Chairs Wisdom Collaborative May 2, 2011 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Meeting Notes Present: Dale Buske, Orn Bodvarsson, Chris Inkster, Charles Rose, Vicky Williams, Tom Hergert. Looking Back: “As a new chair, I found CWC very helpful. There’s not much guidance for this position. There is quite a lot of confusion and many gray areas since we are not supervisors. People I trust have generally mentored me. How do we get more people to participate? Theoretically it may get better because we will have fewer chairs since departments will be larger. Looking Ahead: Set a definite meeting time ahead. Have people put it on their calendars. Suggested times: 3:00 – 4:00 Thursdays and Wednesdays Session topics: We should set them two weeks ahead because of the changing terrain during the transition. Need to make session topics relevant to what’s going on at the university. Conduct a short survey of topics: What do you see on the horizon? Workshop during Fall Convocation facilitated jointly by an FA Representative (Mark Jaede or Susan Motin) and either a dean who has been a chair or a faculty member who has been Dean and, perhaps, Chair. Workshop/sessions should be partly about the mechanics of being a chair. The second part should address the day-to-day miseries or rewards in the job. For instance, especially during the first couple of weeks: “Sit in your office and be constantly interrupted,” “the “have you got a minute?” problem from students, staff, and faculty, even if the door is closed,” “the sense of never having any control of your time.” Brainstorm of possible topics: “Mandatory” procedures for departments. How will a new chair know what needs to be done? How to establish communication with deans – different deans are different in how they can communicate with chairs. Nuances in various nooks and crannies in the Contract: how to avoid mistakes. Managing faculty issues: complaints, concerns, conflicts. Challenges of being chairs. How to manage, not being a supervisor? What’s the right thing to do? Developing policies in departments how should chairs approach policies. What sorts of policies? How can there be coherence in policies across departments, programs, etc. How do you deal with administrative “mis-behaviour”? Guest speakers at CWC meetings: Lisa Foss? Provost? IFO President? What rights do departments have in searching for faculty or in other matters? Areas of the contract we have questions about: Fixed terms, adjuncts, overload vs. adjuncts Chairs role in a vote of no-confidence in a Dean. Who evaluates a chair? Can a department evaluate a chair? What sort of policy could be created for that purpose? Is there a possibility of a recall? What’s the chair’s responsibility as advocate for faculty. What can the chair sign off on with or without taking back to the department? Actions: Lalita will contact Sharon Cogdill and Mark Jaede to plan Fall Convocation Workshop. Lalita will work with Sharon and Mark on short survey to be sent out to chairs to evaluate the above topics and brainstorm additional ones for Convocation workshop and future sessions. Meeting Adjourned 1:30 p.m.