Organizational Meeting
of the Executive Committee
of the University Faculty Senate
902nd Meeting
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
12:00 p.m., 205 E. 42nd Street
Room 0963


  1. Adoption of the Agenda
  2. Approval of Minutes of April 17, 2018
  3. Organizational Matters
    1. Standing Committee Chairs and EC Liaisons/Representatives & Alternates on Board Committees; Other Committee Appointments
    2. Approval of Dates for Next Academic Year
    3. Ideas for speakers/panels at plenaries
    4. Website update – Matthew J. Cotter
    5. Other organizational matters
  4. Goals for the Year
  5. Report of the Chair


The meeting was called to order by the Chair, Martin J. Burke, at 12:10 p.m. Also present were Kathleen Barker, Hugo Fernandez, Kerin Coughlin, Jason Young, Kimora, John Verzani, and Philip Pecorino.

  1. Adoption of the Agenda – Adopted as Proposed
  2. Adoption of Minutes of April 17, 2018 – Adopted as Proposed
  3. Organizational Matters –
    1. Standing Committee Chairs and EC Liaisons/Representatives & Alternates on Board Committees; Other Committee Appointments – After introductions Chair Burke discussed those provisions in the UFS Charter related to the nomination of Standing Committee Chairs. The committee discussed the relative merits of the Standing Committee nominees and what might be expected of them. After some time the nominees were provisionally approved, subject to further approval of the Senate at the October Plenary Session. The Chair then outlined the Board of Trustee committee assignments, and the committee discussed some of their expectations of the Board. Prof. Fernandez expressed his concerns over Facilities, citing his time constraints, and he agreed to email the committee soliciting a replacement. Chair Burke then reviewed the leadership of the remaining UFS Committees. Concerns were raised and discussed over the administrative uncertainties at the Research Foundation (RF). Discussion also revolved around the value of having an enrollment Council and Committee, and it was agreed to revisit the matter in the course of the academic year. Executive Director Cotter informed the committee that Dean Arlene Torres would no longer be overseeing CUNY’s diversity initiative, and after some discussion he was instructed to reach out to Prof. Lisa Ellis to explore ways in which the Executive Committee can support her. Chair Burke outlined some of the concerns related to the SPS Governing Board and noted the critical role the UFS will play throughout the year in monitoring its progress.
    2. Approval of Dates for Next Academic Year – the calendar was discussed and approved.
    3. Ideas for speakers/panels at plenaries – with CUNY bereft of a Chancellor (and potentially several senior administrators), it was agreed to invite him or her in the spring should they be appointed. The format of the Plenary Session was also discussed; it was agreed that greater participation of the Standing Committee chairpersons and greater deliberations among Senate as a whole was preferable to a full roster of speakers.
  4. Website update – Matthew J. Cotter – Executive Director Cotter apprised the committee of recent updates to the website, including Stasia Pasela’s assumption of responsibilities associated with the UFS blog and the creation of a space for part-time faculty viewpoints. He solicited input on page content moving forward and updated the committee on changes to the IT staff at Central Offices.
  5. Other organizational matters – Chair Burke motioned to table this until the next Executive Committee meeting.
  6. Goals for the Year – Chair Burke recommended that this be tabled until a Chancellor has been appointed.
  7. Report of the Chair- Chair Burke noted that Prof Coughlin will be working on UFS Charter revisions throughout the year and will share her efforts with the committee before the first Plenary Session. Prof. Coughlin noted the procedures in place for charter revisions and it was agreed to have revisions in place by the December Plenary Session. Prof. Pecorino inquired of the status of the committee’s reassigned time, which has been drafted and is pending approval. Chair Burke brought up the prospect of “prioritization,” wherein the University will be assessed both administratively and, then, academically. He urged the committee to familiarize themselves with it. Profs. Pecorino and Barker suggested that the Senate should be apprised of these any other developments as soon as possible and as often as possible. Prof. Coughlin updated the committee on the recent Status of the Faculty resolution, noting that she and Executive Director Cotter are meeting with Vice Chancellor Loretta Martinez in July.

There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 2:10 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Matthew J. Cotter