Academic Senate Update – Summer 2020

The ASEC officers met on June 17, July 9, July 30, and August 5, and there was a full ASEC (includes President, Provost, and others) meeting on July 30. The draft minutes from the full ASEC meeting are available at ASEC-minutes 2020-07-30 DRAFT. ASEC officers’ meetings are among faculty members of ASEC for discussion and preparation of full ASEC meetings where no formal Senate decisions are made, so minutes are not kept. Below is a list of the items discussed or worked on during those summer meetings:

  • Letter on Systemic and Historical Racism and State-Sanctioned Racial Violence in the United States. This letter was read at the East Campus Black Lives Matter and Pride March/Rally on 6/19/2020 and sent out to all CSUMB faculty on June 23, 2020.
  • Letter from Provost to be Included in Personnel Action File (PAF) of Tenure Track Faculty. The purpose of this letter is to provide context and guidelines to be used in the evaluation of tenure-track and tenured faculty during retention, tenure, and promotion reviews in which the period of review included the Spring 2020, Fall 2020, and, likely, the Spring 2021 semesters. A similar letter for lecturer faculty is planned to be developed later this fall. This letter is still in draft form and ASEC is working with the Faculty Affairs Committee, and getting input from members of the Jr. Tenure Track Faculty Support & Networking Co-Op, and members of the University Retention, Tenure, and Promotion Committee. This letter is planned to be presented to the Academic Senate during its September 11th meeting.
  • Distance Learning Survey Results. ASEC Officers viewed a presentation on the Distance Survey Results presented by representatives from the Office of Inclusive Excellence.
  • Faculty Concerns about the Canvas Trial. A number of faculty brought forward concerns about converting courses to Canvas without knowing if a decision to actually transition to Canvas will be supported. A joint message from the President and Academic Senate Chair was sent to all faculty to address these concerns on July 21, 2020 from academicsenate@csumb.edu with the subject line, “Canvas Trial Message.”
  • Student Technology Requirement for Virtual Learning. ASEC provided input to Provost Kantardjieff on the student technology requirement and advocated for internet access to be provided on campus. I commend Provost Kantardjieff for making a strong effort to make this happen.
  • Black Faculty Letter on Systemic Racism.  In its July 30 meeting, ASEC formally supported Black Faculty Calls to Action in Response to Systemic Racism at CSUMB.
  • Paperless Options for Student Evaluations and Faculty Evaluations.  The administration requested the Academic Senate develop paperless options for student evaluations and faculty evaluations (RTP and Lecturers) due to the restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. ASEC will begin a formal process for considering these options during its meeting on August 24.
  • Faculty Survey Fall 2020. ASEC worked with the CFA and the Provost’s office to develop the Faculty Survey Fall 2020, which was sent out to all faculty on Friday, August 14 and ends on Friday, August 21.  Please participate in the survey, if you have not already done so.
  • GE and UR Interim Learning Outcomes and Criteria Master 2020-21. This document has been updated for the coming year. There is a new Pre-Review Option for courses meeting General Education (GE) or University Requirement (UR) courses. All current GE or UR courses are not required to be recertified during this Course Consent cycle. Also, there are now specific sets of conditions for existing GE and UR courses submitted to Course Consent that allow an expedited review, that is, a Course Proposal Form and a syllabus are not required to be submitted. See Expedited Review for GE and UR Courses for more information. The Course Consent Timeline has been challenging due to switching our software platform to Curriculog and we are not expecting a significant number of GE or UR courses requiring certification this year. If you are submitting such a course and find the timeline difficult to adhere to please email academicsenate@csumb.edu and we can assist you.

More communications will follow describing what will be happening during the upcoming year. The Academic Senate here to support and advocate for our faculty in CSUMB’s shared governance process. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Author: Michael B. Scott

Professor of Mathematics and Academic Senate Chair at California State University, Monterey Bay