Academic Senate Newsletter AY16-17 #10 (for May 9, 2017)

Agenda Overview

We have a full agenda! Senate Exec wants to provide every opportunity for full debate on the Continuing Business items, particularly the proposals to revise General Education. Please prepare thoroughly — read, talk to knowledgeable people, review the minutes, etc., and come prepared to collectively and collegially determine best next steps. Agenda and materials via this link.

Extra “Context” Blog

As promised, I wrote a separate blog containing the graphs and some discussion regarding distribution of visible service load and predicted faculty structure.

Celebration Season

Investiture. The Nursing Pinning Ceremony. Sí, se pudo. Black Student Stoling Ceremony. Investiture. Sage. Honors Convocation. Commencement (twice!). End of Year Celebrations for EOP, SSS, LSAMP, and myriad others. Final BBQs and picnics. Time to celebrate our reason for university existence!

PROMESAS End of Year Celebration; honoring our graduates

Senate Chair Beverage/ Office Hour

Tuesday, May 16, 2:30 – 3:30 pm, SUB patio. This will be my last official Senate chair office/ coffee hour. Something on your mind? Need a grading break? All faculty welcome!

Newsletter #10: last word

“It is reason, and not passion, which must guide our deliberations, guide our debate, and guide our decision.”

Barbara Jordan

Academic Senate Newsletter AY16-17 #9 (for April 18, 2017)

Blog Overview

It’s the sprint to the finish: two more Senate meetings, and the expected flush of business! In this blog:

  • Opportunities to provide feedback to inform campus reports requested by the Chancellor’s Office
  • A plug for Community Time
  • Notes about Revising Bylaws and our Rules (and Spirit) of Debate (Toulmin!)
  • A note about our situation vis-à-vis not receiving Senate Chair nominees by the bylaws-mandated deadline
  • Senate Chair Coffee Hour announcement
  • The Last Word: three related quotes from a science fiction writer (and professor of biochemistry), an astrophysicist, and a poet

Agenda Overview

In addition to the usual reports, expect a report on tenure-track faculty density and demographics. There are two policies up for votes, six more items in first reading, and more. Agenda and materials via this link.

Feedback on Issues

The CSU Chancellor’s Office (CO) has requested campus feedback on multiple system-wide policy proposals and task force reports this year. Each item below has been circulating amongst groups thought most relevant by Senate Exec and our admin. If you haven’t yet seen any of the items below and wish to weigh in, please do. Please note that response dates are determined by CO deadlines.

  • Intellectual Property Policy proposal (memo, draft); feedback by May 5 via email to me (Cindy Wyels)
  • General Education Policy (memo, policy, feedback form); feedback by end of finals week via email to Dan Wakelee
  • Ethnic Studies Task Force Report (memo and report); feedback by end of finals week via email to Scott Frisch

Senate Exec will be reviewing drafts of campus reports on these issues at our last meeting the week after finals.

How about that Community Time?

Come early for Community Time this meeting and next: we’re unlikely to finish early this time! (Pictures from undeclared community time following a recent efficient Senate meeting)

Julia and Mary chat; LaSonya in background
Antonio and Elizabeth chat
Antonio and Elizabeth chat while Dave finishes the first draft of meeting minutes
Impromptu Art/ Performing Arts meeting!

Revising Senate Bylaws

One of the items up for a first reading is a proposed revision of the Senate Bylaws. Allow me to highlight some areas of our bylaws that will (or may be) relevant during our meeting:

  • Amendments to the Bylaws require a two-thirds majority vote of the Senate (9.1).
  • As we move into the last two meetings of the Academic Year, it becomes more likely that a motion to move an item from a first-reading item to a second-reading item will be made. In Section (4.8a) “… In exceptional circumstances, a first reading item can be moved to a second reading item by the following procedure: a motion must be moved and seconded. This motion is debatable, not amendable and cannot be reconsidered. The motion requires a two-thirds majority to pass. If passed, the first reading item becomes a second reading item.” Implication? Items could be voted on the first time they’re on the agenda, without the usual three weeks for senators to inform themselves more fully and have questions or concerns addressed. Of course, such a motion allows for a vote on a matter deemed urgent by the Senate.
  • There are rules of debate (4.11) — see the next section.
  • The Senate Chair is explicitly instructed to remain impartial to the debate (4.11g), unless he/she relinquishes the chair. Implication? If you want my views on anything, ask out of Senate! Do expect me to share multiple perspectives on issues to the best of my ability, however.

