College Senate Bulletin


Bulletin 7
Pages 148 - 162
15 October 1999

Page  Topic
149-150 Call for Nominations 
  Supported Professorships
  Harter Mentoring Award, President's Advising Award, O'Brien Teaching Award
151-153 Announcements
  Next College Senate Meeting and All College Meeting
  Campus Conversation on Teaching and Learning
  Cultural Harmony Week Oct. 18-22
  Upcoming Deadlines for Faculty Support Programs
  Materials from Old Westbury Faculty Senate on reserve in Milne
153 Message from the Chair
  First and Second Readings to be packaged by department/school
154 All College Meeting, 19 October
154-156 College Senate Meeting, 19 October
156-161 Executive Committee (8 October)
161-162 Faculty Affairs Subcommittee on Criteria for Promotion and Continuing Appointment (5 October)



Correspondence: Becky L. Glass, Department of Sociology, Sturges 122C
E-mail: Phone: 245-5336



Nominations are now being accepted for two supported professorships:
Lockhart Professor and
Geneseo Foundation Professor

Deadline for nominations is Monday, November 15

These professorships will run from Sept. 2000 - May 2003 and carry an award of $6000/year for the three years

Letters of nomination should be addressed to the Campus Awards Selection Committee, c/o the Provost's Office, Erwin 205. Nominees will be contacted soon after Nov. 15 and told what supporting documentation to provide.

Rank of Associate Professor with continuing appointment (individuals selected must commit to continuous service, uninterrupted by leaves or sabbaticals, for the term of the appointment)

Demonstration of outstanding teaching, involvement of students in the learning process, superior advisement, meaningful involvement in campus life, and an active scholarly life.


Nominations are now being accepted for:

Harter Mentoring Award

President's Advising Award

President's Award for Excellence in Part-time Teaching

Deadline for nominations is Wednesday, December15

Harter Mentoring Award

The Harter Faculty Mentoring Award, endowed by former President Carol Harter and Dr. Michael Harter, recognizes a faculty member whose commitment to teaching goes beyond the classroom to the student's intellectual and/or creative development.

Nomiantions are appropriate for faculty who have done substantial work with students by encouraging research, facilitating scholarly work, and/or creative activities.

President's Award for Excellence in Academic Advising

Must have completed at least three years of continuous service as a full-time member of Geneseo's
teaching faculty
Must have completed at least three years of service as a faculty advisor at the college
Must have an advisement load equal to, or greater than, the mean for his/her department
Previous recipients are not eligible within five years of receiving the award.
Positive 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


President's Award for Excellence in Part-Time Teaching

Inspired by the teaching contributions of Joseph O'Brien

Must have completed six recent semesters of teaching at the college
Must be teaching during the semester being considered
The criteria used for evaluating nominees are adapted from the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, and include:

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


Letters of nomination should be addressed to the Campus Awards Selection Committee, c/o the Provost's Office, Erwin 205. Nominees will be contacted and told what supportingdocumentation to provide.




All College Meeting
October 19, 4:00 pm, Newton 204

At this meeting, the Committee on Nominations will present its nominations for new members to the Committee on Nominations and to the Faculty Personnel Committee, to replace those who are rotating off each committee on Dec. 1. Nominations from the floor can be taken for the Committee on Nominations, but nominations from the floor are not allowed for the FPC.

Next College Senate Meeting
October 19, Newton 204
immediately following All College Meeting


Campus Conversation on Teaching and Learning
Monday, October 25
4:00 pm
College Union Ballroom

Dr. James Wilkinson, Director of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard, will speak on: How to Translate the Scholarship of Teaching into Campus-Level Practice

Reception immediately following in the Hunt Room.

This conversation developed out of work by the Steering Committee for the Carnegie Teaching Academy at Geneseo (Helena Waddy, chair), and by the Faculty Teaching and Program Development Committee (Gary Towsley, chair).

For more information on the Carnegie Teaching Academy's Campus Program, visit [NOTE THERE IS NO "www."]

