ACADEMIC SENATE MEETING

MINUTES

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

SEVEN HILLS CONFERENCE CENTER

NOB HILL ROOM

2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

 

Attendance:

Albiniak, Teddy (LCA)

Howell, Ryan (CoSE)

Sinha, Dipendra (COSE)

Amjadi, Taghi (LCA)

Hulick, Mari (LCA)

Small, Rachel (COSE)

Barrera, Ana Maria (HSS)

Jones, Nathan (ASI)

Spencer, Dee (LCA)

Bloom, Gilda (GCOE)

Kuchins, Noah (SA)

Stec, Loretta (LCA)

Brown, Elizabeth (HSS)

Kulik, Carole (HSS)

Stowers, Genie (HSS)

Bui, Yvonne (GCOE)

Lee, Yeon-Shim (HSS)

Summit, Jennifer (Provost)

Carcieri, Martin (LCA)

Leopardo, Nicole (ETHS)

Ward, Samantha (STF)

Castillo, Nestor (ETHS)

Luengo, Ana (LCA)

Martinez, Katynka

Weinberger, Chris (LCA)

Chekuri, Chris (LCA)

Miller, Cori (SA)

Wilczak, Cindy (LCA)

Cheng, Chen (COSE)

Mooney, Dylan (STF)

Wilson, Jackson (HSS)

Crispi, Ilana (LCA)

Olsher, David (LCA)

Way, Lori Beth (PRES)

Collins, Robert Keith (CSU)

Pasion, Sally (CoSE)

Wong, Yutian (LCA)

Damangir, Sina (CoB)

Platas, Linda (HSS)

Yee-Melichar, Darlene (CSU)

Dariotis, Wei Ming (ETHS)

Piryatinska, Alexandra (COSE)

Huizhong Xu (COSE)

Xiao-Desai, Yang (LCA)

Rubin, Jasper (HSS)

 

Fisher, Matt (CoB)

Sanders, Alison (PRES)

 

Gerber, Nancy (CoSE)

Schwartz, Kim (LCA)

 

Goldman, Michael (COSE)

Scott, Michael (PRES)

 

Harris-Boundy, Jason (CoB)

Shapiro, Jerry (HSS)

 

Hines, Ellen (COSE)

 

 

 

Absences:

Harris, Andrew (PRES)

 

 

Soorapanth, Sada (BUS)

 

 

Thomas, Tom (COB)

Van Cleave, Kendra (LIB)

Wang, Mei-Ling (STF)

Wong, Les (President)

Zhou, Yi (COB)

 

 

 

Guests:

Yim-Yu Wong

Caude Bartholomew

Sophie Clavier

Cynthia Grutzik

Karen Boyce

Julie Paulson

 

OPEN FLOOR PERIOD:  2:00 - 2:10 p.m.

The Open Floor Period provides an informal opportunity for campus community 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.

  1. Approval of the Agenda for November 13, 2018
  • Approved 2:10pm
  1. Approval of the Minutes for October 30, 2018
  • Approved 2:11pm
  1. Announcements from the Floor
  • Sen. Albiniak: Faculty Retreat – Friday is the first deadline for ideas. “Social Justice” is the topic for this year’s retreat.
  • Karen Boyce: Health Promotion and Wellness
    • CalFresh Clinic – Mon-Thu
    • Gator-Grub Alerts – collaborative project to address food waste and student food insecurity – Free meals on campus alerts for students who opt-in. Training available to be able to post
  1. Reports
    1. Chair
  • Fires in California – importance of colleges and universities to teach critical thinking and understanding scientific information.
  • Some of our sister causes are closed
  • Voting for the Presidential Search Advisory Committee will go out soon.
  •  
  1. Standing Committees
    1. Academic Policies Committee
  • 2 policies coming to the floor today
  • workload will be the next topic of conversation, working with FAC
  1. Curriculum Review and Approval Committee
  • 2 items on the agenda today
  • many more items upcoming. Many addressing EO 1071
  1. Faculty Affairs Committee
  • Continue to review senate RTP policy
    • Clarifying and rationalizing conflict of interest
    • Department review committees access to the PAF is being reviewed and discussed
  1. Student Affairs Committee
  • 1 item coming to the floor today
  • grievance policy will be
  • student ombudsperson and student grievance committee
  1. Strategic Issues Committee
  • Collecting data on:
    • 2015 plan to increase international student
    • budget transparency
    • overview from Gallup survey about staff in A&F
  1. Provost & VP for Academic Affairs
  • How does the AMP align with the selection of the new President?
    • Who we are must be discovered and not imposed upon us.
    • By articulating who we are, it should help the search committee to choose the right person for our campus.

