CCSU Faculty Senate

Minutes—September 23, 2013

VAC 105   3:05 PM

Present: Anderson, C.; Antonucci, C.; Arena, J.; Barr, B.; Best, F.; Bigelow, L.; Bilisoly, R.; Blake, E.; Braverman, S.; Cohen, S.; Cox, S.; D'Amato, K.; Diamond, C.; Fallon, M.; Foster, P.; Garcia-Bowen, M.; Greenfield, B.; He, F.; Hicks, E.; Horowitz, S.; Jackson, M.; Johnson, D.; Kean, K.; Kim, Y.; Knopf, K.; Koplowitz, B.; Kovel, J.; Larsen, K.; Latour, F.; Lee, L.; Lee, S.; Leon, J.; Love, K.; Mamed, O.; 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.; Schlickmann, P.; Shen, X.; Snyder, J.; Stookey, S.; Sweeney, D.; Tully, J.; White, C.; Williams, C.; Zummer, T.

Ex-Officio: Fitzgerald, G.; Lovitt, C.

Parliamentarian: Dimmick, C.

Former President of the Senate: Mulrooney, J.

Guests: Stephen Adair (FAC to the BOR); Brian Choplick (SGA President); Guy Crundwell (CCSU-AAUP Vice President); Phil Halloran (2012-13 Promotion and Tenure Committee Chair)

1. Approval of Minutes, September 9, 2013

Approved unanimously

2. Announcements

a.  AAUP President (G. Crundwell, for M. A. Mahony)

The Department Chairs Luncheon will be on September 27; interested chairs should RSPV to Michelle Malinowski. One item of discussion will be the Chairs' Bill of Rights, which was approved by the Faculty Senate on March 10, 2008 (Senate Bill FS.07.08.039B).

Faculty members should attend the open session with BOR President Gray, on Monday, September 30, from 10 to 10:45am, in the Bellin Gallery.

You can sign up for automatic notification of BOR meetings on their website.

The student empowerment summit will be on September 28 and 29.

The DEC workshop (for DEC members, not applicants) will be on October 1, during the university hour.

There will be an election to replace Jason Jones as CCSU-AAUP Council representative.

Your department should elect its AAUP liaison, if this has not been done yet.

The CSU Professors wrote a cautiously optimistic letter reporting on their meeting with BOR President Gray. However, the AAUP is concerned about modeling our system after the SUNY system, given the serious problems with that system.

b.  SUOAF-AFSCME President (O. Mamed for E. Hicks)

SUOAF-AFSCME members at the BOR have now formed their own chapter.

The election for the SUOAF-AFSCME Sabbatical Leave Committee ends on September 24, at 4:30pm.

c.  SGA (B. Choplick)

SGA President Choplick thanked faculty members who were present at the majors fair. He also said the the Secretary of the Faculty Senate was present at last week's SGA meeting to encourage students to join faculty committees with available student seats.

d.  FAC to the BOR (S. Adair)

The search committee for BOR Chief Academic Officer will have three faculty seats out of 8. It will also have campus presidents and system office representatives.

The next meeting of the FAC will be on October 18 at CCSU.

3. Election: President of the Faculty Senate

Four members of the Faculty Senate were nominated for President of the Senate, but only one accepted the nomination: Senator Stephen Cohen. His statement was posted on the Faculty Senate website. Senator Foster, of the Senate Elections Committee, asked the Senate for nominations from the floor. No one else was nominated, and a motion (Martin-Troy/L. Lee) was made to close nominations.

Senator Stephen Cohen elected President of the Faculty Senate

4. Election of Senate Committees (P. Foster, for the Senate Elections Committee)

a.  Committee on Committees

Senators Barr, Foster and Martin-Troy were elected to the committee.

b.  Committee on Academic Freedom

Senators Cox, Greenfield and Tully were elected to the committee.

c.  Committee on Constitution and By-Laws

Senators Bigelow and Stookey were elected to the committee; Parliamentarian Dimmick is an ex officio member.

d.  Committee on Appointments and Personnel

Senators Bilisoly, Hicks and Kovel were elected to the committee.

5. Committee Reports

a.  Elections Committee (P. Foster)

Nominations are currently open for the Promotion and Tenure Committee.

b.  Promotion and Tenure Committee (P. Halloran)

Part 1, Part 2

Professor Halloran presented the report, which was longer than usual because a few faculty members requested changes to the Promotion and Tenure policy or procedures. The report contains the committee's responses to the requests.

c.  Ad Hoc Committee on Vance Lecture (C. Galligan and B. Greenfield)

The ad hoc committee asked colleagues to suggest possible speakers for the Vance Lecture. The committee consists of Senators Pancsofar and Greenfield, as well as former Faculty Senate President Candace Barrington. People who are especially interested in some of the possible speakers should inform Senator Greenfield.

The budget for the lecture is approximately $75,000. While we should not worry about the cost of the possible speakers when making suggestions, in the end, the committee will have to look at the cost, because we want to avoid a situation where the Vance Foundation rejects all of our suggestions as too costly. Not all of the possible speakers on the list are available for $75,000; Hillary Clinton's fee is about $300,000 for 90 minutes.

The Vance Foundation is open to receiving a letter from the Faculty Senate suggesting possible speakers. The paln is to have the letter ready by October, because it needs to be ready before the Foundation makes its choice. Based on the process so far, we can definitely say to the Vance Foundation that there has been interest among the faculty.

Senate President Mulrooney thanked Chris Galligan for his work.

6. New Business

a. Committee Term Limit Exceptions FS.13.14.002B

Senator Latour pointed out that the Graduate Studies Committee has in the past requested an exception to the standard six-year term limit. Now that such an exception is permitted, they should incorporate it in their by-laws, so as to make the annual approval of this exception unnecessary.

Approved unanimously

b.  Resolution of thanks to former Faculty Senate President James Mulrooney FS.13.14.001R

Approved unanimously

7. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 3:46pm.