Cultural Harmony Week
begins October 16

7:30 pm
College Union Hunt Room

Ms. Njoki Njehi will speak on the role of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund in the perpetuation of poverty: Fifty Years is Enough

October 18
"Town Hall Meeting"
7:00 pm
Newton 202

The Commission on Diversity and Community will lead a frank discussion on the role diversity plays in an excellent liberal arts education: Crossing Boundaries-Building Bridges

For a listing of other Cultural Harmony Week events, visit

Upcoming Deadlines
Faculty Support Programs for
Research, Scholarship, and Creative Work

November 5
Dean Johnston Student Research Assistantships (provides faculty with paid research

assistance for scholarly projects) $500 stipend


December 3

Presidential Summer Fellowships $3500 award
Mid-Career Summer Fellowships $4000 award
Roemer Summer Research Fellowship $5000 award 


January 28, 2000

Research Development Grants Max. award $1000 or release time 
Incentive Grants Max. award $400
College Senate Small Grants Max. award $300
Research Travel Grants Max. annual award $700


February 4, 2000
Undergraduate Research Grants (support student research & conference participation in

conjunction with faculty) Max award $500


Descriptions of the programs and applications are available at the web site of the Office for Sponsored Research:

You may also contact Chair of the Research Council, Steve Padalino, for information.

Materials from Old Westbury Faculty Senate on reserve in Milne

When I presented the background on the Old Westbury College presidential search at the September 21 College Senate meeting, I referenced a packet of material that the Old Westbury Faculty Senate had compiled. I have been asked to place this material on reserve in Milne for those who may be interested in learning more details about the search process and about the recent legislation permitting the SUNYBoard of Trustees to authorize Old Westbury land leases.

Therefore, you may now access this material on reserve. The long titles are:
1) Materials from the Old Westbury Faculty Senate regarding the Summer 1999 Presidential Search, including a chronology of events; letters to the Chancellor, Chair of Trustees, Governor, and others; newspaper articles; resolution from University Faculty Senate.

2) Materials from the Old Westbury Faculty Senate regarding the Spring 1999 Land Transfer Legislation, including a chronology of events; annotated copy of legislation; resolution from University Faculty Senate.



Due to the volume of proposals being submitted to UCC, motions will be made in Senate meeting to consider proposals in departmental packages.

Also note that electronic proposals are coming in slowly (new procedures take time to implement) so all proposals in printed Bulletin may not be on the web in a timely fashion.

All College Meeting
19 October 1999
4:00 pm, Newton 204


Call to Order

Presentation of the Nominees for the Faculty Personnel Committee

Presentation of the Nominees for the Committee on Nominations
Call for additional nominations for the Committee on Nominations


College Senate Meeting
19 October 1999
Immediately following All College Meeting, Newton 204


Call to Order

Adoption of Agenda

Approval of the Minutes of the Previous Meeting
(21 September, Bulletin pp. 64-71)

Senate Reports

Chair's Report B. Glass
President's Report C. Dahl
Provost's Report B. Dixon
Treasurer's Report M. Mohan
University Faculty Senator's Report J. Bulsys (for E. Wallace on sabbatical)
Central Council Report A. Gridley


Reports of the Standing Committees

Undergraduate Curriculum T. Bazzett


Second Readings

New Course: Biol 334. Biology of Cancer (pp. 38-44 )


Communicative Disorders and Sciences

New Course: CDSc 320. Manual Language Systems (pp. 45-50 )



New Course: Educ 365. Cultural Pluralism and Education in the United States (pp. 51-58)


First Readings (A motion will be made to present these in packages by depts.)


