Minutes of Faculty Senate working session
16 August 2006, Student Center 150
Senators present: Vachris, Hicks, Hasbrouck, Knipp, Zhang, Whiting, Grau, Schwarze, Breese, Adamitis, Filetti, Sellars, Duskin,
Senators absent: none
submitted by Peter Knipp, secretary of the Faculty Senate
- The meeting was called to order at 10:02 AM.
- Introduction of guests: NA
- The Senate acknowledged its electronic approval of minutes for its 4/21 meeting.
- President's report
- The following Senators were appointed as liaisons to standing "Instructional Faculty"
committees which do not already contain a Senator:
Although the Admistrative and Professional Faculty Peer Review Committee
(APFPRC) is not an "Instructional Faculty" committee, President Schwarze
received a request to appoint someone to this committee, and she chose
Bob Winder, who is a professor but not a member of the Faculty Senate. It is
anticipated that the Senate will not receive such a request in the future,
owing to the fact that
this committee will move (from "Appointed Academic Committees" to
"Administrative Committees") in CNU's 2007 - 08 handbook, thereby
eliminating possible confusion.
- Whiting: Academic Technology Advisory Committee (ATAC)
- Breese: Honors Council (HC)
- Filetti: Liberal Learning Council (LLC)
- Sellars: Library Advisory Committee (LAC)
- Marshall: Teacher Preparation Council (TPC)
- Duskin: Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UCC)
- Knipp: Undergraduate and Graduate Research Council (UGRC)
- Hasbrouck: University Assessment and Evaluation Committee (UAEC)
- Zhang: Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (RBPHS)
- Schedule of meetings during this academic year:
- the following Fridays during the Fall: 9/8, 10/13, 11/3, 12/1
- the following (third) Fridays during the Spring: 1/19, 2/16, 3/16, 4/20
- The General Faculty will meet on the following dates during 12:20 - 1:00 in the
Student Union Ballroom: Tuesday 11/28 and Thursday 4/19.
- Student Union Faculty Work Area:
Room 218 is presently labelled "study area," but a directive by
Bill Brauer's office to change the sign
to read "Faculty Workspace" or "Faculty-Student Meeting Area" will
go on the "punch" list for this building.
- The Dining Services Committee overwhelmingly recommended that CNU's stay "self-op"
in this regard, and President Trible accepted this recommendation.
- "Academic Day:"
Thursday 8/17/06 will consist of a morning "Showcase" in the Student
Union, lunch in all of the departments, and afternoon small-group discussions of
the Honor Code and the common
reading (of Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer).
Schwarze and Whiting were part of initial planning session for this freshman activity which
occurred at the beginning of
this summer. Staff and department chairs are putting a lot of
creative energy into the events. The hope is to induce undecided majors to declare earlier
and to help freshmen to establish an early connection to an academic department,
an important part of the retention initiative.
- Leadership Development Account:
There is money in this CNU Educational Foundation account, which the Senate
may want to use to host a faculty reception this year.
- Professor Pringle has expressed concern regarding wording of the minutes of the
Senate's 4/21/06 meeting.
She points out that the subject of our discussion at that meeting
was the university honor code, not
the (sic) student honor code. She would like our present minutes to acknowledge this.
- "Teaching-prep time during "Getting Started" Week:
A total of 7 unconflicted hours exists for new faculty, and 5 - 9 unconflicted hours for returning faculty (depending on whether the returning
faculty are either department chairs, members of the Senate, or members of
the Teaching Preparation Council). The Senate had proposed 9 hours for new faculty and 6.5 - 9.5 hours for
returning faculty. (See items IV.F and VIII.C in the minutes of the
Senate meetings on 12/2/05 and
Hence, the final result was fairly close to the Senate's initial proposal.
At this time, the Senate discussed the upcoming search for a provost.
It was agreed upon that the Senate should recommend to President Trible that
the search committee should include
President Schwarze and one tenured faculty member ("faculty representative")
from each of the four
(Science and Technology, Business, Social Science/Professional Studies,
Liberal Arts). The Senate also discussed a motion (moved by Whiting and
seconded by Zhang) to recommend to President
names of faculty representatives.
This motion was withdrawn after debate.
and Breese seconded that we should recommend to President Trible
that the faculty representatives
be tenured and that at least some of them should have experience serving
previously on a search committee. The motion carried with a vote of eight in
favor (Adamitis, Vachris, Breese, Guajardo, Marshall, Filetti, Duskin, Sellars)
and six opposed (Hicks, Hasbrouck, Whiting, Zhang, Grau, Knipp).
