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. 6

Pages 61-77

December 12, 2006

Minutes of the Research Council meeting
November 17th, 2006
Present: Doug Anderson, Anne Baldwin, Doug Baldwin, Ted Everett, Chris Leary, Jani Lewis, Michael Lynch, James McLean, Michael Oberg, Paul Pacheco, Jason Sabel, Denise Scott, and Kazu Yokoyama.
Meeting was called to order at 3:30 pm.

1)       The first order of business was deciding the recipients of the Dean Johnston Student Research Assistantships.  This year there are three awards of $500.  Each Council member submitted their ordinally ranked lists which were then combined into rank sum scores.  Michael Rozalski did not vote because he had a student submit an application for the award.  The three Dean Johnston Assistantship awardees this year are, Rebecca Christine Krebs, Jason Miller, and Devin Wilcox.  As the next closest rank sum score was 10 points higher than any of the top three, no further discussion ensued.  Anne Baldwin volunteered to contact Sue Crilly with the news of the recipients.

2)       The second order of business was discussing revisions to Article X of the Faculty Constitution. Article X is the part of the constitution that relates to the Research Council.  These revisions were created by an ad-hoc subcommittee composed of Paul Pacheco, Anne Baldwin, Doug Baldwin, and James McClean.  After some brief discussion, the changes were unanimously approved.  It was then decided that the changes would be forwarded to Dennis Showers, Chair of Faculty Senate and Jane Fowler Morse, Chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee to continue the approval process.  The changes are not included here because they will become part of the permanent record of the Senate Bulletin when it becomes official Senate business.  At that time the changes will be brought to the Senate floor for a vote.  

3)       The third order of business was to discuss the creation of a Misconduct in Research policy.  According to Anne Baldwin, Geneseo apparently has such a policy, which was last revised in 1997, but it was never been formally adopted or implemented. Compliance is verified by registration with, and annual reporting to the DHHS Office of Research Integrity. Anne Baldwin will take a first pass at revising our document and will bring these changes before the Council at its next meeting.  Anne also noted that a set of procedures will be needed to deal with Conflicts of Interest.  She will advise the Council about the kinds of input she requires in developing these procedures at the next meeting as well.

4)       We next moved onto a continuing discussion of developing a better Faculty Travel grant policy.  There was a continuing general consensus that the Research Council should follow a policy based on equity that does not attempt to weigh the importance of scholarly activities in the different academic disciplines.  Possible changes to the Travel Grant form were discussed, but a consensus was not reached.  The Council decided to stick to its earlier decision to formalize and publicize changes to current policy and procedure by late next semester, allowing for implementation of new standards during the first cycle of the 2007-2008 academic year (i.e. beginning with applications for summer travel in May 2007). 

5)       Michael Lynch asked Anne Baldwin to clarify the purpose of the new External Funding Approval Form.  Her response was that its primary purpose is to notify appropriate academic and administrative personnel of institutional commitments and safeguard the college regarding compliance issues.  She noted it also helps researchers and her Office of Sponsored Research to avoid the last minute rush in completing and submitting grants since such approval requires lead time. 

6)       Our last item of business was to appoint Chairs for each of the standing subcommittees of the Research Council.  For the remainder of 2006-2007 academic year, these chairs will be:

Undergraduate Research:  Paul Pacheco

 Faculty Travel: Jani Lewis
 Faculty Research: Ted Everett

Meeting adjourned at 4:30pm.
Respectfully submitted, Paul Pacheco (Chair)

                                     Executive Committee Meeting Minutes
                                          November 28th, 2006

Present: K. Conway-Turner, J. Fowler Morse, D. Granger, M. Lima, J. Magan, S. Salmon, E Wallace

Call to Order

Chair Showers called the meeting to order at 12.48PM.  Chair thanked Lima for taking minutes on her birthday.
The President is at a meeting in Rochester.


