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

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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

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