Wednesday
Sep022015

Senate Meeting Minutes for April 1, 2015 

Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

APC 170

Called to Order –3:31 PM

Adjourned –4:41 PM

 

 

Officers Present:      

Doug Jeppesen, President;       

Keith Bickley, Vice President

Tim Moriarty, Treasurer        

Kathy Randall, Senator Local 604

Amy Powers, Secretary

 

Senators Present:     

Cliff Luxion                (Business and Career Technologies)

                                 (Health Professions and Public Service)

Heidy Kindelin           (Counselors and Librarians)

Dan Portincaso            (Communications, Humanities and Fine Arts)

Martine Stuckey          (Communications, Humanities and Fine Arts)

Tom Pulver                  (Developmental Education and College Readiness)

                                    (Social Sciences, Education and World Languages)                          Nancy Christensen      (Mathematics and Sciences)

 

Officer Absent:

 

Senator(s) Absent:    

 

Guests:           Steven Skaggs

 

Call to Order

 

Vice President Keith Bickley called the meeting to order at ____3:31_____.

 

Approval of Agenda

 

Today’s agenda was approved as submitted.

 

Roll Call

 

Attendance was verified.

 

 

 

 

Officer Reports

 

Secretary:  Acceptance of the March 4, 2015 minutes was motioned, seconded, and approved.

 

Treasurer: Treasurer Moriarty reported that the savings account has a balance of $_____30,824.24________ and the checking account has a balance of $__87.65______.

 

President:  President Jeppesen sent out an email with links to news articles about the Field House opening, the upcoming Board member elections, and other WCC events. He referred to another article about the state requesting the college’s financial records.

 

A sympathy card was sent to Dr. Rodney Holmes.

 

He met with Dr. Lovingood last week.

 

Local 604 Update:  Senator Randall noted that the next 604 meeting will be held on April 22nd.  She has received the Weingarten rights cards and will distribute them to faculty.

 

Committee Reports

 

Scholarship:  Chair Luxion provided a fundraising account report.  The anticipated available cash as of 4-15-15 will be $4,832.76.  He encouraged faculty to continue donating books.

 

 

Old Business

  1. A.    Post-Tenure Review

Nothing new to report

  1. B.     Negotiations—Interest-Based Bargaining

President Jeppesen asked the Senate if we can proceed with Interest-Based Bargaining without a Senate vote given that we used this process in the last session of negotiations. The senate agreed that the Faculty Council should go ahead with this process and that a vote would not be necessary.

A question was raised about how the interest-based process works. Tom Pulver defined the process and explained the various steps in this type of negotiations.  He emphasized the benefits of having an open discussion.  He also emphasized the value of having quality mediators. He was also able to provide perspective and comparison given that he participated in both styles of negotiation (traditional and interest-based).

 

President Jeppesen reiterated the importance of dialogue and openness during negotiations.

Cliff suggested that when it comes time to electing negotiators, we choose people who are well-versed in the specific issues that are important to the Faculty Council.

 

  1. C.    Learning Assessment

Cliff Luxion asked if anyone is interested in learning more about the credit for prior-learning program.  He would like as much faculty input as possible because he is unsure of how this practice will affect the various programs across the campus.

 

Tim Moriarty reminded the Senate that the outcomes working group is compiling a list of recommendations for Dr. Lovingood and Dr. Sobek.  The working group is focused on a number of issues pertaining to outcomes.  For example, what will be the college’s data policy? How will data from outcomes be used and stored? Will data be aggregate?  Or collected individually?

Tom Pulver mentioned that Developmental Education is leading the way in developing outcomes. The spirit of outcomes is to help faculty improve their teaching, but he is concerned that outcomes results may be used to evaluate individual faculty performance in the future.

  1. D.    Information Cards—Weingarten Rights

Please see the 604 Senator’s report above.

 

New Business

  1. A.    Dual Credit

President Jeppesen met with Dr. Lovingood on Monday and asked about forming a dual credit committee. She asked him to send him a list of possible faculty members.

