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ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
RIT AAUP
DATE: 12:00PM - 1:00 PM Friday, February 8th, 2013
LOCATION: SAU Clark A

Officers in attendance:  President T. Policano; V. President:  Jack Beck; Secretary:  H. Nickisher; Treasurer:  A. McGowan

 

1. CALL TO ORDER

2.  No minutes

3. OLD BUSINESS

  • Academic Affairs Policy B2 Charter of Academic Governance

It was mentioned that in the COS there was a call for standing committee representation and that lecturers were not eligible.  Again, it was noted that lecturers have no voice on Senate but, as Senate members, the Student Government President and chair of Staff Council can vote.  “Transient” workers shouldn’t be on Senate.  Faculty Affairs Council (FAC) either will add “senior lecturer” to line 48 of B2 document OR what was proposed by straw vote was that all lecturers be allowed to vote but then add somewhere later in document, when talking about specifically Senate representation, that it’s limited to senior and principal lecturers. 

The language about lecturer promotions is wishy washy… what if you get bumped back to a one year contract?  Salary should stay the same even even if contract is now for one year -- and supposedly due to exigencies, not retaliation.

Q:  Voting rights for Visiting Assistant Professors (VAP)?  Is a VAP required/expected to do service?  It’s not explicit in policy.  Therefore, ad hoc?  Do we want to further define it?   (Policy E6): 

6.   Definitions for Other Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Ranks
a. Visiting Faculty (instructor, assistant professor, associate professor or professor)

This title may be assigned to those who possess the usual requirements for employment in that faculty rank but have been employed in a non-tenure-track position. Once assigned a visiting rank, there is no provision for advancing that rank except if their primary teaching and/or research responsibilities are at another post-secondary institution and they achieve advancement at that institution. The total time anyone may serve full-time in a visiting position is usually no more than three years. For positions approved as difficult to fill by the provost, this period may be extended to an absolute maximum of five years.

Q:  Should Senior and Principal lecturers therefore be a rank above VAP? 

Keep in mind, pre-tenure faculty may also vote a certain way with regard to the concern about whether or not lecturers might sway a vote given a promise from the administration (e.g., votes can be bought).  Can’t mandate ANYONE to vote responsibly. 

It was stated that 72% of courses in COS taught by lecturers.  President Policano disagreed; reiterated what Carl Lundgren said – credit hours – and cited Provost’s 50-25-25 = for credit hours earned.

4. NEW BUSINESS

Language refers to tenure-track faculty only (as defined in Policy E1.0, ) 

Q:  Have any lecturers come through grievance?  Not yet.  This policy should be available to ALL – especially if students get to “gang-up” on unliked non-tenure track faculty member 

Re dismal for cause: changed to read “dismal of faculty before the expiration of appointment may occur for adequate cause.”  Contract faculty should be also included.

  • Salary Adjustments for Promotion – A professor from KGCOE asked about increment increase – i.e., has the amount of increase increased?  Associate to Full ~ $5000?  There may have been an increase 3-4 years ago.  Deans would know.  The provost sent out a letter about that.  Is there a document on Provost’s site?  Perhaps call the provost’s office?  President Policano will try to find an answer.  Maybe one could attend the finance standing committee (RABC?) meetings.
  • D&C Article on Rochester Adjunct Faculty
respectfully submitted 3/4/13 by Heidi Nickisher

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