that the deadline to sign up for the Connecticut Lobbying Conference was 10/12/09.

b. SUOAF-AFSCME President (F.  Bonvicini)

  • No announcements.

c. President of the Senate (C. Barrington)

  • President Barrington made the following announcements:
    • This Wednesday, 14 October, President Miller and the Faculty Senate are sponsoring an Open Forum at 3:00 p.m. in the Connecticut Dining Room.  The main topic will be the presentation of the recent Gender Equity Study performed by Professors Carolyn Fallahi and Sally Lesik.  There will also be time for open conversation with no set agenda.  Refreshments will be available.  We hope you will join us.
    • On the next agenda, you will see a set of recommendations from the Senate’s Constitution and Bylaws Committee. These recommendations should be rather uncontroversial; they are intended to bring the Constitution and Bylaws up to date.  Please study them carefully, share them with your constituency, and be prepared to ask questions of and make recommendations to the Committee.
    • Last Thursday, the Senate Elections Committee distributed a Call for Nominations to FOUR Standing and Administrative Committees of the Faculty.  Please take time to read through the Call and encourage members of your constituency to nominate themselves for these committees. This year, the Elections Committee has instituted some safeguards to ensure all nominations are received and properly accounted for.  Please read and carefully follow instructions.

2. Minutes

  • Senator Reagan moved to approve the Minutes from the meeting of September 28, 2009. (Passed)

3. Reports:

a. Curriculum Committee

  • Senator Karpuk moved to separate the report into two parts: (A) II. through IV. of the Consent Agenda plus items II. through IV. of the non-Consent Agenda and (B) Item V. of the non-Consent Agenda (Late additions to the agenda) to be considered separately. (Passed) After reviewing the changes and items included in Part I. through IV. with the Senate, Senator Reagan moved to approve. (Passed)
  • Senator Karpuk presented Part V. of the non-Consent Agenda and moved to separate Section C.  from consideration and remand back to the Curriculum Committee., where he would recommend that the Committee rescind it.
  • After a period of discussion, Senator Reagan called the question on the motion to separate. The call was successful, two thirds approved, two opposed. The original motion to remove Section C. was considered and (Passed).
  • Senator Blitz requested a point of personal privilege. After consultation with Senate Parliamentarian, President Barrington determined that the request was not on topic and Senator Blitz announced the availability of a handout he had prepared to address his concerns.
  • Discussion returned to Section B of Part V. Senator Karpuk reviewed briefly the history of the “D” Designator and recent considerations by the Curriculum Committee.
  • Senator Mulrooney moved to approve Part V. B. of the non-Consent Agenda as an editorial change of legislation passed at the 27 April Senate meeting.
  • After considerable discussion by Senators, President Miller read his memo regarding the disapproval of the Designator of 5/20/09 and clarified concerns in relation to class size limitations.
  • Members of the Diversity Committee, who were present, suggested that the Committee would be willing to delete the line in Section B, which referenced the class size limitation. Senator Mulrooney moved to revise his motion to remove the cap line from Section B. (Passed) unanimously.
  • Consideration returned to Part V. “D” Designator. President Barrington requested a straw vote to determine the sense of the Senate on continued discussion of the history of the Designator. The vote indicated the Senate wished to move on.
  • Discussion and questions continued on Senator Mulrooney’s amended motion. Senator Reagan called the question. (Passed).
  • A vote was taken on the motion to approved Part V., as amended. The motion (Passed) with 2 opposed and 2 abstentions.

b. Elections Committee:

  • Senator Foshay reviewed the call for nominations for Fall 2009 Elections. Once the slate is full, a draft ballot listing candidates and their statements will be placed on the Senate website.

*c. Academic Standards:

  • Senator Mulrooney reviewed the report with the Senate. The Department of Nursing changes would become effective Spring 2010. Students (prenursing) applying for admission into the program to be accepted under those criteria. (Passed).

d. UPBC:

  • L. Grasso briefly reviewed the report and after a discussion period, the Senate received the report.

e. Promotion and Tenure Committee:

  • P. Halloran reviewed the results of the 2008/2009 process and committee demographics. Senators discussed the Committee’s process for reporting results to the Senate. The Senate received the report.

4. Unfinished Business:

a. “D” Designator:

  • Senator Karpuk clarified the role of the Curriculum Committee in the process.

b. Additions to Advisory Committee on Advising:

  • President Barrington presented the composition of the committee and suggested that additional members may be warranted from C.I.E. and Academic Articulations and Partnerships.
  • After a brief discussion, Senator Mulrooney moved that the committee composition issue be sent back to the Senate Steering Committee for further evaluation. (Passed)

5. New Business:

a.Task Force on Childcare at CCSU:

  • President Barrington discussed the 2008 report which recommended a drop-in center for the campus, and moved that the Senate create a task force comprised of faculty, administrators and students, limited to approximately 15 members, with the Senate Steering Committee suggesting members. (Passed).

b. Department Evaluation Committee Exceptions:

  • Senator Reagan moved the proposed exceptions to the Department of Marketing and the Department of Manufacturing and Construction Management be approved. (Passed)

6. Adjournment:

  • Senator Glagovich moved to adjourn. (Passed)