College Senate Bulletin

State University of New York at Geneseo

College of Arts and Sciences

 

Correspondence to Dennis Showers, School of Education, South 222C, showers@geneseo.edu, 245-5264

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

 

Bulletin No. 3

Pages 27-40

November 3, 2006

Committee on Graduate Academic Affairs
October 3, 2006

 

Attendance:  Brian Bennett, Irene Belyakov, Anne Eisenberg, Colleen Garrity, Jennifer Katz, Koomi Kim, Jordan Kleiman, Sherry Schwartz, Kelly Griffin, Kelly Owens,  Leigh O’Brien

 

General Information

  • Meeting called to order at 4:10 p.m.
  • Introductions were made

 

Old Business to finish from previous committee

  • Deletion of Sociology 480 – Perspectives on Social Problems

Anne moved for the deletions

Seconded by Jennifer

Motion carried

 

New Business

  • Proposal of Revised Program for Master’s of Science in Education: Advanced Classroom Teaching to Teaching in Multicultural Education (TIME)

 

Started with general discussion about the program:

The question of 34-36 hours to complete the program and wondered how long it would take students to complete this program with summers and semesters.

Since most graduate programs are currently 33 hours the students should still be able to complete this in a full year or year and a half.

Question of how many full time students would be enrolled? 

The School of Education (SOE) is not sure of the enrollments.

Question asked if the courses would be offered in the summer?

Yes – the courses will be offered in summer.

A discussion about summer pay was held and how the SOE would be able to staff summer courses and the SOE would hire people to teach the summer courses.

A question was raised about how multicultural was defined.  The SOE tried to define multicultural in the broadest sense and you could look at the program proposal.  Someone suggested that this may not include gender and ability but the committee discussed how multicultural is a catch phrase and was used to try and include the broad groupings.

 

A question was asked about the program description and what exactly was to be covered in the program.  There was again discussion about multicultural and the definition.  A suggestion was made to be sure the program was clear in what its intent was to cover and that it was grounded in the literature.

 

Anne moved the proposal of the program.

Irene seconded.

The motion carried.

There was a question about the general numbering of courses – what is the difference between 400 and 500 level course, 400 level courses Seniors are allowed to take, Further exploration needs to be done on this.

 

 

*EDUC 401 – Philosophy of Multicultural Education

Jennifer moved the course approval

Irene seconded

The motion carried

 

*EDUC 479 – Creating a Multicultural Classroom

Question arose about critical pedagogy and what exactly was meant by that?  Discussed critical pedagogy and how it was the cornerstone for the program.  The committee recommended using pedagogies instead of critical pedagogy so it wasn’t so limiting.  Wanted the students to be exposed to as many pedagogies as possible.

Anne proposed crossing out critical pedagogy and using pedagogies wherever it appeared in the proposal forms.

Colleen seconded.

The motion carried.

 

There was then more discussion about pedagogies and that there should be a wide range of pedagogies represented so Jennifer moved a friendly amendment and said to use multiple pedagogies instead of pedagogies.

Irene seconded the friendly amendment, which was approved by Anne.

The motion carried.

Kelly Owens moved the acceptance of the course EDUC 479.

Seconded by Irene.

The motion carried with the amendments.

 

*EDUC 501- Foundations of Education: Philosophical and Psychological Assumptions about the Nature of Learning

Discussion about the title and how this would be helpful for all students.

Anne moved approval of the course.

Jennifer seconded.

The motion carried.

 

*EDUC 503 – Foundations of Education: School and Society

Anne moved approval of the course.

Irene seconded.

The motion carried.

 

*EDUC 530 – CURR 530 – Language Arts Methods for the Elementary School

The question was discussed of what is critical literacy – pedagogy? Koomi Kim said the father of critical literacy was Paula Friere and that was the course description and changes were based on.

Jennifer moved approval of the course.

Anne seconded.

The motion carried.

