An annual event since the 1980s, the Faculty Council Auction provides funds for student scholarships at LaGuardia. The Auction is held during the Holiday Party on the last Wednesday of the Fall--Session I, immediately following the Professional Staff Meeting.
All funds generated by the Auction go to scholarship awards and programs for students, under the scrupulous supervision of the Business Office. From these funds, Faculty Council provides scholarship awards and funds to meritorious students who meet the criteria of the following awards and programs:
The Tenure and Promotion Forum provides an overview of the tenure and promotion processes at the College. Speakers include the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Director or an administrator from Human Resources, a departmental Chair, a faculty member, and a member of the Professional Staff Congress (PSC) chapter leadership. To help faculty understand the review process, speakers address the following topics: a) Am I making the appropriate departmental, college and professional contributions required for promotion and tenure? b) When am I eligible for promotion and tenure? c) Who reviews and places documents in my personnel files? and d) When may I review my personnel files and what kinds of documents should I place in them? The forum is open to all tenure-track faculty who are encouraged to ask questions about the process and criteria for reappointment, tenure and promotion. The current coordinators are Wen Juan Fan and Clementine Lewis and the forum is moderated by Dr. Janet Michello.
Professor Ippolito presents at the Fall 2010 Tenure and Promotion Forum
Faculty Council Panel: Updating the College Community about Issues of Workplace Violence
This session is organized and moderated by Faculty Council in order to keep the faculty and staff informed about new initiatives that may impact their work at the college. Our student population is confronting new challenges and experiencing new problems that the campus is attempting to address. This workshop will describe CUNY’s definition of workplace violence and examine how it may impact the college community. Campus Safety and Student Affairs representatives will discuss how college initiatives will be implemented. Questions to be discussed include: “What is the role of faculty, campus security and Student Affairs in cases of disruptive students? What are the procedures in place to deal with students with disruptive behaviors and what are the initiatives being put into place that will identify and reach out to students in distress? What is being done to educate the faculty regarding the college’s new initiatives? How will the college maintain a balance between campus safety and individual liberties?
Change, Stability and Retention: A Collegial Conversation
At this Faculty Council workshop/meeting, we’ll resume the conversation among colleagues we initiated at Opening Sessions 2008. We’ll look further into our goal of retaining our students and accelerating their progress toward success in a world that is rapidly changing, in terms of economics, politics, demographics and technology. We’ll delineate the goal, identify impediments to reaching it and suggest useful strategies.
Sally Mettler and Marcia Glick lead a discussion on retention.
Student Retention and Classroom Reality: A Conversation Among Colleagues About Nurturing Tomorrow's Leaders At this Faculty Council workshop, faculty will explore the College's concerns regarding student retention from the perspective of the classroom, with the aim of sponsoring a College-wide forum on the issue during the coming academic year. Through collegial consultation, the forum will serve to highlight retention, examine the obstacles, identify remedies and potential resources and devise effective strategies. Faculty are encouraged to come to the workshop to voice ideas and discuss the possibilities.
LaGuardia Faculty Council Special Presentation: Climate Change at CUNY and Our Professional Ecology
The teaching/learning climate at LaGuardia is always affected by the winds of change blowing out of CUNY Central at 80th Street and the Board of Trustees. In line with its mission-keeping the LaGuardia faculty informed-Faculty Council is pleased to have Dr. Manfred Philipp at Opening Sessions. As UFS Chair, Dr. Philipp is our very well informed voice at the Board of Trustees and our informant on the "need to know" issues that face us now and are in the offing for the coming academic year.
He will enlighten us on such stated and projected policies as the Student Complaint, Conflict of Interest, Research Misconduct and Computer Use Policies, as well as on initiatives brought forward during the summer of '07 and two-year/four-year college relations. And, of course, we can count on Dr. Philipp to share his thoughts on some of our immediate concerns, including governance revision.
Please bring along your "ecological" questions and concerns and share them with Manfred, Lenore and your colleagues on the UFS and Faculty Council.
The Draft Revised Governance Plan
With its decision in the case of Perez vs. CUNY, the New York State Court of Appeals declared that the governance bodies of the CUNY colleges are extensions of the Board of Trustees and thus policy-making bodies, subject to the state's Open Meetings Law. Consequently, LaGuardia's Senate was simultaneously strengthened in its role and impelled to modify its structure in order to comply with the law and assume its newly enhanced responsibilities. This created the opportunity for a thorough review and modernization of LaGuardia's current governance plan, originally formulated in 1978.
President Mellow asked Dr. Ianni, Chairperson of the Senate, and Dr. Mettler, President of Faculty Council, to co-chair a committee composed of any and all members of the College community willing to commit substantial time and effort to the re-examination, re-thinking and ultimate revision of LaGuardia's governance plan. The College community responded with energy and dedication. Through the process to be described in this session, the resulting Ad Hoc Committee on College Governance has produced the draft document to be presented today. An open forum with full and free discussion, moderated by Dr. Beaky, will follow the presenters' remarks. Input and feedback are welcome.
The Struggle for Free Speech at City College
Events in the wider world inevitably have their local impact. In order to educate for global citizenship, we need to think about such events and their effect on our own identity. To connect with others, we must understand ourselves. Fear of others is certainly a barrier to a global view, limiting our ability to build sound relationships across borders. Such fear was rife in the U.S. in the 30's, 40's and 50's. It led to an attack on academic freedom that needs to be remembered, in order not to be repeated. In this spirit, Professor Carol J. Smith, of Baruch College, has been invited to present her montage of images documenting faculty and student activism at City College during the period of the Great Depression, World War II and beyond. At that time, globalization was seen as a menace, not a hope, and activism had serious repercussions for the academic community. Professor Stephen Leberstein, of the City College Center for Worker Education, will add illuminating commentary to Professor Smith's thought-provoking presentation. There will be time for questions and discussion.
Technology, Tradition and the Human Touch: Voices from the Classroom
As technology in teaching gains impetus, the classroom and the College are being transformed. Members of the faculty will share their experiences with the current initiatives, as participants talk about what we have accomplished, what lies ahead and what remains the role of the traditional pedagogy of human interaction, the Socratic method. Faculty Council invites all members of the College community to join them in this discussion.