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Executive Council Meeting Minutes
March 9, 2009
8:00-10:00 am

Members Present: Pat Barber, Linda Bucher (via phone), Leon Campbell, Joan DelFattore, Prasad Dhurjati, Calvin Keeler, Sheldon Pollack, David Smith, Gerry Turkel, Danilo Yanich (Excused), Rita Girardi (Administrative Assistant)

The agenda was approved as submitted.

Minutes of 12/15/08 and 2/11/09 were approved as submitted.

Old Business:

Filling Vacancies:

In an effort to fill Steering Committee vacancies, Joan Del Fattore, David Smith, Calvin Keeler and Prasad Dhurjati will approach selected AAUP members for their willingness to have their name placed on the ballot. Scott Jones (Accounting and MIS) has agreed to be put on the ballot.

New Business:

Sabbatical Leave Policies and Deferments: The AAUP has the exclusive right to bargain with respect to sabbatical leave. Sabbatical leave is not automatic; it may, for instance, be denied if a proposal is found to be academically inadequate. A sabbatical may be deferred for academic or staffing reasons, but the deferral may not be extended for an unreasonable period. A policy of blanket rejections or deferrals as a budgetary measure would be inconsistent with the CBA.

Information and advice about sabbaticals will be discussed in the next issue of VOICE, including but not limited to a warning that even if a deferral has been arranged in advance, faculty must apply for sabbatical in the year in which they are eligible in order to avoid losing a year toward the next sabbatical.

Weighting for different kinds of teaching: AAUP members have raised questions about the amount of the credit given for certain kinds of teaching assignments, such as exceptionally large classes, classes that fulfill the second writing requirement and discussion sections associated with labs or large lecture courses. Currently, faculty members must negotiate such assignments with their department chairs as a workload matter. The AAUP Council plans to raise this issue in a questionnaire next fall to ascertain the views of the membership.

Workload: As part of the workload, the Council discussed the ways in which non-classroom teaching activities are factored into faculty workloads. Among other things, the Council noted that some activities of this kind, such as dissertations and theses, offering one-on-one instruction, supervising individual undergraduate study (XXX266, 366, etc.) and advising students in multiples 0f 30 must be counted as part of the teaching workload in accord with the credit hours stipulated in the CBA. Non-classroom teaching activities should be factored into the percentage of a faculty member’s workload assigned to teaching. In addition, the council discussed the necessity of aligning faculty workloads with expectations for promotion.

Other: The Council noted that rates charged for health care coverage may change in the course of a CBA, but this must be associated with an open enrollment period in which faculty may change their health care option if they wish and those rates will change if the insurer and/or state changes rates for family coverage.

Gerry Turkel suggested that the AAUP invite Steering Committee members to Dover for a reception for state legislators at an appropriate time. In addition, he suggested the AAUP General Secretary be invited to talk on-campus in the fall, jointly sponsored with the Provost’s Office.

AAUP VOICE: The April/May issue will speak to merit pay, treasurer’s report and sabbatical leave policy.

The meeting adjourned at 1:15 pm.

Next Meeting:

Monday, April 13, 2009 11:15am to 1:15pm


Respectfully submitted,
Pat Barber/rg