 

*EDUC 531 to CURR 531 – Multicultural Social Studies Methods for the Elementary School

                The question of who wrote the course was discussed.  The observation was made that Multicultural appeared in the title here and not in the other courses.  Sherry spoke about Social Studies and the historical connection and how it was important to be sure that was in there.  Discussion also focused on being sure to connect multicultural to child center.

                Irene moved approval of the course.

                Anne seconded.

                The motion carried.

A question was raised that it would be interesting to see how the course will change from the original.  Talked about how it would be nice to see the old compared to the new.  The old is on file in the SOE if anyone would like to look at it.

 

EDUC 532 – CURR 532 – Science Methods in the Elementary School

                Jennifer moved approval of the course.

                Irene seconded.

                The motion carried.

 

EDUC 533 – CURR 533 – Mathematics Methods in the Elementary School

                Concerns were raised about the bold face changes from the old to the new course description.  A question about what was a multicultural perspective.  How would math be taught from different multicultural perspectives?

                The committee would like clarification of the description.

                The committee would like the bibliography to broaden to include more multicultural texts.

                The committee also wanted to see more about teaching mathematics in the course.

                The committee asked for clarifications about what are the important parts in this class.

                Discussion about how children bring diverse perspectives to mathematics and how would this be used in the course.

                Wanted to see more how to included in the course.

 

                Changes need to be made before the committee will vote on this course.

 

EDUC 560 – Theory and Practice of Multicultural Education: (subtitle)

Anne moved approval of course.

Irene seconded.

The motion carried.

 

 

Last item of business was talking about when to meet because the Tuesday time at 4:00 wasn’t good for a few of the members but there didn’t seem to easily be another time to try and schedule a meeting.  So we decided to keep Tuesdays and other could respond via e-mail about the concerns and hopefully for next semester this time would work for all students.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Susan Salmon

 

 

FACULTY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES
                             October 13, 2006

 

I.  Attendance:

S. Bosch, B. Colon, A. Gu, J. Morse, P. McLean, R. McKnight, J. Olodort, Y. Zhang, J. Zook

 

II.  General Information:

 

§         J. Morse called the meeting to order at 4:05.

§         Catherine Renner, Director of Institutional Research and Provost Kate Conway-Turner will be attending our next FAC meeting on November 28 to discuss the on-line SOFI trial.

 

III.  Old Business:

 

        1.  The committee discussed some of the key issues pertaining to student evaluation of faculty instructions, the switch to an on line SOFI, and possible trial of the IDEA form.  Two critical issues came to the forefront.  There was concern about how student comments on the on-line SOFIs will be kept confidential.  Also, the committee agreed that the most critical issue is that any new evaluation system change in a positive way the nature and extent of the feedback provided to instructors.

                2.  Prospective questions for Catherine Renner and Provost Conway Turner should be sent to Jane Morse in preparation for the Nov. 28 meeting.

 

IV.  New Business

 

                1. Having completed our committee business with the Peer Evaluation of faculty instruction the committee discussed what the next steps should be in implementing the recommendation of the Task Force on Faculty Roles Rewards and Recommendations. 

                Options considered were: (a) development of a rubric to assess contributions to the discipline, (b) changes to Form H, and (c) some mode assessment of effectiveness of advisement by faculty as a criterion for the service category for purposes of promotion, continuing appointment, and renewal. 

 

                The need for adequate assessment of advising and rewards for excellence was reaffirmed by the committee.  However we recognized there were many obstacles to developing a mode of assessing advisement that took into account the variety of advisement responsibilities and the different advisement loads on campus. 

