AAUP Executive Council Minutes
April 11, 2007; 8:00-10:00 AM
Room 302 McDowell Hall
PRESENT: Linda Bucher (presiding), Leon Campbell, Gerald
Turkel, Danilo Yanich, Sheldon Pollack, David Smith, Steve Dentel, and
Kevin Kerrane (secretary)
Minutes from the March 7 meeting of the Executive Council
were approved with one minor deletion that related to the percentage of
faculty membership in AAUP.
The meeting began in Executive Session with reports from the
Grievance Officer, D. Smith, and the Contract Maintenance Office, L.
Treasurer’s Report: S. Pollack reported no new numbers
from February. Acknowledged answering e-mailed questions from faculty
who had read his report in the Voice and wanted more
information about specific items on the budget report.
The AAUP VOICE: G. Turkel stated that future issues
of the Voice should include a mark identifying the printing
company for our newsletter as a union shop. He added that the next
issue would focus on the survey being mailed to all faculty, and would
also highlight this year’s recipients of the AAUP student awards.
Chapter History Project: G. Turkel said that
he would be conferring with Steve Finner re: project this afternoon.
AAUP/Faculty Senate Joint Meeting: D. Smith,
L. Campbell, and L. Bucher summarized their meeting on April 2 nd with
Dallas Hoover of the Faculty Senate’s Executive Council. The
meeting dealt with three items: (1) aligning the language of
jurisdiction between the Senate and AAUP regarding such issues as
termination procedures; (2) clarifying minimum standards for promotion
and tenure as stated in the CBA and the Faculty Handbook; and (3) a
policy on how prior work at other institutions should be weighed in
faculty members’ cases for promotion and tenure. L. Campbell
suggested that this third item should be discussed in a fall issue of
the Voice. L. Bucher added that the Voice article
could be coauthored with a Faculty Senate representative since the
Senate was poised to pass a motion this spring on the question of how
work elsewhere, in rank, should be counted. S. Dentel proposed that the
article make clear that this agenda item resulted from faculty
difficulties originally brought to the attention of AAUP.
Membership Recruitment: Several members of
Council discussed the effectiveness of the AAUP asking for time at
meetings of departments and of the various college senates. K. Kerrane
stressed the importance of individual solicitations by faculty within
their own departments. He suggested that the AAUP Steering Committee
could coordinate recruiting efforts by providing up-to-date membership
lists and materials to representatives in every department, and by
targeting the new pool of CNTT faculty who may not understand that the
chapter serves them fully as much as it does those on tenure tracks. L.
Bucher emphasized that a higher membership percentage in 2007-08 will
mean more as we prepare for negotiations on a new CBA.
Steering Committee Election: L. Bucher reported
that N. Getchell was elected to fill vacancy in the CHS.
AAUP Award Recipients: Kristen L. Geaman,
History, minor in Medieval History; Jason A. Peiffer, Plant Sciences,
with minors in Biochemistry and Biochemical Engineering
AAUP/Provost Faculty Forum: L. Bucher
indicated that plans are underway for Dr. Breneman’s visit this
Replacement of Arts and Sciences Steering Committee
Members: L. Bucher indicated that a replacement for Richard
Braun is still pending.
Bargaining Team: L. Bucher stated that the
Bargaining team should be identified by end of this semester. Several
Executive Council members have expressed an interest in serving on the
Reception for President Harker: Wednesday,
Sept. 26 th, 4-5 PM
Faculty Survey: L. Bucher asked that each
Executive Council member review the prior faculty survey for the next
News from National AAUP
Annual Meeting: June, Washington, DC
Summer Institute: July, Reno Nevada.
Next Meeting: 5/9/07, 8-10:00