Faculty Senate Minutes
3 PM Friday, February 22, 2008
Board Room, David Student Union
Jean Filetti, Kip Redick, Lynn Lambert, Gary Whiting, Ming Zhang, Nicole Guajardo,
Eric Duskin, Niazur Rahim, Bob Hasbrouck, Kathleen Brunke, Nate
French (leaves at 5:15 and returns at 6:08), Tim Marshall (arrives at 3:55).
Senators absent: Leland Jordan
Minutes submitted by Lynn Lambert
- President Whiting called the meeting to order at 3:08.
- Introduction of guests: Dr. Robert Colvin and Dr. Tracey Schwarze,
Development Committee for Service and Civic Engagement, co-chairs; Brandi Buisset,
Secretary of University Affairs; Derek Morse, Deanana Trail, Matthew Schubert, Elizabeth Bredenkamp,
- Approval of minutes of Faculty Senate meetings
- acknowledge electronic approval of minutes for
January 25, 2008 meeting
- Presentation by guests: Dr. Robert Colvin and Dr. Tracey Schwarze,
DCSCE Interim Report,
Dr. Colvin presented an update on the Development Committee for Service and
Civic Engagement (DCSCE). The task force has 70 members and 6 subcommittees: one
subcommittee for each of the major components of the project (Day of Service,
the Phoenix Project, Curricular Integration, Research and International
Partnership), and one subcommittee that is collecting data on current student
service on campus and developing an assessment plan for the overall success of
- President's report
Sponsored Program Director position has been
filled by Valerie Cheeseman. Valerie is coming from Southern Utah University
where she has been the Director of Sponsored Research and Grants office since
2004. Previously, she was a director of Grant & Foundation Relations of Saint
Francis University (PA); a marketing and business developer and Director of
Corporate & Foundation Relations at UNC-Pembroke (plus a few other corporate
positions during the late 80's and throughout the 90's. She will begin on
- McMurran Building update: As many can observe,
the demolition is about complete. Site preparation is planned for the next two
months. By April, construction of the building will begin. Fall 09 is the
target date for opening.
- McMurran Building assignments: It will be home
to seven (7) departments (110 offices), CLAS Dean suite, and MAT program. All
the faculty departments and groups have been consulted on their placement in the
building and are content with their assignments. There is some room for growth
(ca. 10% growth).
- CNU's Freshman Comparison: SCHEV data.
President's office (Maribeth Trun) has provided data on CNU metrics as compared
to other VA universities. CNU fall freshman SAT (average 1169) class was 5th
in the state just below Univ. Mary Washington (1191). CNU is 3rd
in the state behind UVA and W&M in selectivity as measured by acceptance rate
(51.9%). We are 7th in the state in retention rate of our Freshman
2006 class at 81.65%, just below VCU at 82.5%.
- State Budget Proposals: Good news at this
time -- the House and Senate budget proposals do not have an across the board cut
of 2% as proposed by the governor. The 5% cut this past year will remain as
our new base. Senate has proposed no caps on tuition raises but expect boards
to be responsible in levels. House did not approve any cuts -- and therefore do
not expect tuition to rise. They want to make a deal in offering 670K tuition
incentive during the second year of the biennial if tuition is kept at no more
than 5% over the second year. A 5% rise in tuition would be about $600K. For
the past year's 5% cut carried out over the next few years, it equates to about
$1.36M/yr loss. A 12% raise in tuition would offset this.
For salaries, House has recommended a 2% raise for all
state employees (includes faculty) effective Nov. 2008. The Senate has 0 for
2008 and 2.5% for Nov. 2009
Capital funding (Science building) -- the Senate has full
funding in the budget starting when the governor signs. The House has the full
funding spread-out over the two years with an additional amount for planning the Luter building (Wingfield replacement).
Conference committee started this past Wed. and will most
likely report out around Mar. 6-7.
- UCC replacement: The University Curriculum Committee (UCC) has a need to replace
a faculty member (S&T) who has resigned from the committee. SEC has approved
another S&T faculty member (David Heddle) who has volunteered to serve out the
remainder of the year.
- Trible Library room reservations: The Seminar
rooms or other meetings rooms can be reserved on a first come - first served -
basis. Policy at this time - current scheduled classes cannot demand space
for the duration of the semester. However, a professor could reserve space for
special class meetings.
- Library copy policy.: The number of free copies
was raised to 200/semester. The Administration will examine how cost and
service can be balanced and come to a decision for next year's allocation.
- Parking Advisory/Appeals Committee (PAAC) :
faculty volunteers will be Roberto A. Flores of Computer Science
and Chris Kennedy of Math.
