May 4, 2005

Officers attending: Cindy Beckett, President; Jackie Myers, Vice President; Fred Thomas, Secretary

Senators attending: Derek Allen, 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:

Others attending:

Cindy called the meeting to order at 2:36 in Tartan Marketplace Room A

1.        Approval of Minutes

Jim moved to approve the minutes from April 20th. The motion passed.
Marti moved to approve the minutes form April 27th. The motion passed

2.        Officers’ Reports


3.        Committee Reports


4.        Special Orders


5.       Old Business

5.1.         FITs Update

Cindy provided a report on the current status of the FITs discussions, including the results of several one-on-one conversations between faculty and administrative members of the FITs team. She also reported that President Johnson had been actively involved in the discussion and that the Board of Trustee’s Finance Committee had been informed about the current proposal.

5.2.         Office Hour Proposal

Jim distributed a revised proposal (attachment FSMA20050504-01) to revise the faculty office hour policy. He explained that the proposal allows faculty and chairs to decide how and where office hours would be conducted, with Deans to adjudicate any disputes. The policy would continue to require that all full-time faculty hold five office hours per week, but would provide more flexibility than the current requirement of one office hour per day. Charles moved to approve the proposal and Jackie seconded. The motion passed.

5.3.         Spring Assembly and Elections

Cindy and Jackie reported on the plans for the Spring Assembly meeting on May 18th and for the Spring Elections. They led a discussion about the process to be followed for the election of Assembly officers and division Senators as well as for elected and appointed faculty positions.

5.4.         OATYC Nominations

Cindy reminded the Senators that nominations for full-time and part-time OATYC Faculty of the Year needed to be submitted very soon.

5.5.         Other

Cindy reported that for the Sinclair Foundation is ready to receive donations for Ellen Rosengarten’s memorial and that Sinclair’s Staff Senate is considering the proposal prepared by Forrest Cope to establish a place of remembrance for those who passed away while employed at the College.

6.       New Business

6.1.         Course Scheduling Options

Cindy led a discussion about the proposed “Scheduling Tips” (attachment FSMA20050504-02) and the proposed revision to Faculty Handbook section 2.11.12, “Guidelines for Course Scheduling” (attachment FSMA20050504-03).

6.2.         Faculty Workload

Jim suggested that Senate consider adding the phrase “including summer quarter” to Handbook section 2.4.5, part 10 e. This section lists a hierarchy which can be used to help determine how faculty teaching assignments are made. Since almost all faculty are “part-time” during summers, it may not be clear how or if the hierarchy applies.

7.        Announcements

7.1.         Future Meetings

Cindy said that she would distribute further information about FITs to Senators prior to the Assembly meeting on May 18th and that she would call an additional Senate meeting if necessary.

The meeting adjourned at 3:44

Submitted by Fred Thomas

Approved by Senate, May 25, 2005