                2.  The President’s Task Force recommended the adoption of a new Personnel Review Form to replace the existing H form.  A suggested new format is included in the task force report.  It was decided that this new form should be the focus of our next meeting, which will take place on Nov. 7 at 4 PM in South Hall 209.  Discussion of evaluation of contributions to the discipline will be taken up during the Spring semester along with the proposal for the development of a method to evaluate faculty service, including advisement.  Jane Morse will look for information from the student survey concerning advisement being conducted by the Task Force on Advisement and report to the committee at our next meeting. (Note from Jane: This information was emailed to the college community from the provost’s office since our meeting. Look on your email!  In addition, information form the survey of faculty concerning advisement should be available at some future date.)

 

The meeting was adjourned at 5:07 PM.                                                                                                         

 

Respectfully submitted,

Sid Bosch.

                                               

 

 

Minutes of the All-College Meeting
17 October 2006

 

Present: D. Aagesen, L. Argentieri, M. Bagel, I. Belyakov, B. Bennett, S. Brainard, J. Chester, H. Chirico, R. Coloccia, C. Dahl, D. DeZarn, J. Dolce, G. Drake, A. Eisenberg, M. Eisenstein, B. Fearn, C. Garrity, C. Geiger, E. Gillin, B. Gohlman, D. Granger, K. Griffin, A. Gu, W. Harrison, A. Herman, K. Hinman, A. Jones, J. Katz, K. Kim, J. Kleiman, M. Klotz, D. Levy, M. Lima, J. Lovett, D. Mackenzie, P. MacLean, J. Magan, K. Mapes, C. Matthews, K. McKeever, J. McLean, J. Morse, J. Nociolo, M. Nolan, J. Olodort, K. Pitcher, D. Robertson, S. Salmon, S. Schwartz, D. Scott, B. See, C. Shin, D. Showers (Chair), A. Stanley, M. Stolee, C. Weber, A. Weibel, B. Welker, J. Williams, D. Youhess, L. Zipp, J. Zook
 
GUESTS:  S. Bailey , C. Brown, L. Cantone, D. Gordon, E.R. Johnson, D. Tamarin, S. West.

 

Call to Order

 

Chair Showers called the All-College Meeting to Order at 4.04PM.

 

 

Adoption of the Agenda (College Senate Bulletin #2, p. 16)

 

The agenda was approved unanimously without additions or corrections.

 

 

Nominations Committee Report

 

Chair W. Gohlman presented nominations on behalf of his Committee:

 

Nominees for Faculty Personnel Committee (vote for three):

 

Joan Ballard (PSYC)            

Douglas MacKenzie (CDSC)

David Tamarin (HIST)        

Daniel Strang (ECON)

Kim Davies (LIBE)                              

Carol Faulkner (HIST)

Larry Blackman (PHIL)       

Gary Towsley (MATH)

Elaine Cleeton (SOCL)        

Stephen Padalino (PHYS)

Emily Crosby (HIST)          

Harold Hoops (BIOL)

Greg Hartvigsen (BIOL)     

Patrice Case (SOTA)
Gainie DeHart (PSYC)

 

Gohlman explained that this slate was presented for information only; no nominations were possible from the floor.

 

Nominees for University Faculty Senator:

 

M. Lima (English)

 

Nominations for the Committee on Nominations (vote for three):

 

L. Garland ( School of the Arts)
S. Peck (School of Education)
L. Ware (School of Education)
Z. Zhao (Anthropology)

 

No further nominations came from the floor. A motion to close nominations was seconded and carried unanimously.

 

 

Old Business

 

There was no old business.

 

 

New Business

 

There was no new business.

 

 

Adjournment

 

Showers adjourned the All-College Meeting at 4.08PM

 

Minutes of the College Senate

 

17 October 2006

 

 

Call to Order

 

Chair Showers called the Senate to order at 4.08PM.

 

 

Adoption of the Agenda

 

The agenda was adopted unanimously without additions or corrections.

 

 

Adoption of the Minutes of the Previous Meeting (Bulletin #2, pages. 16-20)

 

The minutes of the 26 September meeting were adopted unanimously without corrections or additions.

