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Bulletin No. 18

Pages 347-358

26 April 2002



Page    Topic

347      Contents


348            Spring 2002 College Senate and Senate Committee MeetingSchedule

348            Senate Bulletin Mailing List

348            Appointment to the Standing Committees of the UniversityFaculty Senate

349            General Education Assessment Plan

349            Department Senator Elections

350            Sabbatical Leave Applications

350            Nominations for Distinguished Ranks and Chancellor’s Awards

351      Minutes of the Executive Committee Meeting, 23 April 2002

357      Agenda: 2001-2002 College Senate Meeting, 30 April 2002

358      Agenda: 2002-2003 College Senate Meeting, 30 April 2002






                  Correspondence:  Janice A. Lovett,Department of Biology,

                  Bailey 210; e-mail:; phone:245-5413




Spring 2002 CollegeSenate and Senate Committee Meeting Schedule


            April 30      Last 2001-2002 College Senate Meeting

            April 30      First 2002-2003 College Senate Meeting

            May 7 Policy Committe Meeting, Welles 111

            May 7 Student Affairs Committee


Senate Bulletin Mailing List

Any member of the College Community may receive an individualcopy of the College Senate Bulletin. If you would like to receivea copy please send your name as you would like it to appear onthe mailing label and your campus address to the Senate Chair,Janice Lovett, or 210 Bailey.


Appointment to the Standing Committees of the University FacultySenate

The University Faculty Senate is requesting interestedfaculty and professional staff apply for appointment to the StandingCommittees of the University Faculty Senate. While the campushas a University Faculty Senator (William Gohlman) there is theopportunity for other members of the campus to participate inthe University Faculty Senate as members of the Standing Committees.Appointments are for one year and committees meet three to fourtimes during the year. The Standing Committees and their chargesare:


Governance Committee - The Committee will concern itselfwith University-wide Governance and provide guidance on mattersof campus governance. The committee shall interact with localgovernance leaders of the University.


Graduate Academic Programs and Research Committee - TheCommittee will serve as a source of professional advice and guidanceto the Senate on matters relating to the quality, operation, andencouragement of graduate programs and research. To these ends,the Committee may be concerned with the procedures, criteria,and support of existing and new graduate programs within the University.The Committee may review and recommend policies and proceduresrelating to moral and ethical concerns of research and graduatestudies and other matters involving support and furtherance ofresearch and graduate studies in the University. Current topics:Arrange a panel discussion on “Impact of Funding Sourceson the Direction of Research.” Finalize a Guide to FacultyOrientation Programs.


Public Information Committee - The Committee shall developand implement a consistent program of advocacy for the State Universityof New York on a state-wide and regional basis to various publics,including but not limited to - students, parents, alumni, facultyand staff, media, government, the private sector and trusteesof the State University.


Student Life Committee - The Committee will be concernedwith significant educational, developmental, social, culturaland recreational policies, programs, issues and services thataffect the quality of student life and the campus environmentof the State University of New York.


Undergradaute Academic Programs and Policies Committee - The Committee shall provide advice and guidance to the FacultySenate on matters relating to undergradaute programs and policiesthroughout the University. To these ends, the Committee may reviewsuch areas as existing and proposed curricula, standards for academicdegrees, undergraduate academic assessment, teaching techniquesand evaluation, special undergraduate programs, articulation amongunits of the State University of New York and the various aspectsof international education and development. Current topics: articulationand transfer, student internships, and international education.


University Operations Committee - The Committee shall beconcerned with the effective participation of the professionalstaff in University personnel policies including equal employmentpractices and affirmative action. The Committee shall also beconcerned with the development and administration of the budgetaryand planning activities of the University, and to provide adviceand guidance on matters relating to the libraries, computing andtelecommunications. Upcoming projects: Investigate the relativesizes of the Administrative and Instructional budgets for theState Assisted campuses; retention and recruitment of faculty;distance learning.


