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Faculty Senate Minutes #12 - April 6, 2010

                                                                 FACULTY SENATE MINUTES #12

                                                                     April 6, 2010

 

The twelfth meeting of the Faculty Senate 2009-2010 was called to order by Chair Kathleen Lawrence on Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at 1:15 PM in the Hall of Fame Room, Park Center.

SENATORS AND MEMBERS PRESENT: K. Lawrence, T. Vigars, D. Videto, D. Driscoll, W. Miller, D. Berger, R. Kendrick, R. Grantham, S. Wilson, B. Buxton, J. Kim, R. Borden, L. Klotz, D. Harrington, K.Pristash, E. McCabe, J. Walkuski, M. Ware, P. Schroeder, G. Magnanti, A. Batchelder, J. Campanaro, E. Bitterbaum, M. Prus, R. Spitzer, R. Collings, G. Clarke, S. Anderson, T. Phillips, J. Hendrick

SENATORS AND MEMBERS ABSENT:  D. Miller, M. Mcguire, J. Reese, S. Rayl, O. White, K. Hempson, T. Slack, B. Schecter, R. Franco, G. Sharer, W. Shaut

GUESTS PRESENT: P. Koryzno, T. Quinn

I  APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES:  There was a motion for approval of the Minutes from March 23, 2010 (Approved)

II SENATE ACTIONS:

There was a vote to approve the nominations for two vacancies on the Committee on Committees.

 (Approved)

III CHAIR’S REPORT:  

The Chair reported on the need for marshals at commencement and encouraged interested parties

to contact her.  Monday April 12 from 1-3 there will be a Faculty Senate/UUP combination forum

regarding the budget in Fireplace Lounge and everyone is encouraged to attend.  She announced

that although department chairs have been invited, ideally there will be good representation

from faculty, professionals and staff.  Chair Lawrence reported that, hopefully, some of the questions

addressed to President Bitterbaum will be responded to.  On April 20 there will be an Open Senate

meeting, after the agenda item business is completed, where the floor will be opened up for comments

and suggestions involving the budget.  She encouraged everyone to read up on the PHEEIA, which

has been distributed on the Faculty Senate listserv on e-mail, as well as in the campus mail.

IV. VICE CHAIR:  D. Miller – No report (absent – sabbatical)

V. TREASURER’S REPORTD. Videto – No report.

VI. SECRETARY’S REPORT: - T. Vigars – The Secretary read the Committee on Committees report. There was a motion to approve the nominations for two committee vacancies, which were approved.  She also mentioned the call for nominations for Senate officers and committees for the Faculty Senate for the upcoming academic year. {SEE Appendix 1}  Chair Lawrence encouraged people to fill Senate seats and officer vacancies, as including committee vacancies. Secretary Vigars announced that there are currently 42 committee vacancies. Tim Phillips self-nominated for the position of Vice Chair 2010-2011.

VII.  PRESIDENT’S REPORT:   The President gave a brief report.

VIII.  STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Student Affairs Committee  - T. Phillips – The chair reported that his committee met and they will be sending a proposal to the Faculty Senate Steering Committee to modify the criteria for the Faculty Senate Memorial Scholarship.

Academic Faculty Affairs Committee – R. Collings – The Academic Faculty Affairs Committee Proposed Change to the College Handbook 210.05 was introduced and will be discussed and voted on at the next Faculty Senate meeting on April 20, 2010 under Old Business. {SEE New Business} Chair Collings reported that his committee will be working on other recommendations which will be brought forward to the Steering Committee next week, April 13.

Long-Range Planning Committee – A  report from the committee has been appended to the minutes {SEE Appendix 2}

Educational Policy Committee –  R. Spitzer  - {SEE Old Business/New Business}

Professional Affairs Committee – G. Clarke, Chair – No report.

