Officers attending: Cindy Beckett, President; Jackie Myers, Vice President; Fred Thomas, Secretary.
Senators attending: James, Brooks, Susan Callender, Frank Clay, Myra Grinner, Ryan Murphy, Amanda Romero, Art Ross, Marti Shapiro, Tom Singer, Marsha Wamsley, Charles C. Williams
Senators not attending: Derek Allen
Others attending: Dona Fletcher
Cindy called the meeting to order at 2:37 in Tartan Marketplace – A. Fred was not present at the start of the meeting because of a department review and Jim agreed to serve as acting secretary,
Approval of Minutes
Susan moved to approve the minutes from the Senate meeting of March 9; Amanda seconded, and the motion passed.
2.1 Winter Summary
Cindy reported that the Winter Summary prepared by Fred for the Board of Trustees would be presented at the May Board meeting.
3.1 FITs Draft: Faculty Workload Language
Senate has received two rough drafts (for discussion only) from FITs regarding this year’s compensation package. One section under discussion is a policy revision for the workload/payload hours—the overload cap. The first revision proposed an overload limit of 27 hours for an annual cap of 72. A second revision proposed retaining the overload limit of 21 hours for an annual cap of 66, with exceptions allowable to 72 with approval from the Vice President for Instruction. Both revisions recommended removing the quarterly target of 22, allowing for more flexibility on a quarter by quarter basis, and both versions recommended summer be limited to 24 hours. The second version also included the option for faculty to choose whether to include December “mini” session hours as part of load or to exclude these hours.
Those who supported moving the cap to 72 cited greater flexibility for chairpersons and faculty as the major justification, also noting that with the hiring freeze and expansion ahead, there would be added pressure to find adequate numbers of qualified faculty. They also felt that maintaining the cap at 72 would result in fewer, if any, cases for exceptions to be made.
Those who preferred the second version with 66 as the annual cap expressed serious concerns that raising the limit would lead to faculty teaching a greater number of hours and that this could be used by the administration or Board of Trustees to justify increasing the base workload from 15 to 16, 18, or even 20 hours in the future as a cost-saving measure. Supporters of 66 noted, too, that if a department really needed one or more faculty members to teach beyond 66 hours, it should have to provide a rationale for such a request, and they felt the opportunity for teaching to 72 was available if the need could be documented.
After extended discussion, Jackie moved for approval of the second version. The motion passed 9 in favor, 3 opposed.
3.2 FITs Discussions
Senate is awaiting a report from FITs as to the status of the discussions. More specifics are expected by the next Senate meeting.
3.3 Faculty Compensation Supplemental Survey
As part of a data-gathering effort on the part of FITs, Cindy asked for feedback on a survey that will be sent to League schools as well as other institutions of higher learning in Ohio. The survey will include questions on faculty workload, lab pay, and overload pay. Senators provided suggestions for including faculty mentoring/coaching, community service, office hour information, etc. A final draft is expected to be presented at the next meeting so that the survey can be sent to participating schools this spring.
4.1 Distance Learning Proposal
Marsha reported that she is working on a recommendation related to the Distance Learning Policy and will have a draft to present at the next Senate meeting.
4.2 Division and Assembly Elections
Jackie, as chair of the elections for this year, reminded junior senators about holding elections this spring. She also mentioned that electronic voting for Assembly elections is being developed. Besides the various divisional positions for standing committees, the offices of President-Elect and Secretary will be on the ballot this spring.
4.3 OATYC Awards
Cindy reminded senators to encourage faculty to submit nominations for OATYC full-time and part-time (adjunct) teacher of the year. All faculty have received e-mail from Cindy about this, including nomination forms and website info. Since Senate has to make the final decision with respect to nominations, Cindy reiterated that forms must be submitted to Senate by May 11.
Cindy noted that the next Senate meeting would be April 20 in Tartan Marketplace – A. Also, a date for the Spring Faculty Assembly meeting will be forthcoming.
The meeting adjourned at 4:00 pm.
Submitted by Jim Brooks
Approved by Senate, April 20, 2005