AAUP Executive Council
October 22, 2007
Room 302 McDowell Hall, 12:00 p.m.
PRESENT: Linda Bucher (presiding), Leon Campbell, David
Smith, Gerald Turkel, Steve Dentel, Pat Barber, Sheldon Pollack, Kevin
GUESTS: Leland Ware, David Colton
The meeting began with comments by Professor Leland Ware, who
is serving on the University Strategic Planning Committee. That
committee is soliciting ideas about how to move UD forward to national
and international prominence, and after reading a list of
“aspirational peers”—schools that might provide
models for excellence, and recognition of that
excellence—Professor Ware asked Council members to suggest ways
that UD could transcend a “provincial” identity.
S. Pollack suggested that very productive faculty could be
rewarded beyond the provisions outlined in the Collective Bargaining
Agreement. G. Turkel added that one-third of full professors at UD have
now been honored with named professorships, and that there should be
more faculty and departmental input regarding this “fourth
L. Bucher suggested that, by taking leadership in
environmental policies, UD might become known as “the green
university” or UD could define itself as “the healthiest
university” by recasting health programs, anti-smoking campaigns,
food service, and other aspects of campus life.
K. Kerrane suggested that larger investment in Study Abroad
programs could pay significant dividends. He noted that although
Florida State University is not on the list of aspirational peers, it
has greater prominence than UD in London because its facility is large
and well appointed, whereas our programs have outgrown the small
building on Doughty Street. He also emphasized that many of our most
worthy students are simply unable to afford the fees for overseas
programs and that doubling or tripling the funding for the study-abroad
scholarships would be a visible way of doing the right thing.
S. Dentel suggested that a university like Cornell provides a
model both for its culture of intellectualism and its willingness to
embrace controversy—for example, by inviting provocative speakers
and encouraging vigorous political debate. He contrasted the freedom of
Cornell students to chalk sidewalks, or to display posters on bulletin
boards without getting official approval, with a concern at UD for
maintaining a pristine appearance.
G. Turkel suggested that UD make a firmer public commitment
to serving communities in Delaware.
D. Colton suggested that UD demonstrate public leadership by
fighting for domestic-partner benefits rather than waiting for the AAUP
to bring the issue forward in contract negotiations. Such a gesture
would be “symbolic of a movement into the 21 st century.”
D. Smith argued that the Board of Trustees has previously hidden behind
the policies of Delaware state legislators in refusing to consider
benefits for domestic partners, even though many of our board members
represent companies that provide such benefits.
Professor Ware thanked Council members for all these
suggestions and promised to relay them to the Strategic Planning
Committee. After he left, Council went into Executive Session.
Minutes of 9/24/07 were approved as submitted.
1. Rita’s salary: deferred
2. Treasurer’s Report: No report
3. The AAUP VOICE: No report
4. Old Business:
a. Pre-Bargaining Faculty Survey: final feedback requested
and survey to be
distributed in mid-November
b. Chapter history project: L. Bucher spoke to Steve Finner - work to
begin in early December
c. University Faculty Forum: Scheduled for Oct. 25, 2007, 12-1 PM
– David Breneman, Trabant Multi-purpose Room
d. Steering Committee vacancy: College of Engineering and College of
Marine Studies: Kenneth Barner elected
e. President Harker reception: Scheduled for Wed. Nov. 28, 2007, 4-5
PM, Collins Room, Perkins Student Center. Will extend invitation to all
AAUP members to increase attendance
f. Recruitment strategies: L. Bucher and G. Turkel attended the A&S
Senate meeting on 9/24/07; L. Bucher presented at the New Faculty
Orientation on 10/8/07.
g. Joint meeting with AAUP/President of Faculty Senate: D. Smith
– No report.
5. New Business:
a. Steering Committee Meeting: Scheduled for Mon.
Nov. 26th from 9-10 AM
in Rm. 302 Dupont Hall.
b. Recruitment strategy: Council approved automatically enrolling all
faculty in the AAUP every September since we currently pay for the
year’s membership dues Automatic enrollment of new faculty
c. Agency Fee: Council approved dedicating $500-600 to have attorney
possibility of requiring an agency fee by non-AAUP members.
d. All AAUP contracts are online – G. Turkel requested monies to
graduate student research ???. Council decided to hold off at this
6. News from National AAUP
a. Semi-Annual CBA meeting: Scheduled for 11/30-12/1 in
Council members encouraged to attend.
7. Future Meetings:
12-2 on 11/26/07, 12/17/07.