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Attendance:
Robert Bartell, Dennis Baughman, Leonard Berkowitz, William (Bill) Cantor, Mark Casteel, Kristin Cole, Dianne Creagh, Harriet Darling, Deborah Eicher-Catt, Robert(Bob) Farrell, Deirdre Folkers, Charles (Chuck) Gaston, Thomas (Tom) Getz, Sukhdeep Gill, Andrea Giorgioni, Frederick (Fred) Haag, Harley Hartman, Cecilia Heydl-Cortinez, Michael Jarrett, Ed Jenkins, Ali Kara, Andrew (Andy) Landis, David Latzko, Fulgentius Lugemwa, Kerry Magni, Catherine Moon, Maureen Muller-Kahle, Larry Newcomer, Samir Shah, Javed Siddique, Abdul Siddiqui, Noel Sloboda, Stuart Stelly, David Van de Streek, Emily Wenk, Anne Vardo-Zalik, Holly Gumke, Patrick Tanner, Suzanne Shaffer, William (Bill) Vangreen, Adam Chlan, and Jeffrey Warner.

  1. Minutes
    1. Meeting called to order at 12:07 p.m.
    2. Approval of Minutes as Corrected
      1. Motion made by Mark Casteel.
      2. Motion seconded by Emily Wenk.
  2. Communications from administration, faculty, and committees
    1. Dr. Joel Rodney
      1. Presented report.
    2. Dr. McCormick
      1. Negotiations have been completed and an offer to the candidate for HD FS
      2. The online Student Rating of Teaching Effectiveness (SRTEs) will
        continue this spring and the process put in place this fall for
        reserving rooms will once again be in place.
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      3. The 66 percent threshold for SRTE data for tenure track faculty has
        been waived.
      4. SRTEs will be open for Students from April 18 through April 29.
      5. Academic integrity continues to be an issue and an e-mail
        addressing specifics will be sent by the director of academic affairs
        (DAA) to the faculty.
      6. A group of faculty from the arts and liberal arts unit was convened
        to discuss the offering of summer courses in 2012. The DAA is
        recommending that the unit have a meeting to discuss the concerns
        of the unit.
    3. University Senators
      1. Len Berkowitz reported that there has been a change in policy
        regarding deferred grades being maintained now for ten weeks
        from the end of a semester as apposed to the current six weeks
        from the start of the next semester.
    4. Faculty Council Representative Emily Wenk
      1. The guidelines for the hiring FT1 and FT2 faculty have been
        approved at seven of the fourteen campuses.
      2. Teaching loads and scheduling are being discussed.
      3. Bill Cantor is the Council member elect and will be the
        representative for the upcoming year.
    5. Announcements from Faculty
      1. Mike Jarrett reported on the appearance of “Snookie” at the Pullo
        Family Performing Arts Center (The Pullo Center). A discussion
        ensued regarding the facts of her appearance and lack of a profit
        made from her appearance.
      2. Bob Farrell reminded the Campus Senate of the Academic Awards
        Banquet scheduled for this Friday, April 15.
    6. Staff
      1. Suzanne Shaffer announced that there will be a visit this Thursday
        by the support person for the Digital Commons if anyone should
        need assistance or have any questions.
      2. Suzanne also asked about interest in educational game
        development and hopes to have a workshop this summer.
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      3. Scholarship Teaching and Learning event will be held on Friday,
        April 22.
      4. Patrick Tanner announced that there will be a program regarding
        child abuse prevention on Friday, April 22 in The Pullo Center.
        The program includes a fashion show by the Catwalk Nittany Club
        on campus.
      5. Patrick also announced that Chelsea Moyer will be leaving the
        campus and a search for a replacement will begin immediately,
        also a search for
    7. Student Government Association (SGA)
      1. No report or comments.
    8. Senate Chair
      1. Reminder that the last Senate meeting of the semester will be held
        next Thursday, April 21. At that meeting we will hold the elections
        and have Senate committee reports.
      2. A discussion ensued regarding whether the Senate Chair is
        required to appoint a Chair for each of the Senate Committees or if
        each of the committee’s elects its own chair. The Constitution was
        reviewed and it was determined that it was somewhat ambiguous.
    9. Senate Chair-Elect
      1. The campus has received a memo from the University Senate that states that the York campus representation on the University Senate will be increased from two Senators to three Senators.  Two Senators with will need to be elected, one with a two-year term expiring in 2013, and one with a three-year term expiring in 2013.  An election will need to be held by January 28, nominations and self-nominations are encouraged.  Ballet boxes will be placed and an announcement will be made as to where they will be placed.
    10. Senate Committee Chairs
      1. No report or comments.
      2. Although it was on the agenda for today, the Strategic Planning
        Committee will give a report at the next Senate meeting.
  3. Unfinished Business
    1. No Unfinished Business
  4. New Business
    1. Curricular Affairs Committee, Deborah Eicher-Catt
      1. The following Motion was brought to the Senate:
        This committee evaluates proposals for new academic degree programs
        and makes recommendations about them to the Senate. It also periodically
        reviews the quality and needs of existing degree programs offered at the
        campus. Committee membership shall be comprised of three
        representatives from each of the Academic Units and a chair appointed by
        the Chair of the York Campus Senate. No more than one representative
        from a given discipline may serve concurrently. Committee
        composition should ideally meet the goal of providing representation
        from multiple full-time levels types of appointment. The representatives
        will be selected by the faculty within the appropriate academic unit; the DAA
        is an ex officio member.
      2. The motion was approved, as amended, by a voice vote. (Amended
        by striking the word “levels” and replacing it with “types.”
    2. The Faculty Affairs Committee, Fred Haag
      1. A motion was brought to the Senate to approve a rubric, attached,
        for the use by faculty for peer review of FTII teaching.
        1. Len Berkowitz made a motion to change the wording of the
          last box on the form from “If desired, please provide
          additional information below:” to “Please provide an overall
          evaluation of the instructor below:”
        2. The motion was seconded by Mark Casteel.
        3. The motion passed on a voice vote.
      2. The motion to use the rubric as an alternative to a narrative letter,
        but not necessarily a replacement for same, was approved as
        amended on a voice vote.
  5. Forensic Business
    1. A discussion was held concerning the handling of disputes between
      students and faculty by the DAA’s office. Deirdre Folkers, the assistant
      DDA, is the initial contact for students who have a complaint or concern
      regarding a faculty member. Dr. McCormick is informed and involved in
      the final disposition of all student complaints, whether it regards an FT2 or
      a full time faculty member.
    2. The Teaching, Learning Technology Advisory Committee (TLTAC), per
      Dianne Creagh, demonstrated a document camera. This was done, in
      part, to determine the interest among the faculty for the use of these units.
  6. Adjournment
    1. Motion to adjourn was approved at 1:25 p.m.
      1. Motion made by Harriet Darling
      2. Motion seconded by Noel Sloboda