Minutes of the

FACULTY SENATE MEETING

May 6, 2002

 

APPROVED

 

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

 

ABSENT:                              Judy Cater

 

GUESTS:                               Sherrill Amador, Rebecca Faubus, Robert Jones, Jason Roach, Steve Spear

 

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

 

Election Results:                 Stan Levy announced that as a result of the recent elections, the following faculty members have been elected to the Faculty Senate through May, 2004:

 

                                                Bill Bedford (Adjunct Representative)             Maria Miller

                                                Judy Dolan                                                            Dan Sourbeer

                                                MaryAnn Drinan                                                 Steve Spear

                                                Katheryn Garlow                                                  Sara Thompson

                                                Dennis Lutz                                                           Tamara Weintraub

 

April 22, 2002,

Minutes:                                Chris Barkley announced the following change to the approved minutes of April 22, 2002:

 

                                                Page 2: A suggestion to add a marketing person to the Strategic Planning Council as a non-voting member (not the Instructional & Student Services Councils).

 

Approval of Minutes:           The minutes of April 29, 2002, were approved as amended.

 

Motion 1                                MSC Levy, Miller: To suspend the Agenda.

 

Dr. Sherrill Amador:          Dr. Amador provided an overview of some of the issues facing faculty and staff relating to PeopleSoft and the challenges of its implementation. There are ongoing struggles by departments with the class schedules and how they’re processed, particularly with the variances between departments. Over the years things have changed, and when the new PeopleSoft system came in, we tried to combine it with our existing systems with the idea of patching everything together to make it work, which has not been a successful approach. She indicated  that  she hopes  that  by  the  time  the  8th  revision  is  in  place, approximately 6 months to a year, a review of the current processes will be completed, so that the standard tasks, such as class scheduling, can be completed relatively easily.

 

Another issue currently being discussed is faculty contracts. She indicated that there is an assumption that when you have a faculty contract, the basis for contracts are standards among the way departments do things, such as faculty loads, class sizes, etc. Past practices are being reviewed, and whether such standards exist.

 

She indicated that the issues of PeopleSoft and faculty contracts were present when she came on board at Palomar, and that she has been attempting to move forward and make progress.

 

In response to a question about shared governance, Dr. Amador indicated that although her style varies greatly from previous Palomar College leaders, she is open to suggestions from faculty and staff which would improve working conditions here.

Committee

Appointments:

 

Motion 2                                MSC Stanford, Key: Faculty Senate approval of the results of the ballot appointing Teresa Laughlin as the new Curriculum Co-Chair through May, 2004.

 

Research Award:

 

Motion 3                                MSC Key, Woods: Move to Executive Session.

 

                                                The Senate moved to Executive Session at 2:25 p.m.

 

                                                Open Session resumed at 2:42 p.m.

 

Motion 4                                MSC Versaci, Bedford: Faculty Senate approval of the results of the ballot naming Richard Peacock as the 2002 recipient of the Research Award.

 

Governance Structure

Sunshining:                         Suggestions received from faculty members on the Governance Structure sunshining were presented and discussed last week. Based on those recommendations, the following motions were made:

 

Motion 5                                MSCU Key, Drinan: The Faculty Senate recommends that 7 faculty be appointed to the Administrative Services Planning Council rather than 2.

 

                                                Doug Key indicated that because the council will be reviewing the Facilities Master Plan, faculty input is essential.

 

Motion 6                                MSCU Woods, Miller:  The Faculty Senate recommends that the Career Center Director, an EOP&S Counselor, the Transfer Center Director, the Counseling Department Chair, a DSP&S counselor or other faculty member, and 3 additional faculty from other areas on campus be appointed to the Student Services Planning Council, and that the Research Analyst be appointed as a non-voting member.

 

                                                April Woods also questioned a meeting time of 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., an inconvenient time for most faculty members.

 

Motion 7                                MSCU Stanford, Levy: The Faculty Senate recommends that the faculty membership on the Instructional Planning Council be changed from 7 to 9 and that the Research Analyst be a non-voting member.

 

Motion 8                                MSCU Woods, Key: The Faculty Senate recommends an increase in the number of faculty to 7 for divisional representation on the Human Resources Services Planning Council.

 

Motion 9                                MSC Stanford, Key: To extend the meeting.

 

                                                After some discussion, Senate members agreed that clarification on how prioritizing of faculty and staff positions will be handled for all of these councils is needed because nowhere in the roles does it clarify that each separate council will prioritize faculty and staff position requests for that area.

 

Motion 10                              MSCU Stanford, Garlow: The Faculty Senate directs its president to take the recommended changes to the Councils to the Strategic Planning Council meeting with the understanding that the Senate would like clarification on how prioritization of faculty positions will occur before any of the Councils are approved.

 

Curriculum:

 

Motion 11                              MSC Versaci, Stanford: Faculty Senate ratification of the work of the Curriculum Committee.

 

Hiring Policy &

Procedure:                            Chris Barkley announced that the proposed changes to the Faculty Hiring Policy and Procedure will be postponed until the fall semester because the administration has some issues regarding the changes and will be unable to meet again until after the next cabinet meeting. Senate members were not satisfied with postponing the changes until next semester but did not want any changes coming forward over the summer months. If any additional amendments are proposed, the document will have to be sunshined again in the fall. Brief discussion followed.

 

Academic Technology:       Reporting on Academic Technology, Mike Arguello stated that 98 on-line classes will be offered in the fall semester, including blackboards for ETV classes. He encouraged faculty members to explore using technology in the classroom, adding that Front Page, Blackboard, and PowerPoint classes will be available to faculty throughout the summer.

 

Palomar Faculty

Federation Report:              The following PFF statement was provided by Carlton Smith:

 

                                                As PFF liaison I want to confirm Palomar Faculty Federation’s commitment to working with the Senate for the betterment of all the faculty interests at Palomar. The PFF indeed remains dedicated to focusing on ideas and not individuals, on policies and not personalities. These are important and perilous times at Palomar

and the actions we take today will undoubtedly shape out futures. I continue to urge that all of us – full time, part-time, union and non-union – work together so that we can preserve educational excellence here at Palomar.

 

                                                In this spirit, I would encourage all of you to attend our “celebration/rally” for faculty unity and voice, which will take place on May 14 at 6:00 p.m. at the Friendship Pavilion. As we move into summer, we must all stand together and look across our differences and recognize what unites us – a commitment to our students, community and colleagues. Plus it will be fun!

 

                                                April Woods added that in a memorandum to Carlton Smith, she reiterated the need for cooperation and unity among all faculty members.

 

Faculty Meeting:                 Doug Key invited all to the Faculty Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 8th at 1:00 p.m. in SU-30.

 

Job Fair:                                Maria Miller reminded those present of the Community Job Fair on Wednesday, May 8th from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

 

ASG:                                      Chris Barkley congratulated Rebecca Faubus as the recipient of the Faculty Award.

 

Rebecca Faubus provided the following ASG report:

·         The Telescope’s budget has been cut because after several requests, they have not submitted the information needed to continue receiving the allotted amount.

·         The new ASG board will be sworn in on Wednesday, May 8th.

·         The voter registration campaign continues Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, May 7, 8, and 9th and to sign letters to legislators opposing the proposed budget cuts.

                                               

 

ADJOURNMENT:               The meeting was adjourned at 3:34 p.m.

 

                                                Respectfully submitted,

 

                                                April Woods, Secretary