University Programs and Awards Committee - The Committeewill concern itself with the enhancement of intercampus educationaland scholarly interests of the faculty through the developmentand strengthening of University-wide programs, grants, and awards.Current topics revision of the Faculty Exchange Scholars Programand review of Distinguished Service and Distinguished TeachingProfessorship guidelines and criteria. Review of Conferences inthe Discipline proposals.


Application forms may be obtained from either William Gohlman(Sturges 313, X5735, or Janice Lovett (Bailey210, X5413,


General Education Assessment Plan

The completed General Education Assessment Plan submittedto SUNY Central Administration can be viewed at preliminary plan was printed in Bulletin 11, p. 188-191 anda first reading was voted on during the Feb. 5, 2002 Senate meeting(p. 209-210). A second reading of the General Education AssessmentPlan will be on the agenda of the April 30, 2002 Senate meeting.


Departmental Senator Elections

A reminder that the terms for departmental senatorsexpires at the end of the semester. I will be notifying departmentswhose senators terms have expired and ask that they response beforethe end of the semester with the names of new senators. Senatorterms are for two years and College Senate traditionally meetson Tuesday at 4 p.m. If departments have other changes in departmentalsenators, e.g. sabbatical replacements, please also let me (JaniceLovett) know so that when Terry takes over as Chair in June hewill be able to make committee assignments and committee chairappointments  more easily. I will also send out a request to returningand newly-elected senators for committee preferences in the nextweek or two.





Applications for Professional Leave

Applications for professional leave for the 2002–2003 academicyear are due in Department offices on 15 September 2002 and inthe Provost's Office 15 October 2002. In accordance with the Constitution,the Professional Leave Review Committee is charged with publishingthe criteria by which they evaluate applications. Here is theirstatement:


"Sabbatical leave proposals are evaluated on the following criteria:clarity of presentation of proposed objectives (including scheduleand planned outcomes), potential contribution of the project toteaching or professional stature, necessity for leave, and evidenceof productivity in prior leaves or ongoing scholarly activity.See the Guidelines for the Submission of Proposals for SabbaticalLeaves for further detail and clarification."


The Guidelines for Submission of Proposals for Sabbatical Leavesare available in the Provost's Office.



Call for Nominations


Excellence Awards and Distinguished Ranks

Nominations are now being accepted for the following SUNY Ranks


      Distinguished Teaching Professor


      Distinguished Service Professor


      Distinguished Librarian


      Distinguished Professor


And for the following Chancellor's Awards:


      Excellence in Teaching


      Excellence in Librarianship


      Excellence in Professional Service


      Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activity


Nominations for these ranks and awards must be submittedin writing by Monday, September 16, 2002 to Charles Freeman, CollegeSenate Vice Chair, Greene 202. Confidential nominations shouldconsist of a 1-2 page nomination letter describing the nominee'squalifications for the award or rank.




College Senate Executive Committee Minutes

23 April 2002


Wadsworth 204


Present: T. Bazzett; J. Bushnell; C. Dahl; B. Dixon; C.Filice; C. Freeman; C. Leary; J. Lieberman; J. McLean; D. McPherson;D. Metz;


Chair Lovett called the meeting to order at 12.50PM.



Both were approved unanimously.



Chair’s Report

1.   Chair Lovett announced the resultsof the recent Senate elections:


Senate Officers:

Vice-Chair:    Charles Freeman (Physics)

Treasurer:   Maryellen Schmidt (School of Education)

Secretary:   Graham Drake (English)


Professional Leave Review Committee:

David Geiger (Math/Computer Science/Sciences), Carlo Filice (Humanities)Ray Lougeay (Social Sciences)


General Education Committee:

Kathy Jones (Communicative Disorders and Sciences); Kurt Fletcher(Physics)


Senators-at-Large (over six years of service):

Judith Bushnell (Library)

Margaret Stolee (History)

D. Jeffrey Over (Geological Sciences)

James Bearden (Sociology)

Cynthia Klima (Foreign Languages)

Richard Young (Geological Sciences)


Senators-at-Large (under six years of service):

H. Christina Geiger (Chemistry)

Jasmine Tang (Foreign Languages)


Lovett explained that the election returns resulted in a tie betweenTang and Michael Oberg (History). Since there is no provisionin the Constitution for deciding a tie,  Lovett had to take executiveaction to resolve it (i.e., she flipped a coin).