Rules – and Spirit – of Debate

There are some technical rules laid out in our bylaws (4.11): Senators must be recognized before beginning to speak; senators may speak only twice to the same motion on the same day, and may speak no more than five minutes; debate of a motion must be relevant to the motion; ad hominen statements are forbidden, etc. At least equally important is the spirit of debate. Faculty argue, criticize, and question: it’s what we do! And it’s a valuable exercise — when our argumentation follows good practice of providing evidence for claims, and making explicit the reasoning from the evidence to the claim.

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The Sierpinski triangle – analysis of which led to a rich mathematical discussion — the topic of the seminar

This week in our math grad seminar mathematics educator Naneh Apkarian touched on Toulmin’s Theory of Argumentation. I thought “Yay, interdisciplinarity! Here’s the language for what I’ve been trying to articulate all year.” For strong collective decision making, we need the claim, the grounds/ data/ evidence, the warrant (the bridge between the first two), and the intellectual fortitude to entertain the limitations of the grounds and the warrant as well as to entertain rebuttals.

No nominees for Senate Chair?

That’s right: none by the first deadline, none by the latest possible (mandated by Senate Bylaws) deadline… Hence the proposed revision of the bylaws on the agenda for this meeting: to create a process to address this eventuality, the need for which was not anticipated by the original co-authors nor co-revisers of the bylaws. More importantly: CI faculty say we value shared governance. And we are certainly short-handed at the tenured faculty level. And yet…

Senate Chair Beverage/ Office Hour

Tuesday, April 25, 2:30 – 3:30 pm, SUB patio. Every third Tuesday I 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!

Newsletter #9: last word

Three quotes this time! From a science fiction writer (and professor of biochemistry), an astrophysicist, and a poet

“I believe in evidence. I believe in observation, measurement, and reasoning, confirmed by independent observers. I’ll believe anything, no matter how wild and ridiculous, if there is evidence for it. The wilder and more ridiculous something is, however, the firmer and more solid the evidence will have to be.”
Isaac Asimov, from The Roving Mind

“The less evidence we have for what we believe is certain, the more violently we defend beliefs against those who don’t agree.”
Neil deGrasse Tyson

“I like the scientific spirit — the holding off, the being sure but not too sure, the willingess to surrender ideas when the evidence is against them: this is ultimately fine — it always keeps the way beyond open — always gives life, thought, affection, the whole man, a chance to try over again after a mistake — after a wrong guess.”
― Walt Whitman


Academic Senate Newsletter AY16-17 #8 (for Mar. 28, 2017)

Agenda Overview

Update from a variety of folks; one policy up for a vote; two more policies in first reading; information about efforts to meet students’ basic needs…  Agenda and materials via this link.

What’s up? Engagement matters!

You’ll be seeing calls for faculty volunteers for search committees and calls for nominations for Senate positions and committees. Your input and feedback are needed to develop our next few Strategic Initiatives, and to pull off the first initiative (Graduation Initiative 2025) in the best way possible. Committees are wrapping up their work and considering how best to pass on valuable information and lessons learned. (Deadlines for getting things to Senate) And more — there’s a lot going on!

The search for a provost, and what happens next

As I share my impressions regarding the provost search, I’m reminded that change is in general difficult, and our campus is going through a lot of change in a few years’ time. The best provost can’t lead on his or her own. Rather, the provost is one of several campus leaders who need to work together, and to work with faculty, to achieve our aspirations for this university and its students. While choosing a provost is a critical decision, successful outcomes in the years to come will be only partly attributable to the decision. They’ll depend much more on how we all pitch in to work with that person. (Thanks to Dennis Downey for help articulating this thought.)

Why Senate Materials are kinda late this time

Spring Break! Your Senate Chair spent the week on a boat in the Au-Au Channel with whale researcher extraordinaire Dr. Rachel Cartwright and a team of 10 CI students, plus a graduate research assistant who has found her path in life thanks to student research at CI. I’d love to hear your stories — and show you whale videos on my phone! Maybe during Community Time Tuesday?

