College Senate Bulletin

Bulletin 2
Pages 18 - 27
10 September 1999

Page Topic
19-20 Calls for Nominations
  Excellence Awards and Distinguished Ranks
  Nominations Committee
  Faculty Personnel Committee
20 Announcements
  First Fall Senate Meeting Date
  New Deadline for Professional Leave Requests
Upcoming Committee Meetings
  Requests for Parliamentarian Volunteer
21 Corrected Diagram of Constitutional Committee Structure
22 Membership of Standing Committees of the Faculty
  Committee on Nominations
  Faculty Personnel Committee
  Professional Leave Review Committee
23-24 Membership of Standing Committees of the College
  Strategic Planning and Advisory Group
  General Education Committee
  Research Council
24-27 Minutes -- Executive Committee Planning Meeting Aug. 27


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


I. Excellence Awards and Distinguished Ranks

Nominations are now being accepted for the following SUNY Ranks

  Distinguished Teaching Professor
  Distinguished Service Professor
  Distinguished Librarian
  Distinguished Professor

And for the following Chancellor’s Awards:

  Excellence in Teaching
  Excellence in Librarianship
  Excellence in Professional Service

Nominations for these ranks and awards must be submitted in writing by Monday,
September 20, 1999 to Chris Leary, College Senate Vice Chair, Mathematics Dept.,
South 324D. Confidential nominations should consist of a 1-2 page nomination letter
describing the nominee’s qualifications for the award or rank.

Please see pp. 14-17 of Senate 99-00 Bulletin for a description of the criteria and eligibility for these awards and ranks.

II. Committee on Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for three positions that will become available on the Committee on Nominations December 1, replacing Ellen Kintz, Dan Repinski, and Patrice Case. Please give your nominations to one of the members of the committee: Kintz, Repinski, Case, Randy Bailey, Wendy Pogozelski, or Anne-Marie Reynolds by September 20, 1999.

An All-College Meeting will be held October 19 to receive the committee’s report and accept nominations from the floor.

III. Faculty Personnel Committee: New Procedures

According to the procedures currently in place, the Committee on Nominations "shall create of list of those Associate and Full Professors or Librarians who are eligible for election [to FPC] (i.e. omitting Department Chairs and individuals from Departments with continuing Faculty Personnel Committee members)…. Individuals not interested in serving will be responsible for asking to have their names removed." (98-99 Senate Bulletin, p. 289). This list will arrive in your mailboxes September 6, 1999.

If you are unable to serve, or if you are eligible to serve but are not on the list, please respond by email to Kintz, by September 15, 1999.

The Nominations Committee will then send a revised list of all eligible and willing individuals to the Departments. Each department must nominate no more than 4 persons from the list, and no more than 1 from own department, to the Nominations Committee. The resulting slate of nominees for the Faculty Personnel Committee will be presented at the All-College Meeting on October 19.

Please allow yourself to remain on the list of eligibles for this important committee. In other words, if your name is on the list that you receive September 6, do not do anything!

This year, 3 members are to be elected to the seven-member Faculty Personnel Committee, 1 of whom must be a Full Professor or Librarian.

Committee members are:

1998-2000 terms
Bill Gohlman
Donald Marozas
Jerry Reber
Gary Towsley
1997-1999 terms (expire Dec. 1)

Paula Henry
Ron Herzman
Dan Strang


First Fall 1999 College Senate Meeting Date

September 21

The meeting will be held in Newton 204 and begins` at 4:00 pm

New Deadline for Professional Leave Requests

Proposals for Sabbatical Leaves and Title F Leaves should be submitted to departments by September 15, 1999.

Upcoming Committee Meetings

UCC will meet Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 4:00 pm, in Sturges 112.

Executive Committee will meet Friday, Sept. 10 and Sept. 24, at 2:45 pm in South 110.

