Minutes of Faculty Senate meeting
3 November 2006, Ballroom in Student Union
Marshall, Breese, Zhang, Filetti, Sellars, Whiting, Schwarze, Duskin,
Adamitis, Guajardo, Knipp, Grau, Vachris (arrived at 4:00),
Hasbrouck (arrived at 4:00), Hicks (arrived at 4:20)
Senators absent: none
The meeting adjourned at 6:30 PM.
- The meeting was called to order at 3:03 PM.
- Introduction of guests:
David Donais and Allen Grace, from the Student Government Association (SGA)
- Electronic approval of the minutes for 10/13 meeting of the Faculty Senate was acknowledged.
- Allen Grace presented a report from the SGA. (Ed. note: this report was actually
provided at the end of the meeting.)
- The campus posting policy will be rigorously enforced in November,
because of the plethora of flyers recently
posted in support of various candidates for homecoming queen and king.
- Some questions have been raised about the use of student fees for the Student Union.
- Because both Intervarsity and
CNUtonight frequently use Gaines theater, there is concern about how those organizations
will function after the demolition of the Campus Center.
- The SGA would like that CNU's nondiscrimination policy be expanded to
include sexual orientation, and it would like some support from the Faculty Senate on this issue.
(At this time Grace was informed of the Senate's Resolution 2003-2004: 02, passed on
11/7/03, which "recommends to the university community, including the
administration and Board of Visitors, that CNU amend its non-discrimination policy to include sexual orientation.")
- An investigation is ongoing re allegations that issues of the
mysteriously disappeared on or shortly prior to the date of a recent open house. (On the front
page of that issue was a discussion of sexual-orientation nondiscrimination.)
- Shortly will be held an SGA-sponsored dance contest, supporting Boys and Girls' Clubs.
- President's report (available: http://facultysenate.cnu.edu/06_07/president/11_3.doc)
Schwarze also clarified the distinction between
Faculty Development Grants (FDG) and
Dean's Office Grants (DOG).
FDGs provide money for costs associated with the grant activity
(including student wages, if any), whereas
DOGs provide course-release time during during the academic year or a
stipend during the summer. On behalf of the faculty and of the Faculty Senate, Schwarze
expressed thanks to Dean Gordon
(College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) for the DOGs.
Whiting moved and Breese seconded to implement item J in the President's report, namely to
constitute a Priority Advisory Committee (PAC), to serve as a conduit for the flow of financial recommendations
from the Senate to the Budget Advisory Committee (BAC). PAC will be appointed each year by
the Faculty Senate and will consist of five Senators,
at least one from each academic area and at least one from the Senate Executive Committee. This motion passed
unanimously. Subsequently appointed to PAC were Vachris (chair), Duskin, Grau, Filetti, and Guajardo.
- Committee reports
- Guajardo: Faculty Development Grant applications
The Senate went into closed session at 3:38 in order to discuss this subcommittee's recommendations, and
it came out of closed session at 3:52.
Sellars moved and Grau seconded to accept the subcommittee's recommendations.
The motion passed with a vote of
eleven in favor (Marshall, Breese, Zhang, Filetti, Sellars, Whiting, Duskin,
Adamitis, Guajardo, Knipp, Grau), none opposed, and one abstention (Breese).
The grant application of each of the following faculty members was recommended for funding, at least partially:
The total amount to be awarded is $15,000.
Award notifications will be made by the Provost following his review and concurrence.
- Nathan Busch (GOVT): Funding for professional indexing
- Pete Carlson and Pamela Dunning (GOVT): Utility of
American Society for Public Administration
- Dan Clark (CHEM): Yeast genetic systems
- Carolyn Bartick Ericson (SOWK): Spanish language and cultural immersion
- Tina Kempin (GOVT): Travel to Geneva to conduct interviews
- Sheri Shuck-Hall (HIST): Travel to Florida to research a book
- George Zestos (ECON): Econometric study
- Filetti summarized recent recommendations
from the Liberal Learning Council (LLC) about the
requirement for final exams to be administered
in all sections of
ULLC100. Basically, LLC wants to require that all courses in the
Liberal Learning Foundations contain final exams
or similar instruments to assess comprehensively the extent to which students have learned material
presented over the entire semester. Note that an exemption will be granted for
ULLC223, a course designed not to use such an assessment instrument.
These recommendations are now on their way to the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UCC).
- Whiting reported that updates from the academic-building committees are available online, at
- The following reports were made by Senators liaising with departments that have no senators:
- Adamitis: Fine Art and Art History
Members of this department are very anxious about the prospect of a new provost,
and the importance of this person in decisions regarding tenure and promotion.
- Filetti: Government and Public Affairs
- Concern was raised about the level of summer-school pay.
Can faculty earn LHEs by teaching during the summer?
- Can college-tuition remission be provided
for children of faculty? Apparently, state law prohibits the
use of E&G funds for this. (Grau reports that his committee is working on this issue.)
- The department hopes that the Senate will lend more support to the
inclusion of sexual orientation as something that can be protected, in CNU's nondiscrimination policy.
- The department requested an update about the shift to a 3 - 4 teaching load.
- The department inquired about rumors of the inception of a January semester at CNU.
- If students live on the top floor of any new academic building, it is important that
the floor be adequately soundproofed.
- Duskin: Philosophy and Religious Studies
He'll be notified of the next meeting of this department.
- Hicks: Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology
He has contacted this department.
- Breese reported on the plan for handling upcoming
The applications will be received electronically (to facilitate dissemination
to the members of the subcommittee which is reviewing these) and assessed using
a rubric similar to the
proposal evaluation form
recently developed for Faculty Development Grants.
The subcommittee will meet on 11/28 for the purpose of finalizing recommendations,
to be presented at the
12/1/06 meeting of the Faculty Senate.