IX. OTHER COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Committee on Committees -  J. Barry, Chair – Secretary Vigars read the committee on Committees report including nominations for vacancies, which were approved {SEE Secretary’s Report/Senate Actions/Appendix 1}

College Research Committee – P. Ducey – L. Klotz reported that the committee has completed

the evaluation of the Faculty Research Proposal. She further reported that the Research and Travel

grants are either at the Provost’s Office or in the mail. The last item on her report was an

announcement that the committee is finalizing the Outstanding Achievement for Research Award.

General Education Committee – J. Hendrick, Chair –The GE Committee has approved two new courses for GE 11 Prejudice and Discrimination from the Political Science Department. They are POL 405, Discrimination Law and POL 404, Constitution Law II: Civil Liberties.  This second course is also cross-listed as AAS 404.  The Chair further reported that the committee is also working on a minor to the GE course requirements and will be sending a proposal to the Faculty Senate Steering Committee shortly.

As a member of the SUNY Faculty Senate Undergraduate Committee, Chair Hendrick reported that next Tuesday, April 13, the committee organized an event called “A showcase of Scholarly Posters at the Capital”: which is being held in the egg of the Legislative Office Building. The purpose of the event is to show our legislators the impact that SUNY students can make to the future of New York by having them display their undergraduate research projects. Two SUNY Cortland students will be displaying their research projects,  Nicole Chodkowski, who is working with Peter Ducey, and Amanda Howard, who is working with Theresa Curtis.  Information about this event can be found at the SUNY Faculty Senate

website at:  http://www.sunyedu/facultysenate/   Chair Hendrick also reported that on the website one can find information about self- nominating as a member of one of the SUNY Faculty Senate Standing Committees for next year.  She highly encouraged all to consider this. She referred to Mary Ware, Dave Berger, Andrew Fitz-Gibbon and herself, who can attest to what a very worthwhile and rewarding experience it is.

X. AREA SENATOR’S REPORTS:  There were no Area Senators Reports.

XI. SUNY SENATOR’S REPORT – M. Ware – M. Ware reported on the upcoming

Plenary at SUNY New Paltz from April 22-24. She mentioned an item on the Agenda

entitled Sharing of Concerns, where unique issues from individual campuses are discussed.

SUNY Senator Ware encouraged anyone with issues or concerns to contact her.  SUNY

Senator Ware announced a resolution from Jim McElwayne, who is working on a resolution

regarding the budget.  She stated that the four year sector wrote a letter expressing concerns

which she will be forwarding for distribution on the Faculty Senate listserv.  K. Lawrence also

referred to a topic offered during the Plenary weekend 4/22-24 regarding a discussion on Ethics.

M. Ware stated that she will be reporting back with follow-up after the Plenary.  She mentioned

the SUNY Senate website where committees and their charges are listed and encouraged people

to get involved. :  http://www.sunyedu/facultysenate/

XII. STUDENT SENATOR’S REPORTS: The students gave a brief report.

XIII. OLD BUSINESS:  The Proposal on Withdrawals, Leaves, Readmission was not discussed or voted on due to a lack of time but will be an agenda item under Old Business a the next Faculty Senate meeting on April 20.

XIV. NEW BUSINESS: The EPC Proposal regarding Proposed New Text for the College Catalog: Awarding of Dual Degrees: Degrees, Majors, Minors, Concentrations, Programs of Study and HEGIS Codes Degrees was introduced and will be an agenda item under Old Business at the next meeting on April 20, 2010, where it will be discussed and voted on.

The Academic Faculty Affairs Committee Proposed Change to the College Handbook 210.05 was introduced and will be discussed and voted on at the next Faculty Senate meeting on April 20, 2010 under Old Business. {SEE Academic Faculty Affairs Report}

A. Berg, Associate Provost for Information Resources, attended to answer questions on online learning and resources on campus.

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

(1)    Committee on Committee’s report submitted by J. Barry, Chair

(2)    Academic Faculty Affairs Proposed Change to College Handbook 210.05 submitted by

 R. Collings, Chair

(3)    Long Range Planning Committee Minutes of Meeting April 2, 2010 submitted by

members of the LRPC

(4)    Proposal on Withdrawals, Leaves and Readmission* submitted by R. Spitzer, Chair,

Educational Policy Committee

(5)    Proposed New Test for College Catalog: Awarding of Dual Degrees submitted by R. Spitzer,

Chair, Educational Policy Committee. 