Requests for Volunteer for Senate Parliamentarian

If anyone is willing to serve as Senate Parliamentarian for the Fall semester, please contact the Chair. The Parliamentarian should be familiar with parliamentary procedure, as Robert's Rules of Order describes, and be able to attend each Senate meeting. Thank you in advance for your willingness to serve.

Constitutional Committee Structure of the Faculty, Corrected

Standing Committees of the College:

General Education Committee
Research Council
Strategic Planning and Advisory Group

Standing Committees of the Faculty:

Committee on Nominations (members elected)
Faculty Personnel Committee (members elected)
Professional Leave Review Committee (members elected)
Undergraduate Academic Standards Committee (members appointed)

[Graduate Academic Standards Committee eliminated by Senate action Dec. 1997]

Committees of the College Senate:

Executive Committee
Standing Committees of the Senate are Undergraduate Curricula, Graduate Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Faculty Affairs, and Academic Policy, Core, and Review.
Ad Hoc Committees of the Senate are created, when needed, by the Executive Committee.
Members are chosen from the faculty and student body


Committee on Nominations
Membership criteria and functions are described in Article III, section 1, of the Constitution of the Faculty, as amended May 1999

1998-2000 terms Dept. 1997-1999 terms (expire Dec. 1) Dept.
Randy Bailey History Patrice Case Art
Wendy Pogozelski Chemistry Ellen Kintz Anthropology
Anne-Marie Reynolds SOPA Dan Repinski Psychology

Three members to be elected Fall 1999

Faculty Personnel Committee
Membership criteria and functions are described in Article III, section 3, of the Constitution of the Faculty, as amended May 1999

1998-2000 terms

Bill Gohlman
Donald Marozas
Jerry Reber
Gary Towsley



1997-1999 terms (expire Dec. 1)

Paula Henry
Ron Herzman
Dan Strang


College Libraries

Three members to be elected Fall 1999

Committee on Professional Leave Review
Membership criteria and functions are described in Article III, section 4, of the Constitution of the Faculty, as amended May 1999

1999-2001 terms Dept. 1998-2000 terms Dept.
Susan Constable Education Phil Boger Geological Sci
Lee Stone Business Carlo Filice Philosophy
Michael Teres Art Pat Murphy Sociology

Three members to be elected Spring 2000


Strategic Planning Advisory Group
Membership criteria and functions are described in Article X, section 3, of the Constitution of the Faculty, as amended May 1999

Chris Dahl President
Barbara Dixon (Chair) Provost
Bob Bonfiglio Vice Pres. For Student and Campus Life
Art Hatton Vice-Pres. For College Advancement
Ken Levison Vice-Pres. For Admin. & Finance
Bill Caren Associate VP for Enrollment Services
Kurt Cylke Past Chair of Senate
Becky Glass Chair of Senate
Judy Bushnell College Libraries
Randy Bailey History
Nick Schiavetti Communicative Disorders & Sciences
Susan Spring College Activities
Laura Wrubel Exec. Asst. to President & Staff to Comm.
Kevin Lee President, Student Association
Michael McGee Student Representative

General Education Committee
Membership criteria and functions are described in Article X, section 2, of the Constitution of the Faculty, as amended May 1999

Tom Greenfield (Chair)Dean of the Collegeex officio    
Barbara Clarke Professional Programs F 98 - S 00
Bill Gohlman Humanities F 99 - S 01
Ellen Kintz Social Sciences F 99 - S 01
Olympia Nicodemi Math/Natural Sci/Computer Sci. F 98 - S 00
Paul Schact Former UCC Chair F 98 - S 00
Jim Willey
(Patrice Case F 99 for sabbatical)
Fine Arts F 99 - S 01
Pat Seaver Provost Appointment  
TBA Provost Appointment  
TBA Student & Campus Life  
TBA Student Representative  

Research Council
Membership criteria and functions are described in Article X, section 1, of the Constitution of the Faculty, as amended May 1999

