Spring ’17 Senate Deadlines

Faculty and others working hard on policy proposals, resolutions, and other Senate business… Please keep in mind the deadlines necessary for Senate to consider your items in an informed and deliberative process!

Remaining Senate meetings: March 28; April 18; May 9.

Preceding Senate Exec meetings: March 14, April 11, May 2.

Deadlines for proposals to be considered by Senate Exec prior to the subsequent Senate meeting (all by noon):

  • March 9 (for 3rd-to-last Senate meeting)
  • April 6 (for 2nd-to-last Senate meeting)
  • April 27 (for last Senate meeting)

Please keep in mind that items requiring a vote of Senate go through two readings (barring extraordinary measures), and that not all items are passed through by Senate Exec on their first perusal.


Academic Senate Newsletter AY16-17 #7 (for Feb. 28, 2017)

Agenda Overview

Low preparation commitment needed for this meeting! We’ll take up a proposed revision of SP14-12, Policy on Assigned Time for Exceptional Service to Students, with the goal of better aligning our policy and outcomes with the CBA. We’re still anticipating the end-of-year flood of policy proposals currently in committees. Expect lots of news and updates in the reports. As you consider which committees you may want to serve on in the future, informing yourself as to the nature of the work can be valuable. (Reminder: skim the minutes from the last meeting to stay up-to-date.) And please consider taking full advantage of the opportunities to engage with candidates for Provost, faculty (past), School of Ed Dean (future): the conversations and the outcomes of hiring both reflect and shape our institutional culture and values. Link to the materials

Faculty Engagement with Provost Candidates

You received meeting requests for five All Faculty Meeting​s, each from 11 am – noon, during the next two weeks. A second option each day is the Campus and Community Open Forum, 4 – 5 pm. The CV links for each candidate will be “live” 48 hours before his/her visit through 24 hours after; the feedback links are available through 5 pm on March 8. Please provide feedback, even if you’re only able to peruse the CV for any particular candidate! The more engagement, and the more nuanced feedback provided, the better.

If our Feb. 28 Senate Meeting requires the full two hours (2:30 – 4:30), it will overlap with the 4 p.m. Campus and Community Open Forum that day. Faculty unable to attend the earlier All Faculty Meeting – and those who wish to attend multiple sessions – may have to choose between the last part of Senate and the first part of the open session. Those who attended the All Faculty Meeting can safely skip the first 15 minutes of the Campus and Community Open Forum, unless they expect the candidate will change his/ her presentation.​

Lecturer Representatives to Senate for AY17-18

Many thanks to all the Lecturers who volunteered to serve our university through service as Lecturer Representatives to Senate​. Welcome back to the five AY17-18 Senators elected by their peers: John Yudelson, Brittnee Veldman, Kim Vose, Christina Salazar, and James Martinez.

Election Timeline

The election of Lecturer Representatives to Senate was the first step in a multi-month process of identifying the membership and officers of the Senate as well as membership of Senate and Advisory committees. The timeline is below: the Committee on Committees will be managing the various pieces of the process.

  1. Week of Feb 7: call for lecturer nominations
  2. Lecturer elections to Academic Senate Tues Feb 14-21 (reminder out on Monday, feb 13th)
  3. Call out for Senate Officer positions March 6th
  4. Nominee Platform Statements for senate Officer positions due Week of March 27—public forum that week ( after spring break)
  5. Senate Officer elections Week of April 3
  6. Call for nominations for Senate/Advisory committees April 10-21
  7. Elections held Tuesday April 25- Tuesday May 2

Clarification: President’s Award for Innovations in Teaching and Learning

As stated in the email you received Feb. 13, all faculty are eligible to apply for the 2017 President’s Award for Innovations in Teaching and Learning. A second email will come out early next week with revisions to the memo broadening aspects pertaining to teaching of undergraduate students to teaching of [all] students.

Senate Chair Beverage/ Office Hour

No formal office hour on March 7: I’ll be happy to talk to you in the margins of our provost candidate visit! And I’m always available for mutually convenient appointments.

Newsletter #7: last word

“I don’t think anybody anywhere can talk about the future of their people or of an organization without talking about education. Whoever controls the education of our children controls our future.”

Wilma Mankiller

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Wilma Mankiller, who was chief of the Cherokee from 1985 to 1995, put much of her focus on education, health and housing. Credit J. Pat Carter

Academic Senate Newsletter AY16-17 #6 (for Feb. 7, 2017)

Agenda Overview

This may be the best of all possible agendas: low on preparation needed; high potential for an interesting and informative meeting! Lots of reports to catch us up on developments since we last met and preview efforts underway now and going forward. Only one item up for a vote: the internship policy. Agenda and materials via this link.

Themes for S’17

A brief review of some things on my mind that I shared during our S’17 All Faculty Meeting on January 19:

Themes for S’17

CI is now and will always be in the midst of change, both internally and in the regional, national, and international contexts. How well we predict, plan for, and adapt to change depends at least partly on how well we carry out the other four themes. We’ve gone from an institution so small that, in some sense, everyone did everything, to a size in which this simply isn’t possible. And arguably we haven’t yet developed the structures and practices that allow us to distribute the “everything” well among the “everyone,” while still facilitating informed representation and communication. I’m awed that faculty — both tenure-track and lecturer — continue to step up to serve; I also recognize the pitfalls in not carefully analyzing and re-thinking what we’re doing. Meanwhile, I encourage all to recognize their roles as representatives when engaging in committee, task force, advisory board, etc. roles.

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The ideal model: represent by taking in everything, engaging, sharing out everything… iterate.

Some News

New(ish) Resources Supporting our Students

Information and Resources for DACA & Undocumented Students: Martha Zavala Perez has taken the Multicultural Dream Center hand-off from Sergio Juarez (both faculty colleagues) and is running hard. Contact Martha to receive a biweekly email with updates, planned events, and resources to share with students. Sample DREAMer Update #1 here.

The CI Food Pantry is now open in Ojai 1978, 10 am – 4 pm, Mon., Tues., Thurs., and Fri. Donations welcome: drop off non-perishable items and small unopened toiletries during open hours. Kudos to all involved in getting this going!

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Alexis Marquez, Community Engagement Ambassador/ Food Pantry Coordinator and Tiffany Martinez, Community Ambassador, check out the food pantry supplies
Staff Council Award

Did you know that CI has a Staff Council, as of this academic year? And they’ve already done the groundwork to establish an award to recognize exemplary work by a CI staff member. One faculty member is needed to help review nominations — this short-term, light-load service opportunity is likely to be of the “feel good” type. If interested, please contact Staff Council President Rosario Cuevas directly.

Senate Chair Beverage/ Office Hour

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 1:30 – 2:30 pm, SUB, outdoors if weather good; inside if not! Every third Tuesday I’ll spend at least an hour available for conversation about anything on your minds. Times and locations shift in an attempt to accommodate different schedules. All faculty welcome!