FACULTY SENATE MINUTES

May 1, 2002

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

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

Not attending: Frank Clay, George Hageman, Rick Jurus

Others attending: Barry Grady, Ken Kimble, Laurel Mayer, Gary Tucker

Russ called the meeting to order at 2:35 in room 6142.

1.      Minutes from April 24, 2002

Roxann moved to approve the minutes. The motion passed.

2.      Academic Policies Committee

Pam asked the Senate on behalf of Academic Policies Committee to approve grammatical changes to Faculty Handbook sections

Cindy moved to approve the changes. The motion passed.

Russ distributed a draft Faculty Senate Recommendation RCSP0202, to remove the Faculty Assembly Constitution and Bylaws from the Faculty Handbook. Senate passed a motion to do so at the previous meeting, but it was not clear at that time whether the action required formal approval from other authorities. It now seems that it is better to present the change in the form of a recommendation. The only concern expressed has been that the Constitution and Bylaws will now need to be maintained and published separately, including presentation via the intranet. Cindy moved to approve the recommendation and Roxann seconded. The motion passed.

3.      FITs Report

Russ welcomed Ken Kimble, and asked him to report on FITs. Ken distributed a set of "Facts & Figures" from the Chronicle of Higher Education, showing that the average salary for faculty for the academic year 2001-2 at two-year institutions with rank was $47,834 and the average at institutions without rank was $49,050. He also distributed a spreadsheet of AAUP Average Salaries that shows Sinclair's average salary should be at $55,151 to meet the agreed target. Sinclair expects to have a $2,000,000 deficit next year, but it does seem likely that the College will grant a sufficient increase to raise the average to $55,151 for 2002-3. That would amount to a 4.4% increase in the College average. Individual raises will be affected by adjustments, including retirement adjustment, promotional awards, and merit on base. The raise is likely to be divided between a fixed amount and a percent of current salary.

Ken Kimble also distributed a summary of Average Faculty Salaries for 2001-02 in Ohio Two-Year Colleges, which shows we have achieved the target of improving our competitive position within the state. He also distributed a summary of the decrease in the number of reporting institutions included in the national benchmark. As another handout, Ken provided data that shows the pay increases granted continuing faculty. Russ suggested that Sinclair's relatively high percentage increases for continuing faculty may reflect relatively low starting salaries.

Ken Melendez and Fred expressed their opinion that Sinclair's average salary appears higher than it actually is, because the College's unusually large number of non-tenure-track are excluded from the calculation. They were also concerned that many faculty understood the three-year agreement as calling for Sinclair to achieve the salary target during the three years, not afterwards. Fred suggested that faculty retiring in the next three years may be particularly hurt by the delay. Ken Kimble replied that the national data is never available until near the end of the academic year.

Particularly if faculty receive the expected bonus for institutional merit, average faculty pay for next year will be significantly better than this year. It is also likely that there will be an increase in summer and overload pay, and an increase in the salary ranges for each rank. The Senate commended Ken Kimble and the rest of the Faculty Issues Team for their hard work in achieving these increases despite the economic climate.

4.      Monitoring Task Force Report

Russ reported on the most recent meeting of the Monitoring Task Force. Topics included the upcoming Constitutional Vote and a plan for the MTF to meet with the full group of ACFs. The retreat for current and new Senators to meet with administrators will be scheduled soon, probably near the end of this quarter.

The Senate Recommendation on including faculty ratios as a KPI has been approved by the administration, except that the administration wants to remove the reference to FTE as a metric. Russ distributed a spreadsheet showing the distribution of teaching among different types of faculty, and the results are similar regardless of the metric. Cindy made a motion that Senate agree to remove the reference to FTE, and the motion passed. Fred distributed "Another View of the Data," with some additional calculations from Russ's spreadsheet. He noted that there are other variables that may deserve examination, including the fact that Special Adjuncts seem to teach significantly larger classes than do other faculty.

Distance learning compensation was another topic at the MTF meeting. There will probably not be further action on the topic until fall.

5.      Elections

Susan asked about procedures for the upcoming divisional elections for Senators. Pam replied that the procedures are largely the responsibility of the individual divisions, although there must be an opportunity for nominations from the floor. Whether or not to allow proxies is a divisional choice.

Pam reminded Senators that she is now accepting nominations for Vice President, Secretary and Faculty Representative to President's Cabinet. All are for one-year terms.

6.      Open Forum

6.1.           Forrest asked about the status of the proposed intellectual property policy. Russ and Pam replied that the proposed policy is now moving forward and is being reviewed by the College attorney. Senate urged faculty to be cautious in signing any agreements related to intellectual property until the new policy is approved.

6.2.           Forrest described a situation in which a faculty member banked hours during Fall Quarter then was assigned less than a full load during Winter Quarter. This made it impossible for the faculty member to use the banked hours as planned during Spring Quarter.  Gary Tucker, DCC representative to Faculty Senate, will bring this issue to the attention of the Department Chairs Council.

6.3.           Russ distributed the results of the Software Skills survey and asked that Senators encourage faculty who have not yet participated to do so.

6.4.           Russ asked Senators to send him comments on the draft of a revised Conflict of Interest Questionnaire.

The meeting adjourned at 4:05.

Submitted by Fred Thomas

Approved by Senate May 8, 2002