FA News: 12/2/2017

Here’s the latest newsletter, featuring a guide to the Article 9 process.

Dear colleagues,
 
Here you’ll find an FA Guide to the Article 9 process.  My apologies for sending it out on Saturday morning–especially as our VP, Segun Ojewuyi, just sent you a message about an IEA election next week. But there is a great deal of confusion on campus, and we wanted to get this sent out as soon as it was ready. A great deal of confusion was inevitable given the decision to try to push changes of this magnitude through all at once, as quickly as possible, at this point in the year. We hope our guide will limit the confusion. 
 
I will highlight a couple of points.
 

Read more of this post

“Informal minutes” of FS meeting

SIU Faculty Senate President Kathy Chwalisz has post informal minutes of a meeting between Chancellor Montemagno and members of the Faculty Senate. Her cover note is pasted below. Here is the link to the minutes themselves:

Faculty Senate Working Meeting with the Chancellor–Faculty Senate EC Meeting 11-7-17

Read more of this post

Restructuring files released

This post is now finished–which is not to claim that it is comprehensive or error-free. My goal was to help readers begin to digest what these changes will mean. If you spot major differences between these files and the previous iteration of the plan, or have any other comments, please drop me a line at dmj2@me.com.   –Dave J

At 8:30 pm on Friday, November 10, Vice Provost DiLalla sent me (Dave J, as FA President) the following Article 9 plans for the restructuring of the university into schools. The chancellor’s FAQ page has also been updated in recent days.

We are only starting to review these files, so these comments are provisional. We will of course be providing more commentary, and initiating more conversations with faculty, in coming days.

Read more of this post

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

Read more of this post

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.

Program changes (3/22/2017)

This is the first in what will be an ongoing series of posts on program changes.

As required by the CBA, the administration informs the FA of  “any action to initiate, merge, reduce, or eliminate an academic degree program or academic department/school or Library Affairs unit” (2017-2018 CBA 9.02a). The FA gets the same package of materials provided to faculty before they make final votes on program changes, and we have the opportunity to write a report of our own on any changes. This report is submitted to the Faculty Senate or Graduate Council before those bodies vote on changes. This is but one part of the program change process outlined in the CBA.

In the past, faculty and units directly or indirectly effected by program changes have not always received due notice of such changes. We are making an effort to contact  FA representatives from departments that may be affected by such changes to insure that they know that changes are under discussion. But as we may not identify all affected faculty, we will also post brief descriptions of all changes that reach us.

If any faculty member would like to see the full set of materials in our possession, we will gladly share them upon request. Write Dave Johnson (dmj2@me.com) if you would like to get this further information. You are also most welcome to write if you catch wind of a program change in the works that has not yet been posted to this site. It helps to have advance notice of anything coming down the pike.

Here are proposed program changes the FA has been officially notified about:

  • Curriculum & Instruction: Addition of BS in Family & Child Services (currently a specialization within the Early Childhood major).
  • Curriculum & Instruction: Elimination of Teacher Education Program in Social Science (with modifications to the History education program, which would continue to provide the same Illinois licensure).
  • Kinesiology and Public Health & Recreation Professions: Merger of these two departments into a School of Human Sciences.
  • School of Information Systems & Applied Technology (ISAT): Modification of Information Systems Technologies BS into separate BS programs in Information Technology and Information Systems.