OLD BUSINESS

  1. Recommendation from the Executive Committee – Proposed Revision to the All University Teacher Education Council, #S94-146, first reading
  • Grutzik spoke to the history of the recommendation and the proposed revisions.
  • Sen. Collins: membership of committee may benefit from deeper representation of diverse populations
  • Sen. Yee-Melichar: speaking in favor with a minor edit (line 53). Last part of that line
  • Sen. Bui: Concern about size of committee
  • Sen. Bloom: in favor in general, with some suggestions. Someone from nursing should be added to the committee. Two committees should be more easily distinguishable.
  • Item stays in first reading
  1. Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee – Proposed Revision of #S17-277, Standardized Time Blocks for use in Course Scheduling Policy, first reading
  • Wilson: after much discussion there are no modifications to the time blocks, only modification to footnote #2, which is endorsed by some of the most vocal critics.
  • Sen. Crispi: studio classes are all 3-hour blocks. Perhaps a standing 165 min exception that would not necessitate an exception every time.
  • Sen. Hulik: Design is in agreement with Sen. Crispi.
  • Sen. Wilson: MOTION to move the item to second reading
    • Sen. Platas: seconded the motion
    • Plenary Vote--Motion APPROVED --moved to Second reading
  • Sen. Crispi: MOTION: Proposed change: insert into Table #1 in 165-min MTWH a 9:00-11:45 time block
    • Sen. Hulik seconded the motion
    • Plenary Vote—Motion APPROVED
  • Sen. Crispi: MOTION: Proposed change: insert into Table #1 in 165-min MTWH a 13:00-15:45
    • Sen. Hulik seconded the motion
    • Discussion regarding the natural break in the middle of the day for meetings and lunch
    • Plenary Vote—Motion APPROVED
  • Sen. Bui – clarification: 165-time block in own spaces…does the exception apply?
  • VOTE to approve revised policy
    • 0 nay votes, 2 abstentions
    • Plenary Vote—Policy Revisions APPROVED
  1. Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee – Proposed Revision to the Online Education Policy, #S16-246, first reading
  • Sen. Stowers: Have not heard a quality justification as to why this is necessary. Favors allowing the departments to determine flexibility. This would unnecessarily restrict departments.
  • Sen. Wilson: allows for some flexibility in a situation in which a reaction to an unplanned event, and the 15% leaves decisions up to the departments.
  • Sen. Collins: could the 15% be placed into the definition? Decisions like these should be up to the department chair/director to allow for flexibility during the semester.
  • Sen. Bui: Does using Zoom fit into an online definition?
    • Sen. Wilson: Synchronous online course content. And would count as online.
  • Sen. Wilson: in response to Sen. Collins, proactively students should know how classes would be offered. However, this policy is about reactivity. Also, allows for online flexibility for a face-to-face, instead of assuming that all face-to-face must remain face-to-face.
  • Sen. Stowers: Definitions need to be updated to include current technology. Students need to know what they are getting into, but those decisions should be made at he department level.
  • Sen. Weinberger: This is intended to be protect a certain amount of academic freedom and actually keeps decisions in the department.
  • Sen. Wilczak: This policy addressed contingency situations.
  • Sen. Collins: agree that restriction will be limited, but 15% limitation is in and of itself restrictive. Some departments already have definitions and this will supersede those department policies. If we could require QLOT certification
  • Sen. Wilson: MOTION moved to second
    • Weinberger seconded the motion
    • Discussion:
      • Sen. Dariotis: against based on the conversation
      • Sen. Hines: agreed
    • Plenary Vote- Motion FAILED
    • Remains in first reading, back to APC

