Minutes - May 2, 2016 - 3:05pm


Present: Adair, S.; Anderson, C.; Andreoletti, C.; Arena, J.; Bartone, M.; Best, F.; Bigelow, L.; Bilisoly, R.; Bishop, J.; Blitz, D.; Boscarino, N.; Callery, T.; Cistulli, M.; Clapp, S.; Collins, M.; D'Addio, D.; Duquette, J.; Emeagwali, G.; Emiliani, B.; Fafunwa-Ndibe, S.; Foster, P.; Fothergill, W.; Garcia-Bowen, M.; Ghodsi, R.; Grasso, L.; Gross, S.; Harris, D.; He, F.; Horan, M.; Horton, M.; Jackson, M.; Karpuk, P.; Kean, K.; Kim, Y.; Kullgren, A.; Larsen, K.; Latour, F.; Lim, K.; LoGiudice, S.; Mamed, O.; Martin-Troy, K.; Martin, M.; McGuire, M.; Mejia, G.; Moffo Simpson, T.; Nelson, W.; Ngazimbi, E.; Paolino, J.; Phillips, E.; Pozorski, A.; Ragusett, J.; Santoro, K.; Simmons, R.; Siporin, R.; Spear, E.; Styrczula, S.; Sweeney, D.; Tellier, A.; Williams, C.; Wolff, R.; Wood, R.

Ex-officio: Fitzgerald, G..; Mahony, M.A.; Malhas, F.; Pease, S.

Parliamentarian: Dimmick, C.

President of the Senate: Cohen, S.

Guests: Phil Halloran (Mathematical Sciences; Promotion and Tenure committee); Yvonne Kirby (OIRA); Martha Kruy (Library); Thomas Rein (Anthropology); Young Moo Sohn (Engineering)

The Steering Committee recommends the following items for inclusion on the Consent Agenda:

  • 1. Minutes
  • 5c. through 5m., various informational committee reports
  • 6f. Committee on Committees report
    • Seantor Kean requested the removal of Item 6f from the Consent Agenda
    • Other Consent Agenda Items approved unanimously

1. Minutes

Minutes of April 18, 2016

    • Approved as past of Consent Agenda

2. Announcements:

a. AAUP President (M. A. Mahony)

    • The last Chapter Meeting of this academic year, along with the social, will be from 3 to 6:30pm on Wednesday. Come to hear about summer plans, contract negotiations, and our retireees.

b. SUOAF-AFSCME President (L. Bigelow)

    • The last Chapter Meeting of this academic year will be on Thursday, from 3 to 4:30pm, in the Nutmeg Room. There will be an update on the April 28 meeting with President Ojakian.
    • Meg Leake will be the alternate for the FAC (Myrna Garcia-Bowen is a member of the FAC). Mark McGuire will be the Council 4 representative.

c. SGA

    • No report.

d. FAC to the Board of Regents (S. Adair)

    • President Miller has been asked about the possibility of hosting next year's FAC conference at CCSU.

e. President of the Senate (S. Cohen)

    • President Cohen has appointed himself, and Senators Cistulli and Foster, to the ad hoc committee to address the SGA's concerns (on the availability of course syllabi). He has also talked to the bookstore about having a realistic book order deadline.
    • The Library has space available for faculty members' unneeded desk copies of textbooks.

3. Election of members of Standing Committees of the Faculty elected by the Faculty Senate

  • Ballots were distributed to voting senators. The following faculty members were elected:
    • Academic Integrity Committee: Gena Givens, Matthew Martin, Jose Rubio, Fu-Shang Wei
    • CCSU Foundation Board of Directors: Carolyn Fallahi
    • CCSU Foundation Grant Advisory Committee: Kuan-Pin Chiang, Barry Hoopengardner, Lynda Valerie
    • Distinguished Service Award Committee: Nidal Al-Masoud
    • Excellence in Teaching Committee: Alicia Bray, William Watkins
    • Grade Appeals Committee: Michael Bartone, Gena Givens, Tom Vasko
    • Library Committee: Amy Gagnon, Charles Menoche, Rae Schipke, Roger Vogeler
    • Student Affairs Committee: Kristina Edwards, Cherie King
    • University Athletics Board: Susan Koski, Chester Labedz, Amanda Tellier
    • University Planning and Budget Committee: Judy Hodgson, Kathy Martin-Troy, Chad Valk, Robert Wolff

4. Approval of May and August 2016 candidates for graduation

    • Undergraduate (Deans Pease, Colwell, Alfano, Malhas)
    • Graduate (Dean Fitzgerald)
      • Approved unanimously

5. Informational Committee Reports (not for action)

a. Promotion and Tenure Committee (P. Halloran)

    • P&T Committee Chair Phil Halloran emphasized that departments should provide junior faculty with a mentor. The Senate should write a policy to make sure that this happens.
    • Senator Blitz expressed concerns about the low number of minority faculty members applying for Promotion or Tenure; Secretary Latour said that the P&T committee will be asked to provide a five-year summary (2011-16) of the P&T data in the Fall, and the five-year summary should give us a clearer picture of the situation.

b. Academic Integrity Committee (T. Jarmoszko)

    • The Academic Integrity Committee would like to simplify the current Academic Misconduct process, but was not able to reach a consensus. The committee will take up this issue again next year.
    • Senator Wolff expressed concerns about removing the Department Chair from the process, saying that the participation of the Chair has been essential in some past cases. CCSU-AAUP President Mahony said that there is no contractual problem with involving the Chair in the Academic Misconduct process.

