Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
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)
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.
Attendance was verified.
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.
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.
- 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
- B. Outcomes Project
A member asked questions about why Waubonsee’s outcomes project is behind schedule.
- C. College Consultant
Vice President Keith Bickley will file a FOIA request.
- D. Free Speech Lawsuit
No new developments
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Question about travel pre-approval.
A motion for adjournment was seconded and approved at ___4:44____ PM.
Amy Powers, WCCFC Secretary
Assistant Professor of History