The 387th Plenary Session
of The University Faculty Senate
of The City University Of New York
Room 9204 – 6, The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue
May 5, 2015
6:30 p.m.


  1. Approval of the Agenda
  2. Approval of the Minutes of March 24, 2015
  3. New Business
    1. Nominations and Elections for Members-at-Large of the Executive Committee (candidates’ statements are here; 2-minute speeches are also given by each candidate)
  4. Reports
    1. Representatives to Board Committees (oral)
    2. Chair (oral)
    3. Standing Committee Annual Reports (written and oral)
      1. Academic Freedom
      2. Libraries and IT
      3. Status of the Faculty
      4. Student Affairs

Social starts at 6:00 p.m.

Committee meetings:

  • Community College Caucus will meet from 4:00-5:00 p.m., Room 8301
  • Standing committees will not meet today


Baruch: Present – Bazzoni, Edwards, Ellis, Harel, Martell, Wein, Weiser, Wymbs, and Alternates Henken and Kumar.  Absent – Pence.  BMCC: Present – Conway, Freas, Gosslau, Salam, and Alternates Bratsis and Tsiklauri.   Absent – Matarese, Perdomo. Vacancies – 1 (f/t), 1 (p/t). Bronx CC: Present – Kossak and Lawton.  Absent – Cahn, Edwards, Harris, and Mais-Jeter.   Brooklyn: Present – Cohen, Ebert, Florence, Fox, Okome, Queneau, and Wild. Absent – Braine, Haggerty, Hainline, and McEntree.  CCNY: Present – Brass, Dalglish, Jeruzalmi, and Miller. Absent – Crain, Kalia, Khanbilvardi, Lascar, and Raj. Vacancies –  1 (p/t). CSI: Present – Feola, Petratos, Simpson, and Verzani.  Absent – Cason, Lavender, and Sanchez.  CUNY Law School: Present – Sokkar-Harker. Absent – Cicero. Graduate Center:  Present – Albrecht, Burke, Dauben, Giannikos, and Nolan.  Absent –Aguirre-Molina.  Hostos CC: Present – August and Trachman. Absent – Pimentel and Worrell. Hunter: Present – none; Hickman, Kuhn-Osius, Wirtz, and Young.  Vacancies – 8.  John Jay: Present – Crossman, Kaplowitz, Kapstein, Katz, and Kimora.  Absent: Domashevskiy, Dunham, and Tovar. Kingsborough CC:  Present – Barnhart, Spear, Stubin, and Alternate Skirka. Absent – Hume, Majewicz, Nanin, and Ruoff. LaGuardia CC: Present – Albrecht, Berke, Fernandez, Kapetanakos, Seo, and Alternate Licari.  Absent – Keyes. Vacancies: 1 (p/t). Lehman: Present – Boston, Doyran, Duncker and Philipp. Absent – Alexanderson and Jervis.  Vacancies: 1. Medgar Evers: Present – Barker and Alternate Franz. Absent – Belcon, Brown and Greene. NYCCT: Present – Benanni, Gelman, Hounion, Van Loon, and Williams.  Absent: Cermele and Okumakpeyi.  Queens: Present – Brody, Costigan, Grover, McElwaine, Nelson, Sanudo, Savage, and Zevin.   Absent: Gandhi.  Vacancies – 2.  Queensborough CC: Present – Avens, Counihan, Meltzer, Pecorino, Rome, Rossi-Miller, Tai, and Alternate Holden.  York: Present – Cleary and Alternate Gerena.  Absent: Bowman, Corkery, Grosskopf, and Rooney.

Governance Leaders present included: Burke (GS), Jeruzalmi (CCNY), Kaplowitz (JJ), Pecorino (QCC), Sanudo (Queens), and Verzani (CSI).  Executive Director Phipps, Administrative Assistant Pasela, and Secretary Blanchard were also present.  Guests: Stephanie Vella, Sandi Cooper, and Stefan Baumrin.

The meeting was called to order by UFS Chair Terrence Martell at 6:30 p.m. in Room 9204/5/6 at the Graduate Center. Eighty-four of 139 voting members were present.

  1. Approval of the Agenda – The agenda was adopted as proposed.
  2. Approval of the Minutes of March 24, 2015 – The minutes were adopted as proposed.
  3. New Business – There was none.
  4. Nominations and Election for Members-at-Large of the Executive Committee
    1. The Chair conducted the election. No additional nominations were made in addition to the list already at hand. Each candidate made a 2-minute oral statement.  Ballots were then marked and submitted for counting. Terms are for one year. Results were as follows:
      1. Prof. Jochen Albrecht  31
      2. Prof. Kathleen Barker* 58
      3. Prof. Michael Barnhart* 48
      4. Prof. Peter Brass 19
      5. Prof. Kay Conway* 68
      6. Prof. Hugo Fernandez* 48
      7. Prof. James McElwaine 31
      8. Prof. Phil Pecorino* 56
      9. Prof. Theresa Rooney  6
      10. Prof. Emily Tai* 62
      11. Prof. John Verzani  38
      12. Prof. Jay Weiser* 64
      13. * = elected

The Chair and Vice Chair are continuing in their 2-year terms.

  1. Reports
  2. Standing Committee Annual Reports
    1. Academic Freedom: Prof. Weiser, a member filling in for Chair Alexanderson who missed the semester with a back injury, elaborated a little on the written Report, which addressed the issue of assessment and its possible threats to academic freedom. The Committee also formulated a policy, at the request of the Vice Chancellor Legal Affairs, to guide faculty members who choose to assign textbooks they have written to their own classes.  Prof. Fox wished to amend the Report, but the Chair pointed out that Reports are merely received, not adopted.  However, Prof. Fox’s comments would be included in the record (attached to these minutes).
    2. Libraries and IT: Prof. Albrecht noted the main topics the Committee had focused on this year:  (1) the new institutional repository called CUNY Academic Works; (2) faculty issues related to online/hybrid courses, on which the Committee has written a resolution calling for the protection of faculty intellectual property rights; and (3) possible ways the Committee could assist faculty members who use software in teaching that is not supported by CUNY.
    3. Status of the Faculty:  Prof. Barker, a member filling in for Committee Chair Jason Young, described efforts over the past year to help gain recognition for part-time faculty (by urging campus inclusion of them on department websites, department meetings when appropriate, etc.).  A survey disclosed wide variations in these practices across the campuses.  Efforts were also made by talking to members of the administration to increase the input of faculty members into the whole Performance Management Process.  Finally, much thought was given to finding ways to facilitate intellectual sharing of faculty among the campuses.
    4. Student Affairs:  Prof. Lawton, the Chair, explained that the Committee had been devoted to expanding relations between the UFS and the University Student Senate to make collaboration between the bodies frequent and truly substantial.
    5. Representatives to Board Committees – There were none.
    6. Chair – The Chair waived his report and wished everyone a happy summer.

    There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

    Respectfully submitted,

    William Phipps