CCSU Faculty Senate

Minutes—April 14, 2014

VAC 105   3:05 PM

Present: Antonucci, C.; Barr, B.; Bernstein, S.; Bilisoly, R.; Blake, E.; Blitz, D.; Boscarino, N.; Cox, S.; D'Addio, D.; D'Amato, K.; Delventhal, T.; Diamond, C.; Emeagwali, G.; Fallon, M.; Garcia-Bowen, M.; Hermes, K.; Hicks, E.; Jackson, M.; Johnson, D.; Karpuk, P.; Kean, K.; Kovel, J.; Larsen, K.; Latour, F.; Leon, J.; Love, K.; Martin-Troy, K.; McGuire, M.; Melnyk, J.; Oyanadel, D.; Pancsofar, E.; Paolino, J.; Pearson, F.; Phillips, E.; Pozorski, A.; Ragusett, J.; Retelle, E.; Rosenberg, J.; Santoro, K.; Sarisley, E.; Schlickmann, P.; Shen, X.; Sikorski, J.; Snyder, J.; Solomon, P.; Sweeney, D.; Tellier, A.; Tomoda, S.; Tully, J.; White, C.; Williams, C.; Zummer, T.

Ex-Officio: Fitzgerald, G.; Lovitt, C.; Malhas, F.; Miller, J.

Parliamentarian: Dimmick, C.

President of the Senate: Cohen, S.

Guests: Stephen Adair (FAC to the BOR); Reza Ghodsi (Engineering); Mary Ann Mahony (CCSU-AAUP President); Rachel Siporin (Art)

1. Approval of Minutes, March 10, 2014

Approved Unanimously

2. Announcements

a.  AAUP President (M. A. Mahony)

Remember to vote in the AAUP council election. You should have received an e-mail from Ellen Benson with information about how to vote. This is an especially important year, as the elected council members will be in office during the next contract negociation. The voting deadline is April 18.

Departmental liaisons will meet on April 16 at 12:15pm in the Student Center.

The next chapter meeting will be on April 10. Representatives from the Office of Diversity and Equity and the Office of Disability Services will be present to respond to faculty concerns.

The next council meeting will be on April 17.

b.  SUOAF-AFSCME President (E. Hicks)

No report.

c.  SGA (B. Choplick)

No report.

d.  FAC to the BOR (S. Adair)

The FAC met on April 11, and one of the items on the agenda was a "discussion with BOR President Gray". President Gray and the Board will be hiring outside consultants to assist with the implementation of Transform CSCU 2020. This is a cause for concern. Transform CSCU 2020 includes, as one of its components, the development of an "Academic Master Plan". AAUP has told President Gray that, as stakeholders, faculty need to be involved in any such planning.

Senator Blitz asked how much the BOR would spend on consultants, and what their specific charge is. He also said that the curriculum is an area of exclusive ownership by the faculty. What we teach in our courses is not the business of the BOR. CCSU-AAUP President Mahony agreed; while the administration has the right to hire consultants to advise them, they have no ability to change the curriculum.

Senator Latour is wondering whether the consultants have any expertise in higher education, as opposed to industry.

Senator White asked about the BOR's vision of academic planning.

Senator Karpuk asked about the meaning of "duplication" in this context; would the BOR try, for example, to merge two different, low-enrolled programs that seem similar?

e.  President of the Faculty Senate (S. Cohen)

The 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic calendars have been made public. Most of our comments have been addressed; the only exception is the fact that Good Friday / Day of Reflection falls in Spring Break in 2016. It may not be too late to submit further thoughts on this matter; faculty members who have such thoughts should send them to Senate President Cohen.

The Senate President has been asked to nominate one faculty member to a committee to determine the company that will be in charge of campus dining services, after Sodexo's contract expires.

3. Election of 2014-16 Faculty Senate President, Vice President, Secretary

Stephen Cohen, Burlin Barr and Frederic Latour were nominated for President, Vice President and Secretary of the Faculty Senate. Elections Committee Chair Steven Bernstein called for nominations from the floor. No other senators were nominated, and a motion (Martin-Troy/Diamond) to close nominations was successful.

