Notes - March 22, 2004
De Anza Academic Senate
Senators and Officers present:
Araki, Bryant, Cole, Dolen, Fisher, Goodwin, Guitron,
Hearn, Illowsky, Joplin, Kline, Lopez-Morgan, Mitchell, Mujal, Owiesny,
Pierce, Salah, Tavernetti, Weisner, and Winters
Approved Notes for the meeting of
March 22nd, 2004
Senators and Officers absent:
Bresnan, Cordero, Linthicum, Olsen, Rashall, Setziol, Sheirich, and Tipton
DASB Student Representatives:
Tim Shively, Anne Argyriou, and Karl Schaffer
[NOTE: Item numbers are reflective of agenda numbers in the order they are actually taken up at the meeting.]
The meeting started unofficially (without a quorum) at 2:35 with PBT reports. Within five minutes, as PBT reports continued, a quorum was achieved.
III. PBT REPORTS:
Reports from the four PBT representatives were presented. Mitchell read from a brief report provided by Paul Olejniczak and Winters, Hearn, and Illowsky reported on the outcomes of their respective PBTs. The information from the PBTs was presented at the College Council meeting last week on March 18. Illowsky's Instructional PBT report took the majority of the time as this area is most directly connected to instruction. Illowsky explained the process used to identify certain areas for reductions in faculty released time and described the temporary reduction in academic senate released time (from 1.5 FTE to 1.3 FTE) for the upcoming year. Hearn expressed concern about the process for informing senate about such changes, particularly the reduction in released time for Senate officers.
Mitchell officially called the meeting to order at 3:03 p.m.:
I. Approval of Agenda and Notes:
IIIa and IIIb were added to the agenda.
After a brief but intense discussion about the purpose of senate notes, brought about by concerns over the last sentence in item V of the draft notes from March 8, 2004 meeting, the draft notes were approved without change.
II. Needs and Confirmations:
Three at-large members are needed for the tenure committees of Carol Cini (phase 3), Dave Capitolo (phase 2), and Mae Lee (phase 2). The Art Hiring Committee was approved as presented. David Howard-Pitney (History) was approved to join the Humanities Hiring Committee, which had two faculty resignations recently. Carol Cini was confirmed as the faculty representative for the ETAC "spam" subcommittee. Mitchell will check to see if one more faculty member can join the committee.
IIIA. Distribution of Letters and Documents at Senate Meetings:
Logvignenko presented a motion (seconded by Fisher) to require that all written documents presented at senate meetings be distributed through the chair. Various senators asked for clarification about whether the effect of the motion would be to limit free speech or to help the chair focus the meeting on scheduled agenda items. Logvignenko stated that the motion concerned Senate process and not any particular issue. A question was raised as to whether the motion would affect all sections of the agenda including Good of the Order. Logvignenko confirmed that it was intended to affect all parts of the agenda. The motion was defeated on a voice vote.
IIIB. Senate Released Time Reductions:
Hearn voiced concerns about the process by which the temporary reduction in senate officer released time shown in the PBT report was arrived at, being specifically concerned that senate had not been informed of these discussions. After discussion, Mitchell acknowledged that, although he believes the outcome would be no different, he should have shared this information with senate earlier. He thanked Hearn for reminding him of the importance of process and communication.
IV. March in March Report.
Mitchell briefly described the events in Sacramento at the "March in March" and reported that, in addition making our issues known to the legislature, that the event had the additional beneficial effect of providing students with a direct experience with our state government.
Mitchell briefly noted that the major current college budget issues had been covered earlier in the meeting during the PBT reports.
VI. Plus/Minus Grades Update:
Mitchell reported that this issue is scheduled for Board action on April 19. Senators asked whether proposed wording would be available for senators and other faculty ahead of time and Mitchell said that proposed Senate wording would be posted on the senate web site and senators would be notified via the senate email list. Mitchell also pointed out that the board is not obligated to use our language when they act on the issue.
VII. Senate Election:
Mitchell announced the upcoming election for the office of senate president and that only three senate volunteers would be allowed to serve on an election committee. After a mob of enthusiastic volunteers leapt from their seats seeking a spot on this most prestigious and competitive admission committee, Christina Lopez-Morgan, Natasha Joplin, and Mary Ellen Goodwin were the only volunteers approved by voice vote, with Goodwin as chair.
VIII. Textbook Policies:
Due to lack of time, the item was held over to the meeting of April 12th.
IX. Other Stuff for the Good of the Order:
The meeting was adjourned at 4:22 p.m.
- The next senate meeting will be on the second Monday of Spring quarter on April 12th.
- Mitchell asked senate representatives to read the document on search committees now posted at the senate web site and to inform their division faculty constituents of the key points of the document and where to get copies. Mitchell presented this document to division deans at
last week's All Dean's Meeting.