Volume LXIII Number 3

Jan/Feb/Mar 2010

The TACT Quarterly eBulletin
Jan/Feb/Mar 2010 - Volume LXIII Number 3

In this quarter’s TACT newsletter... Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Letter from the President
by Gary Coulton

President Gary Coulton University of Texas San Antonio Immediate Past President Debra Price Sam Houston State University VP of Financial Affairs Frank Fair Sam Houston State University VP of Membership Elizabeth Lewandowski Midwestern State University VP of Legislative Affairs Cindy Simpson Sam Houston State University Directors At Large Allen Martin University of Texas - Tyler Mark Gaus Sam Houston State University Peter Hugill Texas A&M Executive Director Chuck Hempstead (512) 873-7404

Executive Director’s Report
by Chuck Hempstead

To Delegate or Not to Delegate
by Elizabeth Lewandowski

Letter to THECB Board Member: Dr. Dennis Golden In Remembrance: Philip Lloyd White Spring Membership Drive TACT Spring Conference Key Election Dates GRF Contributors

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Copyright © 2009 by the Texas Association of College Teachers. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be produced in any form without permission; Chuck Hempstead, Editor.

The TACT Quarterly eBulletin
Texas Association of College Teachers
Defending Academic Freedom

CONTENTS
Cover Page Index The President’s Column The Executive Director’s Report To Delegate or Not to Delegate Letter to THECB Board Member: Dr. Dennis Golden In Remembrance: Philip Lloyd White Spring Membership Drive TACT Spring Conference Key Election Dates GRF Contributors Membership Application Past eBulletins

Letter from the President
by Gary Coulton TACT President

Dear Fellow TACT Members, Hello, I hope your spring semester is progressing nicely. I’d like to encourage you to take a little time out of the semester for some professional development. You are invited to our spring conference, conducted jointly with the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and the Texas Council of Faculty Senates (TCFS). The Conference will be held February 26-27 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Austin. Information on making hotel reservations is presented elsewhere in this edition of the TACT eBulletin. We have scheduled what promises to be a very informative and thought provoking program. In the interest of space I will limit myself to discussing Friday’s program. Dr. Dawn Zimmaro, Director, Division of Instructional Innovation and Assessment (DIIA) at UT Austin will speak one two issues. How assessment of instruction data are used at UT, and legislative issues on the horizon regarding assessment. Concluding the afternoon session, banquet speaker, Cary Nelson, will make what promises to be a very interesting and informative presentation entitled “Higher Education’s Perfect Storm: What Can We Do?” Also on the agenda is what promises to be a lively debate on the pros and cons of on-line education. The participants will be Dr. Allen Martin (Professor of Sociology at UT-Tyler and also a TACT Board Member) and Dr. Rob Robinson, Director of the UT Telecampus (I’ll leave it to you to guess who is on which side of the issue). Just a reminder, the next session of the state legislature is now a little less than a year away. Important things are going on in preparation for the session. For instance, interim committee charges have been made by Lt. Governor David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Strauss (see the November 2009 and January 2010 TACT Legislative Alert for details). This is just another example of how TACT works to keep you informed about legislative issues concerning higher education in Texas (during and between sessions). Take care and I hope to see you at the Conference. Gary F. Coulton, Ph.D. Texas A&M University-San Antonio

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The TACT Quarterly eBulletin
Texas Association of College Teachers
Defending Academic Freedom

CONTENTS
Cover Page Index The President’s Column The Executive Director’s Report To Delegate or Not to Delegate Letter to THECB Board Member: Dr. Dennis Golden In Remembrance: Philip Lloyd White Spring Membership Drive TACT Spring Conference Key Election Dates GRF Contributors Membership Application Past eBulletins