CI whale research students 2017

Senate Chair Beverage/ Office Hour

Tuesday, April 11, 2 – 3 pm, SUB patio. Every third Tuesday I 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!

Newsletter #8: last word

“I do my best work if I think about what it is I have to offer.”

Barbara Kingsolver

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.

take in world; engage; share
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!

Academic Senate Newsletter AY16-17 #5 (for Dec. 6, 2016)

Along with the usual Agenda Overview, a Senate Chair Coffee/ Office Hour announcement and the Last Word, this newsletter contains sections titled Freedom of Speech and Civil Discourse and Exercising Our Rights.

Agenda Overview

Four things to preview prior to our meeting (find all here):

  1. Our Academic Master Plan: no changes since this was approved by Senate last year. A robust semester of careful consideration and planning is planned for S’17! (Yes, we’re planning to plan.)
  2. A proposed Policy on Course Numbering — short and sweet! — up for second reading this time
  3. A proposed Tenure Density Resolution — it asks that at least half of any 2025 Graduation Initiative funds coming to campus be used to hire tenure-track faculty. — up for second reading this time
  4. A proposed Internship Policy: Old-timers will remember an earlier iteration: this one aligns responsibilities appropriately (in the view of SAPP and Senate Exec).

We’ll also hear an extended announcement on several topics from RTP practices to SRTs and beyond from the Faculty Affairs Committee. And the always popular reports! All faculty are encourage to browse the minutes to keep up-to-date on what’s being reported in Senate.

Community Time at 2 pm — we know you have lots to talk about! Take a break with your colleagues.

Freedom of Speech and Civil Discourse

Senate overwhelmingly passed a resolution titled “Commitment to Equity, Inclusion, and Civil Discourse within our Diverse Campus Community” at our last meeting. CI faculty clearly endorse the philosophy that “learning is best facilitated through the creating of an environment in which faculty, students, and guests engage in informed discourse and express a diversity of opinions freely and in a civil manner while respecting all individuals, particularly their sense of safety…”

In this vein, I note one local and one national item:

Local: Chris Fowler, CSU Legal Counsel, will offer an informative, interactive presentation on Free Speech & Expression on Campus, Wednesday, December 7, 2016 from 1:00-3:00pm in Broome Library 2325.  No RSVP is necessary. All faculty are highly encouraged to attend. A repeat workshop will be offered in the spring for those unable to attend this coming Wednesday.

National: The newly created Professor Watchlist seeks “to expose and document college professors who discriminate against conservative students and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom.” (Professor Watchlist, About Us) No question: our campus values explicitly reject discrimination against students, indeed, against anyone. Yet establishment of websites encouraging people to anonymously make allegations that may be unfounded directly counters our stated values of civil and informed discourse respecting the rights and safety of all. (paraphrase of Senate resolution) Of course, attempts to curtail particular kinds of speech have a long history in the U.S. A 1985 AAUP statement against such activity is still pertinent: “External monitoring of in-class statements not only presents the prospect that the words uttered will be distorted or taken out of context; it is also likely to have a chilling effect and result in self-censorship. … The monitoring of classrooms for an outside organization which arrogates to itself the prerogative of determining accuracy from what is reported to it … can only inhibit the process through which higher learning occurs and knowledge is advanced.” (Quote taken from an Inside Higher Ed article that also summarizes some contested information found on the list.)

Exercising our Rights

Academic Senate put out a call for faculty volunteers for several roles, including four tenured faculty to serve on the Administrator Review Committee. The next day I was at a meeting of the CSU Senate Chairs: one discussion topic was processes for faculty to influence administrative practices short of the “nuclear option” recently deployed on one campus: a divisive, behind-the-scenes vote of ‘no confidence’ in a dean that several characterized as “bullying” and that led to a resignation as well as concerns that replacement would be challenging given the back story. As a few other chairs spoke about their campus processes and whether faculty input was meaningful in these processes, I reflected on CI’s history of positive admin-faculty collaboration. WASC noted this and encouraged us to work towards making future collaboration less dependent on personal philosophy and more on official campus policy. We’ve made progress: we’ve enshrined faculty participation on administrator search committees (SP14-15) and in administrator reviews (SP11-04).

