College Senate Bulletin

State University of New York at Geneseo

College of Arts and Sciences

 

Correspondence to Dennis Showers, School of Education, South 222C, showers@geneseo.edu, 245-5264

Note: Page numbers indicate pages as per the paper copy of the Bulletins.




Bulletin No.4

Pages 43-56

November 30, 2010

 

Contents

Topic Page

Minutes, Senate, October 19, 2010 44

Minutes, Faculty Affairs Committee, October 26, 2010 51

Minutes, Executive Committee, November 2, 2010 52

Agenda, College Senate Meeting, December 7, 2010 54

GAAC Proposals for consideration on December 7 54


 

 

 

All-College Meeting Minutes

October 19, 2010

 

Present

L. Abdallah, B. Ahmad, J. Aimers, I. Alam, J. Allen, J. Behrend, S.A. Brainard, A. Bretl, C. Dahl, K. Davies-Hoffman, J. Dolce, V. Farmer, D. Farthing, D. Granger, C. Haddad, P. Hamilton-Rogers, K. Hannam, B. Harrison, G, Hartvigsen, A. Heap, A. Hernandez, H.Y. Jeong, R. Kahrs, J. Kernan, J. Kirkwood, C. Kreutter, C. Leary, A. Lewis, M. Lima, M. Liwanag, C. Long, J. Lovett, D. Mackenzie, G. Marcus, J. McGarrah, P. McLaughlin, J. McLean, D. McPherson, M. Mitschow, B. Morgan, L. O’Brien, J. Over, B. Owens, G. Park, S. Peck, P. Rault, M. Rogachefsky, S. Salmon, B. Semel, A. Sheldon, D. Showers, T. Sochia, A. Steinhauer, M. Stolee, B. Swoger, A. Tajima, L. Taraska, T. Underwood, R. Vasiliev, A. Watkins, K. Wong, J. Yee

 

Guests

E. O’Leary

 

Call to order

Chair Showers called the All College Meeting to order at 4:02 p.m.

 

Adoption of the Agenda (CSB #2, page 42)

Motion by M. Mitschow (Business), seconded

Adopted without corrections or additions.

 

Adoption of the Minutes

All College Meeting of March 30, 2010 (CSB #8, 2009-2010 Pages 107-1109)

Motion to approve M. Mitschow amended that page 1109 becomes 109, seconded

Accepted without corrections or additions

 

Nomination Committee Report- Jim Williams

Nominees for Committee on Faculty Personnel (no nominations from the floor allowed )

Paul Pacheco, Anthropology
Robert Owens, Communicative Disorders and Science
Kenneth Asher, English
Robert Doggett, English
Beverly Evans, Languages and Literatures
D. Jeffrey Over, Geological Sciences
Joseph Cope, History
Kathleen Mapes, History
Christopher Leary, Mathematics
Anthony Gu, School of Business
Avan Jassawalla, School of Business
Daniel Strang, School of Business
Anne Eisenberg, Sociology

Lynette Bosch Burroughs, School of the Arts

 

Nominees for the Committee on Nominations and Elections

George Marcus, Physics

Linda Spencer CDSC

Kodjo Adabra, Languages and Literatures

Joaquin Gomez, Languages and Literatures

 

Motion to close the nominations, C. Leary, Mathematics, seconded, passed

 

Old Business

None

New Business

None

 

All College Meeting adjourned 4:05pm

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Brian Morgan, Secretary

 

 

College Senate Meeting Minutes

October 19, 2010

 

Present

L. Abdallah, B. Ahmad, J. Aimers, I. Alam, J. Allen, J. Behrend, S.A. Brainard, A. Bretl, C. Dahl, K. Davies-Hoffman, J. Dolce, V. Farmer, D. Farthing, D. Granger, C. Haddad, P. Hamilton-Rogers, K. Hannam, B. Harrison, G, Hartvigsen, A. Heap, A. Hernandez, H.Y. Jeong, R. Kahrs, J. Kernan, J. Kirkwood, C. Kreutter, C. Leary, A. Lewis, M. Lima, M. Liwanag, C. Long, J. Lovett, D. Mackenzie, G. Marcus, J. McGarrah, P. McLaughlin, J. McLean, D. McPherson, M. Mitschow, B. Morgan, L. O’Brien, J. Over, B. Owens, G. Park, S. Peck, P. Rault, M. Rogachefsky, S. Salmon, B. Semel, A. Sheldon, D. Showers, T. Sochia, A. Steinhauer, M. Stolee, B. Swoger, A. Tajima, L. Taraska, T. Underwood, R. Vasiliev, A. Watkins, K. Wong, J. Yee

 

Guests

E. O’Leary, D. Strang

 

Call to order

Chair Showers called the Senate to order at 4:05pm

 

Adoption of Agenda

Motion by Ren Vasiliev, seconded

The agenda was adopted without corrections or additions.