Provost’s Report

The Provost is meeting with FAC this afternoon.  They will be discussing the online evaluation of teaching and their recommendation that the IDEA form be piloted online next semester, in conjunction with the SOFIs.  FAC’s Teaching Observation Policies passed in Senate will be given to all Department Chairs at next week’s meeting and also to the College Personnel Committee for campus adoption.  The Provost commended the committee on a job well done.

The Provost also mentioned the two positions her office has recently advertised on Faculty-L.  The first opening is the rotating associate dean position to replace Steve West, who will be retiring.  It is a very interesting position in the Dean’s office.  The Associate Dean works with graduate studies and summer sessions mostly.  It is a good opportunity for a faculty member who has an interest in administration and it’s only a two-year commitment.

Another position opening is that of Faculty Fellow in International Programs.  Rose McEwen is completing her second year and we need to replace her.  We are looking for someone with cultural sensitivity to help develop more programs and manage the ones we already have. 

Chair’s Report
The reason why elections are a bit late this term is Chris Leckinger left Geneseo (he used to configure and manage online elections).  Paul Jackson is working with the Chair to put the elections together.  Hopefully the ballot will be sent out tomorrow.  The big problem is Faculty Personnel Committee should start their business on Dec. 1st, so there will be less time to vote.

Campus Governance Leaders met in Buffalo last month, and one of their main discussion items was the term of CGLs on the different SUNY campuses.  A  Survey is happening now: Some campuses give a stipend; some campuses give a course reduction.  In some cases, chairs have stayed in the position for more than ten years.  But more often than not, Senate Chairs at other colleges have a term of office of two years.  Geneseo needs to have a discussion and propose a constitutional amendment to extend ours since it would be easier to increase interest in the position at Geneseo if the term were extended.  There are only three SUNY-wide system meetings a year, and that is also insufficient for anyone learning the job and trying to do it well.  The vice-chair would be a separately elected office.  After some discussion, Executive Committee agreed that another Ad-Hoc Committee be constituted—with a separate charge—to study the issue.  Morse suggested that the Vice-Chair job be more connected to the Chair’s job—perhaps evenly dividing the job.  Right now the Vice-Chair at Geneseo only oversees the Excellence Awards.  She suggested that consideration also be given to extending the term of committee chairs to two years to attempt more continuity.

As an agenda-setting body, the Executive Committee asked the Chair to appoint another ad hoc governance committee to discuss such issues in all possible manifestations and repercussions.

Another item the Chair discussed was the Amendment to the Constitution on Part-Time Faculty Senate representation.  The Governance Committee brought an amendment to Senate last spring, and there was a Hearing on it, as reported on Senate Bulletin #9 (pages 192-95), but there was not enough time to hold elections.  Chair will reappoint the governance committee to pursue the issue again. Past-Chair Lima will email current Chair last year’s charge.

Chair notified two committees that they do not comply with the structure described on the Constitution:  they are the Academic Standards and the Research Council.  Such committee chairs responded that they are aware of that.  Discussions will be held to bring back proposals to change the structure of such committees rather than attempt to fit to the original requirements for membership.

Two committees that the Chair is still checking on the membership: the strategic planning group and the Professional Leave Review Committee.

End of report.

Vice-chair report:
Subcommittees are looking at the various nominees for the different awards.  Two members would like to be relieved—they claim there is too much going on.   Vice-Chair will attempt to replace them.

Past Chair:
No report

Treasurer’s Report
No report—all History folk are at a candidate’s visit

University Faculty Senator’s Report
No report

Student Association Vice-President’s Report
No report

Committee Reports

Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Report
Meg told Chair that there will be a second reading of all the proposals from last meeting. There will be no first readings.

Policy Committee Report
No report

Graduate Affairs Report
The Committee will finally bring a Program to vote at the next Senate meeting.  It is the Multicultural Education Grades One to Six Program.  It is a Masters Degree which will be titled “Teaching in Multicultural Education,” a value added to any elementary school teacher seeking certification.

