Committee on Academic Policies: Ernie DeZolt thanked the
faculty for the input both by email and at open hearings. Many departments
wanted more time to discuss the plus/minus grades for graduate courses, so
although the committee intended that the final proposal drafts be ready at
this meeting, they will not be ready until the February Forum meeting.
Committee on Rank, Tenure and Salary: Paul Shick reported
that he met with Fred Travis and David LaGuardia about creating an ad hoc
university-wide committee to study the use of part time faculty. The use
of an ad hoc committee was not acceptable, so RTS will report directly to
Committee on Research, Service and Faculty Development:
Dwight Hahn reported that the committee is continuing to work on several
proposals to reward and recognize good teaching. There will be open hearings
concerning these proposals early next semester.
Finance Committee: Joe Kelly reported that the committee
is investigating who is using which benefit. They expect a report from Jonathan
Ivec in December. Also, the life insurance company for John Carroll was reluctant
to authorize an unlimited life insurance cap, so the cap will be at $250,000.00.
When questioned whether the Finance Committee was consulted about the changes
in health care benefits, Kelly replied that Ivec had addressed that issue
with the committee before Joe was on the committee.
Ad Hoc Committee on the JCCI proposal: Lauren Bowen reported
that the committee has met several times, and has also met with Peter Anagnostos.
By Monday, the most recent JCCI statement, plus a statement on the background
and history of the proposal will be posted on the Web. The committee invites
email responses by Friday, December 3. There will be open hearings the last
week of classes, and the responses from email and the hearings will be
synthesized some time during final exam week. The committee is not sure that
there can be closure by the end of this semester, but the report should be
done by the end of January. In response to questions from the floor, Bowen
replied that the Board is meeting in December to discuss funding for the
science building, and that the JCCI proposal might be part of that discussion,
but that the Board is not planning on taking any action on the JCCI proposal
at this meeting. Also, the relevant pages of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
grant proposal will be included on the Web posting, but the full proposal
is very long and not pertinent. The Sciences’ strategic plan working document
will also be posted.
Presentation on Medical Mutual Changes: Lisa Mencini stated
that because there have been several informational meetings concerning the
new health benefits, she will not be taking questions from the floor but
will wait in the back with the benefits representative to answer questions
after the meeting. She stressed that these changes are enhancements to the
coverage that most John Carroll employees already enjoy. She encouraged faculty
to take the informative packets from the back of the room and read them over,
emailing Lisa with any questions. Those faculty who are presently enrolled
in Medical Mutual need not reapply to get the same benefits they have gotten
in the past; faculty enrolled in Kaiser or Medical Mutual who want the new
plan need to get the forms filled out and in by November 29, since the company
needs lead time to get everyone into the computer by January 1. Several faculty
members asked that questions from the floor be taken, since there was almost
forty minutes left to the meeting. Discussion ensued. Lisa and Dennis, the
benefits representative, stated that this is a long research project now
coming to fruition, that this new plan is in response to the needs expressed
by many faculty for coverage of children’s physicals, dental and vision costs,
and that the costs to faculty would not change. The possibility of semi-annual
or annual meetings to address concerns was raised. The certificate booklet
will be available in mid-December.
Report from the Ad Hoc Committee on the Evaluation of the First
Year Seminar: Jerry Moreno referred to the data summaries and report
attached to the meeting agenda and several committee members presented parts
of the document. The committee ran out of time, and it was agreed to have
an additional Faculty Forum meeting in order to complete the presentation
of this report.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:20PM.
Meeting to continue the November Faculty Forum meeting, January
The first order of business was a motion to table the completion of
the Committee on the Evaluation of the First Year Seminar’s report so that
the Ad Hoc Committee on the John Carroll Collaborative with Industry proposal
could report their findings to the Forum in the time needed. The motion was
seconded and the CEFYS report was tabled until the next Forum meeting.
Lauren Bowen, the chair of the committee, thanked Faculty Forum for
allowing the time to present the JCCI report, and she also thanked the faculty
for their assistance through attendance at open hearings and emails to the
committee. She reminded the Forum of the JCCI committee’s charge: to solicit
thoughts, concerns and opinions on the JCCI proposal from faculty, to hold
open hearings, to draft a report without recommendations and to submit that
report to the Forum. She referred to the copy of the report distributed to
faculty prior to this meeting, which organized faculty opinions and concerns
according to four major areas: the process by which JCCI was pursued; oversight
of the JCCI program; academic issues; and additional substantive issues.
She also stated that while this presentation was the committee’s last job,
a faculty recommendation could emerge from this report. Committee members
highlighted the chronological process by which JCCI was pursued, and relevant
issues of the report, which also included academic freedom, the reputation
of John Carroll and JCCI’s compatibility with John Carroll’s Mission
Discussion ensued after the report was completed.
Fred Travis gave the President’s view, since Fr. Glynn could not attend
today’s meeting. Fr. Glynn believes that the JCCI proposal is consistent
with the mission of JCU as a Catholic and Jesuit university, since the Jesuit
mission stresses engagement in the world. The President also believes that
issues such as those raised by the JCCI report must and will be considered.
Travis also stated that it is necessary for JCU to go this route in view
of the changes in higher education today, which endanger small liberal arts
schools. Travis asked for faculty support of the proposal with an appropriate
oversight committee. He also stated that the science faculty must carry the
ball in the development of this concept.
There was no decision by the Faculty Forum on future action based on
this report. Dick Horwath commended the Ad Hoc committee for a job well done.
He also reminded the faculty to submit questions to the Executive Committee
for Fred Travis’ annual address to the Faculty Forum, and that a form for
this would be distributed, but also announced that Fred’s address would take
place at the March Forum meeting instead of the February meeting, since Fred
would be out of town in February for his daughter’s wedding.
The meeting was adjourned at 5PM.
Submitted by Karen Gygli, Faculty Forum Secretary.