 

  1. B.     Sabbatical Application Process

Vice President Bickley would like to set up a committee to look at the process for choosing faculty for sabbatical leave.  According to the faculty contract, 3% of faculty can receive a sabbatical each year, which means that three (possibly four) faculty members could receive a sabbatical. 

Cliff suggested that a committee (including administrators and faculty) be designated to choose faculty for sabbatical.  This could be a topic to bring up at negotiations.  He will contact Cathy Collins.

 

Open Discussion

 

President Jeppesen encouraged everyone to vote in Tuesday’s election.

 

Adjournment

 

A motion for adjournment was seconded and approved at ___4:41____ PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Amy Powers, WCCFC Secretary

Assistant Professor of History

Tuesday
Apr072015

Senate Meeting Minutes for March 4, 2015

Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

APC 170

Called to Order –3:32 PM

Adjourned –4:44 PM

 

 

Officers Present:       Doug Jeppesen, President                  

Keith Bickley, Vice President

Tim Moriarty, Treasurer         

                                    Kathy Randall, Senator Local 604

                                    Amy Powers, Secretary

 

Senators Present:      Cliff Luxion                (Business and Career Technologies)

                                    Connie Wingate          (Health Professions and Public Service)

Heidy Kindelin           (Counselors and Librarians)

Dan Portincaso            (Communications, Humanities and Fine Arts)

Tom Pulver                  (Developmental Education and College Readiness)

Lisa Fozio-Theilk        (Social Sciences, Education and World Languages)                          Nancy Christensen      (Mathematics and Sciences)

 

Officer Absent:

 

Senator(s) Absent:    

 

Guests:           Steven Skaggs

 

Call to Order

 

Vice President Keith Bickley called the meeting to order at ____3:32_____.

 

Approval of Agenda

 

Today’s agenda was approved as submitted.

 

Roll Call

 

Attendance was verified.

 

 

 

 

Officer Reports

 

Secretary:  Acceptance of the February 4, 2015 and December 3, 2014 minutes was motioned, seconded, and approved.

 

Treasurer: Treasurer Moriarty reported that the savings account has a balance of $_____28,894.94________ and the checking account has a balance of $__100______.

 

President:  President Jeppesen congratulated the following faculty for receiving tenure:

Laurel Krueger (Nursing)

Jennifer Showalter (Biology)

Fred Weiss (Earth Science/Geography)

Steve Zusman (Philosophy)

Adam Wasilewski (ITP/Sign Language) 

 

He congratulated Shawn Ballee, Assistant Professor of Industrial Systems Technology, on having been selected to the National Subject Matter Expert Panel for the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC).

 

He also discussed last week’s President’s Meeting, which generated a productive conversation on the following issues: 

  • ·         A recent visit from an IL state representative from Plainfield.  She predicted that the IL Supreme Court would rule the pension reform law unconstitutional;
  • ·         The governor’s budget proposal and its effects on higher education in Illinois;
  • ·         Upcoming negotiations (and the continuance of Interest-Based Bargaining);
  • ·         Orientation (Especially faculty’s role in planning topics.  Dr. Sobek mentioned the role of the FDLET in planning topics for orientation and recommended that we work through this committee, led by Renee Tonioni)

 

President Jeppesen noted that he has been working with Renee Tonioni and John Reese about orientation, specifically the Friday meetings.  He would like to create more faculty-centered topics.

 

Pres Jeppesen also reviewed a recent issue concerning two faculty members.  He kept the conversation anonymous and general so as not to infringe on privacy, but expressed concerns about the process and the misrepresentation of a statement that he had made in a faculty member’s disciplinary letter.  He wanted to clarify the situation with the Senate and explain that his statement had been taken out of context and did not reflect his attitude toward a faculty member. He has met with Dr. Lovingood, Dr. Sobek and Michelle Needham to discuss the matter.  He has also met with both faculty members on several occasions. 

 

He appreciates support from officers and Senate.

