Minutes of Faculty Senate meeting
21 April 2006, SC214
Senators present: Knipp, Hicks, Grau, Cartwright, Schwarze,
Kidd, Adamitis, Whiting, Breese, Underwood, Doughty (arrived at 4:00),
Vachris (arrived at 4:00), Sellars (arrived at 4:05)
Senators absent: Guajardo, Wymer
The meeting was adjourned at 6:30.
- The meeting was called to order at 3:06.
- Introduction of guests
- Candace Mascia (Vice President of the Student Government Association)
- Professors Tom Berry, Brian Bradie, Scott Pollard, Sally Sledge, and Pam Pringle
- New Faculty Senators: Tim Marshall, Eric Duskin, and Ming Zhang
- President Schwarze acknowledged the electronic approval of the minutes for the 3/17 meeting of the Senate, and
the Senate unanimously approved the minutes of the
3/21/06 meeting of the general faculty.
- Professors Pam Pringle and Sally Sledge made a presentation about their proposal
for having faculty members sign the students' honor code at the same ceremony in which the incoming freshmen do so.
At a recent
conference of the Center for Academic Integrity,
Pringle and Sledge learned about how we teach and model the characteristics of integrity.
Students analyze the honor code and interpret that the code only applies to them. This leads to
the suggestion of having the faculty sign the honor code.
Doughty pointed out that the Senate recently voted overwhelmingly
(See VII.A of the minutes of the 1/20/06 meeting.)
to approve the recommendation by the CLAS chairs to include in the CNU Handbook the
American Association of University Professors (AAUP) statement on professional ethics
www.aaup.org/statements/Redbook/Rbethics.htm), verbiage which
is generally regarded as being a higher standard than the honor code for the students.
If this verbiage is included in the handbook, then all faculty must agree to it when
signing their contracts.
If the handbook sets a higher standard than the honor code, then there is no need
for the faculty members to sign the students' honor code. For this reason,
the sense of the Senate was to recommend against the proposal to have
faculty members sign the students' honor code at the convocation ceremony. However,
it would make sense for faculty to trumpet the fact that they
adhere to the AAUP standards.
- President's report
academic calendar will remain as is for 2006-07 (due to previously scheduled events
during "Getting Started" week), but "reading days" and a Sunday graduation will be
instituted. Both semesters will be shifted one week later in 2007 - 08 as an experiment, and in early
a Senate committee (chaired by Sellars) will make recommendations about permanent
shifts in the calendar. This committee will be fully constituted in part VII.D of this meeting.
- The Provost was persuaded by arguments made by the Senate Executive Committee (SEC)
to adjust his position on whether or not chairs of the
Liberal Learning Council (LLC) and the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UCC)
should have tenure, and now he has agreed with the Senate's recommendations that those
chairs should be tenured (SEC
meeting 3/27); in addition, the SEC and Provost co-authored at the same meeting new Handbook language
regarding restricted positions:
"Restricted appointments are one-academic-year appointments. Restricted appointments have no continuing
status, but a new appointment may be made by the provost, acting upon the recommendation of the dean
and the department chair. These appointments are typically made
to replace a faculty member on leave; to fill a position of doubtful
permanency; to allow for an extended period of recruitment for a probationary appointment; or to employ
visiting faculty and therefore are not normally indefinitely renewed. Any position which has been
filled by a restricted appointee or appointees for six consecutive years or more will be reviewed for
purposes of appointing a probationary appointee to the position. Restricted appointments provide fringe
(Ed. note: see http://facultysenate.cnu.edu/05_06/misc/restricted.rtf
for a summary of previous discussions about this issue.)
- Police will no longer be unlocking car doors.
- Budget-revenue is "right on target" per CNU Chief-of-Staff Cindi Perry, but no extra
revenues (usually derived from
higher-than-expected enrollment projections-we used last year's figure, which was on target). The
tightness of spring budgets is something we should plan to expect. The provost is continuing to
approve conference travel for faculty who have had papers accepted for presentation; for others, he
is requiring that reimbursement be held until the new fiscal year begins. Equipment purchases have been
frozen, but normal departmental operating expenses (supply purchase, etc.) may continue.
