USFFA FORUM, 2016 NEGOTIATIONS 4 comments Leave a comment at the bottom of the page to get involved in the discussion. Elliot Neaman test: begin deiscussion Richard Greggory Johnson III Test II John M Lendvay Given some of the discussion within the Science Faculty on the Term to CTC discussion, I am inviting science faculty to submit their comments here. John T. Sullivan I have a few questions about the proposed negotiating item 2C: “Term faculty with a CTC or at Associate or Full Professor rank shall be eligible for a sabbatical leave (for research or other forms of professional development, including teaching) beginning in the fall of the academic year after six years of service.” I realize that some longstanding term faculty are active in research, and this effort is commendable, given lack of available time and resources. However, since term faculty with 6 or more years of service are evaluated for promotion solely on the basis of “(i) teaching experience and ability, and (ii) service to the University and to the profession or the community…” (CBA 17.2.5 (B)), how is research considered professional development, inasmuch as research is not a part of their current profession, which is to teach and perform service? I am familiar with but unconvinced by the conventional wisdom that engaging in research strengthens teaching. Having been involved in both activities for over 40 years, I am more keenly aware of the tension that exists between the two: every minute I am sitting at the microscope looking at parasites is time not spent preparing for the parasitology class, and vice versa. In the specific case of term science faculty (and to be fair tenured science faculty) who have not done any research, as evidenced by a peer reviewed publication, in 6 years or longer, is it realistic to expect significant results from one or two semesters of work? With respect to a sabbatical leave for the purpose of “other forms of professional development, including teaching,” what does this mean? Improving the same courses that have been taught for the last 6 years? Developing new courses? Readings to improve depth of knowledge in one’s subject area? Aren’t these activities a normal job responsibility of a university educator, accomplished during evenings, weekends, and intersessions? I have opinions about, but no clear answers to, these questions but thought they should be raised.