Minutes of the


February 3, 2003




PRESENT:                             Mike Arguello, Chris Barkley, Bill Bedford, Judy Cater, Judy Dolan, Bonnie Ann Dowd, MaryAnn Drinan, Teresa Laughlin, Stan Levy, Dennis Lutz, Mario Mendez, Maria Miller, Jose Rangel, Dan Sourbeer, Steve Spear, Fari Towfiq, Sara Thompson, Rocco Versaci, Anne Voth


ABSENT:                               Mike Byron


GUESTS:                                Chris Champine, Haryo Praborro


CALL TO ORDER:               The meeting was called to order by the president, Chris Barkley, at 2:00 p.m., in Room SU-30.


Approval of Minutes:         The minutes of January 27, 2003, were approved as amended.


Electronic Vote for

Faculty President &

Vice President:                      Stan Levy announced that a ballot to fill the positions of Faculty President and Vice President was inadvertently distributed electronically to contract faculty members earlier in the day. Please disregard. Nominations for those positions close on Tuesday, February 4, 2003, and a ballot will be sent out the following day.



Diversity Award:                  Anne Voth reported that the two individuals nominated for the Stanback-Stroud Diversity Award did not respond to her request for information to be considered for the award.  Therefore, we will not be submitting a nominee to the Statewide Academic Senate this year.




Motion 1                                MSC Dowd, Dolan: Faculty Senate approval of the following committee appointments:


                                                Food Services Advisory Committee

                                                Nimoli Khurana, ESL


                                                Human Resource Services Planning Council

                                                Patrick O’Brien, EOP&S


                                                Matriculation Committee

                                                Carolyn Lowther, ESL


                                                Professional Development Review Board

                                                Christopher Lowry, Speech/ASL


                                                Strategic Planning Council

                                                Bonnie Ann Dowd, Business Ed.


Motion 2                                MSC Cater, Dowd: Faculty Senate approval of the results of the ballot for the following committee appointments:


                                                Faculty & Staff Diversity Advisory Committee

                                                Cathy Jain, Earth Sciences


                                                Instructional Planning Council

                                                Nimoli Khurana, ESL


                                                Professional Procedures Committee

                                                Marilee Nebelsick-Tagg, Nursing


                                                Technology Committee

                                                Lee Chen, ESL


                                                Search Committee for the Vice President for Instruction

                                                P.J. DeMaris, Student Services Division

                                                Gracie Fowler, Business, Media, & Community Services Division

                                                Candi Francis, Math and the Natural & Health Sciences Division

                                                Bruce Gan, Career & Technical Education Division

Stan Levy, Arts & Languages Division

Jem McAdams, Human Arts & Sciences Division

Jennifer Paris, Library


Motion 3                                MSC Dowd, Sourbeer: Faculty Senate approval of the run-off ballot for the following committee appointment:


Technology Committee

Mark Clark, Math


Motion 4                                MSC Levy, Spear: To suspend the Agenda.


Faculty Senate Agenda

Distribution:                          Senate members discussed their recent decision to distribute Senate Agendas and minutes electronically rather than in a hard copy form. Some Senators felt that it would be beneficial for faculty members to continue to receive the Agenda in the hard copy form and keep the procedure in place to distribute the minutes electronically. Providing faculty members with their own copy of the Agenda will assure that they are kept up-to-date on issues currently being discussed at the Senate. Because it is only a one-page document, the cost will be minimal.


Motion 5                                MSC Levy, Sourbeer: That a hard copy of the Faculty Senate Agenda be distributed to all contract faculty members via faculty mailboxes each week.


Transfer Policies

& Goals:                                


Motion 6                                MSC Dowd, Dolan: Faculty Senate approval of the Transfer & Policies Goals.


Proposed BP 1100

Name of District:


Motion 7                                MSC Laughlin, Dolan: Faculty Senate approval of BP 1100, Name of District.


Proposed BP 1200

District Mission


Motion 8                                MSC Dowd, Miller: Faculty Senate approval of BP 1200, District Mission.


Proposed Change –

Revenue Allocation

Committee:                            Chris Barkley reported that the members of the Strategic Planning Council have accepted the Senate’s recommendation to add the following wording to the document:


                                                Reporting Relationship

                                                2 elected faculty members (or designees)


                                                Discussion followed on continuing with the principle of having 7 faculty members on committees to maintain cross representation from all of the divisions on campus.  The Senate would like to see an organizational structure of all committees to include the size of the committee membership, how many faculty serve on each committee and the type of committee e.g., planning, operational, etc.  The Senate intends to review to determine those committees where 7 faculty members are preferred to ensure adequate faculty input.


                                                MaryAnn Drinan added that the Palomar Faculty Federation will request additional representation on the committee, as well as confirmation in the wording that this committee is not negotiating or making recommendations with regard to increases or changes in the budget that are appropriately made at the negotiations table.


