RIT AAUP APRIL 7, 2006: 1:00-1:50 P.M.

In attendance: T. Policano, J. Naud, V. Serravallo

Academic Bill of Rights

The full text of the proposed legislation, Senate bill s6336, is in the Forum section of the Chapter website.  Just two days after its posting, the site received 200 hits.

First Year Enrichment

Jan Streine (NTID Center for Human Performance Support) used faculty input in the Chapter’s website on First Year Enrichment in her report to the Middle States review.

Salary Benchmarking

Vice-President Naud has completed his RIT Faculty Salary Benchmarking History. It has been published at the RIT AAUP site.

Faculty Contracts

Background:  The provost has recommended that faculty contracts should decrease from 10 to 9-months so RIT faculty would be eligible for more summer research grants. Analysis of the recommendation by Jim Waters of RIT finance suggests that this will be too costly a change. A compromise under current consideration is a 9 ½ month contract.  This will be discussed further at Academic Senate.

CLA Dean Resignation

Background:  On March 29, 2006, the dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Andrew Moore, announced he will step down in May, 2007.  The provost sent an e-mail to the College of Liberal Arts that indicated a benefit of an interim dean until RIT’s new president and provost are selected and have the opportunity to participate in selecting the permanent new dean.  The provost also solicited the College for its views on how the search should proceed, i.e., search for a new dean now, or select (that is, have the provost consider who could be) an interim dean. 

Secretary Serravallo contacted the AAUP national office to see if it had policies or advice for such a situation.  The national office stated via telephone that in this situation it is common to install an interim dean, but democratic procedures must guide the selection process.

Vice-President Naud added that the pool of candidates for the permanent position could be reduced if applicants did not know who their president and provost are (which is the point implied by the provost).  President Pollicano suggested that the Chapter could set up an secure and anonymous on-line vote on the website for the College for both an interim or permanent search should the COLA faculty request this service.

Year End Party

May 5, 2006, 4-6pm at Macgregor's on Jefferson Road was selected as the date, time and place of the year-end party.  Further details will be discussed over the next few weeks: shall the invitation be extended to all faculty?  If so, shall we place limits on free food and/or drinks?

respectfully submitted 4/12/06 by V Serravallo, revised 4/14/06