AAUP Executive Council Minutes, Thursday, October 6, 2005
The minutes of the previous meeting (August 30) were approved with one deletion (the total dollar amount in the chapter’s account). The next hour was spent in executive session.
At the end of that session, the committee approved a motion regarding the writing of our chapter history. If internal negotiations cannot be satisfactorily resolved with the researcher previously commissioned to write the history, David Smith is now authorized to issue a modified contract to Steve Finner of the National AAUP (and formerly of the University of Delaware) to complete the project.
The regular meeting began with news notes about our website. Rita Girardi’s course in Dream Weaver software will enable her to update the site. Marc Drumm has arranged for a new photo on the home page that features our president, Linda Bucher, in a classroom setting. And the home page will have a news box about the fall AAUP elections.
The Treasurer’s Report by Sheldon Pollack concluded by emphasizing our favorable financial situation, and noted that variations from totals in the previous report were due to “anomalies of outflow”—specifically, the forwarding of our chapter dues to the National AAUP.
Gerald Turkel provided information about “The AAUP Voice,” noting that the October issue would direct readers to our website. The November issue will report election results, as well as a statement for discussion (written by Gerry) of a proposal that our chapter make a contribution to the National AAUP endowment.
In our discussion of “Old Business,” Sheldon Pollack observed that Peter Schuck’s lunchtime lecture on September 29 was attended by only ten members of the faculty. Regarding the elections for the Executive Council, Linda reminded us that our slate of candidates would be presented in the October issue of “The AAUP Voice.” Nominations from the membership will be received up to October 24. The election will be held from November 7 to 15.
Under “New Business,” we discussed two
“Memoranda of Understanding”—one on Health Care, and
one on Parking—that came out of last spring’s contract
negotiations. Neither memorandum is in the version of the contract that
is linked to our website, but both can be added.
(b) The Parking memorandum is an agreement that faculty parking
Gerald Turkel discussed a proposal to co-sponsor (with the
Provost’s Office) a spring lecture by Roger Bowen of the AAUP
national office. Mr. Bowen’s visit might include a separate
meeting with our AAUP chapter as well as a lunchtime talk open to the
Our Executive Council meeting concluded with a reminder that
news reports from the National AAUP are posted on the
organization’s electronic bulletin board, and can be received
regularly through an e-mail list server.