ACADEMIC SENATE MEETING

MINUTES

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

SEVEN HILLS CONFERENCE CENTER

NOB HILL ROOM

2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

 

OPEN FLOOR PERIOD:  2:00 - 2:10 p.m.

The Open Floor Period provides an informal opportunity for faculty members to raise questions or make comments directed to Senate officers or to university administrators.  Please arrive promptly at 2:00 p.m.

 

CALL TO ORDER: 2:10 p.m.

ATTENDANCE:

 

 

 

Alvarenga, Gabriela

Ferreira, Jason

Rosser, Sue V.

Anderson, David

Gamboa, Yolanda

Rourke, David

Azadpuar, Mohammad

Getz, Trevor

Salama, Mohammad

Barranco, Joseph

Ginwala, Cyrus

Serber, Stacy

Bartscher, Patricia

Hanley, Lawrence

Sherwin, Paul

Beatty, Brian

Hayes, Nancy

Sigmon, Mark

Bolter, Nicole

Hellman, David

Steier, Saul

Boyle, Andrea

Henderson, Barbara

Stowers, Genie

Chernoff, Maxine

Holzman, Barbara

Taylor, Don

Chen, Lily

Hyun, Helen

Trautman, Ray

Cleary, John

Lau, Jenny

Vaughn, Pamela

Cholette, Susan

Li, Wen-Chao

Wanek, Linda

Collins, Robert

Lopez, Eurania

Wang, Lihua

Dariotis, Wei Ming

McCracken, Bridget

 

Drennan, Marie

Privé, Alice

 

Absences: Corrigan, Robert (exc); Davis, Harvey “Skip” (exc); Gutierrez III, Andrew (abs); Hood, Pamela (abs); Linder, Martin (exc); Ozluk, Ozgur (leave Spring 2012); Rothman, Barry(abs); Strong, Rob (exc); Usowicz, Thaddeus (exc); Vredenburg, Vance (leave Spring 2012); Wagner, Venise  (leave Spring 2012); Yee-Melichar, Darlene (exc)

Guests: Alvin Alvarez; Rene Dahl, Gail Evans, Helen Goldsmith, Ann Hallum, Derethia DuVal  

 

With a quorum being present, the meeting was called to order.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announcements were made.

AGENDA ITEM #1—Approval of the Minutes for April 3, 2012

The Item was discussed. The Minutes were Approved.

 

AGENDA ITEM #2—Approval of the Agenda for April 17, 2012

The Item was discussed. Senator Hanley moved to include a new Item 14: Course Repeat Policy. The vote was called. The motion carried. The vote was called for Approve the Agenda as Amended. The Agenda was Approved as Amended.  

 

AGENDA ITEM #3—Chair’s Report

The Academic Senate heard a Chairs Report from Chair Vaughn on the importance of civil communication.

 

 

AGENDA ITEM #4—Update from CFA Chapter President Wei Ming Dariotis

The Academic Senate heard an update from CFA Chapter President Wei Ming Dariotis. The following concerns and questions were raised:

1. Senator Dariotis encouraged senators to send comments and feedback on the update by email.

 

AGENDA ITEM #5—Update on ORSP Activities from Associate Vice President Jaylan Turkkan

The Academic Senate heard an update from ORSP Activities from Associate Vice President Jaylan Turkkan. The following concerns and questions were raised:

 

1.     What is the climate of policy and procedures for faculty interested in getting involved?

2.     Chair Vaughn encouraged further comments and feedback on the update to be sent by email to Associate Vice President Turkkan.

 

AGENDA ITEM #6 - Academic Senate Elections (Time Certain 2:50 p.m.)

1.     Baccalaureate Degree Requirements Committee (BRC)—Senate Representative, 1-year term

o   The Academic Senate held elections.

o   Cyrus Ginwa

la, Associate Professor (Music and Dance), was elected as Senate Representative to serve a 1-year term on BRC.

2.     Board of Appeals & Review (BoAR)—2 Faculty Representatives, 2-year terms

o   The Academic Senate held elections.

o   Dina Redman, Assistant Professor (Social Work) was Approved by Acclamation to serve as Faculty Representative for a 2-year term on BoAR.

o   Ryan Howell, Assistant Professor, (Psychology) was Approved by Acclamation to serve as Faculty Representative for a 2-year term on BoAR.

3.     Enrollment Management Committee—Department Chair, and 1 Faculty Rep, 3-year terms

o   The Academic Senate held elections.

o   Andrew Jolivette, Associate Professor (American Indian Studies) was Approved by Acclamation to serve as the Department Chair Representative for a 3-year term on the Enrollment Management Committee.

o   Genie Stowers, Professor (Pubic Administration) was Approved by Acclamation to serve as Faculty Representative for a 3-year term on the Enrollment Management Committee.

4.     Graduate Council—2 Faculty Representatives, 2-year terms

o   The Academic Senate held elections.

o   Diane Harris, Professor (Psychology) was elected to serve as Faculty Representative for a 2-year term on the Graduate Council.

o   Ellen Hines, Associate Professor (Geography) was elected to serve as Faculty Representative for a 2-year term on the Graduate Council.

5.     University Budget Committee—3 Faculty Representatives, 3-year terms

o   The Academic Senate held elections.

§  Elections were held for the first Faculty Representative position.

§  After the First Vote, Castellblanch. Collins, Egan, and Ichimura.

§  After the Second Vote, Castellblanch, Collins, and Egan remained.