Respectfully Submitted:

Barbara Kissel

Recording Secretary

APPENDIX 1

Committee on Committees – Report to the Faculty Senate

April 6, 2010

Item #1

The Committee on Committees recommends the following appointments:

Academic Faculty Affairs Committee – Ellen McCabe, representing Library (complete unexpired term 2009-11

Committee on Committees – Lorraine Melita, representing Library (complete unexpired term 2009-11)

These appointments require confirmation by the Faculty Senate

Item #2

A call for nominations has been issued for Faculty Senate Officers and Committees for terms beginning 2010.  (See attachment)

Nominations are due to Joanne Barry (ext. 2302 or Joanne.barry@cortland.edu) by 4:00 p.m., Monday, April 12, 2010. 

The slate of nominations will be presented at the floor of the Faculty Senate on April 20, 2010 at which time nominations will be accepted from the floor.

 Respectfully submitted,

 Joanne Barry

Chair

Call for Nominations - Fall 2010 Faculty Senate Officers and Committee vacancies

The Committee on Committees is seeking nominations for upcoming vacancies.  Nominations can

be submitted via e-mail to Joanne Barry (joanneb@em.cortland.edu) or by phone (extension 2302). 

Candidates may self-nominate or nominate someone else.  If nominating someone else, please be sure

you have that person's permission to do so. 

Deadline for nominations is 4:00 p.m. Monday, April 12, 2010.  The slate of nominations will be

presented at the Faculty Senate meeting on April 20, 2010, at which time additional nominations will

be accepted from the floor.  The vacancies are listed below with the outgoing member's name noted

in parenthesis.

There are 42 committee vacancies and they are listed according to area as follows:

At Large (10 vacancies)

  1. School of Arts & Sciences (14 vacancies)
  2. School of Education (6 vacancies)
  3. School of Professional Studies (5 vacancies)
  4. Library (2 vacancies)
  5. Professional Staff (5 vacancies)

I.     At Large (10 vacancies):

1. Senate Steering Committee - elected, 1-year term

      Vice-Chair (Miller)

      Secretary (Vigars)

      Treasurer (Videto)

 2. Auxiliary Services Corporation – elected, 3-year term – 2 seats (Patrick, Ritchie)

(NOTE:  ASC holds a NYS Liquor License.  If elected to the Board of Directors, the State Liquor Authority

requires the completion of a Personnel Questionnaire and finger-printing.  For more details, click on the following

link:  http://www.abc.state.ny.us/system/files/SLA_personal-question-011310.pdf)

 3. Faculty Representatives to the Student Senate - 2 seats - elected, 1-year terms (Boland, Shi)

 4. Facilities and Master Plan Oversight Committee – appointed, 3-year term (Sternfeld)

 5. Educational Policy Committee (Academic At-Large) – appointed, 2-year term (Barclay)

  6. General Education Committee (Academic At-Large) - appointed, 2-year term (West)

 II.    School of Arts & Sciences (14 vacancies):

 A.    Arts & Sciences At Large (1)

 1. Educational Policy Committee - appointed, 2-year term (Spitzer)

  B.    Fine Arts & Humanities (4)

 1. College Curriculum Review Committee – appointed, 2-year term (Zimmerman)

(no more than two consecutive terms)

 1. Committee on Teaching Effectiveness – appointed, 4-year term (Stearns)

 1. General Education Committee – appointed, 2-year term (Hartsock)

 1. Student Affairs Committee – appointed, 2-year term (Barnaby)

 C.    Math/Science (6)

 1. Academic Faculty Affairs Committee – appointed, 2-year term (Emam)

 1. College Curriculum Review Committee – appointed, 2-year term (Pittman)

(no more than two consecutive terms)

