The Word - 2007/07/10



The Word from CSEA

Columbus State Education Association Newsletter of July 10, 2007


Your July 15 paycheck will have an extra $500 in it, the result of CSEA's last round of collective bargaining.

After the administration attempted to impose contract terms during our most recent negotiations, CSEA filed an Unfair Labor Practice complaint with the State Employment Relations Board (SERB). Following mediation by SERB, the administration returned to bargaining. This additional lump-sum payment was the product of negotiations to offset changes in health-care costs.

Faculty who are not teaching Summer Quarter will receive this payment in their October 15 paycheck.

The day-to-day professional and procedural safeguards in our contract are not always obvious or easily measured. Like the buy-back of unused personal time, this additional $500 is a tangible indicator of what can be accomplished when faculty unite to guarantee fair treatment and reasonable compensation for all. Your membership is our strength.


CSEA encourages faculty to attend the "Celebration of Teaching and Learning" workshop to be held on Friday, July 20, from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. This all-day workshop will be IN the ballroom on the fourth floor of the Workforce Development building, with breakout sessions held in other fourth floor rooms of WD.

Keynote speaker will be Dr. Tim Riordan, professor of philosophy and associate dean for academic affairs at Alverno College in Milwaukee. Dr. Riordan has been active in initiatives on the scholarship of teaching for many years, has presented at national and international conferences, and has written extensively on teaching and learning processes. He will be conducting a hands-on workshop titled "Designing Learning as a Developmental and Active Process."

The most current College Assessment Plan (July 2007) will also be presented, showing revisions that have been made based on input from faculty across the campus. Faculty who attend will receive a thumb drive with the College Assessment Plan and the Curriculum Handbook files loaded on it. A complete schedule is forthcoming.

A light breakfast will be served, and lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is required, and the deadline to register is Monday, July 16. To register online, go to


It was painful to read the story in Friday on the front page of the Dispatch sports section about how the administration handled its decision to drop the baseball program and four other sports. Although the decision was made in early June, the administration waited almost a month to inform players and coaches. In fact, coaches were not aware of discussions of the baseball program's future.

Even more disappointing was the administration's initial misrepresentation of the reasons for its action. College officials cited low participation as a reason for discontinuing the baseball team, but in the story Coach Keith Hausler challenged this claim, calling it "disturbing," and provided figures to show its inaccuracy. Administration officials later changed their statement to say the decision was part of a general re-allocation of funds for student activities.

It seems strange to not include coaches in discussions of the future of sports activities, and it's disappointing that administrators weren't honest about the actual reasons for their action. Sadly, this isn't new. During the last contract negotiations, administrators continually provided media outlets with information that misrepresented faculty salaries. This new instance of misrepresentation reinforces the belief of many employees (and members of the public) that they can't believe what CSCC leaders tell them. It's understandable that the College's leaders might want to re-allocate funding for programs; it's unacceptable that they're dishonest about the reasons for their policies and decisions.


A proposed bill in the General Assembly would place stricter guidelines on textbook use in state colleges.

In addition to other provisions in Senate Bill 151, the law would prohibit any faculty member or other employee from profiting from the sale of textbooks and other learning materials used in a class taught by that person. This would include royalties derived from authorship.

CSEA will monitor developments on this legislation.

The Word is produced by the Communications Committee of the Columbus State Education Association. We welcome your comments, news, and insights.

Darrell Minor, President and President-elect/ x5310
Amy Brubaker, Vice-President / x5068
Susan Moran, Secretary / x5453
Phil MacLean, Treasurer / x5308
Mary Morgan, Parliamentarian-elect / x5768

Steve Abbott, Senior Association Representative / x5096
Gil Feiertag, Senior Association Representative / x5861
Judy Anderson, Association Representative / x5822
Liz Betzel, Association Representative / x5329
Mark Bocija, Association Representative / x5049
Dave Busch, Association Representative / x5079
T.J. Duda, Association Representative / x5309
Dr. Charlie Gallucci, Association Representative / x5499
Cindy Evans, Association Representative / x2435
Bob Mergel, Association Representative / x5034
Dona Reaser, Association Representative / x5475
Gilberto Serrano, Association Representative / x3863
Leslie Smith, Association Representative / x5302
Kathy Struve, Association Representative / x5330
Dr. Wendy McCullen-Vermillion, Association Representative / x2693

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