 

Adoption of Minutes

April 27, 2010 (CSB #2 pp. 8-16)

Motion to adopt, C. Leary, seconded, Motion carries

 

Guest: Faculty Athletic Representative

Dan Strang

  • Faculty Athletic representative on campus. There is a desire to keep the faculty through the Senate informed about what is going on with athletics. Faculty Athletic Rep is a liaison with faculty and other staff of the college. One of his roles is to be an advocate for Geneseo and the involvement of Student Athletes and the College.

 

Senate Reports

 

President’s Report – Christopher Dahl

  • Budget

    • Spent an hour on the budget on Friday, grateful for everyone who turned out.

    • Beginning construction on Doty Building.

 

  • Announcements

    • Cultural Harmony Week starts. In the library wonderful exhibits on Santiago de Compestello and Harmony Steps.

    • Interesting Speakers:

      • Enrique- Founder of Boarder Angels, group along US Mexico border, food and water

      • Eli Claire- speaking on stolen bodies, reclaimed bodies. No it is not a Halloween presentation, but how physical disabilities affect their sense of body movements.

We now have six members of the college community who will be going to Albany to participate in the Strategic Planning Process: Innovations or Transformation teams.

  •  
    •  
      • Jeremy Grace- SUNY and the World

      • Savi Iyer –Innovative Instruction

      • Maria Lima SUNY and the World

      • Katie Rommel-Esham- Information Technology

      • Paul Schacht- Academic Excellence

      • Dennis Showers- Energy Smart NY

Thank you in advance to those who will make presentations at Parents Weekend this weekend.

 

Questions:

J.Allen (Psychology)

These criteria you listed for closing programs, any sense you can give us about order?

C. Dahl-

They are not ranked ordered. We have developed qualitative measures for quality, cost and sustainability. Keep in mind centrality admission and sustainability questions and community effectiveness questions.

Allen

But those two you mentioned are more important than the others

Dahl

As the College Strategic Planning Committee knows, the measures of quality and cost are being used to produce a scatter chart to identify programs that might be high cost and less high quality. The actual decision-making process will make use of the criteria in a dynamic fashion. It would be nice to do it all quantitatively but that doesn’t make any sense with how one program relates to another. The problem with using data is measuring how precise the numbers are. We have quantitative quality data but that is based on certain things and obviously expense data is easier to come up with. It is very hard to turn it into a science.

Allen

Is it possible to take slices out of programs or sub programs?

Dahl

It is hard to deal with these difficult issues. You want to be as definite as you can, because uncertainly is almost worse as certainty even if the certainty is bad news. There are three things going on. Program closures, are program closures and would come as an academic department or a distinct part. If we have to get to the point where we close programs we are going to have to be careful with lay off procedures. Secondly, we are certainly looking at the number of retirees. Unfortunately retirements don’t come from any plan or list of criteria. There can be some savings; we are trying to be as stingy about refilling retirements, even on a temporary basis (e.g.. department secretaries). In some ways if you have retirements, it makes sense to look at those. Third, as we look at program closures we are looking across the board, not just academic.

R. Vasiliev (Geography)

Is there a deadline for this?

C. Dahl

There is no fixed deadline.

Vasiliev

When will we know a more concrete deadline?

Dahl

Probably in within the month

J. McGarrah

How far is Bailey on the list of being renovated on the Capital projects?

C. Dahl

DOTY is underway. The Stadium project is moving along. The demolition and stadium project is in place. We are looking for an architect for Bailey.

 

Provost’s Report – Carol Long

 

Bailey is in the long range of planning, the five year plan that ends in 2013 and is going into the design stage.