 1. Committee on Committees – elected, 2-year term (Gleason)

 1. General Education Committee – appointed, 2-year term (Schubert)

 1. Long Range Planning Committee – appointed, 3-year term (vacant)

 1. Student Affairs Committee – appointed, 2-year term (Ahmadi)

  D.    Social/Behavioral Sciences (3)

 1. College Research Committee – appointed, 3-year term (Kraebel) (qualifications:  should have

  received grant from external funding or reviewed grants from an outside agency)

 1. Committee on Committees – elected, 2009-11 (complete unexpired term; vacant)

 1. General Education Committee – appointed, 2-year term (Miller)

 III.    School of Education (6 vacancies):

 1. Academic Faculty Affairs Committee - appointed, 2-year term (Rayle)

 1. College Curriculum Review Committee – appointed, 2-year term (Cohen)

(no more than two consecutive terms)

 1. College Research Committee – appointed, 3-year term (Stratton) (qualifications:  should have

          received grant from external funding or reviewed grants from an outside agency)

 1. Committee on Committees – elected, 2-year term (Kudela)

 1. General Education Committee – appointed, 2-year term (Rayle)

 1. Long Range Planning Committee – appointed, 3-year term (Rombach)

 IV.    School of Professional Studies (5 vacancies):

     1.    College Curriculum Review Committee - appointed, 2-year term (Reese)

(no more than two consecutive terms)

 1. Committee on Committees – elected, 2-year term (Coffey)

 1. Educational Policy Committee – appointed, 2-year term (Anderson)

 1. General Education Committee – appointed, 2-year term (Hendrick)

 1. Student Affairs Committee – appointed, 2-year term (Davis)

 V.    Library (2 vacancies)

 1. Committee on Committees – elected, 2009-11 (complete unexpired term; vacant)

 1. Educational Policy Committee – appointed, 2-year term (Douglas)

  VI.    Professional Staff (5 vacancies)

 1. College Curriculum Review Committee – appointed, 2-year term (Costell Corbin)

(no more than two consecutive terms)

 1. College Research Committee – appointed, 3-year term (Klotz) (qualifications:  should have

         received grant from external funding or reviewed grants from an outside agency

 1. Committee on Committees – elected, 2-year term (Janes)

 1. Educational Policy Committee – appointed, 2-year term (Yacavone)

 1. Student Affairs Committee – appointed, 2-year term (Zhe-Heimerman)

 APPENDIX 2

Academic Faculty Affairs Committee

Submitted by R. Collings, Chair

 Proposed Change to College Handbook 210.05

 

Old wording

Proposed New wording

October

Fourth week — Faculty member recommends him/herself for promotion.

(Note: In the case of promotion from the rank of associate professor to full professor, external reviews are required.)

October

Fourth week — Faculty member recommends him/herself for promotion.

(Note: In the case of promotion from the rank of associate professor to full professor, external reviews are required for individuals who have begun their tenure-track academic appointment at SUNY Cortland after Aug. 15, 2009.)

APPENDIX 3

Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC)

Minutes of Meeting

       April 2, 2010

 

Present: Diane Craft, Mel King, Kimberly Rombach

Excused: David Neal

Absent: Joshua Peluso, Daniel Harms, student representatives Jesse Campanaro and Matthew Tomasi

The meeting was called to order at 3:03 PM.

 Kim Rombach was thanked for her efforts convening this LRPC meeting. Diane Craft agreed to convene

the next meeting of the LRPC, should there be a need. No Chair has been elected for the LRPC.

It was noted that Virginia Levine, ex officio member of the LRPC should be included in LRPC

communication.

Following a discussion of the LRPC Charge by the Faculty Senate Chair Kathy Lawrence, it was

concluded that the LRPC would send a memo to all academic unit heads/chairs via email. The memo

is to note that the Provost has asked unit heads/chairs are to indicate how their units align with the

College Mission, Goals, Core Values, and Four Priorities. Attached to the memo will be a copy of the

College Mission, Goals, Core Values, and Four Priorities, as presented to the College Faculty by

President Bitterbaum on January 21, 2010 at the Opening Meeting. Also attached to the memo will

be the unit reports gathered by the LRPC in spring 2009 and compiled into the LRPC Report of

September 2009. The memo will explain that these documents are provided for each unit’s reference.

