Minutes for Faculty Senate meeting
Senators present: Eric Duskin, Niazur Rahim, Leland Jordan, Bob Hasbrouck,
Rebecca Wheeler, Jean Filetti, Lynn Lambert, Kathleen Brunke, Gary Whiting, Ming
Zhang, Nicole Guajardo, Pete Carlson, Nate French (arrives at 3:15), Kip Redick
(arrives at 3:38), Tim Marshall (arrives at 3:58).
3 PM Friday, April 25, 2008
Board Room, David Student Union
Senators absent: none
Meeting adjourned at 6:11.
Submitted by Lynn Lambert, Faculty Senate Secretary
- President Whiting called the meeting to order at 3:08.
- Introduction of guests: Ed Brash, Veronique Frucot, Joan McMahon, Xiaoqun Xu,
Ron Mollick, Lori Underwood, all 2008-2009 senators.
- Approval of minutes of Faculty Senate meetings
- acknowledge electronic approval of minutes for
March 28, 2008 meeting
- President's Report and
Projections Summary and 3-3 F2013 Report
- Committee reports
- Faculty Mentor Committee (Jordan):
Mentor Implementation Plan.
This is a plan that will provide faculty mentors for all junior faculty that
want them. The SEC will determine a timeline. Vote in Favor: unanimous.
Faculty Evaluation System (Hasbrouck):
The FES Evaluation System was presented at the chairs council meeting on
Thursday, April 10th at 11AM. Scott Pollard and Senator Hasbrouck explained the charge of
the committee and presented an annual evaluation template that covers
Approximately nine chairs attended the meeting which was presided by Edward
Weiss. The feedback was positive and the forms were handed out to all who
attended. Most of the discussion centered around the difficulty of
assessment of teaching, which was well beyond the scope of the presentation.
However, the synopsis of the chairs was that this template would provide
help for those willing to invest time into using it.
- Election Results (Lambert):
Committee Results and 2008-2009 senators
- Old business
- 3-3 Load Resolution:
Wheeler/Hasbrouck move that we bring resolutions A, B
and C to the floor: All in favor: unanimous.
Discussion: In general, senators were in favor of a 3-3 load. There
was some concern, however, about changing evaluation criteria
and about how the switch will be funded (e.g., increased class size, more
adjuncts. Neither of these are predicted to increase in the Provost's Office
spreadsheet, presented in the President's report, above) Others responded
that those concerns are important, but can be worked out if the 3-3 load is
To address these concerns,
an amendment which recommends faculty involvement in implementing all
stages in which the faculty
senate was proposed. Action: Duskin/Lambert move to approve the amendment
that includes faculty involvement Vote for amendment:
in favor: unanimous.
A second amendment was suggested to add a "whereas" which explained that, while
the faculty senate supports the 3-3 load, there are some concerns (as stated
above). Action: Lambert/Filetti move to approve the additional whereas.
Vote in Favor: unanimous. At this point, the senate was ready to vote on the amended
resolution. Action: Vote on Resolution A, supporting the switch to a 3-3 load: unanimous.
There was no further discussion on the other two resolutions.
Vote on Resolution B, recommending that the faculty senate
develop an evaluation plan that will handle the switch to 3-3 for some faculty: unanimous.
Vote on Resolution C,
recommending that tenured and probationary faculty be able to choose a 3-3 load
by 2013: unanimous.
- 1 year trial of parallel model for order of faculty evaluation
Guajardo/Hasbrouck move to discuss.
Discussion: Senators liked the calendar
shortening, but some felt that the FRC would have less power. Others
that it would imbue the FRC with more power as they would evaluate all
candidates rather than just responding to the dean. President Whiting
shared this email
that Provost Padilla sent regarding how the provost would view the
different stages. Action: Vote in favor
of implementing a one year trial model with the dean and FRC evaluating
candidates in parallel and having more feedback for the candidate and DRC : Duskin, Jordan, Hasbrouck,
Wheeler, Filetti, Brunke, Guajardo, Carlson, French, Redick. Vote Against: Marshall, Rahim. Abstain: Zhang, Lambert. Motion
- New business
: Filetti/Duskin move to consider
resolution. The president has asked the faculty to support a tuition
increase due to increased costs, decreasing support from the state and the
recent 5% permanent cut from the budget. Action: Vote in favor: Hasbrouck,
Wheeler, Filetti, Guajardo, Carlson, French, Marshall, Rahim,
Zhang, Lambert. Against: .Redick, Brunke, Jordan. Abstain: Duskin. Motion
- ATAC Classroom Management Recommendation
Discussion: Senator French, member of ATAC, explained that WebCT
will no longer be supported.
has made a recommendation that CNU's learning management system (LMS)
should be Blackboard instead of Moodle
since Blackboard will ultimately be cheaper. Despite the fact that Moodle
is free and Blackboard is not, the university will have to hire
an extra programmer to implement an LMS in Moodle; no extra
programmers will be required to implement Blackboard.
The senators' main concern was not which system should be used,
but how and when faculty will be trained on this system.
Senators also asked when the switch will take place. The new system will be
implemented starting Fall 2008.
This summer, faculty can still use WebCT.
Action: Vote in favor of
supporting ATAC's recommendation: Hasbrouck, Wheeler, Filetti, Guajardo,
Carlson, French, Marshall, Rahim, Lambert, Redick, Brunke, Jordan, Duskin.
Abstain: Zhang. Motion Passes.
Resolution on New Buildings.
Vote in favor: unanimous.
Two other issues were raised briefly:
Apparently, the softball team is going to miss half of finals week due to being
invited to the NCAA tournament. Senators felt that this was a
noteworthy accomplishment, and worthy of rescheduling their finals in order
President Whiting was asked to investigate whether the HERI survey
results have reached the provost's office, and, if so, what they said.
President Whiting said he would
check on this.