The 407th Plenary Session
of The University Faculty Senate
of The City University of New York
205 East 42nd Street, Room 0818/0819
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
6:30 p.m.

AGENDA

  1. Approval of the Agenda
  2. Approval of the Minutes of May 15, 2018
  3. Invited Guests
    1. Interim Chancellor Vita Rabinowitz – 6:30 – 7:00 p.m.
  4. New Business
    1. Introduction of Chairs of Standing Committees
      1. Libraries and Information Technology – Charles Keyes
      2. Status of the Faculty – Benjamin Franz
      3. Student Affairs – Laroi Lawton
      4. Academic Freedom – Philip Pecorino
    2. Introduction of Chairs of Advisory Committees
      1. Academic Affairs – Anne Kornhauser
      2. Faculty Advisory Council to the Research Foundation – Shirley Raps
      3. Budget Advisory – Ned Benton
      4. Enrollment Management – Jason Young
    3. Introduction of Representatives to the Board of Trustee Committees
      1. Committee on Academic Program, Policy, and Research (CAPPR): Martin Burke, Philip Pecorino (A)
      2. Fiscal Affairs, Investment Subcommittee, & Audit Committee: John Verzani, Ned Benton (A)
      3. Faculty, Staff, Administration: Kerin Coughlin, Jason Young (A)
      4. Student Affairs & Construction Fund Subcommittee: Hugo Fernandez, Kimora (A; Student Affairs Only)
      5. Facilities: James McElwaine, Kathleen Barker (A)
  5. Reports
    1. Chair
    2. Remembrances of Prof. Stefan Baumrin: Philip Pecorino and Enid Stubin
    3. New Business

Committee meetings:

Library and Information Technology Committee – 5:00 p.m., Room 0963
Status of the Faculty Committee – 5:00 p.m., Room 1102
Student Affairs – 5:00 p.m., Room 1002
Academic Freedom – 5:00 p.m., Room 0962

Community College Caucus – Room 1072
Contingent Caucus 6:00 p.m., Room 1014 (UFS offices)

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

MINUTES

UFS Chair Burke called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. in Rooms 818/819 at the CUNY Central Office, 205 East 42nd Street. 93 of the 144 voting members were present.

Baruch: Present – Harel, Hessel, Martell, Thompson, Wine and Wymbs. Absent – Bazzoni and Ellis.  Vacancies – 1. BMCC: Present – Amaral, Carson, Matarese, Navarro, Rose, Tesfagiorgis, Wiseman and Alternate Clock.  Absent – Brockington, Freas, Hoff and Perdomo. Bronx CC: Present – Apostolakis, Garay, Kaighobadi, Kossak, Lawton and Stewart-Titus. Absent – Mukerjee. Brooklyn: Present – Belyayeva, Cohen, Hainline, Okome, Vitale, Wong and Alternate Grayson.  Absent – Bassell, Levy, Sowers and Wilson. CCNY: Present – Brass, Crain, Gutierrez-Vicario, Jeruzalmi, Kornhauser, Li and Alternate Stemberg.  Absent – Binz-Scharf.  Vacancies – 4. CSI: Present – Verzani and Wong.  Absent – Feola, Halley, Krit, Lavender and Sanchez. CUNY Law School:  Present – Sokkar-Harker. Absent – Rosenberg. Graduate Center: Present – Burke, Nolan and Rogers-Dillon.  Absent – Giannikos and McDougall. Guttman: Present – Rodriguez and Alternates Banerjee and Greaves.  Absent – Hindman. Hostos CC: Present – August, Pimentel, Trachman and Worrell. Hunter: Present – Young.  Absent – Kuhn-Osius, McCauley, Nicolai, Ramasubramanian, Wallach and Walsh. Vacancies – 4 and 1 (p/t). John Jay: Present – Carbonell, Crossman, Kaplowitz, Kapstein, Katz, Kimora, Mulder, Tovar and Alternate Benton. Kingsborough CC: Present – Feeley, Schnee, Stubin, Wetzel and Alternate Schiavone.  Absent – Nagel, Parker and Spear. LaGuardia CC: Present – Albrecht, Berke, Feldman, Fernandez, Keyes, Klein, Licari and Alternates Aykol and Stadler.  Absent – Gaines. Lehman: Present – Duncker, Gonzalez-Corzo, Tilley and Alternate Wangerin.  Absent – Alexander-Street, Hyman, McGovern and Rice. Medgar Evers: Present – Barker and Franz.  Absent – Grazette and Lashley. NYCCT: Present – Bennett, Coughlin, Gelman and Hounion.  Vacancies – 3 and 1 (p/t). Queens: Present – Brody, Glickman, McElwaine, Sanudo, Zevin and Alternate Harris.  Absent – Cedeira-Serantes, Costigan, Leites and Nelson.  Vacancies – 1. Queensborough CC: Present – Clingan, Ford, Kuszai, Pecorino, Rome, Rosen and Tai.  Absent – Litvak. York: Present – Alternates Deutsch-Keahey and Diao.  Absent – Gerena, Grosskopf, Levy and Louis.

