Minutes of the
MEETING OF THE FACULTY SENATE
PRESENT: Chris Barkley, Bill
Bedford, Judy Dolan, Bonnie Ann Dowd, MaryAnn Drinan, Brent Gowen, Barb Neault
Kelber, Teresa Laughlin, Stan Levy, Dennis Lutz, Maria Miller, Marilee
Nebelsick-Tagg, Sue Norton, Perry Snyder, Dan Sourbeer, Steve Spear, Sara
ABSENT: Judy Cater, Martha Evans, Fari Towfiq
GUESTS: Dan Finkenthal
CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order by the president, Steve Spear, at , in Room SU-30.
Approval of Minutes:
Motion 1 MS Barkley,
Nebelsick-Tagg: To approve the minutes of
Bonnie Ann Dowd stated that she included a verbatim transcript of Information Item N because two senators requested that the minutes include direct quotes of statements they made. However, Bonnie felt that because such statements were part of a dialogue it was inappropriate for her to unilaterally select which statements to transcribe verbatim and which to paraphrase so the entire discussion on this information item was transcribed verbatim. Brief discussion followed on Robert’s Rules of Order guidelines for minutes and historical practice of paraphrasing discussion in minutes.
(substitute) MSC Barkley, Miller:
To postpone approval of the minutes of September 15, 2003, until October 6,
2003 to allow the Senate Secretary time to replace the verbatim wording with a
summary of the discussion under “The Brown Act and
Proxy Votes: Bonnie Ann Dowd announced the following proxies:
Tamara Weintraub holding a proxy for Judy Cater
Motion 2 MSC Kelber,
Distinguished Faculty Award Committee
Steve Bertram – Trade and Industry Full-time faculty
Joe Limer – Part-time faculty
Safety and Security Committee
Karen Mifflin – MNHS, Math
Motion 3 MSC Barkley,
Academic Standards and Practices Committee
Kalyna Lesyna - Social and Behavioral Sciences, Behavioral Sciences
Distinguished Faculty Award Committee
Karan Huskey – Counseling and Matriculation, Counselor
Institutional Review Committee At – Large Position
John Valdez - Social and Behavioral Sciences, Multicultural Studies
Sabbatical Leave Committee
Carol Lowther- Languages and Literature, ESL
Chris Barkley added that the purpose of this task force is to address the issue of whether a Senate sub-committee is necessary to address the issue of academic technology. Its members will also include faculty serving on the Computer Coordinating and Technology Committees.
Attrition: Steve Spear
reported that the issue of Academic Department Assistant (ADA)
Replacement/Attrition is on the agenda for the Instructional Planning meeting
scheduled for Wednesday, September 24th. The Senate voted at its
last meeting that Department Chairs should be paramount in inclusion in the
decision-making process in relation to
Also discussed was the need for clarification on this issue as being an Academic and Professional Matter, with input from the Senate being an essential part of the process.
6 MSC Dowd,
Email voting: This item was
Committee on Committees-
& Service: This item
was postponed until
Past President Designee
Of The Faculty:
Barkley, Nebelsick-Tagg: The
Motion 8 MSC Nebelsick-Tagg, Miller, To extend the meeting.
Minutes & Procedures:
9 MSC Dowd,
Bedford: That the audio tapes of every
10 MSC Dowd,
Levy: That the
Ad Hoc Committee on
Senate Credibility and
11 MSC Dowd,
Nebelsick-Tagg: That the Committee on Committees issue in relation to a faculty
member’s appointment to the Instructional Planning Council last year be sent
back to the Personnel Standards & Practices Committee (i.e., last
years committee members who originally
dealt with the issue) for a final report to be brought back to the
Based on the discussions held on this issue, some feel that the integrity of the Senate has been questioned. There was some discussion on whether it was appropriate to create a sub-committee or assign to one of our existing committees a task to review Senate committee processes to ensure we are held to the highest possible standards.
12 MS Dowd,
Nebelsick-Tagg: That a member
There was discussion on whether there was a need to form a sub-committee or whether there was an existing committee where this could be addressed.
Senate members also discussed the fact that the issue may be merely a need to ensure that the current constitutional processes are being followed. Perhaps it would be more appropriate to just reaffirm what procedures we currently have in place and how to use them and ensure accountability and reportability, rather than forming another committee.
Bonnie Dowd stated that it is important that no one person be placed in a situation where they are accused of abusing or actually abusing Senate power whether perceived or actual. The Senate has a responsibility to its constituency to ensure that it holds itself to standards of integrity. Bonnie was asked to further clarify by bringing a motion back to the Senate.
Barkley, Dowd: To postpone Motion 12 until
The Brown Act/Faculty
of Speech: Dan Finkenthal distributed copies of a letter to the Senators from Shannon Lienhart which outlines three basic tenets of democracy that she feels are necessary for the Senate to acknowledge in order to begin to operate in a more ethical manner. Also distributed was a document outlining, “Why Serial Meetings Should Not Occur.” Dan told the Senate that action was pending against the Senate for violation of the Brown Act and that he wanted the Senators to know that this was not being done for any personal reasons but rather because he believes such violations took place therefore, requiring a legal opinion and interpretation.
Membership: Postponed until
College/Digital Campus: Senate members discussed Palomar’s ongoing attempts at becoming a “paperless college” and the concerns that some students have limited access to technology. The Matriculation and Transfer Advisory Committee is currently discussing a proposal to transfer everything over to student email exclusively. Just one of the questions which follow that proposal includes ease of access. Although it has been pointed out that students can use computers in the library on campus and at the public library, there is still the issue of access to those computers, and the length of time that they can be on those computers. Even those with computers at home may have to share them with other family members, thus limiting their use. Although Palomar is talking about moving in this direction for the sake of efficiency, we owe it to students to speak on their behalf that they all deserve an equal shot at being efficient students. If they don’t all have an equal opportunity to do so because of this technological issue then faculty members need to concern themselves with the issue.
It was also pointed out that some part-time and full-time faculty members do not have convenient computer access
Judy Dolan added that it was reported at the September 18 Registration Committee meeting that in the Spring 2004 Schedule there will be no mention of PAR even though PAR will still be available. In the Summer 2004 Schedule PAR will be phased out all together.
members requested that this item be placed on the Senate agenda for action on
Reconfiguration of Student
Equity Committee: Draft copies of the reconfiguration of the Student Equity Committee were provided. Steve Spear indicated that the changes are being proposed due to the passage of the affirmative action initiative. The Student Equity Committee will coordinate its activities with those of the Planning Committees, Curriculum Committee, Registration Committee, Faculty and Staff Diversity Advisory Committee, Matriculation and Transfer Advisory Committee, and other District committees as necessary.
item will be presented for Senate action on
Motion 14 MSC Bedford, Levy: To adjourn the meeting.
The meeting was adjourned at
Bonnie Ann Dowd, Secretary