Council of University System Faculty
CUSF Meeting of April 18, 2006
April 18, 2006
Present: Martha Siegel (CUSF Chair, TU); E.W. Chapin (UMES
Faculty Assembly Chair, CUSF Vice Chair and Co-Chair of meeting); Lee
Richardson (Past CUSF Chair, UB); David Parker (CUSF Chair-Elect,
SU); John Collins (Secretary, UMBI); Vincent Brannigan (CUSF
At-Large, UMCP); John McMullen (CUSF At-Large, FSU); Patricia Alt
(CUSF At-Large-Elect, TU); William Stuart (CUSF At-Large-Elect, UMCP); Frank
Alt (UMCP); Alcott Arthur (CSU; alternate for Fred Medinger,
CSU Senate Chair); Rahim Ashkeboussi (FSU); Zane Berge (UMBC); Dennis
Coates (UMBC); Memo Diriker (SU); R. Michael Garner (SU); Sylvester
J. Gates (UMCP Senate Chair-Elect); Denny Gulick (UMCP); John
Gustafson (UMUC); H. Rodger Harvey (UMCES Senate Chair); Marymal
Holmes (BSU); A. Deloris James (UMUC); Robert Kauffman (FSU
Senate Chair); Adelaide Lagnese (UMUC); Joan Langdon (BSU); Joyce
Currie Little (TU); Mervyn Monteiro (UMBI Senate Chair); Elizabeth
Mulroy (UMB); Emmanuel Onyeozili (UMES); Alfred Raider (UMUC
University Advisory Council Chair); Kim Rotruck (FSU); Philip Rous
(UMBC Faculty Senate Chair); Joyce Shirazi (UMUC); Timothy Sullivan
(TU Faculty Senate Chair); Joyce Tenney (UMBC); Paul Thut (UMB).
Not Present: Michele Demanche (UMES Senate Chair); Paul Flexner
(SU); Stephanie Gibson (UB); Lori Harris (CSU); Stephen Jacobs
(UMB); Rosemary Jagus (UMBI); Raymond Morgan (UMCES, alternate);
John Organ (BSU Faculty Senate Chair); Maarten Pereboom (SU Senate
Chair); Douglas Pryor (TU); Frank Robb (UMBI, alternate); Robert
Scott (FSU, alternate); J. Court Stevenson (UMCES); Harry Womack
(SU, alternate); Patricia Young (UMBC, alternate); Jay Zimmerman (TU,
alternate); Julie Zito (UMB Senate Chair).
Honored Guests: Nicholas Allen, UMUC Provost; Irwin Goldstein,
USM Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs; William E. Kirwan, USM
Chancellor; John Wolfe, USM Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic
Affairs, Diversity Initiatives and Academic Leadership Development.
Dr. Siegel called the meeting to order promptly at 10:00 am. She introduced
UMUC Provost Nicholas Allen, who welcomed the group and gave an overview of UMUC’s
activities and mission. He said that shared governance is four years old at UMUC.
The faculty, staff and students each have their own governance groups and elect
representatives to the UMUC University Council. He is pleased with the results
of the recent review of UMUC. He answered a few questions from the group.
At 10:20am, Dr. Siegel called for a round of introductions around the room.
The minutes of the March 13, 2006 CUSF meeting were approved unanimously
At 10:25am, Dr. Siegel called on Dr. Chapin to conduct elections for the
2006-2007 CUSF Executive Committee. While the voting was taking place, Dr.
Siegel called on Dr. Collins to review and summarize the proposed CUSF By-Laws
changes, which were then approved unanimously without further discussion. The
revised By-Laws, which do not need to be approved by the Board of Regents, will
be posted on the CUSF web site.
Dr. Siegel began the Chair’s report with a discussion of the pension and
COLA situation. Much dissatisfaction was expressed with the latest COLA/merit
pay outcome. Dr. Siegel is putting together a letter to the Regents, Chancellor,
etc., describing CUSF’s position. Dr. Wolfe suggested that faculty demonstrate
the economic impact of their contributions in order to have a more significant
effect on members of the Maryland General Assembly. He noted that faculty work
affects many people, not just the faculty themselves. CUSF delegates noted that
the Chancellor and campus presidents did not seem to speak up for the faculty on
The Chair’s report was briefly interrupted to announce that Dr. Chapin (UMES)
had been reelected Vice Chair and Dr. Collins (UMBI) had been reelected
Secretary for another year. Dr. Chapin reminded the group that the candidates
for At-Large members of the 2006-2007 CUSF Executive Committee were Drs. Pat Alt
(TU), Coates (UMBC), James (UMUC) and Stuart (UMCP). It was noted that a
majority vote of the 29 CUSF delegates present would be required for election.
Drs. Alt and Stuart were elected on the first ballot.
