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Minutes

Wednesday, March 15

Building 25 Conference Room

3:00-4:30 p.m.

 

 

 

Senate RepresentativesLottie Bain, Kay Harrison, Alan Kirshner, Bunny Klopping, Victoria Loukianoff, Susan Myers, Nancy Pauliukonis, George Rodgers, Marge Segraves, Heidi Story, Carolyn Strickler, Teresa Sutowski, Janel Tomblin-Brown, and Barbara Tull.

 

Others present:  Deb Parziale, Ron Travenick, Rob , Darren Bardell.

 

1. Announcements

We have the Best House reserved for Tuesday, May 2 for the retirement party, however, no faculty have been identified as retiring this year.  Kay proposed that instead of having a retirement party, we could have a Faculty Senate sponsored party in honor of all faculty.  The Senate discussed this and was in favor of the idea.  The preference was to have the event catered.  Kay and Bob will send out invitations.   Retirees from previous years will be invited.

 

Next year, Marilena Tamburello will be on sabbatical leave.  Her replacement has not yet been identified.  There has been concern that her replacement may not be faculty.  It was pointed out that her replacement needs to be faculty.  Audience input confirmed that there is no reason for concern;  her replacement will be faculty.  Faculty Senate agreed that a motion could be made to this effect.

 

Motion:  The position of Educational Technologist shall remain a faculty position.  The Faculty Senate shall be informed whether the sabbatical replacement will be open to external recruiting. (Harrison) second (Kirshner).  All in favor.  Motion passed.

 

SOAR has decided not to continue the Staff Development Star of the Month.  The committee wants the Star of the Month to be more inclusive.  SOAR feels like everybody on campus is a "star". The committee felt that it is hard to single out people. They don’t want to create that kind of a feeling on campus.  Furthermore, the criteria for choosing a "Star" is not established.  SOAR does not want to be in charge of this any longer.  It was suggested that a subcommittee of Faculty Senate could take this over.  The Senate does not feel particularly inclined to take it over.

 

2. Flex Calendar – Bob Bradshaw

UFO met for negotiations in January.  The district had a proposal for the 10% raise which was part of a package.  Our contract remains 175 days.  Under the compressed calendar, this will be  4 flex days and 160 teaching days, with 11 days leftover.  The District said that because of the additional time put in teaching, that accounted for only 6 days but still leaves 5 days or so unaccounted for.  What the District wants is for faculty to do more "flex" time (even though we won't call it that) to make up the difference.  Bob explained that there will be no accounting system, nor will there be anything submitted to state regarding attendance.  He explained that these extra 4-5 days would present an opportunity for faculty to get something done, such as program review, during the year.  He explained that the UFO was adamant in not adding additional flex days to the contract.  Instead, the terms "Professional Growth" or "Learning College" could be used to designate these extra days.

 

Bob explained that all faculty spend time during the year engaged in activities that could fulfill this obligation.  For instance, if faculty go to a conference during the summer, this could be counted as professional growth days.  The idea behind these additional days is to foster the idea of departments and divisions getting together to do things.  Even though individual activities can "count", it is strongly encouraged that the activities are done here.  The District recognizes that there needs to be a schedule created of these activities.  The District believes there needs to be block of time designated for these activities.  There has been no decision about this, however.  The idea is to have Fixed Flex on a Monday and allow time for the additional activities the rest of the week.  

 

Myers asked for clarification.  During the Fixed Flex day at the beginning of the semester that faculty were reassured that they would not have to work extra days under the compressed calendar to fulfill the 175 day obligation.  At this time, it was explained that the contract only required that the college was open 175 days for teaching, and since Saturdays are an instructional day it would more than fulfill our obligation.  Now it seems we are getting a different message.  Faculty are being asked to work extra days.  Bob explained that this is one way to look at it.  Another way to look at it is the extra days are an opportunity to let us get together and do useful stuff. 

 

Bob further explained that politically, the District sees our compressed calendar as 160 teaching days plus four flex days.  The other bargaining units see this as a reduction in days that faculty work.  They see this as faculty being paid for 11 days we aren’t working.  The District needed something legitimate to say to the other bargaining units.  It was brought up that perhaps we just need to educate the other bargaining units.  The question was asked whether the District looked at the contracts of other schools that have compressed calendars.  Some of these schools do have additional flex days. 

