Committee Minutes

Faculty Council 10/29/2010

New York University
The Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
Faculty Council
Monday, October 18, 2010, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Payne Room – Pless 4th Floor

Present: Astuto, Berg, Borisoff, Buchwald, Hammack, Lang, Lu, Moja, Rosenberg, Ruiz, Sadoff, Stage, Voelbel, Wesbrooks,

1.    Welcome – Bill Wesbrooks, Chair
Minutes of the meeting of September 13, 2010 were approved.

2.    Faculty Council  & School Senate Priorities

Faculty Academic Affairs Committee – Sandra Lang
Writing Courses: The question was raised about the support of the Steinhardt School for expository writing courses.  UAC is interested in continuing work on the issue of writing.  UAC is also reviewing the Undergraduate Education report.  The University is preparing for Middle States Accreditation Review.

PeopleSoft – will be implemented soon.  That will change the ways we are involved in student and course record keeping, e.g., audits for graduation.

Strategic Enrollment Initiative: Students want to hear about this – on line advisement.

Faculty Affairs Committee  - Teboho Moja
Clinical Faculty Guidelines: What issues need to be addressed regarding implementation of these guidelines, e.g., when people would be informed about transition, effective date, implications for each contract, and how that will be evaluated.

[Discussion: Bill Wesbrooks – Clinical Faculty Guidelines are going to be implemented by chairs without clear specificity about what that would entail. This would come as a surprise to many clinical faculty members.  In a de facto way every faculty member is going through some kind of review this year – and then will be told what the contract they will be offered.  No system is in place; minimally, the department merit review committee should be involved.  Chairs and deans will sort clinical faculty into one, three, or five-year contracts.  There is an assumption of re-appointment.

Floyd Hammack: As of last Wednesday the provost sent the guidelines to the University Faculty Senators Council.  Part of the delay was new legal council without previous experience in universities.  The University is trying to get documents like this from all schools and to regularize, normalize clinical faculty policies across the university.  

Bill Wesbrooks: The Council will indicate that we want a school-wide announcement that clinical faculty need to be informed and what the process is going to be and the date by which they will be informed.

Benefits: Concern was raised about how the faculty is updated about new benefits, e.g., free consultation re health issues, etc.  Claude Blenman is developing a FAQ list for the Faculty Affairs website with links to appropriate offices.

Steinhardt as a Professional Community: What hat would help Steinhardt develop a sense of community?  Related issues will be explored throughout the year.

Faculty Work: Ideas for continuing small group discussions at the faculty meeting were discussed, e.g., have another set of roundtable discussions early in the meeting.

[Discussion: Some departments are concerned about the number of courses taught by adjuncts.  Others want more information about how people feel about teaching during these times – winter & summer sessions in particular.  Winter and summer teaching has been treated as a faculty choice.  Winter had been more about study abroad opportunities, but is not expanding to on-campus options.

Sometime there are misperceptions about what is considered normative in teaching.  This should be part of mentoring new faculty, the kind of advice that is being given.

From the faculty perspective, would the winter-summer options provide more options in terms of putting together their work assignments for the year?  There are differences in cultures and administrative structures across department. 

The expectation of faculty teaching load is 3/3 in Steinhardt and other assignments are negotiated; 2/2 has become the norm.  Is this conversation going to shift attention to faculty load?  What is the problem these conversations are intended to address?  If there are idiosyncratic situations, is the whole school going through a discussion to fix a small problem. 
In many ways the faculty experience varies by department and by chair.  Maybe there’s a wish that there be policy and procedures for addressing that.

School Planning Committee – Fran Stage, Chair
Student Population: Undergraduates no exceed 50% of Steinhardt.  This fall, 67 doctoral students are teaching 85 sections of undergraduate courses.

Planning: A committee is being formed to develop a10-year plan for Steinhardt.  Financial aspects of 10-year plan include how faculty salaries would be considered; the costs of faculty vary enormously across and within schools.

Budgeting: Every other year a survey of faculty asks for faculty ranking of budget areas.  Two year ago there was an additional “qualitative” (i.e., open ended) survey of faculty to identify needs and experiences.  This is the kind of survey could be helpful so we could begin to discuss future issues, e.g., the likelihood of a new hires in the near future, where do we want to be as a school.

Student Affairs Committee – Jennifer Berg, Chair
Quality of the Student Experience: The four focuses are: working on creating a kind of alumni mentorship; the work of the ad hoc committee on advising; the advising worksheet; work with School Planning Committee on enrollment issues.


Respectfully submitted,
Terry A. Astuto, Faculty Secretary