 

 

Senate Reports

 

President’s Report

 

1. President Dahl began his report with congratulations and good news. R. Bonfiglio, Vice President for Student & Campus Life, recently represented Dahl at the twentieth anniversary meeting of the National Campus Compact, the service learning organization that we belong to. At the meeting, the Corporation for National and Community Service, in cooperation with the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, the USA Freedom Corps, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Department of Education presented awards for an honor roll of service learning; Geneseo was on the list, along with Hobart College, the University of Rochester, RIT, and Nazareth College. In addition, Geneseo won a Katrina Compassion award, one of only nine institutions out of a total 500. 

 

Dahl commended Charlie Elliot-Bearce, who, before his graduation last May, led a spring break group to help Katrina victims in Mississippi. We have had several other trips involving students, faculty, and staff. M. Mitschow (School of Business) and his son spent time there, as did C. Hurlburt and Student Affairs staff, as well as staff belonging to CSEA. This is a continuing partnership, and there will be four trips to Mississippi this year.

 

2. The College has submitted the revised draft of the Memorandum of Understanding, which we are negotiating assiduously with the System.

 

3. The new Integrated Science Center is already helping us in political advocacy. Current legislators, as well as candidates for State Assembly and Congress have seen the building and its potential to help the Western New York Economy. We are working with the Industrial Development Authority of Livingston County and Greater Rochester Enterprise, who are trying to attract employers to the area, such as biomedical employers, who might want to know about the Science Center

 

4. The Diversity Commission has met and continues to examine the campus atmosphere as well as extending deliberative dialogues and assessing the campus climate for students of color. Dahl asked Senators interested in the Commission’s activities to contact H. Levine (Director, Student Health and Counseling), M. Schneider (Psychology) or himself.

 

5. The Xerox Center for Multicultural Teacher Education celebrated its 10th anniversary last week.  We are celebrating urban involvement and are recruiting a future cohort of diverse future teachers. Through the Pathways Partnership, we are working with middle school students from Northeast Rochester, bringing them to campus and mentoring them towards college. These efforts are part of the bedrock of Geneseo’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

 

 

Provost’s  Report

 

Associate Provost D. Gordon made announcements on behalf of Provost Conway-Turner:

 

1. The Teaching and Learning Center, under C. Geiger, is working with a faculty committee to explore course management systems. Two vendors will demonstrate their systems on campus. The first, Angel, will be here on Monday, 12 October from 12.30-2.30PM in Milne 105. The second, Blackboard, will appear at the same place and time of day on Friday, 30 November.

 

2. The documentary Belly of the Basin, on the victims of Hurricane Katrina, will be screened on Wednesday, 8 November at 3.30PM in Newton 202. The filmmakers will attend and answer questions

 

3. The Integrated Science Center will have its grand opening on 9-10 November, featuring several events:

 

Thursday, 9 November, at 12.45PM in Newton 202: Dr Linda Rayor, Rainer, Senior Research Associate and Assistant Professor of Entomology at Cornell University will speak on “A Romance with Spiders

 

Thursday, 4.30-6PM in the College Union Ballroom: Dr Eugenie Scott from the National Center for Science Education will speak on “Evolution across the Science Curriculum.”

 

On the same day, John Marburger, Science Adviser to President Bush, will give a talk on integrating the sciences and the importance of multidisciplinary research and education. Gordon asked the Senate to encourage people to attend.

 

Professor Laura Doan of the University of Manchester (formerly of Geneseo) will deliver the Rose Alent Memorial Lecture on Monday, 13 November at 4PM in the Alice Austin Theater. A reception will follow in the Lederer Gallery.

 

The Periodic Review Committee is working on the Middle States Midterm Report, due in January. At the moment, the Committee is considering drafts of chapters. There will be open forums available for comment in January and February.

 

Dahl added to the report that the Rose Alent Lecturer was properly the Second Annual Rose Alent Lecture and Bash. The endowment for the Lecture also defrays the cost of the party afterwards in Alent’s memory.

