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Minutes #11 - March 25, 2014

FACULTY SENATE MINUTES #11

March 25, 2014 

The eleventh meeting of the Faculty Senate 2013-2014 was called to order by Chair Jeffrey Walkuski on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 1:15 PM in in the Park Center Hall of Fame Room.

SENATORS AND MEMBERS PRESENT:  J. Walkuski, W. Miller, C. Schubert, D. Miller, S. Sharma, E. Lind, K. Polasek, O. White, R. Borden, M. Seyfried, N. C. Paley, J. Hendrick, E. Owens, E. Durgin, S. Afari, N. Finkle, E. Bitterbaum, M. Prus, A. Fitz-Gibbon, S. Anderson

SENATORS AND MEMBERS ABSENT: M. McGuire, D. West, R. Grantham, B. Wodi, S. Shi, J. Rayle, A. Dearie, H. Lindh, K. Pristash, D. Harms, T. Slack, R. Nauseef, K. Pietro, G. Sharer, B. Burk, M. Dodds, S. Wilson, G. Douglas, M. Connell 

GUESTS PRESENT:  J. McNamara, C. Bershad, M. B. Voltura, C. Van Der Karr, R. Spitzer  

I.  APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES:   The minutes from March 4, 2014 were approved. 

II. SENATE ACTIONS:   

The EPC Proposal for Changes to Academic Standards in Academic Programs was discussed and approved.  (Approved) 

The EPC Proposal to retire the TEC Curriculum Committee was discussed and approved.  (Approved) 

III. CHAIR’S REPORT – The chair reported that there are three remaining Senate meetings and he encouraged everyone to participate in faculty governance on campus. 

IV. VICE CHAIR’S REPORT  - No report. 

V. TREASURER’S REPORTW. Miller – No report

VI. SECRETARY’S REPORTNo Report. 

VII.  PRESIDENT’S REPORT: 

  • Dowd
  • Bowers
  • Student Life Center
  • Electrical Infrastructure
  • Esther Hawthorne gift
  • 24 hours One Day Challenge
  • NY Jets
  • Enrollment
  • State Budget
  • American Council on Education Award
  • Faculty Learning and Instruction
  • Cortaca Jug Commission 

C. Bershad, Director, Counseling and Student Development gave a brief Powerpoint presentation followed by a question and answer period. 

VIII.  STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS: 

Student Affairs CommitteeE. Lind – The committee is reviewing the applicant pool for the Faculty Senate Memorial Scholarship. 

Academic Faculty Affairs Committee – A. Fitz-Gibbon – No report. 

Long-Range Planning Committee – No report (absent) 

Educational Policy Committee – Susan Wilson – No report (absent.)  The two proposals for the EPC Committee were discussed, voted on and approved under Old Business.  {SEE Senate Actions}

Professional Affairs Committee  – K. Pristash – No report (absent)

IX. OTHER COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Committee on Teaching EffectivenessJ. Walkuski  - The chair reported that the committee is meeting with A. Berg, D. Sidebottom, J. Peluso and members of the Faculty Development Committee regarding a replacement model for the Purdue System, which is outdated.  They are looking at possible ways of assessing teaching on campus and looking at Webinars to see how teaching is assessed.  

College Research Committee  – No report (absent)

General Education Committee – B. Burk – No report.

Graduate Faculty Executive Committee  – M. Dodds – No report (absent)

Review of Governance Committee – J. Walkuski – The Chair reported on the three items being introduced under New Business involving faculty governance.  The committee also was visited by C. Van Der Karr regarding the LRPC Committee which was very informative. 

X. AREA SENATOR:

There were no Area Senator reports.

XI. SUNY SENATOR  – J. Hendrick  –  The SUNY Senator reported about the Conversations in Disciplines which has received support from SUNY Senate.  Information can be found at: http://old.suny.edu/provost/cid/ . The applications deadline is Friday, April 18, 2014. She also encouraged individuals to consider being the SUNY Senator and to contact her or J. Barry if they are interested.