 

 

The due date for sabbatical proposals was Friday. We received 11 and will be reviewing those and working with the committee chair.

International Open Access Week- Faculty panel on Thursday afternoon. Guest from Buffalo, Charles Lyons

Open Office Hours for Provost are Friday (Internationalization Topic). 1:30-2:30pm. Resources on TLC website are available.

Received news of another small grant of Bringing Theory to Practice ($7500) for Real World Geneseo. We are continuing our efforts in that program.

There is vigorous discussion on the potential shift to 4-course load. They are looking at potential templates on how to change their curriculum. The Provost is open to talk with every department and work with Chairs. It is a very complex shift and different for each program.

 

Questions:

R. Vasiliev

If the curtailment of certain programs realizes a larger savings, would we still go to the 4 by 4 or are they separate issues?

C. Long

Our financial situation is serious enough and we will need to do everything we can to come though this crisis as a strong institution. We have to come together with the Six Big Ideas to solve this complex problem. There are many reasons to consider a move to a 4 by 4 structure. An estimated $500,000 can be saved. It provides an opportunity to move the shape and structure of the curriculum forward. It gives us a chance to open up our schedule somewhat to decrease number of conflicts for students and faculty. It will be a holistic move for the College.

M. Mitschow (business)

The department is putting a lot of effort into planning. What documented evidence says this actually improves pedagogy? When can we expect to see documentation of cost savings and where this is going to come from?

Long

Until we have conversations with individual departments or with the core curriculum, we do not have the answers.

Mitschow

So we won’t know what is in the bill until we pass it?

Long

We have the general overview of numbers but cannot give specifics until program planning goes further.

 

Mitschow

How does it improve pedagogy? This could weaken pedagogy. Would like evidence before we go further.

Long

This is the conversation we need to be having with a group. The dialogue of pedagogy belongs in a faculty conversation about high impact learning practices, expanded pedagogy, and service learning.

Mitschow

We seem to be talking about this like the 4 by4 is a done deal. Shouldn’t we first be deciding whether this is a wise thing to do?

Long

This is not a done deal. I have said this over and over. Itt might be better idea for Department A than Department B. This is why we need to have a faculty broad discussion across the College to understand what it means.

Mitschow

Is the administration willing to accept the possibility of a no?

Long

When we have all the information.

 

D. McPherson (biology)

You have made the existing proposals available to the chairs of departments but not to the general faculty. Can we to make these available to everyone?

Long

Will put them out.

McPherson

There is a wiki for the chairs but not available to all. The wiki is to maximize conversation and input. Would it not be good to have that available for faculty?

Long

That will be available.


McPherson

Some departments are treating this as a done deal. Can you clarify with the Chairs and have them communicate this to their faculties?

Long

Happy to. You can’t really have a good discussion about change unless you are willing to imagine yourself in the change. That is what is being asked.

M. Mitschow

Does the administration envision trying to implement the change in the middle of multiple reaccreditations that involve business, education, speech pathology?

Long

Other campus spent 3-7 years organizing the path to it. We will pay attention to accreditation.

C. Hadad (Math)

Is there a group looking at how the Core will change?

Long

We are starting that process.

 

Chairs’ Report – Dennis Showers

SUNY Implementation teams

Has asked representatives to come to the next Senate meeting to share what is being done and to open two-way communications about the SUNY strategic planning process.

Minor issue- Faculty-l email list

College Senate Bulletin #16 (2004-2005) pp, 163-104

The question comes up about a lot of traffic in faculty-l about conferences and meetings is not appropriate use

Do people perceive this to fall under the faculty-l like it is now or does this policy need to be changed?

B. Owens (CDSC)

Would it make sense to have it a place to start?

Showers

Possibly if there are policy issues and things that we to change. I’m just trying to hear from the Senators. Does this include meetings and conferences or should we look at it to possibly change?

J. Mclean (physics)

It is faculty that are going to meetings. The issue is whether the meetings that are being sent out are interest to all faculty, not just a small subset. Perhaps the policy needs to be reviewed for the question on how broad the interest needs to be to be sent to faculty-l.

B. Morgan (School of Education)

The more conferences and meetings a person knows about is a good thing. Concise and accurate subject lines make it really easy to go through and delete any of no interest.

