College Senate Bulletin

Bulletin 6
Pages 89 - 147
8 October 1999





Call for Nominations for Supported Professorships



Next College Senate Meeting and All College Meeting

Congratulations to Bob Beason, Distinguished Professor


Message from the Chair

The Saga of FPC Nominations Continues



Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (28 September)


Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (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.




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


Congratulations to Bob Beason,
Geneseo's Newest Distinguished Professor

In July 1997, the President, acting on a nomination from the Committee on Chancellor's Excellence Awards and Distinguished Ranks, recommended to the SUNY Provost that Bob Beason, Professor of Biology, be awarded the prestigious rank of Distinguished Professor.

The SUNY Provost's Office convened a committee of experts in Beason's field of study to evaluate his contributions.

At their September 22, 1999 meeting, the Board of Trustees conferred the Distinguished Professor rank on Prof. Beason, who joins Rita Gollin , Walter Harding, and Srinivasa Leelamma as Geneseo's Distinguished Professors.

The description of Distinguished Professor speaks to the quality of Prof. Beason's contributions. Geneseo is honored to boast four such scholar teachers thus far:

"The individual must have achieved national or international prominence and a distinguished reputation within his or her chosen field through significant contributions to the research literature or through artistic performance or achievement.

The individual's work must be of such a character that his or her presence will tend to elevate the standards of scholarship of colleagues both within his or her academic field and beyond.

The individual's work must be of such quality that students and scholars on other campuses of the University could and would wish to benefit by lectures and seminars, or other appropriate presentations he or she might bring to them."


"640K ought to be enough for anybody."

--Bill Gates, 1981



The Saga of FPC Nominations Continues

According to procedures developed last year and printed on p. 289 of the 98-99 Bulletin, the Committee on Nominations has sent a list of eligible faculty to the Department Heads.

Upon being informed that some eligible faculty had not received their letters asking about their interest in serving on the FPC, the Committee e-mailed Department Heads on Sept. 29 asking them to add 2 names to the list of eligible faculty (Laura Doan and Margaret Matlin) and to correct the spelling of Ken Asher's name from Ken "Aster."

Having discovered earlier in the process that the campus listserve for directors, chairs, and dept. heads was not current , and some new chairs and acting chairs were not receiving their communications, the Nominating Committee had been forwarding its emails to Dept. Heads through an office on campus which had an updated chairs' list (Whew! Are you following all this??)

As bad luck would have it, illness prevented the Sept. 29 e-mail from being forwarded to Dept. Heads until Oct. 6. Hopefully, by the time this Bulletin arrives in each office, the Dept. Heads will have the original list of eligibles plus the two added names plus Ken Asher's corrected name.

By October 13, each department is to nominate four people for FPC from the revised nominee list and notify the Committee on Nominations of its selections. No more than one of the four may be from the home department. (In the case of Education, History, Mathematics, and Physics, none can be from the home department as these departments have members currently on FPC who do not rotate off until next year.)

IF, due to the various permutations described above, a department needs a couple extra days, to make its four nominations, please let Ellen Kintz, chair of Nominating Committee, know by Oct. 13.

The Committee on Nominations will compile the departmental nominations and present a slate at the All College Meeting on October 19. It is necessary that at least one of the three elected to the FPC in this Fall's election be a full professor. Since there are several full professors willing to serve, it is expected that this requirement will be readily met.


PLEASE NOTE: 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.

Minutes of Undergraduate Curriculum Committee

Sept 28th, 1999

Members Present: S. Bailey, B. Brennan, R. Goeckel, K. Hahn, A. Happ, A. Henshaw, H. Howe, J. Kirkwood, B. Mason, J. Morse, O. Nicodemi, R. Vasiliev, S. West

Excused: K. Jones, M. Stolee

Guests: S. Kirsh, W. Gohlman, B. Howard, A. Gu

Chair Terry Bazzett called the meeting to order at 4:04 p.m.

Minutes were approved from Sept 14th with the following corrections:

A. Gu asked that his name be added to those present at the Sept 14th meeting.

S. Bailey asked that her statement regarding dropping an inactive course from the bulletin more clearly reflect that courses are removed from the bulletin when they have not been offered for 5 years, rather than as a function of department members responsible for
teaching the course leaving the college.

