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Minutes of the CCSU Faculty Senate

September, 27 2010


Meeting in VAC 105   3:00 PM

The next meeting of the Faculty Senate is on Monday 10/11/10 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.


Present:
Abed, F., Al-Masoud, N., Alewitz. M., Arena, J., 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., Dukes, C. , Farhat, J., Greenfield, B.  , Hensley, P., Horan, M., Iglesias, E., Kapper, M., Karpuk, P., Kean, K., Koh, K., Kurkovsky, S., Latour, F. , Mamed, O., Mendez-Mendez, S., Menoche, C., Mione, T., Mulrooney, J., Odesina, O., Oliva, K., Osoba, B., Pancsofar, E., Passaro. M., Petkova, O., Pirog, K., Pope, C., Poppe, K., Ratansi, S., Reagan, T., Sadanand, N., Sianez, D., Strickland, A., Thamma, R., Vogeler, R., Wang, W., White, C., Wood, R. , Wright, E.

Ex-Officio: Lovitt, C., Miller, J., Pease, S., Sakofs, M.

Guests: Murphy, G.

1. Announcements

    a. AAUP President (G. Murphy)
None

    b. SUOAF-AFSCME Representative (O. Mamed)
The SUOAF presidents met with BOT and CSU presidents last week. They exchanged ideas about cost savings. SUOAF will be conducting elections in October
    c. President of the Senate (C. Barrington)

A.    Over the next three weeks, the Elections Committee will solicit nominations and run elections for some important committees. 
•    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 determined. 
•    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.

B.    Please note the Faculty Senate meeting dates this fall.  We have scheduled the final meeting 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.

C.    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.

D.    I also want to remind you to 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.

E.    President Miller and the Faculty Senate will host a series of forums this fall.

➢    On Tuesday, 12 October, at 3:30 in the Connecticut Room.
➢    And Wednesday, 17 November at 10:00 in the Connecticut Room.

F.    New Senate website.  Please inform Senate Secretary of any glitches. 

G.    Briann Greenfield.  National Day to Defend Public Education on October 7th: http://www.defendeducation.org/

2. Approval of Minutes, September 13, 2010

Senator Reagan moved for acceptance. The senate unanimously approved. (PASSED)

3. Election of Senate Committees

Steve Bernstein (Chair of the Senate Elections Committee) notified the Senate that we needed to fill complete slates for all four remaining Senate committees.

The Committee on Committees requires a slate of 3.
Nominated from the floor were: Fred Latour, Wujun Wang, Dave Cappella

Committee on Appointments and Personnel requires a slate of 3.
Nominated from the floor were: Mary Horan, Pamela Perry, Bruce Day

The Committee on Constitution and By-Laws requires a slate of 2 senators plus the parliamentarian.
Nominated from the floor were: Edward Iglesias, Tim Reagan

The Committee on Academic Freedom requires a slate of 3.
Nominated from the floor were: Cindy White, Cindy Pope, Brian Osoba

Senator Kapper moved that the senate approve the entire slate of four committees. The motion was unanimously approved. (PASSED)

4. Charges to Committees: C. Barrington
No Charges at this time.

5. Unfinished Business

    a. Approval of Steering Committee

President Barrington said that Kathy Czyrnik had agreed to serve on the Steering Committee. A motion was made to place her on the committee, and she was approved unanimously. (PASSED)

    b. Academic calendar 2011-2015

Provost Lovitt indicated that the proposal to go forward with the Academic Calendar has become more urgent from a time standpoint.
Next year’s schedule absolutey needed to be established.
3 of 4 CSU schools had have weighed in favor
The timing of the winter session seems to be the only stumbling block

Provost Lovitt indicated that we can’t consider an overlap between the end of the winter session and beginning of the spring semester. He stated also that developing more on-line courses for winter session would be to our advantage.

A question was asked if Monday graduate classes would have fewer meetings as a result of this schedule. Provost Lovitt indicated that there was no appreciable difference. The breakdown day-to-day is basically the same.

A question was raised concerning the ramifications for Course Abroad, especially during the winter term. Provost Lovitt indicated that such changes would depend entirely on the schedules of individual faculty who teach such courses.

In terms of how the new schedule would impact the last summer term, the Provost indicated that the summer calendar is determined by campus and not by the system office. It was mentioned that there could be a problem with readying student housing if the summer session lasted up until the beginning the fall semester.

G. Murphy (AAUP president) indicated general approval from polled AAUP members, with some concern around the timing of the winter session.

The question was raised if sharing this calendar was strictly informational, or was it presented for senate approval and consent. Provost Lovitt said that the calendar did not require approved. It was determined by the system office. The calendar was shared with the Universities in a spirit of communication and a request for feedback.

A final question involved the scheduling of the spring semester break. The timing of that vacation appeared to unchanged in the new calendar, making for somewhat lopsided semesters in the spring.

6. New Business
 
a.    Grants and Funded Research (Rod Waterman)
The New Director of Grants and Funded Research introduced himself and gave an outline of his goals for the office. His initial work is outreach, as he tries to get to know the campus and meet as many people as he can from every school and department.
    He wants to take inventory of the kinds of research we are doing, and what we want to do. He hopes to increase everyone’s academic experience in terms of grants/outside grants.
He reminded the senate that his office offers: Information on funding opportunities, Proposal and development services, Internal grants

He hopes to create a sustained conversation about research on campus, and perhaps to create a loose strategic statement. He may assemble an informal group of faculty to help with this.

Please remind your departments that he is available for individual or department meetings.

b.    Burritt Library (Emily Chasse)

Throughout the semester, the Library is celebrating the bicentennial of the birth E. Burritt, who was born on Dec. 8th 2010. Burritt was self-educated, and involved in many causes, including international peace issues, anti-slavery, labor issues, as well as other causes. Burritt was perhaps the most famous person to come from New Britain, and these are not just library or campus events, but community events.

Full dates and descriptions of events are available on the library website.

c.    Institutional Advancement (Chris Galligan)

Chris Galligan provided a presentation about trends in giving, and current objectives and goals. He encouraged faculty especially to cultivate relations with alums. His presentation is available at by clicking here.

7. Adjournment at 3:15 pm



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