Minutes

     

ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
RIT AAUP
january 21, 2011 – SAUA650, Noon to 1PM

Officers in attendance: T. Policano, J. Naud, J. Aumer, C. Monikowski

CALL TO ORDER           

GENERAL INFO

Discussion at recent AS meeting: Provost talked about CRIS – Creativity, Research, Innovation, and Scholarship

We have many Lecturers – how does they fit into this thinking?
President Policano mentioned that we are working on Representation, knowing that job expectations for Lecturers do not include CRIS, nor do they include Service; the wording says “may”. The question – suppose a Lecturer wants to do primarily CRIS? Provost responded, “I’ve been thinking about that”.

 

OLD BUSINESS
Update on Non-Tenure Tack Faculty Meeting 1/21/11 2-4PM (this afternoon)
Points of discussion for this afternoon came from December’s AAUP meeting with President Policano and several Lecturers:

  • Governance.  This item addresses an item that is now on the agenda in Academic Senate.  Presently, there is no representation of or for contingent faculty in the Senate. The question of governance is also important on the college and departmental levels as well. Per the current Institute Policy and Procedures Manual, the only faculty that have voting privileges are tenured, tenure-track, and EDF.
  • Fair compensation. As of now there is no direct connection between lecturer ranks and salary. There is no provision for adjunct faculty to receive increases on the same basis as other faculty and staff. This has resulted over the years in adjunct pay falling far behind inflation. In addition, there are significant discrepancies in contingent faculty pay practices among the colleges.
  • Benefits. In the SUNY system, adjuncts teaching two or more classes per term receive benefits; at RIT this is not exactly the case. If one is officially designated as “half-time” then RIT offers benefits. What is typically more often the case, however, is that this half- or part-time “rank” is not linked to any specific number of courses per week nor is there consistency across campus, and a number of adjuncts (if in different divisions) teach half the number of courses or more in any given quarter without official “half-time” employment status. How does one become “eligible” for benefits?
  • Recognition and Respect. At this time there is no official recognition of the service that contingent faculty provides to the institute.
  • Faculty Development.  Presently, there is no consistent policy about whether contingent faculty qualify for funds that would allow them to travel to conferences and/or conduct research that would allow them to grow as teaching members of the RIT community.
  • Balanced distribution of faculty ranks.  Discuss the Provost’s idea of a balanced, Institute-wide distribution between tenured and tenure-track, lecturer and adjunct faculty.
  • Open Forum.

Additional thoughts:
Lecturers:

  • For every 30 faculty in a college, they get 1 rep on AS; we are now asking to include Lecturers, as a full head count, “full time equivalent”; if we do that, there will not be a specific designation but they would eligible to run/compete with any faculty member; we are about “building a better Institute”.
  • Compensation – when we compare RIT adjunct with former Provost Mackenzie’s “peer group”, we don’t look bad, but many are public or community colleges; comparing us with MCC is not appropriate because MCC is subsidized by the state. MCC minimum starting pay with Masters is $2796; RIT/COLA is paying $2430. Many of our adjuncts teach here and there. Excelsior in Albany is online and pays MUCH better, with a limit of 20 students per course!!
  • Last year’s survey never happened; the committee (under the Provost) discussed whether the survey was needed, rather than reviewing the questions. Maybe today’s meeting will help decide – should we do another survey? Fall of 2011-12 because there are more contingent faculty in the fall. We’re also waiting for results from national AAUP, due out in April.
  • No compensation for promotion from Lecturer to Senior but it appears that more work is required.

Hopefully, we will have a good turnout at this afternoon’s meeting!

NEW BUSINESS
RIT faculty ratios:
We often hear that “50% of our faculty are tenured/tenure-track”. President Policano asked the Provost about this:

  • 50% of credit hours taught will be taught by tenure track fac;
  • 25% by lecturers
  • 25% by adjunct
  • this is NOT “credit hours generated”, but should it be? AS needs to discuss this.
  • What about the European model where their Lecturers are comparable to our tenure-track faculty? This “50%” may be good for the Institutes (financially) but is not necessarily good for the students. RIT has been talking about a “balanced portfolio” but the decisions for that rest with the Deans of the colleges, not with the individual faculty.

Semesters:
The assumption is that tenured faculty will teach 3 three-credit courses and those not yet tenured will teach 2 (2.5 three-credit courses per semester). We will have a huge turnover in the next few years. The assumption is that lecturers will teach 4 three-credit courses per semester. The law says that adjuncts are limited to half  a work load, therefore cannot be more than 2 three-credit courses per semester.

3 to 1, tenure-track to lecturer, which is pretty high!!
1.5 to 1, tenure-track to adjunct
2 to 1, lecturer to adjunct

Some thoughts: when tenured faculty retire, that position should not get “lost” but rather, the position should go to the College to be re-allocated among other departments…then to the Institute. This could/would have an impact on all the colleges and needs to be discussed and become part of our Policy&Procedures.

 

President Policano adjourned the meeting at 1PM.

Next meeting Friday February 18, 2011
Noon – 1PM
SAU A640/A650


respectfully submitted CMonokowski, 1/30/11, revised___

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