 

 

Chair’s Report

 

Showers reminded the Senate of the current SEFA appeal; all Faculty and Staff should have received their materials. All are encouraged to participate, and no contribution is too small. L. Argentieri (Library) is SEFA’s campus contact.

 

The College Senate Website is being updated. Showers asked Senators to check that their information is correct and to send him updates if not.

 

In NCATE’s preliminary report on its recent visit to the School of Education, only three areas of improvement were noted, one of which has already been fixed. A finding of 12-15 areas for improvement is usually considered rather good. The NCATE will make its final decision in March.

 

 

Vice Chair’s Report

 

D. Granger said that nominations for Excellence and Distinguished Awards closed on 13 October. We have received a set of good nominations, and Granger will contact Excellence Committee Members shortly.

 

 

Past Chair’s Report

 

No report.

 

 

Treasurer’s Report

 

K. Mapes reported a current balance of $1245.23.

 

 

University Faculty Senator’s Report

 

W. Gohlman will report on the University Faculty Senate after it meets in Buffalo on 27-28 October.

 

 

Student Association Vice-President’s Report

 

No report.

 

 

Reports of the Committees of the College Senate

 

Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Report

 

M. Stolee asked that those who want course proposals to appear in the Fall 2007 Master Schedule send them to the Dean’s Office by 26 October.

 

UCC will meet at 4PM in Sturges 105 on 31 October to review proposals. The Committee will have a second meeting on Tuesday 7 November if needed.

 

 

Policy Committee Report

 

No Report

 

 

Graduate Academic Affairs Committee Report

 

S. Salmon said that her Committee had met on 3 October and would meet again on 24 October.

 

 

Students Affairs Committee Report

 

No report.

 

 

Faculty Affairs Committee Report

 

J. Morse reported that her Committee has met twice and will meet again on 7 and 28 November at 4PM in South Hall 209.

 

At the first meeting this semester, the Committee discussed the policy proposal entitled “Procedures and Criteria for Classroom Observation.” This proposal derives from the Task Force on Roles, Rewards, and Evaluation’s report asking for a College-wide standard for peer observation of classroom teaching. Morse observed that a great deal of deliberation had gone into preparing this proposal (found in Senate Bulletin #2, pp. 21-22). She then moved adoption of the proposal.

 

Morse spoke briefly for the motion. She noted that when the Committee and its Subcommittees discussed Task Force Report, it found enormous variety in standards for continuing appointment, promotion, and renewal. Faculty Affairs felt, that, in general, it would be more valid—and fairer—if we carried out such evaluations according to suggested procedures. This led the Committee to thinking about procedures for classroom observation:

 

1. There will be a minimum number of observers from Department or School, at least one of which should be on the Department or School’s Personnel Committee, to perform observations during a review cycle.

 

2. Faculty members observed on a bad day (illness, for example) could request a second observation.

 

3. Additional observations beyond the minimum are permitted.

 

4. Syllabi and pertinent instruction materials and /or pre-observation conference will be included.

 

5. Each Faculty member being observed will receive written feedback.

 

6. A post-observation conference may also take place in addition to written feedback. Written feedback, though separate, could contribute to narrative for Form H.

 

Morse stressed the desire to be collegial in offering genuine professional development for improvement.

 

Specific components of observation, suggested by a Committee with widely varying views, include

 

  1. content

 

  1. intellectual rigor

 

  1. mastery of subject

 

  1. careful preparation and organization of class.

 

  1. clear and effective communication with students

 

So, after a year of Task Force meetings along with open forums, our Faculty Affairs committee asked what kind of document we should produce (taking a year and a half to complete); we are recommending that this document be adopted.

 

There was no discussion. The motion carried unanimously.  

