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October 5, 2010

                                                    FACULTY SENATE MINUTES #3

                                                            October 5, 2010

The third meeting of the Faculty Senate 2010-2011 was called to order by Chair David Miller on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at 1:15 PM in Jacobus Lounge, Brockway Hall.

SENATORS AND MEMBERS PRESENT: D. Miller, T. Phillips T. Vigars, D. Driscoll, W. Miller, D. Berger, R. Kendrick, K. Lawrence, J. Alemzadeh, R. Grantham, S. Wilson, O. White, D. Harrington, K. Pristash, J. Walkuski, P. Schroeder, J. Campanaro, A. M. Rossi, W. Michael, E. Bitterbaum, M. Prus, A. Fitz-Gibbon, S. Anderson

SENATORS AND MEMBERS ABSENT:  S. Rayl, B. Buxton, J. Kim, R. Borden, K. Hempson, L. Klotz, M. Chandler, E. McCabe, T. Slack, R. Franco, W. Shaut, A. Thomas, M. Connell

GUESTS PRESENT: A. Berg, P. Koryzno

I  APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES:  There was a motion for approval of the minutes from September 21, 2010 (Approved)


There was a vote to approved the nominations for vacancies on the Committee on Committees (Approved)


The first item of business was to thank Joanne Barry on behalf of the Senate for her contribution to online elections.  The Chair then introduced A. Berg, Associate Provost, Information Resources, who would be

giving a status report from her area and then a question and answer period.  The next item of business

was that C. Kaltefleiter and D. Miller would be serving on the Review of Website Advisory Committee.

Chair Miller also reported that G. Clarke, J. Walskuski and he met with Provost Prus regarding working on

clarifying the language for the handbook regarding the status of the Committee on Teaching

Effectiveness as a Standing Committee of the Faculty Senate.

IV. VICE CHAIR:  T. Phillips – No report.


VI. SECRETARY’S REPORT: - T. Vigars –  The secretary gave a brief update on electronic voting on campus and changes made to enhance its success.

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

VIII.  SPECIAL GUEST:  A. Berg, Vice President for Information Resources, gave a brief presentation on electronic communications issues and entertained questions and answers. 


Student Affairs Committee  - M. Connell, Chair –  No report (absent)

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

Long-Range Planning Committee – No report (absent)

Educational Policy Committee –  R. Spitzer, Chair – No report (absent)

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


Committee on Committees -  T. Vigars read the report on behalf of the committee. There was a vote to approve the nominations for committee vacancies.

College Research Committee  – P. Ducey, Chair – No report (absent)

General Education Committee – O. White reported that the committee is looking at proposals, including two that were submitted last year.

XI. AREA SENATOR’S REPORTS:  There were no Area Senator’s reports.


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

XIV. OLD BUSINESS:  There was no Old Business.

XV. NEW BUSINESS: The Proposed addition/Modification to the 2008-2010 SUNY Cortland College Handbook, Chapter 150.03 SUNY Cortland Bylaws, Article VII: COMMITTEES was introduced and will be voted on at the next Senate meeting on October 19, 2010.

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

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


(2)   Proposed Addition/Modifications to the 2008-2010 SUNY Cortland College       

Handbook, Chapter 150.03 SUNY Cortland Faculty Bylaws, Article VII: Committees

Respectfully Submitted:


Barbara Kissel

Recording Secretary


                                  Committee on Committees – Report to the Faculty Senate

October 5, 2010

Item #1

The Committee on Committees recommends the following appointments for committees:  These appointments require confirmation by the Faculty Senate.

