�������������������������������� November 27, 2007


1. CALL TO ORDER:  The seventh meeting of the Faculty Senate for 2007-2008 was called to order at 1:10 PM on November 27, 2007 in the Hall of Fame Room, Park Center by Chair Karla Alwes.


SENATORS AND MEMBERS PRESENT: K. Alwes, W. Buxton, E. McCabe, D. Berger, I. Jubran, K. Lawrence, N. Helsper, H. Botwinick, J. Shedd,

D. Miller, D. West, J. Governali, J. Hendrick, O. White, J. Rayle, J. Duncan, B. Langhans, T. Vigers, D. Ritchie, T. Slack, M. Ware, S. Snell, A. Marsh, C. Hahl, J. Riddoch, E. Bitterbaum, D. West, G. Clarke, J. Ford, S. Anderson, M. Connell


SENATORS AND MEMBERS ABSENT: J. Reese, J. Walkuski, A. Dahlman, D. Harrington, D. Videto, B. Schecter, E. Davis-Russell, R. Franco, R. Peagler, W. Shaut


GUESTS PRESENT:P. Koryzno, L. Klotz



The minutes from November 27, 2007 were approved.J. Hendrick asked a question due to an error that occurred when the electronic version was transmitted.Chair Alwes indicated that the problem will be taken care of.



There was a vote to approve the resolution from the Concerned Teaching Faculty, endorsed by the Faculty Senate Steering Committee, regarding the hiring of tenured track faculty (Approved) {SEE Appendix 2}



Chairwoman Alwes read the following charge from the Steering Committee to the Ad Hoc Committee on External Review: The committee is charged with developing recommendations for guidelines for developing departmental procedures for external review of scholarship for promotion to full professor or full librarian by the April 8, 2008 Faculty Senate meeting.�� Since the committee had not yet been charged it was determined a discussion of the charge will take place at another time.



B. Buxton - No report.



E. McCabe - no report  



D. Berger - The Treasurer reported that the 2007-2008 call for dues notices would be in the campus mailboxes shortly.



President Bitterbaum gave a brief report.The President expressed his condolences on the passing of Frank Czerwinski, History. Chairwoman Alwes also spoke briefly of his long service to the campus and how much he will be missed.


There was a question from D. Berger regarding the alleged rumor that new positions are being proposed, as an outcome of a Task Force on internationalizing the campus, to possibly include an Assistant Provost for Internationalization and Diversity.President Bitterbaum responded on some background information on how the rumor evolved and encouraged the campus to contact him first for information in the future. He indicated that since John Ogden and Elizabeth McCarthy's positions were not replaced on a full-time basis in the Department of International Programs, with H. Steck filling in on a part-time basis, those lines remain available. President Bitterbaum also stated, as a follow up to D. Berger's question regarding whether or not any new lines were being created, that although there would be no new lines it was an important vision for the future.


Bill Buxton brought up another topic to the President regarding an issue that came up at the Faculty Senate Steering Committee meeting regarding the duplicating center.A consitutent had expressed concern that since the duplicating is shorthanded there might be a problem regarding examinations being processed by students and subsequent security issues. The President indicated concern on his behalf as well as the administration and promised that he would follow up on it.




Long Range Planning Committee Janet Ford - No report.


Educational Policy Committee Richard Kendrick,Chair - Donna West reported that her committee has discussed the charge from last year regarding review of the withdrawal policy.


Student Affairs Committee � M. Connell, Chair - No report.


Faculty Affairs Committee � G. Clarke, Chair - No report.


College Research Committee � No report.


General Education Committee � M. McGuire, Chair - No report.




Committee on Committees -No report.


Review of Governance Committee - H. Botwinick, Chair - Senator Botwinick gave a report from the Review of Governance Committee {SEE Appendix 2)



The resolution from the Concerned Teaching Faculty regarding the hiring of tenured track faculty was discussed and approved (16/0) {SEE Senate Actions}


XII. NEW BUSINESS - The Chair asked for volunteers for the University Police Task Force which resulted in 6 names being put forward:Joseph Rayle, David Miller, Dave Ritchie, Sherry Snell, Donna West, K. Lawrence.



Chairwoman Alwes thanked Glen Clarke for his work chairing the Faculty Affairs Committee and on the Senate Steering Committee.


XIV. SUNY SENATOR�S REPORT � M. Ware - No report.



The students gave a brief report.


