Council Minutes – May 8, 2014

Members Present: Dave Michalak, Fred Loveland, Michael Kuryla, Jim Muccio, Maruja Lander, Tim Skinner, Howard Streby, Bill Hollister, Jason Detrani, David Zeggert, Meghan McGuinness, Jason Detrani and Joe Spence

Guest Present: Joan Lubar, representing Adjunct Council

Meeting called to order at 3:04 PM

April Minutes passed with the correction of the word “abtention” to “abstention” (N.Walz). (Motion: H. Streby. Second: M. McGuinness)

President’s Report:

  1. David welcomed Joan Lubar who is assisting with the Part-time faculty membership transition for Fall/2014.
  2. Payroll and VPAFA have informed FA that there will be a trial run of Part Time dues for this semester. In the fall, PT dues will be based on first semester load i.e., fall semester will determine dues for the year and the spring semester for new adjunct faculty. The Academic Year (AY) 2014-2015 dues will be half of the full amount. Full dues will begin with AY 2015-2016.
  3. CAI discussed how students should be notified of a professor’s absence. Jason Zbock reported to the College Assembly that this is addressed in the FA Contract regarding faculty responsibility and procedure.
  4. Discussion on assessment of classes, including what FA members are required to assess per the contract, if and how part-time faculty should conduct assessment, and how assessments can be used, especially in relation to the contract. Further discussion anticipated.
  5. Dave distributed a document pertaining to a proposed syllabus development/requirement. He will discuss this further with Dr. Drumm.
  6. Fred, Dave, and Meghan attended the regional NYSUT Organizing Institute. BCC FA was used as a model Association. Meghan addressed Rep Council and reported on the Institute. It was designed to promote “best practices” for bargaining units such as ours. One idea discussed was Rep Councilor “office hours” to communicate with constituents.
  7. Year End Report: Six MOU’s have been completed, Four individual faculty MOU’s were completed (avoiding 4 grievances), and Four MOU’s are in progress. This includes faculty compensation for teaching associated with the Binghamton Opportunity Center. The Negotiation Resource Committee is beginning its preparation for negotiations.
  8. Most notably, SUNY Broome Community College is proud to announce that nine members of the college’s faculty are among the recipients of the prestigious SUNY Chancellor’s Awards. Congratulations to:
    • Harold Trimm: Chancellor’s Award for Faculty Service
    • Donna Rehak: Chancellor’s Award for Professional Service
    • Carine Surdey: Chancellor’s Awards for Professional Service
    • Daniel Brennan: Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
    • Tracy Curtis: Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
    • Jane Hlopko: Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
    • Timothy Skinner: Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching
    • Karyn Moyer Zapach: Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching
    • Christine Duffy-Webb: Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

Vice President’s Report:

  1. Fred introduced a proposed MOU regarding the College’s use of security and surveillance cameras on campus. FA Leadership will be introducing this at Labor Management on May 15th.
  2. There are currently no outstanding grievances. All faculty issues brought forth have been favorably resolved on behalf of the faculty.

Treasurer’s Report:
(Made by Dave in the absence of Julie Klepfer)

  1. Audit is nearing completion and will be forwarded to Audit Committee.
  2. Julie has informed the FA that she will be resigning as FA Treasurer effective the end of this term. We appreciate Julie’s past service and commitment to the
    Faculty Association and its membership.

Motion to adjourn made at 4:14 PM by M. McGuinness, seconded by N. Walz. Unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,

Joseph S. Spence
FA Secretary