- Faculty may continue to sell unsolicited desk copies of textbooks to used book
vendors without violating the new state law.
- Schwarze reminded faculty to turn in grades on time; thousands of grades are not filed by the Banner deadline,
requiring the registrar's office and the deans' offices to track these faculty and to input manually these
grades. This is ineffective and wasteful; please make sure to file grades by the deadline.
- Reminder of General Faculty meeting on Tuesday
- Review of Senate achievements (available: http://facultysenate.cnu.edu/05_06/misc/yearend.doc)
- Committee reports
- Grau: results of Senate Elections (each administered by the Senator whose name is
in parentheses, below)
Committee elections will be completed in the next week or so. Note that
all committee chairs should convene their committees this semester in order to conduct
chair elections, if their bodies are fully constituted.
Grau will try to fix some rotation problems (eg, committee members from the same academic
area ending their terms in the same year).
- School of Business (Grau): Michelle Vachris and Bob Hasbrouck
- Science and Technology (Underwood): Gary Whiting and Ming Zhang
- Social Science and Professional Studies (Hicks): Eric Duskin and Tim Marshall
- Arts and Humanities (Kidd): Steven Breese and Jean Filetti
- The SEC recently formed a committee of the following Senators for the purpose of
creating a slate of nominees for the 2006 - 07 Senate Executive Committee: Hicks (chair), Doughty, Adamitis, and Kidd.
- Hicks presented the slate of nominees for 2006-07 Senate Executive Committee:
- president: Schwarze
- vice president: Whiting
- secretary: Knipp
- (two) "at-large" members: Vachris and Duskin
- Report from today's meetings of the Board of Visitors' (BoV):
The meetings of the Academic Affairs and Student Life subcommittees were cancelled.
The rates for tuition, fees, room, and board will increase by
9.3% and 6% for in-state and out-of-state students, respectively, for 2006 - 07.
(The dollar amount of the increase will be the same, for both populations.)
In terms of additional revenues, the increase in the tuition will generate
$1.6 million, and that for the comprehensive fee will generate
$1.3 million. (For a detailed list of the tuition and fees, see
on the CNU Comptroller's webpage.)
Presently, it seems that Virginia will legislate a 3.3% increase in
faculty salaries, and CNU may increase this to 4.5%.
CNU's new student union will open in July 2006.
Some stuff from old library will move to the (old) student center.
- Whiting: update on activities of Classroom Design Working Group
The provost wants that CNU's PKAL group constitute a smaller working group for the purpose
of providing input to the Provost and to Executive Vice President Bill Brauer.
Some upcoming questions which need to be answered are as follows:
We'll issue a Request for Proposals for architects as soon as the budget is passed.
Ground will be broken approximately one year after hiring an architect.
PKAL is presently soliciting departments for their mission statements,
for communicating to architects.
The renovations of Gosnold Hall are still on target, schedule-wise.
Eventually, we may anticipate a lawn running continuously from the
administration building to the Potomac River residence hall.
- How should departments be grouped together in the buildings?
- Should different departments reside on different floors?
- Knipp provided an update from the Liberal Learning Council.
- There is a possibility that the writing-intensive requirement
may be reduced from two courses to one.
(Ed. note: It has since been learned that this report is substantially premature.)
The Provost has indicated he will also seek the counsel of
the UCC on this matter before making any changes, if he does continue
to pursue this issue.
- For a fairly complete list of courses in the six different Areas of Inquiry (AoI), see
(This list includes some courses which are still "in the pipeline".)
