AAUP Executive Council
September 4, 2009
Members present: Joan DelFattore, Prasad Dhurjati, Calvin
Keeler, Linda Bucher, Leon Campbell, David Smith, Gerry Turkel, Danilo
Yanich, Pat Barber
1. Contract maintenance report: Leon Campbell
2. Grievance Officer report: David Smith
Approval of Agenda and Minutes:
The agenda was approved.
Minutes of May 4, 2009 were approved as submitted.
The vacant position of Treasurer was
discussed. The Executive Council nominated Calvin Keeler, and he has
agreed to be a nominee for the position. Prior to sending out a ballot,
AAUP members will be notified via e-mail of the vacant position and the
requirements to be nominated for the position. Professor Keeler’s
name will be submitted in addition to those of any faculty nominated
and supported by ten AAUP members according to the bylaws description.
Balloting will be sent to AAUP members by Survey Monkey.
The council decided to renew the Survey Monkey subscription.
A discrepancy was noted in the University schedule. Reading
Day was omitted, and according to the Faculty Handbook, it is mandatory
to have a Reading Day. David Smith will check with Tom Apple.
Prasad Dhurjati is on sabbatical leave. Doug Buttrey was
suggested as a temporary replacement. Joan Del Fattore will follow up
Payroll and Systems Administration has agreed to provide a
monthly e-list of faculty having payroll deduction and those faculty
who do not have funds withheld.
The Executive Council discussed the need to select an
attorney. Two names were submitted—David Powell and Jonathan
Axelrod. Gerry Turkel suggested we try Jon Axelrod and get information
on his view of the relevant IRS law and of the University‘s
position. David Smith will draft a letter after Joan Del Fattore speaks
to Mr. Axelrod.
Inviting Speakers: It was suggested that the AAUP sponsor a
two-part discussion on academic freedom. If they are available, Bob
O’Neil and Larry White might speak in the fall and Rachel
Levinson in the spring. Gerry Turkel and Joan DelFattore will contact
the speakers and ascertain whether Provost Apple is willing to
co-sponsor these programs, as has been done in the past.
Executive Council members selected the following dates for
their future meetings, which will begin at 8:00 a.m. A new location of
243 Wolf Hall has been designated thanks to the effort of David Smith.
September 11, 25
October 9, 30
Meeting adjourned at noon.