Student Affairs Committee Report
No report

Faculty Affairs Committee Report
Morse reported that FAC meets today to discuss the online SOFIs and the IDEA pilot recommendation from last year, and the classroom recommendations from this year.  The              Provost will attend the meeting.  At the last meeting FAC met with some members of the advising task force—Dave Granger and Kerry McKeever—who had very interesting things to tell the Committee.  They have not finished analyzing their data, but the feeling is that some kind of rubric to evaluate advising contributions [as service] will be developed.  Kerry attended a Conference on College Advisement—excellent website [NCADA].  How we can improve advising at Geneseo. Models of advising vary significantly not only among departments.

Kerry really likes the Advisor Trac Program which is compatible with Banner.  There will be a demonstration to the Advising Task Force.

A former issue brought to the Committee by Anthony Gu, about investments available to SUNY people, has been resolved: there will be a memo from him to UUP to raise awareness of the issue.

Following the recommendations of the Task Force on the Evaluation of Teaching, FAC will also discuss some kind of rubric to evaluate contributions to the discipline.

Student Affairs Committee Report
No report

Old Business

New Business
Morse wondered whether Geneseo can follow other colleges in the area and establish SATs as optional, to increase diversity on our campus.  Lima told the committee that she had raised the issue with the President, but that Chris feels strongly that the numbers are necessary to our Honors College goal.  The Provost agrees with Jane that if SATs were optional, it probably would assist us in increasing diversity on our campus, but she also agrees with Maria that Chris is very committed to making sure that our profile continues to get even higher—and SAT scores is one of the things they look at—and so he would be reluctant to go to an optional place.  But I think it would be worth to have a discussion on the issue.

The Committee decided to bring back the question when Chris is present, and decide at that meeting on which committee to send the issue for discussion. Perhaps some research on what happens when Colleges go SAT optional—does it really increase diversity—would be appropriate as well.


Chair Showers adjourned the meeting at 1:35PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Maria Helena Lima

For the College Senate Secretary

Minutes of the Graduate Academic Affairs Committee
Electronic Meeting
11/27/06 to 11/30/06

The Graduate Academic Affairs Committee conducted an electronic vote on the revised courses CURR 532 and CURR 533.

On November 27th the committee voted by email not to have a meeting because we had already discussed the courses and were getting the correct revised editions.  The vote was to be conducted by email asking members to vote by Thursday, November 30th by 5:00 p.m.

As of the deadline the vote to approve CURR 532 and CURR 533 was 12-0 with three abstentions.  (Anyone not casting a vote was counted with the abstentions.)

The Program and Course proposals are available for review on the Dean’s Office web site at:  Click on the “Senators” link at the bottom of the page.  The page will ask you for your Geneseo username and password.  Clicking on the “Graduate Proposals” link takes you to a menu showing “MS Multicultural Education.”  Clicking on this link takes you to a menu of the course and program proposals.

Respectfully submitted,

Susan Salmon

Minutes of the College Senate
5 December 2006

Present: D. Aagesen, S. Bailey, I. Belyakov, B. Bennett, C. Brown, J. Chester, R. Coloccia, K. Conway-Turner, C. Dahl, R. Doggett, G. Drake, C. Garrity, E. Gillin, S. Giorgis, B. Gohlman, D. Granger, K. Griffin, A. Gu, K. Hannam, W. Harrison, A. Herman, D. Hill, K. Hinman, T. Hoppa, A. Jones, J. Katz, K. Kim, J. Kleiman, M. Klotz, C. Leary, D. Levy, M. Lima, D. Mackenzie, P. MacLean, K. Mapes, C. Matthews, R. McEwen, J. McLean, B. Morgan, J. Morse, M. Nolan, L. O'Brien, B. Owens, K. Owens, K. Pitcher, D. Robertson, S. Salmon, L. Schiffel, B. See, C. Shin, D. Showers, A. Stanley, M. Stolee, D. Tamarin, C. Weber, A. Weibel, J. Williams, D. Youhess, Y. Zhang, L. Zipp, J. Zook

GUESTS:  O. Alawiye, D. Baldwin, E.R. Johnson, S. West

Call to Order

Chair Showers called the Senate to order at 4.03PM.