 

Local 604 Update:  Senator Randall attended the last 604 Senate meeting.  She distributed the latest 604 Update and posted information about three new scholarships.  Members can also take advantage of an educator discount through Chevrolet.com.

 

Committee Reports

 

Scholarship:  Cliff Luxion provided a detailed and helpful handout with information about the committee’s financial activities dated March 1, 2015.  The committee’s anticipated available cash as of 3-15-15 is $2,897.92.

 

He also discussed plans for a summer rummage sale to benefit the scholarship.  Volunteers should contact Amy Frankel if they are interested in helping with this event.

Old Business

  1. A.    Dual Credit (Steven Skaggs)

Steven Skaggs provided an update on his committee’s research and brought copies of slides presented by Jeff Harlan at Oswego High School.  He also brought a list of dual-credit classes that will be offered in the Fall.  The committee recently met to figure out how to contribute to the program.  One possibility is to have full-time faculty volunteer to teach these classes.  According to the contract between the Faculty Council and the Board, full-time faculty can choose classes before adjuncts.  Would this apply in this case?

The committee has also expressed concerns about the following issues:

  • ·         Data collection.  Do these students eventually come to our school?
  • ·         Quality control
  • ·         The large number of Waubonsee classes being taught at the high schools
  1. B.     Outcomes Project

A member asked questions about why Waubonsee’s outcomes project is behind schedule.

  1. C.    College Consultant

Vice President Keith Bickley will file a FOIA request.

  1. D.    Free Speech Lawsuit

No new developments

 

New Business

  1. A.    Post-Tenure Review

Vice President Bickley explained that several faculty members have expressed concerns about a possible post-tenure review process.  Rumors have suggested that this may be an issue that is brought up during the next cycle of negotiations.  President Jeppesen mentioned that he had brought this concern up at the previous president’s meeting.  

  1. B.     Negotiations (Interest-Based Bargaining)

During the last President’s Meeting, Dr. Sobek asked about using IBB in the next round of negotiations.  The group expressed interested in continuing with this process and organizing further training. 

  1. C.    Learning Assessment

Cliff Luxion is on a committee that is discussing granting credit for prior learning and he would like to collect faculty opinions on the matter.

  1. D.    Information Cards (Weingarten Rights)

Kathy Randall has called 604 about ordering Weingarten Rights cards, but hasn’t heard back.  She has made copies of the Weingarten language to distribute to the faculty.

 

Open Discussion

 

Question about travel pre-approval.

 

Adjournment

 

A motion for adjournment was seconded and approved at ___4:44____ PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Amy Powers, WCCFC Secretary

Assistant Professor of History

Wednesday
Apr012015

Senate Meeting Minutes for February 4, 2015

 Waubonsee Community College Faculty Council – Minutes 

February 4, 2015 
I. Called to order 3:35pm II. Agenda approved. III. Roll call a. Keith Bickley – Vice President b. Doug Jeppesen - President c. Kathleen Randall – Local 604 Senator d. Cliff Luxion – e. Kristen Santillan – Counselors and Librarians (for Heidy) f. Nancy Christensen – Math and Science g. Dan Portincaso – Fine Arts and Humanities (for Martine) h. Stephen Skaggs 

IV. Officer Reports a. Secretary and Treasurer unable to attend so no Approval of Minutes or Treasurer’s Report b. President’s Report i. News Releases – Art students publishing some work ii. WCC Art Students’ purchase program iii. Affiliation with Local 604 has saved much money in lawyer fees already this semester. Definitely getting our money’s worth out of membership fees. iv. Reminder that Cathy Collins is leading the Long Range Planning Committee and, a year away from negotiations, keeping track of items members would like to see discussed. v. Tom Pulver retiring, Aug. 2015. :< 

c. Senator Local 604 – Kathleen will attend her first meeting as representative next week. 