Revision of Minor Program: Human Development Minor (p.96-98)



Course Deletions:  
  Math 367 Problem Seminar in Actuarial Science I (p.99)
  Math 368 Problem Seminar in Actuarial Science II (p.99)



Revision of Major Program: Accounting
  Add CSCI 114 121 131 to Computer Science requirement (p. 100)
Course Revision: Change Econ 230 to Econ 320 (p. 101)
Revision of Major Program: Economics (p. 102-104)
Revision of Major Program: School of Business
  Restriction of 300-level courses to majors & minors (p. 105)
Revision of Minor Program: Economics (pp. 106-107)



Additions to M/Core: Engl 360 Post-colonial Literature (pp. 111-112)
  Plsc 240 Asia in a Global Setting (p. 113)
Revision of Minor Program: Criminal Justice Minor (pp. 114-117)
Revision of Minor Program: Modern European Studies (p. 119-120)



Course Deletions:  
  Pscy 345 Sensation and Perception (p. 121)
  Pscy 252 Advanced Behavioral Research Methods & Statistical Analysis (p. 122)
Revision of Major Program: Revisions of prereq. for 300-level courses (p. 123)
New Courses:  
  Pscy 352 Advanced Research in Psychology: (Subtitle) (pp. 124-135)
  Pscy 357 Behavior Genetics (pp. 136-139)
Revision of Major Program: Revisions to reflect previous changes (pp. 140-147)
Undergraduate Academic Policies, Core, and Review

Graduate Affairs

Faculty Affairs

Student Affairs

B. Gohlman

J. Bushnell

N. Schiavetti

E. Crosby


Unfinished Business

New Business


Minutes of Senate Executive Committee

October 8, 1999

Present: B. Glass, J. Ballard, M. Mohan, A. Gridley, N. Schiavetti, B. Gohlman, J. Bushnell, T. Bazzett, E. Crosby, J. Bulsys, C. Dahl, B. Dixon.

Call To Order: Chair B. Glass called the meeting to order at 2:50 pm.

Adoption of Agenda: The agenda was moved, seconded, and approved.

Approval of Minutes: The minutes of the Executive Committee Meeting on September 24, 1999, were approved as printed on pp. 80-86 of College Senate Bulletin #5.

President’s Report (C. Dahl):

1. Budget planning is still not complete, partly because the governor's office has not found the 32.2 million dollars needed for raises that are already in employees' paychecks. In addition, decreased revenues from the state hospitals affect the operating budget. A budget plan for individual campuses probably will not be complete until after the November Board of Trustees meeting. However, the college will go ahead with tentative spending plans based on projections from the previous budget allocation plan.

2. Dr. James Wilkinson will speak on campus at 4:00 pm on October 25 in the College Union Ballroom. His topic will be the scholarship of teaching. General invitations will be sent out to all faculty, with specific invitations for members of the Faculty Teaching and Professional Development Committee, FAC, and others.

3. The Mission Review process is going forward. Provost Salins will soon send a draft of the "Memo of Understanding" between the college and the SUNY system. Regional discussion of the mission review will follow.

J. Bulsys asked whether the Mission Review was part of the preparation for the Middle States accreditation review. C. Dahl replied that the two fit together, since the first part of the Middle States process will be a review of the mission. Provost’s Report (B. Dixon):

1. Provost Dixon asked for discussion regarding whether there is a Geneseo policy about students serving on campus committees.

C. Dahl reported that a written policy was produced during the McVittie era. B. Dixon asked whether the policy excluded students from Personnel or Search Committees. N. Schiavetti noted that an exception to the policy on student membership for committees was articulated during the early 1980’s. Under this exception, students were excluded from committee membership when issues of confidentiality were involved. B. Glass offered to have the Senate Work-Study students search previous Bulletins to find the history of the process. C. Dahl replied that this information would be helpful. 2. The Provost reported that the General Education Committee (GEC) is examining the relationship of Geneseo’s current General Education requirements to the new SUNY requirements. The Social Sciences Core and the Natural Sciences Core match very well. The American History, Foreign Language, and Oral Discourse requirements are more problematic. The GEC is looking for ways to fit these requirements within the college’s curriculum. The GEC does not wish to institute a Speech class requirement for the Oral Discourse requirement, but is looking instead at the way this requirement may fit within the major programs. SUNY Brockport recently hosted a meeting of all Foreign Language and History Department Chairs to discuss the new requirements in these areas. The outcome of the meeting has not yet been presented.

It is likely that a committee of about 11 persons, including faculty members, deans, and vice-presidents, will be charged with reviewing the General Education programs of the individual campuses.