I’ve blogged previously about the overabundance of service roles, particularly for tenured faculty. Yet I also believe that our faculty still 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 (proposed senate values). How about it, tenured colleagues? Can we fulfill this particular role, and in so doing maintain our right to do so? Non-tenured colleagues, can you offer support to your tenured colleagues and encourage some to volunteer?

Next Senate Chair Coffee/ Office Hour

Fifth iteration: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 1 – 2 pm, Library coffee shop. Outdoors if weather good; inside if not! Join me for coffee (or EABs) every third Tuesday as your time permits. Shifting times and locations are posted in each newsletter. Ideally: you talk and I listen.

Newsletter #5: last word

“Free expression is the base of human rights, the root of human nature and the mother of truth. To kill free speech is to insult human rights, to stifle human nature and to suppress truth.”

Liu Xiaobo

Academic Senate Newsletter AY16-17 #4 (for Nov. 15, 2016)

Updates, 11/14/16

Amid reports of classroom disruptions and campus incivility at CI following the recent national election, and recognizing an impaired sense of safety felt by our students and community members, the Executive Board of the Academic Senate has taken two actions since this newsletter was first posted.

  1. We drafted and distributed a statement that faculty may choose to use to address their students, either in person, electronically, or via some other means. The goal is to support faculty in affirming our campus’ values and proactively laying out expected behaviors necessary for a positive learning environment in the classroom and on campus.
  2. We authored a resolution titled “Commitment to Equity, Inclusion, and Civil Discourse within our Diverse Campus Community” that will be introduced at Senate on Tuesday.

I am more proud than ever to be part of the CSU, an institution that “embraces diversity” and in which “students, faculty and staff achieve excellence through inclusion” — recognizing this as “a core strength and part of our DNA.” Joint Statement of the CSU and the CSSA


Original Newsletter (published 11/10/16)

Like many of you, since Tuesday I’ve spent hours in conversation with students, friends, and colleagues, reading, and thinking about the election results and the future. Meanwhile, reports of classroom actions that damage our students’ ability to learn are reaching my ears. The Senate Executive Board met Tuesday; the Senate agenda for Nov. 15 was determined by 4:30 p.m. — this is the agenda posted and for which you have an overview below. However, it may be amended on the floor Tuesday to include one or more resolutions. I encourage you, more than ever, to attend and to engage together to accomplish one of the goals I proposed for us at Convocation: Model and promote a culture of informed critical and civil debate, reasoning, and decision-making.

Agenda Overview

Four things to read and ponder (and discuss with others as desired) to be fully informed and ready for our meeting (find all here):

  1. A proposed Add Policy — text clarified and revised to cover academic terms of varying lengths. Expect a vote on this.
  2. A proposed Policy on Course Numbering — short and sweet!
  3. A proposed Tenure Density Resolution — it asks that at least half of any 2025 Graduation Initiative funds coming to campus be used to hire tenure-track faculty.
  4. A statement from the ASCSU supporting the CSU Board of Trustees’ budget request to the CA Legislature (provided as background for the proposed Tenure Density Resolution)

Community Time at 2 pm: not only caffeine and sugar, but a chance to relax with colleagues, talk over some innovative ideas with like-minded people, or…


Next Senate Chair Coffee/ Office Hour

Fourth iteration: Tuesday, Nov. 22, 3 – 4 pm, SUB courtyard. Join me for coffee (or EABs) every third Tuesday as your time permits. Shifting times and locations are posted in each newsletter. Ideally: you talk and I listen.

Newsletter #4: last word

President Barack Obama

“That’s what the country needs — a sense of unity, a sense of inclusion, a respect for our institutions, our way of life, rule of law, and respect for each other.”

Nov. 9, 2016

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!)

Academic Senate Newsletter AY16-17 #2 (for Oct. 4, 2016)

New Senators React

Stacey & Clare; first Senate meeting
Stacey’s post: “Our First Academic Senate Meeting!”

Simone: “Was it everything you expected it would be?”

Stacey: “It was a lot shorter and more congenial than I expected!”

Senate meetings are likely to get longer, yet we can maintain the congenial atmosphere. I wonder how the new senators will react to their first opportunity to vote?

Agenda Overview

The full agenda and supporting documents are available via our Senate page. Review the minutes if you were unable to attend or would like to refresh your memory.

