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Negotiations: Article 18, Institutional Environment

Wright State University Chapter

American Association of University Professors

MOU? CBA? RCM? NTE? TET?

What are all these acronyms? See this guide.

The administration proposed changes to this article on February 12; see the right column of the table below. The left and middle columns show the counterproposals made by AAUP-WSU. Reports about the status of this article will be found below the article itself.

See our CBA Negotiations page for a roster of the AAUP-WSU negotiating team, brief reports about each Monday's negotiation session, and an article-by-article summary table with links to detailed information about each individual article that either the administration or AAUP-WSU proposes to include in the CBA.

Article 18

Institutional Environment

AAUP-WSU Proposal (NTE)

AAUP-WSU Proposal (TET)

Administration Proposal

Changes are relative to the current NTE CBA.

18.1 The University recognizes the importance of an adequate working environment and supporting services to promote effective teaching and learning. Therefore, within the limits of available space and resources, the University shall make a good faith reasonable effort to provide each Member of the Bargaining Unit the following:

18.1.1 suitable office space and furniture, phone, and network-compatible computer with access to either a network or personal printer;

18.1.2 access to copying services for their reasonable academic copying needs;

18.1.3 office and classroom supplies; and

18.1.4 library resources, computing systems with technical support, classrooms, and laboratories that are responsive to Bargaining Unit Faculty and student needs and consistent with standards of quality recognized at the national level.

18.2 The University will make a good faith effort to respond in a timely fashion to reasonable requests from Bargaining Unit Faculty for measures to secure hazardous materials.

18.3 Laboratories used by Members will be in compliance with O.S.H.A. standards.

18.4 Professional Development Fund: The purpose of the Professional Development Fund is to afford each Bargaining Unit Member the opportunity to improve the practice of teaching and to support individual Membersí teaching in pursuit of the goals of the university. Both the University and the AAUP-WSU recognize the importance of continuous improvement in the skills and accomplishments of the faculty in these areas.

18.4.1 During the fiscal year of this contract each college shall make available a sum of no less than $750500 for each NTE Bargaining Unit Member for professional development. Professional development expenses may include but are not limited to: travel, software, hardware, books, journals, and supplies that directly support the Memberís teaching or research that is directly related to teaching. This fund is not to be used for professional memberships unless such are needed in order to obtain publications not otherwise readily available. This fund shall not be used either to supplant routine computer hardware replacements or to obtain software for which the University purchases a site license. It may be used to replace hardware more frequently than the usual scheduled replacement cycle or to upgrade existing hardware.

18.4.2 Funds not used during the 2013-2014 fiscal year will remain available to the Member in the 2014-2015 fiscal year.Unused funds shall be carried forward from one year to the next by the college on behalf of each eligible faculty member. The maximum amount available to any Member pursuant to Sections 18.4.1 through 18.4.5 will be $2,250.

18.4.3 Disbursements from these funds must be approved by the Memberís dean or designee. To request funds, a Member must submit to his or her department chair a written request that includes a statement describing how the requested travel or materials will enhance the Memberís teaching or contribute to the practice of teaching.

18.4.4 The impact or result of professional development funding should be reflected in each Memberís annual faculty activity report.

18.4.5 Deans are not required to disburse faculty development funds to Members with a continuing pattern of poor performance, to Members who have not reasonably demonstrated productive use of past funds, or to Members whose requests do not show a direct relationship between the requested expenditure and their own teaching or their contributions to the practice of teaching.

18.4.6 Nothing in this article precludes Deans and/or Department Chairs from providing additional funds for travel or to support other professional development activities or needs.

18.5 Academic Services Committee. The University and the AAUP-WSU agree that service units which are responsive to faculty needs are essential in order for the core missions of Wright State University in teaching and research to be accomplished. To this end, the parties will maintain an Academic Services Committee to review and make recommendations regarding the services provided to faculty in support of their teaching and research by Computing and Telecommunication Services (CaTS), the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), the Office of the Registrar, the Office of Disability Services (ODS), and the Physical Plant.

18.5.1 Committee Membership. The Academic Services Committee shall have seven members, each of whom will be a faculty member, and none of whom can be a director of or otherwise directly affiliated with any of the four five units named in Section 18.5. In the fall of every even numbered year, AAUP-WSU will appoint a member from the Lake Campus to serve on that yearís committee, and in the fall of every odd numbered year, the University will appoint the Lake Campus representative. Of the remaining six members of the committee, three will be appointed by AAUP-WSU and three by the University.

18.5.2 Each fall, the office of the Provost will arrange for an initial meeting of this Committee, at which meeting the committee will elect a chair (or co-chairs if the committee so desires).

