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CCSU Faculty Senate
Minutes—October 25, 2010

VAC 105   3:00 PM

The next meeting of the Faculty Senate is on Monday 11/8/10 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: Alewitz. M., Alicandro, J., Anderson, C., Arena, J., Barr, B., Barrington, C., Bernstein, S., Berry, G., Bigley, M.P., Bishop, R., Cappella, D., Christensen, S., Crespi, C., Czyrnik, K., D'Addio, D., Day, B., Delventhal, T., Diamond, C. , Dukes, C. , Dziuda, D., F. Best, Farhat, J., Garcia-Bowen, M., Greenfield, B.  , Hicks, L. , Horan, M., Iglesias, E., Jarmoszko, A., Kapper, M., Karpuk, P., Kean, K., Koh, K., Latour, F. , Mahony, M., Mamed, O., Mejia, G., Mendez-Mendez, S., Menoche, C., Mione, T., Mulrooney, J., Odesina, O., Osoba, B., Pancsofar, E., Percy, V., Piper, B., Pirog, K., Pope, C., Poppe, K., Ratansi, S., Reagan, T., Sadanand, N., Strickland, A., Thamma, R., Vogeler, R., Wang, W., White, C., Wood, R.

Ex-Officio: Kremens, Z., Lovitt, C., Pease, S., Sakofs, M.

Parliamentarian: Tim Crane

Guests: Adair, S., Murphy, G., Tordenti, L.

1. Approval of Minutes, October 11, 2010

Senator Delventhal moved for approval of the minutes.
The senate approved the minutes unanimously. (PASSED)

2. Announcements

    a. AAUP President (G. Murphy)

There will be a chapter meeting Wed 11/3  from 3-7 in the Connecticut room.
CSU AAUP President Vijay Nair will be present.

The full CSU council meeting was last Thursday
Concerns came up about the new academic calendar. The council voted unanimously that Spring Break should take place in the 2nd full week of March. The council also suggests that the Senate ask Provost to explain how the multiple scheduling difficulties of the winter session might be managed.

    b. SUOAF-AFSCME Vice-President (E. Hicks)

Elections have been completed. The results are:
President:  Fred Bonvicini
Vice President: Elizabeth Hicks
Secretary:  Otis Mamed
Treasurer:  Laurie Aparo
Trustee:  Tom Brodeur

    c. President of the Senate (C. Barrington)

1.    President Miller and the Faculty Senate will host the second of two fall forums on Wednesday, 17 November at 10:00 in the Connecticut Room.

2.    Also, on Thursday, 11 November, at 10:00, the Senate and the UPBC will host an open meeting in the Student Center’s Philbrick/Camp Room. CFO Larry Wilder will make a presentation on the university’s budget and field questions.  I understand that the meeting isn’t at the best possible time for lots of you, so we will record the meeting and make it available.  Also, if there is enough interest, we will schedule another meeting.
Along these lines, you should take a look at the new website updating major projects on campus: http://www.ccsu.edu/page.cfm?p=6966.

3.    Charles Dimmick, our parliamentarian, is unable to be here today.  In his stead, Tim Craine, professor emeritus of Mathematical Sciences and former president of the senate, will help guide us through our parliamentary deliberations.

3. Senate committee reports

    a. Elections Committee

Elections were held in the senate for a part-time faculty member for the UPBC.    

Shuju Wu (Engineering and Technology) was elected with 30 votes.
Kathy Stankewicz (Arts and Sciences) received 22 votes.

The ballot for other elections will be available on Tuesday morning.

    b. Committee on Committees

Modification of UPBC Committee Charter FS 10.11.008B
Fred Latour moved that the Senate accept the changes.
The modifications passed unanimously. (PASSED)

4. New Business—

    a. Athletic Director, Paul Schlickmann

Paul Schlickmann introduced himself to the senate and explained some of his goals for the future. He has been on the job at CCSU for 5 months after working at Yale and Stonybrook. He encourages a balance of the athletic with the academic.

He has two main objectives for athleteics at CCSU: 1) to nurture a positive educational experience; 2) to make CCSU the premier program in the Northeast conference.

From a campus perspective: he wants the athletics department to be a positive front porch for CCSU and to bring positive publicity.

He would like to see a faculty mentor for each sports team, and encourages “wear blue” Fridays.

Upon receiving questions about recent national attention to head injuries, he indicated that CCSU has a concussion management plan in place.


    b. DEC Exceptions FS 10.11.009B
Because this item was added after the initial agenda was distributed, the steering committee moved that it be added to today’s agenda.
The senate voted unanimously to add the agenda item. (PASSED)
Senator Best moved that the DEC Exceptions be approved.
The senate approved them unanimously (PASSED)

    c. Resolution on Emergency Appointments  FS 10.11 001R (Serafin Mendez-Mendez)
The senate voted for a 3 minute time limit per discussant.
Senator Mendez-Mendez yielded his time to Guest S. Adair
Adair indicated that the resolution had been jointly authored by a number of people. It originated on this campus and is now circulating through all four campuses. The resolution was written because the number of emergency appointments continues to climb, and next fall it may be as high as 70-80 appointments. There is concern that some departments may lose tenure-track lines as a result of this practice.

Provost Lovitt offered context for the current policy:
There will be a 6-7 billion deficit to be overcome in the next 2 years.
There is no question that higher education will have to bear its share.
We know that our budget will be cut for next year and the following year. We’ve been told to prepare for a 15% cut for next year.
CCSU has been filling positions in spite of the governor’s declaration for a hiring freeze.
The university has opted for more emergency appointments because of the possibility that some positions will be unfunded. The PR effect of letting tenured people go can have a long life, and may discourage qualified applicants from applying for future jobs. So the university has opted to use mostly (but not exclusively) emergency appointments. There have been tenure track hires in the last year.
Provost Lovitt also indicated that faculty will be the last people considered for cuts. Faculty are the priority.

Issues that emerged in the discussion:
Is the resolution to be sent to the BOT? To the legislature? To the governor? The president doesn’t have the sole power to convert these lines.
Is the issue best addressed at the level of CCSU, CSU, or the State?
Several senators advocated passing the resolution as presented and later adding a second resolution instructing the senate to contact the BOT and the governor or other parties.

Why should much of the cost-cutting measures come from faculty salaries? It would be good to see other options on the table for trimming the budget. 

Point 2 of the resolution regards some of the current use of emergency appointments as possible violations of contract. What does the administration say about this point? Are their grounds for a grievance? 

There was some concern that the resolution may be perceived as emphasizing faculty needs over student needs. It could be read as being self-defensive for faculty rather than advocating for the students.

Several people indicated that although the budget situation is dire and although we must be realistic, it does not mean the senate should stop advocating for faculty and students. With more and more students returning to CT, and more unemployed people returning to higher education for training, cutting the faculty may not be the best way to save money, or be in the best interests of a number of constituencies. In this context, the resolution is one step in an ongoing effort to strengthen public education and to serve the citizens of CT.

Several senators emphasized that the resolution was not meant to be “against” the administration, but about clarifying and unifying the common goals of faculty, staff, and administration.

Although there were some questions about the wording of specific parts of the resolution, the makers of the motion did not want extensive revision since the resolution is working its way through the other campuses.

The question was called. 47 voted for calling the question, with one abstention.

The resolution passed with 31 votes in favor, 0 votes against, and 19 abstentions. (PASSED)

5. Adjournment at 4:31



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