May 11, 2006
Members Present: Bedell, Buck, Burgtorf, Dabirian, Drezner, Fidalgo, Fitch, Fromson, Gass, Gordon, Guerin, Hall, Hagan, Hassan, Hewitt, Holland, Jones, Kanel, Kantardjieff, Kelly, Kirtman, Klassen, Klein, Kreiner, Liverpool, Lovell, Matz, Meyer, Nanjundappa, Pasternack, Rhoten, Rumberger, Smith, Tavakolian, Vogt, Walicki, Williams
Absent: Alva, Dabirian, Emry, Junn, Michalopoulos, Napper, Pierson, Schroeder, Shapiro, Syed
I. CALL TO ORDER
Chair Bedell called the meeting to order at 11:33 a.m.
II. URGENT BUSINESS
Senator Kreiner expressed appreciation to President Gordon for his response to an accusatory e-mail message that was distributed to members of the Senate electorate prior to the All University Election. Senator Matz added that the Elections Committee issued a statement that the Senate is not supporting any messages that might be distributed by anyone from the university, other than candidate statements in the nomination process.
Senator Nanjundappa (President, CFA Fullerton Chapter) attended a two-day workshop at the Chancellor’s office, organized by a consultant hired by the Chancellor, to introduce ways of moving towards a more cooperative, collegial working relationship between CSU and CFA.
Senator Fidalgo announced that the University Club’s End of the Year Party will be held at her home on May 19th at 6:00 p.m. All colleagues are welcome.
Senator Buck announced that D.J. Waldie will be
speaking on suburban life in
Senator Matz reminded the body that the election ends today at 4:00 p.m. The results will be publicized on Friday. As of 10:30 a.m. this morning, almost 30% of the electorate (619 voters) had voted.
Chair Bedell announced that the Academic Senate party will be held at his home next Thursday, May 18th at 4:00 p.m.
Chair Bedell notified the body that the charter of the Orange County Teacher’s Federal Credit Union (on campus) has been adjusted to focus on university employees. It no longer will offer checking and savings account services to students. Another vendor will be available to provide banking services for students. Student employees are still eligible for accounts.
IV. TIME CERTAIN
Subject: Continuing Discussion on UPS 210.000 Personnel Policy and Procedures for Tenure-Track and Tenured Faculty
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· It was M/S [Nanjundappa/Guerin] to substitute the language in section E, number 5 (p.4) to read:
5. In evaluations for retention, tenure, and promotion, accomplishments during service credit years shall be weighted equally to those achieved during the probationary years at CSUF. However, accomplishments during service credit years shall never be sufficient in and of themselves for the granting of promotion and/or tenure.
· Senator Pasternack: Spoke against amendment. Troubled by the word “equally”. Change to “in reasonable proportion”. The way the statement reads is that we would have to count what a faculty member did in one year of service credit the same as what they did during his/her probationary years.
· Senator Drezner: Expressed similar concern. The same credit will be considered twice, once for hiring, and once for tenure.
· It was M/S [Fitch/Fromson] to change “equally” to “in reasonable proportion”.
· V.P. Smith: We should be offering service credits for accomplishments achieved at CSUF.
· Senator Guerin: We should be circumspect in terms of granting service credit.
· Senator Drezner: Reasonable proportion could be anything. Need to be specific.
· Senator Fitch: If you’re weighing in reasonable proportion, you’ve got 2 years service credit, there are several more years, it would be very difficult to get 50%. The other 50% may be closer to a third.
· Senator Drezner: It’s not a reasonable proportion to the number of years if you get three articles in your service credit years and three articles in your regular hours. So the question is how much you multiply the 3 articles in the service credit. You could give 2.9 credit. So, “in reasonable proportion” could be anything.
· Senator Hewitt: Language is fuzzy. If faculty member has several publications before they are hired here, what will “in reasonable proportion” do to that? Potential problem. Someone may come from a Research I university and have no publications or have a minor publication at CSUF and that would be enough. Seconded Senator Guerin’s comment about granting service credit.
· Senator Fidalgo: The issue is the word “credit”. The University should decide how much credit it will grant.
· President Gordon: In some cases, service credit works against the tenure process for individuals. It brings instructors up before they’ve actually developed a resume that would grant them tenure. That should be very seriously considered.
· Senator Taylor: In response to Senator Hewitt, it says clearly in the rewritten amendment that service credit should never be sufficient in and of itself. It says that we have to look at their accomplishments here.
M/S/P [Nanjundappa/Guerin] to substitute the language in section E, number 5 (p.4) with Senator Nanjundappa’s proposed modification.
· M/S/P [Fitch/Fromson] to amend the approved amendment in section E., changing “equally” to “in reasonable proportion”. The vote was taken first by voice, and then by division of the house. 18: Yes, 14: No, Motion passed.
Chair Bedell: When we adjourned, Senator Drezner had moved to delete to abbreviated review. (Seconded by Hassan) It was the consent of the body to revisit what was done at the previous meeting.
