SFSU






ACADEMIC SENATE MEETING

MINUTES

Tuesday,
November 28, 2006


Attendance:

Avani, Nathan

Gemello, John

Saffold, Penny

Axler, Sheldon

Gonzales, Dan

Saiyed. Zohra

Bartscher, Patricia

Gonzalez, Marty

Smith, Alastair

Behrooz, Maziar

Jolivette, Andrew

Steier, Saul

Bollapragada, Ramesh

Kohn, Jim

Suzuki, Dean

Boyle, Andrea

Kysh, Judith

Todorov, Jassen

Chao, David

Levine, Josh

Trautman, Ray

Chattopadhyay, Sudip

Levy, Eileen

Ulasewicz, Connie

Chelberg, Gene

Li, Wen-Chao

Van Cleave, Kendra

Danner, Don

Linder, Martin

Velez, Pauline

Dariotis, Wei Ming

Luna, Debra

Whalen, Shawn

Davis, Harvey (Skip)

Kysh, Judith

Williams, Robert

Donovan-Blood, Asella

DuVal, Derethia

McCracken, Bridget

Meredith, David

Yang, Nini

Yee, Darlene

Fehrman, Kenneth

Fielden, Ned

Fung, Robert

Minami, Masahiko

Moody, Laura

Robertson, Bruce

Zwillinger, Lesley

Absences: Angelo,
Albert (abs); Adisa Thomas,
Karimah (abs); Corrigan, Robert (exc) ; Daley, Yvonne (leave); Fowler, Maire
(abs); Gaglio, Connie Marie (abs); Jaimes-Guerrero, A.J. (abs); Klingenberg, Larry (leave);
Morishita, Leroy (exc); Rothman,
Barry (abs); Shapiro, Jerald (exc); Stowers, Genie (exc); Van Dam, Mary Ann
(leave).


Guests: Linda
Buckley; Robert Cherny; Caran Colvin; D. Dempsey; Oswaldo Garcia; Helen Goldsmith;
Karen Grove; Patricia Irvine; Russell Kilday-Hicks; Paul Sherwin; Corless
Smith; Rob Strong; Dawn Terrell; Gail Whitaker & Elise Wormuth.


CALLED TO ORDER: 2:17 p.m.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Chair Meredith:

·
Announced that the
Academic Senate will be meeting on December 12. The meeting will be followed by a reception

·
Announced that there
will be a physical master Plan open house on Tuesday, Dec. 5 in the Student
Center

·
Called for
nominations for the following positions: faculty marshals and the Board of
Appeals and Review

·
Announced that there
will be changes in how students register and in how departments plan class
schedules. Students will have the
opportunity to reserve two courses prior to their actual registration
date. Departments will schedule class
schedules for two semesters instead of one

·
Introduced Vice Chair
Velez who reminded Senators to register for the upcoming faculty and staff
retreat and also directed senators to the Academic Senate Web site for more
information

·
Introduced APC Chair
Whalen who reminded senators to nominate faculty for campus faculty excellence awards


AGENDA ITEM #1—Approval
of the Agenda for November 28, 2006

The agenda was approved by
unanimous consent.


AGENDA ITEM #2—Approval
of the Minutes for November 7, 2006

The minutes were approved
by unanimous consent.


AGENDA ITEM #3—Report
from Rob Strong, General Manager, SF State Bookstore: Timely Textbook Adoptions


Chair Meredith introduced Rob
Strong, General Manager of the SFSU Bookstore, who introduced Corless Smith, elected
faculty representative to the SF State Bookstore Board. They both addressed the timely adoption
of textbooks and bookstore incentives for doing so.


AGENDA ITEM #4—Report
from Russell Kilday-Hicks, Chapter President, California State University Employees
Union (CSUEU)—update on negotiations


Chair Meredith
introduced Russell Kilday-Hicks, Chapter President, CSUEU who spoke to the
current status of staff contract negotiations.


AGENDA ITEM #5—Academic
Senate Elections for the University Budget Committee (UBC) -Three faculty to be
elected.


Chair Meredith opened
nominations for three positions on the University Budget Committee. The Executive Committee submitted six
names. Senator Kohn withdrew his
name from consideration. Senator
Gonzales nominated Senator Danner.
Senator Levy nominated Senator Avani. Chair Meredith clarified that the Academic Senate need to
elect six individuals. The
nominations were closed.


The following
individuals were elected to serve staggered terms:

DuVal, Whalen, Stowers,
Chattopadhyay, Avani, and King.


AGENDA ITEM #6—Recommendation
from the Faculty Affairs Committee (FAC): Proposed Revisions to the Retention
Tenure & Promotions Policy


The item continued in second
reading.