Prepare for a Vote

We do have one Continuing Business (aka “Second Reading”) item: the proposed Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies online completion degree. Please come prepared to discuss, debate, and reach an informed decision.

Flipped Presentations?!

That’s right! We’re asking all those requesting time in Senate to consider how they might most effectively get information to faculty, request feedback, and honor our desire to use our time well. That’s not new, but the messaging — and the offer of help — are enhanced. So, senators, now it’s on us to do our part before the meetings. Going forward, newsletters will contain links and references to material to review prior to the meetings.

Canvas Pilot 

Announcement by Jill Leafstedt: Teaching & Learning Innovations is embarking on a process to evaluate a potential replacement to Blackboard. Please view the video our team put together about the process. I will be available for Q&A via email or at the next Senate meeting. If you are interested in participating in the pilot, please complete this form.

Parking and Transportation Demand Management

Facilities Services and the Transportation and Parking departments have collaborated and hired an expert consultant (NN) Nelson Nygaard to do a Parking and Transportation Demand Management study related to campus planning for the future. A comprehensive set of presentation slides as well as a shorter overview are available in the Senate materials. The consultants and folks from Facilities Services will briefly flip through the overview and spend the remaining part of a 15-20 minute block collecting your feedback. Please review these materials so you’re reading to provide insightful feedback and questions.

Shorter Announcements (also flipped)

All documents supporting these announcements are available in the Senate materials

  1. CI Student Conduct Code: Regulations and CI process
  2. Call for Applications: Resident Directors in France, Italy, and Spain
  3. Housing: Faculty, Staff & Student Mixer, October 5th
Intent to Raise Questions

Questions raised in our first meeting involved maps of gender-neutral bathrooms and lactaction rooms, skateboard policy, and — though you thought we escaped without — parking! And we have responses!

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Autostadt Automated Parking Garage Towers


Chair “Office Hour”

Second iteration: Tuesday, Oct. 11, 1 – 2, outside the library. (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.)

Chair Blog

I’ll work on posting things that may strike a chord with many faculty. I’d love it if you would share your thoughts in the comments, volunteer to guest-blog, etc.

Newsletter #2: last word

“It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it.” Joseph Joubert

Academic Senate Newsletter AY16-17 #1


What, When, Where?

  • What: the first Academic Senate Meeting of the year!
  • When: Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. or until we finish… whichever comes first. Arrive early: Annual Senate photoshoot at 2:15 pm; Community Time (food! conversation!) starts at 2 pm.
  • Where: 1908 Smith, MVS Decision Making Center

Can’t make it?

If you’re teaching or otherwise know you won’t be attending Senate this semester, please help us make quorum by “opting out” of Senate. Send an email to Dave Daniels with the title “F’16 Senate opt out” and we’ll take it from there.

Agenda Overview

As always, you’ll find the full agenda and supporting documents via our Senate page.

Following reports from the president, the interim provost, and others with subjects of interest to faculty, we’ll discuss a proposal for an Online Liberal Studies Degree Completion Program. This proposal is included in the materials: prepare your comments and questions!

Two other items are included in the materials yet do not appear on the agenda:

  1. The Fiscal Policies Committee (AY15-16 version) is seeking feedback for their S’16 recommendations draft. A final version may appear later this semester as a proposed Senate Resolution: help them by providing feedback now, via this link. (The recommendations draft is embedded in this link as well.)
  2. The CSU Chancellor has asked campuses to engage in robust discussion of the report of the CSU Task Force on the Advancement of Ethnic Studies. Senate Exec expects that this discussion will involve many campus constituencies, including some Senate committees. You might be interested in the report: we hereby make it available to you.


Chair “Office Hour”

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… First iteration: Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2:30 – 3:30 outside the SUB.

Chair Blog

I’ll try to post things that may strike a chord with many faculty. (First planned post: a revision of the faculty structure and summary of service opportunities I shared at Convocation.) I’d love it if you would share your thoughts in the comments, volunteer to guest-blog, etc.

Newsletter #1: last word

“Discourse and critical thinking are essential tools when it comes to securing progress in a democratic society. But in the enaberjhani_larged, unity and engaged participation are what make it happen.”

― AberjhaniSplendid Literarium: A Treasury of Stories, Aphorisms, Poems, and Essays