May 3, 2007


11:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.                                                                             ACADEMIC SENATE CHAMBERS

Members Present: Arnold, Bedell, Bruschke, Buck, Burgtorf, Dabirian, Drezner, Fitch, Fromson, Gordon, Guerin, Hassan, Hewitt, Jones, Kanel, Kantardjieff, Kirtman, Klassen, Liverpool, McConnell, Mead, Meyer, Nanjundappa, Palmer, Randall, Rhoten, Rumberger, Sage, Smith, Stang, Taylor, Walicki, Williams

Absent: Altar, Alva, Fidalgo, Hagan, Holland, Junn, Michalopoulos, Pasternack, Shapiro, Spitzer, Stein, Vogt, Zhao



I.              CALL TO ORDER

         Chair Guerin called the meeting to order at 11:33 a.m.



Senator Bedell thanked Dean Norman and the persons responsible for the addition of faculty members’ names into SIS+ for summer session. Over 420 summer courses will begin in three weeks.


Senator Bedell asked Senator Dabirian to address the concerns of some faculty members about transporting Blackboard from one server to another. It was suggested by Senator Hassan that this issue be discussed at a later time. Chair Guerin agreed, but stated that this item could be moved by any Senator for consideration as a matter of urgent business. Senator Taylor later moved that the item be taken as urgent by the body. The body consented. Senator Dabirian explained that there is never a “good” time to do Blackboard upgrades since the server needs to be functioning at all times. In order to avoid disruption of instruction, a “staging server” will be put into place this summer and the classes will be taught on that server while the current server is upgraded. The upgrade will take about ten days. Those who will be teaching on the staging server will then need to export and import their classes onto the upgraded server. Instructions on how to do so are available for faculty members. The Faculty Development Center will send announcements to faculty about this process.


Senator Burgtorf moved approval of New Business item 10.3 due to its time sensitivity. The body consented to taking up this item as urgent. M/S/P [Burgtorf/Bedell] to approve ASD 07-27 Resolution: One-Year Trial to Elect Standing and General Committee Chairs in the Spring as submitted. (Approved unanimously)


M/S/F [Hassan/Taylor] to allow 30 minutes on the agenda to address urgent business, announcements, and chair’s report and delay the scheduling of times certain until 12:00 noon for the remainder of this academic year.  [Motion failed; 14 yays; 14 nays (with Chair’s vote); 4 abstentions] Chair Guerin noted that she voted in opposition to this motion in the interest of scheduling times certain before 12 noon to allow enough time during the remaining Senate meetings to complete review and revision of UPS 210.000 this semester.


This body (2006-2007 Academic Senate) consented unanimously to using electronic transponders for voting during the upcoming Academic Senate Electoral Meeting on May 17th. The 2007-2008 Academic Senators will be asked to vote on using the transponders before voting begins at that meeting.


Chair Guerin reminded the body that the All-University Election takes place next week May 7-10, 2007. Voting ends on May 10th at 4:00 p.m.



Senator Burgtorf announced that Christine Brackett, candidate for a master’s degree in Public Health, will be going to Rwanda as a Fulbright Scholar to study infant mortality.


Senator Nanjundappa asked the body to remind their colleagues that ratification of the contract ends at 6:00 p.m. today.    



         Due to lack of time, item 5.1 was not discussed.

5.1 Nominees to Search Committee


ASSistant VP – BudgeT and Human Resources (Student Affairs)

Nominees:     Eileen Walsh (SOC SCI); Ellen Dumond (CBE); Forthcoming


V.            TIMES CERTAIN

Time Certain

Subject: Recognition of Leticia Stotler (Service to Faculty Development Center); Dawn Valencia (Recognition in The Chronicle of Higher Education); Melinda Blackman (Carol Barnes Excellence in Teaching Award Recipient)

Time: 11:45 a.m.

Leticia Stotler was recognized for her indispensable service to the Faculty Development Center since 1988 and congratulated her on her recent move to the President’s Office.


The achievements of Dawn Valencia, Director of University Outreach, were recently highlighted in the April 27th issue of the prestigious Chronicle of Higher Education. She was recognized and thanked for her work.


Professor Melinda Blackman, Associate Professor of Psychology, was congratulated by the body for being selected as this year’s Carol Barnes Teaching Award recipient. Chair Guerin noted that Professor Blackman has also received the Psychology department’s Outstanding Faculty Member award multiple times.


Time Certain

Subject:  ASD 07-65 Revised UPS 210.000 Faculty Personnel Policy and Procedures

(As revised by Academic Senate – Spring 2007)

Time: 11:50 a.m.

In the interest of time, it was M/S/P [Meyer/Drezner] to approve the adoption of special rules for debate on UPS 210.000 which allow only three pro arguments and three con arguments for each motion. After the three pro and con arguments are made, the body must vote on extending debate. The vote must result with the majority in favor of extending debate. If the majority consents, three more pro and con arguments to the motion would then be allowed. Before making an argument, one must state “pro” or “con”.


