Notes - January 22nd, 2007
The De Anza Academic Senate
Approved Notes for the meeting of
January 22nd , 2007
Senators and Officers present: Bambhania, Capitolo, Chenoweth, Coleman, Cordero, Dolen, Gallegos, Glapion, Goodwin, Hearn, Jensen-Sullivan, Joplin, Kessler, Kramer, Lizardi-Folley, Lee-Klawender, Maynard, Miller, Osborne, Otake, Raffaelli, Schaffer, Setziol, Winters, and Zill
Senators and Officers absent: Cole, Hertler, and Lathers,
Classified Senate: Olivia Patlan
Administrative Liaison: Christina Espinosa-Pieb
Guests: Willie Pritchard, Brian Murphy, Marisa Spatafore, Andrew LaManque, and Linda Conroy
[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 2:32 a quorum being present.
I. Approval of Agenda and Notes: The agenda was approved as distributed with the addition of an item Vb "Funding Requests" and a change in the title of item VI from "self authored" to "self published". There were no notes requiring approval.
II. Needs and Confirmations: A Tenure Review Committee spreadsheet dated January 21st, 2007 was distributed. To the list of names proposed on that spreadsheet for confirmation, Cordero's name was added for the Mary Sullivan Tenure Review Committee.
John Cognetta and Mayra Cruz were confirmed for service on the Dean of Student Development and EOPS Search and Selection Committee
Joy Duremdes and Karen Yamamoto were confirmed for service on the Director, Child Development Center Search and Selection Committee conditionally, pending the addition of a Child Development Education faculty member
Janet Takahashi and Benita Rashall were approved for the Educational Diagnostic Center Executive Head Search and Selection Committee. Concerns about gender balance prompted the group to approve Glapion's addition to the committee. His service is pending the assignment of a responsible administrator and a conversation in his department about the appointment.
Eduardo Luna, David, Newton, and Kimberly Sandstrom-Phillips were approved for service on the Physics Technician Search and Selection Committee.
After lengthy discussion and repeated revisiting of the Senate's agreement with the Board on faculty hiring policies and procedures, the group returned consideration of a Math Faculty Search and Selection Committee to the division and department for a vote to determine candidates from among volunteers.
Chenoweth was confirmed for service on the Director, Small Business Development Center Search and Selection Committee
A proposed Chemistry Faculty Search and Selection committee was returned to the department for reconsideration owing to its size and the presence of the name of a non tenured faculty member.
III. Diversity Leadership Training: Linda Conroy was present to promote faculty attendance of this annual event. She distributed a flyer descriptive of it. Further information about the event running from Thursday, February 1st until Saturday, February 3rd can be obtained from either Linda, Leila McCabe, or Nicky Gonzales Yuen
IV. Public Domain Learning Materials: Willie Pritchard made his first appearance before the group as a De Anza faculty member and distributed copies of a document nicely describing the many things involved. The scope of the items spoken to by Willie make the title somewhat misleading perhaps but, as of yet, there appears to be no better title. One of Willie's short term goals is to facilitate dialogue among people interested in sharing and in reducing the cost of textbooks and other course materials to students. He is also prepared to give technical assistance to people interested in sharing courseware etc. There is an in house Public Domain web site which can be accessed through Judy Mowrey's web site
V. b Requests for Funding: Hearn presented a request for $450 to co sponsor attendance by Anu Khanna at the Curriculum Institute conducted by the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges. It was MSC (Goodwin/Cordero) to approve the request. It was MSC (Winters/Joplin) to approve a second request by Hearn, $100 sponsoring a Youth Empowerment conference February 9th.
V.a Strategic Planning Update: Brian Murphy was present to give the update. The need to organize and prioritize the many offerings made in the Fall led to meeting December 8th and December 19th. The outcome of these meetings was an organization of the offerings in the following ways: First, there emerged four areas which substantially overlapped the original four areas, Outreach, Individualized Attention for Retention, Cultural Competence, and Community Collaborations. Second, foundational activities emerged, Professional Development, Curriculum Development, Communication, Facilities usage, and technology which will be addressed across the Institutional Initiatives.
Now in the works are small working groups for each of the above consisting of one faculty member, one classified staff member, and one administrator. Each of these groups will propose a plan for its specific area in consultation with proposers. Andrew LaManque will provide assistance in terms of success measures etc. This work will feed in to the work of the planning and budgeting teams, culminating in a joint meeting of the teams April 20th and a meeting of the College Council April 26th.
Tentatively, the four areas of Outreach, Individualized Attention, Cultural Competence, and Community Collaborations will be pursued with financial resources frames of reference of $300,000, $300,000, $100,000, and $100,000 respectively.
A comment that, yet again, some participation from students was advisable was favorably greeted by Murphy.
VI. Self Published Course Materials Policy: Hearn distributed a draft prepared by her in consultation with the other officers. She began by stating that the starting point for the draft was the proposed change to board policy previously proposed by the Faculty Association and seen by the group and she mentioned that there was some awkwardness in this because the concerns of the Senate made for a difficult fit in terms of format.
After considerable discussion during which it was MSC (Winters/Khannu) to extend the time of the meeting by 10 minutes, the officers perceived a shift in the attitude of the group back towards an earlier position. The officers will produce several alternative positions based on the discussion and previous discussions. Each of three main areas will be included: 1) Conflict of interest, 2) significantly lower cost to students, and 3) self publishing authors recusing themselves from textbook adoption committees.
VII. Good of the Order: The item was not taken up.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:40