FACULTY REPRESENTATIVE ASSEMBLY GENERAL MEETING

2/8/02

ATTENDANCE: Mark Malone, Cleve McDaniel, Tom Bellamy, Tom Napierkowski, Ron Fitz, Don Morley, Michael Brunn, Sue Byerley, Lesley Ginsberg, Ceil Malek, Robert Wonnett, Melonie Williams, Venkat Reddy, Kelli Klebe, Rex Welshon, Lea Gaydos, Jenenne Nelson, Connie Pendleton, Marcia London, Rebecca Duray

CALL TO ORDER/APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Mark thanked everyone for showing up to the General meeting. He called for approval of the minutes from the December 14, 2001 meeting.

Motion by Michael Brunn to approve the minutes from December 14, 2001.
Seconded by Venkat Reddy.
Motion passes unanimously.

REPORTS OF VISITORS

Tom Bellamy, VCAA – Tom listed issues that his office is currently working on.

  • They are in the middle of the search for the Director of Sponsored Programs. They have selected the 3 finalists.
  • He is working with Faculty MAC on a policy for opportunity hiring funds. This will help diversify faculty hiring.
  • The newly approved Applied Geography Program already has 20 applicants.
  • Tom is working with Jan Tharp and the Deans to create recruitment processes for PRA’s and instructors.
  • John Pierce is working with Tom to set guidelines for early retirement.
  • The Blue Ribbon process is continuing. Tom believes that we will be able to go with Geropsychology Program in spring.
  • Tom noted the extra work that everyone has put in has paid off with the cuts due to enrollment being so good.

Cleve McDaniel, VCAF – Cleve introduced our new Payroll and Benefits counselor, Melonie Williams, who will be a full-time presence on campus. He thanked everyone involved who helped make this possible.

Robert Wonnett, VCSS – Robert reported for Randy Kouba, Interim VCSS. He pointed out that we are excited about the growth in enrollment. They are trying to enhance campus life and are looking at retention studies. By CCHE standards, we are considered a residential campus with 8% of the students living on campus. They are starting a new program, Family & Friends, with the focus of getting parents involved.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Mark Malone – Mark provided a handout of his report.

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Don Morley – Don asked that everyone recruit candidates for the Vice President’s position for the upcoming elections.

REPORTS FROM STANDING COMMITTEES

Tom Napierkowski, EPUS – They are working on policies for fraternities and sororities and UCCS rights and responsibilities of students.

REPORTS FROM SPECIAL COMIMTTEES

Lesley Ginsberg, Committee on Women – Lesley provided a handout of her report.

Lesley Ginsberg, Library Committee – Lesley provided a handout of her report.

PRESENTATION BY AAUP REPRESENTATIVE MIKE MAUER

Mike advised that there is a core group on the 3 campuses that want to form a chapter of AAUP in regards to faculty organization. Some points Mike brought up about AAUP are:

  • Founded in 1915
  • Academic freedom
  • There are 500,000 functioning chapters of which 70 are faculty unions
  • Some of their services are: to provide legal advice, bi-monthly publications, the use of a government relations department, a staff just for  academic freedom issues, a department of organizing and services
  • Works in progress: Appropriate use of part-time and non-tenure track faculty, Academic Professionals
  • There are a quarter million faculty in the U.S. that are unionized on over 1,000 campuses
  • It is not unlawful to unionize, but it is an uphill battle. The key is to have a group of employees to organize and to work collectively
  • AAUP has the expertise and the ability to put you in touch with other colleagues who have organized
  • The cost to join is $131 per year with the rate increasing each year with inflation. They are discussing the idea of half price the first year  with a $20 local dues fee.
  • Requirements for a campus chapter are: by-laws and a minimum membership of 7 officers. There are part-time dues for part-time            employees.

Mike advised that faculty should consider Mark Malone their point of contact in this matter.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:00pm.