FACULTY SENATE MINUTES

May 7th, 2003

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

Senators attending: Jim Brooks, Frank Clay, Kenneth Melendez, Jackie Myers, Nick Reeder, Shari Rethman, Ellen Rosengarten, Vann Rogers

Senators not attending: Susan Callender, Roxann DeLaet, Rick Jurus, Marsha Wamsley

Others attending: Laurel Mayer, Tony Ponder, Ned Young

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

1.      Minutes

Frank moved to approve the minutes of April 9th and April 23rd. The motion passed.

2.      FITs

Pam briefly reviewed the status of FITs, then asked Ned and Tony to lead a discussion. Ned referred to the “Unofficial History of FITs” distributed earlier by Fred (attachment FSMA030507-02a) and emphasized the need for further communication about the FITs process.

Ned also shared two spreadsheets, “Retirement Effects” (attachment FSMA030507-02b) and “Retirement Examples” (attachment FSMA030507-02c), which address the question of why Sinclair’s average salary has fallen backwards in comparison to the AAUP benchmark even when we received individual increases above the AAUP average increases. Between 1999 and 2003, the impact of retirements and new hires has been to reduce the average Sinclair salary by 12.14%. Full implementation of the 1999 consensus would have required individual increases of over 7.5% each year to eliminate the overall impact of retirements, and the administration is not willing to provide that level of increase.

Ken, Ned and Shari said that Sinclair’s relatively low starting salaries are a significant factor in reducing the overall average salary, and that the starting salaries also make it more difficult for the College to hire well-qualified new faculty. Using separate benchmarks for each rank could greatly reduce the complications caused by retirements and new hires. Fred said that if retirements are providing the College with substantial savings in its bottom line cost then faculty should get something in return, for example retirement incentives.

Ned summarized the proposal that faculty members of the FITs team submitted initially. The proposal was based on guidance provided by faculty through questionnaires completed at the beginning of this year. Key features of the initial faculty proposal were:

·        Increasing summer and overload pay rates to 60% of the individual’s base pay rate and enforcing a cap of 21 payhours per quarter, including summer. The cap would include CWW, EBE, distance learning, independent studies and reassigned time.

·        Stay with the AAUP benchmark of 113.85%.

·        Keep the “redline” as a reachable goal, but allow faculty to increase their base pay beyond the redline.

·        Benchmark Sinclair’s practice of paying a maximum of 240 hours of sick leave at retirement, to determine if the maximum should be increased.

·        Continue institutional merit, but assign two faculty members to the group which monitors achievement of the goals.

·        Establish a two-year agreement so it will not be necessary to start the discussions anew next year.

The initial administration response included:

·        Limit faculty to 22 payhours per quarter, including summer. Exceptions could be made with approval by the VPI for individual quarters, but there would be no exceptions to the limit of 66 hours per academic year or to the limit of 22 hours in summer. CWW, EBE, distance learning, independent studies and reassigned time would be counted as part of the 22 and 66 payhours.

·        Increase the summer and overload rates to $450 for 2003-04 and to $500 for 2004-05. In future years, the rates would continue to increase in proportion to increases in the salary ranges. The distinction between Lecturer II and Lecturer III would be eliminated for full-time faculty.

·        Part-time faculty will still distinguish between Lecturer I and Lecturer II rates, with Lecturer I paid at 85% of the full-time rate and Lecturer II paid at 90%.

·        Monitor a portfolio of national AAUP benchmarks, including those for continuing faculty (excluding new hires) and for total compensation (including benefits) at category III and IV colleges.

·        Monitor other two-year colleges in Ohio with the goal of moving Sinclair into the top three.

·        Increase the ranges for each rank by 3% in each of the next two years and keep the “redline” as both a target and an upper limit on base salary.

·        Maintain the system of institutional merit, adding two faculty members to the group that advises the President and the Trustees on the criteria.

·        Provide a base pay increase of 4% for continuing faculty in 2003-04 and 3.75% in 2004-05.

·        Keep sick leave payout upon retirement at 240 hours.

·        Increase the portion of health care costs paid by faculty from its current level of 5% to 20%, with the change phased in over a 5-year period from 2003-04 to 2007-08.

There was extensive discussion among the Senators and FITs team members, particularly regarding the proposed enforcement of limits on payhours per quarter and per year, the proposed change regarding health care contributions, and the proposed changes in the benchmarks.

The full FITs team will continue to meet. An additional proposal to be presented by the faculty members is the hiring of an external consultant to help deal with parity, sick leave and other outstanding issues. Also, the faculty are requesting a fixed dollar amount be added to each faculty member’s base pay to ensure that Sinclair’s average faculty base is one of the top three in Ohio (currently the average falls fourth in the state).  Faculty FITs members are also requesting that the administration provide a cost analysis for faculty regarding the changes in health care contributions.

Senate scheduled an additional meeting on May 14th to continue discussion of FITs.

3.      OATYC Full-Time and Part-Time Teacher of the Year Nominations

Senate reviewed and discussed recommendations for the Sinclair nominee as 2002-03 OATYC (Ohio Association of Two-Year Colleges) Teacher of the Year. Susan Harris of the Mathematics Department was selected as the Sinclair nominee. Susan’s achievements include success in using a wide variety of teaching methods and in providing leadership for improving pre-algebra and beginning algebra courses. Students in her sections of the beginning algebra course consistently score well above average in departmental assessments.

Senate also reviewed and discussed recommendations for nomination as 2002-03 OATYC Adjunct (part-time) Teacher of the Year. Senate selected John Sparks of the Mathematics Department as the Sinclair nominee for this state-wide honor. John (known as “Wizard John” throughout the Miami Valley) is a Senior Staff Engineer at Wright Patterson AFB and has taught at Sinclair since 1984. He has been very active in the WPAFB Educational Outreach program and has helped to link that program with Sinclair. He has given many presentations at Math Department Colloquia and has developed numerous instructional materials which he freely shares with other faculty. He truly enjoys his work, and his enthusiasm is obvious to his students and his colleagues.

4.      Open Forum

4.1.           Frank asked when the reports of additional employment are due. Senators replied that they are due at the beginning of the Fall quarter and whenever the faculty member’s outside employment changes.

4.2.           Cindy announced her intention to run for the position of President-elect of Senate. The President-elect will serve as Vice-President during the 2003-04 academic year and will serve as President of Senate for the following two years.

4.3.           Fred indicated his willingness to accept nomination for another one-year term as Senate Secretary.

4.4.           Pam reminded Senators that they should encourage other faculty to seek nomination for the positions of President-elect, Secretary or divisional Senator, or for membership on one of the faculty committees. Positions and current office holders are summarized on the Senate website at http://ourold.sinclair.edu/sites/fac_sen/Members/2002-2003facultysenatecommittees.htm.

The meeting adjourned at 4:40.

Submitted by Fred Thomas

Approved by Senate, May 14, 2003