Showers

Will take feedback and talk it over with Executive Committee and report back to next Senate meeting

 

Vice Chair’s Report – Duane McPherson

Received 18 nominations for Chancellor’s Awards

Nine positive responses from people writing to serve on committee.

 

Past Chair’s Report – David Granger

Attended the College Council meeting October 8,

Students talked about their experiences with leadership, very nice presentation

 

Secretary ReportBrian Morgan

No Report

 

Treasurer Report – Aaron Steinhauer

No report

 

University Faculty Senate Report – Gregg Hartvigsen

University Faculty Senate meeting is in Alfred this week

 

Student Association Report – Tom Sochia

Starting next week in the CU there will be a table to give student information about all Senators they will be voting on and different information on how they feel on SUNY issues and how they voted in the past.

Have information to call State Senators and Assemblymen to reinforce what we want from them

There will be information about the Governors candidates to get ready for the elections.

Tomorrow is Spirit Day. A nationwide event to wear purple, to reinforce our campus as a safe campus- as a part of the gay community.

R.Vasiliev (Geography)

Faculty just got a letter from Pam Levison that you couldn’t use space on campus for any political stuff. How does this relate to the student activity?

T. Sochia

We are just giving the information for each of the candidates.

C. Dahl

We must legally send out that letter. Political activity is on behalf of particular candidates.

Sochia

The activity is just information giving, “This is what the candidate has done for SUNY in the past.”

B. Owens (CDSC)

Will be happy to come into any class or dorm to do either a GAY 101 presentation or Safe Zone training.

 

Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Report – Bob Owens

First Reading

UCC moves approval of New Courses (Found on CSB #2, pp. 25-26)

BIOL 281, Introduction to Research

BIOL 375, Cellular Neurobiology

GSCI 107, The Geology of Climate Change and Energy

HONR 394, Capstone Seminar

PHYS 342, Advanced Physics Problem Solving

 

Motion carries

 

UCC moves approval of Course Revisions (Found on CSB #2, pp. 26-27)

BIOL 119, General Biology: Diversity, Physiology, Ecology

BIOL 264, Human Physiology

BIOL 364, Animal Physiology

BIOL 393, Honors Thesis

H&PE 350, Health and Safety Issues in the Schools

PLSC 320, Theories of Comparative Politics

PLSC 346, Global Issues

 

 

Discussion: V. Farmer (Political Science) noted an editorial change needed for the PLSC proposals

 

Motion carries

 

UCC moves approval of Course Deletions (Found on CSB#2, pp 27-28)

BIOL 201, Information Technology in Biology

BIOL 202, Biological Issues

BIOL 252, Introduction to Ornithology

BIOL 303, Community Ecology

BIOL 307, Advanced Genetic Analysis

BIOL 381, Introduction to Research

BIOL 382, Experimental Research

COMN 348, Advanced Organizational Communication

 

Motion carries

 

UCC moves approval of Program Revisions (Found on CSB#2, p. 28)

B.A. in Communication

Edgar Fellows Program

 

Motion carries

 

UCC moves approval of Program Deletion (Found on CSB #2, p. 28)

Math/3-2 Engineering

 

Motion carries

 

Next meeting will be on Tuesday October 26th at 4pm in 105 Sturges

 

Undergraduate Academic Policies, Core and Review – Leigh O’Brien

 

Next meeting will also be next Tuesday 4pm South 209

 

Graduate Academic AffairsDoug MacKenzie

Academic affairs will have course approvals before next Senate

Request to encourage students to attend Annual Grad Fair, Next Tuesday 5-7pm in Union

 

Student Affairs – Jeff Over

Dori Farthing- on behalf of Jeff Over—No report

 

Faculty Affairs – James McLean

Next meeting will be October 19 in South 309 discussing the plan to move the student opinion forms to local administrations.

 

Old Business

None

 

New Business

None

Adjournment

 

At 5:17 p.m.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Brian Morgan, Secretary

 

 

Minutes of the Faculty Affairs Committee

October, 26 2010

Present: J. McLean (Chair), J. Allen, J. Behrend, T. Bowersox, J. Lewis, P. Liwanag, E. Savellos, A. Sheldon, B. Swoger, S. Derne, R. Kahrs, J. Lee

 

Call to Order

James McLean called the meeting to order at 4:02 PM.

