CCSU Faculty Senate
Minutes—October 28, 2013
VAC 105 3:05 PM
Present: Alewitz, M.; Anderson, C.; Antonucci, C.; Arena, J.; Barr, B.; Bernstein, S.; Bilisoly, R.; Bishop, R.; Blake, E.; Butland, M.; Cox, S.; D'Amato, K.; Dharavath, N.; Duquette, J.; Fallon, M.; Foster, P.; Fothergill, W.; Garcia-Bowen, M.; Greenfield, B.; Hazan, S.; He, F.; Hermes, K.; Horowitz, S.; Jackson, M.; Johnson, D.; Kean, K.; Kim, Y.; Kovel, J.; Kurkjian, C.; Larsen, K.; Latour, F.; Lee, L.; Leon, J.; Lim, K.; Love, K.; Martin-Troy, K.; McGuire, M.; Melnyk, J.; Pancsofar, E.; Paolino, J.; Passaro, M.; Pearson, F.; Phillips, E.; Pozorski, A.; Ragusett, J.; Reasco, A.; Retelle, E.; Rosenberg, J.; Santoro, K.; Sarisley, E.; Shen, X.; Snyder, J.; Stookey, S.; Sweeney, D.; Tully, J.; Wang, W.; White, C.; Williams, C.
Ex-Officio: Fitzgerald, G.; Lovitt, C.
President of the Senate: Cohen, S.
Guests: Stephen Adair (FAC to the BOR); Brian Choplick (SGA); Mary Ann Mahony (AAUP President); Simms Sonet (SGA); Laura Tordenti (VP Student Affairs)
1. Approval of Minutes, October 14, 2013
a. AAUP President (M. A. Mahony)
The election for the open seat on the Council opens on Friday. There are 3 candidates. AAUP members are encouraged to vote.
Connecticut legislators have been invited by AAUP to shadow a faculty member for a day. Legislators from Berlin, West Hartford and Hartford have accepted the invitation. An effort will be made to match legislators with their constituents. Faculty who are interested in participating should inform Ellen Benson.
Senator White asked about the purpose of this initiative; the goal is to encourage legislators to know us better. Very few legislators have a connection to a CSU, although many have a connection to UCONN.
Also, will there be an official follow-up to this initiative? Answer: Yes, the AAUP will follow up.
Senator White added that a legislator would be welcome to shadow her at her home, from Thursday night to Monday morning at 4am, while she grades student papers.
The AAUP is the official repository of departmental bylaws. Please ask your department to send the AAUP the most up-to-date version of your department bylaws.
The presidents of the 4 CSU chapters of SUOAF-AFSCME met with BOR President Gray and expressed concerns about his vision, especially about his efforts to consolidate certain functions at certain campuses, such as admissions and study abroad. BOR President Gray said that no job loss was anticipated, but we can't be sure.
c. SGA (B. Choplick and S. Sonet)
At this time, the SGA is hosting an open forum on Academic, until 5pm, in Alumni Hall.
Simms Sonet, chair of the SGA's student life committee, presented this year's Competition for a Cause. The City of New Britain and CCSU will compete against each other to collect the largest possible number of food or other donations.
Senator Reasco asked about where the food will go. Answer: To the New Britain food pantries that are most in need of it.
Senate President Cohen asked if donations of pet food are accepted. Answer: Why not?
Senator Reasco asked if donations of educational supplies are accepted. Answer: Why not?
d. FAC to the BOR (S. Adair)
The Search Committee for the systemwide Provost includes 3 FAC members and 5 other members (one of whom is Laura Tordenti).
There is also a position of "Principal Academic Officer", which we originally thought was temporary, but appears to be a long-term position. So it seems like Braden Hosch's vacated position will be replaced by two positions.
Also, the BOR now has a new CFO, Erika Steiner, who comes from the private sector.
e. President of the Faculty Senate (S. Cohen)
The Faculty Senate Presidents and the AAUP Chapter Presidents met with BOR President Gray on October 25. His plan for ConnSCU was discussed. President Gray talks a lot about three things that are of concern to the faculty, and faculty leaders expressed concerns to him about those three things:
1) Consolidation of services. This does not mean that the services would be located at the system office; they could be located on one of the campuses.
2) A common calendar for ConnSCU (which is related to an item on the Senate agenda for today);
3) A systemwide application form or process.
He says he is committed to shared governance, and seeks input from the faculty. In particular, he said that a common calendar should be a creation of the faculty. However, he seemed to think that the CSU common calendar could be used as a model; hence, he needs to be educated on this issue.
He talks about online learning and nontraditional ways of learning. He wants to expand Charter Oak State College and increase its enrollment significantly.
