CCSU Faculty Senate
Minutes—February 10, 2014
VAC 105 3:05 PM
Present: Anderson, C.; Arena, J.; Barr, B.; Bernstein, S.; Bigelow, L.; Bilisoly, R.; Blake, E.; Blitz, D.; Boscarino, N.; Christensen, S.; Cox, S.; D'Addio, D.; Delventhal, T.; Diamond, C.; Emeagwali, G.; Fallon, M.; Garcia-Bowen, M.; Hermes, K.; Hicks, E.; Horowitz, S.; Jackson, M.; Jarmoszko, T.; Johnson, D.; Karpuk, P.; Kean, K.; Koplowitz, B.; Kovel, J.; Larsen, K.; Latour, F.; Leon, J.; Liard-Muriente, C.; Love, K.; Mamed, O.; Marquette, C.; Martin-Troy, K.; McGuire, M.; Melnyk, J.; Pancsofar, E.; Paolino, J.; Pearson, F.; Phillips, E.; Pozorski, A.; Ragusett, J.; Retelle, E.; Rosenberg, J.; Santoro, K.; Sarisley, E.; Schlickmann, P.; Solomon, P.; Sweeney, D.; Tellier, A.; Tomoda, S.; Vickrey, R.; White, C.; Williams, C.; Zummer, T.
Ex-Officio: Fitzgerald, G.; Lovitt, C.
Parliamentarian: Dimmick, C.
President of the Senate: Cohen, S.
Guests: Stephen Adair (FAC to the BOR); Mary Ann Mahony (AAUP President); Acadia Otlowski (The Recorder); Rachel Siporin (Art); Patrick Tucker (Registrar)
1. Approval of Minutes, January 27, 2014
a. AAUP President (M. A. Mahony)
The President of CCSU-AAUP and the President of the Faculty Senate met with BOR President Gray on Friday.
The CCSU-AAUP executive committee meets on Wednesday, the AAUP council meets a week from Thursday. There is also a meeting of department liaisons next week.
Last Friday, 17 department chairs attended a chairs meeting; encourage your department chair to attend.
The Provost's Office and CCSU-AAUP are working on organizing workshops for faculty in their 2nd year, to help them prepare their renewal portfolio.
b. SUOAF-AFSCME President (E. Hicks)
Announcements: SUOAF-AFSCME members were asked for feedback about the common calendar. Senator Hicks received no responses, but other senators may have.
SUOAF-AFSCME is having ongoing meetings with Dr. Gray and remain concerned over his “economies” in admission, registration and information technology.
SUOAF-AFSCME is also meeting with Mr. Pisano to address several ongoing and recurring contract compliance issues with SUOAF vacancies and searches.
There will be a luncheon meeting/social on March 17th featuring a talk by House majority leader Joe Arasimoicz, who will discuss the implications of public employee union legislation in Wisconsin. The talk will be followed by a St. Patrick’s day luncheon.
There have been 7 volunteers for Steward training. Head Steward, Lisa Bigalow will be convening the stewards later this week to confirm and orient them. We thank those who have served and moved on including Rosita Dobson, Marcia Butland, Kim DeMichele, Jane Gardner and Paula Bunce.
Reminder that the rules have changed on minority mentoring professional development monies. New employees who qualify may apply to this fund for the first SIX years (formerly three) and those in new or reclassified jobs may apply in the first three years. This money is also available for programs and speakers on campus. There is a substantial amount of money in the fund.
c. SGA (Alex Lee for B. Choplick)
The SGA met with someone from the system office to discuss the Transform CSCU plan. Students have been urged to ask legislators to support the plan.
d. FAC to the BOR (S. Adair)
The President of the BOR will speak to the Appropriations Committee of the legislature on Thursday.
We got 2 more faculty members on the BOR Academic Calendar committee. The FAC meets on Friday. One goal of that meeting will be to prepare the FAC's presentation to the Higher Education Committee of the legislature.
The bill to add a second FAC member to the Board of Regents has been reintroduced at the legislature.
e. President of the Faculty Senate (S. Cohen)
The President of the Senate spoke about the Transform CSCU plan.
There is concern about aspects of the plan that seem to reduce the autonomy of CCSU and the individual colleges and universities in general. For example, what is the purpose of an "academic master plan" led by the systemwide provost? It seems like the BOR wants to "rationalize" academic offerings throughout the system. Faculty representatives have said an academic master plan requires significant, substantive representation from faculty. Also, why do we need "genius classrooms", which could be used to have students from one institution attend classes that are physically at other institutions? It is a way to prevent underenrolled classes from being cancelled, or a way to decide which classes will be offered where at the system level? We want to make sure that each institution maintains its individual character and identity, and that we don't become "ConnSCU at New Britain".
Senator Karpuk pointed out that the desire to increase online course offerings does not take into consideration the fact that some subjects cannot be taught effectively online.
3. Committee Reports
a. Ad Hoc Committee on Vance Lecture (N. Pettinico for C. Galligan)
In the Fall, the Senate's Ad Hoc Committee on the Vance Lecture requested input from faculty regarding potential speakers for the Vance Lecture. The Vance Foundation Trustees agreed to take faculty input into consideration with no guarantees. Seven names were put forth by the ad hoc committee in November. The Vance Foundation Trustees showed little interest in any of the seven. They suggested a possible speaker, Bob Shieffer, but the ad hoc committee did not agree to that suggestion. Finally, the Foundation agreed to extend an invitation to Maya Angelou; however, she declined. As a result, there will be no Vance Lecture this academic year.
4. New Business
a. Discussion of proposed Common Academic Calendar (P. Tucker)
Registrar Patrick Tucker presented the draft of a 2015-16 common academic calendar. The calendar only covers Fall and Spring, while Winter and Summer are left to the individual institutions.
The approach was to review the contract for holidays, earliest possible semester start and end dates. It should be noted that the community colleges' contracts do not allow for a Spring start date before Martin Luther King Day. The Calendar Committee will meet again on February 28, so please send comments before then.
Positives about the calendar include a Fall end date that is early enough for faculty members to finish grading before Christmas, and a longer winter session.
Several senators disliked having two class days after the reading day in the Spring. It was placed there because the community college representatives were adamant about having 15 of each instructional weekday per semester. Senator Latour pointed out that this problem could be solved by moving the Spring semester start date from January 21 to January 22, the Reading Day from May 5 to May 10 and the last day of exams from May 16 to May 17.
Senators are also concerned that having the Day of Reflection during Spring Break affect study abroad programs negatively.
Senator Blitz said that the common calendar is a way of imposing uniformity for the sake of uniformity.
Senator White reminded the Senate that, the last time that the calendar was changed, it was to increase our students' chances of being hired for summer jobs or internships. She was wondering why this rationale is no longer present. Provost Lovitt said that there are no data showing that the later end date for the Spring semester was causing a problem for our students.
The meeting adjourned at 4:19pm.