CCSU Faculty Senate

Minutes—January 28, 2013

VAC 105   3:05 PM

Present: Alewitz, M.; Anderson, C.; Ayalon, A.; Barr, B.; Bernstein, S.; Best, F.; Bilisoly, R.; Braverman, S.; Cohen, S.; Diamond, C.; Durant, M.; Farhat, J.; Fothergill, W.; Garcia-Bowen, M.; Greenfield, B.; Hoopengardner, B.; Horowitz, S.; Hou, X.; Jackson, M.; Karpuk, P.; Kean, K.; Kovel, J.; Kullgren, A.; Latour, F.; Mamed, O.; McGuire, M.; Mejia, G.; O'Connor, J.; Perdue, L.; Poirier, K.; Ragusett, J.; Reasco, A.; Sadanand, N.; Sarisley, E.; Snyder, J.; Sweeney, D.; Tafrate, R.; Tully, J.; Walsh, S.; Williams, C.


Ex-Officio: Miller, J.

Parliamentarian: Dimmick, C.

President of the Senate: Mulrooney, J.

Guests: Stephen Adair (FAC to the BOR), Mary Collins (Center for Teaching and Faculty Development), David Blitz (Philosophy), Chris Marcelli (SGA), Eric Bergenn (SGA President)

1. Approval of Minutes, December 10, 2012

Approved unanimously

2. Announcements

a.  AAUP President (J. Jones)

The next AAUP chapter meeting will be on Thursday, February 7, at 3pm, in the Connecticut Room. There will be a Welcome Back social, a discussion about campus safety (with Jason Powell, CCSU Chief of Police and Marcia Butland, Assistant Director of the Office of Student Conduct), and updates on the BOR, Information Technology Policies and the Legislature.

This is the year when we elect new chapter officers; a Call for Nominations will be sent soon. Jason Jones is not running for reelection as chapter president.

b.  SUOAF-AFSCME President (E. Hicks)

There is a call for nominations out for the SUOAF representative to the BOR.  There will be a system-wide election for a single seat.  Nominees must be in a direct student services role per the legislation.  Please be sure that any nominee is eager to serve members' interests and will reliably attend and contribute.
There is a Brown Bag lunch scheduled for the 19th of Feb.  Please come and bring other members as a constitutional amendment to divide the chapter into two will be presented. 
The SUOAF statewide presidential election has been challenged.  Last week a hearing officer from the national AFSCME office met with the election committee and the candidates.  The results of the challenge are anticipated next week or soon thereafter.
There is a tentative date for the SUOAF annual meeting, June 21st at the Farmington Club.

c.  SGA (E. Bergenn)

A retention and graduation expert will be visiting our campus.

The SGA is opposed to the new information technology policies, and has expressed support for academic freedom.

d.  FAC to the BOR (S. Adair)

The BOR has approved the TAP framework, and the various campuses are in the process of holding ratification votes; the current tally is 12 for, 1 against.

A motion to make the TAP steering committee a permanent committee of the BOR was before the board, but was pulled from the agenda. The BOR steering committee will review it and make a proposal to the whole BOR.

It seems quite clear that the BOR is committed to the strategic plan. Meanwhile, many of the campuses have endorsed the FAC's statement. For more information, see the letter from René Lerer, Chair of the BOR Strategic Planning Committee to Stephen Adair, Chair of the FAC.

e.  President of the Senate (J. Mulrooney)

The first presidential forum of the semester will be on February 5, at 3:05pm, in the Connecticut dining room. The theme: campus safety.

The BOR has established an advisory committee for the new BOR presidential search. President Mulrooney was asked to appoint a Faculty Senate representative to the committee; Senator Cox accepted.

An ad hoc committee on online learning has been created to address several faculty concerns. The committee consists of Jason Jones, Mark Jackson, Tom Burkholder, Rachel Schwell, John Tully, Mike Davis, David Blitz and Roger Bilisoly.

3. Committee Reports

a.  Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (M. Collins)

Senators are encouraged to share the report with their constituency.
The CTFD would like to conduct a survey of faculty, which Senators are also encouraged to share with their constituency.

b.  Visionaries of CCSU (B. Greenfield)

Senator Greenfield emphasized the importance of making a statement about how we believe public higher education should be improved, instead of simply responding to the BOR and the legislature.

Senator Blitz asked for a clarification of the meaning of "shared governance", a phrase that is often used but rarely well defined.

Senators are encouraged to share the report with their constituency.

4. Unfinished Business

a.  Committee on Academic Freedom (J. Tully)

Proposed Resolution FS 12.13.003R

Senator Alewitz emphasized the importance of not postponing action on this report.

Senator Blitz stated that faculty should simply reject the new IT policies. He also stated that the policies are completely negative; it only mentions things that we are not supposed to do, and does not discuss information technology's role in promoting the teaching and research of the faculty. They are also vague (how large is a "large file"?), and the protocols for applying the policies are wrong. Also, why does the system office need seventy employees in their information techonolgy department? We need to help the BOR understand that these are bad policies, by saying "no".

Senator Tully stated that the Faculty Senate should adopt the Committee on Academic Freedom's proposed resolution as a response to the policies.

It appears that the BOR will revise the policy for compliance with the collective bargaining agreement, which should solve the most glaring problems with the policy.

Motion (Best/Tully): The Faculty Senate approves the Committee on Academic Freedom's resolution on the Information Technology policies.

Approved unanimously

b.  Committee on Committees - Functions and Responsibilities of Standing Committees of the Faculty Senate (B. Hoopengardner) FS 12.13.016B

Motion (Latour/Hoopengardner): To amend item F, by appending the following: "except those dealing with individual personnel or individual student issues (such as the Mediation, Termination, Promotion and Tenure, and Grade Appeals committees)."

Approved unanimously

Motion (Karpuk/Farhat): To approve the proposed revisions to the document, "Functions and Responsibilities of Standing Committees of the Faculty".

Approved unanimously

5. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 4:00pm.