The 393rd Plenary Session
of The University Faculty Senate
of The City University Of New York
Room 0818, 205 E. 42nd Street
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
6:30 p.m.


  1. Approval of the Agenda
  2. Approval of the Minutes of March 29, 2016
  3. Nominations and Elections for Chair, Vice Chair, and Members-at-Large of the Executive Committee (candidates’ statements are attached; 2-minute speeches are also given by each candidate)
  4. Reports
    1. Representatives to Board of Trustees committees (oral and/or written)
    2. Chair
    3. Standing Committee Annual Reports (written [attached] and oral)
      1. Libraries and IT
      2. Status of the Faculty
      3. Student Affairs

Committee meetings:

  • Community College Caucus, 4:00, Room 0963
  • Student Affairs, 4:30, Room 1002

Social starts at 6:00 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served.


Baruch: Present – Bazzoni, Ellis, Harel, Martell, Weiser and Wine. Absent – Edwards, Pence and Wymbs.  BMCC: Present – Bratis, Carson, Conway, Freas, Gosslau, Salam and Tsiklauri. Absent – Brockington, Perdomo and Wiseman.  Bronx CC: Present – Kossak, Lawton and Stewart-Titus. Absent – Edwards and Harris. Vacancies – 1.  Brooklyn: Present – Haggerty, Hainline, Queneau and Alternate Fischer. Absent – Adams, Chu, Cohen, Ebert, Fox, Okome, Sowers and Wild.  CCNY: Present – Brass, Jeruzalmi, Miller and Stemberg. Absent – Binz-Scharf, Crain, Dalglish, Kornhauser, Li and Raj.  CSI: Present – Feola and Petratos.  Absent – Cason, Lavender, Sanchez, Simpson and Verzani.  CUNY Law School: Present – Kassem. Absent – Sokkar-Harker. Graduate Center: Present – Burke, Giannikos, McDougall, Wunder and Alternates Nolan and Vora. Absent – Dauben. Vacancies – 1.  Hostos CC: Present – August, Ostrin, Trachman and Worrell.  Hunter: Present – Albrecht, Hickman, McCauley, Nicolai, Ramasubramanian and Walsh. Absent – Kuhn-Osius, Wirtz and Young. Vacancies – 3.  John Jay: Present – Crossman, Domashevskiy, Dunham, Kaplowitz, Katz and Kimora.  Absent – Kapstein and Tovar.  Kingsborough CC:  Present – Barnhart, Hume, Nagel, Spear and Stubin.  Absent – Feeley and Majewicz.  LaGuardia CC: Present – Albrecht, Berke, Fernandez, Keyes, Licari and Seo.  Lehman: Present – Duncker and Tilley. Absent – Alexander-Street, Doyran, Jervis, Jitianu and Rice.  Medgar Evers: Present – Barker, Franz, Lashley and Alternate Van Steirteghem. Absent – Grazette.  NYCCT: Present – Gelman, Hounion and Van Loon. Absent – Bennani, Grujicic-Alatriste, Okumakpeyi and Williams.  Queens: Present – Gandhi, Grover, McElwaine, Sanudo, Savage and Alternate Harris. Absent – Brody, Costigan, Nelson, Vesselinov and Zevin. Vacancies – 1.  Queensborough CC: Present – Counihan, Ford, Murley, Pecorino, Rossi-Miller, Tai and Alternates Holden, Mann and Ward. Absent – Meltzer.  York: Present – Gerena, Rooney and Alternate Adeyemo.  Absent – Bowman, Cleary, and Grosskopf.

Governance Leaders present included: Burke (GC), Hume (KCC) Jeruzalmi (CCNY), Kaplowitz (JJ), Keyes (LaGuardia CC), McCauley (Hunter), Pecorino (QCC), Sanudo (Queens) and Van Steirteghem (Medgar Evers).  Guests present: Frances Ruoff (KCC), Stefan Baumrin (GC), Liza Shapiro (Student, GC) and Indra Avens (QCC). Executive Director Phipps, Administrative Assistant Pasela, and Secretary Blanchard were also present.

The meeting was called to order by UFS Chair Terrence Martell at 6:30 p.m. in Room 818 at 205 E. 42nd Street, NYC.   Eighty-five of 139 voting members were present.

