FACULTY SENATE MINUTES

April 17, 2002

Officers attending: Russ Marcks, President; Pam Chambers, Vice President;
Fred Thomas, Secretary

Senators attending: Cindy Beckett, Susan Callender, Forrest Cope, Roxann DeLaet, George Hageman, Kenneth Melendez, Bob Reas, Ellen Rosengarten, Vann Rogers, Mike Smith

Not attending: Frank Clay, Rick Jurus,

Others attending: Karen Blake, Barry Grady, Jeanne Jacobs, William LeJeune, Laurel Mayer, Gary Tucker

Pam called the meeting to order at 2:34 in room 6142. She explained that Russ would be a few minutes late because of a meeting with Dr. Jacobs.

1.      Minutes from April 10, 2002

George moved to approve the minutes. The motion passed.

2.      Suggested Handbook Changes from Academic Policies

Pam reminded Senators about the set of proposed changes to the Faculty Handbook that were distributed earlier. Cindy moved to approve the grammatical changes that Academic Policies Committee has proposed. The motion passed.

3.      Assembly Constitution Amendment

Russ joined the meeting and led a discussion about ballot language and procedures for voting on the proposed amendments to the Assembly Constitution. He referred to the draft ballot and explanations distributed earlier by Cindy and comments distributed earlier by Fred. Senate made two minor revisions to the draft, which are shown in red on the draft, and approved the documents. Cindy will have the materials duplicated. Susan, Forrest, George, Roxann, Vann and Bob will be responsible for distributing the materials to the tenure-track faculty in their respective divisions.

4.      Recommendation Regarding a KPI on Faculty Ratios (added agenda item)

Russ reminded Senate about the proposed resolution on the Adoption of Full-Time to Part-Time Faculty Ratios as a KPI, distributed April 10. As proposed, the resolution does not specify particular ratios, but leaves the determination of numbers open for discussion with the administration. Ken, Forrest, Fred and Laurel spoke in favor of calling for specific ratios that would increase the portion of instruction by tenure-track faculty above current levels and above the "60-40" and "80-20" ratios. Russ, Laurel and Ellen emphasized the advantage of establishing the ratios as a KPI, so that it will be continuously monitored.

Fred expressed concern that the main impact of the new ratios may be to shift about 10% of Sinclair's instruction from full-time non-tenure-track faculty to part-time faculty, and he questioned whether it is appropriate for Senate to make that recommendation if it does not represent ACFs and Special Adjuncts.

Russ replied that if we proceed as expected with the Constitutional amendment, ACFs will be temporary full-time faculty. As temporary employees ACFs may have some voice, but tenure-track faculty and the administration are the groups normally expected to participate in shared governance.

Bill objected to the characterization of ACFs as "temporary" and expressed his concern that ACF interests are not represented effectively enough. Russ and Laurel felt that the proposed resolution would benefit ACFs, including creation of new tenure-track positions for which ACFs could apply.

Russ, Cindy and Ellen argued that the recommendation is more likely to be accepted by administration if it does not specify ratios. Cindy moved to approve the resolution as currently written (without specific ratios). Roxann seconded, and the motion passed.

Fred suggested that Senate could also propose having the ratios added to the research agenda of IPR, and agreed to prepare that proposal.

5.      FITs (added agenda item)

Russ distributed a revised sheet showing the average Sinclair salary with respect to AAUP Averages and salaries at other community colleges in Ohio. He will distribute the information soon to all tenure-track faculty. The sheet shows Sinclair at 109%, compared to the target of 115%. It appears that Sinclair has achieved the goal of reaching 3rd place among Ohio colleges.

Fred described data from the full AAUP publication, which shows that only full professors at Sinclair actually rank above the national average in relation to corresponding ranks at other community colleges.

6.      Dr. Jacobs

Russ welcomed Dr. Jacobs to the meeting, to discuss outcomes of the Senate's Opinion Poll.

Ken said that many tenure-track faculty had expressed the opinion that ACFs should have a voice, although that voice should be different from that of tenure-track faculty. He asked Dr. Jacobs for her ideas on how we can move to achieve that goal. Dr. Jacobs said there are many possible structures that could provide a voice for ACFs. The question must be viewed within the broader context of staffing at Sinclair, including the plan to eliminate Special Adjuncts by 2003 and the discussion about faculty ratios. In particular, the Faculty Ratios Team, chaired by Dick Jones, has been charged to look at the possibility of converting positions and at the plan to eliminate Special Adjuncts. Members of the team are Russ, Pam, Karen Winston, Jeff Boudouris, and Doug Easterling. The College must consider both what is fair and what it can afford. The currently proposed budget includes 10 new tenure-track positions in addition to replacing all tenure-track retirees. The number of ACF positions will be kept at 80.

Forrest described a conversation with President Sifferlen about the Sinclair family, and he emphasized the importance of everyone working together to maintain that sense of family even while the College is changing dramatically. Dr. Jacobs agreed that growing pains can make it difficult to maintain a strong community, and also emphasized the it is important for all categories of faculty to feel that they are valued. The College also needs to monitor carefully for any possible abuses of ACF or other faculty.

Dr. Jacobs said that several of the themes and comments from the Opinion Poll had been addressed earlier by the Adjunct Task Force. That Task Force included ACF and Special Adjunct faculty, and Barry suggested that there should an ACF representative on the Faculty Ratios Team.

Bill asked about the possibility of converting ACF positions, perhaps in a way similar to the conversion of Special Adjuncts to Regular Adjuncts. Dr. Jacobs replied that there are a number of ways in which conversions might take place, but it would need to be done very carefully and take into account department-by-department needs, average class size, reassigned time, and other factors.

Barry and Bill asked about the possible structures for ACF representation, including the possibility of a separate ACF Senate. Dr. Jacobs said that there have not yet been specific discussions about possible forms. Fred asked how and by whom the decision would be made as to what form ACF representation would take. Dr. Jacobs replied that the Provost in consultation with appropriate groups will probably make the decision.

Mike asked about the current Sinclair faculty ratios. Dr. Jacobs replied that the College as a whole is doing well with respect to the "60-40" goal of full-time vs. part-time teaching. The current issue is that some individual departments do not meet this goal. She was unsure about the current status of the College regarding the "80-20" ratio, and said she could provide that information to Senate.

Dr. Jacobs reminded Senate that the Provost is planning to hold a retreat, which will provide additional opportunities for Senators and administrators to continue the discussions.

The meeting adjourned at 4:07.

Submitted by Fred Thomas

Approved by Senate, Apr. 24, 2002