Minutes - September 26, 2016 - 3:05pm


Present: Adair, S.; Anton, M.; Antonucci, C.; Arena, J.; Austad, C.; Bailesteanu, M.; Baratta, C.; Best, F.; Bigelow, L.; Bishop, J.; Bishop, R.; Blitz, D.; Boncoddo, R.; Boscarino, N.; Callery, T.; Cistulli, M.; Collins, M.; Criscola, J.; Dhar, P.; Emeagwali, G.; Emiliani, B.; Foster, P.; Fothergill, W.; Garcia-Bowen, M.; Garcia, V.; Ghodsi, R.; Givens, E.; Grasso, L.; Gross, S.; He, F.; Hernandez, J.; Jackson, M.; Jarvis, K.; Kapper, M.; Karpuk, P.; Kim, Y.; Larsen, K.; Latour, F.; Lewis, J.; Lim, K.; LoGiudice, S.; Mahony, M. A.; Martin-Troy, K.; McGuire, M.; Mejia, G.; Menoche, C.; Nelson, W.; Ngazimbi, E.; Oliva, K.; Paolino, J.; Phillips, E.; Sohn, Y.; Spear, E.; Strickland, A.; Sweeney, D.; Tellier, A.; Thomas, C.; Thornton, E.; White, C.; Williams, C.; Zering, J.

Ex-Officio: Sommers, B.

Parliamentarian: Dimmick, C.

President of the Senate: Cohen, S.

Guests: Kathy Bantley (Red Flag Campaign Co-Chair); Phil Halloran (P&T Chair); Janice Reska (CACE); Thomas Rein (Anthropology)

1. Minutes

a. Minutes of September 12, 2016

    • Approved unanimously

2. Announcements:

a. AAUP President (M. A. Mahony)

    • There will be an election for Vice President of CSU-AAUP, and an election for Vice President of CCSU-AAUP.

b. SUOAF-AFSCME President (L. Bigelow)

    • There will be a new Vice President for the Chapter, effective October 1.
    • The election of delegates to Council 4 will be in November.

c. SGA (J. Effend)

    • No SGA representative was present because there was a presidential candidate student forum, but Senator Bishop reminded the Senate of the anti-discrimination rally on September 29 (3 to 7pm).

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

    • The BOR met on Friday, and approved its initial request for money from OPM. The request was based on the assumption of a 2% tuition increase and a 0% faculty and staff expense increase.
    • Senator Blitz asked whether the Banner upgrade was discussed; FAC representative Adair answered in the negative.

e. Red Flag Campaign (N. D'Agostino and K. Bantley)

    • The Red Flag Campaign is a public awareness campaign designed to address dating violence and promote the prevention of dating violence.
    • An e-mail will be sent on September 27 to promote the campaign.

f. President of the Senate (S. Cohen)

    • President Cohen spoke of the Presidential Search, which is ongoing. The 3 finalists will be on campus on Monday 9/26, Tuesday 9/27, and Wednesday 9/28. Faculty are encouraged to attend open forums and submit feedback.
    • Our NEASC reaccreditation is in progrees. There will be several open forums throughout the process (12/5/16, 3/6/17, 5/4/17, 10/13/17, 2/18). More information, including the report on our 2008 reaccreditation, can be found on the CCSU website.

3. Elections

a. Committee on Committees (3 senators needed)

    • Senators Bishop, Boncoddo and Martin-Troy elected to the committee

b. Committee on Constitution and By-Laws (2 senators needed)

    • Senators Emiliani and Larsen elected to the committee

c. Committee on Academic Freedom (3 senators needed)

    • Senators Austad, Fothergill and Zering elected to the committee

d. Committee on Appointments and Personnel (3 senators needed)

    • Senators Bigelow, Garcia-Bowen and Thomas elected to the committee

4. Committee Reports

a. Promotion and Tenure Committee (P. Halloran)

    • Faculty members asked whether it would be possible to: include statistics by ethnicity of applicants (instead of race), statistics for each ethnicity and gender combination, percentages, year-to-year comparisons and an analysis of trends, statistics about renewals and non-renewals, and statistics about penultimate tenure decisions.
    • Motion: to instruct the Committee on Committees to review the bylaws of the Promotion and Tenure Committee based on the requests voiced at this senate meeting.
      • Approved unanimously

b. University Athletics Board (L. Clark, P. Resetarits)

    • The proposal on absences from class falls under the purview of the Academic Standards Committee, and hence will need to be approved by this committee before being brought to the Senate.
    • Report accepted by the Senate

c. Library Committee (P. Foster)

    • Senator Blitz pointed out that the cut to the library budget is a small fraction of amount that was paid to Sodexo, not to mention the amount that could be spent on the Banner upgrade.
    • Senator Phillips said that perhaps we should work with UConn to improve our access to library resources and/or decrease our expenses.
    • Senator Karpuk said that, even though we can still borrow materials from other schools' libraries, we cannot put such materials on reserve.
    • Senators pointed out that the UPBC needs to be on top of this and similar issues; however, this would require UPBC members to be available during the Summer. The Library was told about the cuts around June 1.
    • Report accepted by the Senate

d. University Planning and Budget Committee (C. Valk)

    • Senator Blitz pointed out that the report is devoid of data, and this is evidence that his resolution is needed.
    • Report accepted by the Senate

5. Unfinished Business:

    a. Approval of Steering Committee

    • Senator Fothergill requested more representation of non-teaching faculty on committees such as the Steering Committee.
    • Senator Austad asked whether the Senate should be called a University Senate rather than Faculty Senate. CCSU-AAUP President Mahony responded that all voting members of the Senate are either instructional or administrative faculty (although this was not always the case; Deans and the Provost could vote until around 1996).
    • Senator Phillips added to the Steering Committee, unanimously

b. Academic Calendar for 2017-21 (S. Adair)

    • No additional comments.

6. New Business:

7. Adjournment

    • The meeting adjourned at 5:10pm due to lack of quorum.