Student Affairs Committee

Professional Studies (2010-12) – Jeff Walkuski

Professional Affairs Committee

Academic Affairs (2010-13) – Gary Babjack

Student Affairs (2010-13) – Kevin Pristash

Item #2

Ballots were cast by the Faculty Senate Secretary for the following uncontested search committee seats:

Dean, School of Education

Professional employee from Academic Affairs - Gradin Avery

Dean, School of Professional Studies

Professional employee from Academic Affairs – Steve Meyer

Director of Advisement and Transition

Four members of the academic faculty/professional staff:

Carol Costell Corbin

 Kathy Lawrence

Susan Wilson

Sandra Wohlleber

Item #3

Due to some problems with the email lists loaded into the electronic voting system, additional ballots were distributed electronically for Faculty Senate Treasurer and the voting deadline was extended to Tuesday, October 5, 2010, 4:00 p.m. 

Item #4

Ballots were distributed for the following search committees with a voting deadline of Tuesday, October 5, 2010, 4:00 p.m:

Dean, School of Education

Dean, School of Professional Studies

Director of the Clark Center for International Education

Director of Public Relations

Ballots were distributed for the following Senate seats with a voting deadline of Tuesday, October 5, 2010, 4:00 p.m.

Fine Arts/Humanities Senator (2010-12) – Donna West

School of Professional Studies Senator (complete unexpired term, 2009-11) – Irena Vincent

Item #5

The following vacancies still exist and no nominations have been received:

At Large

  • SUNY Senator (complete unexpired term 2009-12)
  • Faculty Representatives to the Student Senate – 2 seats, elected, 1-year term (Boland, Shi)


  • General Education Committee – appointed, 2-year term (Schubert)
  • Student Affairs Committee – appointed, 2-year term (Ahmadi)

Social/Behavioral Sciences

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

School of Education

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

 School of Professional Studies

  • General Education Committee – appointed, 2-year term (Hendrick) 
  • Student Affairs Committee – appointed, 2-year term (Davis

Respectfully submitted,

Joanne Barry



Proposed Addition Modification to the

SUNY Cortland 2008-2010 College Handbook

Chapter 150.03 SUNY Cortland Faculty Bylaws,

Article VII: Committees

SUNY Cortland Faculty Senate New Business, October 5, 2010

Proposed Addition/Modification to the 2008-2010 SUNY Cortland College Handbook


Proposed Addition/Modification                                      Present Content with alteration (see strike through)

Section H

Committee on Teaching Effectiveness

1. Membership

a. A committee of nine members shall be nominated by

the Committee on committees and appointed by action

of the Faculty Senate.

b. Membership shall be as follows:

one member representing mathematics/science

one member representing social/behavioral sciences

one member representing fine arts/humanities

one member representing education

one member representing professional studies

one member representing the library

two at-large members from the academic faculty

one student member with at least a junior standing (60+

credits) and at least one year of full-time attendance at

SUNY Cortland/

c. Terms of office shall be three years and shall be


2. Duties

a. To be responsible for the development and review of a

standard CTE form to be utilized by faculty for the

evaluation of their teaching.

b.  To approve individual department procedures for the

collection of CTE data and to assure departmental

compliance with the procedures outlined in Chapter

260-02 of the SUNY Cortland College Handbook.

c. To approve alternative time schedules for the

evaluation of teaching utilized by departments, due to

exceptional circumstances, in keeping with the principle

of regular, systematic, longitudinal evaluation of faculty.

d. To make recommendations to the Faculty Senate

regarding changes in the procedures and instrument

utilized in the evaluation of teaching.

e.  In collaboration with the Faculty Development

Center, to promote excellence in teaching through on-campus

programming and seminars, which focus on issues related to


f.  To make recommendations to the administration regarding

resources that can be used by the faculty to improve teaching.

Section I.                                                                                           Section H

Ad Hoc Committees                                                                              Ad  Hoc Committees

1. The Senate, in consultation with the Committee on                             1. The Senate, in consultation with the

Committees, may appoint such other temporary committees                    Committee on Committees, may

as are needed to facilitate the business of the faculty.                             appoint such other temporary

2. A written report of the work of the committee shall be                          committees as are needed to

submitted to the Senate.                                                                     facilitate the business of the Faculty.

                                                                                                        2.  A written report 

                                                                                                        of the work of the committee shall be

                                                                                                        submitted to the Senate.