Bulletin No. 2
14 Sept. 2001
Call for Chancellor’s Awards Nominations
Fall 2001 College Senate Meeting Schedule
Upcoming Senate Committee Meetings
Senate Bulletin Mailing List
Summer Curriculum Development Grant Proposals
Executive Committee, Sept. 4, 2001
Agenda College Senate Meeting, Sept. 18, 2001
Chemistry/Biology 385 Minor Course Revision
2001-2002 Senate Membership List
Correspondence: Janice A. Lovett,Department of Biology,
Bailey 210; e-mail: email@example.com; phone:245-5413
Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching
Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service
Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Librarianship
Distinguished Teaching Professor
Distinguished Service Professor
These nominations are confidential and should consist of aone to two page letter specifically describing the nominee's qualificationsfor the award or rank. Nominations for these awards and ranksmust be submitted in writing by September 17, 2001 to TerenceBazzett, College Senate Vice Chair, Department of Psychology,Sturges 34. Nominees will be requested to submit a vita, lettersof recommendation, and other pertinent information shortly afterthe close of nominations.
Information about the criteria for each award and rank is availablefrom Terence Bazzett and is available at:
If you have any questions, please contact Terence Bazzett at extension5248, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any member of the College Community may receive an individual copy of the College Senate Bulletin. If you would like to receivea copy please send your name as you like it to appear on the mailinglabel and your campus address to the Senate Chair, Janice Lovett,email@example.com or 210 Bailey.
I have been asked to remind everyone that deadlines forcurricular changes of all kinds which will be included in the2002-2004 College Bulletin must be submitted to the Dean's Officebefore October 5, 2001.
Proposals for Summer Curriculum Development Grantsfor Summer 2002 should be submitted to David Gordon, Provost'sOffice, Erwin 205 on October 15. Forms and additional informationcan be obtained from the Provost's office. The Faculty Teachingand Professional Development Committee will sponsor an informationalmeeting for persons considering submitting a proposal on Thursday,Sept. 20 in Sturges 105 from 12:45-1:45 p.m.
Present: J. Bushnell (Chair UCC), B. Dixon (Provost), C.Dahl (President) G. Drake (Secretary), C. Freeman (Treasurer),C. Leary (Former Chair), J. Lovett (Chair), J. McLean (Chair FAC),D. McPherson (Chair SAC), D. Metz (Chair GAC).
No substantial business remains from the last academicyear. In the spring of 2001, there was an understanding that theLaptop Initiative would come to Senate in the spring or at somefuture date. The Chair called on Committee Chairs to bring theircommittees’ issues to the attention of the Senate ExecutiveCommittee.
1. PresidentDahl commented on the current New York State Budget and Geneseo’s response to it. The “barebones budget” givesthe system only enough money to cover contracted salary expenses.Other items that might be helpful to SUNY will have to be addedas part of supplemental appropriations. There is a good chanceto receive supplemental appropriations, but the President urgedCollege members to write or call their state representatives ontwo fronts:
1. money forenergy costs — $300,000 was spent over the past year onthis campus alone.
2. support for the Academic Quality Initiative, providingmoney for additional faculty lines and programs.
While SUNY may not be a verylarge item on [legislators’] radar screens, funds may becomeavailable during budget negotiations and $20-50 million for SUNYwould make a big difference.
The President addressed how the barebones budget affects our owncampus. We don’t exactly know how the Trustees will allocatebudget money, but given our estimates, we have made some decisionsfor budget action. Right now, the College has $2.195 million innew money (from salary increases and increases in revenue). However,approximately $1.95 million of that money must cover contractualsalaries — virtually every employee at the College. Thenet available new money is thus only about $244,000 — ifnothing else happens.
We know that if utilities cost the same as last year, the amountwill be at least $300,000. We need to be prepared for the Trusteesto reallocate some of the regular allocation model money up toabout $340,000 — if none of the items in the Trustees’ Budget that were in the Governor’s Budget get throughthe reallocation process. The total amount to cover these contingenciesis thus about $644,000.
