Minutes of Faculty Senate meeting
Friday, 13 October 2006, Board Room in Student Union
Senators present: Guajardo, Marshall, Sellars, Duskin, Zhang,
Filetti, Adamitis, Grau, Whiting, Knipp, Schwarze, Hicks (arrived at 4:05),
Vachris (arrived at 4:05)
Senators absent: Breese, Hasbrouck
The meeting adjourned at 6:28 PM.
- The meeting was called to order at 3:05 PM.
- Introduction of guest: Allen Grace, Student Government Association (SGA)
- Approval of minutes of Faculty Senate meetings
- The electronic approval of minutes for 9/8 meeting
- Those Senators present at the 9/29
(special) meeting voted unanimously
to approve its minutes.
(Note that Senators Breese and Hasbrouck had casted their "yea" votes re this
via email, in advance of this meeting.)
- Allen Grace provided an update from the SGA:
- Some residence halls will again host trick-or-treating this year.
- "York fest" is being planned.
- At 5:30 PM on 10/30/06 President Trible will provide a "State of the University" address.
- Students are continuing to participate actively in Virginia 21.
- A "drive" on 10/4/06 yielded 50 - 100 cell phones for a local shelter, as part of "Domestic Violence Awareness Month".
- There will be a fundraiser for the SPCA on 11/3/06.
- SGA is considering the liberalization of the campus posting policy.
- President's report (available: http://facultysenate.cnu.edu/06_07/president/10_13.doc)
- Committee reports
- Knipp: final report (available:
from financial-aid repayment committee
See VII.A, below, for Senate action on this report.
- reports from subcommittees of CNU's Board of Visitors (BoV), which met on 9/22/06 (agenda and schedule available at
Concern was raised about the extent to which auxiliary-enterprise reserve funds have been drawn down for capital
projects, across the board. These funds will need to be rebuilt. The Student Union and Library projects will
be closed out this fiscal year. President Trible announced a recent administrative reorganization
(full description available: http://facultysenate.cnu.edu/06_07/misc/reorg.doc).
- Student Life
A demographic report was given on the present student body. Although we experienced a slight decline in
the past year in terms of the percentage of African Americans in our entire student body, there was an
increase in the percentage, for our freshman class.
- Guajardo: Academic Affairs
The provost made a report, which indicated that the
average salary of instructional faculty is
$63,317. This average will increase to $66,654 in this merit cycle.
- Whiting: Development
Judy Ford (CNU's VP of University Advancement) reported that we've thoroughly "tapped"
the donor base in Tidewater; we now need to do this in Richmond and northern Virginia.
- Schwarze: full board
Chip Hornsby and Jay Joseph have been elected as rector and vice rector, respectively.
The next BoV meeting is scheduled for 11/10/06. At present, admission to CNU is guaranteed
for students with a 3.5 GPA and a degree from a school in the Virginia Community College System (VCCS).
At present we admit 150 of these students per year, and it is anticipated that this number will
increase to 200 by 2009. President Trible talked about the needs to increase our number of sabbaticals
and to decrease our teaching load to 3-4.
The financial operations of the Ferguson Center have now moved out of E&G ("Educational and General Funds")
and into Auxilliary Services.
- Schwarze provided an update on the provost search.
The search committee has met four times. Ads will be placed in the
Chronicle of Higher Education and elsewhere.
CNU may buy mailing lists from some relevant trade journals. We are
hiring a search firm to assist in the recruiting of candidates. Among other things,
this firm will approach the top 75 liberal arts and sciences institutions and find there
deans, associate deans, and department chairs (who may not already be looking for a job).
The search firm is coming to campus on 11/1, in order to get acquainted with CNU.
The deadline for applications is 12/11. It is expected that the number of candidates to be
invited to campus will range from 3 to 5. Although no CNU deans are on the search committee,
it is expected that the deans will meet with the candidates.
- Sellars: preliminary report from the academic-calendar committee
Although this committee has not yet met, Sellars did point out that
CNU's academic year starts a bit earlier than most other schools. One issue
to be considered is whether or not to allow for the possibility of a one-month
"minimester", in January.
- Whiting provided an update from the (academic) building committees. (presentation
- Old business
- The recommendations from the financial-aid repayment committee (See item VI.A, above.) to
to introduce a grade of "unauthorized incomplete ("UI")
was moved, seconded, and approved unanimously.
- votes on the plan (available:
http://facultysenate.cnu.edu/06_07/misc/SenRevRec/report.doc) to implement
recommendations 4, 5, and 8 of the 2005 - 06 Senate Review Committee
- constitutional amendments (requires approval by 10 senators):
- addition of two Senators from the academic area of Arts and Humanities
Grau moved and Adamitis seconded this recommendation (ie, item 5 in the report).
One objection to this recommendation is that it would make the "Senate" look more like a
"House" (of representatives). Another suggestion was to break Arts and Humanities up into
two separate academic areas.
Grau and Whiting sought to amend this by decreasing the number of School of Business senators from 3 to 2,
but they subsequently withdrew this suggestion.
