Approved 3/28/17 by FS


March 14, 2017, 3:30 pm Cascade Room

OFFICERS: Tom Hergert, Frances Kayona, Tracy Ore, Tina Sacin

IFO BOARD: Debra Leigh, Mark Jaede

NEGOTIATOR: Shawn Jarvis

MAJOR COLLEGE/UNIT REPRESENTATIVES: (CLA) John Harvey, Debra Japp; (COSE) Matt Julius; (HBS) Bill Hudson; (SCEE) Tony Hansen; (SHHS) Laura Finch; (SOA) VACANT; (SOE) Steve Hornstein; (SOPA) Dick Andzenge; (SS) Cindy Gruwell

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS (CLA): (ANTH) Rob Mann; (CMST) VACANT, David Warne, Eddah Mutua; (ENGL) John Madden, Jamie Heiman, VACANT; (ETHS & WS) Miguel Chavez; (FORL) Agustin Boyer; (HIST) VACANT, VACANT; (COMM) VACANT; (PHIL) Paul Neiman; (PSYC) Leslie Valdes, Jody Illies; (SOC) Ann Finan

COLLEGE OF SCIENCE & ENGINEERING (COSE): (BIOL) Louise Millis, Mark Minger, Ryan Fink; (CHEM) Jake Rafferty, Mike Jeannot; (MATH & STAT) Ravi Kalia, Bill Branson, Michael Ernst; (PHYS) Chris Nelson


SCHOOL OF COMPUTING, ENGINEERING & ENVIRONMENT(SCEE): (AHS) Alan Srock; (CSCI & IT) Amos Olagunju, Jayantha Herath; (ECE) Aiping Yao; (ETS) Tony Akubue; (MME) Julianna Zhao

SCHOOL OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES (SHHS): (CSD) GN Rangamani; (COUN & PSYC) Martin Guo, Trae Downing; (GERO) Rona Karasik; (Kinesiology) Giovanni Antunez; (NURS) Victoria Hammer, Pamela Rickbeil; (SW) Sylvester Lamin

SCHOOL OF THE ARTS (SOA): (ART) Julie Baugnet, Kathryn Gainey; (MUS) Kristian Twombly, VACANT; (TH & FS) Christopher Jordan

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION (SOE): (CFS) JoAnn Johnson; (ELHE) VACANT; (HURL) Semya Hakim; (IM) Merton Thompson; (SPED) Bradley Kaffar; (ED) VACANT, VACANT

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS (SOPA): (CJ) VACANT; (ECON) Monica Garcia-Perez; (GEOG & PLAN) Kevin Ahlgren, VACANT; (POL) Shoua Yang, Shawn Schooley

SPECIAL SERVICES (SS): (AS) Geoffrey Tabakin, Laurie Yourk; (ATHL) VACANT, VACANT; (CONT STUDIES) VACANT; (COUNS) Steve Jenkins; (LRS) Jennifer Quinlan, Jo Flanders
GUESTS: Josh Lease


1)   Call to order at 3:45 pm


2)   Act on Minutes

a.) Faculty Senate minutes of February 21, 2017 (FS031417 2.a)—motions

Motion to approve Faculty Senate minutes of February 21, 2017, and all actions included—(Jarvis/Nelson). Passed


b.) Executive Committee minutes of January 31, 2017 (FS031417 2.b)—filed.  

c.)  UCC minutes from February 23 and March 2, 2017 (FS031417 2.c.1-2.c.2)—motions acted on below.

d.) Graduate Committee minutes from February 3, 2017, Graduate Faculty Status Policy and Procedure, minutes from February 17, 2017, and two other documents (FS031417 2.d.1-2.d.5) some items from last faculty senate and some items new—motions acted on below.


3)   Treasurer’s Report—no report.


4)   Consent Agenda

a.) Scholarship, Research and Creative Achievement Committee (SRCA) (HBS rep/2020): No volunteers


5)   Special Elections

a.) Sesquicentennial Faculty Representative (one faculty): Laura Finch 10 votes (Kinesiology/SHHS); Terry Vermillion 19 votes (MUSIC/SOA)


6)   Call for Additional Agenda Items—none.


7)   Announcements

a.) Grievance Update—Jaede gave a brief update. Hergert also gave an update.

b.) Negotiation Update—Jarvis gave an update.

c.)  Provost and President Updates—Hergert gave an update.

d.) Meet and Confer Update—Hergert and Kayona gave an update.

e.) State Action Committee Visit March 28 at 2:30 pm in Cascade—Hergert announced.

f.)   Contingent Appointments Committee CALL—Hergert explained the new committee.

g.) FA Spring Elections open March 27-April 10, 2017 PLEASE VOTE—announced.

h.) Faculty of Color Caucus—Leigh announced meeting at IFO in April. Deadline to register is today; see Debra Leigh if you are interested.


8)   Unfinished Business—none.


9)   New Business

a.) Graduate Committee motions and documents—discussed. Motions from February 17 Passed.

Motion to postpone motion in February 3 minutes definitely to the next Faculty Senate meeting for faculty to take back to departments—(Jaede/Kalia). Passed

b.) UCC motions—Passed.

c.)  Classroom Discussion Motion from EC (FS031417 9.c)—discussed. Passed

d.) Organizing Options—Hergert talked about getting fair share contingent faculty to join the union. There are some proposals: IFO hiring fulltime organizer, hire another union structure, IFO would join AAUP or hire SEIU. No decisions have been made.

e.) Campus Campaign Josh Lease 4 pm time certain/15 minutes—Josh Lease thanked faculty for their gifts. The campaign started yesterday. He talked about the new retention scholarship.

f.)   Professional Expectations for Faculty new standing Senate agenda item (motion from EC)—not discussed.

g.) Reassignment for FA VP (from Harvey/Hudson) (Jaede abstained) (FS031417 9.g) Passed

The Faculty Association will notify the IFO that it wishes to alter the distribution of release time for the position of SCSU FA President to a .875 to .125 split between the ex officio president and ex officio vice president, beginning in FY18. The Faculty Association will also request the IFO to supplement an additional 1-credit of reassignment for the ex officio vice president for the academic year.

[Note, if passed this would become part of our operating procedures.]


The amount of work that the vp position requires is more significant than regular service volunteering to chair a FA committee. Faculty who volunteer to serve as vice presidents also retain their full teaching loads, as well as normal expectations of university/dept/program service. While we understand that the office of FA president is a full-time commitment, the vice president also overlaps in these duties in practice. This is an effort to recognize the need to balance the volunteer for effective service from future vice presidents. The request for the IFO to fund 1 credit is because a .125 distribution would equal 3 credits hours of work, which for numerous depts. would not equal a 4-credit class in their normal workload.

10.)Adjournment at 5:07 pm


Submitted by Polly Chappell, Faculty Association Administrative Assistant