Adoption of the Agenda (College Senate Bulletin #5, pp. 54-55)

The agenda was adopted unanimously without additions or corrections.

Approval of the Minutes of the Previous Meeting (College Senate Bulletin #5, pp. 55-59)

The agenda was adopted unanimously without additions or corrections.

Senate Reports

President’s Report

1. President Dahl noted that on 14 November, the new policy on classroom observation presented by Faculty Affairs Committee passed in Senate on second reading. Dahl said that these recommendations immediately passed to the meeting of non-tenured Faculty last week regarding continuing appointment and promotion. So the work of Faculty Affairs and the Task Force on Roles, Rewards and Evaluation’s work already has had effect.

2. Dahl introduced Anthony Hoppa, the Assistant Vice-President for Communications, who will be presenting our campus to regional and national audiences. Hoppa has served as Assistant Vice-Chancellor for Communications at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; he has also worked at Queens College, near Charlotte, as well as in the banking industry.

3. Shortly before the last Senate meeting, Dahl traveled to Moscow to sign a memorandum of understanding with Moscow State University on a dual-degree program in Cross-Cultural Communication; other agreements with Moscow State include a faculty exchange and a possible certificate program in United States Studies. Recently, the Dean of Foreign Languages and Area Studies at Moscow State, Svetlana Ter-Minasova, visited Geneseo and gave a public lecture.

While in Moscow, Dahl attended a US Embassy reception celebrating 30 years of the SUNY-Moscow State cooperation. At the reception, education officials from the Russian Federation Republic of Tatarstan spoke to the Geneseo delegation about possible exchanges through Russian government funding.

4. Dahl also traveled to South Korea recently to sign an agreement with Young Chong High School. Geneseo does not usually sign agreements with high schools, but Dahl explained that this is probably one of the best private high schools in Seoul and all of South Korea. The school’s alumni include three leading candidates  for president of South Korea in 2008, as well as academics, business leaders, and government officials.

Students from Young Chong would be admitted directly to Geneseo. Dahl called it a very interesting school that does innovative work in distance learning and technology (and also boasts an Asian championship rugby team.)

We also confirmed an already-present exchange with Sogang University, a Jesuit institution known for economics, social sciences, and humanities. Sogang would like to develop a bachelor’s degree program in American cultural studies; we offered our program as a model.  Our students will also have opportunities for internships and exchanges.

5. Turning to the SUNY Budget, Dahl outlined the current stage of the Budget process. The SUNY Trustees have sent in the Budget request to Governor’s Division of the Budget, though with the new gubernatorial administration, we will need both to wait and communicate at the same time.

There is some good news to begin with, Dahl said. As they did last year, the Trustees have once again  asked for a fairly significant amount of money—$239,844,000  in State Operating Funds. But partly because of formula funding and partly because of how priorities work at the SUNY System level, a great deal of money is destined for the four Graduate Centers rather than undergraduate institutions.  This situation is exacerbated at Geneseo because some funding in the Budget is “catch-up” funding—for example, for campuses that have grown dramatically in size without funding. By contrast, Geneseo does not grow in size, since we are trying to grow in quality and maintain an outstanding education for students we admit. There is also money to help for better retention rates, higher graduation rates, and higher-quality students etc., things we do already despite lack of funding.

In the Budget, Base-Level requests total $62.8 million for collective bargaining, OTPS (Other than Personal Service), energy, and university-wide programs. But $30 million of this total involves energy money. Meanwhile, $19 million is being requested for the Empire Innovation program to bring in high-powered researchers to SUNY to produce high-tech spin-offs. With our size and our undergraduate mission, we do not receive much of that funding; even with what we do accomplish in the sciences, we compete with nanotechnology at Albany, bioinformatics at Buffalo, etc..