V. Committee Reports a. Cliff Luxion: Bookselling for Faculty Council Scholarship Fund i. So far $4237.60 has been raised, with an estimated $800 in expenses and account cushion leaving $3437.60 so far. ii. Red moving bins will be put in Faculty work locations for easy donations. WCC will work with Cliff to get books to him from those locations. iii. Important: This account is COMPLETELY SEPARATE from the Faculty Council funds, with Cliff Luxion and Mark Lathan the signers, neither of them officers of the Council. iv. Reminder: Amy Frankel is beginning organization of a garage sale for the summer, to raise money for the Fund. She is looking for help and has emailed faculty about this. 



VI. New Business a. Winterfest this Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. Have fun!! b. Dual Credit report from Stephen Skaggs. i. He conducted an information request and got data from F2011 – F2014. ii. High school enrollments have increased from 431 to 1711 during that time. iii. WCC administration is actively advocating Dual Credit programs. 1. President presenting at a conference about WCC programs. 2. Jeff Harlan and FT assistant were hired and are spearheading more programs. 

iv. Concerns: 





1. Illinois law (Quality Act of 2010) requires full-time faculty oversight of these programs and there is none. 2. Some courses on campus are negatively affected and some faculty are having difficulty making load. Problems of this nature will probably get worse in the future. 3. Local school districts have publicly announced they would like their high school seniors to graduate with an Associate’s degree also. This seem contradictory to the recognized problem of College Readiness, another area in which WCC is very active. 4. It was noted that both ECC and COD have acknowledged that oversight of these programs is very difficult and have declined full-scale implementation. 5. Dan Portincaso noted that full-time faculty involvement with Adjunct Faculty is one of the paths to have influence on the Dual Credit programs since the college acknowledges support for and oversight of Dual Credit faculty is the same as support for and oversight of Adjunct Faculty. 



c. Outcomes Project i. Results of project are required for college accreditation. ii. WCC administration has made it known that project is behind schedule and needs to make progress. iii. Full-time faculty are not clear of what the goals and outcomes of this project are and would like clear, concise goals, outcomes, and tasks to assist with this movement. 

d. Free Speech Lawsuit – be aware WCC lost a lawsuit for free speech violations regarding denial of permission to a group to distribute flyers on campus. An article was published in Inside Higher Ed. 

VII. Open Discussion a. Many Illinois community colleges are working on applications for permission to grant 4-yr degrees in programs such as nursing (Applied Degrees). 

VIII. Adjourn 4:55pm 

 
 
Minutes respectfully submitted by Nancy Christensen, Feb. 5, 2015. 
 

 

Wednesday
Apr012015

Senate Meeting Minutes for December 3, 2014

Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

APC 170

Called to Order –3:34PM

Adjourned – 4:11 PM

 

 

Officers Present:       Doug Jeppesen, President                  

Keith Bickley, Vice President

Cliff Luxion, Treasurer          

                                    Rich Kiefer, Senator Local 604

                                    Amy Powers, Secretary

 

Senators Present:      Tim Moriarty               (Business and Career Technologies)

                                                                        (Health Professions and Public Service)

Heidy Kindelin           (Counselors and Librarians)

Martine Stuckey          (Communications, Humanities and Fine Arts)

Tom Pulver                  (Developmental Education and College Readiness)

                                    (Social Sciences, Education and World Languages)                          Nancy Christensen      (Mathematics and Sciences)

 

Officer Absent:

 

Senator(s) Absent:    

 

Guests:                      

 

Call to Order

 

Vice President Keith Bickley called the meeting to order at 3:34 PM.

 

Approval of Agenda

 

Today’s agenda was approved as submitted.

 

Roll Call

 

Attendance was verified.

 

 

 

 

Officer Reports

 

Secretary:  Acceptance of the November 5, 2014 minutes was motioned, seconded, and approved with changes.

 

Treasurer: Treasurer Luxion reported that the savings account has a balance of $27,818.84 and the checking account has a balance of $100.

 

He suggested using a Post Office box for the Council so that the Council’s address does not change every time we have a new treasurer and offered the use of his PO box.

