Faculty Senate Minutes
February 8, 2006
Call to order: Cindy called the meeting to order at 2:35 p.m. in the Alumni Room
Officers attending: Cindy Beckett, President; Nick Reeder, Vice President; Linda Pastore, Secretary
Senators attending: Jennifer Barr, Tom Singer, Charles C. Williams, James Brooks, Mark Echtner, Art Ross, Moez Ben-Azzouz
Senators not attenting: Marsha Wamsley, Derek Allen, Mohamed Ali, James Houdeshell, Amanda Romero
Others attending: Laurel Mayer, Dona Fletcher
1. Approval of Minutes
The minutes from January 25, 2006 were approved with minor edits.
2. Officer’s Report
3. Committee Reports
Nick presented a report from the Personnel Committee (see attached document).
This discussion prompted the following recommendations that were approved by Senate to be forwarded to Interim VPI, Frank DePalma.
Statement of Recommendation: That the Timing and Action Calendar for future years be adjusted by moving dates for the following actions earlier as indicated:
· Move to Monday of the fourth week of Fall quarter: “Faculty/Administrative Performance Review interviews begin (to include all faculty, department chairpersons, and counselors—except for first-year faculty).”
· Move to Monday of the eighth week of Fall quarter: “Faculty Performance Reviews and Interim Performance Reviews (except for first-year faculty) to division deans.”
· Move to Monday of the tenth week of Fall quarter: “Faculty Performance Reviews and Interim Performance Reviews (except for first-year faculty) to Vice President for Instruction.”
Brief statement of rationale for Recommendation: In 2005, FPRs were not due to the VPI’s office until after Fall quarter had ended, and so there was no practical way for the Personnel Committee to be convened to review disputed FPRs before they were due to the President’s office, as required by Section 2.6.1 of the Faculty Handbook.
Statement of Recommendation: That the Vice President for Instruction reactivate the committee on Faculty/Administrative Performance Reviews and charge them with vigorously pursuing their previously identified goals.
Brief statement of rationale for Recommendation: The Faculty Senate’s Personnel Committee has raised several concerns regarding existing procedures relating to Faculty/Administrative Performance Reviews. However, Faculty Senate is reluctant to pursue changes to the existing procedures, knowing that a committee has previously been charged with the task of recommending sweeping changes to the entire FAPR process.
4. Special Orders
5. Unfinished Business
Office Hours Policy Recommendation (RcF05-01)
Cindy stated that the recommendation was sent forward to the Instructional Council for the first reading. Each member of the Instructional Council will go back to the groups he/she represents for discussion. At the next Instructional Council meeting there will be a second reading of the recommendation and voting will take place.
Cindy stated that the 06-07 Academic Calendar is not yet completed.
Senators were charged with going back to their faculty to request volunteers for committee membership. Each Academic Division will be represented by two faculty members.
March 8th was set as the date for the Winter Faculty Assembly. This date will replace the previously scheduled Senate Meeting.
6. New Business
Statement of Recommendation: That the College make available to all faculty the report recently issued by Dr. Terry Moran documenting the findings of his study.
Brief statement of rationale for Recommendation: In conducting his study, Dr. Moran solicited faculty input on the functioning of the College’s Instructional Division. As members of the Instructional Division, faculty have an interest in knowing the results of this important study.
Executive Vice President Search Status
Applications have been received and the Search Committee will begin screening the applications February 15. The position will hopefully be filled by the end of the academic year.
Vice President for Instruction Search
This position will be posted at the end of the month. Tom Lasley, from
Adjournment: Meeting adjourned at 3:58.
Submitted by Linda Pastore
Approved by Senate: February 22, 2006
Report of Personnel Committee to Faculty Senate
The Personnel Committee met on
The Faculty Handbook’s Section 2.6.1 stipulates that the committee’s responsibility in such cases is solely to determine whether procedural guidelines have been followed and whether the Timing and Action Calendar has been met. In the present case, the committee found several respects in which the procedural guidelines had not been followed and the Timing and Action Calendar had not been met. The committee has submitted its findings in writing to the VPI.
In the course of the committee’s review, committee members raised several concerns:
· Faculty/Administrative Performance Review interviews begin (to include all faculty, department chairpersons, and counselors—except for first-year faculty)
· Faculty Performance Reviews and Interim Performance Reviews (except for first-year faculty) to division deans
· Faculty Performance Reviews and Interim Performance Reviews (except for first-year faculty) to Vice President for Instruction