CCSU FACULTY SENATE MEETING
September 12, 2011 3:05 pm
The next meeting of the Faculty Senate is on Monday 9/26/11 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 http://web.ccsu.edu/facsenate.
Present: Abadiano, H., Al-Masoud, N., Alewitz. M., Alicandro, J., Ayalon, A., Barr, B., Barrington, C., Cappella, D., Christensen, S., Corbitt, T., Delventhal, T., Durant, M., E. Iglesias, Foster, P., Fothergill, W., Garcia-Bowen, M., Greenfield, B., Hoopengardner, B., Horan, M., Hou, X., Johnson, B., Jones, C., Kean, K., Kershner, B., Latour, F. , Lee, L., Mahony, M., Mealy, M., Menoche, C., Mione, T., Mulrooney, J., O'Connor, J., Osoba, B., Pancsofar, E., Percy, V., Poirier, K., Ratansi, S., Sadanand, N., Saha, K., Sanders, D., Sarisley, E., Slaga, S., Tellier, A., Vogeler, R., Wang, W.
Ex-Officio: Pease, S., Sakofs, M.
Guests: Jones, J., Tordenti, L.
1. Introduction of Senators
a. AAUP President (J. Jones)
Thursday 9/15 is the last day to sign up for the HEP (Health Enhancement Plan)
Next Monday in Vance 105 3:05 is the first CCSU AAUP meeting. We will be discussing a major workload report.
There is a National AAUP conference on faculty governance on the weekend of 11/11 in DC. The CCSU-AAUP can send up to two people. If interested, contact J. Jones.
b. SUOAF-AFSCME President (E. Hicks)
There will be several events to be announced at the next meeting.
c. University Library (S. Slaga)
Please visit our newly renovated space.
There will be a reception for new faculty on 10/4 from 2-3 in the special collections room
The Library has also purchased a number of new electronic databases, and more journals are available electronically. The Undergraduate Research Award will once again be offered in Spring semester.
d. Human Resources (A. Alling)
The HEP deadline is looming. Those who do not sign up will have to pay an additional $1200 per year for their insurance coverage. If you elect not to enroll, then next year's open enrollemnt is the next chance for opting out. There is also a $350 dollar deductible for every member if one does not enroll in the HEP.
We have added a new link on the CCSU homepage that lists job opportunities on campus.
d. President of the Senate (C. Barrington)
1. The business section of today’s meeting will be rather short, in order to have time for an informal social with wine and food. There are not many times the members of the Faculty Senate are able to socialize—and certainly not with a food and beverage in hand. The steering committee and I hope you will take time to enjoy the good company, good food, and good drink.
2. Over the next three weeks, the Elections Committee will solicit nominations and run elections for some important committees.
- The University-wide Promotion and Tenure Committee now selects its new members in the fall. Because slots are proportionately assigned to full and associate professors, it is important to wait until after all promotions had been determined.
- For a few other committees, openings appeared over the summer, and we need to attend to those.
Please encourage members of your departments and units to nominate themselves for these positions.
3. Please note the Faculty Senate meeting dates this fall. We have scheduled the final meeting for 5 December, the first Monday of the month, rather than 12 December, the second Monday of the month. This change will keep the meeting from interfering with final exam schedules.
4. As part of an Anti-Bullying Initiative on our campus, Faculty Senate leadership, along with Human Resources, SUOAF-AFSME, and the Empowered Blue Devil Bystander (EBDB) Committee, will be sponsoring speakers on campus during Freedom From Workplace Bullies Week, 17-21 October.
5. Eric Bergenn, the SGA President, is working closely with the Faculty Senate this year to tap students to serve on our committee that have student representation.
Eric Bergenn spoke about his role as student liaison for student membership on university committees. He’s trying to help build bridges between student/faculty on governance issues. Please contact him if you have any questions or comments on this matter.
3. Minutes of May 9, 2011 Passed Unanimously
4. President’s Report (C. Barrington)
This is the time traditionally set aside for the Faculty Senate President to provide a report on the State of Shared Governance at CCSU. And I’m please to report that in many ways, it is thriving. Through the work of several hard-working committees, the faculty has begun to consider Writing across the Curriculum as an important part of our pedagogy AND to rethink the shape and purpose of General Education.
As we look towards the new year, however, I am concerned about a holdover issue from last year: the policy to fill full-time faculty positions with one-year rather than tenure-track faculty. There are many reasons that this is a source of concern; however, as president of the faculty senate and in my role as champion of shared governance, I see how the reliance on one-year faculty erodes university service. Right now, we do not have enough junior faculty—and especially assistant professors—who can contribute to the important work our committees do, whether at the department level, school level, or university-wide level. In particular, I’m seeing how this dearth of new tenure-track faculty is affecting three initiatives that faculty members are being asked to contribute more time and more energy with fewer resources: advising, assessment, and program review. I hope by the end of the year the Senate and its committees can work closely with the administration and our campus chapter of AAUP to ensure we make substantial progress toward restoring tenure-track professors to full-time faculty lines, to track more carefully the use of curricular release time, and to find ways to compensate faculty for the additional service burdens.
To close, I repeat how much I value your presence on the Senate:
The Senate’s officers and steering committee know that when you accept a position on the Senate, it can be a demanding addition to your contractual workload. Though the Senate will ask much of you, its leadership will work to ensure your time isn’t wasted nor your contributions ignored. We will attempt to conduct orderly meetings, bring informative reports to your attention, and encourage committees to bring fully fleshed proposals for your deliberation.
It is also our goal that you never feel like a rubber stamp. On the other hand, we hope you will respect enough the work of the committees not to micromanage the proposals and motions brought before you. For these reasons, it has been the practice of the current leadership to refer issues back to committee--and invite Senators with serious concerns about the resolution or proposal to work with the committees rather than spend undue energies working on the issue during Senate meetings.
In exchange for your conscientious efforts, being a Senator has its subtle rewards. After serving on the Senate, you should have a greater sense of how you and your unit fit into the university. Because you will be hearing reports from committees and individuals representing every division and all five schools, the Senate is where you can better understand many facets of the university.
It is our hope that you come away from serving on the Senate with a greater understanding of the concerns and issues facing our university, the significant initiatives addressing those concerns, the achievements of our colleagues and students, and a greater sense of belonging to a vibrant university community.
5. Election of Elections Committee
Cindy White, Chris Diamond, Tim Corbitt, Jim Mulrooney, Amanda Teiler, Xiaobing Hou
6. Committee Reports
Committee on Committees – Promotion and Tenure Bylaws
During the discussion, a number of issues came up, many of which did not concern the proposed changes to the bylaws. Regarding the proposed changes, some wondered if limiting the number of members on the committee to one per department might not inhibit diversity. Many departments are very diverse and have faculty members heavily involved in Interdisciplinary Programs. The proposed change to the bylaws would in fact make it impossible in some cases for such faculty to serve on the P & T if a member on their department is already elected.
Senator Mulrooney suggested that we send the motion back to departments for feedback since many people had not fully weighed these changes. We will take up the bill again, next meeting.
The motion to suspend debate until the next meeting passed unanimously.
7. New Business:
DEC Exceptions Fall 2011 (second set) FS.11.12.001B
Both sets of DEC Exceptions were moved together and seconded.
b. Approval of steering committee
President Barrington nominated Kathy Poirier (Student Center) and Joe Farhat (School of Business)
The final member of the steering committee will be nominated at the next meeting of the senate.
8. Adjournment at 4:15