Agenda was approved, and next meeting date of 10/5/99 was announced.

I. Course and Program Change Proposals.

A. Revision of a Minor Program- Human Development Minor: Removal of ANTH 303 and addition of ANTH 328 (S. Kirsh -representing). S. West noted no Department vote listed. S. Bailey said for HD Minor, department heads are asked for approval, rather than a Department vote. S. Kirsh also responded to concerns that Departments associated with this minor be informed, by noting that Departments had been notified of this change, and other pending changes. Proposal approved unanimously.

B. Deletion of a Course (MATH 367) Problem Seminar in Actuarial Science I (O. Nicodemi - representing). It was briefly stated that 367-368 have become "outdated" with regards to their proposed intention of preparing students for state exams. New courses more appropriate for new state exams are being developed and will be offered. R. Goeckel questioned the timing of introducing the new courses, asking if there would be any "lag" during which an appropriate prep course would not be offered. O. Nicodemi said "no" noting that appropriate courses would be offered as experimental courses in the Spring semester 2000. Proposal approved unanimously.

C. Deletion of a Course (MATH 368) Problem Seminar in Actuarial Science II (O. Nicodemi - representing). Proposal approved unanimously, based on discussion for the previous proposal.

D. New Course Proposal (HIST 261) Native American History (W. Gohlman - representing). O. Nicodemi noted the proposal was incomplete, missing a course description. It was generally agreed that a full discussion of the proposal could not continue without this written description. W Gohlman and S. Bailey both offered to supply a description for future discussion. There was also a concern regarding the pending deletion of HIST 256 as stated in proposal. W. Gohlman explained that there was no longer a faculty member within HIST Department with expertise to teach HIST 256. It was felt that HIST 256 had particular significance to majors from the School of Education, and the question of whether a School of Education faculty member could teach the course. At this time, that is not likely, but new hiring may wish to consider this. At present, HIST 256 will not be deleted from the Bulletin. O. Nicodemi also noted the singular tone of the proposal, and suggested rewording to better reflect departmental support (i.e. change "I" to "we"). R. Vasiliev noted that the syllabus offered with the proposal was rather old, and appeared to be written for a different school (not SUNY Geneseo). The Committee agreed the proposal would be strengthened with the substitution of a syllabus from Geneseo. W. Gohlman noted that the course is currently being offered and that the syllabus currently being used would be used to replace the syllabus included with the proposal. Pending a course description, and the inclusion of a new syllabus, and with the recommendation that the wording of the proposal be modified, the Committee unanimously voted to table the proposal.

E. New Course Proposal (HIST 280) Topics in Global History (W. Gohlman - representing). The Committee in general asked for clarification of how "offered on demand" was assessed for this and other courses. S. Bailey said in general this is based on past enrollment and Department interest in offering the course in a given semester. B. Brennan also noted that offerings are sometimes determined as a response to a large number of majors wishing to take a particular course. S. Bailey noted that Departments are asked to maintain at least a two year rotation for such courses. R. Vasiliev noted that the proposal was lacking a justification as required by the form. There appeared to be a clerical error resulting in the omission of this portion of the form (and the inclusion of duplicate pages). The Committee unanimously voted to table the proposal until the missing forms could be located and included.

As a side issue S. West noted the relative lack of consistency among proposal submissions, as well as omissions and errors in submissions being reviewed. This raised the issue of revising current procedures for submission of proposals, and possibly rewriting proposals. T. Bazzett and S. Bailey agreed that current forms could benefit from streamlining and updating. T. Bazzett noted that this issue would be brought to the UCC for consideration in the Spring of 2000.

F. Revision of a Major Program, allow Computer Science requirement to include selection of CSCI 114, 121, 131, 141 in addition to CSCI 104 as currently listed.- (B. Howard -representing). Clarification of justification/rationale for Computer Science courses listed in proposal was given to the Committee. Courses were selected because of their lack of prerequisite requirement. However, it was noted by B. Howard that CSCI 141 did require CSCI 104 as a prerequisite. With this in mind, the proposal was modified to exclude CSCI 141. Committee unanimously voted to approve the proposal.

