Minutes for Faculty Senate meeting
Senators present: Wheeler, Carlson, Rahim, Frucot, Mollick, Underwood,
Guajardo, Filetti, Lambert, Duskin, McMahon, French, Brunke (leaves at 6:00),
Brash (leaves at 6:00).
3 PM Friday, April 17, 2009
Board Room, David Student Union
Senators Absent: Xu
The meeting was adjourned at 6:30.
- Call to Order
- Introduction of guests: Dr. Roberta Rosenberg, Director,
Center for Service Learning and Social Entrepreneurship; Dr. Carolyn Ericson,
chair, Department of Community Engagement and Social Work; Dr. Marion Manson, chair, Sociology,
and Anthropology; Louis Seyler, social worker in community; Prof. Carol
Mathews, Field Coordinator,
Department of Community Engagement and Social Work; Dr. Jana Adamitis, Dr.
Michael Lewis (arrives at 5:19), Dr. Christopher Kennedy (arrives at
and Dr. Brian Puaca, 2009-2010
- Approval of minutes of Faculty Senate meetings
- Acknowledge electronic approval of minutes for
March 20 minutes meeting
- Recommendation to
retain social work major from Dr. Rosenberg. Dr. Rosenberg stated that
eliminating the accredited social work major would have a negative impact
economically because grants for the center would be more difficult to attain (e.g., CNU is a
partner in a $1.5million grant that the social work majors contribute to) and
academically because the social entrepreneurship minor has several courses in
the Social Work department. Primarily, though, elimination of the accredited
social work major would decrease the number of service hours that Christopher
Newport University provides to the university. In the discussion, it was pointed
out that 40% of Social Work majors go to graduate schools, helping increase the
percentage of students across the university. Senators
asked Dr. Rosenberg whether it would be
acceptable for her center to eliminate the accredited social
work major, but keep the
social work program in some other way, perhaps as a minor. She could not quantify the
impact, but said we would certainly lose many of the 7000 volunteer
hours that social work majors provided in Spring 2009.
After Dr. Rosenberg left,
Senators Wheeler and
Duskin move to take VIIIC, Social Work Major Elimination, out of order.
- President's report including combining
The senate then moved to
go to the 2009-2010 election out of order.
That discussion is included
in those minutes.
- Committee reports
- Student and Faculty Survey Results
(Carlson) The significant finding in this report is that
faculty do not think that Reading Day is valuable, but
students do. 100 faculty responded and 1185 students
Thus, because students want to continue reading day,
this committee recommends that reading day be retained; that is,
that no action be
taken. The senate agreed.
- Election Results (McMahon):
Committee Results and
Senator McMahon gave a report
on the election process,
which was done in surveymonkey instead of in meetings.
The senate goal was that more faculty vote.
It is not clear that that happened.
- Handbook Change 9-2
(Carlson) : Senator Carlson explained that the faculty senate
had wanted to included student behavior in the faculty
handbook, but student services wanted to exclude it to allow
more flexibility in rule changes. The compromise that was
reached, and that is included in this handbook change is that
(Center for Honor Enrichment
& Community Standards)
can make changes throughout the year, then submit them as
handbook changes at the end of the year, at which point the faculty
senate will examine them. The rules and regulations that are
the most current will be in force.
- Subcommittee 3 Report (Carlson)
- Board of Visitors
- Finance (Lambert): Senator Lambert reported on three
the Board of Visitors voted
for a 3.9% increase in the total
cost (including tuition and room and board increase).
The bulk of this increase is in tuition.
Second, Ferguson continues to lose money.
Third, the percentage of minority
students has increased significantly.
- Development (Duskin): CNU has raised less money
than last year, but the number of donors is up slightly. The greatest increase is from
alumni and current seniors.
There are four areas of focus for raising money:
the chapel, the CNU Center for public policy (run by Dr. Kidd),
for American Studies (run by Dr. Nathan Busch); and
- Academic (French and Underwood): The provost
discussed the new position of lecturers, the new
honors program, recommendations concerning ULLC100/Engl123, and
curricular modifications, including increased class
sizes, which have gone up by an average of 2 students
per class. In discussion of the social work program,
the Board of Visitors said that they will be
intimately involved in the decision making
- Student Life: Due to a mixup,
no senator attended this meeting
- Board Meeting (Wheeler): Provost Padilla
explained the process of eliminating a major within a
program, specified in the handbook
on page 38 on V.b. The process starts from the department
and ends with the provost making a decision.
- Old business
without graduating (Carlson):
Senator Carlson researched what other schools have done and spoke to
Provost Padilla about this issue. Senator Carlson
recommended that the 2009-2010 senate consider this.
- Subcommittee 2 Resolution (Mollick): Senators discussed
that any recommendation that this committee might make would
cost a significant amount of money. In this climate of budget
cuts in departments and throughout the university, such a resolution
seemed inappropriate. Thus, the senate took no action.
