Faculty Values at CSU Channel Islands

At F’16 Convocation, I made a claim regarding CI faculty values. The context of this claim: examining the number of tenure-track faculty as well as the structure of the tenure-track faculty (weighted towards junior faculty) vis-à-vis the service opportunities and expectations at our university. Here they are again, for reflection and comment.

  • First, our faculty value engagement in service opportunities. We have a strong desire for a significant role in shared governance, for being in the room when weighty decisions are considered, and for providing input and perspectives at all levels and across divisions.
  • Second, we value our students. Many service opportunities support student success either behind the scenes or directly.
  • Third, we value our junior faculty and we want them to thrive long-term. We often talk about “protecting” our faculty, both from taking on too much service too early, and from taking on roles best left to senior faculty.
  • Fourth, we value our lecturers. We respect that they have no contractual obligation to service and that in spite of very high teaching loads, many are engaged both in service as well as in learning about and implementing high impact teaching practices.
  • Finally, we say we honor a work-life balance for all our CI community.

Other values? Issues with the above?

Academic Senate Newsletter AY16-17 #3 (for Oct. 25, 2016)

We’re past the midpoint of the semester, leaves are turning, temperatures are falling… tempoct20

Or not! Regardless, our third Senate meeting approaches.

Agenda Overview

Will you be prepared for flipped presentations in Senate?

Reports, reports, reports: Interim Provost Dan Wakelee expects to share information about the 2025 Graduation Initiative (G.I.); we welcome Chair Chris Miller of the Academic Senate of the CSU; and of course Simone Aloisio (ASCSU Senator), John Griffin (CFA CI Chapter Prez) and I will have things to share.

IRPE (Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness) is providing a wealth of information relevant to our campus’ 2025 G.I. targets and how we can use data to more effectively understand what we’re doing. Yes, it’s the new paradigm: prepare for the meeting and bring questions to ask after a shorter overview is presented. (Slides via Senate Materials page.)

Reports are trickling up to the Senate Executive Board about pending policies, etc. – SAPP is first to the finish with a revision of our Add Policy.

Fiscal Policies is working hard to ensure that faculty voices are engaged in our campus’ budget process. The Co-Chairs will provide an extended announcement; preview info via the Senate materials page (or via this link).

Finally, we welcome Nichole Ipach, VP for Advancement, for a session focused on how faculty and Advancement can be effective partners in moving our institution forward. Again, long version in the materials; short version to be presented, followed by Q&A.

Community Time at 2: come meet ASCSU Chair Chris Miller, enjoy some snacks, and hobnob with your colleagues!

Chair “Office Hour”

Third iteration: Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2 – 3 pm, SUB courtyard (Why? There are more perspectives, questions, thoughts to ponder, and great ideas out there than our Community (Half) Hours, Senate meeting times, and campus email processes could ever capture. I invite you to join me for coffee (or EABs) on non-Senate/ non-Senate Exec-Tuesdays as your schedules and time permit. I’ll announce a (shifting) time and location each time I post a newsletter. Ideally you’ll do most of the talking and I’ll listen.)

Newsletter #3: last word

“We cannot do democracy without a heavy dose of civility.”  Mike Pence

(I’m not making these up!)