of Faculty Senate Meeting - September 13, 2010
in Founders Hall at 3:00 pm
The next meeting of the Faculty
Senate is on Mon. Sept 27, 2010 in Vance 105
Note: Senate Constitution, Bylaws, Meeting
Dates, Agenda and Minutes are posted on the CCSU Pipeline under Faculty
Resources/Faculty Senate, or at http://web.ccsu.edu/facsenate.
Al-Masoud, N., Alewitz. M., Alicandro,
J., Ball, K., Barr, B., Barrington, C., Bernstein, S., Bigelow, L. , Bigley, M.P., Bishop, R.,
Bunce, P., Cappella, D., Christensen, S., Crespi, C., Czyrnik, K., D'Addio, D.,
Day, B., Delventhal, T., Diamond, C. , Dziuda, D., F. Best, Farhat, J.,
Greenfield, B. , Hensley, P.,
Hicks, L. , Horan, M., Jarmoszko, A., Kapper, M., Karpuk, P., Kean, K., Koh,
K., Kurkovsky, S., Latour, F. , Mahony, M., Mamed, O., Mendez-Mendez, S.,
Menoche, C., Mione, T., Mulrooney, J., Osoba, B., Passaro. M., Percy, V.,
Poirier, K., Pope, C., Poppe, K., Ratansi, S., Reagan, T., Sadanand, N.,
Sianez, D., Sikorski, J., Stankewicz, K., Strickland, A., Thamma, R., Vogeler,
R., Wang, W., White, C., Wood, R.
Ex-Officio: Kremens, Z., Lovitt, C., Pease,
S., Sakofs, M., Shojai, S.
Introduction of Senators
AAUP President (G. Murphy)
AAUP newsletter is now available electronically and AAUP members should be
receiving it in that format. If you aren’t getting it call Ellen Benson at
will be a chapter meeting social on 11/3 in the Connecticut Room.
chapter will be holding elections for a number of officers in Spring 2011.
Preliminary work for those elections will begin this semester.
SUOAF-AFSCME Vice-President (Liz Hicks)
first membership meeting is on Wed 9/15
are underway for upcoming elections
President of the Senate (C. Barrington)
i. The business section of today’s
meeting will be rather short, in order to have time for an informal social with
wine and food.
ii. Over the next few weeks, the Elections
Committee will solicit nominations and run elections for some important
• The University-wide Promotion and Tenure Committee,
now selects its new members in the fall.
Because slots are proportionately assigned to full and associate
professors, it was important to wait until after all promotions had been
• For a few other committees, openings appeared over
the summer, and we need to attend to those.
• Please encourage members of your departments and
units to nominate themselves for these positions.
iii. Please note the Faculty Senate meeting
dates this fall. The final meeting is scheduled for 6 December, the first
Monday of the month, rather than 13 December, the second Monday of the
month. This change will keep the
meeting from interfering with final exam schedules.
iv. The Faculty Handbook has been revised
for the 2010-11 Academic Year. It
was distributed to new faculty, and it is available electronically on the
Senate website—as well the CCSU-AAUP and Human Resources website.
v. Please remember the Equity Survey
that Carolyn Fallahi and Sally Lesik are conducting as part of their follow-up
to last year’s Gender Equity Report. They need to get as much participation as
order for them to say what is happening here at CCSU and to offer possible
policy recommendations. The link for the study is available on the
Central Pipeline faculty/staff page. Remember, though, not everyone has
been invited to participate. They hope to have 100% participation from
those who since 2000 have (1) either joined or separated from CCSU OR (2) gone
through the P&T process or (3)
a merit-based increase.
vi. Please remind your department that last winter the
Senate approved the Major Policy & Project Proposal
document. As we commence on a new academic year, the committee would like
to see the document utilized as it was intended to bring to light projects and
policy proposals that have large planning & budgetary implications. The
form can be found on the UPBC website.
vii. President Miller and the Faculty Senate will host a series of forums
- On Tuesday, 12
October, at 3:30 in the Connecticut Room.
- And Wednesday,
17 November at 10:00 in the Connecticut Room.
viii. President’s report on the State of
Shared Governance at CCSU. President Barrington indicated that we have much to
be pleased about regarding last year’s accomplishments. Through the work of
several hard-working committees, the Senate
- revamped our
Academic Integrity policy;
- formed a Child
Care Task Force that has made tremendous progress towards the goal of providing
quality child care services for more CCSU students;
departments develop P&T Guidelines;
- established a
committee on Academic Advising;
guidance on the new block scheduling;
- worked to
streamline the budgeting process;
- worked for more
accountability from the Board of Trustees and System Office.
- and, last but
not least, revised its constitution and by-laws.
Looking towards the new year, the time seems ripe to
begin working actively on several new initiatives. Two at the top of the list are curricular: Writing across
the Curriculum AND General Education Reform. The Senate will be working with established committees and
forming ad hoc committees to jumpstart these processes.
In closing, President Barrington reiterated the
welcome she included for the short guide for senators.
3. Minutes of May 10, 2010
Moved and unanimously accepted. (Passed)
Election of Elections Committee*
following senators were nominated to the Elections Committee:
Bigelow, C. White, C.
motion was made to close nominations and vote on the slate.
committee was unanimously elected by the senate. (Passed)
DEC Exceptions Fall 2010
Senator Kapper moves
Unanimously passed (Passed)
b. Approval of steering committee
President Barrington put forth a slate of two names
and indicated that a third member (from the School of Business) would be nominated
at the next meeting of the senate.
Nominated to Steering Committee:
T. Reagan, O. Mamed
A motion to close nominations and vote on the slate
was made. The committee was unanimously elected by the Senate. (Passed)
c. Exemption Requests for waiving term limits
The department of Biomolecular Sciences requested
that Mike Davis continue to serve on the Graduate Studies Committee, even
though his term had expired.
Senator Mulrooney made the motion and the senate
voted unanimously in favor of the extension. (Passed)
The department of Music requested that Carlotta Parr
continue to serve on the Graduate Studies Committee, even though her term had
expired. Senator Reagan made the motion and the senate voted unanimously in
favor of the extension.
d. Academic Calendar 2011-2015
President Barrington asked senators to look over the
proposed calendar for senate discussion and deliberation at the next meeting. Provost
Lovitt stated that the primary difference in the calendar involved moving the
start and end dates of the Fall and Spring semesters to an earlier date. He
indicated that the rationale was to assist students with employment and
internship opportunities. Finishing earlier is perceived as possibly
advantageous in the current employment marketplace. He indicated that he
believed the proposed calendars met union contract requirements. G. Murphy
concurred, but indicated that the calendar was still under review.
President Barrington explained that we
needed to retroactively amend one word from the UPBC report of 2008-09. In the
final draft the phrase “cross-cultural” had inadvertently replaced the phrase
“cross-curricular”. A simple paper
trail indicated the clear intent of the UPBC. The document requiring amending
can be found here (see Elements of Distinction);
Earlier UPBC deliberations can be found
Senator Wood moved that the change be
accepted. Senator Latour seconded.
After some discussion of the difference
between interdisciplinary and cross-cultural, the question was called. The
Senate passed the change unanimously. (Passed)
Adjournment at 3:55 PM.