- Faculty Development Reports: Faculty Senate
recognizes the submission of final reports from Carolyn Ericson,
Michael Myer and Dmitri Shaltayev.
- Committee reports
- Faculty Evaluation System: Bob Hasbrouck. The initial plan of developing
a matrix that would be used by the peer group, the dean, and the provost has
been abandoned. Instead, President
Whiting re-charged the committee to develop a template for
use at the department level that would reflect many of the attributes of the
Arreola system. The templates currently being used in English are
the scholarship matrix,
the service template, and
the faculty evaluation matrix.
- Old business
PBK (Guajardo): The Phi Beta Kappa committee has developed a draft
application to Phi Beta Kappa.
- Honors report (Whiting):
President Whiting sent to the provost a summary of senators' reactions to
the Honor report.
- Order of Dean/FRC (Guajardo)
In January, the senate tabled the provost's plan to reverse the order of evaluation
in the faculty review process for the
Faculty Review Committee (FRC) and the dean. President Whiting and
Vice President Guajardo presented 5 different plans from 14 similar institutions
at January's meeting.
discussed using plan B from these plans.
There was not sufficient agreement on investigating just this model, but
senators were interested in investigating other successful models.
Action: Guajardo/Wheeler move to establish
Administrative Order of Faculty Evaluation Committee to investigate proposed
models of faculty evaluation at other institutions and get CNU faculty response.
Examine how these models work at other universities, and the
strengths/weaknesses of various models. Membership will be Senator Redick,
President Whiting and Brian Bradie. vote in favor: unanimous. Motion passes.
- New business
- Emeritus Status for Professors
Jordan, Cones. Marshall/Carlson move to approve Dr. Healy's status: Vote in
favor: unanimous. Motion passes. Lambert/Zhang move to approve
Dr. Caton's emeritus status. Vote in favor: unanimous. Motion passes.
After realizing that Dr. Jordan does not qualify for emeritus status under
the University Handbook, Hasbrouck/Rahim move to recognize and
express appreciation for Dr. Jordan's contribution and years of service to
Christopher Newport University. Vote in favor: unanimous. After
consulting with the Provost office on the Emeritus section of the Handbook,
the Senate will reconsider Dr. Leland Jordan's emeritus proposal during our
March meeting. Motion Passes. Brunke/Duskin move
to approve Dr. Cones' emeritus status. Vote in favor: unanimous.
- Senate and Committee Elections. Committee and Faculty Senate
Elections for the 2008-2009 academic year must be completed before March 31.
Senators Carlson and Duskin will run the Science and Technology division
elections. Senators Lambert and Guajardo will run the Liberal Arts division
elections. Senators Wheeler and Hasbrouck will run the Social Science and
Professional Studies division elections. And Senators Redick and Marshall
will run Luter college elections.
At this point, President Whiting delayed considering the Handbook changes, and
considered the remaining items in New Business before moving back to discuss
- Handbook Changes. This item was considered after all other items in New Business.
(Final Exam Scheduling),
3 (Faculty Senate Suggested Changes),
Change 4 (Corrections from CLAS Dean's Office),
(Change Division Names),
(Prestigious Scholarship Committee Membership Change),
(Provost's Office Changes),
Teaching Load Language for 4-3 and Articulation agreement with community colleges),
12 (Provost's office: New kinds of faculty position: Term appointment),
Change 13 (Honor System changes),
14 (Student conduct issues),
Change 15 (New Committee: safety and security)
Filetti/Guajardo move to go to the committee of the whole at 5:50 to discuss handbook
Detailed Discussion: Several small changes were discussed and agreed on.
Changes 1, 2, and 3 had no changes. For change 4, "College or school level"
should be changed to "College level", and a global change for school should be
done to eliminate it since Luter is now a college. For change 5, the new names
of the divisions throughout the handbook should be Arts and Humanities, Social
Sciences, Science and Technology, and Luter College of Business and Leadership.
This change should be global. The part of change 7 that says it will be
superseded by later changes has been. The senate suggested no changes to changes
8, 9, and 10. Change 11 should be clarified from "the chairs, the deans
and the Provost" to "their chair, their dean and the Provost (chairs will be
evaluated just by the dean and provost)". In addition, line 34 on page 110
should read: "In the spring of the first year, and during the fall or spring
of the third and fifth years, probationary faculty meet with the department
chair to receive verbal formative assessment and share any concerns." (bold is
the change added by the senate).
Changes 12 and 13 are discussed below.
The permanent F grade for honor code violations is also discussed
below, but senators suggested other changes in Change 14 as well.
