MPC Academic Senate

November 16, 2006



President's Report



Thank you for you kind words, thoughts, and the gift for my marraige

They are all graciously accepted. Thank you.

The happy couple.


Faculty Hiring Procedures


For Now until Board Policy is Revised (hopefully in a few months)


I met with Debbie Anthony and Barbara Lee (and with Bernie Abbott for one of the meetings)


We agreed on the following points

Ø      Academic Senate is responsible for confirming Hiring Committee faculty members for their professional expertise and judgment on who would best serve MPC as Faculty.

Ø      Each hiring committee should contain

·              One female

·              One ethnic minority

Ø      EEO Officer will select the EEO representative for each committee

Ø      The EEO representative:

·              Will not be confirmed by the Academic Senate

·              Must be a tenured faculty member

·              Can be either:

o       One of the faculty members confirmed by the Academic Senate

(In which case the EEO representative will be a voting member of the hiring committee)

o       An additional faculty member to be added to the hiring committee

(In which case the EEO representative will be a non-voting member of the hiring committee)


The rationale for the EEO officer selecting the EEO representative without Academic Senate influence is one of confidentiality; the Academic Senate would not want to inadvertently choose a EEO representative that is under investigation for inappropriate behavior or who has behaved inappropriately in the past.


I would like consensus that this is a good route to go.




Memorandum of Understanding

 between MPCTA and MPC Academic Senate Fall 2006

In the interest of maintaining and supporting our current collegial relationship, MPCTA and the MPC Academic Senate agree to the following principles:

1. We will work together on faculty concerns with mutual respect in order to create a stronger and more unified faculty.

2. We will recognize and show consideration for the boundaries delineating the responsibilities of each body.

The roles of the Academic Senate (as stated in title 5) involve academic and professional matters, specifically the following policy development matters: curriculum, degree and certificate requirements, grading policies, educational program development, student preparation and success, faculty roles in college governance structures, faculty roles in accreditation processes, policies for faculty professional development activities, processes for program review, processes for institutional planning and budget development, and other academic and professional matters as mutually agreed upon.

The role of the MPCTA is to act as the exclusive bargaining unit between faculty and administration. MPCTA is responsible for all faculty issues relating to wages and working conditions.

3. In the event of an issue that seems to include both bodies, MPCTA executive board and Senate officers will meet and reach an agreement either to allow one body exclusive responsibility, or to work together.

An example of this kind of collaboration is the approval of faculty representation on committees. During the fall of 2006, Senate and union leadership collaborated to reach the following decision:

The Academic Senate approves faculty members on all campus committees except committees that discuss matters with an effect on bargaining. On these committees, there should be MPCTA representation specified in the committee's bylaws. In such cases, the MPCTA selects and confirms the MPCTA faculty representative(s) without the participation of the Academic Senate. At the time of this writing, this exception applies to two MPCTA seats on the budget committee and one MPCTA seat on the College Council. The MPCTA negotiating team is another example of a committee formed without the participation of the Academic Senate.



Deans on College Council


This proposal comes from Doug Garrison at a meeting with myself, Bernie Abbott (CC co-chair), Gail Fail (MPCTA President), and Doug Garrison (MPC President)


Currently the College Council contains (all voting members):

7 faculty members

3 vice presidents

1 president

1 MSC (Management)

4 classified


The 7 deans are excluded from this group and have asked to have the opportunity to serve on College Council.


I, as Academic Senate President, have maintained that

1) The deans presumably have the same perspective as their respective VPs

            (The deans do not necessarily agree with my presumption.)

2) An addition of a dean would disrupt the balance of faculty and non-faculty on the College Council

3) Faculty members would miffed to outraged if this balance were disrupted.


Doug Garrison proposes that:

1)      The President be a non-voting member of College Council

2)      The MSC (Management) be combined with the 7 deans to form a “Management Group”

3)      The “Management Group” (Deans + MSC) be represented by two members on the College Council.

4)      The President appoint the two members of the “Management Group”


It has been pointed out that it is “silly” to have a president be a voting member of a committee that makes recommendations to the president.


The revamped College Council would consist of the following voting members:

7 faculty

3 vice presidents

2 “management group” (MSC + deans)

4 classified



Program Discontinuance

Deferred to later in the meeting


ASMPC (students) have commented, the MPCTA provided comments through Hazel Ross.

Hazel and I worked on it quite a bit, and by the end I think Hazel was thinking about it from the perspective of the Academic Senate and all faculty and not just the Union.


More details later.