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Attendance:
  1. Bruce Babcock, Robert Bartell, William Cantor, Harriet Darling, Joe Downing, Deborah Eicher-Catt, Barbara Eshbach, Robert Farrell, Deirdre Folkers, Charles Gaston, Sukhdeep Gill, Frederick Haag, Cecilia Heydl-Cortinez, Michael Jarrett, Ed. Jenkins, Ali Kara, Andy Landis, Michael Marcus, Catherine Moon, Josie Moore, Maureen Muller-Kahle, Jennifer Nesbitt, Larry Newcomer, Noel Sloboda, Javed Siddique, Abdul Siddiqui, Joan Smeltzer, Jane Sutton, Ken Swalgin, Anne Vardo-Zalik, Emily Wenk, David Van de Streek, Jeff Warner, Suzanne Shaffer, Jane Emery, Holly Gumke, Sue Ruch, Andrew Caldwell, Betty Dabler, and Shaun Turner.

  2. I. Meeting called to order at 12:10 p.m.
  3. II. Minutes from the December 8, 2011, meeting
    1. A. Minutes approved as submitted
  4. III. Communications from the administration, faculty, and committees
    1. A. Announcements from the Office of Chancellor, Dr. Lisa Plowfield.
    2. None
    3. B. Announcements from the Office of Academic Affairs
      1. 1. Robert Farrell announced that December 9, 2011, is the last day of classes for fall 2011 semester and also the last day for the student to fill out the Student Rating of Teaching Effectiveness (SRTE). We should encourage our students to fill out the SRTEs if they have not done this already.
      2. 2. He also announced that students have until tomorrow to withdraw and if you know any student who is thinking about this kindly direct them to the office of the financial aid before they take this action.
      3. 3. He also encouraged all the faculty and staff to attend the commencement to support the student graduation which is scheduled on Friday, December 16, 2011, at 6:00 p.m.
      4. 4. The due date for 2011 Faculty Activity Report is not yet released from the dean’s office and he will let the campus community know as he will get this information.
      5. 5. Robert Farrell thanked those who have been sending him email for meeting with him. He encouraged everyone to copy Christina Lee on the e-mail also.
      6. 6. The summer 2012 schedule is out and hopefully everyone has a chance to review the summer schedule. If there are any concerns or corrections please let the director of Academic Affairs (DAA) office know as soon as possible.
      7. 7. If anyone is planning to travel for a conference between now and June 30 please let the DAA office know as soon as possible. He also mentioned that the dollars are running out and they are available on first-come, first-served basis.
      8. 8. Currently he is working on second year dossier and they will be delivered to the local Promotion and Tenure (P&T) Committee soon for review. Based on anonymous report he reminded the faculty not to schedule a major exam during the last week of classes as it conflicts with university guidelines.
      9. 9. Robert Farrell also talked about Joe Downing’s e-mail about the disrespectful climate at the campus among the students. He has requested the student affairs office to address this during the spring semester orientation. He also encouraged everyone to share their ideas about this issue.
      10. 10. He requested the faculty and staff be mindful of what they might say about the campus and administration in front of students.
      11. 11. Lastly, he mentioned that the University is closely looking at faculty who request a course release and then teach a course for the World Campus for extra compensation. We will discuss this in detail during spring orientation and comments from everyone are requested.
    4. C. Announcements from University Senators
      1. 1. Deirdre Folkers announced that she is serving in Admission Record Scheduling and Student Aid committee (ARSSA). I have been asked to serve as the ARSSA representative to a subcommittee that is looking at the overall drop policy. This is an issue that is certainly relevant to our own campus, and I strongly welcome input that I can bring forward to the larger committee.
      2. 2. Robert Farrell announced that there was a reasonable plea from administration to make sure if any student is involved in honor code violation kindly fill out the necessary forms in timely manner. Deirdre encouraged everyone to include clear and unambiguous statements relating to academic integrity within their syllabi. She also pointed out that the faculties are strongly encouraged to follow the published procedures for handling academic integrity cases. By following the formal complaint procedure helps the future faculty members to identify students if they have developed a pattern of cheating. She also pointed out that one can check the status of such students.
    5. D. Announcements from Faculty Council Representative, Bill Cantor
      1. 1. Bill announced that the first Faculty Council meeting was held on December 2.
      2. 2. A subcommittee was put together to look at teaching load of the faculty at commonwealth campuses. There was also discussion about the contact versus credits hours.
      3. 3. The low enrollment classes issue was brought under discussion and number less than ten is considered as low enrollment.
      4. 4. Teaching schedule discussion for classes on Monday through Friday was also under discussion. There was also discussion on electronic SRTE’s.
      5. 5. The last issue under discussion was about the remedial courses. Most of the discussion was geared toward making these classes more effective by using the technology and other resources.
      6. 6. The next meeting will be in March.
    6. E. Announcements from Faculty
      1. 1. Kelly Moon announced that her class will be giving a presentation about the report on their survey in the Community Room tonight (December 8, 2011) at 7:00 p.m. This presentation will include the students’ ideas for campus improvements and food will be served afterward.
      2. 2. Fred Haag inquired about the requirement and length of Interim DAA appointment—given that Bob Farrell is also one of our University Senate representatives. This issue will be included in our February Senate meeting agenda.
    7. F. Announcements from Staff
      1. 1. Andrew Caldwell reminded everyone, especially those who work with students scheduled to graduate the following week, that the Advising and Career Development office regularly helps students and alumni with job and internship search strategies, mock interviews, resume reviews, etc. Their office also helps the alumni as well.