A summary is tabulated below.
|Area of Inquiry||100 - 299||300 - 499||total|
|Formal and Informal Reasoning||9||13||22|
|Global and Multicultural Perspectives||10||23||33|
|Identities, Institutions, and Society||11||30||41|
|Investigating the Natural World|
(not including ten lab courses)
- Schwarze (for Jay Paul): proposal from Academic Advising Committee (AACo)
AACo has formulated a proposal
for the creation of two levels of "Master Advisors", who will serve as leaders
in the effort to provide academic advising in the various majors. Faculty members interested
in serving in this capacity will fill out a contract, be approved by their department
chairs and by the director of the Academic Advising Center (AAC), advise 30 students each semester,
and attend training sessions
regularly. This responsibility will not carry any release time or remuneration, but it will
be regarded as
a level of service to CNU comparable to that of serving as either a member of or as
the chair of a major university committee. In subsequent discussions, Senators pointed out
a couple of problems with the proposal:
The recommendation passed with a vote of five in favor (Whiting, Grau, Adamitis, Breese, Cartwight),
two opposed (Hicks, Kidd), and two abstentions (Knipp, Underwood).
- It seems illogical to specify a number of advisees per adviser, for the case
of a faculty member in a department which has either very many or very few students who are majoring in that department.
- It is feared that the requirements of the "Master Advisor" designation may be sufficiently onerous
to dissuade potential advisors from participating.
- Old business
- Second reading on Breese's report reviewing chairs' workload
Despite chairs' summer obligations ("Setting Sail" activities,
departmental annual report, miscellaneous meetings, etc.), Breese's
committee decided not to recommend that all chair contracts be
extended beyond the usual 9-month period. The purpose of this decision is to allow
chairs to control over their summer, as professors.
The Senate recommended the following changes in the various recommendations:
The committee's recommendations, as amended, were
passed unanimously by the Senate.
- #2: Insert "full time instructional" after "fifteen", and change "assigned" to "granted".
- #3: Change "10%" to "1/9" (≈ 11.11%), to reflect the expectation that chairs
provide to CNU approximately one month of labor during the summer break.
- 2nd bullet:
In order to define "leadership", footnote 4 (from later in the document)
should be transferred to and appended to this, after the (inserted) word "since".
- 3rd bullet:
To this, footnote 5 ("scholarship and service should not not be less than 10%")
should be transferred, and changed to "scholarship should not be less than 10%,
and service should not be less than 20%".
Ed. note: for documentation which reflects these amendments, see
- Second reading on recommendations for inception of CNU teaching awards (available:
The Senate unanimously voted to
approve this and to send this to the provost, who
may decide to implement it himself.
- Second reading on resolution for shift to
3 - 4 teaching load (available:
Adamitis presented her subcommittee's findings on the teaching loads
at an extensive number of "aspirant peer" institutions (available:
The loads at these institutions are almost all lower than CNU's present 4 - 4 load.
The following three minor friendly amendments to the resolution were accepted:
The resolution, as amended, passed unanimously.
- remove "and then again in 2010-2012"
- change "a proposal that will allow the first" to "several models, one of which will all the"
- change "Provost Summerville's" to "the"
- Sellars' committee to draft recommendations
on the academic calendar for the 2008 - 09 year and beyond was expanded to include
Vachris, Knipp, Filetti, and an SGA representative to be named later. This
recommendation will - Senate approval permitting - be put
to a vote of the General Faculty at their meeting near the end of the fall 2006.
- New business
- review of recommendations from UCC
- AoI courses (complete year-to-date listing of courses available:
All courses passed unanimously.
- IIS: Guajardo and Adamitis
- GMP: Underwood
ENGL 330/SOCL 330/ANTH 330
- CXP: Breese
- WST: Knipp
- program changes
All program changes were only minor, and these passed unanimously.
- BS in Computer Foundations
- Computer Science
- Applied Physics
- Computer Engineering
- Majors in Fine Art and Art History (revised for clarity at request of UCC)
- Studio Art
- Art History
- BS in Chemistry
- Professor Scott Pollard: ad hoc committee on evaluation and assessment of faculty
Pollard cochairs this committee, which also consists of
Dorothy Doolittle (co-chair),
Eric Duskin, Anton Siochi, Lori Underwood, Pete
Carlson, Diane Catanzero, Ron Mollick, Brian Bradie, Tanya Sweet,
Elaine Miller, and Pam Pringle.