Executive Director’s Report
by Chuck Hempstead TACT Executive Director

The winds of change are blowing through our association. With spring just around the corner, we have been busy updating and improving some familiar facets of TACT. Change is good, and we’re embracing it so we can bring you the services, information, and advocacy you need. If you have not recently moused-over the new TACT website, I encourage you to take a moment to visit us at www.tact.org and get excited about the brand new layout. Remember to create a new User Name and password as your own personal log-in to the website. This beneficial feature will allow you to access the member-only section of the site, including the most recent TACT eBulletin newsletters, archived First Alerts, and the annual ORP Study. We are in the midst of planning our upcoming legislative visits to the Capitol on February 26th including a visit with Lt. Governor Dewhurst. We need your continued support to influence our success as we fight for faculty benefits. When the state calls to slash higher education budgets, we are working to keep your jobs and programs from being carted to the chopping block. Email me today with your issues and concerns to add to our visiting agenda and the Legislative Agenda for the 82nd session. These interim sessions bring much opportunity for input. There is much to be accomplished by attending these meetings, shaking hands and introducing TACT to our state leaders, some for the first time. Please see my letter to recently appointed THECB Board of Director’s Dr. Dennis Golden in this eBulletin. During this interim, it is critical that we reach out to our legislators and state officials so they will take the concerns of TACT to heart when crafting new legislation. As always, our strength lies in our numbers. Now is the time to encourage your colleagues to join TACT. Take advantage of our Spring-incentive membership rate (including EPLI) for only $109. Membership is valid until 10.31.2010. Plus, for every new member that you recruit for TACT, we’ll send you a $20 Amazon.com gift card. Please also consider a contribution to the James Puckett Government Relations Fund. These funds are allocated for activities that will increase awareness of TACT among influences of public policy. Your contribution will assist in TACT’s legislative efforts to improve Texas higher education. Thank you for your continued support, and we’re glad to fight for you in this new season of possibilities. Sincerely, Chuck Hempstead, Executive Director

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The TACT Quarterly eBulletin
Texas Association of College Teachers
Defending Academic Freedom

CONTENTS
Cover Page Index The President’s Column The Executive Director’s Report To Delegate or Not to Delegate Letter to THECB Board Member: Dr. Dennis Golden In Remembrance: Philip Lloyd White Spring Membership Drive TACT Spring Conference Key Election Dates GRF Contributors Membership Application Past eBulletins

To Delegate or Not to Delegate
by Elizabeth Lewandowski TACT VP of Membership

As I sit at my desk writing to you I am reminded by my to-do list for today of the myriad things that are on my plate of responsibilities. From the esoteric to the mundane, each of these items silently cries to be addressed NOW! Each of us faces decisions every day about which items are most urgent and which can wait, which need our attention and which can be delegated. Just under a month ago I was leaving a recruiting event and didn’t see the curb. I slipped, fell and badly broke my foot. Normally an active, energetic person, my life has been redefined by this experience. Crutches and a boot limit my ability to move swiftly and what I can carry in a backpack limits what I can carry. Pain limits my ability to work at peak efficiency. I seem to require more down time and everything I do seems to require five times the usual amount of time! I have been forced to ask myself, “Do I really have to do this *whatever it is* myself or can I delegate it to someone else?” This isn’t any easy question and one I really hate making. This experience has made me re-examine some of my activities and short-term goals. I rely on our secretary much more than usual for copying. She kindly brings things to my office on the second floor to save me steps. My student assistants coddle me, going so far as to take my crutches away from me to ensure that I ask them for help rather than get things myself. I’ve more efficiently arranged my desk and office for ease of reach. What does this have to do with TACT? Each of us, as faculty members, has a wide range of responsibilities both on and off campus. One of those responsibilities includes being involved in the governance of higher education. Whether that means serving on university committees, being on Faculty Senate or writing for a journal in our specialization, we have a responsibility for seeing to the continuation of our mission – the education of the next generation(s) of the state of Texas. All our universities have recently been told by the governor to return a percentage of our state funds to the state coffers. Some departments are doing this without complaint, others are screaming all the way to the bank. Positions are being frozen and tuition is being raised, all in the attempt to keep our institutions functioning in a downward turning economy.

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The TACT Quarterly eBulletin
Texas Association of College Teachers
Defending Academic Freedom

To Delegate or Not to Delegate CONTENTS
Cover Page Index The President’s Column The Executive Director’s Report To Delegate or Not to Delegate Letter to THECB Board Member: Dr. Dennis Golden In Remembrance: Philip Lloyd White Spring Membership Drive TACT Spring Conference Key Election Dates GRF Contributors Membership Application Past eBulletins

(cont’d.)

What can I do about that, you ask? I’m not a legislator! I’m not a lobbyist! I’m not a university president! No, you aren’t. But you do control your to-do list and what you choose to do each day. If you are concerned about the impact of the financial situation being forced on our universities, if you are concerned that the tuition raises are being seen as fat cat universities sticking it to the little guy, if you are worried that the hiring freezes will make classes too large for optimal learning, then this is not the time to sit back and put your feet up while you delegate the responsibility to those who are already doing their best. Don’t try to put this on someone else – don’t delegate this responsibility. Sit down and call your state representative and senator and let them know how difficult things are getting. Write an email to them talking about your concerns. Send an editorial letter to your local paper explaining that the tuition raises are a direct result of a decline in state funding. Join TACT. If you are already a member, approach a colleague about membership. I know that we are all feeling the pinch in our own pocketbooks but we cannot afford to allow these financial limitations to prevent us from making a difference in our passion, higher education. Don’t delegate this responsibility! Take action now and help make a difference. I’m checking the local paper every day to see when my editorial will run. How about you?