Name Dept. Term Expires
Steve Padalino (Chair) Physics 2001
Terry Bazzett Psychology 2000
Steve Derne' Sociology 2002
Elizabeth Hall Education 2000
Doug Harke Sponsored Research ex officio
Ron Herzman English 2002
Roxanne Johnston Geneseo Foundation ex officio
Rong Lin Computer Science 2001
Ken Levison VP Admin & Finance ex officio
Duane McPherson Biology 2001
Mary Mohan Communication 2001
Jeff Over Geological Sciences 2001
Wendy Pogozelski Chemistry 2002
Anne-Marie Reynolds SOPA 2002
Lee Stone Business 2002


Pre-semester Planning Meeting, August 27, 1999

Members of the 1999-2000 Senate Executive Committee met for a preliminaryplanning luncheon on August 27, 1999. Present: B. Glass (Chair), C. Leary(Vice-chair), J. Ballard (Secretary), M. Mohan (Treasurer), A. Gridley(Vice-president, Central Council), N. Schiavetti (Chair, Faculty Affairs),B. Gohlman (Chair, Policy), J. Bushnell (Chair, Graduate Affairs), T. Bazzett(Chair, Undergraduate Curriculum), E. Crosby (Chair, Student Affairs),J. Bulsys (interim University Faculty Senator), C. Dahl (President of theCollege), B. Dixon (Provost).

Announcements and Topics of Discussion:

All future meetings of the Executive Committee will be held at 2:45pmon Fridays (approximately twice monthly) in South Hall, Room 110. The deadlinefor materials to be published in the Senate Bulletin will be early afternoonon Wednesdays. Drafts of minutes of Executive Committee and Senate meetingswill be sent to Executive Committee members via email by Tuesday evening.Corrections should be emailed to J. Ballard by Wednesday morning. The firstExecutive Committee meeting will be September 10.

B. Glass has developed a Web Site for posting Senate bulletins. Thesite can be accessed by adding the following to the Geneseo home page address:/~senate/Bulletins
Specific bulletins can be accessed by adding the date of the bulletinin the following format: /~senate/Bulletins/Bulletin090399.html
B. Glass and C. Leary will manage the web site.

New personnel are needed for Senate and/or Executive committee. Studentcommittee members will be available September 14. A. Gridley will emailthe students’ names, and B. Glass will update and reprint committee membershiplists that week. B. Glass will seek a new Parliamentarian. A replacementon the General Education Committee may be needed to cover a member whois on leave.

Intersession/Summer School Task Force: B. Glass read the resolutionapproved by last year’s executive committee, which called for a task forceto examine the goals, structure, and efficacy of the intersession and summerterms. Possible membership of the committee was discussed. It was agreedthat the committee should include representation from: the Dean’s office,students, programs that offer graduate courses during these terms (suchas Education and Communicative Disorders and Sciences), faculty involvedin Study Abroad programs, faculty who regularly teach in these terms, andfaculty who do not regularly teach in these programs. B. Glass will workwith Provost Dixon to develop a list of potential members.

Research as a basis for committee work: B. Glass encouraged membersof the Executive Committee and other Senate committees to adopt a research-basedapproach to planning and completing committee assignments. She identifiedthree sources of data that committees and task force members are encouragedto use:

    1. Examine the on-campus history of the issue or topic. Finding out what stepswere taken by previous committees can help avoid duplication of efforts.
    2. Form focus groups to provide input on issues of concern to the collegecommunity. Such groups are often used in social sciences research to explorecomplex subjects, or as preparation for surveys. Focus groups may be ahelpful addition to open meetings, because they are less subject to" self-selection" and open meetings tend to be under-attended. [M. Mohan has an instructional packet, published by Sage, on how to form and use focus groups. She can sign out the kit to Executive Committee members for use in planning focus groups. Her office is Blake B 106.]
    3. Seek perspectives from other campuses for insights and ideas about addressing a specific issue.
        1. Each committee can solicit ideas from among its members about appropriate goals the committee might adopt for the year.
        2. Annual reports of each committee could include a "diversity impact statement" about progress toward meeting such goals. For example, UCC might note new course proposals that furthered diversity goals.
        3. B. Dixon noted that the emphasis in Program Development Grants last year was on diversity and technology as priority areas. Such emphasis could continue.
        4. Senate could help keep track of the variety of efforts made in the area of diversity/community. Also, Senate committee membership could strive to reflect an awareness of diversity. C. Dahl suggested placing on the Executive Committee agenda a review of the Commission’s report and identification of specific goals. B. Glass agreed to add the item to the agenda for the Sept. 10 meeting.
        5. C. Dahl also noted that the Commission will continue to serve for another year. One function for the year could include serving as a tracking or "historian" committee.
        6. C. Dahl noted that the issue of creating "community" is sometimes more difficult that the issue of addressing "diversity." He suggested that Executive Committee focus on this issue as well.