Lovett also reported that all six Professional Leave Review Committeeamendments passed.


Dahl asked whether part-time adjuncts on annual appointments wereeligible for Senate positions. Lovett said that any faculty memberwith a term appointment was eligible.


2.   In the nextweek or so, Lovett would be sending out an e-mail to departments.Department Senators finishing terms need replacements; this mattershould be seen to before the end of the semester so that incomingChair Bazzett can place Senators on Committees. Committee Chairsshould recommend successors for their jobs to Bazzett as well.


      University Faculty Committees, Lovett noted, did not necessarilyhave to include members of College Senate; Faculty would stillbe able to nominate themselves through 29 April. Topics the Committeeswill consider could be found in the Senate Bulletin: faculty retention,for example, and the distribution of administrative and facultyresources on campuses.


3.   The Executive Committee would need to set up, from amongits own members, a Roark Evaluation Committee. At least five studentsrequired evaluation, and their materials would be in 3 May. TheEvaluation Committee could then meet on 7 May. Several ExecutiveCommittee members volunteered.


4.   Lovett askedBazzett to get her an agenda for his first meeting by Thursdaymorning.


President’s Report

1.   PresidentDahl announced the members for the Task Force on Faculty Rolesand Rewards:


David Geiger, Chair (Chemistry)

Kenneth Asher, Professor (English)

Joan Ballard, Associate Professor (Psychology)

Patrice Case, Associate Professor (Art)

Emilye Crosby, Assistant Professor (History)

Christopher Leary, Associate Professor (Mathematics)

James McLean, Assistant Professor (Physics)

Paul Pacheco, Assistant Professor (Anthropology)

Katie-Rommel Esham, Assistant Professor (School of Education)

Gary Towsley, Distinguished Teaching Professor (Mathematics)

Ren Vasiliev, Associate Professor and Chair (Geography)

Mary Ellen Zuckerman, Professor and Head, Jones School of Business(Business Administration)


      The Task Force will also have two student members. ProvostDixon will serve as Co-Chair and Administrative Liaison.


      The Task Force would receive its charge before the end ofclasses and would also gather insights from the Faculty AffairsCommittee.


      Dahl said the Task Force would have a wide scope, lookingat how we evaluated all aspects of faculty activity—theway we looked at teaching, mentoring, and scholarship (both traditionaland non-traditional); how we evaluated service; how we providedfaculty development so that we could provide evaluation but alsohelp people progress through the phases of an academic career;and how we brought this in line with the way the College was constitutednow. The Task Force would look at national trends, read literatureon faculty evaluation, roles and rewards, seek outside consultants,and send Task Force members to national conventions on the issues.


      The President stressed that this would not be easy work;there would be summer reading and a number of forums. A nationally-knownexpert on faculty evaluation would be coming in November to receivean honorary degree and also stay to hold a workshop. Dahl wantedthe Task Force’s conversations to take part in a nationalconversation and determine what was good for Geneseo.


      The new members of the Committee thought the work important,and they expressed intellectual interest in the issues. Dahl wasgrateful for people taking on the task and excited about them..


2.   The President said a message from his office would soonbe released expressing condolences for the family of Jeremy Burns,who died last weekend. Investigations of the incident were ongoing,and the Student Association was providing transportation for thosewho wished to attend the calling hours and funeral in Tonawanda.


3.   The Diversity Commission was working on a draft statementon purposes and functions of diversity on campus and would meeton 30 April.


Provost’s Report

No report.


Past Chair’s Report

No report.


Vice-Chair’s Report

No report.


Treasurer’s Report 

No report.


Central Council Report

Lieberman said that Student Association elections were still goingon; results would be available later this evening. New membersof Central Council would receive their positions at the Changingof Guard Ceremony at the end of the business meeting on Wednesday,1 May.


Committee Reports

Faculty Affairs Committee Report

No report.