President: Stephen Cohen re-elected

Vice President: Burlin Barr re-elected

Secretary: Frederic Latour re-elected

4. Committee Reports

a.  Sabbatical Leave Committee (AAUP) (P. Resetarits)

Committee chair Paul Resetarits presented the report of the committee.

Senator White gave another passionate speech about the need to increase the number of sabbatical leaves when negotiating the next contract.

Senate President Cohen asked whether it would be possible for President Miller to send out a memo telling us which faculty members got sabbatical leaves (Answer: Yes; besides, it is already public information, and is available on the Board of Regents website). He also asked whether it would be possible to give feedback to unsuccessful applicants (Answer: That would be difficult to do without violating confidentiality.)

b.  Curriculum Committee (M. Jackson)

Part 1, Part 2

Part 1: The report was amended to correct a typographical error (4.6: should be 3 credits, not 4 credits).

Motion (Martin-Troy/Delventhal): To approve Part 1 of the report, as amended.

Approved unanimously

Part 2: The report was amended to correct the new title of a course (4.1: should be "Aspects of Francophone Cultures").

Motion (Martin-Troy/Delventhal): To approve Part 2 of the report, as amended.

Approved unanimously

5. Unfinished Business

a.  Constitution and By-Laws Committee - Senate Constitution (proposed changes in red)

Approved unanimously

b.   Resolution on part-time faculty representation at Department Meetings (K. Kean)

Senator Blitz expessed concerns about the resolution; more specifically, the first bullet point after the "Therefore, be it resolved...". He said that the use of "etc." makes it imprecise. What issues should part-time faculty representatives not be allowed to vote on? For example, should part-time faculty representatives be allowed to vote for Department Chair, given the role that the chair has in hiring them?

Motion (Blitz/Kovel): To amend the resolution by striking the entire paragraph that begins with "Departments should consider having...".

Motion to amend defeated: 9 senators in favor, 25 opposed

After more discussion of the resolution, a motion to call the question (Barr/Tully) was successful.

Resolution adopted: 24 senators in favor, 12 opposed

6. New Business

a.   Academic Standards Committee - Proposal to change the minimum number of credits required for graduation from 122 to 120 (F. Latour, for R. Schwell)

History of the 122-credit graduation requirement

Academic Standards Vice Chair Latour presented the committee's proposal.

Senator Blitz moved to amend the proposal by adding, after the words "free electives", the following: "or, if the Curriculum Committee concurs, Skill Area IV".

Motion to amend defeated: 0 senators in favor

Motion (Tellier/Karpuk): To amend the proposal by striking the second paragraph.

Motion to amend approved

Senators Kovel and Sarisley said that they do not support reducing the minimum number of credits needed for graduation, stating that our students should have more education, not less.

Provost Lovitt said that the proposal would bring us more in line with the norm for other institutions. A few members spoke in support of the proposal, saying that some students have completed all of their degree requirement, but need one more course to meet the 122-credit requirement.

Vote on main motion: Proposal approved, with 3 senators opposed

b. Committee on Committees - Bylaws revisions

i. Graduate Studies Committee

Bylaws approved, with 4 senators opposed

ii. Curriculum Committee

Senator Kovel spoke against the idea of having term limits for some committees but not for others.

Bylaws approved, with 1 senator opposed

iii. International and Area Studies Committee

Professor Ciscel presented the new bylaws and discussed the rationale for creating two bodies for International Studies, one being an academic IDP and the other being a committee reporting to the Faculty Senate.

Several senators indicated that hearing from Lisa Bigelow, of the CIE, on this matter would be clarifying and helpful. Others also pointed out that because a new director of CIE is about to be hired, the CIE is at a transitional moment, and this is perhaps not the best time for the senate to approve such a change.

Motion: To postpone this matter to the next meeting of the Faculty Senate

Motion to postpone approved, with 3 senators opposed

7. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 5:15pm.