Motion 9                                MSC Dolan, Dowd: Faculty Senate approval of the proposed changes to the Revenue Allocation Committee, amended to include a total of 7 faculty members, preferably one from each division, appointed by the Faculty Senate (the 7 to include the President, Vice President, and Secretary of the Faculty Senate or their designees).

Proposed Change –

Safety & Security



Motion 10                              MSC Laughlin, Dowd: Faculty Senate approval of the proposed changes to the Safety & Security Committee, amended to include a total of 7 faculty members, one from each division.

Proposed Change –

Facilities Planning



Motion 11                              MSC Spear, Levy: Faculty Senate approval of the proposed changes to the Facilities Planning Committee, amended to include a total of 7 faculty members, one from each division.


Committees with

Admin. Association/

CAST Reps:                          As discussed at the January 27, 2003, meeting, proposals are being made to add a member of the Confidential and Supervisory Team to some committees. Those committees which had two members from the Administrative Association will now have one member from each group, and the committees with only one Administrative Association member will now have a member of CAST as well. Senate members agreed that because the membership is increasing on the Institutional Review and Staff Development Committees, faculty representation should be increased also to maintain pro rata representation.


                                                In response to a question about the status of the Benefits Committee, MaryAnn Drinan indicated that the Palomar Faculty Federation is currently reviewing a proposal to reactivate the committee in order to have access to information that comes to the campus from Kaiser and the JPA.


                                                Senators also briefly discussed the Administration’s recent unilateral imposition of an increase in the amount of co-pay for prescriptions for Kaiser members.


Motion 12                              MS Spear, Levy: The Faculty Senate accepts the document listing committees with Administrative Association and Confidential/Supervisory Team Representatives. The Faculty Senate directs its president to request to the members of the Strategic Planning Council that faculty membership on the Institutional Review and Staff Development Committees be increased by one to balance the addition of non-faculty members to those committees.


                                                Discussion followed on whether it was appropriate to have divisional representation on some of the smaller committees where the total membership number may not equal the number of faculty members on the committee. Senate members agreed that Governance Committees in particular should have divisional representation by faculty.


Motion 13                              MSC Voth, Sourbeer: To extend the meeting.


Motion 14                              MSC Spear, Dowd: To postpone Motion 12


Hiring Procedures:               Dan Sourbeer reported that some members of the Professional Procedures Committee met with Dr. Amador to discuss the proposed changes to the Hiring Procedures. The appointment of an observer who would sit in with the Superintendent/President during his or her interviews is currently being discussed, as Dr. Amador has indicated that she may not wish to keep that part of the procedure in place. It is hoped that the document can be brought to the Senate for approval on February 10, 2003.


Motion 15                              MSC Dowd, Sourbeer: To table the Hiring Procedures.



Evaluations:                          Bill Bedford reported that the Administrative Evaluations of deans and administrators would be presented at the February 10, 2003, meeting.


Proposed Change –

Bookstore Advisory



Motion 16                              MSC Dowd, Miller: Faculty Senate approval of the proposed changes to the Bookstore Advisory Committee.

Budget Criteria:


Motion 17                              MS Miller, Cater: Faculty Senate approval of the Budget Cut Criteria and Implementation Plan.


                                                Senate members expressed concern with taking action on a document relating to budget issues, particularly when there is a suggestion to postpone faculty hiring and/or enforce class size guidelines. This document appears to be more management-related. Lengthy discussion followed on many of the recommendations suggested in the document.


                                                The following substitution Motion was offered:


Motion 18                              MSCU Spear, Dowd: The Faculty Senate acknowledges the receipt of the Budget Cut Criteria and Implementation Plan and expects that we will be consulted prior to any action that will impact Academic & Professional Matters.


Reorganization:                    Chris Barkley reported that the members of the Strategic Planning Council will be discussing the proposal for Instructional Reorganization at their February 4th meeting.  There does not appear to be resistance to this proposed reorganization, which according to the district is a redistribution of workload among the deans.  Chris reminded the senators that at previous discussions of reorganization proposals, the senators and faculty did not object to a reorganization of deans’ workloads.  The departments involved in the reorganization have been consulted by administration and there doesn’t appear to be significant resistance.  It was also mentioned that administration is still entertaining suggestions for names of the reorganized divisions.


                                                A discussion followed regarding the impact of workload reorganization on faculty workloads as long as the number of deans did not increase and the Senate was considered in any negotiations that increased the number of deans.  Because this is a negotiable item with regard to faculty, Senators requested that the members of the Joint Council meet to discuss what appropriate action, if any, the Senate should take on this issue.


Other:                                     Judy Cater announced that former Senator Tamara Weintraub sends her thanks to the Senate for the card welcoming her new baby.


Governing Board:                 Chris Barkley reported that the Governing Board voted to oppose the proposed student fee hikes and also that any money generated by a fee hike would go directly to the state and not be kept in the Community College system.


ADJOURNMENT:               The meeting was adjourned at 3:43 p.m.


                                                Respectfully submitted,


Bonnie Ann Dowd, Secretary