CLAS Assembly Minutes
March 25, 2010
- The meeting was called to order by John Leavey, Chair of the Assembly.
- It was moved and seconded that the minutes of the January 22, 2010 meeting be approved. The motion passed.
- John Leavey gave his Chair’s Report.
- Proposed Constitutional Amendments were presented by Jed Keesling, Chair, Constitution Review Committee. The Amendments were available for review by the Faculty online and are below.
Proposed Amendments to the CLAS Constitution
Constitution Review Committee
- Paul D’Anieri, Dean of CLAS
- Jed Keesling, Parliamentarian
- Chris Snodgrass, Immediate Past Chair of the College Assembly
- Laura Sjoberg, Secretary of the Faculty
March 4, 2010
The Constitution Review Committee recommends the following amendments to the CLAS Constitution to be voted on at the March 25, 2010, CLAS Assembly.
Article II F 1 (e)
Current language: (e) In all elections requiring a mail ballot the Secretary shall be responsible for conducting the balloting and reporting the results to the faculty.
Proposed language: (e) In all elections the Secretary shall direct the balloting.
Rationale: The nominating committee has had difficulty in finding individuals willing to serve in this capacity. The conduct of elections is a job that has many routine parts that would be done more efficiently by a staff member of the Dean's office. It is understood that the spring elections would be scheduled in the fall. That would permit timely determination of voting eligibility and determination of electoral groups for new individuals not in the named units in consultation with the Faculty Council, and the electronic voting system could be primed with the information about those eligible to vote in the different electoral groups well in advance of the election.
Article III A 1
Current language: Special elections shall be held to complete the term of any member who is unable to or fails to serve.
Proposed language: To complete the term of any member who is unable to or fails to serve, an eligible replacement from the same electoral group shall be appointed by the Chair of the College Assembly.
Rationale: The special election provision has proved unworkable. One member resign partway through the spring semester and was not replace for more than a year. Another member resigned (is on leave) this term and has not been replaced nor has a special election been scheduled to fill the position.
Article III C 1
Proposed change: Add the College Faculty Council to the list of committees whose chairs are members of the Assembly Steering Committee.
Rationale: This change was requested by the current Chair of the College Assembly.
Article IV A 2 b
Current language: No department shall have more than one member on any committee.
Proposed language: The Curriculum Committee and the Tenure and Promotion Committee shall have no more than one member from a single department, excluding ex-officio and student members. All other committees shall have no more than two members from a single department, excluding ex-officio and student members.
Rationale: This change reflects current practice, preserves much of the spirit of the original, and makes the nominating committee's job easier.
Article IV C 2: Electoral groups
Current language: The humanities electoral group shall included the budgeted faculties of African and Asian Languages and Literatures, Classics, English, Germanic and Slavic Studies, History, Linguistics Program, Philosophy, Religion, and Romance Languages and Literatures. The natural, physical, and mathematical sciences group shall included the budgeted faculties of Astronomy, Botany, Chemistry, Geological Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, and Zoology. The social and behavioral sciences electoral group shall included the budgeted faculties of Anthropology; Communication Sciences and Disorders; Criminology, Law and Society; Geography; Political Science; Psychology; and Sociology.
Proposed language: The humanities electoral group shall include the budgeted faculties of African Studies; Classics; English; History; Languages, Literatures and Cultures; Linguistics; Philosophy; Religion; Spanish and Portuguese Studies; and Women’s Studies. The natural, physical, and mathematical sciences group shall include the budgeted faculties of Astronomy; Biology; Chemistry; Geological Sciences; Mathematics; Physics; and Statistics. The social and behavioral sciences electoral group shall include the budgeted faculties of Anthropology; Geography; Political Science; Psychology; and Sociology and Criminology & Law.
Rationale: The new language reflects the current list of departments in the college. The semi-colons are used as separators since three of the departments have "and" in their names, and one includes commas in its name.
- Caroline Wiltshire moved to amend to the proposed wording. The amended wording would place “Linguistics” in the Social Sciences Electoral Group rather than the Humanities Electoral Group. The amended wording was approved. The revised amendments to the proposed wording of the CLAS Constitution were approved.
- Proposal for Summer Pay Policy for 2011 and 2012 was presented by Jean Larson, Chair, Faculty Council.
- CLAS summer pay policy follows Contract Article 17.5(c) with a cap for a three-credit course of approximately 12.50% of the salary at the 80th percentile of all salaried faculty of the College. For courses of more or fewer credits, the percentage will be prorated appropriately as contained in Article 17.5(c); for example, for a four-credit course, the cap would be approximately 16.66% of the salary at the 80th percentile of all salaried faculty of the College.
- Rori Bloom, Chair of the Nominating Committee presented the Slate of Nominations. She called for nominations from the floor. Further nominations were needed.
Reports from Committees of the College
- Faculty Council (Jean Larson, Chair)
- Finance Committee (Ken Merz, Chair)
- Curriculum Committee (Hana Filip, Chair)
- Tenure and Promotion Committee (Luise White, Member)
- Dean's Report and Discussion (Paul D'Anieri)
There was an open discussion at the end of the meeting. The meeting was closed by John Leavey. Jed Keesling, CLAS Parliamentarian, for Laura Sjoberg, Secretary of CLAS Faculty
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