Graduate Affairs Committee Report

D. Metz reported that, after discussion with Dean Greenfield,the Communicative Disorders and Sciences Department thought thatthe course should be an experimental 488 course in the fall andnot waive the second reading. Vice-chair Bazzett asked if bothreadings could occur in the fall if there was no rush. Metz thoughtthis was fine.



Policy Committee Report

C. Filice said his Committee had met last Tuesday; minutes wouldappear shortly. The Committee considered the Executive Committee’s request to examine whether the Senate should approve SUNY Boardof Trustees History requirements. The Policy Committee thoughtthat it was the intention last year to have this happen—to have the courses go through the normal process of Senate approval.No objections were offered, and the University Faculty senator,W. Gohlman, also did not object. So such courses would come upfor Senate approval so long as the language remained clear thatthis was a SUNY requirement, not a Geneseo requirement.


T. Bazzett asked if the College has an Advisory Committee forthe US History Requirements. There is an Advisory Committee, theother members assured him.


The Committee would meet again on Tuesday, 7 May in Welles 111to begin talking about an issue connected with the syllabus policywhich calls for a statement of learning outcomes. The Committeewould examine whether including the statement about outcomes forcourses with multiple sections could sometimes be a guise forslipping in minor or major course description changes rather thaneditorial changes. Senate, of course, would not need to be involvedif the changes were only editorial ones.


The Provost said that she would like to attend the discussionat some point. She said there were important issues of the integrityof Geneseo courses. Every institution in the country could experiencecurricular drift from initial approval across time and a varietyof instructors.


J. McLean asked whether outcomes would be determined by individualDepartments. Filice said that there might be outcomes officiallylisted in course bulletins, for example, that would apply to multiplesections of the same course. Bushnell pointed out that outcomeswere sent to UCC and GAAC.


The Provost explained that learning outcomes were usually broaderthan specifically detailed outcomes outlined by the instructor.


Filice said that the issue of preexisting courses had come upin the Committee. Since such courses also would have to list outcomes,the Committee was concerned that adding outcome language couldchange nature of course and require reapproval by Senate.


Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Report

No Report


Student Affairs Committee Report

D. McPherson said that the Committee had been discussing sexualassault issues and had made progress towards the idea of havingan identified person in Counseling Services specifically trainedas a rape counselor and advocate. The Committee had identifiedno advocate for assault victims at this point in the College’s judicial processes. A student group of volunteers to train withthe local Planned Parenthood group would soon be forming.


New Business

There was no new business.


Old Business

Ad Hoc Governance Committee


Lovett asked if the section on the Committee’s structurewas consistent with discussions at the previous meeting. J. Liebermanthought there would be no problem finding students who could servetwo-year terms. Former Chair Leary thought the Committee shouldadd something about the Chair of the Committee. The Provost suggestedmaking the Past chair of Senate as a member ex officio; Bushnell suggested that the Senate Chair appoint with the adviceand consent of the Executive Committee.


There were no changes to the Committee’s charge.


Lovett asked if she should also present a proposed timetable.The Provost pointed out that time-schedules were always subjectto change, anyway.


Bushnell asked whether it would be good to have open meetingsin the first year before the Committee became too attached toparticular amendments. Bushnell would want to hear from the NominationsCommittee, for instance, before the Committee formulated amendments.Thus, Bushnell recommended having open meetings to gather informationduring the first year. This might also afford a good opportunityto hear from people who had been thinking of running for officebut would not accept a two-year chair’s term (one of thepossible proposals for governance changes).


Since Geneseo does not look at the structure of the Senate veryoften (the last time was during the MacVittie administration),the Provost hoped there would be a provision to look outside thebox and think about whether the Senate should be structured differentlyto meet the needs of the Senate now. She wanted to see some brainstormingtime as part of the process..


Bazzett wanted to know, given that the Senate Chair would appointa Chair for the Committee under consideration, what the generalprocedure was for appointing chairs and members of an ad hoc committee.The Provost made an analogy to Committees appointed by the President:when the President appoints a Committee, he usually asks an experiencedperson to chair it. Bazzett agreed that the Senate Chair shouldappoint the Chair and the Committee members.