 

Morse also reported that Faculty Affairs is putting charges from the Task Force into operation; for example, developing a rubric for contribution to a discipline (while realizing that such contributions are varied in nature). She invited Senators to contribute to the process by attending the Committee’s meetings or sending email messages.

 

Showers reminded the Senate that today’s was the first reading of the motion; it required a second reading before proceeding to the College Administration.

 

 

Old Business

 

There was no old business.

 

 

New Business

 

There was no new business.

 

 

Adjournment

 

Chair Showers adjourned the Senate at 4.40PM.

 

 

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Graham N Drake

College Senate Secretary

 

Executive Committee Minutes
24 October 2006

 

Present: C. Dahl, G. Drake, K. Conway-Turner, D. Granger, M. Lima, J. Morse, S. Salmon, D. Showers (Chair), E. Wallace .

 

 

Call to Order

 

Chair Showers called the Executive Committee to order at 12.49PM.

 

 

Approval of the Agenda

 

The agenda was moved unanimously without additions or corrections

 

Approval of the Minutes from the Previous Meeting  as published on pages 22-25 of the College Senate Bulletin

 

The minutes of the 3 October meeting were approved without additions or corrections.

 

 

Reports

 

President’s Report

 

1. Effective Friday, President Dahl has accepted the resignation of Vice-President for Advancement Richard Dressner and appointed him as Special Assistant to the President, working on special projects for advancement. Dahl said he appreciated what Dressner has done for the College. This change was reached through mutual agreement, and Dahl will send an All-Staff Memo with this information.

 

Effective immediately, Debra Hill will become Interim Vice-President for Advancement as well as
Interim President of the Geneseo Foundation. The President of Geneseo Foundation depends on the appointment of a new Vice-President. Dahl is confident that Hill will provide energetic and supportive leadership while we consider the future of our advancement program.

 

2. We are fairly close to signing a dual-diploma degree program in Intercultural Communication with Moscow State University. Negotiations have extended over a long time for a complicated interdisciplinary degree program. Dahl projected that we may be ready to sign a substantive agreement when he arrives in Moscow this coming weekend.

 

Provost Conway-Turner pointed out that this was actually the first dual-degree program that we started negotiating, though others have now been signed with Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey and Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, Mexico. Dahl attributed this to the culture of institutions. The Provost recalled that we have had a faculty member visit from Moscow State. We have had to let things take their natural course with Moscow State, but now we near agreement, and this is exciting for our students.

 

Showers asked whether students at either university can earn the degree in intercultural communication from their home country. Dahl replied that this is a dual diploma degree program. The Provost explained that, while the details are not fully fleshed out, we anticipate having more students coming from Moscow at first; they will receive degrees from both places. We will have a presentation in the Senate; any changes from our side will go through Senate, of course.

 

J. Morse inquired whether we could add Russian to our Foreign Language curriculum. The Provost did not think so at this point, given our small Foreign Language Faculty. Morse thought it would be rather parochial to send our students without studying Russian. But the Provost said that, for the moment, we would have Russian students coming here. The President agreed, adding that this is possible, since the Faculty of Foreign Languages at Moscow State teaches English.  He also pointed out that we do offer 100 and 200-level Russian courses although we do not have a major or a minor.  The Provost added that we have also thought of recruiting New York State students from Russian backgrounds to get involved in this program.

 

3. Finally, our negotiations continue with the SUNY System on the Memorandum of Understanding —the mission review document that will address the Honors College as a conceptual issue (without sketching out implementation details).

 

Provost’s Report

 

1. The Provost has sent letters to some Faculty members, asking them to serve on the Curriculum Task Force.

Ten years ago, we reviewed the curriculum in a major way. Now we will have a Task Force in the next few weeks.

 

2. We have had the first meeting of the Retention and Recruitment of Students of Color Committee. The Committee will meet once a month to discuss concerns and to think about what we might do to increase the number of students of color on campus. We might try an Upward Bound grant for working with high school students on the Geneseo campus. The deadline this year is too close for us to meet (6 November), but we can plan for next year, concentrating specially in math and sciences. We have had some interest in this from Faculty working with the Research Office and hope to have a proposal out soon.