    4. Diversity and Community: B. Glass and President Dahl noted the report of the President’s Commission on Diversity and Community. A draft of the final report was circulated to departments at the end of the spring (1999) semester. The final version is now available on the web. B. Glass asked that Executive Committee members consider ways that Senate can help the college meet the goals identified by the Commission. The following ideas were discussed:

SOFI Revisions: B. Glass noted that the 1999-2000 school year will include the regularly scheduled discussion of the SOFI’s by Faculty Affairs. She suggested that this discussion should be framed within the context of the faculty development role the SOFI’s serve. N. Schiavetti noted that Faculty Affairs needs to form focus groups to discuss two separate but related issues: 1) The broad question of faculty evaluation procedures; and 2) The more specific question of how the SOFI’s can contribute to faculty evaluation.

C. Dahl noted the contributions made by H. Waddy during the 1998-1999 school year, including her examination of the history of the use of student evaluations of faculty.

N. Schiavetti noted that one concern was the question of whether student evaluations of faculty should be based on an instrument developed by a committee. Instead, an externally-developed instrument might be more useful. Issues involved in using such an instrument include the potential loss of control over the content of the instrument, as well as the costs involved. Costs of an externally-developed instrument would probably be in the range of $10,000 to $13,000 yearly. The current SOFI’s cost about $5000 to $6000 yearly, but these costs do not include the "hidden" costs of CIT personnel/equipment or work-study students.

C. Dahl noted that a nationally known speaker will be scheduled at the college during September to address "scholarship of teaching"-related issues.

N. Schiavetti reported on attending a Stony Brook conference on assessment, where the emphasis was on the need to focus on fundamental issues. Specifically, it is important to know the use of the results of any assessment device. Within the context of faculty development, for example, a device like the SOFI’s can be used either for assessment (measurement with the goal of helping the individual improve) or for evaluation (measurement with the goal of determining rewards or consequences).

Questions about these fundamental issues could be a long-term project for the FAC. They could carry over to the charges for FAC in subsequent years. FAC could also appoint ad hoc committees to examine these issues.

A. Gridley asked for clarification of the purposes of the FAC’s evaluation of the SOFI’s this year. Specifically, she asked if the purpose is to determine whether or not to have the SOFI’s at all, to determine what is included in the SOFI’s, or to determine how the SOFI results are used.

J. Bushnell noted that SOFI’s have historically been used to provide feedback to faculty about their performance, to provide a method for students to communicate with each other about faculty performance, and to provide information for administrative evaluations of faculty performance. B. Glass added that the goal of faculty development may not be well served if the absence of a full assessment plan leads to a de facto use of the SOFI’s alone to evaluate teaching. Several committee members suggested that it was extremely unlikely that the SOFI’s would be eliminated. Instead, the FAC focus will be on the content of the instrument and the uses of the results.

B. Glass asked Executive Committee members to consider how to present background information on these issues to faculty. It was noted that H. Waddy already has a web site set up (related to the Carnegie Campus Program for the Advancement of Teaching). J. Bulsys said that reports on issues of diversity and general education could be included at future Senate meetings.

Discussion of these issues will continue at future meetings. The meeting was adjourned at 2:00 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Joan C. Ballard