Columbia College Chicago
December 5th Report to the College Council 2003
Dean Lehrer met with faculty in the music department on December 1st, and they have reconstituted the search committee for Music Department chair.
The faculty workload committee will present a new draft of the faculty workload reduction proposal to Provost Kapelke in a meeting with him on December 9th.
The CCFO requested a process whereby deans and administrators would be evaluated. Research was conducted by College Council members who found that such a motion had been voted upon and passed by College Council. The CCFO will now request that the president of the college implement a process of evaluation for administration.
The faculty salary survey was delivered to Provost Kapelke in late November. The CCFO has not been given the survey. The CCFO will make another request for the survey.
The faculty caucus which consists of faculty members of the College council, met with the CCFO on November 7th. The purpose was to develop agenda and position statements for the CCFO.
The pension trustees have noted concerns regarding the security of the new investment/retirement plan. Specifically the Board of Trustees does not want to commit to contributions beyond a specified date. The CCFO encourages all to attend the meeting to discuss this concern on December 8th, room 602, 624 S. Michigan.
The Board of Trustees denied the request by faculty to investigate the failure of the old pension. The CCFO has contacted experts for further advice regarding the need for an accounting of the old pension plan.
The CCFO hosted a lunch with the provost on December 2nd. About thirty were in attendance. Questions included those on workload, vision 2010, and cross disciplinary teaching.
The procedures for sabbatical leave have been amended by the Faculty Development and Sabbatical Committee. The CCFO does not advocate for passing new procedures which advocate for the "class model" which formulates 6 & _ years between sabbaticals instead of the six years.
Current Eligibility rules for sabbatical (from the web page of the faculty development and sabbatical committee): To be eligible, a faculty member must have completed 6 consecutive years (12 semesters) of a full-time appointment at Columbia. For example, if you completed your last sabbatical in Fall 1996 (or earlier), you are probably eligible to apply for a Spring 2003 sabbatical.
Proposed changes to Class Model (from Appendix B of the proposed changed in sabbatical procedures)
There must be an interval of six full academic years between the academic years in which Sabbatical Leaves are taken, regardless of whether the Sabbatical takes place during the Fall Semester, the Spring Semester, or both. In practice, this means that individuals who take Fall Sabbaticals actually must wait six and one-half academic years for their next Sabbatical Leave.
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