Executive Committee, 890th Meeting
Tuesday, April 4th 2017
9:30 a.m.
205 E. 42nd Street, Room 0962

Agenda

  1. Adoption of the Agenda
  2. Adoption of the Minutes of March 21st, 2017
  3. Old Business
    1. Spring conference on governance – update on registration; outreach to speakers
    2. Update on fall conference—Martin Burke and Kathleen Barker
  4. New Business
    1. CUNY Policy on Bullying
    2. Proposed Policies Regarding Presidential Searches (Materials Enclosed)—Kathleen Barker
    3. CFSA Update Regarding Distinguished Professorships (Materials Enclosed)—Kathleen Barker
  5. Reports
    1. Discipline Councils Meeting; next steps, recommendations (notes enclosed)
    2. Chair’s campus visits
    3. Chair

Minutes

The meeting was called to order by the Chair, Katherine Conway, at 9:30 a.m.  Also present were Professors Kathleen Barker, Michael Barnhart, Martin Burke, Hugo Fernandez, Emily Tai, Jay Weiser, and Philip Pecorino.

  1. Adoption of the Agenda—as proposed
  2. Adoption of the Minutes of March 21st, 2016—as proposed, with a request by Professor Fernandez to add his name to the list of those present.
  3. Old Business
    1. Spring conference on governance – update on registration; outreach to speakers. Discussion followed over broadening the invitees to include college Presidents and administrators interested in shared governance. It was proposed that the leadership of the University Student Senate be invited as well. Then responsibilities for further promotion of the conference was discussed, with the Committee agreeing to divvy up campuses to distribute flyers. To date there are 76 registrants.
    2. Fall Conference Updates – Professors Barker and Burke outlined the tentative dates and framework for the conference, pending confirmation from John Jay College regarding space availability.
  4. New Business
    1. CUNY Policy on Bullying – the Committee debated whether it would support a freestanding policy on bullying. After considerable discussion it was decided that since there existed sufficient behavioral policies (such as harassment) to protect faculty, staff, and students, that no new policy on bullying was warranted. Enforcement of said policies could be facilitated with more faculty and staff development or training. Furthermore, the Committee agreed that Human Resources, and not the UFS, should handle the matter moving forward. Prof. Pecorino or Prof. Tai will relay to their campus.
    2. Proposed Policies Regarding Presidential Searches – Debate revolved around a proposed amendment to search guidelines, which included reference to “external constituencies” appointed to serve by the Chancellor. Discussion surrounding the implications of such a change, as well as the status of current searches ensued. Professor Barnhart recommended that language be added in the section on Exceptions to the Process, since that section currently calls for consultation with both the UFS and USS. Prof. Conway will relay that suggestion to IGC Sovern; failing that we will attempt to get better definitions of outsiders, with a preference for current or former Presidents in public Higher Education, internal or external to CUNY.
    3. CFSA Update Regarding Distinguished Professorships – discussion of this matter was tabled on the grounds that it had been discussed at the previous EC meeting and the policy had not changed since.
  5. Reports
    1. After noting that Discipline Councils had already been discussed at the last EC meeting, Chair Conway discussed her visits to various campuses and explained that the main thrust of the visits has been to make the governance bodies aware of the various items occupying the UFS, to encourage faculty to volunteer to serve and to determine which on-campus issues are paramount to faculty groups. She then discussed the recent challenges associated with securing a new agreement for CUNYfirst hosting services and the outsourcing of CUNY’s CIO.

The meeting adjourned at 12:35 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Matthew J. Cotter