Minutes for Faculty Senate meeting
Senators present: Rebecca Wheeler, Kip Redick, Nate French, Jean Filetti, Lynn Lambert,
Kathleen Brunke, Gary Whiting, Ming Zhang, Nicole Guajardo, Pete Carlson, Tim Marshall,
Niazur Rahim, Leland Jordan, Bob Hasbrouck
October 12, 2007
Room in Student Union
Senators absent: none.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:00.
- Call to Order.
President Whiting called the meeting to order at 3:02.
- Introduction of guest: Jeff Brown, CNU
chief police officer and Doug Shipley,
Director of Auxiliary Support,
- Approval of minutes of
Faculty Senate meetings
- acknowledge electronic
approval of minutes for September 7,
- Presentations by guests:
Jeff Brown presented CNU's
comprehensive safety and security plan.
The plan includes three different levels of emergencies and a notification plan for each level.
The notifications include eight different methods of notification.
In the discussion, President Whiting jumped to number B in the president's
report: Security & Training protocols for faculty/classrooms. Senators Brunke and Carlson volunteered to serve
on a committee to discuss how faculty will be trained to respond appropriately to
- President's report
State budget reversion plan. Remains at $1,369,720.
Encourage state representatives to allow use of “rainy day” fund.
CNU withheld ca. $800K from budget allocations anticipating this reversion
plan. A good portion of the remaining amount will be realized by not filling
non-faculty positions that are now open.
- Security & Training protocols for faculty/classrooms: discussed above
of special guest, Chief Jeff Brown
- The Provost's Office is setting up an Academic Advising Assessment Task Force with the purpose of building
advising assessment into the overall university assessment plan.
Its charge: “To date, no systematic or ongoing assessment of Academic Advising has been conducted on the CNU campus.
However, data gleaned through such systematic assessment would be useful in providing formative feedback to the Academic
Advising Office, faculty advisors, and to monitor students’ satisfaction with the advising process.
This committee should develop a systematic means for assessing advising on a regular basis to be incorporated into CNU’s
ongoing assessment plan.
At this point, Keston Fulcher,
Wade Oliver, and Roger Hoover are members. Kelly Cartwright will be
The Provost's office would like to have a faculty representative
and asked the Senate for an individual to sit on this task force.
On behalf of
the Senate, Peter Knipp has volunteered to serve on this committee.
- There is interest in the development of a January intersession term that offers academic
experiences for credit (such as study abroad opportunities).
The Provost's Office will be putting together J-Term logistics/implementation task group to address the issues.
They would like the Senate to recommend a faculty representative to participate in this effort.
President Whiting asked the Senate for a couple of members to serve. Senator Redick
- Chair’s compensation request.
Information on the response of the Provost's Office concerning the request can be found in Feb. 16, 2007 Senate minutes.
The Provost's Office did not approve of the idea of across-the-board compensation
(large and small departments equal compensation).
The Chairs were approached with this issue in the spring – and have not provided any alternative proposal.
Senator Filetti will ask the chairs if they would like any further action.
- There will be a search for a person to run the Office of Sponsored Programs.
President Whiting has volunteered to sit on the search committee. President
Whiting also suggested some names of faculty to sit on this committee.
- Meeting with Bill Coger (VP Mariner Museum) concerning Mariner Library within the CNU’s library.
There will be a special area of the library with controlled access for the collection.
Mariner’s staff will maintain and protect this collection.
Discussed some ideas of how to “advertise” the content of the collection (i.e. special seminars).
The online portion of the collection will be accessed through the CNU’s web pages.
Discussion followed about the status of library space.
Senators were interested in the current state of space in the library.
It was suggested that Mary Sellen be invited to a senate meeting to
give the senate an update.
- Committee reports
Senator Duskin gave a report on the
Committee on University Honor.
He reported that the committee was
infuse honor into, and
to make honor a more meaningful part of, the CNU experience.