The campus "specialties" are part of his plan; however, the specific emphases have not been decided yet. He looks for input from campus presidents, based on discussion with faculty.
Gray did not seem to have a plan for teacher education, although he was aware of positive responses from accrediting agencies (better than UCONN in some ways).
The timeline for responding to Gray's plan is narrow; he would like a response by February 2014, in time for the next legislative cycle.
This semester's only presidential open forum will be on Thursday, October 31. You are invited to attend.
3. Committee Reports
a. Elections Committee—TAP Framework Implementation and Review Committee (S. Bernstein)
The vote will be conducted at the next Senate meeting. This committee will be a successor to the TAP Steering Committee. The person who fills this role should be someone with a background and interest in assessment.
The committee will oversee the establishment of the "major pathways" which are part of the TAP.
FAC representative Stephen Adair said that it would be good to have people on this committee who were on the TAP Steering Committee, to maintain institutional continuity.
4. New Business
a. Academic Assessment Committee—Addition of an extra member (K. Larsen for J. Mulrooney)
Senator White asked about the meaning of "increasing" our assessment. Does that mean "doing more assessment"? Senator Larsen answered that no, that was not automatically the case. Senator Latour suggested that perhaps "improving" our assessment would capture the intent better than "increasing" our assessment, and Senator Larsen agreed.
Motion (Martin-Troy/Foster): To add Cassandra Broadus-Garcia to the Academic Assessment Committee for the academic year 2013-14.
Approved, with one senator opposed
b. Resolution in support of Campus Equity Week (K. Kean)
Motion (Martin-Troy/Foster): To approve the resolution.
c. Committee on Concerns of Women—Bullying Policy Proposal (K. Hermes)
Senator Stookey asked about the incidence of workplace bullying at CCSU. Answer: Statistics show that 35% of the US workforce experience workplace bullying, but we don't have statistics for CCSU.
CCSU-AAUP President Mahony asked about how this policy interacts with Article 16 (on discipline) from the AAUP contract. Answer: This policy simply tells faculty where to report different types of bullying. It does not give anyone the power to punish. The AAUP would like to clarify item 3 of the policy.
Senator Pearson described the policy as "articulation and understanding"; it does not create a new disciplinary procedure, but simply explains what the existing channels for reporting bullying are.
Senator Latour pointed out that the title for Christopher Dukes is outdated; "Judicial Officer" should be changed to "Director of the Office of Student Conduct". Also, a policy should not state names of administrators, because the policy would then have to be amended when the administrator leaves the position.
Would this discourage someone from reporting bullying because of the potential for discipline. Answer: Right now, there is no protocol in place, so this proposal is an improvement over the current situation.
Senator Phillips asked if there was a state policy on bullying. Answer: No; Senator Fothergill said that there was a proposed bill that has not been made into law.
Motion (Martin-Troy/Latour): To divide the question into two parts: 1) page 1 of the document and 2) page 2 of the document.
Since page 1 by itself is a statement, not a policy, the Senate removed references to a policy from the statement:
Motion (Latour/Stookey): To strike "and this policy against abusive conduct will be applied in a manner that protects those freedoms" at the end of the first paragraph of page 1, and to replace "policy" with "statement" in the second paragraph of page 1.
Motion (Martin-Troy/Foster): The Faculty Senate endorses page 1 of the "Bullying Policy Proposal" document.
Motion (Latour/Stookey): To send page 2 of the document back to the Committee on Concerns of Women, for amendments, based on input from AAUP and SUOAF-AFSCME, for compliance with the contracts.
d. Department of Psychological Science—Resolution on the Academic Calendar (S. Horowitz)
Senator Foster said that he believes option (a) is a good idea.
CCSU-AAUP President Mahony said that BOR President Gray thought that the CSU academic calendar was actually a model for a potential common calendar.
SGA President Choplick asked if the BOR President talked about student input in the construction of a calendar. Answer: It never came up.
Senator White reminded the Senate that the justification that was given to the Senate for the new academic calendar was to overcome the fact that it was difficult for some students to get summer jobs.
Senate Vice-President Barr said that he supports option (c).
Senator Kovel suggested that, instead of sending a letter, the Senate should design a proposed calendar that could be sent to the BOR. Senator Snyder agreed.
Senator White said that there are additional difficulties that four-year universities have but community colleges may not have in terms of the calendar: the difficulty of doing study abroad programs in the short Winter break, the difficulty of conducting research over the short Winter break, etc.
Motion (Barr/Foster): The Faculty Senate approves option (a), along with the additional sentence (at the end): "In particular, the committee will be charged with the design of a new proposed calendar that addresses our concerns, and that also complies with Article 10 of the CSU-AAUP Contract."
The meeting adjourned at 4:39pm.