      2. 2. Andrew also announced that he is available to all faculty for class presentations on topics related to career development. In addition, he offered to meet with any faculty member individually to customize a presentation or workshop in order to better fit the curriculum of a specific class.
    8. G. Announcements from the Student Government Association (SGA)
      1. 1. The new president (Betty Jean (BJ) Dabler) introduced herself and made an announcement about the basketball game tonight. She invited everyone to a congressional walk on December 20, 2011.
      2. 2. She also mentioned that they held the special election for the vice president.
    9. H. Announcements from Senate Chair, Deborah Eicher-Catt
      1. 1. Deborah thanked those who participated in the very first Academic and Student Issues Forum (both in person and through our electronic feedback mechanism). She also extended her thanks to Suzanne Shaffer for helping with creating the electronic feedback forms. The main objective of this survey is to try to balance student centeredness and high academic standards. This feedback will help us in strategic planning for future.
      2. 2. Deborah also reminded about the town meeting scheduled today at 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. We will be looking at the core council recommendations. She will also be sending a link to the electronic forms for your initial or additional comments.
      3. 3. In the end she encouraged everyone to participate in Di Hershey’s idea for sending holiday gifts to needy families in this area through Access York. If anyone is interested, Di is collecting unwrapped gifts through Monday, December 19.
    10. I. Announcements from Senate Chair-Elect, Emily C. Wenk
      1. 1. Emily Wenk announced that Sue Ruch was planning to form a campus-wide committee whose purpose would be to help move students from scheduled to registered status. She is looking for a faculty volunteer to participate on the committee. It would be a short term involvement.
    11. J. Announcements from Senate Committee Chairs
      1. 1. Deborah thanked every committee chair for sending their fall semester report in a timely manner.
      2. 2. She asked the committee chairs to highlight a couple of important points from fall semester reports.
      3. 3. Each committee chair reported to the assembly (written committee reports were distributed with the December 8 meeting agenda).
  5. IV. Unfinished Business
    1. No Unfinished Business
  6. V. New Business
    1. 1. The Academic and Student Affairs committee makes the following motion to the campus Senate to change the campus by-laws pertaining to the Academic Advising Award Subcommittee. Changes to the bylaws are indicated in italics below. (This motion was circulated as an e-mail attachment on November 15, 2011.)
    2. Our motion includes changing the name of the Academic Advising Award Subcommittee in the bylaws to read (changes in italics):
      1. Academic Advising Council Subcommittee
      2. This subcommittee is composed of the Academic Advising Award winners from the three preceding years and two student members selected by the SGA. The Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) Programs Coordinator and the DUS adviser are ex officio members of this subcommittee. The subcommittee will function as prescribed in the rules and procedures governing the Academic Advising Award. In addition, the subcommittee will be responsible for actively addressing the needs of the campus advising system. The faculty members of this subcommittee select one of themselves as their chair.
      3. After a brief discussion, the motion was approved by a two-thirds voice vote.
    3. 2. The Curricular Affairs committee makes the following motion to Campus Senate regarding the procedure and timeline to reevaluate proposed hires that were not acted upon by administration:
      1. a. A Curricular Affairs (CA) approval is seen as lasting one year from the proposed starting date for the appointment. (E.g., a hiring request approved to begin employment at the beginning of the fall 2011 semester will hold CA approval until the beginning of the fall 2012 semester.)
      2. b. The discipline coordinator/unit responsible for the initial request will be asked to provide an update to the committee in the semester before the request is due to expire. (E.g., during the spring 2012 for a fall 2012 approval.)
      3. c. As part of the update presentation, the discipline coordinator/unit would have the opportunity to either reaffirm the original requested level of the hire, to upgrade/downgrade the hiring level, or withdraw the request. The motion passed on a voice vote.
    4. 3. The Curricular Affairs committee makes the following motion to Campus Senate for approval of faculty positions that were previously acted upon by the Senate but were not hired by administration:
      1. a. Tenure track English (Fall 2011, reaffirmed for fall 2012)
      2. b. Tenure track Philosophy (Fall 2011, reaffirmed for fall 2012)
      3. c. Tenure track Theater (Fall 2012, reaffirmed for fall 2012)
      4. d. FTM Physics (fall 2011, re-evaluated, due to under enrolled courses and changes in frequency of course offerings, a full-time position is not warranted)
      5. e. Tenure track Human Development and Family Studies (HD FS) (fall 2011, hired.
      After a brief discussion, the motion passed on a voice vote.
    5. 4. The Curricular Affairs committee makes the following motion to campus senate regarding the recommendation from the core council letter that suggests the phase out of the baccalaureate degree in Letters, Arts, and Sciences;
    6. For administration to dispute the recommendation to phase out the baccalaureate degree in Letters, Arts, and Sciences in our campus response letter.
    7. After a brief discussion, the motion was approved with voice vote.
    8. 5. Javed Siddique and Terry Allison bring the following motion before the Campus Senate; noon hour class exemption for Math 097.
    9. The motion was seconded by Michael Jarrett and approved by voice vote.
  7. VI. Forensic Business
    1. None.
  8. VII. Adjournment
    1. A. Motion to adjourn was approved at 1:15 p.m.
      1. 1. Motion made by Jennifer Nesbitt
      2. 2. Motion seconded by Sukhdeep Gill
  9. VIII. Our next meeting will be held on January 5, 2012, after spring semester orientation.

Respectfully submitted,
Javed Siddique