Professional Advisory Council
Minutes July 6, 2005
Agenda items for the September 14, 2005 meeting need to be
submitted to Theresa DeRose by September 2, 2005.
The meeting convened at 2:31p.m. by Bill Fitzpatrick, President, PAC.
PAC members present were:
Members Excused: Patricia Grim #3, Kristine Ritz-Coll #4, Daniel Bailey #7.
Others Present: Thomas LaPenta, Richie Holland, Bill Fitzpatrick and Lynn Brock.
The May minutes were approved as written.
A constituent was concerned because, as a part time instructor, he was not always included in e-mail messages sent to faculty members. Richie Holland stated that this is a departmental issue, and that many areas on campus keep internal email lists. He recommended that the constituent contact the Department’s Program Director or Department Chair so that he can be added to the internal list for his area.
Another constituent was concerned because the Outdoor Pool has become very crowded over the past few years due to the perception of more non-University affiliated members being allowed to join. Richie Holland followed up with James Kaden, Facility Manager of the Ice Arena and Outdoor Pool. James’s response letter follows: Dear PAC Member: I’d like to thank you for taking the time to express your feelings on UD’s Outdoor Pool. The Outdoor Pool does have a membership cap, and I’m happy to say it is one we’ve reached the past three years. Meeting that cap ensures a successful pool season for everyone and allows us to plan for enhancements in the future. This year, our membership (over 65% of it returning from last year) sold out in record time, and we started a waiting list. As I said, our membership helps make possible continuing enhancements to the pool, which this year included new water slides, new pool heater and in previous years has included, new and additional furniture and an additional Funbrellas. It’s a nice cycle, really: Our happy members support our pool year after year and their memberships allow us to install upgrades each year, and those enhancements make our families happy. Contrary to your note, faculty /staff membership in the Outdoor Pool has been low for many, many years, despite our continuing efforts to encourage them to join. These efforts include publicity on UDaily and the general press, a payroll deduction option, discounted membership fees and the ability to pay a daily-use fee for occasional pool use. We are already planning for additional improvements in 2006, and I believe these will enhance even more our members’ experiences at the pool. If you would like to discuss your concerns further, feel free to contact me directly via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 302-831-6038. Sincerely, Jim Kaden Facility Manager
A constituent was concerned because some parking curbs at the Morris Library gated lot and the Student Health Services south end gold lot were moved when snow plowing was completed this past winter. He requested that the curbs be repositioned and repaired.
A constituent wanted to know if there were University rules regarding flexible work schedules. Tom Lapenta responded that each department uses its own discretion as to how and whether they administer flexible work schedules.
Faculty Senate Meeting 5/16/05. (Resumption of the May 2 meeting) submitted by Gerald Hendrick.
Three open hearings on grade inflation were held during the year. The resolution noted that the most important mechanism identified for controlling grade inflation is faculty accountability. Grade distributions can be made public without violating students’ rights of privacy.
The following amended section was approved:
“Other unlawful harassment includes any verbal or physical conduct toward another that is based on the other’s race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law, and that (1) unlawfully creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive learning and/or working environment or (2) unlawfully interferes with an individual’s work or academic performance.“Threatening, intimidating or engaging in acts that unlawfully create a hostile environment based on an individual’s race, color, gender, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law may constitute unlawful harassment, whether the harasser is a co-worker, supervisor, student or faculty member.”
Vote: In favor – 29 votes; opposed – 15 votes;
The Commission to Promote Racial and Cultural Diversity’s Meeting held on May 9, 2005 submitted by Trudy Riley
The guest speaker at the May 9th meeting was Provost Dan Rich. The Provost addressed six questions that had been sent to him by the Commission.
What are the prospects for a strong Black American Studies program?
What are the plans for increasing the number of minority faculty?
What plans are there to promote minority faculty into mainstream senior level
What is the status of your initiative to increase minority graduate students?
Given recent reduced numbers of international students on campus, what are
your plans to increase their representation?
How can the Commission help you in addressing these concerns?
Announcements:Tom Lapenta informed us that an outside consulting company will be conducting a review of the classification system for salaried and professional staff positions. Theresa DeRose will serve on this committee as the PAC representative.
The Steering Committee members for the 2005-2006 Academic Year are as follows:
The PAC liaisons for the following committees for the 2005-2006 Academic Year are as follows:
The Grievance Advisory Body members for the 2005-2006 Academic Year are as follows:
Burt Wilson, Procurement Services, term expires 6/07
Gerald Hendricks, Plant & Soil Sciences, term expires 6/07
Sue Groff, Mary Jo Mankin and Chris Murphy will remain on the body.
President Roselle will address the September PAC meeting.
Grievance Hearing Board elections will be held at the September PAC meeting.
Reviewed by Theresa DeRose, Secretary, PAC