Kim agreed to alphabetize all of the individual unit reports contained in the LRPC Report of September

2009 and to compile these reports into in a single electronic document. Mel agreed to draft the memo,

described above, to academic unit heads. Both of these tasks are to be completed by April 9.

Then by April 16 Mel will distribute the final form of the memo to all unit heads via email.

Please note that these minutes are to function as the LRPC report at the next Senate meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:50 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Diane Craft

 APPENDIX 4

Educational Policy Committee

Submitted by R. Spitzer, Chair

PROPOSAL ON WITHDRAWALS, LEAVES, READMISSION*

Withdrawal from College

Students withdrawing from the College will be assigned a grade of W in all courses in which students

are enrolled. It is the student’s responsibility to clear all records and obligations to receive official

separation. The official withdrawal form and procedures for filing may be obtained from the associate

dean in the school of the student’s major.

Students who decide not to return to Cortland are responsible for notifying the Registrar’s Office in

writing to avoid tuition and fee liability problems and to release seats to fellow students. Nonattendance

does not constitute a withdrawal. Students who withdraw from the college, or who fail to register, will

be required to readmit before being allowed to register.  If the College is in session, the withdrawal

form should be completed with the associate dean. Failure to do so will delay any refunds the student

may be eligible to receive.

Students who have withdrawn after midterm or failed to register ordinarily will not be considered for

readmission until the passage of a full academic year a minimum of one full semester (fall, spring,

summer) has passed.

Leave of Absence

Leave of absence for a specific period of time may be granted to a student in good academic standing

— not subject to academic suspension, dismissal or probation. A student applying for a leave of absence

must give a definite date for return to the College and must register within one academic year of the date

of leaving the College. A student not returning to register within a specified time will be classified as

an official withdrawal.

Application for leave of absence must be made to the associate dean of the school in which the student is enrolled. To affect the current semester the application must be made by the last day of classes.

Readmission

Candidates matriculated for undergraduate degrees who interrupt their education at SUNY Cortland and

later wish to return must formally apply to be readmitted. An official leave of absence is not considered an interruption in enrollment. A student who has applied to graduate and has not completed degree

requirements,and fails to register for a full calendar year from the end of the last semester of enrollment,

must seek readmission before returning to classes at Cortland, or seeking graduation from Cortland.

Readmitted students re-enter SUNY Cortland under the catalog at the time of readmission and are, therefore, responsible for all College requirements, including the Cortland General Education requirements, SUNY and NYSED requirements, and all other major requirements in effect at the time of readmission. Students readmitted to Cortland are not eligible to waive additional general education requirements. Appeals concerning readmission questions can be made to the appropriate dean.

Students who have been dismissed for academic reasons ordinarily will not be eligible for readmission

until at least three years have passed since their dismissal. Previous academic achievement at the College, grades received for college work completed elsewhere, and the circumstances under which the student left Cortland are all considered in the readmission process. Also considered may be length of time away from Cortland, military service, and/or employment experience. A condition of readmission may be “successful academic performance” — 2.75 cumulative grade point average — at another regionally accredited institution. Transcripts from other institutions attended must be included with the readmission application.

*These changes should be inserted both in the College Catalog and in the appropriate places in the next edition of the College Handbook.

APPENDIX 5

Educational Policy Committee

Submitted by R. Spitzer, Chair

PROPOSED NEW TEXT FOR COLLEGE CATALOG: AWARDING OF DUAL DEGREES

(new wording in italics):

Degrees, Majors, Minors, Concentrations, Programs of Study and HEGIS Codes Degrees

Degrees offered are Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.).  Students pursuing curricula leading to the conferral of multiple degrees must complete all the degree requirements for each program as delineated in the College catalog. The conferral of multiple baccalaureate degrees is reserved as a means of recognizing that a candidate has competencies in essentially different areas. To establish that competency the student must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours that are unique to each program.

Questions or interpretations regarding this policy will be resolved by the deans of the respective schools and the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Approved by Educational Policy Committee, March 26, 2010