May 14th, 2003

Officers attending: Pam Chambers, President; 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

Senators not attending: Rick Jurus, Ellen Rosengarten, Marsha Wamsley

Others attending: Bill LeJeune, Laurel Mayer, Ned Young

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

1.      Minutes

Cindy moved to approve the minutes of May 7th, incorporating changes suggested by Frank, Jim and Nick. The motion passed.

2.      FITs

Pam welcomed Ned Young who distributed a summary of tenure-track faculty separations (including retirements and resignations) and new hires from FY1999-2000 through FY2002-2003 (attachment FSMA20030514-02a). The data show 58 separating faculty and 105 new hires during the 4 years. Most of the separations seem to be the result of retirements of relatively senior faculty, although some left with ranks of Associate or Assistant Professor or while still Instructors. The replacement of retiring senior faculty with a larger number of junior faculty can significantly decrease the College’s average salary, even while faculty members’ individual salaries are increasing.

Pam, Susan, Shari, Cindy, Fred, Frank, Laurel, Ken, Jackie, Nick, Vann and Roxann joined in a discussion about the broad implications of this changing faculty mix on the College budget and on future directions for the FITs discussions. Senators emphasized their appreciation for the hard work and the achievements of this year’s FITs team, while also recognizing that there are important additional issues that need to be addressed in the future. The issues discussed included rank and salary of new hires, parity between women and men, merit and merit-on-base, and the possibility of benchmarking Sinclair salaries by rank rather than by a single average salary.

Ned summarized the results of the FITs meeting that took place on May 9th. The administration did not agree to the faculty’s proposal of paying a fixed dollar amount to establish Sinclair’s average salary among the top 3 in Ohio. The administrative members of FITs did agree to raise the proposed overall salary increase to 4.4% during each of the next two years. If the college which is now third in Ohio receives an increase of 3%, the 4.4% increases should allow Sinclair to move past them.

Ned also explained that the FITs team had agreed to allow some exceptions (with approval of the VPI) to the limits of 66 hours/year and 22 hours/summer during a two-year transition period. Senate recommended that there be no exceptions beyond 72 hours/year and 24 hours/summer and that exceptions only be granted for distance learning, EBE, Corporate and Community Service and mentoring. Effective with the Fall of 2005, there will be no exceptions to the 66 and 22 hour limits The new pay rate of $450 for summer teaching will become effective for the Summer of 2003, but implementation of the 22 hours/quarter limit will not begin until Fall of 2003.

Many department chairs are very concerned about the practical problems of implementing the new limits unless there are significant increases in the number of faculty. Ned said that there are 81 faculty (out of 416) teaching over 66 hours this year and 37 teaching over 72 hours. Ten of the faculty above 72 hours are chairs and 11 are ACFs. Many of the hours above 66 are in distance learning. Of the 216 faculty who taught during the summer of 2002, 14 were over the proposed 22-hour limit.

Fred said that in looking beyond the current two-year agreement it is important to educate faculty about the implications of shifting FITs to look at total compensation (including health care benefits) rather than just salaries. He distributed a summary of data from AAUP (attachment FSMA20030514-02b) about total compensation in two-year colleges in the East North Central region, and he asserted that Sinclair’s total compensation package is below average particularly at the lower ranks.

The FITs team was scheduled to meet again on Thursday, May 15th, when it expected to finalize most of its recommendations. One of the remaining issues is how the 4.4% overall increase will be distributed. Pam, Cindy and Ned encouraged Senators and others to provide them with additional input prior to that time.

3.      Open Forum

3.1.           Ken distributed a set of proposed changes to the Faculty Handbook (attachment FSMA20030514-03a) that would modify the criteria and procedures for the granting of tenure.

3.2.           Pam thanked everyone who participated in the Presidential search for their contributions. The process was very thorough and included extensive discussion on a very wide range of considerations raised by faculty and others.

3.3.           Pam asked Senators to review the proposed change to the Faculty Handbook she distributed earlier by email (attachment FSMA20030514-03b) regarding the process for nominating faculty as Professor Emeritus.

3.4.           Pam and Cindy again thanked and commended the FITs team members for their hard work and their success in this year’s discussions.

The meeting adjourned at 4:37.

Submitted by Fred Thomas

Approved by Senate, May 21, 2003