 

We are also thinking about engaging the McNair Program, which helps prepare undergraduate students of color for graduate school. Given our background, we could do a good job with this more than the good work we are already doing.

 

Dahl called the plan brilliant. As a College, we want to increase the number of students of color, but of course for all students, we recruit talented students with potential. This program this allows us not only to enhance opportunities for students of color, but to do this within the framework of what we always try to do at Geneseo: to realize the potential of  talented students.

 

3. Last weekend saw a successful Family Weekend. The Kaleidoscope program on Friday night was wonderful; President Dahl talked with families on Saturday morning, and there was a dinner with Presidential Scholars and their families that evening.

 

4. The Provost recalled that the laptop requirement came up as an issue a few weeks ago. Freshmen starting in 2007 will be required to have laptops. 92% of students already have their own computers.  Still, the Provost expressed concern about the twelve students in frosh class who did not bring a computer. She thought it possible that some of these students did not bring a computer because/ they could not afford one.  So she is working on a permanent loan program for ten students; each year, students who meet a financial threshold would be able to use a laptop for the years that they are here. Assistant Provost E. Johnson and CIT are working with the Provost to make sure that we can do this and let students know that they can apply for this loan.

 

Dahl thought that this proposal really speaks to major concerns expressed at the meeting. M. Lima, meanwhile, pointed out that some students are working forty hours, and Morse noted that some are commuting or need child care. Thus, Lima thought, the proposal could be a good option.

 

5. The campus is gearing up for the opening of  the new Science Center, featuring lectures and tours, including “A Romance with Spiders,” a lecture by Dr Linda Rayor, Senior Research Associate and Assistant Professor of Entomology at Cornell University. Geneseo physicists are interested in her talk, and Dahl agreed that there are fascinating applications of spiders to physics research.

 

6. Teaching Learning Center Director C. Geiger is encouraging Faculty to attend demonstrations of two course management systems, Angel and Blackboard. Such systems manage grade books, syllabi, handouts, online discussions, etc. (SUNY is currently trying to close a deal with one of the systems, Angel, which might make that option even more affordable.) We would like feedback from Faculty. Lima and Showers both said that they teach during the scheduled demonstrations. The Provost assured them that there will be some way for Faculty to get other information. There will be a website and other materials.

 

7. The Office of Sponsored Research will be sending out a communication on Research Creativity Day, which will take place on 17 April 2007. There will be paper symposia and presentations of research and creative work, covering the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts.

 

8. The Task Force for Advisement is active. They have sent out a Faculty Survey on advisement and are gathering good information that will assist their recommendations to the Provost’s Office on improving advisement on campus.

 

S. Salmon inquired about who organizes the Open Houses for Family Weekend. The Provost replied that each unit organizes its own. Salmon said that only five families visited her department. Perhaps it would be better to have the Open Houses at the College Union? The Provost explained that, with some departments, families want to see facilities and equipment. But Salmon wondered if people did not come to South Hall because they did not know where it was. (Mostly adolescents came to the School of Education.)The Provost said that she would examine feedback with Chairs and Deans on 7 November; she noted that the Chemistry Department had a good showing of about thirty people.

 

Morse and Wallace noted confusion about times printed on the Family Weekend flyers. The Provost said that the time had been changed because one Chair had pointed out an overlap between open houses and faculty talks.

 

Chair’s Report

 

1. Showers said he would attend Campus Governance Leaders’ Meetings at University Faculty Senate in Buffalo on Thursday through Saturday.

 

2. Showers has information prepared for fall elections for Personnel Committee, University Faculty Senator, and Nominations Committee.

 

3. The President of the University Faculty Senate would like Faculty to nominate themselves to Ad Hoc Committees and Statewide Committees for the SUNY System.