§  After the Third Vote Collins wins.

o   Rob Collins, Assistant Professor (American Indian Studies) was elected to serve as Faculty Representative for a 3-year term on the University Budget Committee.

§  Elections were held for the second Faculty Representative position.

§  After the First Vote, Castellblanch and Ichimura remained.

§  After the Second Vote, Castellblanch wins.

o   Ramon Castellblanch, Associate Professor (Health Education) was elected to serve as Faculty Representative for a 3-year term on the University Budget Committee.

§  Elections were held for the third Faculty Representative position.

§  After the First Vote, Egan and Ichimura remain.

§  After the Second Vote, Ichimura wins.

o   Andrew Ichimura, Assistant Professor (Chemistry and Biochemistry) was elected to serve as Faculty Representative for a 3-year term on the University Budget Committee.

 

 

AGENDA ITEM #7—Recommendation from Curriculum Review & Approval Committee: Proposed CEL Online Certificate in Screenwriting, 1st Reading

Senator Stowers moved and explained the Item. The Item was discussed. Senator Getz motioned to move the Item to Second Reading. The motion carried. The vote was called to Approve the Item. The motion carried unanimously. The following concerns and questions were raised:

 

1.     Are there any staffing and workload issues that the senators should consider during discussion?

2.     What are the faculty-student ratios that the Academic Senate should be concerned with during discussion?

3.     How will this certificate program work for students at SF State? What are the benefits? What are the concerns that should be considered during discussion?

4.     Will this be the kind of program that current professors can integrate themselves into or will lecturers from outside of the campus be hired?

5.     How will this online certificate not divert focus from the standard educational model for the university?

6.     How much revenue will this certificate program generate?

7.     What motivates one to believe that a screenwriting course can be taught well online?

 

 

AGENDA ITEM #8—Recommendation from Curriculum Review & Approval Committee: Proposed CEL Online Certificate in Film & Media Studies, 1st Reading

Senator Stowers moved and explained the Item. The Item was discussed. Senator Rourke motioned that the Item to be moved to Second Reading. The motion carried. The vote was called to Approve the Item. The motion carried. The following concerns and questions were raised:

 

1.     Is it possible to see the financial implications associated with the curriculum in the proposal?

2.     Is it the role of the Academic Senate to assess the financial implications that this proposal holds for the curriculum?

3.     To what extent do we need to begin examining the financial implications of curriculum proposals?

4.     There is little to no transparency on resources.

5.     What resources are being accumulated to ensure writing across the curriculum?

6.     How can we be involved in assessing program viability without examining fiscal issues?

 

AGENDA ITEM #9- Recommendation from the Educational Policies Council: Proposed Revisions to the Academic Program Discontinuance Policy (S93-177), 1st Reading

Senator Hanley moved and explained the Item. The Item was discussed. Senator Stowers moved to limit debate to two sessions of three minutes per speaker. The vote was called. The motion carried. The Item will return at a future meeting. The following concerns and questions were raised:

 

1.     Does a recommendation make a policy a policy?

2.     Has the committee considered weighing the criteria as discussed in Section III Line 47?

3.     What would happen if EPC or the Academic Senate did not support discontinuance?

4.     What would happen to faculty during discontinuance?

5.     What is the rationale behind the summer process? This needs to be clear.

6.     To what extent does the SF State Mission discuss the generation of resources (i.e., Lines 150-155)?

 

7.     Is it possible to consider expanding the clause “from budget crisis” to “crisis”?

8.     Why is the ability of the college dean, then Vice President for Academic Affairs, or the President of the University to recommend discontinuance requests during non-emergency conditions removed from the policy?

9.     Chair Vaughn encouraged senators to send further comments to the committee.

 

 

AGENDA ITEM #10—Recommendation from Executive Committee: Proposed Policy on a Graduate Council (formerly Graduate Council guidelines), 1st Reading

Senator Holzman moved and explained the Item. The Item was discussed. The Item will return at a future meeting.

 

 

AGENDA ITEM #11—Recommendation from Academic Policies Committee: Proposed Revisions to the Committee on Written English Proficiency Policy, #F10-14, 1st Reading

Senator Hanley moved and explained the Item. The Item was discussed. The Item will return at a future meeting.

 

 

AGENDA ITEM #12—Recommendation from Executive Committee: Proposed Revisions to the All-University Committee on International Programs Policy, #S87-151, 1st Reading

Senator Boyle moved and explained the Item. The Item was discussed. The Item will return at a future meeting.

 

 

AGENDA ITEM #13—Recommendation from Executive Committee: Proposed Revisions to the University Interdisciplinary Council Policy, #S09-74, 1st Reading

Senator Rourke moved and explained the Item. The Item was discussed. The Item will return at a future meeting. The following concerns and questions were raised:

 

 

1.     Is it possible for the committee to consider the deletion of Lines 274-277?

2.     To what extent is interdisciplinary collaboration made possible and how does this policy facilitate this practice?

3.     To what extent is interdisciplinary collaboration part of the culture of this campus?

 

 

 

AGENDA ITEM #14—Recommendation from Executive Committee: Proposed Revisions Course Repeat Policy, S09-248, 1st Reading

Senator Hanley moved and explained the Item. The Item was discussed. The Item will return at a future meeting. The following concerns and questions were raised:

 

 

1.     What would happen to students that take a class for credit/no-Credit and then find out that they needed to take the class for a grade?

2.     How does one interpret credit/no-credit at the graduate level?

 

 

AGENDA ITEM #14—Adjournment—no later than 5:00p.

The Academic Senate adjourned at 4:22 p.m.