The committee consists of 3 faculty, 3 students, and
(Director of Equal Opportunity and Faculty Recruitment)
and Kevin Hughes
(Director of Center for Honor Enrichment and Community Standards).
The committee is considering many possible
recommendations regarding the honor code,
will submit a report this semester
recommendations for future action.
Discussion included a recommendation that
the honor code be framed in terms
of students' rights and responsibilities
(e.g., "you have the right to be in a
non-discriminatory environment which entails the following responsibilities: ...").
- Board of Visitors September 13, 2007
- Student Life: Senator Guajardo reported that
most of the meeting discussed the security plan presented by Chief Brown above,
a discussion by Andrew Lunson
president of SGA and
the student body, about restructuring the student government association.
- Academic Affairs:
Senator Wheeler reported that the Provost shared his vision of CNU's academic
areas of emphasis
which he had discussed at the
September senate meeting
- Finance Committee:
Senator Lambert reported that the end of year fiscal report was given.
Senator Hasbrouck had no report.
- Entire Board:
President Whiting reported that the board has a
new member, Ann Hunnicutt.
A report was given on this year's freshman class:
The class of 1250
was the largest ever
with a GPA 3.5 and an average SAT of 1200.
The freshman-sophomore retention was 82%.
The alumni organized a 5k race on September 15, 2007.
The alumni office is also organizing
regional reunions, a postal address, and an email list.
Senator Wheeler reported on recent FRC action:
In the past, the FRC looked at all portfolios.
With 94 personnel actions, in Fall 2007, this practice is neither plausible, nor effective.
Accordingly, the FRC met with the Provost and Vice Provost to gain clarity on the FRC's
responsibilities which are:
- ensuring handbook processes have been followed
- providing an evaluation independent of those levels of review
The following charge for the FRC emerged from that meeting. This year, the FRC shall focus its scrutiny on Class A
(tenure and promotion) decisions and
on any Class B decisions (retention, conversion and post tenure performance reviews) in which there
has been conflict in preceding levels of evaluation. Such conflict might involve a divergence between
the dean and peer group decisions, or might involve a dissenting opinion inside the peer group itself.
The FRC shall review remaining Class B decisions by reading the EVAL-6 statement, the peer group
statement, and the dean’s recommendation to assure itself that Handbook processes have been followed
(Memorandum from the Office of the Provost, October 2, 2007).
The Senate additionally recommended that the FRC focus scrutiny on any candidacy in which the
peer group and dean agree on a negative decision.
providing a university-wide perspective on candidates. The FRC will check that all
threshold standards in the University Handbook have been met and are in line with university
providing a university-wide perspective on candidates.
The FRC will check that all threshold standards in the University
Handbook have been met and are
in line with university expectations.
President Whiting reported that
three more final grant reports came in from
Sheri Shuck-Hall, and
He further noted that the final report
is a requirement, and
that faculty members who do not
submit one will be excluded
from consideration if they have not sent a final report.
- Old Business
- Senate Goals
Wheeler/Guajardo move to reconsider goals.
There is no discussion.
Wheeler/Duskin move to accept senate objectives.
voting for: unanimous.
Comment President Whiting
reminds senators to ask departments
not represented on the senate
how they would like to contribute to university service.
Discussion Later: When discussing the faculty evaluation system under
New Business, Number 1 of Strategy 1A of Objective 1 was revised.
See the discussion there for the specific rewording.
- New Business
President Whiting asked to
Faculty Senate Resolutions supporting SCHEV outstanding Faculty Award nominees
out of order.
- Faculty Evaluation Systems
Considered after B, SCHEV outstanding Faculty Award nominees.
To begin implementing the faculty senate goals,
President Whiting suggested that the senate commit
"Examine the effectiveness of the faculty evaluation process for both summative
(annual, tenure, promotion) and formative (improvement) assessment"
as an immediate goal by
creating a committee to examine the Pollard report.
Scott Pollard presented the findings of a 3 years committee established
to recommend a new faculty evaluation system.