Governance Leaders present were: Bastas (LaGuardia), Benton (John Jay), Brody (Queens), Jeruzalmi (City), Kuszai (Queensborough), Weinberg (Queens), Nolan (Graduate Center), Pecorino (Queensborough), Sokolski (LaGuardia), Verzani (CSI) and Wong (CSI). Guests present include Chancellor Vita Rabinowitz, Kay Conway (BMCC), Nivedita Majumdar (PSC), Manfred Philipp, Lucinda Zoe (CUNY Central), Anais Wong (Graduate Center), Jane Baron (CUNY Central) Shirley Raps (Hunter) and Carla Marquez-Lewis (SPS). Executive Director Cotter, Administrative Assistant Pasela, and Secretary Blanchard were also present.

  1. Approval of the Agenda – Adopted as Proposed
  2. Approval of the Minutes of May 15, 2018 – Adopted as Proposed
  3. Invited Guests:
    1. Interim Chancellor Vita Rabinowitz – Interim Chancellor (IC) Rabinowitz acknowledged the central value of shared governance in light of recent events at CUNY and outlined several of her accomplishments during her tenure – from a spate of administrative appointments to fostering a culture of free inquiry across the University. She also reiterated her desire to collaborate with faculty on all matters for as long as she holds office. She outlined the ways in which her office would foster healthy campus climates throughout the University – especially regarding sexual harassment and diversity of opinion. She also voiced her support for faculty in light of proposed changes to higher education from the federal government. Then she outlined the ways she intended to collaborate with the UFS on all matters related to student success initiatives. She then took questions
  4. New Business
    1. Introduction of Chairs of Standing Committees – each Chair outlined their respective charges, which are published on the UFS website here. Note: per the UFS Charter, Chair Burke asked the plenary to approve the chairs of the standing committees, which the members did by acclimation.
      1. Libraries and Information Technology – Charles Keyes
      2. Status of the Faculty – Benjamin Franz
      3. Student Affairs – Laroi Lawton
      4. Academic Freedom – Philip Pecorino
    2. Introduction of Chairs of Advisory Committees – each Chair outlined their respective charges, which are published on the UFS website here.
      1. Academic Affairs – Anne Kornhauser
      2. Faculty Advisory Council to the Research Foundation – Shirley Raps
      3. Budget Advisory – Ned Benton
      4. Enrollment Management – Jason Young
    3. Introduction of Representatives to the Board of Trustee Committees – due to time constraints Chair Burke referred the senators to the agenda for the representatives’ names.
      1. Committee on Academic Program, Policy, and Research (CAPPR): Martin Burke, Philip Pecorino (A)
      2. Fiscal Affairs, Investment Subcommittee, & Audit Committee: John Verzani, Ned Benton (A)
      3. Faculty, Staff, Administration: Kerin Coughlin, Jason Young (A)
      4. Student Affairs & Construction Fund Subcommittee: Hugo Fernandez, Kimora (A; Student Affairs Only)
      5. Facilities: James McElwaine, Kathleen Barker (A)
  5. Reports
    1. Chair – Chair Burke apprised the Senate on matters associated with the Chancellor’s University Report (CUR) and indicated he will follow up with the Board of Trustees at its October meeting. He also noted that the search for a new Chancellor is ongoing, and mentioned that Prof. Conway remains a member of the search committee. He would to post more detailed comments on the UFS website.
    2. Remembrances of Prof. Stefan Baumrin: Philip Pecorino, Manfred Philipp and Enid Stubin – Profs. Stubin, Philipp, and Pecorino fondly reminisced about the recently deceased UFS member. Professor Pecorino will coordinate with Stasia Pasela to create a blog post for the UFS website commemorating Prof. Baumrin’s service.

There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Matthew J. Cotter