G. Revision of a Course, change ECON 230 to ECON 320 (B. Howard -representing). Some concern was raised as to why the course justified 100 level change. B. Howard explained that requirement changes several years earlier (addition of prerequisite ECON 102) had significantly increased the level of material presented in ECON 230. She also noted that the change in ECON 230 to a 300 level course should probably have been made at that time. Committee unanimously voted to approve the proposal.

H. Revision of a Major Program, Economic Major - Add ECON 301 and COMN 204 as required courses. Delete ECON 310 and CSCI216 as required courses. Change elective requirement to 15 hours (B. Howard -representing). The Committee asked that the note of ECON 230 change be dropped from this proposal, as it was already addressed in a separate proposal (See G. above). O. Nicodemi asked that a statement of justification be added for the requirement of COMN 204. With these changes the Committee voted unanimously to approve the proposal.

I. Revision of a Major Program, School of Business - Addition of statement to Bulletin regarding restriction of course enrollment to Business Majors and Minors (B. Howard -representing). B. Howard stated that change is needed to bring written policy in line with practice of the Department. Committee voted unanimously to approve the proposal.

J. Revision of a Minor Program, Economic - Change requirement from two "upper-level" ECON courses to two 300-level ECON courses (B. Howard -representing). Question was raised regarding the number of students affected in program. B. Howard noted approximately 25 minors, all nonbusiness majors, the large majority of whom already adhere to the policy. Proposed stated policy would offer better "truth in packaging" since these 300 level courses represent the intention of the minor. Committee voted unanimously to approve the proposal.

Meeting was adjourned at 5:15 P.M.

Robert Goeckel

Terry Bazzett

Proposals from depts. appear in printed Bulletin 6.

Minutes of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee

Oct. 5, 1999

Members present: S. Bailey, T. Bazzett, chair, R. Goeckel, K. Hann, A. Henshaw, H. Howe, K. Jones, J. Kirkwood, A. Kupp, B., Mason, J. Morse, 0. Nicodemi, M. Stolee, and S. West

Excused: R. Vasiliev, H. Waddy

Guests: J. Ballard, M. Lima, and B. Lofquist

Chair Bazzett called the meeting to order at 4:02.

The motion to approve the agenda was moved, seconded and passed.

The motion to approve items 1 through 5f [Ed. Note: reported here as A-J]on the agenda were moved and seconded; discussion of the individual items followed.

I. Course and Program Change Proposals.

A. English 360: Post-Colonial Literature to be approved for M/ Core. The M designation has been approved by the M Committee. Passed unanimously.

B. Plsc 240: Asia in a Global Setting to be approved for M/ Core. The M designation has been approved by the M Committee. There is an error in the Bulletin where this course is already listed as an M course. The action today is to give this course the M designation and make the Bulletin correct. Students who took this course under the impression it carried the M designation have received M credit. Passed unanimously.

C. Revision of the minor in Criminal Justice. The change is in the area of required courses and in the addition of elective courses. There will be 9 hours of required courses, Socl 209 and Intd 395, plus 15 hours of electives for a total of 24 hours. Discussion centered on the following issues:

1. Is this a coherent minor or does it really just offer a smattering of courses with no thematic or academic coherence? Is there a central focus to this minor? B. Lofquist explained that this is a minor which attracts students with a variety of interests ranging from law enforcement and pre-law to forensic psychology. It was therefore important to devise a series of electives from which students could devise a program tailored to their particular interests. He also explained that the courses for the minor were limited by the major department offerings, so he tried to pick courses that would have some application, even if not 100%, to criminal justice.

2. How do the electives connect to the required internship? Lofquist explained that most students plan their courses with the type of planned internship in mind. The existing minor has not had problems with a poor match between the academic preparation of the students and the nature of the internship.

3. Is Psyc 360 really appropriate for these students? Lofquist explained that this was why it is an elective, rather than a required course.

