AAUP Steering Committee Minutes
May 2, 2012
called to order by UD-AAUP President Calvin Keeler. Agenda sequence
accommodate schedule of presenters.
of Understanding committees. There were four Letters of Understanding
2010–2013 CBA requiring mutual action of UD-AAUP and the
Smith presented the status of three of them.
for Chairs and Deans (CBA p.38). Workshops to educate Chairs and other
directors regarding the CBA were mandated, with required participation
AAUP and Administration. One planning meeting was held early in the
and nothing further has happened. A deadline of April 5, 2011, has long
with no apparent ongoing action.
of Instruction (CBA p.40). The goal of clarifying, shortening, and
improving footnote 4 of section 11.8 (p.22) was addressed by a
faculty (David Smith, Fred Hofstetter, Alan Fox) and administrators
Provost Nancy Brickhouse, A&S Dean George Watson, Music Chair Paul
letter containing recommendations has been distributed for discussion
and AAUP. The letter contains suggestions by how units with special
needs may modify their workload policies, but actual action is
up to the units. The status of this letter is only to serve as a
the next CBA negotiations, so no further action is required.
Handbook inconsistencies (CBA p.41). The "3-3-3" committee was
established to resolve incompatibilities between the Faculty Handbook
CBA, primarily by suggesting revisions of the Faculty Handbook to the
Senate. Membership has varied, but currently consists of three UD-AAUP
representatives (Grievance Officer David Smith, Vice President
Brian Hanson), three administration representatives (Deputy Provost
Brickhouse, CEOE Dean Nancy Targett, AVP of Employee Relations Tom
and three Faculty Senate representatives (Past President John Madsen,
President-Elect Sheldon Pollack, Beth Morling).
work by this committee primarily dealt with the influence of section
(p.22) on Promotion and Tenure decisions. Suggestions of the committee
others have been incorporated into widely discussed Faculty Senate
Faculty Senate President Jeff Jordan (present at the meeting) indicated
further action by the Senate is expected this academic year.
work by the committee has focused on minor inconsistencies and removal
redundant and obsolete matters from the Faculty Handbook. The committee
continues to meet.
mission statement draft circulated in the agenda was discussed. Further
from the steering committee included suggestion redrafts and revisions,
the general trend of making the statement broader and more assertive.
suggestions will be gathered by the Executive Committee and another
multiple alternatives)presented to the membership.
Comparison Study (Contract Maintenance Officer Gerry Turkel)
rank-wise salary comparison tables of our regional comparator
are slightly above median at all ranks and very near to our usual
compared institutions (Rutgers, Maryland).
Disparity Study (Turkel). Study has been completed and is being
administration, but has not yet been shared with us.
Changes (Turkel). Email from UD-AAUP to all faculty has already been
calling attention to significant benefits changes. All changes are
faculty and the university, with expected $2.5 million on reduced costs
university over five years. Delaware HB81 will require future co-pays
based on percentage of premiums rather than set dollar amount, which
implications at this time but will be monitored.
for discussion of New Business. Questions arose about actions of
regarding a proposed Emergency Involuntary Leave currently under
the Faculty Senate. Gerry Turkel indicated that he had been consulted
the drafting of the proposal in his role as Contract Maintenance
Officer and he
had determined that the proposal did not contain language in conflict
CBA or objectionable to the national AAUP. The UD-AAUP Executive
taken no official position on whether the proposal should or should not