Minutes of Faculty Senate meeting
Tuesday, August 21, 2007, Student Union 259
Senators present: Rebecca Wheeler, Kip Redick, Jean Filetti,
Lynn Lambert, Kathleen Brunke, Gary Whiting,
Ming Zhang, Nicole Guajardo, Pete Carlson, Tim Marshall, Eric Duskin,
Niazur Rahim, Leland Jordan, Bob Hasbrouck
Senators absent: none
- The meeting was called to order at 12:06 PM.
- Introduction of guests: none
- Electronic approval of minutes of the 4/21/07
meeting of the Faculty Senate was acknowledged.
- President's report
- Reminder about senate meeting attendance policy: More than 2
missed regular senate meetings in a year will result in a replacement
election. The fall meetings are posted on the
main senate web page.
Meetings with the provost and president are
also important. For these, it is important to let Gary know if you
will be late or miss them so that he can tell the president.
- The senate picnic with the new provost in July was a success.
other social opportunities this semester.
- The provost
and his staff will be invited as guests at the first regular senate
meeting in September.
- Gary Whiting gave senators an
article on a faculty development plan for effective use of
technology by Mindy Machanic
- Whiting provided an explanation of how SCHEV and CNU
negotiated its current
SCHEV peer list.
The 60% percentile of the average salary of the institutions on the
peer list determine SCHEV's target average faculty salary for each
(thus, CNU’s goal is to have institutions on the list
with high average salaries that are likely to remain
The factors determining our peer group (e.g., % of students living on
campus, graduation rate) are required to be independent of salary.
Dr. Summerville spent over 100 hours modeling several different
factors to determine the schools that would result in the most
increase in salary.
Gary Whiting and Tracey Schwarze accompanied Dr. Summerville when he went to Richmond to negotiate with
The notes for these negotiations and the final peer list are
Eric Duskin asked how
Governor Kaine's announcement of
a budget shortfall would impact this and CNU's
budget; Cindy Perry does not know yet, but the general fund
will be affected.
The biennial budget will also be affected.
Without this cut, a 5% average raise
for faculty for the next several years has been projected.
- Whiting announced
the Fall 2007 Senate and SEC Meeting Schedule
Advance is the retreat that
many CNU administrators
go on each year to talk about the coming year's goals.
This year, Whiting asked to go and was given
permission to accompany the other 11 people.
Among the issues discussed were:
- New College. One goal discussed is to bring the current business school back on center campus as an integrated part of our liberal arts university. A proposal was discussed to form a New College of “Decision Sciences” (suggested name) which would include the current departments in business as well as Leadership and American studies and VECTEC. This proposal will be discussed this year.
- Sabbaticals: There are 8 now. By 2012, the goal is 19.
- Faculty Searches: Goal – to create a structure that will result in successful faculty searches.
- As 4-3 is implemented, more adjuncts will be needed in the short-term. The administration would like to attract the best adjuncts in the area and has indicated a willingness to pay for them.
- As the 4-3 load is implemented, President Trible would like the faculty to seek excellence in all areas of their academic life: engaging students in research and civic service, implementing cutting-edge teaching techniques, and developing travel abroad courses. He expects to see a boost in these activities. Dean Gordon would like to consider giving credit for lots of different activities.
- Faculty evaluation. We need to be better attuned to how we evaluate our peers. One route may be examining eval-4s. This year, a main goal of Senate is to examine the faculty evaluation system.
- With the extended winter break in the new calendar, President Trible encourages faculty to take advantage of the weeks in January prior to the spring semester and develop courses (international travel) and/or research experiences for students.
- The summer school enrollment has decreased and has a major impact on the budget. There will be an effort to determine how this trend may be reversed.
pointed out the paradox in
encouraging January and summer teaching
with an increased expectation for scholarship.
There was discussion that
SGA student representative
to the faculty senate student
reported that students do not want to participate in
a winter session.
- Priority registration. Priority students will now register a few hours before the rest of their class, but will not register before any upperclassmen.
- The senate president has made the following
Faculty Grievance Committee (FGC):
- Faculty Hearing Committee (FHC):
Greenlee, Khalili, Fowler
Undergraduate Academic Status Committee (UASC): Johnson
- Undergraduate Admissions Committee (UAC): Underwood
- Undergraduate Degrees Committee (UDC): currently vacant
- liaison to the Senate appointments:
- Academic Advising (AAC): Carlson, already on committee
- Academic Technology Advisory Committee ATAC: Redick
- Administrative & Professional Faculty Peer Review Committee:
- Dean William Parks Colloquia Committee (WPCC):
- Faculty Review Committee (FRC): Zhang, already on committee
- International Studies Advisory Committee (ISAC): Rahim
- Honors Council (HC): Brunke
- Liberal Learning Council: Marshall
- Library Advisory Committee: Jordan
- Prestigious Scholarships Committee (PSC): Duskin, already on
- Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (RBPHS):
- Teacher Preparation Council: Wheeler
- Undergraduate Academic Program Review Committee (PRC): Jordan
already on committee
- Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UCC): Guajardo
- Undergraduate and Graduate Research Council (UGRC): Lambert
- University Assessment and Evaluation Committee (UAEC): Hasbrouck
- Committee reports: Board of Visitors June 15, 2007 meeting
- BOV Academic Affairs:
Rebecca Wheeler reported that there was no new
- BOV Student Life: Nicole Guajardo reported the following:
Last year CNU received 7401 applications. Thirteen thousand people
visited the campus
with students from 665 schools. The fall first-year class of 1252 has
an average SAT of 1170
and a GPA of 3.5. Fifty-seven percent of the students are female and
43% are male; 18% are students
of color. Five percent of students are from out of state.
- BOV Development: Bob Hasbrouck reported that the amount of donations
is up; the number of donations is down.
Alumni relations will try to improve the number, in
part by fixing its database and by replacing
its 9 vacancies (50% of the staff).
Gary Whiting reported that the committee
approved the budget for 2007-2008, then
figures that describe the budget.
Jean Filetti commented that CNU tries to position its overall
that the school is not the most expensive school in the state.
since our student fees and residence hall fees are high in
to other state schools, tuition raises to pay for the education
must be kept low.
- Old business
No old business was brought before the Senate.
- New business
The meeting adjourned at 2:05 PM.
- There will be a liberal arts senate election
on September 5 at 12:15 in the Washington room of the
David Student Union to elect a replacement for
Vernon Harper who resigned
from CNU this summer.
All liberal arts departments
(Communication Studies, English, Fine Art and
Art History, Library Science, Music, Modern and Classical Languages,
Philosophy And Religious Studies, Theater and Dance)
are eligible to vote
instructional faculty in all departments except English (since there
already are two English faculty on the senate)
are eligible to be nominated.
Send nominations to Tim Marshall, firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the next meeting, we will discuss
Gary Whiting's draft of this year's
new senate subcommitees.
Please look over these documents.
Gary Whiting would like to work closely with the provost and his team
so that the faculty will have
input into the academic priorities of the administration.
A new committee has been formed to
determine how CNU can make a successful application
to be a Phi Beta Kappa school.
Phi Beta Kappa schools have many
requirements that are compatible with being a
high quality liberal arts university,
including strong faculty governance.
Guajardo will be chair of this committee.
In order to apply, 10% of the faculty
must be Phi Beta Kappa members.
CNU is 4 faculty members shy of that goal
If you are a member
of Phi Beta Kappa and Nicole does not know about you, please send
email to Nicole at
submitted by Lynn Lambert, secretary of the Faculty Senate