September 2015

September 2015

September 2015


September 11, 2015

Attendance: Terry Schwartz, Kelli Klebe, Tom Napierkowski, Monique French, Bita Rivas, Mark Malone, Tom Zwirlein, Rhonda Glazier, Kerry Peterson, Jill Bradley-Geist, Ying Fan, Barbara Frye, Monica Yoo, Pam Carter, Bret Windom, Ceil Malek, Suzanne Cook, Ann Amicucci, Stephen Carter, Cerian Gibbes, Leilani Feliciano, Valerie Brodar, Stephanie Spratt, Anna Kosloski, Jeff Montez de Oca, Norah Mazel, Dave Anderson, Dena Samuels

Call to Order / Approval of Minutes:

Motion to approve the minutes from May 8, 2015 meeting by Mark Malone
Seconded by Anna Kosloski
Motion passed with 11 in favor, 0 opposed and 8 abstentions

Reports of Visitors:

Terry Schwartz, Assoc. Vice Chancellor for Academic & Faculty Affairs:
Both the Chancellor and Provost are attending the Board of Regents meeting being held on campus today. We have 12 new tenure track faculty and 20 new non-tenure track faculty on campus. We also have 3 new deans; Valerie Martin Conley for the College of Education, George Reed for the School of Public Affairs, and Martin Garnar for the Library. We are in the self-study year of our current ten year accreditation in preparation for the upcoming new HLC campus accreditation next year. The site visit will occur November 14 and 15 of 2016. There will be a campus forum on December 15 from 1pm – 2pm to review the process of the HLC site visit. The Regents continue to be interested with the program prioritization follow-through process and ask for updates. We have 3 new degree program proposals in front of the Board of Regents today at their meeting: Master of Science in Athletic Training, Bachelor of Arts in Inclusive Elementary Education, and Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. All 3 degree proposals were approved.

Kelli Klebe, Assoc. Vice Chancellor for Research & Faculty Development:
Klaus Timmerhaus, a CU Boulder professor for 42 years, left a generous endowment to the university and established the Timmerhaus Teaching Ambassador Award, which honors a faculty member at any one of CU’s campuses, who in turn undertakes statewide outreach in order to showcase the high caliber of CU’s faculty. The current Timmerhaus Teaching Ambassador is Dr. Noah Finkelstein from CU Boulder and he will be coming to UCCS to talk about the value of higher education. He is asking the faculty what they would like to do, which can include students and the general public as well. The plan is to bring him to campus in the Spring, so please send ideas directly to Kelli or bring them to the next Faculty Assembly meeting in October.

Tom Napierkowski, CU System Privilege & Tenure Committee Chair:
The Privilege & Tenure Committee (P&T) is a system-wide grievance committee for faculty with perceived violations of rights and privileges. Their charge is to independently investigate, mediate on procedures and make recommendations based on outcomes. The members of this committee on our campus are Lynda Dickson, Don Morley, Rick Dukes (campus chair), and Tom is the P&T Committee Chair. Their website address is General faculty with titles listed on the website whose appointments are 50% or more have the right to file a grievance. In 2013-14, there were 9 cases: 3 from Boulder, 4 from Denver, 2 from Anschutz and 0 from UCCS. Last year there were 6 cases: 2 from Boulder, 2 from Denver, 2 from Anschutz and 0 from UCCS. Although they are working with non-tenure track faculty as well, there are some ambiguous issues concerning non-tenure track faculty as a result of definitions and applications in the wording of their appointments – the “at will” wording sets up some roadblocks that the committee is looking into.

Officer Reports:

President’s Report

Vice-President’s Report
No report; not present

Past President’s Report

Reports from Standing Committees:


Personnel & Benefits

Budget Advisory Committee

Faculty Minority Affairs Committee

Women’s Committee:
Not present; no report, has not met yet

Non-Tenure Track Faculty

Teaching with Technology:
No report, has not met yet

Not present - no report

Intercollegiate Athletics:
No report, has not met yet

No report, has not met yet

No report, has not met yet

Misconduct in Research, Scholarship & Creative Activities :
No report, has not met yet




A. Representatives’ Reports –

1. Please bring any discussion items from your colleges to the assembly.
2. Suzanne Cook brought up a question about non-tenure track faculty in LAS – what is service and how is it evaluated?
3. The 5-point evaluation scale should be reviewed for terminology.

B. CU Timmerhaus Discussion –

1. The plan is to bring Dr. Finkelstein to campus in the Spring; send ideas to Kelli Klebe or bring to the October Faculty Assembly meeting.
2. Suggestions mentioned include:
a. Involving students a plus
b. Engaging students – topic for faculty retreat
c. Small group focus and interactive as opposed to a lecture
d. Faculty and student approaches (2 separate groups)
e. Ways to reach tech-trapped students (lack of social engagement)

C. Discussion about college policy documentation –

1. What policies do you have documented in each college?
2. Are they available?
3. What do you want formalized?
4. Set up on Blackboard with password access for collaboration/sharing?

D. Sign up for Conversations at Clyde’s

1. Held once a month, 4pm – 6pm at Clyde’s
2. Please commit
3. Sign-up sheet will be circulated


Motion to adjourn the Faculty Assembly Meeting by Mark Malone
Seconded by Anna Kosloski
Motion passed unanimously
Meeting adjourned at 1:45 p.m.