Council of University System Faculty
CUSF Meeting of September 14, 2006
September 14, 2006
Present: E.W. Chapin (Vice Chair, Acting Chair, UMES), Martha
Siegel (Past Chair, TU), John Collins (Secretary, UMBI), Patricia Alt
(At-Large, TU), Joan Langdon (BSU), Alcott Arthur (CSU), Rahim Ashkeboussi (FSU),
Robert Larivee (FSU), Paul Flexner (SU), Roberta Adams (SU, alternate),
Joyce Currie Little (TU), Goran Trajkovski (TU), Alan Lyles (UB),
Stephen Jacobs (UMB),
Elizabeth Mulroy (UMB), Joyce Tenney (UMBC), Rosemary Jagus
Court Stevenson (UMCES), Vincent Brannigan (UMCP), Patricia Cossard (UMCP),
William Stuart (At-Large, UMCP), Joyce Shirazi (UMUC), John Gustafson
Delores James (UMUC, alternate).
Not Present: David Parker (Chair, SU), Marymal Holmes (BSU),
Lori Harris (CSU),
Kim Rotruck (FSU), Robert Scott (FSU, alternate), R. Michael Garner (SU),
Diriker (SU), Jay Zimmerman (TU, alternate), Lee Richardson (UB),
Gibson (UB, alternate), Dennis Coates (UMBC), Zane Berge (UMBC),
(UMBC, alternate), Frank Robb (UMBI, alternate), H. Rodger Harvey (UMCES),
Raymond Morgan (UMCES, alternate), Denny Gulick (UMCP), Emmanuel Onyeozili (UMES),
Adelaide Lagnese (UMUC).
Honorable guests from the USM Office of Academic Affairs: John Wolfe, Associate Vice Chancellor;
Nancy Shapiro, Associate Vice Chancellor;
Theresa Hollander, Associate Vice Chancellor; Donald Spicer, Associate Vice
Chancellor and Chief Information Officer.
Honorable guests from Towson University: James Brennan, Provost; Timothy
Sullivan, Faculty Senate Chair.
The meeting was called to order at approximately 10:00am by Dr. Chapin,
acting as Chair in the absence of Dr. Parker. Dr. Siegel introduced TU Provost
Dr. James Brennan, who welcomed the group and gave an overview of the state of
TU. Dr. Siegel then introduced Dr. Timothy Sullivan, Chair of the TU Senate, who
welcomed CUSF and thanked them for their work. He was invited to stay at the
Dr. Chapin called on all those present to introduce themselves.
The minutes of the most recent previous (May 18, 2006) CUSF meeting were
approved unanimously, incorporating a small revision suggested by former UMCP
delegate Dr. Frank Alt.
It was agreed that certain CUSF-approved documents referred to in the minutes
would be linked to the minutes and posted on the CUSF web site.
Chairs’ report: Dr. Chapin reported that progress is being made on
providing health insurance benefits for contractual faculty. This is a matter of
major concern to CUSF. He said that "listening tours" of the campuses
by members of the Maryland General Assembly would be taking place soon. He
encouraged everyone to participate in these tours. Dr. Chapin reminded the group
about the upcoming accountability initiative. On many campuses with major degree
programs, it will be important to demonstrate that they are effective. Faculty
need to find a way to address this before legislators do it for us. Regarding
the Optional Retirement Program (ORP, provided by TIAA-CREF), Dr. Chapin noted
that the State of Maryland contribution is relatively low (7.25% of salary, 47th
in the nation) and uncompetitive. He noted that, in Maryland, the Governor
proposes the state budget, while the legislature can only cut it. CUSF has
proposed that the state ORP contributions be increased to 9.25% over the next
two years. We also recommend a mandatory employee contribution of 3%, increased
to 5% in the future. Dr. Brannigan said that we need to get data from other
schools quickly to demonstrate how uncompetitive USM is. Dr. Flexner noted that
much of the needed information can be obtained from TIAA-CREF.
System report: Dr. Hollander announced that Clifford Kendall had returned
as BOR Chair. She said that several new work groups had been formed at USM. She
reported that the Regents recently had their annual retreat. They were very
interested in student outcomes assessment. She described other issues that the
regents discussed at their retreat. She said that good progress is being made on
providing health benefits for contractual faculty.
Dr. Shapiro talked about efforts to raise teaching standards and outcomes to
world-class standards. Work groups have been formed in this area. She noted that
we should avoid politicizing this effort. A lively discussion followed, with
Dr. Hollander reported on the OCR agreement. USM is waiting for their final
word. They have not yet visited campuses. Releases from this agreement can be a
Dr. Wolfe reported on flexibility in tenure-track careers. He also said that
MHEC-FAC has three vacancies that must be filled. He requested that notices go
out to campuses regarding the Regents Faculty Awards. CUSF delegates were
disappointed to learn that Dr. Wolfe wants to make further changes in the
Regents Faculty Awards announcement previously prepared and submitted to USM by
Starting at 11:25am, Drs. Spicer and Shapiro reported on teaching and
learning: curriculum, the Carol Twigg initiative, course redesign, K-16 student
teaching and learning, and related issues. Dr. Shapiro said that the Carol Twigg
model is very promising. This a partially funded mandate. Significant resources
have been committed (about $40,000 per institution). She described plans being
developed for course redesign. A discussion followed, with several CUSF
delegates expressing reservations. There is concern that faculty will not be
listened to during the redesign process.
At 12:08, Dr. Chapin reported on membership in CUSF committees. He asked the
Chairs of the three critical committees ( Legislative Affairs, Academic Affairs
and Faculty Affairs) to send their membership lists and issues of interest to
Dr. Collins. The meeting adjourned for lunch and reconvened at approximately
1:00pm. Dr. Alt gave a status report on the Regents faculty awards. She noted
that, once again, we are way behind schedule this year. The Senate Chairs have
not been notified yet.
A resolution to thank Clifford Kendall for accepting the Chairmanship of the
Board of Regents was unanimously approved. The resolution, crafted by Dr.
Brannigan, reads as follows: "CUSF expresses its deep appreciation that
Cliff Kendall has agreed to take on again the Chairmanship off the Board of
Regents. We look forward to a close and productive working relationship."
The meeting was adjourned at approximately 1:20pm