FacEx-Faculty Senate Executive Committee 4/7/15
(This meeting may be electronically recorded.)
II. Approval of Minutes from March 31, 2015
III. Report of Faculty Senate President Jim Carothers
IV. Old Business
V. New Business
MEMBERS PRESENT: Jim Carothers, Jonathan Mayhew, Mike Williams, Jeremy Martin, Lisa Friis
EXCUSED: Katherine Clark
ALSO PRESENT: Tom Beisecker, Faculty Senate President-Elect; Amy Smith, Policy Office; Mohamed El-Hodiri; Molly Mulloy and Kathy Reed, Governance Office.
FacEx chair Jim Carothers called the meeting to order. He reported that a few minutes ago he received a document from Jan Sheldon with FRPR’s new amendments to the Faculty Code. This latest version was a result of the Faculty Senate’s request last week that the FRPR Committee review the Faculty Code and give it a “last look” before it is discussed again at the April 16 Faculty Senate meeting. Copies were distributed to FacEx, though the absence of tracked changes made it difficult to determine some of the new text. A version that shows the changes more clearly will be sent to members tomorrow.
Jeremy Martin said it is important for FacEx and FRPR to meet together before April 16th to see if consensus can be reached on some of the new amendments. For example, he noted that FRPR apparently believes that the faculty alone “own” the Code, while the majority of FacEx members do not. Carothers said it’s important to have a Code that is accepted by KU’s system of collegial and shared governance, and he’s not sure the FRPR version will do that. Discussion ensued about the fact that the motion at the Faculty Senate meeting was for FRPR’s review of the Code to be sent back to the Senate.
Martin expressed concern that many newer faculty on the Senate may not be aware of the important distinctions among the FacEx and FRPR versions of the Code and the realities of KU’s shared governance system. Lisa Friis suggested that newer faculty be provided with research literature on faculty governance systems at other universities, and a general perspective about the power of faculty in KU’s shared governance system compared to other schools. Several persons responded that there wasn’t sufficient time at this late date to do that research and inform senators.
Mike Williams said a quick perusal of the new FRPR version indicates several errors, such as where “with pay” was added back into the section on Administrative Leave in Art. VI.2.d. Another member pointed out that a most important change was that FRPR removed the sentence about shared approval by the Provost in Art. I. In the discussion that followed, Martin said that it seems like FRPR/AAUP is focused solely on principles, while FacEx is focused not only on principles but also on what is pragmatic and workable.
Carothers invited guest Mohamed El-Hodiri, representative of AAUP, for his opinion. El-Hodiri agreed with Martin that it would be valuable for FacEx to meet with FRPR to discuss a side-by-side comparison of the two Code versions and try to reach consensus on some issues. He suggested that both FRPR’s version and a new “compromise” version be sent to the Faculty Senate for the April 16th discussion.
Carothers will invite FRPR chair Jan Sheldon to meet with FacEx on April 14th.