Feb. 12, 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, Ellen Rosengarten, Marsha Wamsley

Senators not attending: Rick Jurus

Others attending: William LeJeune, Laurel Mayer

Pam called the meeting to order at 2:30 in room 9207.

1.      Minutes from Jan. 29th

Marsha moved to approve the minutes for Jan. 29, 2003, as distributed. The motion passed.

2.      Announcements

2.1.           Pam reminded Senate that there is to be a follow-up to the retreat held with senior administrators in August, and she led a discussion about the dates (March 7, 8 or 28) suggested by the administration. Several Senators indicated that there were difficulties with those dates, and indicated that a Friday or Wednesday afternoon early in Spring quarter would allow more complete participation. Vann asked for clarification about the purpose of the follow-up meeting, and Pam replied that the follow-up was part of the original plan and would allow Senators and administrators to move towards resolution of issues identified in August. Pam will work with the administration to identify alternative dates.

2.2.           Pam said the faculty members of the FITs team will meet soon and will meet with the administrative members for the first time during the week of Feb. 17th. She cautioned Senators and faculty to be cautious when interpreting data from the Ohio Faculty Senate of Community and Technical Colleges (OFSCTC) report distributed to Senators by email (attachment FSMA030212-02A). Jim Johnson reports that the data was collected in different ways at the different institutions and is not always reliable. The Sinclair data was provided by Vice President Jonas and should be accurate, but it is for AU2000 while data for other colleges is for AU2001.

2.3.           Pam distributed copies of material from Staff Senate (attachment FSMA030212-02B) about their work in the area of short-term disability protection. She also distributed copies of the “Benefits of Full-time Employment at Sinclair Community College” (attachment FSMA030212-02C) that was included with the latest faculty salary letters.

3.      FITs

Pam reported that Ned Young was unable to attend but had asked her to request guidance from Senate about the upcoming FITs discussions. Summer and overload pay were ranked as top faculty priorities in the survey conducted during Fall Conference, but base pay is also a significant concern.

There was a lively and extensive discussion. Issues considered included:

·        Advantages and disadvantages of focusing on overload and summer pay as the initial item of discussion in FITs.
·        Whether faculty should seek a one-year or multi-year agreement.
·        How increases in base should be structured in order to be fair to faculty at all ranks and current salary levels.
·        How merit might be restructured or eliminated, including possible changes to the merit-onto-base provision for professors.
·        Whether the current system of rank and tenure should be restructured.
·        How FITs can influence the total allocation of funds for faculty, not just the mode of distribution for those funds.
·        How Senate can help insure that faculty members of the FITs team have access to the necessary data and other resources.

Pam agreed to share the outcome of the discussion with Ned Young and the other faculty members of FITs.

4.      Senate Priorities

Pam, Ellen, Vann, Shari, Ken and others contributed to a discussion on leave policies and health care policies generally as an important issue for Senate.
Ken advocated reexamination of Faculty Performance Reviews as another area for Senate action.
The discussion had to be curtailed because of the late hour.

5.      Open Forum

5.1.           Pam asked for Senate’s input regarding the Senate meeting scheduled for Feb. 19th. Several Senators expressed their desire to learn more about Sinclair’s leave and health care policies by inviting a representative of Human Resource to participate in the meeting.

5.2.           Fred expressed concern about the process by which information about a bomb threat had been disseminated earlier in the day and asked if any Senators were familiar with the College’s disaster plan. Frank provided an overview of the plan and also shared some reservations about the plan. Cindy and others said there may be a need for continuing education of faculty regarding their responsibilities in the event of various types of emergencies.

The meeting adjourned at 4:20.

Submitted by Fred Thomas

Approved by Senate, Apr. 19, 2003