 

President:  President Jeppesen read through the college’s press releases and congratulated the Developmental Education and College Readiness division for its recent recognition of teaching excellence.

 

The next Faculty Council/Administration meeting will be on December 17th

 

Jeppesen also thanked the outgoing officers, Local 604 Senator Rich Kiefer and Treasurer Cliff Luxion, for their four years of service to the Faculty Council. 

 

He reminded everyone of the upcoming Open House for the Automotive Department and emphasized Andy MacDonald’s achievements.

 

Local 604 Update:  Senator Kiefer provided a summary of the last 604 meeting, where the pension issue was discussed.  He will bring the new 604 Senator to the next meeting. 

 

Committee Reports

 

Scholarship:  Treasurer Luxion has opened a separate account for the scholarship committee. He is also collecting books for the scholarship fund and would like to create a flyer reminding members to donate.  The committee will hold a meeting on the Wednesday of Orientation.

 

Heidy Kindelin has drafted an email letting the faculty know about the new scholarship for DACA students.

 

Social Committee— The committee will hold a Thirsty Thursday this week.

 

Old Business

 

 

  1. A.    Assessment and Objectives

 

Nothing new to report.

 

  1. B.     Paycheck Election Forms

 

The officers will bring this up at the upcoming meeting with administration on December 17th

 

New Business

 

  1. A.    Elections

 

Concerns about turn-around time for elections.  The Faculty Council constitution does not allow enough time for the process of nominations, acceptances, and election of officers.

 

Open Discussion

 

The Mathematics and Science Division will host an open House for David Voorhees in the Science Building on Tuesday to celebrate his award as a Fellow for American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Nancy will send out an email letting the faculty know.

 

A senator asked whether or not the new plan for officer compensation would require a dues increase.  No, it will not. 

 

President Jeppesen shared the issues that the officers would like to discuss at the next Faculty Council/Administration meeting:

  • ·         Engagement—especially the role of faculty on hiring committees.  Faculty do not feel that they have a voice in hiring adjuncts. As it stands, academic specialists are hiring adjuncts, but may not have the expertise to make these decisions.  For example, there had been confusion in the Music Department with assigning students to appropriate instructors.  He suggested looking at practices at other colleges, where faculty are involved in the hiring of adjuncts. 
  • ·         Orientation—How can we make this a faculty-driven event?  The faculty would like to focus more on education, pedagogy, curriculum development.  He will ask John Reese if the CTLT can help.  Tim suggested faculty to be more involved with FDLET, whose purpose is to plan orientation.
  • ·         Paycheck election forms

 

Dan Ward had heart surgery last week and is doing well. 

 

Adjournment

 

A motion for adjournment was seconded and approved at 4:11 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Amy Powers, WCCFC Secretary

Assistant Professor of History

Thursday
Mar052015

Senate Meeting Minutes from November 5, 2014

Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

APC 170

Called to Order –3:35 PM

Adjourned – 4:38 PM

 

 

Officers Present:        Doug Jeppesen, President                    

Keith Bickley, Vice President   

Cliff Luxion, Treasurer 

                                    Rich Kiefer, Senator Local 604

                                    Amy Powers, Secretary

 

Senators Present:      Tim Moriarty                (Business and Career Technologies)

                                                                        (Health Professions and Public Service)

Heidy Kindelin  (Counselors and Librarians)

Martine Stuckey           (Communications, Humanities and Fine Arts)

Tom Pulver                   (Developmental Education and College Readiness)

Lisa Fozio-Thielk          (Social Sciences, Education and World Languages)                               Nancy Christensen        (Mathematics and Sciences)

 

Officer Absent:

 

Senator(s) Absent:    

 

Guests:                      

 

Call to Order

 

Vice President Keith Bickley called the meeting to order at 3:35 PM.

 

Approval of Agenda

 

Today’s agenda was approved as submitted.

 

Roll Call

 

Attendance was verified.

 

 

 

 

Officer Reports

 

Secretary:  Acceptance of the September 3, 2014 minutes was motioned, seconded, and approved.  Acceptance of the October 1, 2014 minutes with changes.