  1. Approval of the Agenda – Added as New Business and made item IV was Resolution to Honor Outgoing Chair Terrence Martell, with the Executive Committee as proponent. The agenda was then adopted as amended and appropriately renumbered.
  2. Approval of the Minutes of March 29, 2016 – The Minutes were adopted as proposed.
  3. Nominations and Elections for Chair, Vice Chair, and Members-at-Large of the Executive Committee – Chair Martell presided over nominations, speeches, and voting. Written candidate statements are attached to these minutes.  He noted that it was a positive sign of life to have contested elections.
    1. Results for Chair were:  Kay Conway (Business Management, Borough of Manhattan C.C.) – ELECTED w/ 62 votes; Christos Giannikos (Economics and Finance, Baruch College) – 18 votes.
    2. Results for Vice Chair were:  Kathleen Barker (Psychology, Medgar Evers College) – ELECTED w/ 62 votes; Peter Brass (Computer Science, City College) – 20 votes
    3. Results for Members-At-Large were: Michael Barnhart (Philosophy, Kingsborough C.C.) – ELECTED w/ 49 votes; Peter Brass (Computer Science, City College) – 21 votes; Martin Burke (History, Graduate Center) – ELECTED w/ 55 votes; Hugo Fernandez (Humanities, LaGuardia C.C.) – ELECTED w/ 60 votes; Christos Giannikos (Economics and Finance, Baruch) – 25 votes; Karen Kaplowitz (English, John Jay College) – ELECTED w/ 49 votes; James McElwaine (Music, Queens College) – 39 votes; Phil Pecorino (Philosophy, Queensborough C.C.) – ELECTED w/ 57 votes; Vasilios Petratos (Political Science, College of Staten Island) – 25 votes; Theresa Rooney (English, York College) – 25 votes; Emily Tai (History, Queensborough C.C.) – ELECTED w/ 60 votes; Jay Weiser (Law & Real Estate, Baruch College) – ELECTED w/ 61 votes. NOTE: As outgoing Chair, Terrence Martell will serve for one additional year as an ex officio member of the Executive Committee.
  4. New Business – The item, Resolution to Honor Outgoing Chair Terrence Martell, was moved by Prof. Kaplowitz on behalf of the Executive Committee.  She then read it in its entirety, after which it was approved unanimously by voice vote, and Chair Martell was given a long ovation.
  5. Reports
    1. Representatives to Board of Trustees committees – Prof. Kaplowitz, UFS Representative to the Board Committee on Academic Policy, Program, and Research (CAPPR), explained that, much to the dismay of the Executive Committee, the Master Plan was unveiled by the administration without the UFS’s being consulted beforehand as had always occurred in previous years. CAPPR would be voting on the Plan in two weeks.  She urged UFS members to read the draft of the Plan, recently put online at the CUNY website, and to advise her how she should vote on that item.
    2. Chair – Chair Martell recalled that while his term had begun with the rather adversarial step towards the central administration of joining a lawsuit against CUNY and its Board of Trustees over their introduction of Pathways, with effort that relationship had improved over time, he hoped, to the point that the faculty trustee was now seen by the Board as an asset. He noted, too, the favorability of turnover — that six new trustees will soon be joining the Board. He thus urged everyone to support the new Chair, Kay Conway, to take best advantage of this evolution. He then thanked various colleagues including past and present members of the Executive Committee, chairs of other UFS committees, and members of the UFS staff for assisting him in his two terms.
    3. Standing Committee Annual Reports
  • Libraries and IT:  The written report was accepted and is attached to these minutes.
  • Status of the Faculty: The written report was accepted and is attached to these minutes.
  • Student Affairs: The written report was accepted and is attached to these minutes.  In addition to the written report, the co-Chairs elaborated by saying that while the Committee had worked successfully toward better relations with the University Student Senate and the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, it had also acted on five specific action items, which they urged senators to read in the written report.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

William Phipps

Resolution to Honor Outgoing Chair Terrence Martell

Adopted: unanimously by voice vote, May 17, 2016

Whereas,      Terrence Martell has served with distinction as the elected Chair of the University Faculty Senate since 2012 and in that capacity he has also served with distinction as the Faculty Trustee on the CUNY Board of Trustees, and

Whereas,     He has been a relentless and eloquent proponent of shared governance and of a truly meaningful role for CUNY’s faculty in curricular decisions and in decisions regarding operating budgets and capital projects that affect the quality of research and instruction at CUNY, and

Whereas,      He has most ably represented the faculty before the Board of Trustees on important issues such as academic freedom, the integrity of degree programs and curricula, and the primacy of faculty rights in setting academic policy and standards, and

Whereas,      He has been a voice of unrelenting reason and resistance during the Pathways enterprise, authoring a compelling report on the real numbers regarding transfer students and their experiences at CUNY, showing that the reason put forward for the need for Pathways (excess credits required of transfer students) was false, and

Whereas, He was a named plaintiff in the several lawsuits in opposition to the Pathways initiative as formulated by the previous Chancellor and previous Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and

Whereas,    He has contributed his expertise in finance to helping in the review and improvement of CUNY’s Pension Fund and Financial Planning Options for CUNY Faculty and Staff, and

Whereas,    He has greatly increased UFS outreach to the SUNY Faculty Senate and to the SUNY Community Colleges by means of his frequent and respected participation at their meetings and by inviting their elected leaders to attend and participate in meetings of the UFS and of our Council of Faculty Governance Leaders, and

Whereas,      He has been instrumental in the re-evaluation of CUNY’s work on education of military veterans and prison inmates; has been instrumental in resolving the impasse over the use of CUNY email by retirees; has been a stalwart voice in improving the faculty role in numerous governance plans of new schools and programs and in many CUNY policies; and has rebuilt strong relationships with the University Student Senate, and

Whereas,     Term limits cause his exemplary leadership as UFS Chair to expire tonight,

Therefore, Be It Resolved,    That the University Faculty Senate expresses its heartfelt appreciation to Terrence Martell for devoting his extraordinary talents and energies to the UFS as its Chair for the past four years, and

Be It Finally Resolved,    That the University Faculty Senate acclaims Terrence Martell a worthy and eminent UFS Chair Emeritus.