Seeing a consensus on the make-up and charge of the Ad Hoc GovernanceCommittee, Lovett moved that the Executive Committee officiallyestablish such a Committee. The motion  passed unanimously.


Finally, Chair Lovett congratulated newly elected members of thenext Executive Committee.



Chair Lovett adjourned the meeting at 1.42PM.




Ad hoc Governance Committee




The committee will consist of ten voting members; six teachingfaculty, two students and two administration representatives.Committee members and the committee chair will be appointed bythe Chair of the College Senate for two years. A list of possiblestudent members will be compiled by Central Council and recommendedto the College Senate Chair for appointment. Administration memberswill be appointed in consultation with the President and Provost.A faculty member who happens to also be a member of the CollegeSenate may use their service on the Ad hoc Governance Committeein place of assignment to a College Senate Committee.




The Ad hoc Governance Committee will examine the currentcampus governance structure regarding all aspects of its structureand procedures within the local campus environment and with itsinteractions with the University Faculty Senate. It will recommendchanges to the governance to the Executive Committee of the CollegeSenate for adoption by the campus.




Year 1:

1.   Acquire governancestructure from other SUNY colleges and University Centers forcomparison with our own.

2.   Acquire the University Faculty Senate governance relativeto Campus Governance Leaders for possible articulation.

3.   Look for internal inconsistencies in the Constitution orinconsistencies with other campus documents; e.g. AffirmativeAction Policy or the Policies of the Board of Trustees.

4.   Consider Committee Structure, plan to add Assessment andTeaching and Professional Development Committees. Solicit recommendationsfrom all committees listed in the Constitution.

5.   Solicit suggestions and recommendations from the entirecampus community.

6.   Prepare recommendations for committee to act on in year2.


Year 2:

1.   Take recommendations and prepare a new constitution oramendment documents.

2.   Meet with the entire College Community to discuss possiblechanges.

3.   Have new Constitution/Amendments ready for presentationat March All-College Meeting for vote in the Spring Election.


College Senate Meeting

April 30, 2002


Call to Order


Adoption of the Agenda


Approval of the Minutes of the Previous Meetings

     p. 336-343, Senate Bulletin 17.


Senate Reports

     President's Report                                    Christopher Dahl

      Provost's Report                                       Barbara Dixon

      Chair's Report  Janice Lovett

      Vice Chair's Report                                  Terrence Bazzett

      Treasurer's Report                                   Charles Freeman

      University Senator's Report                     William Gohlman

      Central Council Report                             Joshua Lieberman


Reports of the Standing Committees of the Senate

     Undergraduate Curricula                          Judith Bushnell

Second Reading,Course Revisions:

      Anth 310 (Bulletin 15, p. 280, 281)

      Anth 321 (Bulletin 15, p. 280, 282)


Second Reading, New Courses:

      Acct 315/Mgmt 315 (Bulletin 15, p. 279, Bulletin 16,p. 319-322)

      Anth 335 (Bulletin 15, p. 279, 382-385)

      ArtH 310 (Bulletin 15, p. 292, 298-300)

      ArtH 386 (Bulletin 15, p. 293, 301-304)

      Intd 210 (Bulletin 15, p. 293-294, 305-306)

      Writ 201 (Bulletin 15, p. 279-280, 286-287)


Second Reading, Program Revisions:

      Economics Minor (Bulletin 15, p. 281, 282)

      Human Development Minor (Bulletin 15, p. 281, 282)


Second Reading, New Programs:

      Film Studies Minor (Bulletin 15, p. 294, 307-308)

      Early Childhood Education Major with Childhood Educationadded (Bulletin 15, p. 294-297, 309-313)



      Undergraduate Academic Policies, Core and Review                     Carlo Filice


      Graduate Academic Affairs                      Dale Metz


      Student Affairs  Duane McPherson


      Faculty Affairs  James Mclean


Old Business

     Second Reading: General Education Assessment Plan


New Business

     Ad hoc Governance Committee, p. 356