With the other requests, we have similar problems. First, Initiatives Requests of $69 million include $35 million for the Access to Affordable and Attainable Education Initiative. Access funding goes towards enrollment demand and expanding opportunity. The latter of these two can help us with recruitment of underrepresented students (but this amount is smaller). Initiatives requests also include $5 million for economic development for high-need-resource-intensive programs—engineering, nursing, and another health care fields. While it makes sense for a public university such as SUNY to expand in these areas, we do not participate much in these fields.

$5 million for Academic Performance and Innovation, also part of Initiatives, help us to some extent, but we already do well in the areas these funding targets (student performance tracking, course redesign, and assessment). Next, $14 million is going to the Achieving the Margin of Excellence Initiative. Much of this money goes to graduate work, which thus does not apply to most of our mission as a primarily undergraduate institution.  Moreover, what was once an Honors Sector program has now been transformed into an Advanced Undergraduate Research Initiative. Here, and in the SUNY Press Initiative, there are some funds applicable to us.

Finally, a $10 million Initiative is meant for Geographic Adjustment—for example, for cost differentials between Westchester and  Cattaraugus Counties.

The Budget does not meet undergraduate needs or our particular needs in certain ways. So we will do two things: shape a memo of understanding to recognize special resource and mission needs and our engage in our own independent lobbying effort for Geneseo’s specific needs and projects.

In this regard, Dahl noted that capital projects in the State University Building Fund Request represent $2 billion. Of this amount, $300 million have top priority, including our Doty Building Project. This is good news for the College. We will also ask for $8 million for critical maintenance needs.

Provost’s Report

1. Provost Conway-Turner announced that 62% of classes have completed online SOFIs.

2. In January, we will begin the process to select a new cohort of fifteen Presidential Scholars from among the very best of the Student body. Departments will be sending in their nominations at that time.

3. The Academic Space Study has visited Departments at least twice. In January, this group will hold forums for the Geneseo community.

4. The School of Business’s Fed Challenge Team won second place in its district competition. Conway-Turner was impressed with their understanding of national economic issues.

5. The combined Undergraduate Research and HUPS day will now be known as G.R.E.A.T.—“Geneseo Recognizing Excellence  in Achievement and Talent” thanks to a recent student competition. This day will take place on Tuesday, 17 April 2007.

Chair’s Report

Showers announced the formation of several Ad Hoc Committees.  One will examine the term of Senate Chair. Other campuses, Showers explained, have longer terms for their Chairs. Volunteers for the Committee should email him.

Another Ad Hoc Committee will revise the language and structures of the Academic Standards Committee to make its operations more flexible, especially for the Dean’s Office. Finally, a similar Committee will look at the language and structures of the Research Council.

Email notification will be sent out concerning proposed changes to the Senate Constitution.

Vice Chair’s Report

No report

Past Chair’s Report

No report

Treasurer’s Report

K. Mapes said that $1245.23 remains in the Senate’s account.

University Faculty Senator’s Report

University Faculty Senator W. Gohlman presented a resolution passed twice by the University Faculty Senate.

Resolution on Enhancing SUNY Access to Electronic Databases

Traditionally within SUNY the libraries of the University Centers have acquired material both to support faculty research and to support their teaching mission. The libraries of the other SUNY institutions have focused more on acquiring materials supporting general research and pedagogy.  However, both institutional expectations and research opportunities for both faculty and undergraduate students have prompted all SUNY institutions to access to a wider range of research materials. Additionally, to a greater degree than in the past, SUNY institutions are emphasizing research in undergraduate as well as graduate level education.

At the same time, in response to the growing importance of electronic materials, SUNY libraries and SUNY’s Office of Library Support (OLIS) have undertaken cooperative funding of SUNY-wide access to a limited number of electronic resources that support SUNY’s teaching mission.  This strategy has proven cost effective and has allowed greater and more equitable SUNY-wide access to these materials.

The following resolution addresses the need for expanding SUNY-wide access to  electronic databases that more appropriately support both SUNY’s teaching and research needs.


