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February 25, 2020

FSU Executive Committee Meeting Minutes

February 25 2020

Ex Com Members Present: Marlene Kim; Jessica Holden; Caroline Coscia; Jeff Melnick; Monique Fuguet; Joe Ramsey; Tracy Brown; Emilio Sauri; Tim Sieber; Meghan Kallman; Joe Brown

Others Present: Lorenzo Nencioli, FSU Membership Coordinator; Katie D’Urso, MTA Field Rep; Mary Olewskiewicz, FSU member

  1. Approval of agenda: Motion to amend agenda (contact FSU office for copy of proposed agenda, copies of amended agenda). Motion to approve amended agenda seconded Motion approved unanimously.
  2. Approval of minutes: Motion to approve 2/11/20 Ex Com minutes with the addition of noting a discussion of possibly changing the room location for Ex Com meetings. Motion as amended seconded. Motion as amended approved unanimously.
  3. Tom Goodkind Retirement: Motion to approve resolution, present resolution to Tom at his retirement, send resolution to FSU members with Ex Com listed as signatories (contact FSU for copy). Motion to approve. Motion approved unanimously.
  4. Academic Technology Committee redux: Motion to approve Alex Mueller as FSU representative to the Academic Technology Committee. Motion seconded. Motion approved unanimously.
  5. Election Committee report: Update given on current status of FSU elections.
  6. Membership and email lists for elections campaigns: Marlene provides update on MTA Legal opinion on FSU Elections Committee policy changes and the genesis of obtaining an MTA legal opinion. The MTA is suggesting that the elections committee meet after the elections to discuss policies and procedures. Concern expressed that incumbent officers might have access to member lists while non-incumbents do not. Discussion of this and current FSU election policy. Possible future discussion item is when/how MTA Legal is consulted.
  7. FSU Annual meeting date: Discussion of best dates and times to have meeting. Motion to hold FSU Annual Meeting on Thursday, April 30th, 9-11. Motion seconded. Motion approved unanimously. Caroline will book room.
  8. Healey grants: Mary discusses Healey grants, notes that the arts depend heavily on these grants. Noted that Healey Grant is currently available to pre-tenure fac only, rather than all TT as before. Notes that there is a lack of money for research as a result (only CBA funds are available to all TT as a result) which will impact tenured fac ability for future promotions. Ex Com agrees to ask Admin why the change was made re Healey grants, will ask re status of Dean’s grants, and status of proposal development grant (?).
  9. Distance learning department stipend: (contact FSU for copy of Admin proposal): Discussion of Admin proposal. Ex Com asked for input. Suggestion that FSU create a committee to review payment models and broader issues. Agreed that FSU will form committee to look at this issue. Joe Brown and Tracy Brown agree to be on committee. Meghan and Tim will ask colleagues in department with DL experience if they are interested in being on committee. Joe R will ask Amy Todd and Linda Liu. Discussion of UMass Online. Katie will review UMass Online info, determine if unit is separate or could be part of existing units. Agreed to tell Admin that we cannot agree to proposal at this time.
  10. FSU Budget: Monique gives Treasurer update: waiting on finance actuals from accountant. Monique will work on possible budget items for next Ex Com meeting. Lorenzo will send Ex Com current FSU policy on budget. Discussion of question of whether or not to raise dues. Katie will look into whether or not voluntary monetary donations to FSU are legal. Lorenzo will send Progressive Dues Committee report to Treasurer. Suggestion to look into idea of removing local dues for members who join in first year.
  11. PHENOM March 2nd Lobby Day: Motion to send blast email. Motion seconded. Motion approved unanimously.
  12. Adjournment: Motion to adjourn meeting. Motion seconded. Motion approved unanimously.