Pollard presented some recommendations
and he asserted that
the present system for evaluation and assessment is "broken".
No components of it (except for
IDEA) are quantitative. This committee has used
Raoul Arreola's book
Developing a Comprehensive Faculty Evaluation System
as a manual for fixing CNU's sytem. This philosophy revolves around
"controlled subjectivity", which would lead to
a single number for each faculty member, in a manner similar to that in
which students receive a single grade for a course at the end of the semester.
In order to remove intangibles from the equation,
various items (e.g., "publish review of book, article") would receive specific
point values, and
faculty members would negotiate with chairs and
deans about the percentages, within certain limits, attributed to the categories
of "instruction", "professional development", and "service". Senator
Whiting suggested that the "professional development" component be allowed to reach 50% for those
faculty members receiving 50% of their
salaries from external agencies, owing to the fact that those agencies want that a corresponding amount
of scholarship activity be generated. There will need to be some revisions to CNU's Eval-4 form
("Departmental Standards and Procedures for Faculty Evaluations"), and we will need to determine
an easy way to transfer information from an Eval-6 form to the type of matrix suggested by
- Schwarze presented the plan from the First Year Initiatives Committee for
the proposed "Academic Day", on the Thursday of "Getting Started" week (available:
On this day there will be a need for faculty members to attend the Deans' presentation on
"Liberal Learning and Student Success", for some faculty members to lead break-out sessions
on "Success in College", and for other faculty members to lead small-group discussions
about the common reading, in addition for a need for some faculty members to lead
Honor-Code case studies, as has been done in previous years.
- It will now become possible for departmental distinction to appear on the transcript.
A current issue is whether departmental requirements for "graduation with distinction"
be made to satisfy CNU-wide guidelines (e.g., a minimum GPA) and, if so, what those
campus-wide guidelines should be. The
CLAS chairs has recommended that these issues
be studied by the Undergraduate Degrees Committee.
- Changes to Faculty Development Grant process:
This subcommittee (Adamitis, Guajardo, Whiting) has some recommendations which are listed below and
which will get finalized at the Senate's
- Proposal Evaluation Form:
change to item 1(d) (available: http://facultysenate.cnu.edu/05_06/misc/facdevgrant/eval.doc)
- information to include in application package
- insertion of "Type of Project", near the beginning
- amplification of wording in II.A to include "Please list."
- II.D: insert an instruction to itemize and to justify expenses
- II.E: change "Faculty Development Grants" to "CNU Grants"
- student development grants
(This is discussed in the next item.)
- Coordination of funding for student research
In a recent meeting with CNU's president and provost, it became clear that there exist
multiple sources of CNU money available to fund student research, and the process of
procuring this money can be a bit confusing for students. The sense of the Senate is
that CNU's Undergraduate and Graduate Research Council
should be tasked with identifying these sources and with deciding how to appropriate the funds.
- Consideration of deans' recommendations for nominations (to SCHEV) for
Outstanding Faculty Award
In order to allow for more careful deliberation, the Senate voted unanimously to commit this.
A recommendation will be forthcoming from a committee consisting of
Kidd (chair), Vachris, Underwood, and Breese. The Senate will vote on this recommendation
at its next meeting, scheduled to take place in the Freeman Center
at 9 AM on 5/13,
ie immediately prior to commencement.
Ed. note: The meeting location will be the upstairs conference room.
Ed. note: Immediately afterwards was called a meeting of the 2006 - 07
Senate (minutes available: http://facultysenate.cnu.edu/06_07/minutes/4_21_06.html), for the
sole purpose of electing officers.
Submitted by Peter Knipp, secretary of the Faculty Senate
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