We need to allocate all of the net available new money and puta 1% charge on all of the College budgets to make sure that wehave enough beyond the budgeted campus reserve to make it throughthe year. That is the worst-case scenario, but we need to do thisto be cautious. So the Provost and each of the Vice-Presidentshave been asked to identify and hold 1% of their budgets. Greaterpercentages may be taken from departmental current accounts.
The College needs to fight for more appropriations. Though weare not as badly off as some other campuses under the barebonesbudget, it is plainly not doing us any good.
2. Authorization to spend money out of the capital budgethas expired, and the Legislature still has to address this. Ifthere is no authorization, we’ll have to stop projectsfrom going forward.
3. We are probably going to acquire the land on Park Streetin the next several months and can repave/landscape it for parking.We have already been repaving other parking lots (and in the processlost some spaces through reengineering, but the Park Street lotwill help alleviate this problem).
4. Construction fund uncertainties have not slowed the IntegratedScience Facility project (though entropy might). Bids may comein the spring or fall [of 2002], so we are on a decent schedule.
5. President Dahl will meet with the co-chairs of the Commissionon Diversity and Community. This may affect the work of Senatebecause, during the summer, a group of faculty and administratorsattended a sustainable change conference sponsored by the AmericanAssociation of Colleges and Universities. The “sustainablechanges” addressed at the conference were 1) diversityinitiatives and 2) ways we can bring together student/campus lifewith what we do in more traditional academic settings. The Geneseodelegation that attended the conference had some ideas for someSenate actions and studies. Dahl will meet with this group andwith the Diversity Commission to bring some recommendations toSenate.
6. Dahl has accepted last year’s recommendation fromthe Faculty Affairs Committee for a three-year Task Force on facultyevaluation. This new examination is needed as the College haschanged over the past 15-20 years in its evolution from a stateuniversity college into a public liberal arts college. We needto look at how we evaluate and prepare people for promotion andcontinuing appointment — and how that fits in with whatwe are doing as a public liberal arts college.
The three charges of the Task Force will be to:
• lookat evaluation procedures
• look at faculty development
• align unified evaluation and development systemwith the mission and current/future state of the College.
1. The SenateBulletin lists a deadline for sabbatical applications and TitleF Leaves. But the Title Fs cover every sort of reason for leaves— sick leave, leave without pay, etc. — so manyof these have no specific deadlines. In addition, not all TitleF Leaves necessarily go to the Professional Leave Review Committee.
2. In addition to the six supported professorships we currentlyhave (with outstanding teaching as the primary criterion, togetherwith active scholarly life and contributions to collegiate life),there will now be another Lockhart Professorship to recognizelongstanding and outstanding research. The teaching record andcontribution to campus life will still be important.
Secondly, in addition to the campus awards for advising,mentoring, and part—time teaching, there will be a $500award for research and/or creative accomplishments. Unlike theFoundation professorship, which will reward long—term researchrecords, this smaller award is meant for more recent accomplishments.So we now have four campus awards that go along with the Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in ProfessionalService. (The Research Council specifically recommended theseawards for two years in a row.)
3. There will be a meeting this week to implement the thirdsemester of the foreign language requirement. Even though thedue date for implementation is 2003, it is time to talk aboutresource evaluation and what we might do besides just a “straight” 201 foreign language course.
4. After the last Senate Executive Committee meeting lastyear, there was a decision to start a Center for Excellence inLearning and Teaching. Over the past few years, different groupsof people have come to see the Provost to talk about this — the Diversity Commission; various faculty interested in fine-tuningassistance for their teaching; the Carnegie Program; Faculty Affairs;and CIT. (CIT, in fact, wanted to donate a position for technologylearning. )
As a result, Provost Dixon thought it would be good to gathervarious constituencies together to develop something using thenew technology lab in the Library and money from the Provost’s budget. We had requested money for a full-time director throughSUNY’s Academic Quality Initiatives, though those fundsare not yet forthcoming.
Some people from other teaching-learning centers advisedus to start small or not at all, while others said we could startsmall and do a few things very well. We decided to go ahead anddo a small start in things related to diversity, technology, andgeneral faculty development; the library space is not yet ready.The group agreed that we could use a quarter-time release to getworkshops going and $10,000 either for materials or for outsidespeakers.