At 11:05am, Dr. Siegel introduced the issue of benefits (especially health
benefits) for non-tenure-track (NTT) instructional faculty. Dr. Wolfe took up
this topic, as well as the issue of tenure track flexibility, e.g.,
extending the clock to as long as ten years, stopping the clock, and
exit-reentry for child care.
Dr. Goldstein joined the meeting at 11:25am and began his report a few
minutes later. He talked about the recent legislative session and the political
activities of this election year. A question has arisen as to whether USM’s
commitment to civil rights would continue. The OCR was supposed to visit USM
this spring but they haven’t done it yet. Dr. Goldstein mentioned the
"Hug bill," the Carol Twig issue and health benefits for NTT faculty.
His report concluded at 11:45am.
At 11:50am, Dr. Pat Alt was called on to report on proposed changes to the
policies and procedures Regents Faculty Awards. Her committee recommends that
there be a faculty nominating committee (e.g., a subcommittee of the faculty
senate) for each campus, rather than leaving this to presidents and provosts. A
wide-ranging discussion of the proposed changes continued until 12:15pm. They
were approved in principle, with the understanding that minor further changes
were still needed. The matter was tabled so that people could get their lunch
and begin their discussion with the Chancellor (who had joined the meeting at
Following a short break for people to get their lunches, following a round of
introductions, the Chancellor began his remarks at 12:35pm. He thanked everyone
for their service on CUSF and the campus Senates. He noted that he was feeling
the effects of a cold, and conveyed an apology from Regent Nevins, who was too
ill to attend the meeting. He said that USM had enjoyed great success in the
recently concluded session of the Maryland General Assembly. USM received a
12.5% increase in general funds, the largest in its history. He noted that this
figure does not include the COLA for USM (and other State) employees, which
would bring the total increase to 14.5%. The capital fund was also larger than
expected. He said that the Effectiveness and Efficiency initiative had created a
lot of good will in Annapolis. In addition, the USM budget requests were well
aligned with legislative priorities such as enrollment growth.
The Chancellor mentioned that membership in the Board of Regents was in a
state of flux. The Governor’s two new appointments were not confirmed by the
Senate. Regents Hug and Rosapepe would be leaving on June 30, while others would
be continuing on an interim basis.
The Chancellor next talked about employee benefits. The State will continue
to pay 80% of the health insurance costs, but last year there was a large
increase in co-pays. He said that the COLA cap is a "difficult" issue,
and that we must work harder next year to impress upon the legislators that the
resulting salary compression is lamentable. On the issue of ORPs, for which the
State pays only 7.5%, (nowhere near the 11-12% national average) he said that he
will propose a phase-in of 1-2% per year until we match the national average.
The Chancellor noted that the legislators gave a lot more money to the HBCUs
this year. He also discussed the ill-advised tradeoff between tuition and health
benefits. Funds to cover a one-year tuition freeze for in-state students became
available because fewer prescriptions than anticipated were filled due to the
inability of many employees to cover the higher co-pays enacted last year.
At 1:10pm, the Chancellor asked for questions from the group. Dr. Brannigan
emphasized that (1) cuts in prescription drug insurance were paying for next
year’s tuition freeze, and (2) USM faculty salaries have eroded significantly
compared to federal workers and peers in other institutions, at the same time
that the efficiency and effectiveness initiative has increased faculty
workloads. In response, the Chancellor mentioned that USM has made significant
progress toward bringing USM faculty salaries to the 85th percentile
compared to peer institutions. Dr. Brannigan then pointed out to him that this
percentile was based on mean, not median salaries, and is skewed by the salaries
of newly hired faculty and a small number of highly-paid faculty. Dr. Garner
emphasized that salaries for most USM faculty are stagnant and that no one in
USM seems to be doing anything about it. He noted that, while USM gets a 14.5%
increase, faculty get 2% or less. Dr. Coates asked the Chancellor what his
priorities are. In response, the Chancellor said that his main priority was to
build high-quality institutions. It was agreed that this requires more effort to
attract and retain good quality faculty.
Dr. Siegel brought up the question of five-year presidential reviews
(conducted in addition to the annual reviews conducted by the Chancellor). The
five-year reviews would be done by other presidents (or retired presidents). The
reviewers are supposed to meet with the "executive committee" of the
campus senate, among others. In response to a question from Dr. Langdon, Dr.
Goldstein said that Dr. Wolfe would be spending most or all of his time on
diversity and leadership issues. Dr. P. Alt asked about the periodic review of
At 2:00pm, Dr. Siegel thanked the Chancellor for coming in spite of his
illness. He thanked the group and said it was a useful discussion, then left the
It was then agreed to bring the Regents Faculty Award report off the table.
After further discussion, it was agreed that the report be approved in principle
pending adjustments by Dr. P. Alt and the Executive Committee.
The group expressed its appreciation to Dr. Gustafson and UMUC for the
excellent arrangements and facilities provided for the meeting. Dr. Siegel urged
everyone to come to the May 18 meeting at Salisbury University.
The meeting was adjourned at 2:30pm.