 

The Faculty Senate does need to approve the academic calendar, and as yet we haven’t seen a new one.  The problem is not that faculty does not want to do the extra work.  In fact, we are all already doing it.  The problem will be in creating schedules of things to do.  The UFO strongly encourages us to develop our own schedule of activities as a Department. 

 

3. Approval of Minutes

Three corrections were made by Myers.  Minutes approved with corrections.

 

Myers also brought up a concern about the following motion made at the previous Senate meeting:

 

Motion:  We recommend to the administration that a committee of faculty, students, and administrators be created to develop a process dealing with grade challenges under Title V section 55760 (M) Kirshner. (S) Myers.  All in favor.  Motion passed.

 

A constituent felt that this motion implies that the administration will take the lead on the issue.  It was suggested that the Senate take the lead on putting together a committee and looking at the policy. 

 

MotionTo amend the previous motion to have the Faculty Senate constitute the committee with administrators, faculty and students (M) Kirsher. (S) Tomblin-Brown.  All in favor.  Motion passed. 

 

4. Senate review – Tull

The Senate began with review of the By-Laws.  The first order of business is the composition of the Governing Council, which describes faculty representation.  Currently, faculty are represented by both a Division and a Building Representative (see below).  Some of the Computer Science faculty and all the Health Sciences faculty will be going to Newark.  ESL and some of the GE faculty will also be moving.  The Senate needs to address how faculty will be represented with these shifts.  There will also be a new Student Services Building, where counselors will be.  The suggestion was made that instead of thinking of Building representatives, maybe we could look at all faculty and divide them up between the existing 15 representatives.  A question was asked why faculty are represented by Building.  The purpose of the Building Representative was to have representation unbiased by discipline.  In addition, it was easier to communicate with people who were in closer proximity, especially before email came along.  The subcommittee will meet and discuss alternative ways to represent faculty rather than the Building Reps.  They will come back to the Senate with a recommendation.

 

 

The next issue was whether the President or the Vice-President should attend the College Council meetings.  Currently, the VP job description in the By-Laws includes serving as a standing member of the College Council.  Barbara suggested that the President attend College Council instead, as the leaders of all other campus groups are there.  Historically, we added this responsibility to the VP job tasks because the VP didn’t do very much.  Another suggestion was to combine the VP and President-elect positions.  Both of these positions are currently vacant.

 

Regarding the Constitution, Alan felt that we could have two large Senate meetings per year during which every faculty has an opportunity to make and vote on motions.  The meetings would be formal Senate meetings and could be held during Fixed Flex.  This could encourage more participation in Senate.  It was also suggested that perhaps the election of officers be included in the Constitution, rather than just in the By-Laws.  The By-Laws can be changed by the Senate Governing Council, whereas the Constitution needs to have a full-faculty vote.

 

The issue of representation for part-time faculty was brought up again.  The Senate tried to pass a change to the Constitution a couple of years ago so that part-time faculty could have a representative.  The change did not pass.  We even included part-timers in this vote, even though it technically isn't allowed under the Constitution.  The Senate tried to get a part-time representative, but didn’t get enough votes to pass the change.   The Senate will revisit this issue.

 

Meeting adjourned 4:40.

 

Senators for 2005 - 2006

Building 1 & 5                                                 Bunny Klopping

Building 2 & Hyman Hall                                Kay Harrison - Committees Chair

Building 4 & Smith Center                               Teresa Sutowski

Building 6 & 7                                                 Marge Segraves

Building 8                                                        Carolyn Strickler       Rep to CCLC

Building 9 & NOC                                           vacant                      

Counseling and LR&IT                                    Susan Myers             Secretary

Deaf Studies & Special Services                      Nancy Pauliukonis   

Exercise Science & Wellness                           Lottie Bain                Treasurer

Fine Arts, Business, & Broadcasting                Janel Tomblin-Brown/Tim Roberts

Health Sciences                                               Heidi Story

Lang. Arts & Soc. Sci. (English & ESL)           Barbara Tull              President

Lang. Arts & Soc. Sci. (other depts.)                Alan Kirshner

Math, Sci., & Tech. (ASTR, BIOL, BIOT,

CAOT, CHEM, CS, & PHYS)                          Richard Grotegut/George Rodgers

Math, Sci., & Tech. (other depts.)                    Victoria Loukianoff