c. Academic Assessment Committee (M. Kruy)

d. CCSU Foundation Grant Advisory Committee (R. Waterman)

e. Grade Appeals Committee (S. Block)

f. Student Affairs Committee

g. International Education Committee (L. Williams)

h. Excellence in Teaching Committee (R. Schwell and K. Ritzenhoff)

i. Sabbatical Leave Committee (AAUP) (K. Larsen)

j. Community Engagement Committee (R. Simmons)

k. Constitution and Bylaws Committee (B. Emiliani)

l. Ad Hoc Committee on Campus Safety (D. Blitz)

m. Council of Academic Chairs (K. Martin-Troy)

    • Reports 5c. through 5m. were accepted by the Senate as part of the Consent Agenda.
    • Senator Blitz asked why the University Planning and Budget Committee has failed to submit a timely annual report for three consecutive years.
    • Motion (Blitz/Wolff): The Steering Committee will consult with the University Planning and Budget Committee, in order to restore the proper functioning of this committee.
      • Approved unanimously

6. Committee Reports (contain action items)

a. Committee on Academic Freedom (R. Wood)

    • Senator Wood explained that this resolution was motivated by the movement, currently active at many universities, to require faculty members to include ''trigger warnings" on their syllabi. These are warnings that the subject matter discussed in the course may be upsetting to some students. However, the committee decided to make a broaded statement about academic freedom, rather than one limited to trigger warnings.
      • Approved unanimously

b. Curriculum Committee (M. Jackson)

    • Senate President Cohen asked about EDF 215 and the fact that it is a general education course that this not open to all students. Senator Wolff pointed out that the course is very different from EDF 415, and Curriculum Committee Chair Jackson said that the General Education Subcommittee approved it as a general education course.
    • Curriculum Committee Chair Jackson said that EDF 215 is part of the Curriculum Committee's response to the Board of Regents' request to reduce all programs to 120 credits (unless there is an educational reason to remain above that number), and that it is expected that a large number of program modifications of Education programs that are currently at 130 credits is expected early in the Fall of 2016. Senator Latour expressed concerns that this is an unrealistic time frame; how can we expect program modifications to be ready early in the Fall when some departments that have programs above 120 credits have yet to begin the discussion of whether or not, and how, to reduce their programs to 120 credits.
    • Senator Bishop expressed disappointment at the lack of a mention of "wellness" as part of the general education mission statement.
      • Approved unanimously

c. Academic Standards Committee (F. Latour)

    • Admission to Athletic Training Education program
      • Approved unanimously
    • Final Exam Policy (joint with Graduate Studies Committee)
    • Senators were concerned about the lack of clarity in the second paragraph, and that the language about hybrid courses does not take into account the Online Learning policy, which may yet be approved today.
    • Motion (Cohen/Best): To return the proposal to the Academic Standards Committee and the Graduate Studies Committee.
      • Approved unanimously

d. Graduate Studies Committee (E. Leonidas)

    • Approved unanimously

e. Online Learning Implemation Committee (K. Larsen)

    • Senator Collins recommended the inclusion of someone from CTFD as a member of the committee.
    • Senator Blitz urged the Senate to approve this policy now, not next year, as it has been on the table for years now.
    • Senator Clapp moved to amend by adding the following statement at the end of the document: Use of creative commons licensing, and measures to assist visually or auditory disabled users are encouraged.
      • Approved unanimously
    • Policy approved as amended, unanimously

f. Committee on Committees (J. Bishop)

  • Academic Standards Committee bylaws
    • Motion (Kean/Latour): To amend the Excellence in Teaching Committee bylaws by changing the last sentence of Item 1 of "Criteria for Eligibility" to "The EIT Committee will select an award recipient who is a full-time teaching faculty member, and an award recipient who is a part-time teaching faculty member.
      • Motion to Amend approved unanimously
    • Amendments to the bylaws of the Library Committee, Excellence in Teaching Committee and Academic Standards Committee approved unanimously.

7. Unfinished Business:

a. Community Engagement Documentation Guidelines (R. Simmons)

    • Motion from the Community Engagement Committee:
      The Faculty Senate approves the document entitled “Guidelines for Documenting Community Engaged Research, Teaching and Service” as a resource accessible to faculty from the Senate website. The use of this document is optional and will not supersede DEC guidelines.
    • Approved unanimously

8. New Business:

a. Faculty Advisory Committee resolution on CSCU Provost search

    • Proposed Resolution: Student success through academic excellence is highlighted in the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities Vision Statement. With the retirement of Dr. Estela Lopez as the Interim Academic Provost the CCSU Faculty Senate joins the Community College Governance Assembly and the Faculty Advisory Committee in believing that the priority of the Board of Regents should be to initiate a search for a permanent, qualified Academic Provost as soon as possible.
    • Senator Blitz believes that there is no need to have a CSCU Provost at all, since the System Office has no students.
    • Other senators responded that the Board will likely hire a new Provost in any case, and assuming this, we definitely want a permanent Provost hired as the result of a national search, rather than another interim hire.
      • Resolution approved (one senator opposed)

b. Proposal from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry: Board of Regents Censure Resolution

    • Senators stated that this resolution is redundant with the Resolution of No Confidence in the Board of Regents that the Senate approved last year. As a result, a motion to postpone indefinitely was successful (2 senators opposed).

9. Adjournment

    • The meeting adjourned at 5:21pm.