Respectfully Submitted:


Barbara Kissel

Recording Secretary


The following reports are appended to the minutes in the order they are submitted:


(1) .Review of Governance Committee Report, Howard Botwinick, Chair


(2)Resolution from the Concerned Teaching Faculty, endorsed by the Steering Committee, regarding hiring of tenured track faculty submitted by W. Buxton


���������������������������������� APPENDIX 1


����������� Review of Governance Report to the Senate

����������� ��������� November 27, 2007, H Botwinick Chair


ROG Report to Senate - November 27, 2007

H. Botwinick, Chair


1)We've been working very hard and we are finally seeing the end in sight. But because we didn't want to simply rush something off that we weren't really pleased with, we decided to break our report into 2 major parts.


����������� PART ONE - Deals with Duties and Composition of all Senate Standing

���������������������������������� Committees (with exception of Committee on Committees)


����������� PART TWO - Senate Structure as a Whole (to be finished by end of semester)


2) We are very proud of what we have come up with and we hope you will keep an open mind as you look through our report. We have been trying to come up with some significant changes that will improve faculty governance, and this will sometimes require us to think outside of the box.It's important to note 80% of the 152 Academic Faculty members who responded to the survey indicated that the current structure is not appropriate.


3)In the beginning of the year, we hope to meet with all of you to discuss our proposals.Our own discussion of these difficult issues has ended up being very gratifying as we slowly worked towards a real consensus despite starting out at quite different places.


4)Part One has Several Components


- Report Summary


- Detailed Recommendations in Grid Format - You will want to reproduce this.


- Survey - on-line - please take the time to digest this very valuable info.


- Chair Reports from Standing Policy Committees.





���������������������������������������������� ��������� APPENDIX 2

Resolution from the Concerned Teaching Faculty, endorsed by the Steering Committee, regarding hiring of tenured track faculty submitted by W. Buxton





����������� The Concerned Teaching Faculty forwards the following resolution endorsed by 74 SUNY Cortland faculty for consideration by the Faculty Senate. This is in support of President Bitterbaum's stated priority of increasing the number of tenure track faculty at SUNY Cortland (President's Report, Faculty Senate Meeting September 4), Provost Davis-Russell's proposals to the President's cabinet for more than 20 new tenure track lines, the Dean of Arts and Sciences plea for support for existing programs (Provost's Update on Academic Affairs, July 2006-June 2007), and the Dean of Education's documentation of the need for 20 additional lines in one school to meet the college's strategic plan, (Provost's Update on Academic Affairs, July 2006-June 2007).


����������� In forwarding this resolution, the Concerned Teaching Faculty wants to emphasize that implementation of the goals in this resolution should not result in the loss of current full time lecturers. A gradual increase in tenure track lines will clearly result in a reduction of additional positions available for contingent faculty, however, contingent faculty with the appropriate qualifications will be eligible to apply for these additional tenure track lines.As we see it, this proposal increases the potential for current contingent faculty to become full-time, tenure track faculty.


Resolution Calling for Increase of Tenure-Track Faculty as Top Priority


Whereas the primary purpose of SUNY Cortland is to deliver quality higher education programs to the citizens of the State of New York and tenure-track faculty are the primary means of delivering and maintaining these quality programs;


Whereas research by the Cortland Chapter of UUP shows that from 1981 to 2005 the number of tenure-track faculty employed at the College decreased by 14% from 270 to 233, while the number of students rose by 16% from 6070 to 7224;


Whereas the ratio of students to tenure-track faculty was 22.5/1 in 1981, and in 2005 that same ratio had climbed to 33/1;


Whereas it would be necessary to add 88 new tenure-track faculty to the number employed in 2005 merely to return to our student to faculty ratio of a quarter century ago;


Whereas, the current state of affairs where barely over 50% of Cortland�s courses are now taught by tenure-track faculty has significantly reduced the number and quality of student interactions with these faculty members and clearly falls short of any reasonable and satisfactory educational or instructional goal;


Whereas, during the past fifteen years,the number of administrative staff rose significantly as counted in the Cortland Catalogue, as did the number of support staff positions connected with administrative offices;


Whereas, the number of part-time instructors and full-time lecturers has also risen sharply on this campus, and these increasing numbers ofinstructors and lecturers are understandably not obligated to participate in critical areas of college service which include student advisement,Faculty Senate, and numerous faculty committees which have been suffering from serious long term declines in faculty participation,


Whereas the tenured and tenure-track faculty at SUNY Cortland, who are obligated to perform both college service and increasing amounts of administrative duties, no longer want to be forcedto choose between excellence in teaching, quality research, and participating in serious matters of faculty governance


Therefore be it resolved:


That the Administration make the net increase of tenure-track faculty (i.e., new lines, not redefined ones) within its current educational programs the central and most important priority in its continuing efforts to improve the quality of education at SUNY Cortland,


That in the immediate future, the current Academic Affairs Strategic Plan is adjusted upwards so that 65% (rather than 60%) of the courses on campus are taught by full-time tenure track faculty by the year 2010,


That no new non-teaching positions be created until the above goal is met (except in the case of a health and safety emergency);����������������


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That the President's Cabinet develop a plan to fund and meet this goal, and provide a biannual progress report to the Faculty Senate which clearly outlines the number of courses and students taught respectively by tenure track faculty, full-time lecturers, and part-time faculty;


That in all future Administrative reports dealing with faculty staffing, full-time tenure track positions are carefully distinguished from both full-time lecturer and part-time lecturer positions.


That this resolution be put to a vote of all tenured and tenure-track faculty.



Faculty Endorsements:


Bill Buxton������������������ Randi Storch��������������� David Miller���������������� Howard Botwinick

(Chair, Literacy)��������� (History)��������������������� (Chair, Geography)����� (Economics)


Karla Alwes��������������� Cynthia Benton����������������������� David Berger�������������� Mechthild Nagel���������

(Chair, English)����������������������� (Chair, Early Child)����� (Psychology)��������������� (Philosophy)


Larry Ashley��������������� Judith Best������������������ Sanford Gutman���������� Tom Pasquarello

(Philosophy)��������������� (Political Science)������� (Chair, History)����������� (Chair, Pol. Science)


Gretchen Herrmann����� Denise Knight������������� John Shedd����������������� Michelle Kelly

(Library)��������������������� (English)��������������������� (History)��������������������� (Foundations)


Don Wright����������������� Michelle Gonzalez������� Ellen Paterson������������� Alex Gonzalez

(History, Emeritus)������ (Literacy) ������������������� (Library)��������������������� (English)


Tom Lickona�������������� Susanne Polley Wes Weaver�������������� George Feissner

(Early Childhood)������� (Economics)��������������� (ICC)������������������������� (Math)


Janet Duncan�������������� Linda Lavine��������������� Ellen McCabe������������� Brian Rivest

(Foundations)������������� (Psychology)��������������� (Library)��������������������� (Biology)


Arnold Talentino��������� Susan Stratton������������ Tricia Conklin������������� Norma Helsper

(Honors Program)������� (Early Childhood)������� (Biology)�������������������� (Chair, ICC)


Beth Klein������������������ Elizabeth Fraser���������� Scott Anderson����������� Joseph Rayle

(Early Childhood)������� (Geography)��������������� (Geography)��������������� (Chair, Foundations)


Robert Pierce������������� Matt Lessig����������������� Noralyn Masselink������ Michael Toglia

(Geography)��������������� (English)��������������������� (English)��������������������� (Psychology)


Marni Gauthier������������ Andy Young��������������� Tim Baroni������������������ Lynn Anderson

(English)��������������������� (Rec. & Leisure)��������� (Biology)�������������������� (Chair, Rec. & Leisure)


Pamela Summers�������� LisiKrall�������������������� Josh Frank������������������ German Zarate-Hoyos��� (48)

(Literacy)�������������������� (Economics)��������������� (Economics)��������������� (Economics)


Mary McGuire Judith Van Buskirk����������������� Kathy Russell�������������� Judith A. Ouellette

(Pol. Science)������������� (History)��������������������� (Chair, Philosophy)����� (Psychology)


Deborah Spencer�������� Larry Klotz����������������� Girish Bhat������������������ Vicki Wilkins

(Economics)��������������� (Biology)�������������������� (Chair, History)����������� (Rec. & Leisure)


Terrence Fitzgerald����� Robert Spitzer������������ Kevin Sheets�������������� Mary Kennedy

(Biology)�������������������� Political Science���������� (History)��������������������� English


Emilie Kudela������������� Andrea Lachance�������� Heather Bridge Susana Davidenko

(Early Childhood)������� (Early Childhood)������� (Early Childhood)������� (Early Childhood)


Joy Mosher���������������� Shufang Shi����������������� Gail Tooker���������������� Ibipo Johnston-Anumonwo

(Early Childhood)������� (Early Childhood)������� (Early Childhood)������� (Geography)


Sheila Cohen�������������� Sharon Steadman�������� Peter Ducey���������������� Caroline Kaltefleiter������ (72)

Literacy)��������������������� (Soc/Anthro)�������������� (Biology)�������������������� (Communication Studies)


William Sharp������������� Mel King

(History)��������������������� (Chair, Psychology)


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