4. Is there a provision against double dipping, i.e., a student taking too many courses for credit in both a major and in the minor? S. Bailey explained that the policy against doubledipping at the college-level has been abolished, but that several programs still have restrictions in this area. The proposed minor requires the selection of courses from 3 separate departments to avoid to issue of double-dipping.

5. Should this minor be tracked so that, e.g., students with an interest in forensic psychology would know which of the electives would be most appropriate? There was lengthy discussion about the need for minors to be well-advised and guided; several people commented that this was difficult to accomplish since minors tend not to check with the academic coordinator of the minor. Some members suggested that various academic clusters be listed for this minor in the Bulletin, but others feared that any guidelines would be seen as requirements. The committee also considered that the flexibility in the proposed minor would make scheduling easier and that the overall changes did improve the minor. On a counted vote, the proposed revisions passed with 8 for, 2 against, and 3 abstentions.

D. Revision of the minor in modern European Studies. The changes were primarily to reflect changes in course numbers and to update and correct the courses listed in the various parts of the minor. The revisions passed unanimously.

Psychology Department Changes: Guest J. Ballard explained that the 6 proposals from Psychology were part of a package: 2 new courses, 2 dropped courses, one set of prerequisite changes, and a revision of the major to reflect these changes. The goals behind these changes were to reflect the current field of psychology as a whole and to provide greater opportunities for students to do research and writing in a seminar setting. Replacing Psyc 252 with the new slot course Psyc 352 will allow both opportunity for advanced content as well as writing in the format used in the field.

E. Deletion of Psyc 345: Sensation and Perception. Passed unanimously.

F. Deletion of Psyc 252: Advanced Behavioral Research Methods and Statistical Analysis. To be replaced by new course Psyc 352. Passed unanimously.

G. Revision of prerequisites to 300-level Psyc courses. Necessary because of the deletion of Psyc 252. Passed unanimously.

H. New course Psyc 352: Advanced Research in Psychology: (Subtitle) . Discussion included concerns whether enough spaces would be offered for all majors to take 352 in an area interesting to them. J. Ballard answered that the department can meet the demands of 352 because it has dropped Psyc 252 and the 100 spaces it has offered in that course each semester. Some students took Psyc 252 early in the major and then chose not to complete the Psyc major; Psyc 352 will be offered for advanced undergraduates who are indeed completing the major so it will not be a problem if fewer seats are offered. Psyc 352 will also serve as the writing competence portion of the major. One UCC member wondered if it was appropriate to have writing competence occurring so late in the major. J. Ballard explained that there are many opportunities to write early in the major and that the small enrollment in 352 will allow the instructor to work with the students on their writing. The research project will be 70% of the grade; a student will need minimum competency to pass the course. Passed unanimously.

I. New course, Psyc 357: Behavior Genetics. A question arose about the rotation changes: "other course rotations will be adjusted.- J. Ballard explained that this course would serve as an elective in the biological bases of behavior content area of the major and that the instructors in that area will make room for this course. Passed unanimously.

J. Revision of the Psychology major to reflect the previous changes. Included in the revision is that minimum competency must be achieved in all courses counted toward themajor. S. Bailey pointed out that freshmen interested in the biological bases of behavior content area will need to be advised that Human Biology is a spring semester only course. In general, members of the committee commended J. Ballard on the well-crafted revision. Passed unanimously.

II. Chair Bazzett had two items of new business:A. Given that UCC has at least 68 more proposals to look at, Bazzett asked if UCC would consider meeting on Thurs 10/7 at 4:00 to consider the extensive list of proposals from anthropology. Two UCC members are unable to attend, but the remaining members agreed to meet then. Members were reminded that all proposals must be ready for the second reading in Senate by the February meeting.B. Chair Bazzett asked that, in the spring semester, UCC members plan to discuss whether or not UCC should vote on Core designations already passed by the Core Committees, what the definitions of minor and major course changes should be, what changes members would like to see in the various forms sent to UCC, and when discussions of issues could occur "virtually" or in full meetings of UCC. These issues loom especially large in a bulletin year.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:10.

Respectfully submitted,

Meg Stolee