- FIR resolution
Because the formal and informal reasoning area of inquiry have not
been recommended for removal, it did not seem relevant to vote
on this resolution. It died for lack of a second.
- Jazz concentration elimination (Brunke, Mollick):
Senators Brunke and Mollick recommend approval.
Vote in Favor:
Carlson, Rahim, Frucot, Mollick, Underwood,
Guajardo, Filetti, Lambert, Duskin, McMahon, Brunke, Brash
- New business
- Faculty Development Grants (Brunke).
The Senate went into closed session at 6:17pm to discuss the report
from the Faculty Development Grant Committee.
The Senate came out of closed session at 6:30. Filetti moved and
Underwood seconded a motion to accept the Faculty Development Grant
Committee's recommendations. The motion passed unanimously.
After some discussion, senators felt that this motion should be
discussed later. It was tabled.
- Social Work Major Elimination (documents available in Provost conference
room; senate academic priorities
President Wheeler summarized what had happened with social work up to
Department of Community Engagement and Social Work
recommended against closing the accredited social work major.
The Luter curriculum committee and chairs unanimously agreed.
The Luter dean recommended closing the program.
The CLAS dean did not disagree with the CLAS curriculum committee
report, but also suggested consideration of a social work
The CLAS curriculum committee unanimously approved continuing the
accredited social work major if five conditions are met:
that Social Work be reunited with the department of Sociology and Anthropology;
that Social Work be reduced from four faculty lines to three (two
tenure track and one restricted);
that Social Work streamline its major requirements;
the the two tenure track positions will teach a 3-3 load; and that
Social Work closely with the
Center for Service Learning and Social Entrepreneurship.
The CLAS chairs unanimously supported the CLAS chairs' curriculum committee
The UCC unanimously supported the CLAS chairs' curriculum committee report.
There was a great deal of discussion, mostly about the best way to
support the accredited social work major.
Senators decided to create a resolution to support the social work
program, and debated what should be included.
Some of the arguments that senators felt that should be made were:
Senators Wheeler and Mollick move that the senate affirm
the findings of the Undergraduate Curriculum committee, which
unanimously supports the CLAS curriculum committee recommendations,
unanimously supported by the CLAS chairs.
Vote in Favor: unanimous. Motion carriers.
President Wheeler appointed Senators Brash, Underwood and Mollick
to create a resolution by Wednesday, April 22 explaining the senate's
rationale for its vote. Note: That
was circulated in email, and has
been unanimously approved electronically by the
Senators also discussed that the process in the handbook
had been followed.
To reiterate how important that process is to faculty, a resolution
was created to support that.
Vote in Favor:
Carlson, Rahim, Frucot, Mollick, Underwood,
Guajardo, Filetti, Lambert, Duskin, McMahon, French, Brunke.
After a brief discussion about whether to do 2009-2010
senate executive committee elections, senators decided to wait for
curriculum committee members to return, and the meeting returned to
its normal order, the president's report.
- Senators asked what we lose as a university
if we eliminate the major:
we lose students that go onto
graduate school at a high rate;
we lose grant and funding
we weaken ties with the community and
hamper the work of President Trible's service learning and civic
engagement initiative; we
hurt recruiting possibilities for faculty and students;
we lose 60+ majors who are more likely to leave
the university than to change majors.
- The highest priority in the senate priorities developed
in Fall 2008 was to protect and maintain
"All current faculty and faculty lines (i.e., tenured,
probationary and restricted)."
Eliminating the social work program violates this top priority.
It also violates a goal stated in the body
of the senate priorities document:
"to protect work and programs, which if
suspended cause immediate and enduring harm to instructional faculty."
- Dean Cleeton's letter pointed out that it is not necessary to
have a social work major in a liberal arts university.
Senators agreed, but also agreed that for us, for CNU,
social work is integral to who we are as a liberal
- Some senators felt that because the administration had initiated this
process to save money, the resolution should include a paragraph addressing
that. Others felt that budget issues were not the purview of faculty, or one in
which they had expertise. Senators felt that it was difficult to argue from a
budget standpoint because the administration has said that it would be difficult
to quantify how much money would be saved though the number quoted is
$200,000-250,000 due to moving two faculty positions to elsewhere in the
university. Senators pointed out that the two committees that have been tasked
with addressing budget issues, the Academic Task Force and the Budget Advisory
Committee, have not recommended closure. Senators felt that it was not possible
to determine whether the university would lose money or have to lower its
standards if it lost the 60 social work majors.
They also felt that the CLAS chairs had reached a cost-saving compromise
entailing reduction of one faculty line, streamlining curriculum and setting
the directors' loads at 3/3.
Although senators did not see a savings in eliminating the program -- indeed,
if grant money is included, there might be loss -- senators,
like the administration,
could not quantify the savings or gain.
Senators felt that the social work closure recommendation was
part of a larger issue. The university has become known as closing
whenever there is a budget crisis, so parents are beginning to ask as
they come for open houses whether their child's
desired major will be there when their child graduates.