 

1. Chair’s Report:

 

The Provost will attend our next meeting to discuss the personnel evaluation form. We can ask her questions about the four course load then, too.

 

SOFI Form: A brief review of our last meeting was given. Julie Rao of Institutional Research, is planning to do a pilot using our local SOFI form next semester. The pilot will be in a few selected classes, and will be on-line, but without using the outside vendor. CIT is setting up the on-line structure for this to occur. There is an ad hoc committee on how the pilot will be implemented. This committee will not be setting general or permanent policy.

 

2. Old Business:

 

SOFI policies:

 

Does FAC have suggestions about policy, including timing during the semester, whether SOFI’s should be completed in or out of class, and whether students should have the opportunity to edit their responses after submission (perhaps because they filled the form out for the wrong professor, etc.).

 

J. Lewis is a member of the ad hoc SOFI committee. She reported that…

  • J. Rao would like to revise instructions given to instructors and students about completing SOFI’s.

  • It is possible in many cases to do SOFI’ in class and on line. CIT reports this feasible for small classes (LT 50 students).

  • Paper SOFI’s not an option because of cost and sustainability issues

  • Present contract with vendor who has been administering on line SOFI’s expires after spring semester.

Discussion:

  • Will students have laptops in class the day SOFI’s administered?

  • Give instructors options about administering SOFI’s in/out of class?

  • Does it matter that students may complete SOFI’s for different classes in different environments (in/out of class, etc.)?

 

Motion 1: SOFI’s will be completed in class and on paper (not on line).

 

Motion failed

 

Motion 2: The first opportunity for students to complete SOFI’s will be in class and on line. Students will be given some sort of PIN at that time. Students not in class that day can use the PIN to complete the SOFI’s later. Students who withdraw from class are not eligilble to complete the SOFI.

 

Motion passed

 

Motion 3: Students will be given at least one reminder of which professor they are evaluating when they log onto the on line system. This reminder will not include a picture of the professor.

 

Motion 4: No incentives whatsoever will be given to students for completing the SOFI’s.

 

Motion passed

 

Motion 5: The last day on which students are able to complete the SOFI’s will be the last day on which courses meet before the beginning of final exams.

 

Motion passed

 

3. New Business

 

Discussion of whether there should be a standardized schedule for all Senate committees (e.g., FAC meets always meets Tuesday at 4:00 on weeks immediately following Senate meetings, etc.). Discussion included the idea that Senate committees would meet on different days as much as possible. No vote was taken, but comments from committee members were all favorable.

 

Adjournment

James McLean adjourned the meeting at 5:00 PM.

Respectfully submitted, J. Allen

 

 

Minutes of College Senate Executive Committee Meeting,

2 November 2010

 

President’s Report

The President expects that the coming legislative session will not affect the SUNY budget any further. The College Cabinet continues to wrestle with budget issues to eliminate the estimated $7.2 million deficit in the annual budget of the college. Meanwhile the capital budget has money to spend, but those funds cannot be used for program expenses. Work has begun on renovation of Doty and the contractors are removing asbestos.

 

Provost’s Report

Carol Long met with other chief academic officers last week in Cooperstown. On the Geneseo campus, a draft of the diversity plan has gone through the Strategic Planning Group (SPG) is and ready to circulate.

Also from the SPG: the Institutional Research Office is investigating the purchase of a software system, and has begun by forming a working group to examine where information currently goes. The SPG is working on a one-page performance sheet for the college.

On the proposed 5-to-4 curriculum change, Carol is working on making the existing departmental reports available (i.e., Psychology, English, Math).

 

Chair’s Report

Dennis Showers attended the meeting of campus chairs last week. He is part of two Strategic Planning Implementation Committees.

He and David Granger are meeting to continue work on a Faculty Senate for Geneseo.

Regarding the idea of having a standing (i.e., standardized & predictable) calendar for committee meeting, he has circulated the idea to the Senate committees and most of the committees that have discussed it are in favor of it.

Dennis reported that Savi Iyer will assume the seat of the Dean of the College in the Senate.

The committee examining the feasibility of the on-line system for SOFI administration is at work and will meet next Wednesday. Paul Jackson and Julie Rao are on the committee.