Whereas faculty in all SUNY institutions are actively involved in research; and

Whereas currently SUNY libraries, other than those at the University Centers, are neither charged with nor funded to support faculty research; and

Whereas at its Fall 2005 Plenary Meeting, recognizing that the ability of SUNY’s libraries to provide library collections adequate to support the research needs of SUNY faculty and students has been weakened by chronic under-funding, the University Faculty Senate adopted a resolution recommending that State support for SUNY’s libraries be commensurate with actual costs, including State support of a one-time catch-up allocation of $8 Million for library acquisitions; and

Whereas no such remedial catch-up funds were included in SUNY’s 2006-2007 budget allocation; and

Whereas electronic resources are an increasingly important component of library collections;

Therefore Be it resolved, that in order to more adequately support the teaching and research needs of SUNY students and faculty, the University Faculty Senate recommends that SUNY institutions and the SUNY Provost, working together, give priority to developing both a strategy and funding mechanism to provide greater SUNY-wide access to a broader range of scholarly databases and other electronic resources than those currently available.

144-05-1  Passed without dissent

Resolution on Enhancing SUNY Access to Electronic Databases

October 28, 2006

Gohlman noted that the University Senate had passed this resolution twice and explained the rationale behind it: with constant technology changes, we cannot continue to suppress library funding.

Gohlman moved that the Geneseo College Senate pass the resolution in support of the University Faculty Senate.  The motion was seconded.

The motion passed unanimously.

Student Association Vice-President’s Report

No report.

Reports of the Standing Committees of the Senate

Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Report

M. Stolee presented groups of motions on behalf of her Committee (descriptions in Senate Bulletin #4, pages 49-52):

New Courses – Second Reading:
CSCI 115
GEOG 330
GEOG 340
GEOG 348
PLSC 222
PLSC 223
PLSC 227 (originally submitted as PLSC 224)
PLSC 312
PLSC 321
PLSC 341
PSYC 397
WMST 100
WMST 210
WMST 220

M. Klotz moved to divide the question by separating out the PLSC 200-level courses. She explained that her department had accidentally included prerequisites in the course descriptions; none of the existing 200-level courses have prerequisites, so this mention of prerequisites should be deleted to be consistent.

President Dahl asked for a point of order: could the whole motion be amended on a second reading? Showers replied that this was not possible; only dividing the question could accomplish this.

The motion to divide the question passed unanimously.

Next, Klotz moved to amend the new PLSC courses by removing prerequisites. This motion passed unanimously.

The Senate then returned to the main motion, excluding the PLSC courses. This motion passed unanimously.

Revised Courses – Second Reading:
PHIL 260

WMST 201

The motion passed unanimously.

Deleted Courses – Second Reading:

WMST 301

The motion passed unanimously.

Revised Programs – Second Reading:
                CSCI major
                Environmental Studies minor
                GEOG major
                PHIL major
                PSYC minor
                PSYC major

                Women’s Studies Minor

The motion passed unanimously.

Deleted Programs – Second Reading:
                PHIL concentration
The motion passed.

Policy Committee Report

No report.

Graduate Academic Affairs Committee Report
S. Salmon moved the following groups of courses on behalf of GAAC:

Deleted Course — First Reading

SOCL 480

The motion passed unanimously.
New Program – First Reading

Master of Science in Education: Teaching in Multicultural Education (Grades 1-6)

The motion passed unanimously.
Revised Courses – First Reading
EDUC 501: Foundations of Education: Philosophical and Psychological Assumptions about the Nature of Learning
EDUC 503: Foundations of Education: School and Society
CURR 530: Language Arts Methods for the Elementary School
CURR 531:  Multicultural Social Studies Methods for the Elementary School
CURR 532: Science Methods in the Elementary School
CURR 533: Mathematics Methods in the Elementary School

The motion passed unanimously.

New Courses – First Reading
EDUC 560: Theory and Practice of Multicultural Education: subtitle
EDUC 401:  Philosophy of Multicultural Education
EDUC 479: Creating a Multicultural Classroom
EDUC 501, Foundations of Education: Philosophical and Psychological Assumptions about the Nature of Learning

The motion passed unanimously.

