Academic Senate Meeting Minutes 12/10/2013








Tuesday, December 10, 2013



2:00 – 5:00 p.m.


SF State Academic Senate           

Seven Hills Conference Center – Nob Hill Room



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.



Alvarenga, Gabriela

Anderson, David

Avani, Nathan

Azadpur, Mohammad

Baines, AnnMarie

Barranco, Joseph

Bartscher, Patricia

Bettinger, Chris

Carleton, Troi

Chen, Lily

Cholette Susan

Clavier, Sophie

Collins, Robert

Cortez, Ronald 

Doan, Therese

Donohue, Patricia

Gamboa, Yolanda

Ganji, Ahmad



Getz, Trevor

Ginwala, Cyrus

Hackenberg, Sara

Hammer, Mike

Hanley, Lawrence

Harris, Shimina

Hill, Lorna

Holzman, Barbara

Howard, Pamela  

Kilday-Hicks, Russel

Lewis, Julia

Levy, Eileen

Li, Wen-Chao

Lopez, Eurania

McDougal, Serie

Mendolla, Paul

Monteiro, Ken

Pasion, Sally

Pelaud, Isabelle



Robertson, Bruce

Rosser, Sue

Salama, Mohammad

Sigmon, Mark

Soltani, Sonya

Spiva Derrick

Stowers, Genie

Thapar, Manav

Trogu, Pino

Tumbat, Gulnur

Vasche, Jason

Wanek, Linda

Wilckzak, Cynthia

Williams, Robert

Yee-Melichar Darlene

Yoo, Grace


Absences: Alamilla Boyd, Nan  (abs);  Boyle, Andrea (abs); Buckley, Linda (abs);  Chang, Sandy (abs);  Hellman, David (abs); Landry, Lynette (abs); Lau, Jenny (abs); Strong, Robert (abs); Usowicz, Thaddeus (abs); Wong, Les (exc)


Guests: Shawn Whalen, Helen Goldensmith, 



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.


Sen. Collins- SFSU Distinguished Faculty Honors and Awards- seeking nominations for teaching, PAG and service! Nomination packets until March 14, 2014

AGENDA ITEM #1—Approval of the Minutes for November 12, 2013

Approved as submitted.

AGENDA ITEM #2—Approval of the Agenda for December 10, 2013

Changes? Getz- amend Agenda #5 to Update on Strategic Planning Process

Bettinger- amend inserting Item #4 resolution in recognition of Nelson Mandela; item #4 will become Item #5

Agenda approved as amended.


AGENDA ITEM #3—Chair’s Report

1. Dec. 6th- hosted event for CCSF faculty and administrators, co-sponsored by Academic Senate and President’s office, to plan and strategize for accreditation process going on now. Attendance was good, 60-65 participants. They were very appreciative of us for hosting this event.

2. Trustee Laurence Norton- visited campus last Wednesday 12/4. Wanted to know what the Board of Trustees can do to recognize CSU faculty?? Ex Comm recommended many ideas to Norton; he’s an ally on the board

3. Online course evaluations- close Monday 12/16, response rate 49% as of today.


AGENDA ITEM #4- Resolution in Memorium of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

Resolution adopted by acclimation, read by Sen. Getz


AGENDA ITEM #5—Report: Standing Committee Chairs & CSU Senators—Brief Updates

1. APC- Sen. Bettinger- two items coming forward, both of which you’ve seen before- calendar and online ed committee proposal

2. CRAC- Sen. Barranco- Committee completed all reviews of Complementary Studies proposals.

3. FAC- Sen. Baines- proposing policy on evaluation of tenured faculty at next Senate meeting

4. SIC- Sen. Carleton- will bring resolution to floor today

5. SAC- Sen. Lopez- thanks Jason Porth (transportation) and Gerber (new GE) for their presentations; will work on implementation next semester

6. Statewide- Sen. Collins- no report at this time; Sen. Pelaud- no report; Sen. Yee-Melichar- community college study group report, please let Darlene know if you have comments. CalState Online Board- draft proposal to transition to CSU Commission on Online Education. Should be more inclusive of all online programs and degrees. Open Education Resources Council- will be funded in 2014, charged to coordinate work of reducing cost of textbooks to students and increase adoption of open education resources. Ex Comm met with staff in Capital and considering faculty trustee legislative proposal so we won’t ever be without faculty trustee.


AGENDA ITEM #6—Report: Update on Strategic Planning Committee- Getz

Launched on Nov. 18th- new information gathering tools, including a faculty survey. Welcome more responses from members of the Senate. served as organizing tool, over 1500 feedback items, mostly from staff and students; faculty should participate as well. Have had great deal of faculty feedback by other means, e.g. invited dozens of new members, meetings with campus groups, councils, and cabinets. Some programs and departments have written submissions. Continuing to collect input, and will have an all-day retreat in January to discuss next steps. Invite any group out there to communicate with the committee. Thanks to Academic Senate for encouraging colleagues to contribute to the process, hope to share more next semester to wider community.


AGENDA ITEM #7—Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee:  Proposed Summer Calendar for 2014, 1st Reading- Bettinger

Moved by Bettinger, no second required. Column of dates that were missing last time, they’re on the calendar now. Discussion? Moved to second reading, no discussion. Motion passed.


AGENDA ITEM #8—Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee:  Proposed All-University Online Education Committee, 1st Reading- Bettinger

Moved by Bettinger. Committee membership, graduate advising discussed at last committee. Meant to be clearinghouse of information, not a decision making body. Discussion?

Suggestion at recent ETAC that we add counselors and coaches to list, Unit 3 members. What about a graduate representative or a representative from Administration and Finance? Statewide senator representation also recommended.

Sen. Getz- move to second reading. Sen. Howard second.


Sen. Holzman-made a motion to amend line 31 to add Item j. Dean of Division Graduate Studies (or designee)- should be added to committee membership

Vote on amendment- amendment passes.  Further discussion?

Sen Donohue- point of order- Amend 1F- review and evaluate new or revised policies and advise the Senate on faculty issues such as workload related to Online Education. Second? Getz. Discussion proceeded on the amendment, and senators unanimously rejected it.

Further discussion before second reading? Sen. Hammer- propose amendment- Item F- Review policies and advise the Senate regarding new or revised policies and faculty issues such as workload related to online education.

All in favor of deleting lines 13-14 and inserting following: (see above) PASSED.

Getz- call question, Bettinger second- YES

Vote on the motion, Item #8, AU OEC as amended- item passes!


AGENDA ITEM #9—Recommendation from the Strategic Issues Committee Report on the Formal Grievance and Informal Complaint Processes for Faculty and Staff at SF State and Proposed Resolution to Accept the Report, 1st Reading

Sen. Carleton moved to accept report.

Sen. Salama commend SIC and chair Carleton for hard work on this. Further discussion?

SIC points out that we need a better informal process for resolving issues on campus, to benefit everyone. Use resolution to endorse report.

Senate should entertain idea of putting report on agenda for Spring semester for discussion as to next steps.

Sen. Ginwala- moves to second reading, Sen. Robertson second, approved.

Second reading- No discussion

Vote on #9- resolution to accept the findings of report- motion carries!!


AGENDA ITEM #10—Adjournment—no later than 5:00p.m.




Respectfully submitted by Eileen Levy, Secretary, Academic Senate



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