In discussion, A. Gridley asked whether high school credit has been considered as an option for the oral discourse requirement. B. Dixon replied that this may be an option, but that the GEC is focusing on where the "competency" may be addressed throughout the curriculum, rather than in a specific course. J. Bulsys asked whether there is an umbrella term that suggests that a requirement should be met by a specific course. B. Dixon replied that nothing in the guidelines calls for specific courses, but some requirements obviously are tied to specific courses. The goal is to demonstrate competency, which could be accomplished through a specific course, an exam, a series of courses, or other options. C. Dahl noted that among our present students, many have three years of language before college, and many have extensive math or other "numerical reasoning" coursework by the time they graduate from college. M. Mohan noted that "oral discourse" usually is not part of the high school curriculum. E. Crosby suggested that using high school credits to meet Gen Ed requirements raises the question of whether there is a difference between "competence" and "exposure." B. Dixon suggested that the BOT may have included the American History requirement in an attempt to make up for high school deficiencies. She noted that demonstration of understanding is more than regurgitation of facts. The guidelines leave room for autonomy in interpreting how a competency should be assessed. B. Gohlman, a member of the Gen Ed Committee, noted that the committee is working not only on how to meet the BOT requirements, but also on how to ensure that "real history" is taught, rather than a high-school style Civics course. The Provost noted that the Committee is working well and moving ahead with their charge. The curriculum revisions of the last two years have been helpful in meshing with the BOT requirements. Chair’s Report (B. Glass):

1. In preparation for future Nominating Committees attempting to contact faculty eligible for the Faculty Personnel Committee (FPC), B. Glass plans to build a database of associate and full professors’ names and departments. The new clerical assistant will update the database each year with promotions. Letters to faculty members who are eligible for FPC will be sent each year from this database. B. Glass also will produce a Nominating Committee Handbook to enumerate not only the pertinent policies, but also the procedures and pragmatic information for implementing those policies.

B. Dixon stated that a faculty list, suitable for the Nominating Committee’s use, may already be available in her office. B. Glass will work with the Provost’s office to avoid duplication of efforts in creating a master list. 2. Executive Committee will not schedule a meeting for next week (October 15). However, the Nominating Committee may discover issues arising from the development of eligibility lists from the department nominations. If so, a meeting of Executive Committee may be called to help resolve the issues. Provost Dixon requested clarification of eligibility requirements for newly tenured faculty. The committee agreed that newly tenured faculty still have a year left on a previous appointment. Thus, such faculty members are not eligible to serve on FPC until the first year of their contract with continuing appointment, and if they have also been promoted to associate rank. N. Schiavetti asked whether the Provost’s current list of faculty members includes librarians. B. Dixon said that it does. B. Glass reiterated that she would coordinate with the Provost efforts at creating a master list of FPC-eligible faculty, and she will include in the Nominating Committee’s handbook instructions about locating the list. Vice-Chair’s Report (C. Leary): No report.

Treasurer’s Report (M. Mohan):

1. M. Mohan has advised Roxanne Johnston of the Executive Committee’s decision to let the Roark Fund account earn interest for the next five years without any income withdrawals. Under this plan, the fund would function as a Board Designated Endowment, with the yearly monetary award stipend coming out of the General College Senate Fund.

2. M. Mohan will make several manuals on focus groups available to Senate Committee Chairs on a sign-out basis for those committees that wish to conduct opinion research pertaining to relevant college issues. Focus groups are small group discussions led by a moderator and designed to elicit opinions from representatives of groups with whom you may wish to communicate in the future (targeting specialized programming, services, etc.). The manuals are a part of The Focus Group Kit by D. L. Morgan & R. A. Krueger, published by Sage. Topics covered in the manual include: recruiting focus group participants, developing probing discussion questions, moderating the small group discussions, and analyzing/reporting results. Committees that need to elicit opinions from diverse groups within the larger college community may find these materials particularly helpful.

University Faculty Senator’s Report (J. Bulsys): The University Faculty Senate Plenary Session will be held in Potsdam October 14-16, 1999.

