College Senate Minutes
September 27, 2010
Meeting called to order by Associate Presider M. Wake at 4:23 pm
D. Adelman, S. Babcock, J. Backus-Foster, S. Carlson, M. DeFreece, S. Dixon, D. Dougherty, T. Hamblin, K. MacLeod, K. Ogborn, S. Poe, S. Shoemaker, A. Sohns, J. Tessier, A. Thompson
Senators Absent: J. Burgess, L. Burwood, E. Hodges, S. Swayze, K. Zuber
Guests: L. Smith & P. Clement
Minutes of the September 13, 2010, motion to approve; D. Adelman, seconded; A. Thompson, approved
T. Hamblin and K. MacLeod will meet this week to draft a response.
Discussion on considerations:
- Need to build the Common Hour into the schedule rather than trying to find a time for it in the schedule
- This will require a change in philosophy about the purpose of the common hour and its need to be in the middle of the day
- Will allow working students to participate
- Will allow off-campus faculty and students to participate in an on-line manner
- Concern about the time differences for off-campus faculty
- Need to focus on the enrichment of the students and their education
- Take into account the outside of school commitments of the participants and speakers
- Note: M. Wake stated that Wednesdays are a day that the most number of students are on campus
- Suggestion to have the common hour at noon on MWF and shift all class up an hour
- Please e-mail K. MacLeod and/or T. Hamblin with any suggestions so that they can draft a response for the December 7th College Council meeting
- Suggestion to get a blueprint from a similar college to see how they do it
- Suggestion to have the Office of the Registrar see if there is a listserv they can access to contact other colleges for suggestions
Other New Business
- Discussion on how changes in the schedule as a result of the common hour would affect student athletes
- Discussion on the need for evening classes to accommodate students (particularly non-traditional students)
- Next UFS plenary meeting is the week before the next Senate meeting; send any concerns to T. Hamblin.
- Continuing to work on a Google Survey
- Associate Presider will put out a call for self-nominations
- Reminder that if a Senator misses 3 meeting during a semester without providing a replacement or providing a proxy, they will be dismissed from the Senate
- Still need 5 faculty and 4 professional staff to fill out the Senate membership
- Discussion about junior faculty not feeling comfortable joining committees for fear of backlash
- Reminder that full-time faculty can self-nominate to be put on the ballot
- Discussion on whether committees are being hurt because no one feels comfortable in giving their opinion in a committee for fear of retribution. This discussion led into a further discussion of committees that the Senate oversees.
- The Continuing and Term Appointment Committee is required to report back to the Senate each year
- Is the process of releasing a faculty member done with the same thought and consideration as used when hiring?
- What is the appeals process after the Continuing and Term Appointment Committee makes their recommendations?
- Is there a need for an independent review or review by department to allow current faculty a voice about the make up of their department?
- For Professional Staff, there is no committee to deal with this issue; it was stated that the President is interested in the unions opinion on this matter.
- Issues that developed
- Is the Continuing and Term Appointment Committee making sound or unsound decisions?
- Are their other factors involved that are not transparent?
- Are employees afraid to speak out in fear of losing their jobs?
- Need to find out the Administration and unions perspective of what the jurisdiction of the Senate is on these issues.
- Executive Committee to look at the jurisdiction of its committees and the Senate
Waiting on the Google survey to be completed before sending out a call for self-nominations.
Budgetary Concerns—postponed until next meeting
Adjourned at 5:42 p.m.
Next meeting is October 25th at 4:15 pm