Senator Steier moved to amend
the proposal by striking the words "Tenure and" before the words
"Promotions Committee" in the following locations: p.2-ll.
20,21,22,25,28,44; p. 3 - ll. 1,6,9,30,38; p.4 line 21; p.6.ll. 9,14,19; p.7.
line 34; p.9- ll. 1,37; and p. 10-ll-
1,4,8,27.


And
by replacing the text on page 9, lines 23-37 beginning with "FOR TENURE
AND PROMOTION DECISIONS" and
ending with "Academic Affairs." with the following text:

“FOR
TENURE AND PROMOTION DECISIONS: Upon completion of the dean's review, the WPAF shall be forwarded as follows: The
original and two (2) copies of all portions of the WPAF (except the supplemental materials)
shall be forwarded to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs via the Office of
Faculty Affairs and Professional Development according to the deadlines in the Executive Calendar.
For recommendations that include a recommendation on promotion, the indexed supplemental materials and five (5)
copies of all other portions of the WPAF
shall be forwarded to the University Promotions Committee via the
Academic Senate Office. For
recommendations regarding tenure only, the indexed supplemental
materials shall be forwarded to the
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs via the Office of
Faculty Affairs and Professional
Development.

Tenure
and promotions are awarded by the University President. At the University
level, the University Promotions
Committee reviews the WPAF and makes a recommendation regarding promotion, and the Provost and Vice President for
Academic Affairs reviews the WPAF and makes recommendations regarding promotion and tenure.”


The motion was seconded by
Senator Whalen.


The motion failed.


Senator Levine moved to amend
the proposal by deleting the passage:

“The statement for each area
(teaching effectiveness, professional achievement and growth, and contributions
to campus and community) should not exceed 750 words.” Page 5, lines 3-5.

And replacing it with the following passage:

“It is recommended that the
statement for each area (effectiveness in teaching or area of primary
assignment, professional achievement and growth, and contributions to campus
and community) not exceed 750 words.”

The motion was seconded by
Senator Levy.


The motion passed.


Senator Linder moved to amend
the proposal by deleting the following text “…consisting of no more than three three-inch
binders.” on Page 5, Lines 10 and 11.


And inserting the sentence
following the bullets “It is recommended that the supplementary materials
consist of no more than three three-inch binders.”


The motion was seconded by
Senator Gonzales.


Senator Levine moved to amend
the amendment by inserting the words “or area of primary assignment”
immediately following the words “teaching effectiveness.”


The motion was seconded by
Senator Levy.


The amendment to the
amendment passed.


The motion passed.


Senator Chelberg moved to
extend debate by 15 minutes. The
motion was approved with dissent.


Senator Kohn moved to amend
the proposal by inserting the phrase “and tenure” following the word
“promotion” on page 9, line 35.


The motion was seconded by Senator
Ulasewicz.


The motion passed.


Debate was closed.


The proposed revisions
to the retention, tenure and promotions policy were approved by a vote of 33 to
10.


AGENDA ITEM #7—Recommendation
from the Academic Policies Committee (APC): Proposed Revisions to Policy on
Written English Proficiency, #S03-14 B, Lower Division Writing Portion of
Policy

APC Chair Whalen reintroduced
the item in second reading along with Dean Sherwin, Associate Dean Wormuth and
Professor Irvine to speak to the proposal.

The Proposed Revisions to
the Policy on Written English Proficiency (#S03-14) were approved unanimously.


AGENDA
ITEM #8—Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee
:
Proposed Revisions and Name Change to Asian Area Studies Minor
Program


CRAC Chair Levy reintroduced
the item in second reading along with Dean Kassiola, Associate Dean Terrell,
and Professor Pi-Ching Hsu to speak to the proposal.


The proposal was approved
with dissent.


AGENDA ITEM #9—Recommendation
from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: Proposed Revisions to BS
Program in Geology

Levy, Ulasewicz m/s/p

CRAC Chair Levy introduced the
item along with Professor Dempsey and Chair Garcia to speak to the proposal.

The proposal was approved
unanimously.

AGENDA
ITEM #10—Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: Proposed
Revisions to BA Program in Geology and Name Change to Earth Sciences

Levy,
Ulasewicz m/s/p

CRAC
Chair Levy introduced the item along with Professor Dempsey and Chair Garcia to
speak to the proposal.

The
proposal was approved unanimously.


AGENDA ITEM #11—Recommendation
from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: Proposed Revisions to Minor
Program in Geology and rename to Minor in Earth Sciences

Levy,
Fehrman m/s/p

CRAC
Chair Levy introduced the item along with Professor Dempsey and Chair Garcia to
speak to the proposal.


The
proposal was approved unanimously.


AGENDA
ITEM #12— ADJOURNED—3:50 p.m.