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Attendance:
Robert Bartell, William (Bill) Cantor, Mark Casteel, Dianne Creagh, Harriet Darling, Deborah Eicher-Catt, Barbara Eshbach, Robert (Bob) Farrell, Deirdre Folkers, Charles (Chuck) Gaston, Thomas (Tom) Getz, Sukhdeep Gill, Frederick (Fred) Haag, Harley Hartman, Abul Hasan, Cecilia Heydl-Cortinez, Michael Jarrett, Ed Jenkins, Ali Kara, Orsay Kucukemiroglu, Andrew (Andy) Landis, David Latzko, Kerry Magni, Michael Marcus,  Maureen Muller-Kahle, Samir Shah, Javed Siddique, Abdul Siddiqui, Noel Sloboda, Jeanmarie St.Clair-Christman, Stuart Stelly, Jane Sutton, Ken Swalgin, David Van de Streek, Dixie Winters, Anne Vardo-Zalik, James Ziegler, Jane Emery, Holly Gumke, Patrick Tanner, Sue Ruch, Michael (Mike) Brennan, Sharon Christ, Joseph (Joe) McCormick, Joel Rodney, Suzanne Shaffer, William (Bill) Vangreen, Luke Coar, Chris Beaverson, Tina Rohrbach, and Vickie Hubbard.

  1. Minutes
    1. Meeting called to order at 12:04 p.m.
    2. Minutes from the January 6, 2011, meeting approved.
      1. Motion made by Bob Farrell.
      2. Motion seconded by Andy Landis.
  2. Communications from administration, faculty, and committees
    1. Dr. Joel Rodney
      1. FIRST Tech Robot Challenge held on campus on January 29, was quite a success, bringing many high-school-aged students and their parents to the campus. Some teams from as far away as North Carolina and from as close as York Suburban.
      2. Applications at University Park are up by 9 percent. Applications at the campuses are up by 6 percent. International applications are up 52 percent.
      3. Penn State has been preparing for a declining budget and is in much better shape to meet these challenges as compared to many other universities.
    2. Dr. McCormick
      1. Searches are on going: English – Candidates are visiting the campus and the search committee should have a recommendation by February 21. Human Development and Family Studies (HD FS) – a short list of candidates has been generated from seventy-one applications. Candidates should be invited to the campus within the next two weeks. Philosophy – sixty-one applications have been received as of last week. Nine candidates will be interviewed via Skype within the next week or so.
      2. Lisa Wiedemer, grants manager for the University College, will visit the York campus on Tuesday, February 8 at noon in the John J. Romano Administration Building (Romano 101) for a workshop on the process by which external grants are submitted through her office.
      3. On Thursday, February 10, Dr. McCormick is scheduled to participate in a telephone conference with Angela Linse, director of the Schreyer Center for Teaching and Learning. Her office has administrative oversight of the online Student Rating of Teaching Effectiveness (SRTEs). Dr. McCormick asks that you pass any concerns you may have about the on-line SRTEs, which were first implemented in fall 2010, to him.
      4. Dr. McCormick reminded the faculty that we are in the fifth week of the Early Progress Report (EPR) reporting period; next week marks week six. Please make entries, if you have not done so already.
    3. University Senators
      1. Mark Casteel reported that the representation ratio for the University Senate is being changed and limited to a size of 200. This should result in all of the campuses, except for University Park, having their representation increased.
    4. Faculty Council Representative
      1. Emily Wenk reported that a subcommittee is charged with preparing a fact-finding report, concerning the scheduling practices at different UC campuses including:
        1. The faculty being told that they must maintain a campus presence a certain number of days per week.
        2. Tuesday – Thursday schedules for individual faculty arbitrarily being changed to Monday – Wednesday – Friday.
      2. A second subcommittee was charged with preparing a fact-finding report, concerning the practice within different director of Academic Affairs’ (DAA’s) offices of deciding how to allocate “teaching” loads vs. “research” loads among faculty.
      3. Regarding promotion to full professor, the council decided to postpone further progress on that matter, given that Sandy Gleason is hosting a workshop on that topic in January.
    5. Announcements from Faculty
      1. Mike Jarrett reported that the campus visits of the candidates for chancellor are complete and that we may hear some thing from University Park in one to two weeks, after background checks are complete.
    6. Staff
      1. Holly Gumke reported:
        1. The University will no longer reimburse individuals for graduate classes outside of Penn State.
        2. Housing update… a report is coming soon.
        3. Retirees – Brenda Stine, Sue Sharp, Myrt Whiteley and Janet Striebig. Christina Lee will be stepping into Jane Pflaum’s position, as she will be filling Brenda Stine’s position. Other searches are under way.
      2. Jane Emery announced that a search is in progress for a replacement for Dina Wulinsky
      3. Patrick Tanner announced:
        1. Chris Beaverson will be the interim athletic director.
        2. Patrick highlighted various programs being brought to the campus for students during the next few weeks.
    7. Student Government Association (SGA)
      1. No report or comments.
    8. Senate Chair
      1. No report or comments.
    9. Senate Chair-Elect
      1. No report or comments.
    10. Senate Committee Chairs
      1. No report or comments.
    11. Strategic Planning Committee, Jane Sutton
      1. The Strategic Planning Committee was reduced from thirty-five members to ten members.
      2. There have been two meetings to date, January 14 and 28.
      3. The smaller interim committee is working to analyze data collected over the past few years in anticipation of the new chancellor establishing a new Strategic Planning Committee.
  3. Unfinished Business
    1. No Unfinished Business
  4. New Business
    1. A Motion from the Curricular Affairs Committee:
      “In support of the general education and science requirements of the campus, and in anticipation of a faculty vacancy beginning fall 2011, the Curricular Affairs Committee recommends hiring a replacement faculty member in the discipline of physics for the fall 2011 semester. The recommended hire for this position is fixed-term multi-year (FTM), with a search for this position to commence forthwith. The appropriate department will be consulted in determining the specific requirements for the position, however it is strongly requested that the position description include the ability to teach all courses taught by the current faculty member (i.e., physics and introductory astronomy).”

      Abul Hasan objected to the last sentence of the motion, regarding the need for the candidate to teach astronomy, as opposed to other possible subjects. A discussion issued. Chuck Gaston stated that the campus had a number of expensive investments of telescopes in support of the astronomy class, which would go unused if the astronomy classes were no longer offered. Abul withdrew his objection to the motion as presented.
    2. The motion carried on a voice vote.
    3. The Chairperson, noting the time, reserved the remainder of the agenda for next month’s Senate meeting and ask for a motion to adjourn.
  5. Forensic Business
    1. No Forensic Business.
  6. Adjournment
    1. Motion to adjourn was approved at 12:55 p.m.
      1. Motion made by Bob Farrell
      2. Motion seconded by Abul Hasan