Dennis also reported that the University Faculty Senate has formed an ad hoc committee to investigate incidents on other campuses in which course grades were changed by someone other than the faculty in charge of instruction.

 

Vice Chair – no report

 

Past Chair – no report

 

Treasurer’s Report

Aaron Steinhauer raised the question of whether the Small Grants program of the Senate Fund should be resumed, or if it would be preferable to direct the same or similar amount of funds toward some other purpose. The rationale is that the grant amount ($300) is too small to make much difference in supporting research, but could be significant if applied elsewhere.

Aaron hopes to achieve 100% participation of the executive committee members for contribution to the Senate Fund.

 

University Faculty Senator’s Report

Gregg Hartvigsen reported on two resolutions that were considered at the most recent meeting of the university faculty senate. The first is related to procedures, and the second is related to the recent cutbacks at SUNY Albany.

 

Student Vice President’s Report

Tom Sochia reported that the students held a successful event in the college union to present information about candidates for national and state office. One local candidate, Cynthia Appleton, met with students at a recent Gold workshop to discuss the political process, and was well-received.

 

Undergraduate Curriculum Committee – no report

 

Policy Committee Report

Leigh O’Brien reported that the Policy Committee is considering a proposal from the Dean’s office to identify and alert students who are in academic difficulty (i.e., not completing sufficient course hours and/or below acceptable GPA). The discussion will continue at the next meeting.

Also, a request came to the Policy Committee from Duane McPherson, asking that the committee take up consideration of policy-related aspects of the proposed 5-to-4 curriculum change. Members of the committee were amenable to taking up the issue but had concerns about being carried beyond the range of the Policy Committee’s territory. It was requested that McPherson return with a question more specifically shaped to the committee.

 

Graduate Curriculum Committee – no report

 

Student Affairs Committee

James McGarrah reported that the SAC discussed a lingering issue about the propriety of Theater students scheduling performances during exam week, which would have adverse impact on the actors. Also, the issue of the 5-to-4 curriculum proposal was brought up by student members of the committee, who have concerns about its adverse impacts. James asked whether the SAC needs permission from the executive committee to take up that issue.

 

Faculty Affairs Committee

James McClean reported that the new SOFI system is currently under discussion in FAC. He also reported that the proposed changes in the H1 form (i.e., PER form) would be taken up for discussion at the next meeting.

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Duane McPherson

 

Agenda for Senate Meeting

December 7, 2010

Call to Order

Adoption of the Agenda

Adoption of the Minutes

 

Senate Reports

President Christopher Dahl

Provost Carol Long

Chair Dennis Showers

Vice Chair Duane McPherson

Past-Chair David Granger

Treasurer Aaron Steinhauer

University Faculty Senator Gregg Hartvigsen

Vice President, Student Assoc. Thomas Scochia

 

Reports of the Standing Committees of the Senate

Undergraduate Curricula Meg Stolee

Second Reading

Course Revision (Found on CSB #3, p. 41)

PLSC 345, Theories of International Relations

Program Revision (Found on CSB #3, p. 41)

Minor in Art History

Undergraduate Policies Leigh O’Brien

Graduate Academic Affairs Doug MacKenzie

First Reading

New Courses

EDUC 463: International Field Experience: Early Childhood, Childhood, and Adolescence Education

EDUC 480: Educational Perspectives in Childhood and Youth

CURR 509: Methods and Materials in Adolescence Education: English

Student Affairs Jeff Over

Faculty Affairs James McLean

Old Business

New Business

Adjournment

 

Graduate Curriculum Committee Proposals

(Go to “Senate 2010-2011” folder at http://files/OutBox/DeanOfCollege/doc/gcc/Academic Year 2010-2011. to view the proposals in greater detail.)

 

Proposal Descriptions

 

New Courses

 

CURR 509: Methods and Materials in Adolescence Education: English

This course focuses on current approaches and practices in teaching the English Language Arts in grades 7-12 with special emphasis on writing. It is also designed to assist pre-service teachers in becoming acquainted with literary selections and resources used to teach adolescents from grades 7-12.

This course features 60 hours of field work at middle schools and high schools. This will allow for the teacher candidate to observe and/or apply practical approaches for classroom teaching as well as the observation of theoretical models in action.

