What's Really Happening - 2005/11/08




Columbus State Education Association Newsletter of November 8, 2005


We encourage you to join faculty and students who plan to attend the Board of Trustees meeting NEXT Thursday, November 17, at 6 p.m. Faculty and students will gather in the lobby of Nestor Hall at 5:30 PM to walk together to the Board meeting in Franklin Hall.

The Board of Trustees seems out of touch with what's really happening inside the college. During the public participation potion of the agenda, students and faculty will address the Board with their concerns about flawed management decisions that have resulted in the decline in service to students over the past several years. Speakers will discuss registration and financial aid, course cancellations, staffing, employee morale, and other managerial and administrative issues.

Your presence will make a difference. Those who have not yet indicated their intent to attend can help by letting us know by a quick REPLY to this email.

You can help to educate the Board with information that can help them to improve conditions at all levels within the College. Come support those who will let the Board know what's being done to Columbus State's reputation and what's NOT being done to fulfill the college's responsibilities to its students and employees.


President Moeller has not responded to a request for information to support her allegations of misconduct attributed to CSEA members, and the Human Resources office has not contacted CSEA officers about any similar problems. If the administration believes any faculty member has acted inappropriately, it should take the action required or allowed under state and federal law. Disciplinary issues can't be handled effectively in global emails.

Nonetheless, because we are concerned about perceptions created by this attempt to slander the Association, we have reviewed all communications to faculty since the Executive Committee endorsed Work to the Rule.

In our October 4 What's Really Happening, we found several sentences that, taken out of context, might be misread: "Any future promotion WILL NOT be in jeopardy as long as you are performing satisfactorily in the eyes of your colleagues.. It is your faculty colleagues on the committees-not just the chairperson-who will decide whether you are performing as you need to be." These sentences followed a paragraph that advised faculty about how to deal with pressure from department chairs, some of whom believe that they can dictate how faculty use the 14 weekly hours of mission and learning support time. By past practice and by contract, this time is to be used primarily for class preparation and grading; how the time is allocated is determined by each faculty member, not dictated by managers.

Simply put, working to the rule is not a criterion for or against a faculty member's promotion or tenure. If a manager or department chair suggests otherwise, contact your Association Representative.

What's Really Happening is produced by the Communications Committee of the Columbus State Education Association. We welcome your comments, news, and insights.

Steve Abbott, President / x5096
Karl Rieppel, Vice President / x2500
Amy Brubaker, Secretary and Association Representative / x5068
Greg Goodhart, Treasurer / x5431
Darrell Minor, Parliamentarian / x5310
Bill Mundy, Association Representative / x5176
Dr. Jane McDowell, Association Representative / x2656 
Dave Busch, Association Representative / x5079
Dr. Charlie Gallucci, Association Representative / x5499
Leslie Smith, Association Representative / x5302
Dr. Wendy McCullen-Vermillion, Association Representative / x2693
Lisa Schneider, Association Representative / x5124

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