Notes - March 1, 2004
De Anza Academic Senate
Senators and Officers present:
Araki, Bresnan, Bryant, Cordero, Dolen, Fisher, Goodwin, Guitron, Hearn, Illowsky, Joplin, Linthicum, Logvinenko, Lopez-Morgan, Mitchell, Mujal, Owiesny, Pierce, Rashall, Setziol, Sheirich, Tipton, Weisner, and Winters
Approved Notes for the meeting of
March 1st, 2004
Senators and Officers absent:
Cole, Kline, Olson, Salah, and Tavernetti
DASB Student Representatives:
Jonathan Edwards, Chris Storer
[NOTE: Item numbers are reflective of agenda numbers in the order they are actually taken up at the meeting.]
The meeting was called to order in the Don Bautista room at 2:38. While a quorum was present at 2:30, setting up a special presentation caused a slight delay in starting the meeting.
I. Approval of Agenda and Notes:
The agenda was approved as distributed with the addition of a new item VIII – Chancellor's Advisory Council Report and a slight reordering of the items. The notes were approved as distributed.
II. Needs and Confirmations:
There were a number of Search committees to confirm. These were taken up individually. At the mention of each proposed committee, the Senators from the division of the search were asked whether or not it was their belief that a standing approval process was used. Before a vote on each, one or more of the officers offered a judgement as to whether or not the process followed satisfied the Board policy agreement the Academic Senate jointly developed with representatives of the Board – top level administration. That agreement states that the names of faculty forwarded for confirmation will be developed and approved by the faculty in the appropriate department in consultation with the division dean. The Speech and two English committees were approved after a positive review of both elements. The Dance committee was not approved after a report from a Creative Arts representative revealed an apparent lack of adherence to the Board policy. The Anthropology and Humanities committees were approved despite the description of a process that was unclear as to whether or not the process adhered to the policy. The Biology and Nursing committees were approved after review as were both Physical Education committees and Chemistry and Physics. The officers still need to bring back written materials pertinent to a discussion of model practice.
V. Workforce Planning and Budgeting Team (WPBT) Report:
Hearn reported that, unlike the Instructional and Student Services teams, the Workforce group does not have direct budget responsibilities and, therefore acts more as an advocacy group in the budget building (or dismantling as the case may be) process. Because of the different orientation of the group and because of the different orientation of workforce preparation from the vast majority of instructional areas thinking, this group is attempting to come up with a new model for describing and analyzing that which comes within its purview.
III. Part Time Faculty Categorical Funding Resolution:
Chris Storer was present to ask for passage of a proposed resolution in support of retaining the categorical status of funds for part time faculty benefits and office hours. He argued that the governor's proposal to fold in Partnership for Excellence funding was reasonable but that the part time, matriculation, and technical training categoricals should not be folded in. It was MSCU(Illowsky/Lopez-Morgan) to support the resolution. It was also mentioned that the Senate should also consider resolutions in support of matriculation and technical training.
VI. and VII. Hewlett Packard Grant and Creative Commons Licenses:
Mitchell introduced Vivian Sinou, Dean of Distance and Mediated Instruction at Foothill. She presented the basic concepts and history of the grant proposal and its subsequent partial funding. One of the basic ideas is the idea of sharing course materials. Another is sharing the design of online content delivery. Because there aren't enough faculty involved in our district to suit the purposes of a fundable grant, other institutions have been recruited to join. A complicating factor is the use of the term "public domain" to mean several different ideas.
IV. March in March:
Two questions emerged from a brief presentation: How are students in general being informed and recruited? and What kinds of presentations are appropriate in a class? In answer to the first question, Carrie Gotch said that DASB senators would be going to various classrooms to make presentations. The answer to the second question was that presentations as to the nature of ballot propositions and budget proposals as well as their projected ramifications given passage (or lack thereof) were appropriate.
XI. Other Stuff for the Good of the Order:
Mitchell and Setziol reported that they had signed a document supporting the District's reapplication for membership in the League for Innovation. They reported that they signed against their basic principles of representing the Academic Senate in part because the dollar amount was relatively small.
Setziol reported that the FA/Senates Liaison group was moving closer to producing a significant effort promoting faculty rights and responsibilities. The current problems with hiring committee selection processes is one of a number of situations arguing for such an effort.
Mitchell reported that Intellectual Property and an initiative by a Board of Trustees member calling for the use of Public Domain sources to replace conventional textbooks would be issues taken up by the Joint Development Group and by both Academic Senates.
Illowsky announced congratulations to all those being given tenure March 1st and, in particular, pointed to the Senators who were in that group.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:38 p.m.