Minutes of General Faculty meeting, Christopher Newport U.
Tuesday, 21 March 2006, GOSN101
The meeting was called to order at 12:23 PM. Items I and II, below, were covered in reverse
The meeting was adjourned at about 12:50 PM.
- The provost talked about plans for reducing the standard teaching load from
four courses each semester of the year ("4 - 4 load") to a "3 - 4 load", as has
been pledged in the six-year plan
which CNU has submitted to Richmond as part of the
2005 restructuring act.
This is a "plan", not a dream, and it incorporates projections of an 18 percent increase
in student body and a 34 percent increase in faculty. The provost has created a spreadsheet
in which the path to this goal assumes these two projections
and uses two different "degrees of freedom" in the phase-in of the reduced teaching load:
average class size and percentage of classes taught by adjuncts. Column
E of this worksheet holds "other" (release-time) assignments (department chairs, etc), and it is proportional
to column C (total number of faculty).
Column F ("PH" = "phantom" release time) holds release times associated
with the peculiarities of the way in which certain courses (eg, science labs
and music skills) are taught.
Most of the tables this spreadsheet compare the phase-ins for the following three
Tables III.A, B, and C of this
spreadsheet investigate the issues associated with actually decreasing to a 3-3 teaching
load, and Tables IV.A, B, and C show what to expect if we were to
phase in the 4-3 reduced teaching load in a single year (2007, 2009 or 2011 for parts A, B, and
- no increase in class size (II-A and IV-A)
- no increase in adjunct usage (II-B and IV-B)
- increases in both class size and adjunct usage which are comparable to each other (II-C and IV-C)
- Amendement to constitution of Faculty Senate which
adds the (new) Department of
Leadership Studies to the university
governance structure (available: http://facultysenate.cnu.edu/05_06/misc/leadership.doc)
This was approved with all but one in favor, one opposed, and no abstentions.
Submitted by Peter Knipp, secretary of the Faculty Senate. (last edited 3/27/06)