 

Vice-Chair’s Report

 

D. Granger said that the Excellence Awards and Distinguished Ranks Committee would meet at 31 October 1PM in South Hall 209. There were eighteen nominations; at least sixteen of these plan to continue in the process.

 

Morse asked if this was the standard number of nominations. Granger said that this was a few more than in previous years. Showers added that this was a better return rate than last year.

 

Past Chair’s Report

No report.

 

Treasurer’s Report

No report. (There is $1245.23 in the account.)

 

University Faculty Senator’s Report

No report. Showers said that W. Gohlman would attend the University Faculty Senate this weekend.

 

Student Association Vice-President’s Report

No report.

 

 

Reports of the Standing Committees of the Senate
Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Report

No report; Chair M. Stolee notified Showers that UCC would meet on 31 October and 7 November at 4PM in Sturges 105.

 

Undergraduate Policies Committee Report

No report.

 

Graduate Academic Affairs Committee Report

 

S. Salmon said that the Committee’s minutes are published. GAAC will meet again this afternoon at 4PM. Unfortunately, some people could not make our meeting and questions about multicultural teaching proposal could not be answered. Salmon hopes that the Committee can move forward on this.

 

Student Affairs Committee Report

 

No report.

 

Faculty Affairs Committee Report

 

1. Morse reported that her Committee had met on 13 October. The next meeting will be on 7 November and 28 November. The Committee will be delighted that the second reading for the Task Force recommendations is coming up.

 

2. On 7 November, Faculty Affairs will discuss what it can put into operation next from the Task Force Report. There will be a rubric to assess contributions to the discipline, and in general there are practical and down-to-earth suggestions in the report. The report calls for the assessment of Faculty advisement as service. Right now, advisement as service is based on the number of advisees, but there is no other way to assess effectiveness of advising. The new personnel form, which the Committee will also deal with, is associated with this discussion. The Provost said that a subcommittee of the Roles and Rewards Committee has been talking about this. Morse thought it would be good to coordinate the discussions, including on how some service may be related to teaching, too.

 

Morse observed some logistical problems in assessing advisement; it is performed differently in different departments. Granger said that the Task Force on Advisement is very aware of these differences. Morse then reemphasized coordinating with the Task Force on how we assess Faculty advisement---similar to the way that SOFIs help assess teaching. The Provost thought that the Task Force report would thus be helpful. Granger added that two Task Force members had just attended a national conference on advisement. Morse suggested that Task Force representatives come to Faculty Affairs Committee on 7 November.

 

3. Faculty Affairs has a report on SOFIs to discuss as well, and the Committee needs to move forward with the IDEA short form recommendation. These activities all depend on a lot of people coming together on these issues. Morse has discussed the online SOFI trial in the Psychology Department with J. Zook; the Committee may compare the IDEA short form with this.

 

4. Faculty Affairs will meet again on 7 November at 4PM in South Hall 209, and in the same place on 28 November. As usual, Morse appreciates having any Faculty Affairs business sent to her.

 

5. Morse also reported that after the Committee adjourned last time, A. Gu, who teaches finance in the School of Business, passed out a handout delineating the legal situation of various funds that Faculty can invest in. Gu contends that Faculty are only allowed to choose low-performance funds; he also reported that a court case is pending about this. This raises a question: should Faculty be free to invest in higher-risk, higher-performing funds, for instance? Morse suggested that this might come under New Business. We should determine which Committee would take up this matter; it seems to be Faculty Affairs.

 

The Provost thought that the new Director of Human Resources, Julie Briggs, might be interested. Showers said that Faculty Affairs could discuss this matter, leading to a Senate resolution.
Morse added that Gu will probably have more information at the next meeting.

 

 

Old Business

There was no old business.

 

New Business

There was no new business.

 

Adjournment

Chair Showers adjourned the Executive Committee at 1.34 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Graham N Drake