 

Treasurer: Treasurer Luxion reported that the savings account has a balance of $19,980 and the checking account has a balance of $100.

Tom Pulver and Denise Nakaji will perform an audit on Monday

 

President:  President Jeppesen began by discussing Gibby’s memorial concert, where over 400 people attended.  Mark Popowitch and Mark Lathan did an excellent job organizing the event. 

 

He recently met the president of the adjunct faculty union and provided advice on how to increase membership.

 

The Faculty Council received two thank-you notes: Dave Quillen thanked the Council for its generous scholarships and John Bitternman thanked the members for their support during his time of loss.

 

President Jeppesen highlighted the faculty achievements listed in Newsbits.

 

He also shared an email from a colleague who is not a member of the Council because of his concerns about the political nature of the AFT/IFT. 

  • ·        Senator Pulver reminded Senate that the IFT endorsed both Republican and Democratic candidates in the recent election.
  • ·        Treasurer Luxion noted some council members’ concerns that a portion of our dues go to political matters and asked the Senate to look into alternative affiliations at a future date. 
  • ·        Senator Pulver reminded the Senate that it had created an affiliation committee in the past that had looked into our affiliation.  He stressed that it is important for the Council to support Local 604 and that our affiliation provides members with benefits, including legal assistance and various forms of insurance. 

 

Doug will respond to the email and inquire.

 

Lastly, Jeppesen mentioned the importance of faculty input when serving on hiring committees.  Providing faculty with a voice in decision-making would increase engagement.

 

Local 604 Update:  Senator Kiefer noted that the IFT had endorsed Governor Quinn, who lost re-election.  The referendum on the minimum wage passed, but is only advisory in nature.  The status of pensions is still unclear.

He will attend the next 604 meeting in December.

 

 

Committee Reports

 

Scholarship:  The Committee is collecting used text books from faculty to raise more money for the fund. 

 

 

Old Business

 

 

  1. A.     Compensation for Officers

The Council membership will vote on this issue during the upcoming election.

 

  1. B.     Book Buyers on Campus

Faculty are concerned that book buyers have become intrusive. President Jeppesen talked to Dr. Lovingood, but she informed him that since we have an open campus we cannot prevent them from coming. She added that the Board has a “no solicitation” policy, however.

 

  1. C.     Upcoming Elections

The process for officer elections will begin at the end of the month.  Chair of the Elections Committee, Lisa Fozio-Thielk, will send out nomination forms, but would like to do it electronically this year.  Sending and receiving nominations is difficult to do through inter-campus mail, especially since our membership is so large.  The Committee would also like to limit the nominations to three per position.

 

  1. D.    Dual Credit

President Jeppesen had a discussion with Bill Briggs about lack of faculty involvement.

 

 

New Business

 

  1. A.     Assessment and Objectives

Faculty Liason Tim Moriarty recently attended an assessment conference in Indianapolis. He is also working with Stacey Randall’s focus group, which will meet on Friday, November 14th at 9 AM.  Consisting of four faculty members (Heather LaCost, Jeanne McDonald, Randy Hines, and Tim) and four administrators, the group will create a report with recommendations.

Tim stressed the importance of this group since the HLC is expecting learning outcomes on both course and program levels.  He requested that a member of the Senate be involved to give insight into the impact this report and its findings will have on the day-to-day activities of faculty members. 

 

  1. B.     Paycheck elections

A member suggested that paycheck elections be automatic so that employees won’t have to fill out a form each year.  Jeppesen suggested that the officers bring this issue up at the next meeting with administration.  He will also talk to Cathy Collins about making this a topic for the Long-Range Planning Committee.

 

Open Discussion

 

Senator Pulver reminded the Senate that members can request that their dues not be used for political matters.

 

 

Adjournment

 

A motion for adjournment was seconded and approved at 4:38 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Amy Powers, WCCFC Secretary

Assistant Professor of History