18.5.3 Normally, only committee members will attend meetings of the committee. However, the directors of the four five units specified in Section 18.5 will normally meet with the committee upon the committeeís request, and likewise the committee will normally agree to a request from one of the directors to hold a meeting with the committee. It is understood that the parties must be reasonable and flexible with respect to scheduling constraints.

18.5.4 Normally, the Committee will make recommendations to the Provost, although it may also make recommendations directly to a director of an individual unit.

18.5.5 When the Provost (or other administrator to whom the Committee issues a recommendation) takes action (or elects not to act) following a written recommendation from a majority of the Committee, the Provost (or other administrator, respectively) shall inform the Committee of such action and communicate the reasons for the decision in writing. The parties recognize that the Provost (or other administrator, respectively) will not communicate reasons for their actions (or decisions not to act) that are based on confidential information.

18.6 Communications with Bargaining Unit Faculty

When the University needs to send an e-mail message to all Members of the NTE Bargaining Unit that is intended to be binding, it must use an e-mail list that includes the university e-mail addresses of all Members of the NTE Bargaining Unit; e-mail lists that individuals can resign from (opt out of) are not acceptable. Examples of such messages include but are not limited to the following:

  • Notice to obtain a parking pass for the upcoming calendar year
  • Notice to sign up for health insurance for the upcoming calendar year.

Changes are relative to the current TET CBA.

18.1 The University recognizes the importance of an adequate working environment and supporting services to promote effective teaching, learning and research. Therefore, within the limits of available space and resources, the University shall make a good faith reasonable effort to provide each Member of the Bargaining Unit the following:

18.1.1 suitable office space and furniture, phone, and network-compatible computer with access to either a network or personal printer;

18.1.2 access to copying services for their reasonable academic copying needs;

18.1.3 office and classroom supplies; and

18.1.4 library resources, computing systems with technical support, classrooms, and laboratories that are responsive to Bargaining Unit Faculty and student needs, in compliance with O.S.H.A. standards, and consistent with standards of quality recognized at the national level.

18.2 The University will make a good faith effort to respond in a timely fashion to reasonable requests from Bargaining Unit Faculty for measures to secure hazardous materials.

18.3 Before moving a Bargaining Unit Faculty Member from an assigned research laboratory space, the University will communicate to the Member in writing the reason(s) for the move. When reallocating research laboratory space, the University will consider the productivity of potentially affected Bargaining Unit Faculty Members as measured by published papers, funded external grants, grant supported students, and post docs. A Bargaining Unit Member who is informed that he/she must move to new research laboratory space shall have the right to a proportionate adjustment in the relative weight assigned to her or his research in that yearís annual evaluation pursuant to Section 11.2.1 if the Member provides reasonable documentation demonstrating that the effort involved in moving or preparing to move the lab lessened her or his productivity.

18.3.1 Whenever laboratory space is reallocated or assigned to a new faculty member, it will be inspected before the new occupant moves in, by the Department of Environmental Health and Safety.

18.4 Professional Development Fund:  The purpose of the Professional Development Fund is to afford each Bargaining Unit Faculty Member the opportunity to improve scholarship and teaching in pursuit of the goals of the university. Both the University and the AAUP-WSU recognize the importance of continuous improvement in the skills and accomplishments of the faculty in these areas.

18.4.1 During each fiscal year of this contract each college shall make available a sum of no less than $1,200900 for each Bargaining Unit Faculty Member for professional development. Professional development expenses may include but are not limited to:  travel, software, hardware, books, journals, and supplies that directly support the teaching or research of the Member. This fund is not to be used for professional memberships unless such are needed in order to obtain publications not otherwise readily available. This fund shall not be used either to supplant routine computer hardware replacements or to obtain software for which the University purchases a site license. It may be used to replace hardware more frequently than the usual scheduled replacement cycle or to upgrade existing hardware.

18.4.2 Unused funds shall be carried forward from one year to the next by the college on behalf of each eligible faculty member. Beginning July 1, 2012 tThe maximum amount available to any Member pursuant to Sections 18.4.1 through 18.4.5 will be $3,6003,200.

18.4.3 Disbursements from these funds must be approved by the Memberís dean or designee. To request funds, a Member must submit to his or her department chair a written request that includes a statement describing how the requested travel or materials will enhance the Memberís teaching or contribute to scholarly productivity.

18.4.4 The impact or result of professional development funding should be reflected in each Memberís annual faculty activity report.

18.4.5 Deans are not required to disburse faculty development funds to Members with a continuing pattern of poor performance, to Members who have not reasonably demonstrated productive use of past funds, or to Members whose requests do not show a direct relationship between the requested expenditure and their teaching or research that might reasonably lead to grants, publications, or other scholarly productivity.

18.4.6 Nothing in this Article precludes Deans and/or Department Chairs from providing additional funds for travel or to support other professional development activities or needs.

