Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, November 15
Senate Representatives: Lottie Bain, Kay Harrison, Alan Kirshner, Victoria Loukianoff, Susan Myers, Nancy Pauliukonis, George Rodgers, Carolyn Strickler, and Barbara Tull.
Jim Wright, Leta Stagnaro, Chris Warden
Heidi Story has resigned from Ohlone. The Senate needs a senator from Health
2. Approval of Minutes
Approved with changes
3. By-Laws & Constitution Subcommittee Report - Myers, Kirshner
Motion: The revised constitution is to be presented to the full faculty at the flex meeting in January for a full faculty vote, allowing extended time for faculty who are not present at the meeting to vote. (Kirshner) Second (Tull)
(There may be concern about the membership requirement for part time faculty; if there are objections, this item can be removed to be voted on separately.)
Senators should read the bylaws; they will be addressed at the next meeting.
4. Accreditation Self Study Team Proposal- Wright
Ohlone is about to carry out an accreditation self study focusing on the last 6 years. The accreditation report includes structured standards, questions to be addressed and analyzed (eg. Institutional commitment to academic process, integrity, focus on student learning, planning and evaluation process) Colleges are asked to address these themes in a unique way. They are looking for innovated approaches to weaving in themes. Jim is proposing that we tell the Ohlone story following the model of Ohlone Indian storytellers. Stories could focus on renewal, empowerment, the teaching/learning process, etc. This is an opportunity to produce a document that really says something; we will do a traditional self study, but weave into it some of these stories. The idea of telling stories would make the self-study report more real and readable.
Two stories are being written now-
Will be creating 15 learning and assessment teams with leaders taking responsibility for various standards. Faculty needs to take ownership of Standard 2.
College Council will serve as a steering committee; each of the teams will present to the College Council.
Fixed flex- Jim suggests one day to be a storytelling festival:
Timeline: A writing team will begin work at the end of the semester. During the summer they will put it together. It will be carried through the shared governance process in fall and submitted to WASC in November 2007; the site visit will take place during the week of March 3rd 2008.
On December 15 there will be a workshop retreat on Standard 2 from 8:30-3:00 probably at Best House. People in positions of leadership will be involved. Senate members encouraged to participate. If interested in participating, let Susan know.
5. Senate Agenda Items Kirshner
There is frequently too little time during Senate meetings to discuss faculty issues because of so many external committee reports.
Motion: The first Facutlty Senate meeting of each month is to be reserved for information and action items introduced by senate members only, through the governing council. Reports and presentations from the greater Ohlone community are to be reserved for the 2nd meeting of month. (Kirshner) Second (Loukianoff / Bain)
6. Prioritization of New Faculty Positions Myers
Susan met with the deans to discuss the prioritization process for new faculty positions. The deans had some questions and some felt that the process was cumbersome. Rob and Barbara Tull had met with the deans when the process was originally developed.
A main concern is that there will be many presentations and that this could take a lot of time; would like to come up with a way for faculty and deans to agree upon need for positions beforehand. In order to present, division faculty and their dean could meet to prepare/write up rationale to be presented by their dean (number of part time faculty, FTE, etc.) This should be approached as an educational planning process, focusing on what is for the good of the college overall.
Susan will return to deans on Nov 29th from 11-12:00. A retreat will be scheduled in January to go through the prioritization of faculty positions process.
7. Proposed Changes to Disciplines List Myers
8. President's Report - (I) Myers (5 minutes)
9. All Other Business
Kay Harrison would like to add to a future agenda a discussion of the practice of signing Memos of Understanding with other countries, foreign institutions, high schools, Alliant University etc. According to the State Academic Senate, this needs to come to the Faculty Senate through the shared governance process. Senate should be informed if the college is even thinking about signing an MOU with another institution. A plan should be brought to senate, and the Senate needs to ratify it.
Kirshner- suggested Kay find specific ed. code for examination and discussion.
Next meeting December 6th-- last meeting of the semester.
Senators for 2005 - 2006
Building 1 & 5 Bunny Klopping
Building 2 & Hyman Hall Kay Harrison Committees Chair
Building 4 &
Building 6 & 7 vacant
Building 8 Carolyn Strickler Rep to CCLC
Building 9 & NOC vacant
Counseling and LR&IT Susan Myers President
Deaf Studies & Special Services Nancy Pauliukonis Secretary
Exercise Science & Wellness Lottie Bain
Fine Arts, Business, & Broadcasting vacant
Health Sciences vacant
Lang. Arts & Soc. Sci. (English & ESL) Barbara Tull Vice-President
Lang. Arts & Soc. Sci. (other depts.) Alan Kirshner
Math, Sci., & Tech. (ASTR, BIOL, BIOT,
CAOT, CHEM, CS, & PHYS) George Rodgers
Math, Sci., & Tech. (other depts.) Victoria Loukianoff Treasurer