ACADEMIC SENATE MEETING

MINUTES

TUESDAY, February 17, 2009

SEVEN HILLS CONFERENCE CENTER, NOB
HILL ROOM

2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

ATTENDANCE:

Avani, Nathan

Jeung, Russell

Robertson, Bruce

Boyle, Andrea

Kohn, Jim

Rosegard, Erik

Bugayong, Arlene

Landry, Lynette

Rothman, Barry

Burke, Adam

Lau, Jenny

Salama, Mohammad

Chen, Yu-Charn

LePage, Pamela

Sheldon, James

Chou, Fang-yu

Levy, Eileen

Sherwin, Paul

Davila, Brigitte

Li, Wen-Chao

Shrivastava, Vinay

Flatt, Sylvia

Longmore, Paul

Sinha, Dipendra

Fuentes,
Enrique

Luna, Debra

Sveinsdottir, Asta

Gomes, Ricardo

McCracken, Bridget

Taylor, Don

Gubeladze, Joseph

Minami, Masahiko

Trautman, Ray

Hellenga, Kate

Modirzadeh, Hafez

Ulasewicz, Connie

Hellman, David

Neely, Francis

van Dam, Mary Ann

Holzman, Barbara

Noble, Nancy

Whalen, Shawn

Hussain, Mahmood

Rehling, Lu

Yee, Darlene


Absences:
Chelberg, Gene (exc); Cheung, Yitwah (On Leave Spring 09); Corrigan,
Robert (exc); Danner, Don (abs);
Dariotis, Wei Ming (exc); DuVal, Derethia (exc); Gemello, John (exc); Goen-Salter, Sugie (abs); Jin, Leigh (exc);
Mahan, Dianne (exc); McCarthy, Chris (abs); Moody, Laura (exc); Morishita,
Leroy (exc); Shapiro, Jerald
(abs);


Guests: Gail Evans, Helen Goldsmith, Wanda Lee, Patrick
Tierney


CALL TO ORDER: 2:12 p.m.


ANNOUNCEMENTS


Russell Kilday-Hicks, CAD / Graphics Coordinator, Capital
Planning, Design and Construction, announced a Teach-in: Reclaiming Public
Education Amidst an Economic Crisis, coordinated by the Education Budget
Advocacy Committee, to be held on Thursday, February 26, 2009, in Jack Adams
Hall.

AGENDA ITEM #1—Approval of the Agenda for February 17,
2009.

Senator Rehling moved that agenda item #5 be deleted. The
motion passed. The agenda as amended was approved.

AGENDA ITEM #2—Approval of the Minutes for February 3,
2009.

The minutes of the February 3, 2009, Academic Senate meeting
were approved.

AGENDA ITEM #3— Presentation from Jaylan Turkkan,
Associate Vice President, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs: Promoting
the Research and Creative Activities Retreat

Dr. Turkkan, Associate Vice President, Office of Research
and Sponsored Programs (ORSP), reported on ORSP’s “Research and Creative
Activities Retreat” to be held at the Romberg Tiburon Center on Friday, March
6, 2009.

AGENDA ITEM #4— Recommendation from the Executive
Committee: Proposed Revisions to the Academic Senate Bylaws voting procedure,
second reading.

Senator Rehling moved that the Senate approve the revisions
to the Academic Senate Bylaws voting procedure.

Senator Kohn moved to amend the motion by adding the phrase
“are available to the public and” before the word “will” on line 117.

Senator Rehling moved to make a substitute motion: Amend the
main motion by adding the phrase “will be available upon request and” before
the word “will” on line 117. The question of whether to substitute Senator
Rehling’s motion for Senator’s Kohn motion was approved.

The motion to amend the main motion by adding the phrase
“will be available upon request and” before the word “will” on line 117 was
approved.

Senator Levy moved to amend the motion by adding the phrase
“who have responsibility for RTP review” after “program directors” on line 129.
The motion passed.

The main motion, as amended, passed.

AGENDA ITEM #5— Recommendation from the Faculty Affairs
Committee: Adding Journal Editing as Professional Achievement and Growth, First
Reading.

Senator Levy, on behalf of Faculty Affairs Committee, moved
that the Senate approve a revision to the Retention, Tenure, & Promotion
Policy (#S07-241), that journal editing be added to the list of possible
exhibits of professional achievement and growth.

Discussion items and questions included:

  • The
    policy should emphasize the nature of the journal and the editorial
    appointment; e.g., a high-impact journal, an international editorial
    board, etc. This perspective was mitigated by discussion that “high
    impact” could be applied to all categories of professional achievement and
    growth; analysis of the significant of the activity should be left to RTP
    committees.

  • A key
    point is that each department should decide, based upon its specific
    discipline, whether faculty activities should be characterized as research
    and professional growth, teaching, or service; flexibility in
    characterization is needed.

  • “Editor”
    should be qualified by including various editorial responsibilities, such
    as member of an editorial board, associate editor, etc.

  • How
    will disagreements be arbitrated, if the candidate and a committee
    disagree on the characterization of editorial work?

  • The
    proposed revision is just one of a list of possible ways to demonstrate
    professional achievement and growth.

The speaker’s list was exhausted.

AGENDA ITEM #6— Recommendation from the Executive
Committee: Proposed Reapportionment for Academic Senate representatives,
2009-2010 Academic Year, First Reading.

Senator Trautman, on behalf of Executive Committee, moved
that the Senate approve an Academic Senate reapportionment that includes 9 at-large
members and additional members to each college as follows: Behavioral &
Social Sciences, 3; Business, 3; Creative Arts, 3; Education, 2; Ethnic
Studies, 1; Health & Human Services, 1; Humanities, 5; and Science &
Engineering, 4.

Discussion items included an overview of the Faculty
Constitution’s statements on Academic Senate membership and reapportionment,
and the relatively small number of Academic Senate membership terms that will
expire in May 2009. The speaker’s list was exhausted.

Chair Whalen declared the meeting adjourned at 3:20 p.m.