FACULTY SENATE MINUTES

Oct. 2, 2002

Officers attending: Cindy Beckett, Vice President; Fred Thomas, Secretary

Senators attending: Jim Brooks, Susan Callender, Frank Clay, Roxann DeLaet, Kenneth Melendez, Jackie Myers, Nick Reeder, Shari Rethman, Vann Rogers, Ellen Rosengarten, Marsha Wamsley

Not attending: Pam Chambers (ill), Rick Jurus

Others attending: Barry Grady, Bill LeJeune

Cindy called the meeting to order at 2:32 in room 6142.

1.      Minutes from Sept. 25th

Fred reported that Jim had made minor corrections to the minutes as distributed to Senators. Roxann moved to approve the minutes as corrected. The motion passed.

2.      Immediate Implementation of Intellectual Property policy

Cindy reported that there was a problem with the resolution passed by Faculty Senate on Sept. 25th, calling for the new Intellectual Property policy to become effective immediately upon approval by the Board of Trustees. The Forward to the Faculty Handbook specifies that Handbook changes can only go into effect on Sept. 1, except when the changes are required by law. For that reason, the Provost is expected to deny the resolution. The policy itself will still go to the Board of Trustees as scheduled.

Fred suggested that the new policy could still be used as a guideline for developing new procedures without violating the existing Handbook policy.

Cindy and Frank suggested that we consider changing the Forward to allow more frequent changes to the Handbook, perhaps twice yearly or perhaps with a 90-day notice of the change. The possibility of changing the Forward will be included as part of the Senate agenda for Oct. 9th.

3.      Selection of Faculty-at-Large member of the Presidential Search Committee

Cindy distributed information about the eleven faculty members whose names had been put forward to serve as the faculty-at-large member of the Presidential Search Committee. She asked if Senators had other names to put forward, and there were no additional suggestions. The eleven faculty members were Mildred Melendez (LAS), Al Giambrone (LAS), William Boyko (LAS), Daniel Greene (FPA), Boikai Twe (LAS), Derek Allen (BUS), Colleen Whittington (ALH), Mike Smith (ELHS), James Johnson (LAS), Tess Little (FPA), and Lynn Disbrow (FPA). After discussion, Senate selected Al Giambrone to serve on the committee.

Senate thanked all of the faculty who were willing to serve on this important Committee.

4.      Presidential Profile

Cindy explained that the Presidential Search Committee will meet for the first time on Friday, Oct. 4th and that one of its first tasks will be to develop a profile of desirable characteristics for Sinclair's next President. With help from Marsha and Ellen, Cindy led a brainstorming session that identified 33 skills, attributes and credentials that Senate felt the Committee should consider. Senators and Senate Officers then expressed their opinions about the importance of each characteristic by placing colored dots next to them. The results will be submitted to the three faculty on the Committee: Pam Chambers, Cindy Beckett and Al Giambrone.

The results of the Senate brainstorming (rated in descending order of importance, with ties listed alphabetically) were:

Dots

Characteristic

23

Teaching experience (FT) in community college or other (min 5 years)

17

Credentials to teach (MS in substantive area)

16

Relate to all constituents effectively

15

Student-centered

14

Ability to see a vision

14

Excellent oral and written skills

14

Personable

14

Ph.D.

13

Accessible

13

Administrative experience in college (min 5 years)

13

Rejects "isms" (gender, race, age)

13

Track record of success

12

Academic administration experience in diverse sized schools

12

Comprehensive college experience

12

Technology knowledge

11

Decision maker

11

Higher educational political awareness

10

Change agent/maker

10

Understands the traditions and history of SCC

9

Consensus builder

9

Fairness

9

Problem-solving skills

8

Copes well with change

8

Integrate micro/macro concerns

8

Integrity

7

Leader

7

Risk taker

7

Sense of humor

7

Someone who wants to stay at Sinclair

6

High standards

6

Sinclair is a "last stone," not a stepping stone to pad a resume

5

Critical thinking skills

5

Not arrogant/self-centered

4

Experience with accreditation bodies

3

Well-balanced

1

A person of virtue (wisdom)

0

Ed.D.

5.      Open Forum

5.1.           Frank asked if there was a general College policy regarding the role of seniority in assigning faculty offices. The discussion indicated that there is no written policy and that the methods used to assign offices vary across departments and divisions.

5.2.           Cindy reported that Laura Mercer is leading a College effort to improve the match between campus space and needs. Laura will be at the Senate meeting of Oct. 9th.

5.3.           Frank asked if the College efforts to increase average class size (ACS) might have increased the size of some hands-on classes to a point that there are new safety and other concerns. Cindy pointed out that each department has its own ACS targets that reflect differences in how and what they teach. Ken suggested that there may also be valid concerns about the effects of increased ACS on educational quality. Frank said that a decrease in the availability of support by technicians is another aspect of the problem.

5.4.           Ellen shared a concern expressed to her by several faculty members that the policy of retaining unreturned student work for 16 weeks after the end of the quarter was causing a storage problem. Shari said that the problem was particularly severe in art courses in which some students do not pick up their 3D projects. Part-time faculty who teach those courses generally expect to use department space for the storage.

5.5.           Cindy reported that Dave Bodary will be at the Senate meeting of Oct. 16th to talk about the Sinclair Honor Code. Ken Moore will be at the meeting of Nov. 13th to talk about Sinclair's Strategic Plan for Information Technology.

The meeting adjourned at 4:05.

Submitted by Fred Thomas