Minutes of Meeting

Faculty Affairs Committee Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 12:15 PM

Location: OFE/FA Conference Room - Osprey Commons, Bldg 16, 3rd Floor, Rm 3108

Call to Order:

The meeting was called to order at 12:15 PM by Gordon Rakita (Chair).

Members Present:

Cynthia Cummings, Julie Ingersoll (recording), Chip Klostermeyer, Gordon Rakita (Presiding), Radha Pyati (FA President)

Members Absent:

Mina Baliamoune, David Fenner, Scott Hochwald, Alireza Jahan-Mihan, Sherry Pinkstaff

Others Attending:

Mitch Haney (Philosophy and Religious Studies) and Patricia Geesey (Languages)
  • Approval of Minutes
    The Committee approved the minutes of November 10, 2016 meeting.
  • Announcement
    The Committee Chair announced that proposed language for a no-confidence vote process was “tweaked” by the Executive Committee and is scheduled for a new 1st reading at the January Faculty Association Meeting
  • New Business
    • The Committee responded to a student request to survey faculty regarding the formation of a Syllabi Bank. Faculty expressed a variety of concerns and Rakita agreed to craft a response to student petitioners based on the comments made.
    • Haney presented the “Statement of Unity” crafted by the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies that now appears on their department website, with a request that the Committee forward that or a similar document to the FA in consideration of a university-wide statement. Ingersoll will craft a draft that includes language from this statement and the recent statement made by President Delaney.
    • Ingersoll discussed materials related to “Sanctuary Campus” designations and a request that President Delaney sign the “Pomona Letter” in support of DACA students. 
    • The Committee discussed preliminary results of the Research/Scholarship survey. The response rate was strong. Faculty expressed consistent concerns about the university’s general lack of a research identity and concerns with the Institutional Review Board (IRB). They also expressed consistent desire for more university support for research in terms of reduced teaching loads and increased professional development/travel funds. The committee will work with the Research Council to draft summaries with the intention of the summaries and survey result being posted to the Faculty Association Website after further action.
    • The Committee discussed an inquiry about the current Faculty Association Quorum requirement (40 members present) and decided to study attendance at FA meetings during the Spring semester to assess whether that number should be increased.
  • Adjournment & Next Meeting
    The meeting was adjourned at 1:30 PM. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 19, 2017 @12:15 PM in the OFE/FA Conference Room.