M/S/P [Drezner/Hewitt] to approve ASD 07-65 Revised UPS 210.000 Faculty Personnel Policy and Procedures with the following additional amendments: (Approved with 1 abstention)


·        Page 6, line 251 (Section I.K.3): (Friendly amendment – Nanjundappa): Add “shall” after “Faculty Personnel Committee members”


·        Page 10, line 449 (Section II.B.2.b.1): (Friendly amendment – Meyer): Add “(when appropriate)” after “in high quality peer-reviewed”


·        Page 13, line 620 (Section III.A): (Friendly amendment – Walicki): After the sentence that ends with the words “retention, tenure, and promotion.”, add “The prospectus shall be due in the department chair’s office by the last day of the second week of the Spring Semester.”

·        AVP Atwell suggested substituting “the last day of the second week of the Spring Semester” with “February 28” [Friendly to Senator Walicki and to the body]


·        Page 14, line 659 (Section III.B.4.e): (Friendly amendment – Burgtorf): Change “vitae” to “vita”


·        Page 17, lines 801-807 (Section IV.D.3): M/S/P [Smith/Drezner] to remove mention of mentors. Therefore, delete section 3 in Section IV.D and renumber the subsequent paragraphs. [Approved with 2 abstentions]


·        Page 18, line 813 (Section IV.D.6): (Friendly amendment – Kanel): Change last sentence to “Such consultation shall be documented to Faculty Affairs and Records.”

·        (Friendly amendment – Stang): Add “and submitted to” after “documented”


·        Page 18, line 816 (Section IV.D.7): (Friendly amendment – Kanel) Insert “indicating” after “on the signature form”


·        Page 18, lines 818-819 (Section IV.D.8): (Friendly amendment – Hassan): Delete “but retained by the chair until the Department Personnel Committee has written its evaluation.” And replace with “before forwarding the portfolio to the DPC. Copies of this evaluation shall be sent by the chair to Faculty Affairs and Records upon forwarding of the portfolio to the DPC.”


·        Page 20, line 919 (Section IV.J.1): (Friendly amendment – Nanjundappa): Change “may” to “shall”


·        Page 22, line 1033 (Section V.D): (Friendly amendment – Fromson): Change the title from “FORMS FOR STUDENT OPINIONS OF INSTRUCTION” to “STUDENT OPINION QUESTIONNAIRES’


·        Page 22, line 1034 (Section V.D.1): (Friendly amendment – Fromson): place “Student Opinions of Instruction” in lowercase letters (“student opinions of instruction”



M/S/P [Hassan/Bedell] to include the date of Senate approval and date that the President signed the document into effect on all UPS documents reviewed and revised by the Senate. The body consented unanimously to this motion.

·        (Friendly amendment – Buck): Include the date that the document was transmitted to the President.



Chair Guerin asked the body to encourage colleagues to complete the online committee interest form which is available on the Academic Senate website.



No report. The Statewide Academic Senate meets next week.



8.1  UPS 271.101 Rights of Temporary Full and Part-Time Faculty was reviewed. A vote on rescission will take place at the Academic Senate meeting scheduled to take place on May 10, 2007.



9.1  M/S/P [Kanel/Burgtorf] to approve ASD 07-09 Revised UPS 300.040 Academic Standards for Postbaccalaureate Students [ASC] as submitted. (Approved unanimously)


9.2 M/S/P [Hewitt/Nanjundappa] to approve ASD 07-17 Revised UPS 508.000 Policy on Return or Replacement of Library Materials [Library Committee] as submitted. (Approved unanimously)


9.3 ASD 07-27 Resolution: One-Year Trial to Elect Standing and General Committee Chairs in the Spring [Academic Senate Executive Committee] was taken up as an item of urgent business and approved. (See above)


9.4 M/S/P [Randall/Rumberger] to approve ASD 07-38 Revised UPS 210.007 Appointment of Administrative Personnel [Academic Senate Executive Committee] as amended:

·        Page 2, line 10 (Section I.A.3): M/S/P [Mead/Kanel] to reinstate “tenure track”. (Approved with 1 abstention)

·        Page 2, line 11 (Section I.A.3): (Friendly amendment – Buck): Change “less” to “fewer”

·        Page 2, line 20 (Section I.A.3): (Friendly amendment – Fitch): Add “/tenure track” after “All tenure”

·        Page 2, lines 12-13 (Section I.A.3): M/S/P [Liverpool/Nanjundappa] to reinstate “(at least three of whom must be tenured)”.

·        (Friendly amendment – Mead): Move “(at least three of whom must be tenured)” to line 9 and place after “shall comprise seven members”

o       (Friendly amendment – Hewitt): Instead of moving after “shall comprise seven members, place” (at least three of whom must be tenured)” after “five tenured/tenure track faculty members”


Due to lack of time, item 9.5 was not discussed.

9.5 ASD 06-194 Resolution to Restore Summer Pay to Faculty Who Completed Instructional Work in Summer 2004 [Senator Hassan]


X.           ADJOURNMENT

         Meeting was adjourned at 12:57 p.m.