XII. STUDENT SENATORS’ REPORT –  E. Durgin –  E. Durgin reported that voting days for the next President, Vice President, and Treasurer are this Thursday and Friday. Students can access their vote on myreddragon.com. Please encourage students to vote!! Also, the Children's Festival, formerly known as Festivus, is April 26th from 11-3.

XIII. Committee on Committees – The Committee on Committees report was read by the Chair. {SEE Appendix 1}

XIV. OLD BUSINESS: - The two items on the agenda from the EPC Committee, Proposal for Changes to Academic Standards in Academic Programs and Proposal to “retire” the TEC Curriculum Committee, were discussed and voted on and approved without dissent. Copies of these approved proposals can be found attached to the February 18, 2014 minutes in Appendix 2 and 3, respectively.

XV. NEW BUSINESS

Three proposal items on the agenda from the Ad Hoc Committee on Review of Governance were introduced and will be an agenda item under Old Business at the Faculty Senate meeting on April 8.  {SEE Appendix 2}

The SUNY Cortland General Education Committee Proposal was introduced and will be an agenda item under Old Business at the Faculty Senate meeting on April 8. {SEE Appendix 3}

VII.  ANNOUNCEMENTS:  There were no announcements.

Respectfully Submitted,

Barbara Kissel

Recording Secretary

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

(1)   Committee on Committees Report, submitted by J. Barry, Chair

(2)   Ad Hoc Committee on Review of  Governance Proposals, submitted by J. Walkuski, Chair

(3)   SUNY Cortland General Education Committee Proposal, submitted by B. Burk, Chair 

APPENDIX 1

submitted by J. Barry, Chair 

Committee on Committees - Report to the Faculty Senate

March 25, 2014 

Item #1

A call for nominations was issued for upcoming Faculty Senate Committee vacancies (beginning Fall 2014).  There are 55 upcoming vacancies.  

The slate of nominations will be publicized via email by March 28, 2014.  It then be presented at the Faculty Senate meeting on April 8, at which time additional nominations will be accepted from the floor. 

Item #2

A call for nominations was issued for upcoming SUNY Cortland senator vacancies (beginning Fall 2014).  There are eight upcoming vacancies. 

The slate of nominations will be publicized via email by March 28, 2014.  It then be presented at the Faculty Senate meeting on April 8, at which time additional nominations will be accepted from the floor. 

Item #3

A call for nominations was issued for upcoming Graduate Faculty Executive Committee vacancies (beginning Fall 2014).  There are four upcoming vacancies. 

Respectfully submitted,

Joanne Barry, Chair 

APPENDIX 2

Review of Governance Proposals

submitted by J. Walkuski, Chair

Review of Governance Ad hoc Committee

Proposed Changes to the SUNY Cortland College Handbook 

 

Proposal One

Current Wording

Proposed Wording in Bold

150.03 SUNY CORTLAND FACULTY BYLAWS

ARTICLE VI: FACULTY SENATE

Section A.

The Faculty Senate of the SUNY Cortland faculty shall be composed of:

1.     The four officers of the faculty.

ARTICLE X: ELECTIONS

1. Offices of the faculty to be filled by election by the voting faculty:

a.     Vice chair of the Senate and chair designate.

b.     Secretary

c.     Treasurer

d.     Three or four members each year of the Committee on Committees.

e.     Representative and alternate representative to the State University Senate.

f.     Two faculty representatives to the Student Senate.

g.     Elected representatives of the faculty to other organizations.

150.03 SUNY CORTLAND FACULTY BYLAWS

ARTICLE VI: FACULTY SENATE

Section A.

The Faculty Senate of the SUNY Cortland faculty shall be composed of:

i.     The four officers of the faculty.

ARTICLE X: ELECTIONS

1. Offices of the faculty to be filled by election by the voting faculty:

a.     Vice chair of the Senate and chair designate.

b.     Secretary

c.     Treasurer

d.     Three or four members each year of the Committee on Committees.

e.     Representative and alternate representative to the State University Senate.

f.     One faculty representative to the Student Senate.

g.     Elected representatives of the faculty to other organizations.

