FA News (4/15): Evals; chancellor candidates

Dear colleagues,


I hope all of you are doing well during this difficult time. I have two matters of some important to share with you. 

Student evaluations

As part of consultations with the administration, the FA has recommended that faculty (and GA’s) should be able to opt-in to doing student evaluations this semester. The GAU and NTT-FA have provided similar recommendations. Unless instructors opt in, no evaluations should be administered in any given class. Instructors may choose to do evaluations, either limited to their own purposes or for use in the promotion and tenure process, should they wish. They should be able to decide what use to make of evaluations after seeing those evaluations; there is a basic parallelism here with the Pass/Fail grading option for students. But instructors should not be required to do evaluations in the special circumstances we currently face. 

It is our understanding that the administration will probably not require that student evaluations be used to evaluate faculty; but it is difficult to ensure that evaluations, once done, will not be used for such purposes, and so we have advised that evaluations not be required at all

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BOT Meeting 3/30/2020

Here’s a writeup of the BOT meeting on March 30, and a copy of the comments by FA President Dave Johnson read into the record as part of the virtual public comments portion of the meeting.

BOT Approves Authority to Refund Fees

DJohnson to BOT Mar 30 2020

3/20 Announcements

A couple of COVID-19 related items: The NEA’s summary of what the latest congressional bill has for education, including higher education, and the agenda for the special BOT meeting on Monday, where they will give the president the authority to refund some student fees.

NEA CARES Act Summary

BOT agenda Mar 30 2020

COVID 3/20 (second email)

Here’s the second email sent to faculty on 3/20.

Dear colleagues,
Apologies for multiple messages this afternoon/evening. 
See below for an important message that is making its way down the hierarchy this evening. Faculty (and presumably GA’s with instructional roles) will continue to be allowed access to private offices for work deemed essential. Given the normal rate of communication from deans and chairs, it’s possible this message may not make it to all instructors in a timely basis, so I thought I’d send it out promptly. I’ve also been able to clarify one thing with Dave DiLalla this evening.
The policy of allowing faculty continued office access will come as a relief to many colleagues, but also raises issues we are all only starting to think through. Coming to campus will impose some risk, despite everything being done to keep campus safe. We have clarified with the administration this evening that faculty (and presumably GA’s) are not required to come to campus. 

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COVID news from 3/20 (first post)

Two separate newsletters/announcements came out on Friday, 3/20. Here’s the first.

Dear colleagues,
Please carefully read the new update from the Chancellor regarding the latest developments on campus, particularly in response to the state’s “stay at home” order. Such campus messages can be found here: 
https://shc.siu.edu/coronavirus/campus-messages.php
Locally, there is some good news. I am happy to say that communication and consultation between the administration, unions, and constituency heads has been strong, particularly over the last couple of days. Some of our recommendations have yet to be implemented, and more questions will arise in the days to come, some of which will probably prove controversial, given the range of issues facing us. But so far we are doing a pretty good job of facing the crisis together. 

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FA News: COVID #2

A new set of recommendations is available here:

FA COVID Recommendations #2

COVID-19 Recommendations

Dear colleagues,

The attached document shares some FA recommendations for the COVID-19 crisis.

We are all scrambling to react to this crisis. The recommendations we pass on are just that, our best ideas for how to handle this crisis now. The way things are going, many of them may be overtaken by events in the next day or two.

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COVID-19 page

I’ve posted a COVID–19 page which can be accessed directly from the menu (top left) and via this link. I’ll try to gather together relevant information there as this situation progresses.

FA News (Mar 10, 2020)

Here is the latest addition of the FA news–an update on the COVID-19 crisis.

FA News 11 March 2020

I am also doing email list maintenance. If you want to receive FA newsletters and announcements, drop me a line at dmj2@me.com.

 

Restructuring comes for CoLA

To any not in this particular loop, restructuring is now making its way to the remaining ten departments in CoLA (i.e., those not included within the proposed college of Arts and Media or otherwise already shipped off to other colleges.

Attached here are two relevant documents: the “Solicitation of Feedback” memo from the administration, and a response by Joseph Brown of Africana Studies, which was written up in preparation for a meeting held for CoLA faculty on January 21.

Solicitation of Feedback – CoLA Jan 2020

Notes for 1-21-20 CoLA meeting