Study Affairs Committee Report

Showers reported that Student Affairs Committee will invite Bonfiglio to discuss student activities and concerns.

Faculty Affairs Committee Report
J. Morse said that her Committee had had a great discussion on the online SOFIs with the Provost and C. Renner; Senators will see this in the Committee’s minutes in the next Bulletin. Student members of the Committee like the form and find it convenient.
The Committee also discussed a possible pilot of the IDEA short form on a voluntary basis.In addition, the Committee briefly considered the PER form from the Task Force on Faculty Roles, Rewards, and Evaluations. The Provost told the Committee that this was not an administrative issue.
The Task Force on Advising is discussing how to credit Faculty for advisement. Morse another member of Faculty Affairs will attend the Advisor Track demonstration on Friday.

Old Business
There was no old business.

New Business
There was no new business.

Chair Showers adjourned the Senate at 4.41PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Graham N. Drake

College Senate Secretary

Election Results
Fall 2006

University Faculty Senator

                Maria Lima, English

Committee on Nominations

                Leah Garland, School of the Arts

                Sharon Peck, School of Education

                Zhiming Zhao, Anthropology


Call for nominations for Campus Awards for Faculty

Nominations for the following faculty awards are now being accepted:
  • James and Julia Lockhart Supported Professorship
  • Geneseo Alumni Association Supported Professorship
  • President's Award for Excellence in Academic Advisement
  • President's Award for Excellence in Research and Creativity
  • Dr. Carol C. Harter Faculty Mentoring Award
  • Joseph M. O'Brien Award for Excellence in Part-Time Teaching
Each of these awards provides an excellent opportunity to recognize and reward a deserving faculty member for their outstanding accomplishments and service to the Geneseo community.

Please take the time to nominate a deserving colleague for these awards.  You are in a unique position to be aware of those who deserve recognition for their contributions.  Although everyone cannot be recognized in a specific year, over a period of years we can acknowledge many of our excellent and dedicated faculty.

Listed below you will find the criteria for each award along with a list of previous awardees.  Please take the time to nominate a deserving colleague.  Nominations should consist of a narrative of no more than two pages double-spaced describing the nominee's fulfillment of the criteria.  The deadline for nominations is February 14, 2007.  Nominations should be submitted to either the Campus Awards Selection Committee, c/o Provost’s Office, 205 Erwin Hall, by 5:00 p.m. on February 14, 2007 or electronically to Linda Shepard (
        James and Julia Lockhart
        Geneseo Alumni Association
Rights and Responsibilities

  • A $6000 grant from the Geneseo Foundation for the term of the appointment.
  • The privilege, as a part of their normal teaching load, is to design and teach one course of their choosing during one year of the Professorship.  This course will be designated as a Lockhart or Geneseo Foundation course.
  • The responsibility of delivering one College-wide lecture on a topic of their choice during their term.
  • Individuals selected for either Professorship must commit to continuous service, uninterrupted by leaves of absence, other than an approved sabbatical, for the duration of the appointment.
  • Rank of at least Associate Professor with continuing appointment;
  • A demonstrated record of superior teaching and involvement of students in the learning process;
  • A demonstrated record of superior advisement, both formal and informal;
  • A visible and meaningful involvement in campus life; and
  • An active scholarly life.

Note:   Previous award recipients may not be reappointed within a 10-year period.

