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Faculty Welfare Committee
The committee met on September 19, October 17, November 2, December 6, January 16, March 21, and April 22.
The September meeting was attended by Gayle Acton who was elected vice chair, Dena Granof, Beverly Hadaway, Blinda McClelland, Rachael Rawlins, Megan Seaholm, Leslie Vaaler, Jo Worthy, and Elizabeth Youngdale. The October meeting was attended by Gayle Acton, Blinda McClelland, Megan Seaholm, Leslie Vaaler, and Jo Worthy. The November meeting was attended by Dena Granof, Rachael Rawlins, Elizabeth Youngdale, and Leslie Vaaler. The December meeting was attended by Dena Granof, Blinda McClelland, Rachael Rawlins, Megan Seaholm, Leslie Vaaler, and David Warner (newly appointed). The Jnuary meeting was attended by Dena Granof, Fernanda Leite, Jo Worthy, Leslie Vaaler, and David Warner (for part of the meeting only). The March meeting was attended by Dena Granof, Fernanda Leite, Blinda McClelland, Leslie Vaaler, David Warner, and Jo Worthy as well as guests Kelly Lomasney and Claire Moore. The April meeting was attended by Gayle Acton, Blinda McClelland, Rachael Rawlins, Megan Seaholm, Leslie Vaaler, and David Warner (briefly).
With the exception of the March meeting, the primary topic of discussion concerned non-tenure-track faculty. It was the hope of the committee that its work would result in Faculty Council legislation during the 2012-13 academic year. And while a proposal was brought to the FCEC for possible consideration at its April 19 meeting, bringing a proposal concerning non-tenure-track faculty before the Faculty Council was delayed until the 2013-14 calendar year.
The proposal that was brought first to Provost Leslie and Vice Provost Ritter and then to the FCEC was an edit of the report of the President's Ad Hoc Committee on Non-Tenure Track Teaching Faculty (D 2488-2493 of the General Faculty) and also drew heavily on the 2005 Implementation Committee report chaired by Hillary Hart (D 4277-4281). Edits were made to make provisions mandatory rather than just recommendations, and important new provisions were added.
The 2012-13 committee’s recommendations included the following:
There should be mandatory consideration for promotion of lecturers and senior lecturers after six years in rank, so long as their employment qualifies as benefits-eligible.
Promotion in rank must be accompanied by an increase in salary as is now true for tenure-track and tenured faculty. Moreover, the dollar scale for promotion-associated raises of non-tenure-track faculty should be made known to deans, department chairs, and non-tenure track faculty.
Senior lecturers and distinguished senior lecturers should be given rolling three-year contracts.
Copies of the latest policies concerning non-tenure-track faculty should be distributed to all deans and department chairs and to non-tenure-track faculty at least annually. They should be given to newly hired non-tenure-track faculty.
At the March meeting, the committee met with Wellness Coordinator Kelly Lomasney and Work-life Balance and Wellness Manager Claire Moore who helped the committee get an overview of health benefits and understand the Work-Life program. It was generally agreed that this was informative and that it would be good for the committee to meet with human resources representatives on an annual basis to ensure that the committee is aware of any changes or anticipated changes. Meeting with representatives familiar with retirement options is also recommended.
The April meeting included discussion as to whether there should be a possibility of emeritus status for non-tenure-track faculty with long-term service. It was suggested that this might be consider as part of a general evaluation of benefits for retired faculty. It was noted that there have been many changes in technology since there was last Faculty Council legislation pertaining to this issue and that there would likely be some desirable changes due to that fact.
Leslie Vaaler, chair