Notes - November 6th, 2006
De Anza Academic Senate
Approved Notes for the meeting of
November 6th, 2006
Senators and Officers present: Bambhania, Capitolo, Chenoweth, Coleman, Dolen, Gallegos, Glapion, Goodwin, Hearn, Jensen-Sullivan, Joplin, Kang, Kessler, Kramer, Lathers, Lizardi-Folley, Lee-Klawender, Maynard, Mowrey Osborne, Raffaelli, Schaffer, Setziol, Winters, and Zill
Senators and Officers absent: Bresnan, Cole, Cordero, Hertler, and Miller
DASB: Sam Karimzadeh, Celeste Enriquez, and Emin Ismayilzada
Classified Senate: Olivia Patlan
Guests: Lena Chang, Alex Swanner, Pauline Yeckley, Jim McCarthy, Diana Alves de Lima, Judy Miner, John Swensson, and Gregory Anderson
[NOTE: Item numbers are reflective of agenda numbers in the order they are actually taken up at the meeting.]
The meeting was called to order at 2:35 a quorum being present.
I. Approval of Agenda and Notes: The agenda was approved as distributed with 1) the reclassification of item III to be for Information and Discussion only.
The notes of the meeting of October 30th, were approved as distributed with the correction of an intentional error.
II. Needs and Confirmations: Chenoweth pointed to the needs and proposed confirmations attached to the draft notes of October 30th.
Winters, Truly Hunter, and LaQuisha Beckum were confirmed for service on the Student Services Planning and Budgeting Team (SSPBT). Cheryl Woodward and Mowrey were confirmed for one year terms and Cynthia Kaufman and Karen Chow were confirmed for two year terms on the Instructional Planning and Budgeting Team (IPBT).
Michelle Dubarry, Zena Gray, and Kathy Flores were confirmed for service on the ESL Faculty Search and Selection Committee. Beth Grobman was confirmed for service on the Educational Technology Advisory Committee (ETAC). An English Search and Selection Committee is due at the November 13th meeting.
III. Self-Authored Course Materials - Board Policy: The officers distributed some background material including a new version of findings from policies across the country, the overwhelming majority of which do not allow the kind of policy currently in discussion here. Hearn called attention to a point in the document saying that she should have directed FA Council members and any faculty authors to refrain from voting at the October 30th meeting. She also reminded the members that current voting practice includes abstentions in the count of the majority side. Goodwin expressed concern that the FA position did not get a fair hearing by the officers. Other comments were in support of the previous Senate position which is clearly opposed to the current proposal.
IV. Environmental Sustainability Policy and Plan: A draft was distributed. Hearn
thanked Jensen Sullivan and others for their work. Comments were largely of two types: One was about language in the main policy statement and in the third bulleted item which, at least as written, suggest responsibilities for the college and its employees far beyond the scope of what is normally thought of as environmental sustainability. The other was that some of the language of the bulleted items appeared vague to people not currently connected to the making of the draft language. A suggested solution to the second type of comment received a positive sense of the Senate. It was to have, perhaps as some kind of appendix or set of notes, examples of what was meant by each of the bulleted items and which would indicate scope and at least some specificity.
V. Proposed Library/Readiness Center Merge : Judy Miner was present for the discussion and distributed a handout outlining the ideas and historical background for the proposed merger. A number of guests from the library and the Language Arts division were present. Hearn encouraged all of them to speak and most did so. Initially, speakers emphasized the size and scope of their respective entities as well as a concern on the part of the librarians this was a win lose situation with the library losing a seat at the deans' table and Language Arts winning one. Further discussion brought to light that, from the college's beginning, the library had as its responsible administrator someone with a Library Science background. Hearn repeatedly asked for some succinct statement of why the proposed merger made more sense than some other grouping. It was readily admitted that, in part, the proposal was one of opportunity given the retirement of Jim McCarthy and the widely acknowledged unmanageable size of language Arts. Several requests were made for an account of how the new entity would work, be organized internally, etc. IT WAS MSC (Joplin Coleman) to extend the time of the meeting by 10 minutes. A seemingly attractive solution was proposed in the form of two 50% positions. Hearn and Miner agreed that the item should return in two weeks to get a final response to the proposal and any and all alternatives to it. Miner concluded by saying, in answer to the repeated question of minimum qualifications for the person holding the new administrator position, that it was premature to state that before there was some consensus on the basic idea.
VIII. Good of the Order: - nothing
The meeting was adjourned at 4:35p.m.
Committees Needing Faculty
Campus Center Advisory Committee - 1 faculty members. Meets 3rd Monday 2:30 - 3:30. Contact Paula Joseph (x8758) for more information.
District Hardware/Software Standards Committee - 1 faculty member. Meets one Tuesday/ month 3:30 - 4:30.
Environmental Sustainability Subcommittee - Any faculty member wishing to serve. Meets first and second Wednesdays in KC214 at 2:30 - 3:30 pm. Contact Laura Raffaelli for more information or to have the notes sent to you.
Catalyst Features Committee - Faculty members from each division wishing to determine what features should be added to our new learning management system called Catalyst. Initially may meet several times to get started, then monthly on a Thursday at 3:00 pm.
Web Content Management System Committee - Faculty members who wish to determine which system faculty and staff use to maintain the content we serve on our campus. Meeting time/place TBA.