FACULTY SENATE MINUTES

May 29, 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, Rick Jurus, Kenneth Melendez, Bob Reas, Vann Rogers, Ellen Rosengarten, Mike Smith

Not attending: Frank Clay

Others attending: Barry Grady, Pat Hodges, Laurel Mayer, Chuck Sowerbrower, Gary Tucker

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

1.      Minutes from May 22, 2002

Fred and Mike proposed a change in wording to the draft minutes distributed earlier. Bob moved to approve the minutes as amended. The motion passed.

2.      FITs Report

Russ reported on the FITs meeting of May 28th and on plans for reporting the outcomes to Faculty Assembly on May 30th. Pam reminded Senate that the figures are still tentative, pending Board approval.

The overall raise is 4.42%. Of this, 3.52% is an increase in base for continuing faculty, 0.48% is reserved for promotional awards, and 0.42% is applied to merit on base. The increase in base for all tenure-track faculty will be $1335 plus 1% of the individual salary. About 54 Professors will also receive $1280 each as merit-on-base increases. Ranges will be increased by 2.8%. The overload, summer and part-time pay rates will be increased by $10 each.

Although not included as part of this salary agreement, Russ also noted that 177 faculty will receive merit awards of $3200 and the Chairpersons' stipend is being increased to $5140. In addition, it appears that faculty are likely to receive a 2% Institutional Merit bonus. The Institutional Merit bonus is part of the 2001-02 compensation and will be paid in July or August, but will be calculated using faculty salaries for 2002-03.

Russ distributed a handout showing Continuing Faculty Comparative Data, and explained that the administration has expressed interest in shifting to a different benchmark in future years. A possible advantage of using the Continuing Faculty for the benchmark is that the current system's inclusion of new hires may mask the improvements achieved by continuing faculty.

Cindy and Ellen expressed concern that parity had been agreed upon as an issue for this year's FITs discussion, including the use of a consultant to evaluate the current situation. That issue was not actually addressed by FITs.

Ken expressed concern that Sinclair's exclusion of ACF salaries leads to an overstatement of our full-time salaries, and suggested that the next FITs team should consider including them. Russ said that the comparisons with salaries at other Ohio schools exclude all unranked faculty. Fred said that the AAUP Category III and IV benchmark for other schools does include faculty with "No Rank." Cindy and Russ suggested that Senate and FITs could advocate a step structure or other changes in the pay system for ACF and part-time faculty. Barry suggested that this could be an important area in which Senate should cooperate with the possible new ACF organization.

Russ cautioned that any salary comparisons based on rank would be greatly influenced by the large differences among colleges. Russ emphasized that the agreement for 2002-03 represents a substantial salary increase and impressive progress in our comparative position among Ohio schools, despite the difficult economic environment.

3.      Constitution & Bylaws reference to representative to OBOR/Ohio Senate and last minute actions/reports for the upcoming assembly and vote

Russ distributed draft Faculty Senate Resolution #RSSP0202, establishing a procedure by which Senate would appoint a representative to the Ohio Faculty Senate of Community and Technical Colleges (OFSCTC). OFSCTC has the Ohio Faculty Senate as the official advisory group to the Chancellor for community and technical colleges. The reference in the Assembly Bylaws to a representative to the Ohio Board of Regents is now out of date and will need to be changed next year.

Cindy moved to approve the resolution and Ken seconded. The motion passed.

4.      Faculty Ratio Task Force impact on departments (with DCC Exec)

Russ reported on the May 22nd meeting of the Faculty Ratio Task Force. The Task Force is investigating the impact of reducing the number of Special Adjuncts by 10 for the 2002-03 year. At least one dean has indicated that several of the Special Adjuncts are teaching in long-term (but not permanent) programs that meet specific needs of industry. Eliminating these positions may be extremely difficult.

Russ asked for input from the Senate and the DCC Executive Board about options that should be considered by the Task Force. Possible ways of dealing with the elimination of Special Adjunct positions include increasing part-time and overload teaching or eliminating programs. Fred and Cindy said that some tenure-track and ACF faculty may become available for other assignments because of the plan to increase average class size. Russ, Cindy and Ellen also suggested that some tenure-track faculty could be freed for other teaching assignments if some non-chair reassigned time were paid under personal service agreements, perhaps using faculty on supplemental retirement.

Pat said that chairs are very concerned about the process of eliminating 70 Special Adjuncts in the next few years, and said the decision about how it will be done is critical to many departments. Some retiring faculty do not want to return, and the options for part-time and overload may be nearly maxed out already. Chuck also emphasized the need for chairs to have flexibility in responding to requests for new instructional programs, including short-term programs.

Ellen and Cindy said there are discussions about possible changes to the role of chairs, and this might help with the overall workload difficulty. Cindy suggested that the issue could be considered within a systematic study of workload and productivity, including questions related to quality assurance. Gary said that some smaller classes do, in fact, pay for themselves and should be allowed to run.

Barry and Cindy said that some limits on average class size are imposed by room and lab facilities. Cindy said that the elimination of Special Adjunct positions may require elimination of some program and class offerings. Fred said some curriculum changes may also be needed, and mentioned the consolidation of computer courses in the Engineering division as an example of success in this way.

Cindy asked what solutions DCC has proposed, and Pat replied that they have advocated converting qualified ACFs to tenure-track and the best qualified Special Adjuncts to ACFs. Cindy and Russ also the new Human Resources recruiter should also help to increase the pool of qualified part-time faculty.

5.      Open Forum

5.1.           Russ distributed the Senate Quarterly Report to the Board of Trustees.

5.2.           In response to a question from Cindy, Russ reported that the Senate retreat is still planned, but the date has not yet been determined.

5.3.           Russ reported that the anticipated topics for next year's FITs discussions include the salary benchmark, overload and part-time pay, distance learning compensation, health care contributions, faculty parity and the length of the contract. He also said that Institutional Merit for next year has not yet been discussed and may be eliminated. Pam emphasized the need for continuity in the FITs team and the need to begin the process as early as this summer.

5.4.           Senate provided advise to a Senator regarding the potential assignment of a mentor to a faculty member who has been rated "proficient."

The meeting adjourned at 3:55.

Submitted by Fred Thomas

Approved by Senate, June 5, 2002