These findings were presented
minutes of the
April 20, 2007 senate meeting
in a report referred to here as the Pollard report.
senators expressed concern
that the current committee not redo
the work of the previous two committees
on faculty evaluation, and that
the process move forward.
This discussion brought the senate
back to the wording of number 1 of
Strategy 1A of objective 1.
Duskin/Guajardo moved to table discussion of the faculty evaluation system
to return to discussion of the goals.
in favor: unanimous.
Duskin/Wheeler move to put discussion
of the faculty evaluation system back on
the floor. vote: unanimous.
Discussion centered around
of the committee.
Senators did not want previous institutional knowledge to be lost, and did
want the deans
and provost involved to improve the chance of administration buy in.
The following will be asked to be on the committee:
Bob Hasbrouck (chair); Mark Padilla, Provost;
Douglas Gordon (CLAS Dean); Stephanie Bardwell (acting Business Dean);
Tim Marshall; Scott Pollard and
Kathleen Brunke and Nate French will each find a junior faculty member.
The senate then felt that
the committee should be asked to report back relatively quickly
to help ensure progress, and to determine appropriate next steps;
The first senate meeting Spring semester 2008
(January) seemed like a reasonable deadline for
asking the committee
to achieve number 1 of strategy 1A.
Duskin/Carlson move to
establish a committee on faculty evaluation to
implement strategy 1A:
"examine the effectiveness of the faculty evaluation process for both
summative (annual, tenure, promotion) and formative (improvement) assessment."
This committee should
report back on task number 1 of that strategy:
"consider, evaluate and make a
recommendation regarding the Pollard Committee’s report on faculty evaluation at CNU",
at the senate meeting in January.
vote in favor: unanimous.
- Returning to the senate goals:
Leland/Rahim move to change the wording
number 1 of
Strategy 1A of objective 1.
from "produce a summary of" to "consider, evaluate, and make a
so that it will now read:
"Consider, evaluate and make a recommendation regarding the
Pollard Committee’s report on evaluation at CNU."
voting in favor: unanimous.
The link to the approved Senate Goals
under VII.A above reflects this change.
Faculty Senate Resolutions supporting SCHEV outstanding Faculty Award nominees
Lisa Spiller and
At President Whiting's request, considered out of order.
After minor edits,
Marshall/Redick move to approve the recommendations.
Vote to approve faculty senate resolution for Cartwright: in favor: unanimous.
Vote to approve faculty senate resolution for Spiller: in favor: unanimous.
Vote to approve faculty senate resolution for Hamilton: in favor: unanimous.
The meeting then continued by returning to A, Faculty Evaluation Systems,
- Faculty Centers
for Research, Development and Teaching: research best practices.
Discussion: Senators wondered what this committee would do, and whether
the work of the committee would be fruitless if their recommendations
were not going to be implemented.
Action Because this topic seemed to require more time for discussion
than remained in the meeting,
Filleti/Wheeler voted to table the discussion.
Wheeler, Redick, Filetti, Lambert,
Brunke, Zhang, Carlson, Duskin,
Rahim, Jordan, Hasbrouck.
opposed: Guajardo, French.
proposal for a new course and for a course to be in the AoI Western Traditions.
It was approved on both accounts by the UCC.
Duskin and Redick agreed to review the proposal, and make recommendations
committee to address suggested handbook
Filetti and Carlson will make a recommendation to the senate to pass to the
- FRC rewording from
pages 110-111 and page 167 about the FRC charge to evaluate eval-4s.
- Academic Advising
- Include in the University Handbook
- senate standing subcommittees:
PAC, handbook, sabbatical, faculty development grant, minutes policy
Assign senators to run the following two elections
in November: liberal arts
and school of business election to replace Michelle Vachris
and Graham Schweig on FRC who are on sabbatical.
Jordan will do liberal arts.
Redick will do business.
- Examine issue:
Limit the number peer groups that one person can serve on
as chair and/or as member.
President Whiting suggested moving this topic
to another time. There were no objections.