The senate also wishes to convey to President Trible that it
would welcome the opportunity to participate in the process of
faculty selection, including reviewing names at our
The Senate plans to
encourage both tenured and untenured faculty members to participate in the process of provost
selection, by attending open fora and communicating opinions re this process
to members of the Faculty Senate.
- New business
- Recording class attendance:
Colleges and universities are compelled to reimburse the federal government
for financial aid awarded to each student who receives a grade of F unless
the school can document that the student failed to attend all or part of class.
(The penalty is prorated, in regard to the last phrase.)
Last year CNU had to repay to the federal government $72K for this reason,
and the CNU administration would like to enact class policies which
would serve to reduce this penalty. In the ensuing discussion Senators made
several suggestions, a representative sampling for which is given below:
After some discussion, it was decided that it is premature for Senators
to discuss this issue with their departments. Instead, this will be delegated
to a committee of Knipp (chair), Guajardo, Adamitis, and a faculty volunteer from
the School of Business to be found by Vachris. The first item of business for this
committee will be to procure the precise wording of the federal government's
policy. This committee will report back to the Senate at its
- Midterm grades could be submitted for all students (ie, not just freshmen),
owing to the presence of a "date of last attendance" on the (online)
- There could be 5-wk, 10-wk, and 15-wk attendance certificates issued by each instructor.
- Instructors could have the option of awarding
two different types of F, depending upon whether or not the student attended class.
- If a student does not want to attend class, we should not force them to do so.
- The identities of financial aid students could be highlighted on rosters, to enable
instructors to track the attendance of these students.
- The reporting of class attendance could be voluntary, on the part of
instructors, but mechanisms should be put in place which facilitate this task,
analogous to the manner in which the "Send Referral" button is used by instructors
for handling students who are having difficulties in class.
The following committee elections need to be run, for completion
prior to the 9/8 meeting of the Senate.
Marshall and Adamitis will conduct these elections.
- one Liberal Arts seat on the Honors Council:
S. Rowley (ENGL), J. Thompson (PHIL), and M. Marinova (ENGL)
were nominated for this position last spring,
but Rowley pulled out of the race in the middle of the election. The
election was rerun, but apparently too late in the semester to garner a sufficient
number of votes to validate the election. Marinova and Thompson will
stand for the "re-rerunning" of this election.
- two Liberal Arts seats on Faculty Grievance Committee:
This election was simply overlooked. Both Underwood (PHIL) and Filetti
(ENGL) are eligible for reelection, and both will stand for this.
- one Social Sciences/Professional Studies seat on
the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee:
UCC member Rilea (PSYC) created a vacancy by resigning late in the semester,
and UCC member Mazzarella (HIST) did
not originally stand for reelection.
Mazzarella will stand for this election.
- Guajardo: changes to application form
for Faculty Development Grants
This issue was tabled on
5/13/06 because the Senate
secretary had put the wrong version
of the form in the Senators' agenda packet.
There was a
question about Part II.A of this form ("Do you currently receive,
or have you ever received, any funding for this project or parts of
this project from CNU or external sources?"), namely whether the
presence of any non-CNU grants "count against" an applicant. Guajardo's
answer: "No, this is solely for informative purposes."
The recommended changes to the form were
passed unanimously by the Senate.
- Senate Goals (draft available: http://facultysenate.cnu.edu/06_07/misc/goalsold.doc)
Duskin suggested the addition to Strategy 1C of a review of the
standards of evidence and appeal process for University Committee on
Student Discipline, in response to some difficulties which occurred last spring.
adding to Goal 1 some findings of issue re personnel review process (a la Pollard)
Professor Scott Pollard: ad hoc committee on evaluation and assessment of faculty
VIII.B of 4/21 minutes
These issues will be discussed further at the
9/8 meeting of the Senate.
- "Issues" with the implementation of Senate Resolution 2004-05-11
("Electronic format for submission of materials to Faculty Senate")
Recently the Senate has received a request to remove from
its webpage CVs which were part of the nomination process (to SCHEV)
for Outstanding Faculty Awards. (See item IV.B in the
of the 5/13/06 Senate meeting.) Grau moved and Vachris seconded that
the CVs be removed for all three of the nominees and that notations be
put in those minutes that such a change occurred and that interested parties
may receive a CV by sending their request directly to the faculty member.
The motion carried, with a vote of
ten in favor (Filetti, Breese, Whiting, Grau, Zhang, Guajardo, Duskin, Vachris, Hicks,
three opposed (Sellars, Marshall, Adamitis),
and one abstention (Knipp).
In a future meeting, the Senate will need to discuss how this issue
applies to Faculty Development Grant applications, e.g., whether those
should be submitted to the Senate in electronic format.
- Other business: none
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