February 2019

February 2019

February 2019


February 8, 2019

Attendance: Venkat Reddy, Chance Hill, Chuck Litchfield, Martin Garnar, Tracy Gonzalez-Padron, Deborah O’Connor, Melissa Benton, Maja Krakowiak, Norah Mazel, Andrea Hutchins, Margaret Harris, Kathy Prue-Owens, Martin Key, Kathleen Tomlin, Ji Hyun Oh, Pam Carter, Darshika Perera, Michelle Dorne, Solveig Olsen, David Havlick, Claire Rau, Christine Robinson-Coon, Justin Tucker, Kristi McCann, Wendy Haggren, David Weiss, Susan Vandagriff, Michael Landon-Murray, Monica Yoo, Tabatha Farney, Scott van Ness, Elizabeth Daniels, Dave Anderson

Call to Order / Approval of Minutes:

Motion to approve the minutes from December 7, 2018 meeting by Maja Krakowiak
Seconded by Pam Carter
Motion passed with 20 in favor, 0 opposed and 1 abstention

Reports of Visitors:

Chance Hill, CU Regent: 
One of our newest University of Colorado Regents came to the FRA meeting today to introduce himself to the Faculty Assembly members.  He represents the 5th Congressional District and is serving a 6-year term.  He grew up in Los Angeles and then went back east to attend Dartmouth College and graduated in 2001.  He also graduated with honors from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service in 2010 and from the University of Michigan Law School in 2015.  He has served with the CIA and the U.S. Navy in Iraq, Korea and Japan.  He is currently an attorney with Sherman & Howard LLC in Colorado Springs.  He wants to be a strong advocate for UCCS in particular, and also wants to be accessible.  He welcomes e-mail correspondence at his personal e-mail address, chance.hill@gmail.com, and his official business e-mail address, Chance.Hill@cu.edu.  He values diversity and free speech, and reduced costs, whenever possible and appropriate.  He emphasizes the importance of working with our veterans and wants to continue to make transfer credits easier.

Venkat Reddy, Chancellor: 
Regent Hill has been active on campus so far, which is helpful in continuing our dialogue with the Board.  There is no update now on the CU Presidential Search, but it continues to progress and the goal is to have the new president on board by July 1.  It was nice to see such a good turnout for the Campus Appreciation Reception at the end of January.  Student mental health issues are still a major concern.  There is a lawsuit ongoing involving our student clubs and the requirement to be inclusive.  We had an overwhelming response of 83 students who signed up for AFROTC being offered on campus for the first time.  Unfortunately, this number was too large to staff the program, so it was pulled from our campus and the students now have to go to Boulder to take their classes, but we will continue to work on this program to make it more accessible here.  I just returned from the NCAA sports conference where we had a good discussion on risk management in athletics.  Essential CU is a new $4 billion campaign for fundraising across the 4 CU campuses.  Each campus will launch individual campaigns focusing on campus-specific priorities, goals, identities and messages (Campaign to Fuel Success is customized to our campus).  The campuses and the CU system also will identify university-wide fundraising initiatives that cross fields of study and campus boundaries, such as college affordability, health care, economic growth and scientific innovation.  We are hoping to get a high level of participation.  The Marketing Department is now reporting to the Chancellor and there are changes coming in the Career Services department.  We have just signed on a new Dean for the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing & Health Sciences and we are close to finishing the appointment process of the new Dean for the College of Engineering & Applied Science.  The online initiative has received $6 million for the campus and Roger Martinez is the Faculty Director for Online and Digital Education.  Rick White is our Interim Director of Cybersecurity Programs and is working closely with the colleges and community partners on the development of cybersecurity programs in response to the special legislative appropriation we received.  The state will be checking in with us on our progress.

Chuck Litchfield, Vice Chancellor for Administration & Finance: 
The governor’s state budget has an increase to 13% for higher education, and the new administration supports it.  However, there is no increase in residential tuition.  In order to accommodate a salary pool of 3%, an increase of $3.7 million is required to support it, but we won’t make it, so we need to see what needs to give to cover it.  Since we need to protect the 3%, we will need to reduce commitments to planned maintenance and limit investments and scholarship base investments.

Deborah O’Connor, Director of Campus Compliance: 
The Ethics Committee gave a presentation about their committee purpose, survey results and upcoming events.

Officer Reports:

President’s Report
Nominations for the election ballots are due 3/4/19

President-Elect’s Report
Not present - no report

Past President’s Report
The FCQ Taskforce committee is still in discussion phase before being ready to bring results to Faculty Assembly; please contact Maja with any faculty travel issues

Reports from Standing Committees:

No report

Personnel & Benefits:
They are reviewing past salary compensation data reports and analyses.

Faculty Advisory Committee on the Budget

Faculty Minority Affairs Committee:
Not present – no report

Women’s Committee

Non-Tenure Track Faculty:
No Report

Teaching with Technology


Intercollegiate Athletics:
Not present – no report


Committee on Disability

Misconduct in Research, Scholarship & Creative Activities:
Not present – no report

Reports from Representatives:

  • In response to the civics initiative, our campus faculty responses were forwarded to the Faculty Council Chair. 






Motion 1:
The Faculty Assembly Executive Committee moves to appoint Tom Huber as a UCCS representative to the CU System Privilege and Tenure Committee, to serve a term from 2018-2021.
(Motion passed unanimously with 26 in favor, 0 opposed and 0 abstentions)

Motion 2:
The Faculty Assembly Executive Committee moves to propose the following amendment to the Constitution of the Faculty Assembly of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs:
(Motion passed unanimously with 25 in favor, 0 opposed and 0 abstentions)

      “Shall Article I Section A.1. of the Constitution of the Faculty Assembly of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs which currently states:

  • ‘A. Regular members shall include:
    1. All persons holding the rank of professor, associate professor, assistant professor, senior instructor, or instructor with at least a 0.5 instructional or administrative appointment.’

     be amended to:

  • ‘A. Regular members shall include:
    1. All persons who have a faculty appointment of 0.5 FTE or greater’?”

Motion 3:
The Faculty Assembly Executive Committee moves to propose the following amendment to the Constitution of the Faculty Assembly of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs:
(Motion passed with 20 in favor, 1 opposed and 1 abstention)

  • “Shall the Constitution of the Faculty Assembly of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs be amended such that the titles of the officers ‘President,’ ‘Vice-President/President-Elect,’ and ‘Past President’ are changed to ‘Chair,’ ‘Vice-Chair,’ and ‘Past Chair’?”



Motion to adjourn the Faculty Assembly Meeting by Pam Carter
Seconded by Kristi McCann
Motion passed unanimously
Meeting adjourned at 1:45 p.m.