Central Council (A. Gridley):

1. The Student Senator Retreat went very well. Attendees brainstormed new ways to publicize student senators to the students and listed issues and concerns to work on this year. Both should be evident soon. One way the senators decided to advertise their work was to set aside about 30 minutes at the weekly Student Senator Caucus for students to express their concerns or state opinions about what is happening in Senate. This opportunity will be announced to student organizations with a goal of involving students more in Senate business. A second method of advertising will be to set up a bulletin board and suggestion box in the union.

2. The College Union received 13 new computers (8 Dells and 5 iMacs) for the Computer Project Area (the CoPA room) through a CIT SCAP Grant. The Student Association is seeking information about supplying additional desks and chairs to the room. Plans also are being made for adding new carpet and a conference table to the area.

3. Fall Elections ended Thursday at 3pm. The unofficial results (which will become official at 3pm today) were as follows:

Freshman Class:
President: tie ­ Nick Vlku and Qurrat Kadwani (to be resolved after Fall Break)
Vice President: Darren Eustance
Secretary: Megan Allen
Treasurer: Terah Gates

Junior Class Secretary: Kristin Iaboni

CAS On-Campus Representative: Mark Brennan
Student Assembly Representative: Paul Brown
Student Association Director of Academic Affairs: Jessica Solan

4. A. Gridley circulated an updated list of student senator appointments to senate committees.

Faculty Affairs Committee (N. Schiavetti):

Subcommittees have begun their work. The subcommittee on Student Evaluation of Teaching will examine procedures used at other colleges. The Promotion/Tenure subcommittee is discussing what persons to interview in their efforts at data collection. They will gather background information from other campuses as well as from this college.

Graduate Academic Affairs (J. Bushnell): No report.

Policy Committee (B. Gohlman): No report.

Student Affairs (E. Crosby): Subcommittees have been formed to address the issues previously raised for the committee.

Undergraduate Curriculum (T. Bazzett): The next meeting will be October 26, at 4:00pm, in South 209. The committee is working on a heavy load of curriculum proposals. The committee held a special meeting yesterday for 20 proposals from Anthropology. Although UCC is handling the volume well, an issue may arise in Senate meetings because of the large number of first and second readings. T. Bazzett asked for discussion of options for dealing with the volume in Senate meetings.

B. Glass noted that some proposals could be introduced together as a package. T. Bazzett acknowledged that this approach could reduce approximately 30 proposals to only five or six presentations. T. Bazzett asked for some clarification of the "Rule of Seven," which has been mentioned to him as an option. B. Glass noted that former Senate Chair Boiani had proposed using this option, which states that proposals printed in the Senate Bulletin for at least seven days before the Senate vote can be considered "second readings" at the time of the vote. However, B. Glass suggested that the best option for the current problem will be to package the proposals and to save the "Rule of Seven" as a backup. J. Ballard noted that the last use of the "Rule of Seven" was during the year of the previous undergraduate bulletin revision. Problems arose when there was insufficient time for proposals to have first and second readings in time for the publication deadline in the Spring. Since that time, the deadlines for submitting curriculum proposals to the Dean’s office have been moved earlier, and it is less likely that on-time proposals will be faced with this time crunch. A. Gridley noted that all Senators should be encouraged to pay close attention to curriculum proposals, to read them ahead of time, and to raise issues for discussion ­ whether or not the proposals are bundled, and whether or not the Rule of Seven is used. All agreed that an important function of the Senate is to oversee curricular changes and development. J. Bulsys asked for further clarification of the "Rule of Seven," and T. Bazzett shared the written copy from the constitution.

Unfinished Business:

A. Gridley encouraged all Senators to contribute to the efforts of the Commission on Diversity and Community and the Multicultural Core Committee by announcing to their classes the events of Cultural Harmony Week (October 18-22). Several events have been scheduled, and an email regarding these events was sent by Kelly Clark to the allstaff distribution list.

B. Glass reiterated that Executive Committee will probably not meet next Friday, with a meeting to be called only if issues arise regarding the FPC nominations procedures.

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 3:52 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Joan C. Ballard

Secretary of the College Senate