Union notes from Union / Management Meeting

Present – Prince Charles Alexander, Dennis Cecere, Peter Cokkinias, Margaret McAllister, Jeff Perry, Wendy Rolfe, David Scott, Jackson Schultz, Will Silvio, and Jeri Sykes. 

Management – Jay Kennedy, Kari Juusela, Joe Bennett, Jennifer Burke.

  1. Jackson and Jay opened the meeting.
  2. Faculty hiring process. HR partners with Academic Affairs in collaboration to handle the entire process; on-boarding, IT, etc. Working with Samia Gunn from Academic Affairs, resources for advertising, screening, etc. Some hiring managers want HR to screen everything first, some want the search committee go through on their own. Search committees go through trainings to make sure they are following best practices. The committee recommends to the Chair – then to the Dean – then to SVP/AA. It is rare that the recommendation is not accepted. Sometimes the recommended person turns down the position, sometimes info comes to light that leads to a withdrawal from the process (a tainted search) – then the process starts anew. Sometimes there is a student component and/or a faculty component making recommendations to the Search Committee. Kari mentioned that the teaching presentation is the most important element in the process.

    We discussed the process from a faculty perspective – many feel that the process is tainted – decisions made outside of the search committee – internal vs. external candidates, we have a very complex curriculum external candidates need so much additional training it makes more sense that we hire FT positions from within. We briefly discussed promotions to FT rather than conversions.
  3. CORI check process – third party vendor consent form is overreaching. The only time the CORI info comes back is if there is an issue. The vendor is bound by privacy laws.