AAUP Executive Council Minutes
May 9, 2007; 8:00-10:00 AM
Room 302 McDowell Hall
PRESENT: Linda Bucher (presiding), Leon
Campbell, Gerald Turkel, Danilo Yanich, Sheldon Pollack, David Smith,
Pat Barber, and Kevin Kerrane (secretary)
Minutes from the April 11 meeting were approved with one
change: Richard Braun, not Jeremy Firestone, was the member of the Arts
and Sciences Steering Committee who would need to be replaced. Council
then met in Executive Session for reports from the Contract Maintenance
Office, L. Campbell, and the Grievance Officer, D. Smith.
Office Update: L. Bucher announced that the chapter’s
financial records would be undergoing a routine audit on May 23-24.
Treasurer’s report: S. Pollack distributed a chart
showing chapter finances from January through March, and noted that the
general picture for 2006-07 was better than in the previous year. He
added that the two checks for recent AAUP scholarship winners ($2000
each) had been sent out.
The AAUP Voice: G. Turkel said that the next issue
would feature those student awards, and would include a tribute to
Robert Taggart. He noted that the fall issues would highlight
bargaining issues for the next contract, starting with a September
article summarizing results of the spring faculty survey.
G. Turkel said that Steve Finner would like to meet with
members of the Executive Council in late May to discuss terms of a
contract for his work on the chapter history project. Council agreed to
pay for his transportation to Newark, and scheduled a meeting for May
L. Bucher explained that recruitment meetings with various
departments were designed to provide information about bargaining, the
faculty surveys, and the importance of membership. She had recently met
(on April 26) with Engineering faculty, and had scheduled a meeting
with Business and Economics (May 11). She also mentioned plans for an
AAUP presentation at a fall meeting of the Arts and Sciences Senate.
An AAUP reception for President Harker has been confirmed for
Wednesday, September 26, at 4:00. Invitees will include members of the
Executive Council and the Steering Committee. Departmental
representatives will also be invited.
The Faculty Forum, cosponsored by the administration and the
AAUP, is set for October 25 at noon, with David Breneman as featured
G. Turkel commented that the spring faculty survey had
generated an excellent response, and had led to four new members for
the chapter. He added that the fall survey should be designed for easy
completion and compilation on scantron forms. As a result of a recent
election, Marian Palley will replace Richard Braun on the Arts and
Sciences Steering Committee, and John Brockman will be filling in
during Peter Cole’s 2007-08 sabbatical leave.
Council discussed the makeup of the AAUP team for next
spring’s collective bargaining. G. Turkel will lead the
negotiations, and the slate of other members will be approved by the
Steering Committee in the fall.
Discussion followed on items to be included in the next
faculty survey and, by consensus, it was agreed that Question 13
(regarding a Vision Plan) should be deleted.
D. Smith noted a lack of clarity regarding the promotability
and voting rights of Continuing Non-Tenure Track faculty, and L.
Campbell suggested that this could be cleared up more easily by an
article in The AAUP Voice rather than a question on the
survey. He promised to check on the number of CNTT lines that have been
added in the last five years.
D. Yanich proposed that Questions 22 and 23, asking
respondents to indicate which college they were in, include a
“Not Applicable” option. L. Campbell suggested that the two
questions could be simplified into something like: “In what
college is your primary appointment?” L. Bucher and D. Yanich
agreed to meet over the summer to discuss the format of the survey. All
members of the Council are encouraged to provide input re: survey
L. Bucher ended the meeting with best wishes for the summer,
and said that the date and time for Council’s first fall meeting
(in late August) would be settled via e-mail.