NEW BUSINESS

  1. Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee – Proposed Revision of the BA in Journalism, Concentration in Print and Online Journalism, first reading
  • Sen. Stowers: brought to floor. Unanimously approved by CRAC. Changes address EO compliance.
  • Sen. Collins: supports, in particular the interdisciplinary nature of the concentration
  • No additional discussion. Return to CRAC.
  1. Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee – Proposed Revision of the BA in Journalism: Concentration in Photojournalism, first reading
  • Sen. Stowers: brought to floor. Unanimously approved by CRAC. Changes address EO compliance and updates to reflect changes in the field.
  • Sen. Collins: supports, allows student to be competitive in all areas of journalism.
  1. Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee – Proposed Revision of the Minor in German, first reading
  • Sen. Stowers: brought to floor. Unanimously approved by CRAC. There are some exceptions to policy but they are supported by CRAC
  • Sen. Collins: supports this change, in particular the way in which it will allow our students
  • Sen. Collins: MOTION to move the item to second reading
    • Sen. Sinha: Seconded the motion
    • Plenary Vote— APPROVED
    • Second reading – no discussion
    • Plenary vote to approve revisions to the Minor in German --APPROVED
  1. Recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee – Proposed Resolution in Support of Honoring the City of San Francisco Minimum Wage, first reading
  • Sen. Brown: this resolution has come out of several conversations surrounding how to best support our students
  • Sen. Way: support. Sometimes it is difficult to balance the
  • Sen. Albiniak: support
  • Sen. Wilson: support. It is very important to recognize that this is one of the most difficult
  • Sen. Collins: might you consider a change that adds language that encourages us to think about a living wage enabling student retention and student success.
  • Sen. Mooney: support. This holds us up to our value of social justice and equity.
  • Sen. Scott: support. There is a lot of push back from faculty on grants. Would suggest that language pertaining to grants and UCorp account pay.
  • Sen. Wilczak: support. Are there any non-students (staff) on campus that are paid below SF minimum wage?
  • Returns to SAC

DISCUSSION ITEMS/PRESENTATIONS

  1. Sophie Clavier, Dean of Graduate Studies and Julie Paulson, Chair of Graduate Council - Report from the Graduate Council and update on Graduate Studies: 2:30 time certain
  • Update on GTA and Graduate Tuition Waiver program pilot – 62 positions were funded with the funding from Academic Affairs.
  • Areas were chosen based on which would have the greatest impact. First at colleges with the most GTAs and then into the departments: Biology, Mathematics, Philosophy, English
  • Recommendation to have the least impact on the student’s financial situations: change the name to Tuition Reimbursement
  • GTAs need 30 hours of training. Developing a plan for that training and the assessment of the program.
    • Sen. Scott: We should consider the taxable and un-taxable fund
      • Clavier: financial aid suggested the name change
    • Sen. Sinha: How was the choice made for departments that would benefit?
    • Sen. Hines: Tax implications were considered in the initial conversations.
  • Clavier: Graduate enrollment has dropped over the last few years. Trying to determine the reason for this drop. Determinations and plans for the short term:
    • Applications are a significant issue.
    • Strategy of outreach will be changing based on the information that has been gathered so far.
    • Some new scholarships will be started to encourage our undergrads to continue at SF State as a grad students.
    • Decisions should be made before March 2, before deadlines that affect the student’s financial aid.
  • For the long term:
    • Diversity in our grad programs – not as good as we think/hope it is.
    • Need a broader pipeline of applications to create a more diverse pool of applicants and therefore a more broadly diverse graduate population.
  • Sen. Sinha: observation – when economy is good, graduate students go down. International graduate pool is usually abundant.
    • Clavier: not true at the moment, due to security and political issues. Working on that with multiple on and off campus organizations.
  • Sen. Collins: Will the forum have an interdisciplinary component?
    • Yes, these ideas are always emphasized.
  • Sen. Stowers: Different grad programs work with different models based on their student body. Some areas might not be as affected by the FAFSA deadline.
  • Sen. Wilson: How might the
    • All on AcademicWorks. Important that students build a profile, and read info on the Graduate Division website
  • Sen. Yee-Melichar: Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase has been successful for many years. The document received at that event that includes the names of the students and their work is always helpful. Can that be done on the website to showcase our students and their work?
    • Many adjustments are being made on the website currently, including this kind of information. Also Graduate Division will be inviting outside entities of all sorts to campus to engage with our students.
  1. Adjourned - 4:09 p.m.