M/S/P [Liverpool/Guerin]. Wherever DPC was deleted, it will be restored. Rationale was that it is in conflict with article 15.24 of the contract.
Section 2. Second Year Probationary Faculty
Senator Guerin: FPC wanted to clarify (at the request of one of our college deans) the possible outcomes for each review (items a-c).
It was M/S [Guerin/
Chair Bedell: Prerogative of the Chair to defer consideration until we get more information on the impact of changing the date. He acknowledged the work of FPC.
Section 3. Third Year Probationary Faculty
Section 4. Fourth Year Probationary Faculty
Section 5. Fifth Year Probationary Faculty
Section 6. Sixth Year Probationary Faculty
Section 7. Faculty Applying for Promotion to Professor
§ V.P. Smith: Applying for full professor: Five years has been the norm. This is the practice.
Use the word “regular” before “promotion”
Section 8. Faculty Applying for Early Promotion
Section 9. Faculty on Professional Leave
It was M/S [Guerin/
Line 12: Use “may not” instead of “cannot”
Body consented to deferring further discussion on Sections 9 and 10 until receipt of additional information from FAR.
Section K. REVIEW PROCESS
Use “the appropriate Vice President” throughout the entire document.
Need librarians covered (line 32)
M/S/P [Guerin/Liverpool] – Section approved as amended.
Section L. EVALUATIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
Section M. RESPONSIBILITIES OF FACULTY MEMBERS
It was M/S [Guerin/Nanjundappa] to approve section M.
The body consented to deferring discussion on this topic (section M.) until information on this is received.
Senator Nanjundappa proposed adding a Section N entitled “Faculty Rebuttal or Response”. His rationale was to transport Article 15.5 from MOU to UPS 210.000 to create New Section N. (His proposed text follows):
N. Faculty Right to Rebuttal or Response
Article 15.5 At all
levels of review, before recommendations are forwarded to a subsequent review
level, faculty unit employees faculty members shall be given a copy of
the recommendation and written reasons therefore. The faculty unit employee
faculty member may submit a rebuttal statement or response in writing and/or
request a meeting be held to discuss the recommendation within seven (7) days
following receipt of the recommendation. A copy of the response or rebuttal
statement shall accompany the Working Personnel Action File portfolio
and also be sent to all previous levels of review. This section shall not
require that evaluation time lines be extended.
Meeting adjourned with discussion of this document on the floor.
V. CHAIR’S REPORT
Chair Bedell addressed the issue raised by Senator Kreiner as an item of urgent business. He has spoken with the University lawyer. The University cannot reveal what is being done since the investigation to identify the sender is in progress. We are aware of the name of the company from which the email message was sent, but not the specific location. In order for the investigation to move forward, a subpoena will have to be delivered to the company.
VI. STATEWIDE ACADEMIC SENATE REPORT
VII. CONSENT CALENDAR
M/S [Rhoten/Buck] to approve the consent calendar.
Items 7.3, 7.4, 7.2, and 7.1. were removed and made items of New Business.
Item 7.5 ASD 06-88 Spring 2006 New Course Proposals: BIOL 318, ASAM 325, LBST 101, AFRO 308 was approved unanimously.
GENERAL EDUCATION PROGRAM
The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics requests inclusion of the following new course in the General Education Program under Category III.A.3., Implications and Explorations in Natural Sciences and Mathematics:
BIOL 318 Wildlife Conservation (3)
Prerequisites: Completion of General Education Category III.A.2.c. Causes and consequences of loss of biological diversity, with an emphasis on wildlife populations and science-based conservation. Threatened and endangered species and ecosystems, ecosystem management and design of nature preserves, habitat restoration, captive species reintroductions, conservation legislation. No credit toward Biology major.
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences requests inclusion of the following new courses in the General Education Program under Category III.B.3., Implications, Explorations, and Participatory Experience in the Arts and Humanities, and Category V, Cultural Diversity:
ASAM 325 Asian American Film and Video (3)
Prerequisite: Completion of General Education Categories III.B.1 and III.B.2. The course will introduce students to major themes in Asian American film and video history and criticism. Asian American aesthetics, history and politics will be examined in areas of film and video direction, production, writing, and acting.
LBST 101 Introduction to the Social Sciences (3)
This course surveys major topics in the social sciences in order to understand their systematic study of human behavior, to realize the connections among particular issues and approaches, and to reflect critically on modern life.
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences requests inclusion of the following new courses in the General Education Program under Category III.C.2., Implications, Explorations, and Participatory Experience in the Social Sciences, and Category V, Cultural Diversity:
AFRO 308 African American Males in American Social Systems (3)
Prerequisite: Completion of General Education Category III.C.1. This course involves a critical examination of the significant life experiences of African American males. Course emphasizes family, community, school, and broader societal systems that affect African American males functioning within legal, educational, economic, and social environments.
VIII. NEW BUSINESS
Due to lack to time, items 8.1 – 8.5 were not discussed.
Meeting was adjourned at 12:57 p.m.