18.5 Academic Services Committee. The University and the AAUP-WSU agree that service units which are responsive to faculty needs are essential in order for the core missions of Wright State University in teaching and research to be accomplished. To this end, the parties will maintain an Academic Services Committee to review and make recommendations regarding the services provided to faculty in support of their teaching and research by Computing and Telecommunication Services (CaTS), the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), the Office of the Registrar, the Office of Disability Services (ODS), and the Physical Plant.

18.5.1 Committee Membership. The Academic Services Committee shall have seven members, each of whom will be a tenured faculty member, and none of whom can be a director of or otherwise directly affiliated with any of the five four units named in Section 18.5. In the fall of even numbered years the AAUP-WSU will name a representative from the Lake Campus for that academic year; the University will name the representative in the fall of odd numbered years. Of the remaining six members of the committee, three will be appointed by AAUP-WSU and three by the University.

18.5.2 Each fall, the office of the Provost will arrange for an initial meeting of this Committee, at which meeting the committee will elect a chair (or co-chairs if the committee so desires).

18.5.3 Normally, only committee members will attend meetings of the committee. However, the directors of the five four units specified in Section 18.5 will normally meet with the committee upon the committeeís request, and likewise the committee will normally agree to a request from one of the directors to hold a meeting with the committee. It is understood that the parties must be reasonable and flexible with respect to scheduling constraints.

18.5.4 Normally, the Committee will make recommendations to the Provost, although it may also make recommendations directly to a director of an individual unit.

18.5.5 When the Provost (or other administrator to whom the Committee issues a recommendation) takes action (or elects not to act) following a written recommendation from a majority of the Committee, the Provost (or other administrator, respectively) shall inform the Committee of such action and communicate the reasons for the decision in writing. The parties recognize that the Provost (or other administrator, respectively) will not communicate reasons for their actions (or decisions not to act) that are based on confidential information.

18.6 Communications with Bargaining Unit Faculty

When the University needs to send an e-mail message to all Members of the TET Bargaining Unit that is intended to be binding, it must use an e-mail list that includes the university e-mail addresses of all Members of the TET Bargaining Unit; e-mail lists that individuals can resign from (opt out of) are not acceptable. Examples of such messages include but are not limited to the following:

  • Notice to obtain a parking pass for the upcoming calendar year
  • Notice to sign up for health insurance for the upcoming calendar year.

18.5 Academic Services Committee. The University and the AAUP-WSU agree that service units which are responsive to faculty needs are essential in order for the core missions of Wright State University in teaching and research to be accomplished. To this end, the parties will maintain an Academic Services Committee to review and make recommendations regarding the services provided to faculty in support of their teaching and research by Computing and Telecommunication Services (CaTS), the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), the Office of the Registrar, the Office of Disability Services (ODS), and the Physical Plant.

18.5.1 Committee Membership. The Academic Services Committee shall have seven members, each of whom will be a faculty member, and none of whom can be a director of or otherwise directly affiliated with any of the four units named in Section 18.5. In the fall of every even numbered year, AAUP-WSU will appoint a member from the Lake Campus to serve on that year's committee, and in the fall of every odd numbered year, the University will appoint the Lake Campus representative. Of the remaining six members of the committee, three will be appointed by AAUP-WSU and three by the University.

18.5.2 Each fall, the office of the Provost will arrange for an initial meeting of this Committee, at which meeting the committee will elect a chair (or co-chairs if the committee so desires).

18.5.3 Normally, only committee members will attend meetings of the committee. However, the directors of the four five units specified in Section 18.5 will normally meet with the committee upon the committee's request, and likewise the committee will normally agree to a request from one of the directors to hold a meeting with the committee. It is understood that the parties must be reasonable and flexible with respect to scheduling constraints.

Status of Negotiations about the Above Article

May 30, 2014

The administration put forth revisions of both the NTE version and the TET version of this article.

Regarding the NTE version, the administration

The administration cast its TET version in a like manner. Remarkably, the administration stated that professional development funds are part of our compensation!

In reply, our team reminded the administration that travel expenses have increased. We stated that in many academic units, the only source of funds for BUFMs' for professional travel is professional development funds. Further, we stated that if indeed the administration believes that professional development funds are part of our compensation, then we will take that into consideration in Articles 23 (Compensation) and 26 (Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance).

April 16, 2014

Our team put forth the counterproposals shown in the middle and left columns of the table above. Notice our proposal to increase the annual allocation of professional development funds, and also section 18.6 on Communications with Bargaining Unit Faculty.

February 14, 2014

The administration proposed the changes shown in the right column of the table above. As you see, the substance of the proposal is to add the Office of Disability Services to the units for which the Academic Services Committee has responsibility. (The administration's intent was to leave intact all other portions of Article 18.)

Our negotiating team accepted the administration proposal. We also stated that we would propose additional changes in this article, though not until a later date.


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