Senators thought some language
was internally inconsistent, and unreasonable. Senators therefore requested
a few lines that should be modified, and some that should not be added that
had been suggested as additions. Those
suggested changes are
found in green in this new Change 14 version
(note that the XF grade, the permanent honor code violation grade, is discussed below,
and not included here).
The senate comes out of the
committee at 8:09. Guajardo/Wheeler move to approve all changes except changes
12, 13 and 14. vote: unanimous. Motion passes.
Discussion for Change 12:
The controversy in this change was the addition of a new category of instructor:
Some senators felt that term positions would be superfluous since they
are similar to Restricted positions which could be extended to 3 years.
Some senators felt that Term positions would allow them to fill short term needs with PhD
faculty; others said that there are currently restricted positions that are
filled with PhDs, and there is nothing in the handbook language that differentiates
these two. In addition, there was concern that a Term position that must be filled
with a PhD would allow decisions that would create more Term positions
and fewer probationary ones.
Action for Change 12:
Lambert/Brunke move to remove the Handbook language that creates the new Term
Appointment category of instructor.
Vote In Favor: French, Redick, Carlson, Marshall,
Vote Against: Wheeler, Zhang, Hasbrouck, Guajardo.
Abstain: Duskin. Motion Passes.
Discussion for Changes 13 and 14:
Senators were concerned about
having an honor code violation-notated F that would remain on a student's transcript forever.
Section X.F. of the University Handbook defines Academic Suspension and Academic Dismissal
as including a permanent notation on the student's transcript for an
Honor Code violation. Thus, there
already is a way to have honor code violations recorded on a transcript
for severe transgressions. Several senators felt that that was sufficient.
Action for Change 13:
Guajardo/Filetti move to modify Change 13 to remove
the suggested insertion of language that would create a
permanent notation on the transcript in a course that was caused
from an honor-code violation. Vote in Favor: unanimous. Motion passes.
Action for Change 14
Lambert/Duskin move to delete the changes in j that add the same Honor
Code F that Change 14 adds. Vote in Favor: unanimous. Motion passes.
After these handbook changes, the next item considered was Other because the rest of
New Business had been covered before the handbook changes.
Chairs' role in Eval-AR (Wheeler). Senators Wheeler and Guajardo attended a
chairs' meeting to discuss how the new evaluation system would affect chairs
evaluating probationary faculty. As a result of this meeting, they suggested
the following wording for 34b, page 324 of the University Handbook (suggested change
is in bold):
"34 b) In the spring
of the first year,
and during the fall or spring of the third and fifth years,
probationary faculty meet with the department chair to receive verbal
formative assessment and share any concerns."
These lines containing
this suggested change
were part of suggested Handbook changes above, so were
included in small modifications for Change 11 under
the agenda item VIIIC, handbook changes.
- New course proposals:
SPAN 311 (WST).doc,
SPAN 353 (WST).doc,
SPAN 354 (WST).doc,
SOWK 330 (GMP).doc,
Senators Filetti and Guajardo will make recommendations
for Busn314 and 315.
Senators Carlson and Redick
will make recommendations for Span311, Span353 and
Senators Rahim and Marshall
will make recommendations for Sowk330, Fnar380 and
- Development of a University Eval-4. The Provost office will be
organizing a committee to create a university-wide Eval-4. The Senate is
invited to make nominations to serve on this committee. The Provost office
has offered to consult with President Whiting during the assembly of this
- UCC program changes:
THEA Program Changes, Marshall/Rahim move to approve. In favor: Wheeler,
Redick, Lambert, Zhang, Guajardo, Carlson, Duskin, Rahim, Hasbrouck,
Brunke, French, Marshall. against: Filetti. Motion Passes.
SOCL Drop CSS Concentration, French/Redick move to approve. In Favor:
Wheeler, Redick, Lambert, Zhang, Guajardo, Carlson, Duskin, Rahim,
Hasbrouck, Brunke, French, Marshall. abstain: Filetti.
new concentration, Hasbrouck/Zhang move to approve. In favor: Wheeler,
Redick, Zhang, Guajardo, Carlson, Duskin, Rahim, Hasbrouck, Brunke,
French, Marshall. Against: Filetti, Abstain:
Lambert. Motion Passes.
Orn Hort termination. French/Hasbrouck move to approve. In Favor: Rahim,
Zhang, Hasbrouck, French, Marshall. Against: Duskin, Lambert, Brunke,
Redick. Abstain: Carlson, Guajardo, Wheeler, Filetti. Motion Passes.
- Meeting adjourned at 8:52