Current and Past Recipients of Supported Professorships

1994-97 Gary Towsley, Mathematics
1995-98 Robert O’Donnell, Biology
1995-98 Stephen Padalino, Physics
1997-00 Celia Easton, English
1997-00 David Geiger, Chemistry
1998-01 F. Kurt Cylke, Sociology
1998-01 Robert Beason, Biology
1999-02 Laura Doan, English
1999-02 Isidro Bosch, Biology
2000-03 D. Jeffrey Over, Geological Sciences
2000-03 Daniel Strang, Business/Economics
2001-04 Harold Hoops, Biology
2001-04 Kurt Fletcher, Physics
2002-05 Donald Marozas, Education
2002-05 Eugene Stelzig, English

2002-05 Christopher Leary, Mathematics
2004-07 Kenneth Asher, English
2004-07 Wendy Pogozelski, Chemistry
2005-08 Emilye Crosby, History
2005-08 Michael Oberg, History       



  • Three years of continuous service as a full-time member of Geneseo’s teaching faculty
  • Three years of service as a faculty advisor at the College
  • An advisement load equal to, or greater than, the mean for their department
  • Previous recipients are not eligible within five years of receiving the award

Criteria (evidence that the nominee performs superbly in three essential areas of advising)
  • Communicating knowledge of College and program requirements
  • Communicating knowledge of campus resources
  • Developing mentoring relationships with advisees
Monetary Award of $500.

Past Recipients of President's Award for Excellence in Academic Advisement
1988  Thomas J. Conlon, Education
1989  Archibald Reid, Biology
1989  Lynn Zimmer, Sociology
1990  Robert Goeckel, Political Science
1990  Jerry Reber, Physics
1991  Ellen Kintz, Anthropology
1992  Sharon Bossung, Business
1993  Stacey Edgar, Philosophy
1994  Gary DeBolt, Education
1995  Donald Trasher, Mathematics
1996  Jane Hogan, Education
1997  Melvyn Yessenow, Psychology
1998  Jack Johnston, Performing Arts
1998  Daniel Strang, Business
1999  George Briggs, Biology
2000  Linda House, Communicative Disorders and Sciences
2001  Gerard Gouvernet, Foreign Languages
2002  Margaret Stolee, History
2003  Celia Easton, English
2004  Susan Salmon, Education
2005  Savitri Iyer, Physics
2006  Amy Sheldon, Geological Sciences



  • Minimum of 6 years of full-time service at Geneseo

 Criteria (evidence must demonstrate)
  • Consistent and ongoing record of research for the past six years
  • Relevance or importance of the work within the discipline
  • Impact of the work on the candidate’s teaching and work with students
Monetary Award of $500.
Past Recipients of President's Award for Excellence in Research and Creativity
2002  William Cook, History
2003  Nader Asgary, Business
2004   Richard Young, Geological Sciences
2005  Mark Mitschow, Business
2006  Wendy Pogozelski, Chemistry

Criteria (evidence must demonstrate)
  • Commitment to teaching that goes beyond the classroom to the student’s intellectual and/or creative development
  • Substantial work with students by encouraging research, facilitating scholarly work, and/or creative activities
 Monetary Award of $1,000.
Past Recipients of Dr. Carol C. Harter Faculty Mentoring Award
1997  Stacey Edgar, Philosophy
1998  William Edgar, Philosophy
1999  Ganie DeHart, Psychology
2000  Stephen Padalino, Physics
2001  Mary Mohan, Communication
2002  Chi Ming Tang, Mathematics
2003  Thomas MacPherson, Art
2004  Emilye Crosby, History
2005  Jennifer Katz, Psychology
2006  Isidro Bosch, Biology



  • Six recent semesters of teaching at the College
  • Must be teaching during the semester being considered

Criteria (adapted from the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching)
  • Superb teaching performance over time
  • Setting high academic standards for students and helping them attain academic excellence
  • Commitment to students, including accessibility outside of class

Monetary Award of $500.
Past Recipients of the Joseph M. O'Brien Award for Excellence in Part-Time Teaching
1997  Amelia Braun, Education
1998  Weston Kennison, English
1999  Luvon Sheppard, Art
2000  Pamela Kurau, Performing Arts
2001  Jonathan Kruger, Performing Arts
2002  Virginia Jurkowski, Business and Communication
2004  Barbara Stewart, Mathematics
2005  Jeremy Grace, Political Science and International Relations
2006  Jacalyn Eddy, English