- Recommendations re UCC applications (complete list of Area of Inquiry applications available:
- Knipp/Guajardo: SOWK 391 (for
This application was made on an outdated form, and perhaps for this reason the application
did not directly address how the course would address the objectives for this AoI. However,
the course syllabus indicated that the AoI objectives would be met, so the subcommittee
recommended that this application be accepted. The Senate unanimously agreed.
- Vachris/Marshall: HIST 205 (for
The subcommittee recommended that this application be accepted, and the Senate unanimously agreed.
- Duskin/Sellars: MLAN 217 (for
This subcommittee recommended that this application be accepted, but they did point
out a concern about the specific
type of qualifications that would be necessary, for an instructor
to teach this course. This application was accepted by the Senate with a vote of
twelve in favor (Marshall, Breese, Zhang, Filetti, Sellars, Whiting, Duskin,
Adamitis, Guajardo, Knipp, Vachris,
Hasbrouck), two opposed (Grau and Hicks), and no abstentions.
- Duskin reported on more applications that have been processed by the UCC.
- COMM201 (for
This application will not be
considered by the Senate because it was rejected by the UCC.
- American Studies (new major and minor)
This application will be reviewed by all Senators, for discussion at the
- Old business
- consideration of constitutional amendments (requires approval by 10 senators)
which were tabled at the 10/13
meeting of the Faculty Senate
- item VII.B.1.i of 10/13 meeting: addition of two Senators from academic area of Arts and Humanities (item 5
in report by Grau's committee)
Grau moved and Duskin seconded the removal of this item from the table. The motion to
remove this item from the table was passed with
ten votes in favor (Marshall, Breese, Zhang, Filetti, Duskin,
Adamitis, Guajardo, Knipp, Grau, Hasbrouck), none in opposition, and four abstentions
(Hicks, Vachris, Sellars, and Whiting). It was pointed out that shifting this
governing body from a Senate model to that of a House of Representatives may lead to
an ever-increasing size. It was also pointed out that representational inequities could
alternatively be addressed by "redistricting", e.g. by shifting COMM to Social Science and
Professional Studies, and/or by shifting PHIL to Science and Technology).
The constitutional amendment failed, with a vote of one in favor (Grau),
nine opposed (Zhang, Filetti, Sellars, Whiting, Hicks, Duskin, Guajardo, Vachris,
Hasbrouck), and four abstentions (Breese, Marshall, Adamitis, Knipp).
- item VII.B.3 of 10/13 meeting: reduction from 3 to 2 of the number of Senators from the School of Business
Grau moved and Duskin seconded the removal of this item from the table. The motion to remove
this item from the table passed with a vote of ten in favor (Breese, Zhang, Filetti, Duskin,
Adamitis, Guajardo, Knipp, Grau, Vachris, Hasbrouck),
none in opposition, and four abstentions (Marshall, Hicks, Whiting, Sellars). Breese
moved to commit this issue, but this motion died for lack of a second. When the question was
called (for passing the constitutional amendment), all were in favor for calling the question
except for Grau and Breese. The constitutional amendment failed with a vote of two in
favor (Grau, Filetti), eleven opposed (Marshall, Hicks, Breese, Zhang, Sellars, Whiting, Duskin,
Adamitis, Guajardo, Vachris, Hasbrouck), and one abstention (Knipp).
- The Senate discussed the proposed schedule for a continuous
transition to a 3 - 4 teaching load, starting with new-faculty hires in the fall of 2007. The
arguments which were made are roughly categorized as follows:
- This plan would allow implementation starting in Fall 2007. It constitutes a
clear plan with definable milestones that move us toward our goal of full
implementation. Without such a plan, it might be difficult to find the
right year for an all-at-once implementation.
- This plan moves approximately 2/3 of the faculty to the 3 - 4 load before
the target date of 2011 identified in the University's Six Year Plan.
- Such a transition would benefit sooner the faculty for whom the teaching
load is more difficult, namely the junior faculty who have a higher
frequency of new preparations.
- A gradual transition would help to mitigate impacts on average class size or
the need for adjuncts, one or both of which would otherwise need to increase
dramatically in the year in which the 3 - 4 load is instituted.
- Providing the reduced teaching load first to the new and junior faculty will
enhance the attraction and retention of new faculty.
The Senate will hold a series of open fora with faculty this semester
to hear their thoughts on these plans. There will be three meetings
in all: one for newly hired faculty (1-3 years), one for
hired more than 3 years ago, and one for tenured faculty.
- We need to balance carefully the cost of the reduced load between
adjunct usage and class size; if increased class sizes are implemented as a
means for "paying for" this acceleration of the transition, then this may
more than offset the benefit of a reduced teaching load.
- If junior faculty's path to tenure is generally successful, then there
is no problem which we need to fix.
- The transition to a 3 - 4 load may reduce the availability of
DOGs or other
standard releases. (Note: The Provost has accounted for the retention of
standard administrative releases, such as those for chairs, directors, etc.
For a discussion of the latter topic, see item IV.A of the minutes of the
1/20/06 meeting of the Faculty Senate.)
- Shifting different "years" of faculty members to the 3 - 4 load at
different times may adversely affect morale.
- New business
- creation of a subcommittee to plan Senate's meeting with each provost applicant who visits CNU
This subcommittee will consist of Adamitis (chair), Whiting, and Hasbrouck. It will
report to the Senate at its 1/19/07 meeting.
- UCC recommendation for a
concentration in jazz studies,
within the Bachelor of Music degree:
This application was accepted by a vote of all in favor, except for one absention (Guajardo).
Duskin reported that closed-section course-override
forms have been signed recently by employees of CNU who are not on the instructional faculty.
submitted by Peter Knipp, secretary of the Senate
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