5. The Provost has asked each Department Chair to come upwith a three-year plan for Summer School. If we plan better, studentscan plan better, and we will improve enrollment and assure a budget.Departments will suggest courses that they could be almost surewould make the enrollments that we need. In response, the Provost will start experimenting with guaranteeing money for courses.If we act purposefully, we may get better results. This idea willnot cut out faculty interested in experimental courses that mightor might not enroll sufficient students, but it would give usa core of courses that we can count on. Departments who have reasonsnot to offer courses in the summer may choose accordingly — that’s a plan, too, and that’s fine.
6. The team that went to the American Colleges and Universitiesmeeting this summer attended a conference on Campus Leadershipfor Sustainable Innovation—including Maria Lima, BeckyGlass, the Provost, and the Vice-President for Campus Life. Theimpetus for this team came from the Faculty Affairs Committee.Much of the discussion revolved around our need to educate studentsin and provide them with knowledge of diversity. This was a goodexperience as our team mixed other institutions to see what theyare doing about diversity issues.
Past Chair: No report.
Vice-Chair: No report.
Secretary: No report.
Charlie Freeman reported on the current state of Senate Accounts:
Roark Fund: $1742.02
Senate Fund $3351.86
The Senate recently sent flowers to Bruce Godsave (Schoolof Education), who is in the hospital; the Provost reminded theSenate Executive Committee that Rita Gollin (English) is out forthe semester as she recuperates from surgery.
Lovett suggested that we announce in Senate that names offaculty in the hospital should be forwarded to Treasurer Freeman.The Provost will make a point of informing the Treasurer as theneed arises.
Graduate Academic Curriculum Committee: No report.
Dale Metz asked for clarification about from where graduate proposalswill come — from departments or elsewhere. Graduate Affairsdeals with programs and policies; policy issues may arise fromany party, departments, administration or students.
McLean wanted to know if Faculty Affairs should do anything tosupport the Task Force on Faculty Development. President Dahlsaid this would not be necessary, as the Task Force will reportback to Senate.
Lovett distributed a report from Bob Simon on Summer/Intersessionand Distance Learning which had been sent to the Summer School/IntersessionTask Force, as well as the Draft of the Final Report by the SummerSchool/ Intersession Task Force. She noted that the Task Forcebriefly looked at distance learning and did not wish to recommendany action unless Senate looks at the issue again. Meanwhile,several faculty were interested in teaching a distance learningcourse during the summer. Lovett suggested that we read thesereports for the next Senate Executive Committee meeting.
President Dahl opined that Summer/Intersession Distance Learningwould probably be very modest at first. The Provost recalled thatthe controversy about distance learning was about courses beingbrought in from other places; but the current proposal seems toinvolve Geneseo professors teaching already-approved Geneseo coursesin a different modality.
Lovett pointed out three costs of implementation that Simon'sreport highlighted:
1. a technical support person for getting materialsonline and providing ongoing assistance
2. access to PPP connections to the Internet by the instructorsof the courses
3. availability of laptops for summer use by faculty teachingDL summer courses.
In other discussion, the Provost recalled the successof a recent lunch-hour discussion on academic freedom, moderatedby Joe Bulsys. Attendees reacted very positively to the experience,and many said that faculty need to do more of this. Perhaps theSenate Executive Committee could spearhead some new discussionson issues that affect the entire campus community — laptopsand calculators, for instance.
Metz suggested the notion of tenure and post-tenure review. PresidentDahl urged that Senate sponsor a series of symposia. Former ChairLeary offered occasional help with such symposia. Dahl also suggestedFaculty Affairs would be interested in such issues as tenure.The Provost believed discussions should be geared towards nationalissues. The Task Force on Faculty Development has the job addressingthe actual details of post-tenure review on this campus. The Provostalso noted that the AAAG has a Task Force studying post-tenurereview; we thus have nearby resources for doing this.
Provost Dixon also voiced the need for a time when faculty cantalk since noon isn't always good. She noted the lack of lateFriday afternoon courses.