Publications Committee, Oct. 02, 2019


The Academic Senate Committee on Publications met on Wednesday, October 02, 2019, 03:05 PM-04:07 PM, RFK 216

Committee Members in Attendance:

Aviva Geismar (Chair), Vazgen Shekoyan (Secretary), Kwang Hyun Kim, Kerri-Ann M. Smith, Faustino Quintanilla

Absent: Dolores Weber

Liaisons in Attendance:

Stephen DiDio (President’s Liaison)

Phil Pecorino (Steering Committee Designee)


The meeting was called to order at 03:05 PM

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                                                       Submitted Date: November 08, 2019              

October 02, 2019 Minutes

                                                                Publications Committee Meeting Minutes (2018-2019)

Meeting date:  Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Time:                   03:05 PM-04:07 PM

Location:           RFK 216

Chair:    Aviva Geismar

Secretary:   Vazgen Shekoyan


The meeting was called to order at approximately 3:05 pm.


The minutes from the previous meeting were approved. Phil reminded that a copy of documents should be sent to Constance Williams for the inclusion in the archives.


The committee decided that while the committee meetings will be held from 3-4 pm on first Wednesdays of each month for this semester, starting from the next semester the committee will have a set time:  2-3 pm on first Wednesday’s of each academic month.


The committee decided to look for a new member of the committee to replace Dolores Weber who cannot attend the meetings due to scheduling conflicts.


The committee discussed the charges of the committee. Phil informed the committee members of the historical role of the committee in the college. Further discussion on updating the charges of the committee and removal of obsolete parts ensued.


Faculty Handbook was discussed. Here are some of the items of the discussion:

  • As the Faculty Handbook and other handbooks are online, by making changes through the website common sections can be easily updated.
  • Phil informed the committee of possible legal implications of the handbook.
  • Phil also suggested creating a survey asking the faculty what items would they want to see in the handbook (e.g., information on grants, faculty support, how governance works). It was decided that a survey will be created and given to faculty (through FEC) on what they find useful or would like to see in the handbook. The committee discussed the various types of questions that can be asked in the survey. Phil volunteered to draft a list of questions for the survey.
  • Aviva suggested looking into the handbooks of other employees as well such as CLT-s, adjuncts and HEO-s. Similar survey should be created as well. The committee will contact HR to obtain the list of current handbooks. Phil will also look for the printed handbooks in his possession.
  • Phil will bring to the meeting a list of outdating information in the Faculty Handbook.


QCC webpage modifications were discussed as well. The committee members mentioned how hard it is to find information on the website. The committee agreed that while the website should have uniformity, it should allow individuality for faculty members’ websites as well as for departmental websites.


The committee decided to create a Subcommittee of Webmasters.

  • The purpose of the subcommittee is to work on the college website. It should be looking at the academics aspects of the departmental pages. It should determine the minimal aspects that each departmental website should have.
  • The formal charges of the subcommittee:
  1. a) Serve as an advisory board to the Publication Committee regarding academic aspects of the college website;
  2. b) Suggest minimal contents and functionality of departmental webpages.
  • One member of the Publication Committee should serve in the subcommittee. Kwang volunteered to serve in that role.
  • The subcommittee should consist of 5 members; duration: 1 year
  • The meeting times of the subcommittee: 3-4 pm on second Wednesdays of each month.


Meeting adjourned at approximately 4:07 pm.


Respectfully submitted,

Vazgen Shekoyan
Committee on Publications, Secretary

Minutes typed on November 01, 2019

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