College Senate Bulletin

State University of New York at Geneseo

College of Arts and Sciences


Correspondence to Dennis Showers, School of Education, South 222C,, 245-5264

Note: Page numbers indicate pages as per the paper copy of the Bulletins.


Bulletin No. 1


            Pages 1-4

            September 12, 2011



Page             Topic

2                   Agenda: Senate Meeting on September 13, 2011

2                   Announcements:

                     Call for Nominations for

                                    Chancellor's Awards & Distinguished Ranks

                                    Committee on Nominations

                                    Faculty Personnel Committee

3          From the Chair: 

                        2011-2012 College Senate Meeting Schedule

                        Senate Bulletin Mailing List

                        Senate Web Site Reminder

                        Chair’s Report to Senate for 9/13/11


Agenda for Senate Meeting on September 13, 2011

Call to Order                                                                                          5 minutes

Adoption of the Agenda

Adoption of the Minutes

Senate Reports                                                                                    15 minutes

President                                   Christopher Dahl

Provost                                      Carol Long

Chair                                          Dennis Showers

Vice Chair                                  Jim Williams

Past-Chair                                  David Granger

Secretary                                   Cheryl Kreutter

Treasurer                                   Aaron Steinhauer

University Faculty Senator         Gregg Hartvigsen

Vice President, Student Assoc.  Tyler Ocon


Reports of the Standing Committees of the Senate                             5 minutes

Undergraduate Curricula              Ren Vasiliev

Undergraduate Policies                

Graduate Academic Affairs          Susan Salmon

Student Affairs                           

Faculty Affairs                              James McLean


Old Business

New Business

Discussion of restructuring the Senate and faculty governance                 35 minutes

Adjournment                               5:00 PM     



Call for Nominations: Chancellor’s Awards and Distinguished Ranks

Nominations are now being accepted from the College community-- faculty, students and staff-- for the following awards and ranks:

Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching
Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service
Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Librarianship

Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities
Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service

Distinguished Teaching Professor
Distinguished Service Professor
Distinguished Professor
Distinguished Librarian


These nominations should consist of a one to two page letter specifically describing the nominee's qualifications for the award or rank. Nominations for these awards and ranks must be submitted in writing by Monday, October 3, 2010 to Jim Williams, College Senate Vice Chair, History Department, Sturges Hall 303. Nominees will be requested to submit a vita, letters of recommendation, and other pertinent information shortly after the close of nominations.

Information about the criteria for each award and rank is available from Jim Williams and also at:

If you have any questions, contact Jim at extension 5742, or by e-mail at  


Call for Nominations: Committee on Nominations and Elections


Nominations are being accepted for three positions on the Committee on Nominations and Elections. Newly-elected members’ terms will be December 1, 2011 through November 30, 2013.
Nominations should be sent ASAP to members of the Committee on Nominations: Melissa Sutherland, Mathematics ( Jan Lovett, Biology ( ), Kathy Mapes, History (, George Marcus, Physics (, Kodjo Adabra, Languages and Literatures (, or Joaquin Gomez, Languages and Literatures (

Call for Nominations: Committee on Faculty Personnel

Nominations are being accepted for three positions on the Committee on Faculty Personnel (a.k.a. the College Personnel Committee) to replace Jennifer Katz (Psychology), Donald Marozas (Education), and Robert O'Donnell (Biology).  Newly-elected members’ terms will be January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2013.  Anne Eisenberg (Sociology), Jeff Over (Geological Sciences), Dan Strang (Business) and Chris Leary (Mathematics) are the continuing members of the Committee, so no faculty members in these Departments are eligible.   Faculty willing to serve must email one of the members of the Nominations and Elections Committee (above). This Committee will then transmit to all departments a list of eligible and willing faculty.  Each Department may then nominate up to four faculty members from the list, only one of whom can come from that Department. Nominees must be Associate Professors, Professors, Associate Librarians, or Librarians.


From the Chair:

2011-2012 College Senate Meeting Schedule

All meetings are held in Newton 204 and begin at 4:00.



September 13

October 18

November 8

December 6


January 31

February 28

April 3

May 1


These dates and the dates of the senate Executive Committee are available at:


Senate Bulletin Mailing List

Any member of the College Community may receive a printed copy of the College Senate Bulletin. If you would like to receive a paper copy please send your name as you like it to appear on the mailing label and your campus address to Jen Glieco at, phone 5531.  Anyone may also be added to the distribution list for the email copy by contacting Dennis Showers (


Senate Web Site Reminder

Please note that past bulletins, curriculum proposal forms, information on the Chancellor's Excellence Awards, Senate Membership information, links to the University Faculty Senate page, and the Constitution are all available online on the Senate's webpage:


Chair’s Report

September 13, 2011


Senate Roster Report: There are currently 77 members of the Senate. There will be 93 when all seats are filled. There are 14 teaching faculty positions for departmental senators open and two administrative faculty positions. Therefore, currently a quorum of the Senate is 39 members. A Special Meeting of the Senate can be called by a petition of eight members. Identified Senators have received an email asking them to identify their preferences for committee assignments. Appointments will be made by Wednesday, September 14.


Appointments: David Granger accepted my invitation to serve as Past Chair. Chris Leary accepted my invitation to serve as Parliamentarian.


I will represent the Geneseo faculty at the planning meeting of the University Faculty Senate at the end of this week. This meeting is for planning the committee activities for the year. I am serving on the Awards and Programs committee. Gregg Hartvigsen is serving on Operation and, Maria Lima and Leigh O’Brien are on Diversity and Cultural Competence. University Faculty Senate Committees are open to all full-time faculty in SUNY. Please consider volunteering next spring when the call goes out for 2012-2013 committees.


I will join the Campus Governance Leaders (Senate Chairs, Faculty Presidents, etc.) in a two-day meeting concurrent with the University Faculty Senate meetings October 20-22 at Purchase College. We will have meetings to discuss issues that are impacting our campuses. Please let me know if you have something you would like to be part of these discussions.


Goals for the year: There are some specific, minor actions we need to take to clarify procedures and structures. For example, we have to match the description of the process for electing the Committee on Faculty Personnel to the process that has been used for several years (we now use emails in place of the letters required by the Constitution and therefore can shorten the timeline for the process.) There is other language that needs to be cleaned up in the Constitution.


We will also open up the agenda of Senate meetings to be more interactive and to engage other committees, task forces and other bodies of the College.


More strategically, we will have discussions about the very basis for governance, i.e. the structure and function of all advisory bodies involving faculty. By clarifying what faculty governance needs to do we will look at how Senate might be re-tasked or possibly restructured to carry out its functions effectively.

This could be a revolutionary year for governance at Geneseo. I look forward to the work we will do together.