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The TACT Quarterly eBulletin
Texas Association of College Teachers
Defending Academic Freedom

CONTENTS
Cover Page Index The President’s Column The Executive Director’s Report To Delegate or Not to Delegate Letter to THECB Board Member: Dr. Dennis Golden In Remembrance: Philip Lloyd White Spring Membership Drive TACT Spring Conference Key Election Dates GRF Contributors Membership Application Past eBulletins

Tact is Reaching Out to Legislators and We Hope You Do the Same Letter to THECB Board Member

Dr. Dennis Golden

Dear Dr. Golden: Congratulations and thank you for your continued service to Texas higher education through your contributions to the THECB. I wanted to introduce this organization to you by way of a specific appreciation for your question regarding educational quality during the “momentum points and milestones” discussions. The Texas Association of College Teachers was an early and vocal proponent of Closing the Gaps, but always with an equal emphasis on more AND better degree attainment. My guess is that technology employers care not only about how many electrical engineers are in a hiring pool, but how well prepared is the individual actually hired. Though not the focus of your particular discussion, I am hopeful that we as a State will go beyond the answers you received of accrediting bodies and licensing pass rates. Of course, one of our favorite solutions is smaller student/faculty ratios in classrooms with full-time, tenured professors. As you begin to study faculty efficiency, let us not assume that a classroom holding 200 students is twice as efficient at knowledge exchange as one holding 100 students. And if Star Awards are presented to Amarillo College for expanded one-on-one tutoring, maybe the auditorium-as-classroom model only addresses half of the “quantity and quality” equation. Again, all the best as you continue to tackle the critical issues within the educational goals we all demand. We stand at your service. Sincerely, Chuck Hempstead Executive Director

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The TACT Quarterly eBulletin
Texas Association of College Teachers
Defending Academic Freedom

CONTENTS
Cover Page Index The President’s Column The Executive Director’s Report To Delegate or Not to Delegate Letter to THECB Board Member: Dr. Dennis Golden In Remembrance: Philip Lloyd White Spring Membership Drive TACT Spring Conference Key Election Dates GRF Contributors Membership Application Past eBulletins

Professor Emeritus Philip Lloyd White
July 31, 1923 - October 15, 2009

In Remembrance

An advocate of empowering professors, White helped to bring the first major university chapter of TACT to the University of Texas. He served as President of TACT in 1981 and, during his tenure, was instrumental in fighting for salary increases and retention in higher education in Texas. He successfully sued the university after his salary had been suppressed due to political activities. His work on the effect of the salary ‘crunch’ on higher education helped to shape TACT’s legislative focus and enabled the association to successfully lobby for level funding of the Optional Retirement Program in 1983 at a time of reduced funding for the Teacher Retirement System. “Phil’s legacy was in his ability to listen to faculty, hear their needs and instinctively move to take his research to the next level. We learned from him then and continue to lead by his example today.” –Chuck Hempstead, Executive Director. Philip White was born in Akron and raised in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. He served as an army sergeant in WWII, and was stationed in SW England and outside Paris. During his service, he earned a degree in political science from Baldwin Wallace College. He went on to Columbia University where he earned a MA in economics and a PhD in early American History. He began teaching in 1955 at The University of Texas as an American History professor. Philip married Meda Margaret Miller in 1958. Together, they spent time researching at Columbia. They moved to England for a year, where Philip was a Fulbright Professor at the University of Nottingham. When they returned to the U.S., Philip taught for three years at The University of Chicago before settling back in Austin at the University of Texas.

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He was known for his good humor and tireless efforts to promote neglected areas of academia and local history, and to empower minorities, students and neighborhoods. He advocated democracy and equality for all, and fought to make it so. Philip was the founder of the Tarrytown/West Austin Democrats, Austin’s first neighborhood group. He also founded UT’s first student political group. These groups helped to shape Austin’s political sphere through organizing communities and registering voters. Please honor Phil by visiting his memorial at: http://memorialwebsites.legacy.com/philwhite/Homepage.aspx
(Photo courtesy of http://memorialwebsites.legacy.com/philwhite/Homepage.aspx)

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The TACT Quarterly eBulletin
Texas Association of College Teachers
Defending Academic Freedom

