FA News: 9/5/2017

Welcome to a special Labor Day Plus One edition of the FA newsletter. Three announcements, then some more substantial items.

  • President Trump’s decision to end the DACA program threatens many on our campus. This NEA webpage suggests some ways to respond, and links to resources on DACA for educators.
  • The NEA is collecting funds to be distributed to members who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. To find out more, click here.
  • It’s time for elections for department reps to the Departmental Representative Council (DRC), the FA’s most important representative body. If you are interested in serving, get in touch with FA Vice President Aldo Migone.

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Program change update: 9/2/2017

We continue to hear of program changes moving forward on campus. The fiscal sustainability plan presented to the BOT in July targeted the following programs for possible elimination:

  • BS and MS in Mining Engineering
  • BA in Business Economics
  • BS in Physical Education Teacher Education
  • BA in Africana Studies
  • MA in Political Science
  • Ph.D. in History

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FA News: 8/18/2017

Dear colleagues,
My attempt to clarify the status of syllabi was itself unclear about what is meant by “electronic posting.”
Syllabi naturally must be distributed to students. A copy must also be shared with your Chair/Director. The contract does not say in what format syllabi are to be shared. 
You may distribute syllabi to students in hard copy, electronically on D2L, or both. I, like many faculty, do both, and nothing in the CBA is meant to prevent that. 
The controversy about electronic posting centered on the administration’s past practice of requiring public posting of all syllabi online, in venues where it was possible for anyone, not just students, to access and download the syllabi. It is this sort of posting that the CBA is meant to address. 
Indeed, the whole point is that a syllabus you create is your intellectual property as a faculty member (unless the university specifically paid you extra to produce it). So you may share it with anyone you please, in any format you please—so long as you also share it with your students and your supervisor in some form. 
The new contractual language limits what the administration can do with your syllabus, not what you can do with it. 
I apologize for the confusion, and thank two colleagues for promptly pointing it out. 
Dave J
[My earlier message is posted below in all its original, glorious ambiguity.]
Dear colleagues, 
As we prepare for the new semester (not to mention the eclipse), it is also syllabus season, and the annual reminders about syllabus policy are making the rounds. Here are some comments from the FA perspective. 
Syllabi are an important part of our teaching work, and it is precisely because so many faculty put a great deal of effort into providing quality syllabi that the Faculty Association has worked to protect faculty’s interest in syllabi as intellectual property. The 
new CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement, a.k.a. contract) clarifies that syllabi are the intellectual property of faculty, save under certain rare conditions, as when development of a syllabus was directly funded by a university grant. 

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FA News: July 20, 2017

Dear colleagues,

It’s certainly been an eventful summer for SIUC. We are welcoming our first state budget in two years, and a new Chancellor for our campus, Dr. Carlo Montemagno. Below you will find some updates from the Faculty Association perspective. Before the updates, a request for your help. The FA is only as strong as its members. We are looking for people willing to help out on each of the broad areas covered in more detail below.

FA News: June 12, 2017

[Catching up on some old posts: sorry for the delay.]

Dear Colleagues,
I hope you are managing to do something other than obsess about the plight of our state and our university this summer, but here are some updates on what’s going on.

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FA News: 5/24/2017

Dear Colleagues,

I have just received word of the scheduled visit of the two new external candidates for Chancellor.

The two candidates will be here June 13 (Rodley Hanley) and June 14 (Carlo Montemagno). Each will hold an open forum from 8:45-9:45 am in Guyon Auditorium. Candidates are expected to deliver 15 minute remarks, and then take questions from the audience (not scripted questions from the search committee, as was the case for the other candidates).
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FA News: 5/18/2017

Dear colleagues,

I hope that you are in whatever summer mode you find most pleasant and productive–but there is still of course much news to share with you. This missive provides an update on recent events and some new data about trends in campus staffing.

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FA News: 4/27/2017

Dear Colleagues,

[This post contains an update on the Chancellor search; a link to a letter from the FA to students on campus; questions on the budget we are asking of the administration; data on staffing trends; and the announcement of the new “budgetary resources” page on the website.]

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Program change: CQMSE & Rehab

We’ve received word of a planned merger between the Department of Counseling, Quantitative Methods, and Special Education and the Rehabilitation Institute.

As always, I (Dave J) am happy to share the full proposal with any interested faculty, and would appreciate hearing from any faculty with concerns about this merger.

Program changes (4/18)

Since our last post on this topic, we have received word of an additional program change proposal on campus.

Any faculty member who so wishes is encouraged to get in touch with Dave Johnson to receive all documentation we have received about a given change, and to share any concerns they have about the program change in question.

  • College of Business. An official proposal is in the works that would merge the Departments of Finance, Management, and Marketing, into one academic unit, tentatively named the School of Finance, Management, and Marketing. This new school, together with the existing School of Accountancy, would replace the college’s current arrangement of five academic units.