Minutes of the

FACULTY SENATE MEETING

March 18, 2002

 

APPROVED

 

PRESENT:                            Mike Arguello, Chris Barkley, Bill Bedford, Monika Brannick, Judy Cater, MaryAnn Drinan, Nancy Galli, Katheryn Garlow, Doug Key, Stan Levy, Mario Mendez, Maria Miller, Ruben Murcia, Jose Rangel, Joe Stanford, Fari Towfiq, Rocco Versaci, Anne Voth, April Woods

 

ABSENT:                              Mike Byron, Suzann Norton

 

GUESTS:                               Jose Fernandez, Rebecca Faubus, Barbara Kelber

 

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 March 11, were approved as presented.

 

Motion 1                                MSC Key, Cater: Add Strategic Planning to the agenda.

 

Strategic Planning

Council:                                Chris Barkley announced that no comments were received during the sunshining process of the Strategic Planning Council document. The Senate’s recommendation to add “Faculty” Professional Development Coordinator was accepted.

 

Motion 2                                MSC Key, Galli: Faculty Senate approval of the Strategic Planning Council .

 

Executive Session:              Chris Barkley asked Senate members for their cooperation in bringing items to the Senate for discussion. A rule will be established that the Senate will not go into Executive Session unless the Faculty Council is made aware prior to the meeting of the item being presented. Also, because it is important that the Senate president be aware of any items coming forward on the agenda under “Information: Other,” Senators are asked to present these items to the Secretary or President of the Senate prior to the meeting.

 

                                                Bill Bedford stated that the ruling may be contradictory to the wording in the Faculty Constitution which states that an Executive Session may be called at any time by any member of the Senate unless it is opposed by a majority of those present.

 

                                                Chris indicated that she would verify the information and inform the Senate of the outcome.

 

Committee

Appointments:                      April Woods announced that the Strategic Planning Committee will have the following 8 faculty as members:

 

Faculty membership generated by the Senate is as follows:

President, Faculty Senate

Past President, Faculty Senate (or designee)

Three additional Faculty members appointed by the Faculty Senate

 

Two PFF Co-Presidents: These individuals are faculty but they are not Senate appointed.

 

Faculty Coordinator, Professional Development

 

The Senate can therefore make four (4) appointments at this time.

 

Motion 3                                MSC Stanford, Murcia: Faculty Senate approval of the outcome of the vote for the following committee appointment:

 

                                                Strategic Planning Council

                                                Judy Cater, Library (2-year term)

                                                Judy Dolan, Media, Business, & Community Services (2-year term)

                                                Nancy Galli, Career & Technology (1-year term)

                                                Bob Gilson, Arts & Languages (1-year term)

 

Proposed Changes to

the Disciplines List:

 

Motion 4                                MSC Garlow, Galli: The Faculty Senate directs its president to present departmental views and vote based on these departmental recommendations from the Physical Education department on the proposed changes to the Disciplines List at the Statewide Academic Senate meeting in April, 2002.

 

Curriculum:

 

Motion 5                                MSC Brannick, Versaci: Faculty Senate ratification of the work of the Curriculum Committee as presented to the Senate on March 11, 2002.

 

Academic Assessment

Pilot:                                      The Academic Assessment Pilot program was presented by John Woods and Mark Hopkins at the March 11th Senate meeting. Brief discussion followed on the program, and concern was expressed that faculty members may lose the one-on-one student interaction with athletes in their classes. It was pointed out that it is a pilot program, and that faculty members participating will be given the opportunity to provide input during the process.

 

Motion 6                                MSC Garlow, Levy: Faculty Senate support of the Academic Assessment Pilot Program.

 

Academic Technology:       Mike Arguello reported that the members of the Academic Technology Committee and the Professional Development office will offer two computer training sessions for faculty: June 17 – 20, and August 19 – 22, 2002. These will be integrated courses using technology in the classroom, not just for online classes but using the Blackboard System, PowerPoint, FrontPage, and Acrobat in any classroom. Training manuals and software will also be provided to attendees. He also reported that the Academic Technology Committee will be promoting discussion on the possibility of introducing hybrid classes on campus that would combine online segments with traditional face-to-face classes.

 

Career Opportunities in

K-12 Teaching:                    Maria Miller announced that Palomar College students and staff are invited to attend a free workshop on career opportunities in K-12 teaching on Wednesday, April 3, 2002, from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. in the Governing Board room. Representatives from the Southern California Teacher Recruitment Center, CSUSM, and San Diego State University will be present to provide information about training and credentials needed for K-12 teaching, and the exciting opportunities and job outlook for teachers. For more information, call ext. 2194.     

 

Academic Standards

& Practices:                         Joe Stanford reminded those present of the April 11th meeting with administrators to discuss the Faculty Hiring Policy. It will be held in Room D-10 at 2:00 p.m.

 

Governing Board:                Chris Barkley provided the following report on the March 12th Governing Board meeting:

·         Over 50 faculty members attended the meeting to support the union in their negotiations efforts

·         Four probationary faculty members, 2 from general Counseling, one Financial Aid Counselor, and an EOPS Counselor, were not offered second-year contracts due to an anticipated reduction in state funding for matriculation and CalWorks. They all will have reemployment rights for 24 months.

·         Full-year and semester length Sabbatical Leaves for 2002-03 were approved.

·         Additional positions for Campus Police Officers were approved.

 

Lengthy discussion followed on the actions by the Governing Board to layoff faculty members. Chris Barkley indicated that all members of faculty leadership were not aware of the proposed layoffs until just prior to the Governing Board meeting. As a matter of fact, the written form of the item was distributed separately, and later, than the other agenda items. Discussion also occurred on using funds in reserves to fund these positions, and the lack of acknowledgement by the board to faculty members on the issue. Bill Bedford stated that it was like a puppet show. Chris added that the members of the Faculty Council and PFF leaders are meeting on March 20th to discuss this issue further. This will also be presented for additional Senate discussion on April 1st.

 

Council Meeting with

PFF:                                       Anne Voth reported that the members of the Faculty Council will now meet with PFF Council members on a regular basis. Hoke Simpson and Marty Hittleman were present at the first meeting. Issues discussed included the following:

 

·         The Faculty Senate, and the PFF are all on the same side and must be united.

·         It was pointed out that the Senate develops the policies from the inside and the union negotiates the policies into our contract for faculty.

·         A joint statement will be made by the PFF and the Faculty Council regarding the proposed layoffs.

·         It was recommended that a Motion be presented at the Senate to invite a representative from the PFF Executive Council to the Senate meetings to provide reports, and that the Senate should appoint a member from its group to attend the Executive Council to provide reports to that body.

 

Chris Barkley indicated that it would be presented for Senate action on April 1.

 

ASG Report:                         Rebecca Faubus provided the following ASG report:

·         Members of the ASG and Phi Theta Kappa participated in the Multiple Sclerosis walk in Carlsbad on Saturday, March 16th for Yvonne Anderson, raising over $200.

·         ASG members will be going to Washington DC on Friday and lobbying for PEL Grants, more Work Study, and a reduction in the high cost of textbooks.

·         The ASG will hold its weekly meeting at the Escondido Center this Wednesday, March 20th.

·         ASG elections are approaching. Sean Weimer will run again for president.

 

Suggestion Box:                  Chris Barkley announced that she had received a copy of a letter from George Boggs to Governor Davis supporting restoration of Matriculation funds for Community Colleges.

 

ADJOURNMENT:               The meeting was adjourned at 3:03 p.m.

 

                                                Respectfully submitted,

 

                                                April Woods, Secretary