CONTENTS
Membership Benefits
Cover Page Index The President’s Column The Executive Director’s Report To Delegate or Not to Delegate Letter to THECB Board Member: Dr. Dennis Golden In Remembrance: Philip Lloyd White Spring Membership Drive TACT Spring Conference Key Election Dates GRF Contributors Membership Application Past eBulletins
All memberships to TACT include Educators Professional Liability Insurance (EPLI). Receive up to $2 million in coverage plus legal fees for damages. We receive calls throughout the year from concerned professors about student claims that can ruin one’s career and life savings. Protect yourself. TACT keeps a pulse on all agencies that affect faculty members to ensure your interests are represented. We keep you informed through the e-mailed First Alerts, which provide you with same-day developments on public policy issues and how they affect you. The Quarterly eBulletin newsletter highlights association news in the profession. Members are encouraged to contribute articles. We represent you at the Capitol. Our focus is on university faculty issues in Texas. We lobby on behalf of you, with a legislative agenda of top concerns developed by members. We understand the issues you face in your career –being a member of TACT lets you be part of the solution.

strong, responsive, effective advocacy
“Recognizing that the colleges and universities of Texas exist for the benefit of the students of these institutions and the people who support them, and believing that the people of Texas want, and should have, the best education system for higher education in the nation, we herewith dedicate ourselves to the development of a program designed to assist all like-minded persons and groups in attaining excellence in higher education in Texas. We therefore pledge ourselves to strive for the highest personal standards of teaching, scholarship, and research.” TACT Bylaws The Texas Association of College Teachers has been serving the needs of university professors, staff and librarians in Texas since 1948. TACT’s legacy includes networking on issues of academic freedom, statistical research, tenure implementation and protection, professional standards, working conditions and legislative advocacy.

We invite you to join our association to take a stand for your career and let your voice be heard beyond your classroom. Become an active member of an association rich in history that focuses on you-the university professor-and your career dedicated to the students of Texas.

Join today for only $109!
Recruit a new member and we’ll send you (and your new member) a $20 Amazon.com gift card.

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Texas Association of College Teachers
Defending Academic Freedom

CONTENTS
Cover Page Index The President’s Column The Executive Director’s Report To Delegate or Not to Delegate Letter to THECB Board Member: Dr. Dennis Golden In Remembrance: Philip Lloyd White Spring Membership Drive TACT Spring Conference Key Election Dates GRF Contributors Membership Application Past eBulletins

TACT Spring Conference
Participate in annual legislative visits to the Capitol including meeting Lt Gov. Dewhurst. Support fellow colleagues as they speak to current trends in higher education. Network with members during evening social hour and banquet. Vote on important Board of Directors items. Joint meeting with TCFS and AAUP February 26 & 27 2010 Crowne Plaza Hotel Austin, Texas

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Texas Association of College Teachers
Defending Academic Freedom

CONTENTS
Cover Page Index The President’s Column The Executive Director’s Report To Delegate or Not to Delegate Letter to THECB Board Member: Dr. Dennis Golden In Remembrance: Philip Lloyd White Spring Membership Drive TACT Spring Conference Key Election Dates GRF Contributors Membership Application Past eBulletins

Key Election Dates 2010
Feb. 16 — First day of early voting in primary. Feb. 26 — Last day of early voting in primary. Mar. 2 — Primary election. Apr. 5 — First day of early voting in primary runoff (if needed). Apr. 9 — Last day of early voting in primary runoff. Apr. 13 — Primary runoff election. Oct. 4 — Last day to register to vote in general election. Oct. 18 — First day of early voting in general election. Oct. 29 — Last day of early voting in general election Nov. 2 — General election.

Click here for more information on elections
Source: Texas Secretary of State’s Office

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Texas Association of College Teachers
Defending Academic Freedom

CONTENTS
Cover Page Index The President’s Column The Executive Director’s Report To Delegate or Not to Delegate Letter to THECB Board Member: Dr. Dennis Golden In Remembrance: Philip Lloyd White Spring Membership Drive TACT Spring Conference Key Election Dates GRF Contributors Membership Application Past eBulletins

The James M. Puckett, Ph. D. Government Relations Fund
The TACT Dr. James M. Puckett, Ph.D. Government Relations Fund is a result of optional contributions made by those committed to TACT’s heightened public affairs program. It is not used for candidate contributions, but is used for activities that will increase awareness of TACT among influences of public policy. Your contribution will assist in TACT’s legislative efforts to improve Texas higher education. All expenditures are approved in advance by TACT’s President, President-elect and Legislative Committee Chair.

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Thank you to the following contributors
Gary Coulton Jonathan Coopersmith Mary DeShazo Frank Fair Clarke Garnsey Mark Gaus Chuck Hempstead Peter Hugill Elizabeth Lewandowski Allen Martin Debra Price Cindy Simpson Andrea Williams George Parangimalil Robert Strader

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