Whiting moved and Zhang seconded that this recommendation be tabled, and the tabling motion passed
with a vote of seven in favor (Knipp, Whiting, Vachris, Duskin, Sellars, Zhang, and Schwarze), six
opposed (Grau, Filetti, Adamitis, Guajardo, Marshall, Hicks),
and no absentions.
- institution of a process for a department to change its academic area
Grau moved and Vachris seconded this (ie, item 8 in the report). Whiting moved and Knipp seconded
an amendment to insert "fall" after "4th week of the" and to insert "fall meeting of the"
prior to "General Faculty for a vote". The amended motion passed unanimously. (Note that Marshall
and Filetti had momentarily stepped out of the room, at the time of this vote.)
- bylaws (requires approval by 2/3 of those senators present):
Grau moved and Vachris seconded a motion to discontinue the
sequential nature of elections of pairs of senators, but the motion died, for lack of any votes
- Grau moved and Duskin seconded to decrease the number of School of Business senators from 3 to 2.
Sellars moved and Filetti seconded to table this topic, and the tabling motion passed with a vote
of seven in favor (Marshall, Guajardo, Sellars, Duskin, Filetti, Adamitis, Knipp), four opposed
(Grau, Whiting, Zhang, Hicks)
and one abstention (Vachris).
- New business
- appointment of a sabbatical review committee -- also charged with the development of
procedures for notification/assessment so that feedback can be provided to
applicants as per the handbook specifications.
deadlines for sabbatical applications: to deans by 11/1/06, to Senate by
11/15/06, Senate votes on 12/1/06
This committee will consist of Breese (chair),
Duskin, Hasbrouck, and Zhang.
- appointment of a committee to create handbook language for last year's initiatives:
Council of University Chairs and junior faculty development opportunities (pending
verification of provost approval of this)
deadline to Senate: 12/1/06
This committee will consist of Adamitis and Grau.
- assignment of a senator to liaise with each department that does not contain any senators
Communication Studies (Whiting);
Fine Art and Art History (Adamitis); Government and Public Affairs (Filetti); Leadership and American Studies (Vachris);
Mathematics (Grau); Music (Breese); Philosophy and Religious Studies (Duskin);
Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology (Hicks)
The deadline to report back to Senate will be the 11/3/06 meeting.
- create parking-issues committee to handle business from 2G of Senate Goals (available:
namely to work with the administration
to adjust parking policies, e.g., reducing the $100 parking fee for adjunct
faculty, and shifting the time by which
students must move their cars from faculty lots from 8:30 AM to 7:30 AM --
that is, before the first class of the day
deadline to present to Senate: 1/19/07
Jean Filetti will be this committee.
- proposal approved by the Liberal Learning Council and the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UCC)
to insert ULLC100 (freshman seminar) as a prerequisite of ULLC223 (second-year writing seminar):
The 2006-07 catalog "requires" students to take ULLC100 during their first semester here at CNU,
but CNU actually has no means to enforce this requirement. Many freshmen actually dropped the course,
e.g., during the drop-add period at the beginning of the semester. The reason for the present proposal is to
prevent such students from delaying their Freshman Seminar. One possible
problem with this proposal is that it will pose difficulties for students who matriculated prior to
fall 2006 but who have not yet taken ULLC223. It is anticipated that the number of students who
fall into this category will be small (and will decrease with each passing year), and these
students can be manually registered into ULLC223 at that time.
Knipp moved and Guajardo seconded the proposal, which passed with eight votes in favor (Knipp,
Whiting, Zhang, Hicks, Guajardo, Marshall, Filetti, Adamitis), one vote against (Vachris),
and three abstentions (Grau, Duskin, Sellars).
- The Senate has received some applications from the UCC which need to be reviewed before the
next Senate meeting, and these will be apportioned as follows:
- Knipp and Guajardo will review SOWK391 (an existing course proposed
for the Area of Inquiry of Formal and Informal Reasoning).
- Vachris and Marshall will review
HIST205 (new courses proposed for the Area of Inquiry
of Global and Multicultural Perspectives).
- Duskin and Sellars will review
AMST100, a new course proposed for the AoI of Western Traditions.
- All Senators will review the new concentration of
Jazz Studies, within the Bachelor of Music degree.
Sellars reported from the Library Committee the proposal for discontinuing subscriptions
for some hardcopy journals for which we also have access either online or via microfiche.
(listing available: http://facultysenate.cnu.edu/06_07/misc/librarycuts.xls)
- Whiting moves and Hicks seconded to remove from the table the proposal to add two (Arts and Humanities)
senators (ie, the item tabled earlier, in VII.B.1.i). The motion failed, with six in favor (Whiting, Grau, Filetti, Hicks, Marshall, Vachris), four
opposed (Adamitis, Zhang, Sellars, Duskin), and two abstentions (Knipp, Guajardo). Hence, the original
proposal stays tabled.
Guajardo pointed out that some faculty members expressed concern
about the fact that the recent creation of administrative
positions occurred at a time when academic departments' budgets have been deeply cut.
Submitted by Peter Knipp, secretary of the Faculty Senate
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