 

As a key portion of this course, students construct a thematic unit consistent with the New York State Learning Standards and the IRA/NCTE Standards for the English Language Arts. An assortment of literature and personal-literacy based activities and assignments provide authentic experience in teaching and also stimulate reflection on pedagogical theory. Collaborative pedagogy is modeled throughout the course.

 

This course also emphasizes the reading of this literature, in particular, the genre of young adult fiction, and will introduce methods for integrating the literature within the English classroom. The course also considers the selection of literature for students of a full range of abilities including students with special needs and English Language Learners.

 

Rationale:

By offering students diverse literature selections, the course enables students to develop an understanding of and respect for diversity in language use, patterns, and dialects across culture, ethnic groups, geographic regions, and social roles. Students will experience reading for authentic purposes through a school-college collaborative project and will explore the use of technology and literature, as well as ways of reading the “word and the world” (Freire, 1987).

 

This course features 60 hours of field work performed at middle schools and high schools. This will allow for the teacher candidate to observe and/or apply practical approaches for classroom teaching as well as the observation of theoretical models in action.

 

This course focuses on current approaches and practices in teaching the English Language Arts in grades 7-12. It introduces students to curriculum development for diverse students of various cultures and special needs. It is designed to develop in pre-service English teachers an understanding of current approaches and practices in teaching the English Language Arts in middle school and high school. This course is also designed to assist pre-service teachers in becoming acquainted with literary selections and resources used to teach adolescents from grades 7-12. The course emphasizes the reading of this literature, in particular the genre of young adult fiction, and will introduce methods focusing the literature within the English classroom. The course also considers the selection of literature for students of a full range of abilities including students with special needs and English Language Learners. Through a variety of literature selections, the course enables students to develop a respect for diversity of language use, patterns, and dialects across cultures, ethnic groups, geographic regions, and social roles. Students will experience reading for authentic purposes through a school-college collaborative project and will explore the use of technology in teaching literature.

 

EDUC 463 International Field Experience: Early Childhood, Childhood, and Adolescence Education

 

Students in this course will spend two weeks in an enrichment practicum in an elementary school or a secondary school in England or another country. Discussions of classroom observations and seminars on comparative education will be provided in English by faculty from the host university or institute for teacher preparation. For graduate students in teacher preparation programs: Initial licensure in Early Childhood, Childhood or Adolescence Education. Credits: 3 (3-0). This is a summer session offering.

 

Rationale:

Providing SUNY Geneseo teacher candidates with a field experience abroad offers an opportunity to learn about another country's system of education and culture, to build a unique professional resume for job-seeking purposes, and to form relationships with professionals from another country. International experiences help the individual to see alternative possibilities in education.

 

Through these experiences, students gain understandings and personal insights, and build confidence in their ability to teach in cross-cultural settings. This course helps to support and foster the development of a diverse community of outstanding students and faculty (College Goal Statement #5).

 

EDUC 480 Multicultural Perspectives in Childhood and Youth

This course examines the impact of different backgrounds and life experiences on children from multicultural life circumstances through critical analysis of memoirs and novels of childhood and youth and movies on the educational experiences of children and youth. Students in the course also examine their own educational biography to understand the impact of their experiences on their education and the development of their professional stance as teachers. The course prepares pre service and in service teachers to be sensitive to differences in children’s learning and children’s needs due to differences in their backgrounds, personal and social histories, associations, ethnicities, gender identification, learning styles, and differences from other sources. Prerequisite: Senior standing or graduate status.

Credits: 3(3-0)

 

Rationale:

This course fulfills a need for graduate electives in all Education programs. The material is appropriate for pre-service and in-service teachers in all programs preparing for all levels of education, since the novels and memoirs include children whose background and experiences differ in many ways, which will increase teacher’s knowledge of and empathy with difference. These include questions of gender identity, differences arising from ethnicity and country of origin, racial differences, language differences, socioeconomic status, immigrant status, religious identity, special needs identities, and more. The course also provides an interesting elective for senior undergraduate teacher candidates at all levels to supplement their teacher education program with a course that will inform them about the diversity that they will encounter in the schools. The rotation in the spring offers pre service teacher education candidates, some of whom will have completed their student teaching in the fall, a chance to add an upper level education class to their program.