 

Review of Governance Ad hoc Committee

Proposed Changes to the SUNY Cortland College Handbook

Proposal Two

Current Wording

Proposed Wording in Bold

150.03 SUNY CORTLAND FACULTY BYLAWS

ARTICLE VII: COMMITTEES

Section C. Policy Committees

3. Duties:

c. Student Affairs Committee:

1.     To consider and recommend to the Senate matters related to student policies and procedures, academic services, and other such matters designated to it by the Senate.

2.     To determine the procedure whereby student concerns are considered by faculty and administration. This procedure is subject to approval of the Senate, and to mandatory review every two years.

150.03 SUNY CORTLAND FACULTY BYLAWS

ARTICLE VII: COMMITTEES

Section C. Policy Committees

3. Duties:

c. Student Affairs Committee:

1.     To consider and recommend to the Senate matters related to student policies and procedures, academic services, and other such matters designated to it by the Senate.

2.     To determine the procedure whereby student concerns are considered by faculty and administration. This procedure is subject to approval of the Senate, and to mandatory review every two years.

3.     To provide a representative each year from the committee to the Student Senate.  This representative will attend all meetings of the Student Senate, and serve as a liaison to the Faculty Senate regarding issues of mutual concern.

 

 

 

Review of Governance Ad hoc Committee

Proposed Changes to the SUNY Cortland College Handbook

Proposal Three

Current Wording

Proposed Wording in Bold

150.03 SUNY CORTLAND FACULTY BYLAWS

ARTICLE VI: FACULTY SENATE

Section A

13.     The four Policy Committee chairs, ex officio without vote.

150.03 SUNY CORTLAND FACULTY BYLAWS

ARTICLE VI: FACULTY SENATE

Section A

13.     Each Chair of a Policy Committee, or a designated representative.

                                                       

APPENDIX 3

SUNY Cortland General Education Proposal

submitted by B. Burk, GE Committee Chair

 

SUNY Cortland

General Education Proposal

 

To:      SUNY Cortland Faculty Senate Steering Committee

From:  SUNY Cortland General Education Committee

Brooke Burk, Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies, Chair 

Stephen Chemsak, Institutional Research and Analysis, ex-officio 

Lisa Czirr, Memorial Library

Sam Kelley, Communication Studies 

Yomee Lee, Kinesiology

R. Bruce Mattingly, Dean of Arts and Sciences, ex-officio 

Jennifer McNamara, Art and Art History

Emily Quinlan, Advisement and Transition 

Sonia Sharma, Mathematics

David Smukler, Foundations and Social Advocacy 

Robert Spitzer, Political Science

Carol Van Der Karr, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, ex-officio  

Date:   March 20, 2014 

Re:      Report and Recommendation for General Education Program Revision 

The General Education Committee submits the following report detailing the committee’s efforts to elicit

and articulate campus perspectives on the General Education (GE) program, understand GE within the current context of the campus and the SUNY system, and a proposal for GE revision that emerged from

that work.

The GE Committee unanimously approved the enclosed proposal and requests that the Faculty Senate consider the motion to amend the SUNY Cortland General Education program with these changes.

  • Reduction of the natural science requirement to one laboratory course (elimination of GE 13 – a second natural science)
  • Allow 3 or 4 credit hour laboratory natural science courses to fulfill the natural science

requirement

  • Allow students to complete two of the following three categories: GE 3 – Social Science, GE 4 –United States History and Society, and GE 5 – Western Civilizations for a total of six credit

hours 

Because of the length and format of the entire GE report, it could not be easily attached here.  It is however available on the web on the SUNY Cortland General Education web page or it can be directly accessed from the following link:

http://www2.cortland.edu/dotAsset/26b9496f-db74-47b5-95fc-5cf60d60f867.pdf