CCSU Faculty Senate
Minutes—January 24, 2011
VAC 105   3:05 PM
The next meeting of the Faculty Senate is on Monday 2/14/10 in Vance 105 at 3:05.

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

Present: Alewitz. M., Anderson, C., Barr, B., Barrington, C., Berry, G., Bigley, M.P., Cappella, D., Christensen, S., Crespi, C., Czyrnik, K., Delventhal, T., Diamond, C. , Dziuda, D., Farhat, J., Garcia-Bowen, M., Greenfield, B.  , Halkin, S., Hensley, P., Horan, M., Iglesias, E., Jarmoszko, A., Jones, C., Kapper, M., Karpuk, P., Kean, K., Kershner, B., Koh, K., Latour, F. , Lisi, P., Mahony, M., Mamed, O., Mealy, M. , Mejia, G., Menoche, C., Mulrooney, J., O'Connor, J., Odesina, O., Osoba, B., Pancsofar, E., Percy, V., Perry, W., Pirog, K., Pope, C., Poppe, K., Ratansi, S., Reagan, T., Sikorski, J., Vogeler, R., White, C., Wood, R. , Wright, E.

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

Parliamentarian: Dimmick, C.

Guests: Austed, C., Bowman, L., Gendron, M., Holt, S., Jones, J.

1. Approval of Minutes, December 6, 2010
Moved by Senator Reagan; seconded by Senator Delventhal.
Passed Unanimously

2. Announcements
      a. AAUP President (J. Jones)
There will be a legislative breakfast from 8-10 next Tuesday 2/1. This is an important year to talk to legislators because of budget difficulties.
A chapter meeting is scheduled for Feb 8 at 3:00 pm. On the agenda is a discussion of the use of special appointments systemwide. Additionally, Brett Benjamin from SUNY Albany will talk about the humanities at that school after the drastic cuts to programs.
This semester, the AAUP  will reelect a full slate of officers. Nominations will be in March with elections in April.
      b. SUOAF-AFSCME Vice-President (F. Bonvicini )
No announcements
      c. President of the Senate (C. Barrington)

1.    Next week, the Provost and the Faculty Senate will co-sponsor an informational session on the new Access2Success Initiative.  Please join us on Thursday, 3 February, at 3:05 in Torp Theatre.

2    Last semester, I received a request that the Senate examine the issue of gender neutral language—and the lack thereof—on campus.  I referred the issue to the Diversity Committee and to the Committee for the Concerns of Women. In response, the Diversity Committee plans the following:

a.    Conducting a series of action groups with students, faculty, and staff in the spring semester; hey intend to make this one of the topics at the action groups and the panel that will follow.
b.    Contacting the Student Center to make sure posters that come through them are checked for gender neutral language.
c.    Suggesting the new Chief Diversity officer put out a statement reiterating the need for gender inclusive language.
I’ll report back to you the CCW’s response.

3. New Business
            a. Anne Alling, Online FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) Training for Faculty
In mid-February an on-line training program for FERPA will be made available. The point of the program is to help faculty and staff understand the law. Anyone who handles or accesses student records is strongly urged to participate in this training program. It consists of a 15 minute on-line training module. All faculty (full and part-time) are strongly encouraged to do this. Staff who access student records should do so as well.

            b. Chancellor Search
                        Letter from SAC (Systemwide Advisory Committee)
                        Characteristics of CSU Chancellor

Please make recommendations on the CSU Chancellor characteristics. Send to Candace Barrington or George Murphy by Jan 26.

            c. R. Wood and J. Sikorski—Resolution on Internships and Independent Studies (attached with accompanying materials) FS 10.11.002R
Senator Wood gave the background for this resolution. She shared a memorandum of understanding (attached) from Sp 09 between the Dean of Arts and Science and members of the Psychology Department. The memorandum indicated that load credit received by faculty in the Psychology Department for supervising an internship would be decreased from .33 (past practice) to .2 credits. Since that time there is still no clear and established practice for how internships and independent studies are to be treated vis-à-vis load credit.

There is nothing in the AAUP contract with regard to faculty load credit for internships and no side-letter has yet been drafted on this matter.
Senator Wood also distributed the draft copy of the School Expectations for Internships (attached). This document was the result of the Arts and Science Internship Meeting on 9/23/2009. She also distributed a Side Letter Proposal for A & S Internship courses date Feb. 23 2010 (attached).

Senator Wood maintained that these documents require that the structure of many internships be reshaped by imposing a one-size-fits-all approach for A & S internships.

Most recently, the administration mandated that the psychology department will receive a maximum of 3 load credits for internships and 4 load credits for independent study. These can be distributed in any way the department wishes—by either capping the number of students in these courses or reducing load credit available to faculty.

Senator Wood stated that these decisions place restrictions on academic freedom. The psychology department has in effect relinquished some of the determination of its own curriculum as a result of this policy. There are distinct curricular modifications that resulted from an administrative decision about load credit.

Internships are mandatory for some programs (the Gerontology minor) or highly recommended for advanced study in many disciplines. In many cases, they may not be mandatory for a CCSU degree but are mandatory de facto for advanced work or for effective career placement.

In the ensuing discussion among senators several points were made and questions raised:

Senator White indicated that the Communication department has had similar request from the administration to modify their internships. In addition, she asked if the other schools have experienced difficulties with internships. The deans from SEPS, Business, and Engineering and Tech all indicated that there were no problems. The Dean of Business indicated that they encourage their faculty to sponsor internships.

There is no contractual language surrounding internships, and a side letter is needed to clarify load credits for internships across the university.

Internship opportunities, hours, and practices vary widely from department to department. Internships are part of the curriculum not just in many departments in A & S but in every school. So this is a university-wide discussion. Several senators cautioned that having a single template to determine how internships need to be structured could not embrace the variety of internship practices that are commonly used. As a result, attempts to standardize internships may be counterproductive.

It may be useful for every department to come up with a document concerning their use of internships.

At SCSU, the psychology department receives .33 load credits per 3 credit hour internship and there are no caps on the number of internships.

Community engagement becomes problematic with erratic internships, which need to be more consistent. An agency needs to know what to expect from the institutions that provide interns.

Is it advisable to separate independent studies from internships in this discussion? Should they be treated identically?

Dean Pease indicated that this policy was initiated as a cost savings mechanism when there were 100 credits of .33 courses in A&S: the equivalent of 33 credits or eleven full courses. She also indicated that she had provided the psychology department with several models for the structure of internships.

J. Mulrooney suggested we postpone a vote this until the next meeting, since many departments had not yet conferred.

There was a motion to refer the matter to the Steering Committee, which would: consult with deans, curriculum committee chair, psychology dept members, and AAUP leadership in order to determine (1) if this matter falls under the purview of the senate, and if it does (2) the best way to handle it. 

2 no votes; no abstentions; all others in favor.

Please e-mail thoughts on this resolution to Candace. Barrington.

4. Adjournment at 4:05 pm