Minutes

     

ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
RIT AAUP
June 23, 2011 – 7A-A321
Officers in attendance: T. Policano, J. Naud, J. Aumer, C. Monikowski

CALL TO ORDER

OLD BUSINESS
Decision on Robert Manning: RIT President Destler supported the decision to terminate. Professor Manning wants to know if this AAUP can do anything re either shared governance (sanction) or academic freedom (censure), which are the two domains national AAUP addresses. It appears that the change in RIT administration was a major factor in his dismissal and that procedures were not followed. The BS in Personal Finance was discontinued (after being approved by NY state); no students were enrolled at the time. There are other faculty who have retired early and others who are fearful to speak out in front of our administration. Are there other faculty who want to institute grievance procedures regarding this? Several faculty have contacted VP Naud. We need a meeting with the Provost on this; let’s see if we can give Professor Manning further support.

NEW BUSINESS
2011 AS Standing Committee Charges (see below)
Issues this group has talked about – these will be sent out to all faculty, for one month, and we will continue to discuss this at our July 14 meeting.

1. Review issue that complicates non-exempt (hourly) staff from teaching as adjuncts: For example, do they need to use vacation time when teaching a course during the day? Do they get paid OT?

2. Faculty oversight of re-allocation of tenure-track positions: Currently, faculty are not involved in decision making; it is an administrative decision. The current practice needs to be reviewed and a policy established (seems to be between Deans and the Provost, and maybe the VP for Finance because it involves budget considerations).

3. Policy C2 – Misconduct in Research and Scholarship
Currently, the appeal process, C2.F, is to the President, the same person who makes the final decision. Question – is this the way it should be? should there be a clearer/different process that includes the Grievance Committee?

4. Administrative suggestion – Academic Senate record who is present at all meetings (members and visitors who speak).

5. Administrative suggestion – Hyperlink and archive agendas; all data is currently archived in the DML but the info would be easier to find if linked.

6. Non-tenure Track (NTT) representative to Academic Senate – there are tentative agreements from discussions this past spring but the concept needs to be finalized);

7. Support current draft of policy E6.6.a (Non-tenure track, Adjunct ranks). Suggest faculty involvement in initial review of current adjunct salaries, with a timeline.

8. E6 – Tenure positions and Lecture positions include “responsibilities”; there is no information about adjunct responsibilities. For example, can an adjunct refuse an overload in class size without additional pay? What about advising students? There needs to be a definition.

9. E20 – Policy on the Discontinuance, reduction or transfer of academic programs; there are 114 programs marked for discontinuance in transition to semesters; has E20 been followed? especially E20.2a.vi: A plan for reassignment, career development, and/or termination of affected faculty.

10. Explore the composition of Promotion &Tenure committees; some questions about including 4 core (tenured) faculty and 3 classification-based members. This relates to discussions about whether tenure committees are department-based or college-based.

AAUP Annual Meeting Report
National meeting just concluded; one of our members noticed several common themes:

  1. A lot of discussion on whether for-profit IHEs will take income away from existing IHEs
  2. The issue of contingent faculty continues.
  3. What’s going on in state governments – financial cuts, union issues.
  4. Attendance seemed to be way down
  5. Sessions were not very well organized and not very well monitored

Capitol hill day – NYS members organized a visit to Capitol Hill, always a rewarding experience for all involved. However, Congress was on break so meetings were with their Educational Assistants. , 13 congress/reps; no Senators. On break so no real reps, but their educational assistants.

Resignation with gag orders of national AAUP General Secretary, Gary Rhoades
President Policano spent time writing a resolution: part 1, AAUP should thank Gary Rhoades for his past service; part 2, to modify National Assembly so it won’t be side-tracked re “evaluation”. However, before it was finished, Rhoades stepped down under gag conditions (meaning no information will be released). In the meantime, President Cary Nelson and Senior Executive Officer Martin Snyder will cover the responsibilities until a new General Secretary comes on board.

Coalition on Academic Workforce
The results of the survey, originally promised for April 2011, is now scheduled for September – with a complete report due in November. The analysis is done by volunteers.

Next meeting Thursday July 14, 2PM

respectfully submitted 6/24/11 by C. Monikowski | approved_____________
 

ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
RIT AAUP

Ideas being discussed for Academic Senate Standing Committees, AY 2011-12

1. Review issue that complicates non-exempt (hourly) staff from teaching as adjuncts: For example, do they need to use vacation time when teaching a course during the day? Do they get paid OT?

2. Faculty oversight of re-allocation of tenure-track positions: Currently, faculty are not involved in decision making; it is an administrative decision. The current practice needs to be reviewed and a policy established (seems to be between Deans and the Provost, and maybe the VP for Finance because it involves budget considerations).

3. Policy C2 – Misconduct in Research and Scholarship
Currently, the appeal process, C2.F, is to the President, the same person who makes the final decision. Question – is this the way it should be? should there be a clearer/different process that includes the Grievance Committee?

4. Administrative suggestion – Academic Senate record who is present at all meetings (members and visitors who speak).

5. Administrative suggestion – Hyperlink and archive agendas; all data is currently archived in the DML but the info would be easier to find if linked.

6. Non-tenure Track (NTT) representative to Academic Senate – there are tentative agreements from discussions this past spring but the concept needs to be finalized);

7. Support current draft of policy E6.6.a (Non-tenure track, Adjunct ranks). Suggest faculty involvement in initial review of current adjunct salaries, with a timeline.

8. E6 – Tenure positions and Lecture positions include “responsibilities”; there is no information about adjunct responsibilities. For example, can an adjunct refuse an overload in class size without additional pay? What about advising students? There needs to be a definition.

9. E20 – Policy on the Discontinuance, reduction or transfer of academic programs; there are 114 programs marked for discontinuance in transition to semesters; has E20 been followed? especially E20.2a.vi: A plan for reassignment, career development, and/or termination of affected faculty.

10. Explore the composition of Promotion &Tenure committees; some questions about including 4 core (tenured) faculty and 3 classification-based members. This relates to discussions about whether tenure committees are department-based or college-based.

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