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Attendance:
Robert Bartell, Dennis Baughman, Leonard Berkowitz, William (Bill) Cantor, Mark Casteel, Marshall Coyle, Harriet Darling, Deborah Eicher-Catt, Robert (Bob) Farrell, Deirdre Folkers, Frederick (Fred) Haag, Harley Hartman, Michael (Mike) Jarrett, Ali Kara, David Latzko, Fulgentius Lugenmwa, Kerry Magni, Maureen Muller-Kahle, Larry Newcomer, Haiduke (Duke) Sarafian, Abdul Siddiqui, Noel Sloboda, Stuart Stelly, Jane Sutton, David Van de Streek, Emily Wenk, Dixie Winters, Sharon Christ, Joseph (Joe) McCormick, and Susan Ruch.

  1. Minutes
    1. Meeting called to order at 12:09 p.m.
    2. Minutes from the October 5, 2010, meeting approved.
      1. Motion made by Bob Farrell.
      2. Motion seconded by Fred Haag.
  2. Communications from administration, faculty, and committees
    1. Dr. Rodney
      1. No report or comments.
    2. University Senators
      1. Len Berkowitz
        1. Senate has passed proposal which would allow a student to fulfill the requirements for a minor, even if the required classes are not offered at their campus. (Bob Farrell asked about the effective date: It is effective as soon as the president signs off on it and it is assumed that it will be effective in the spring.)
        2. Provost presented a summary of the budget, his presentation is online.
        3. Report on Faculty Communities, replacing disciplinary Communities
      2. Faculty Affairs is preparing a report on Student Rating of Teaching Effectiveness (SRTEs)
      3. Mark Casteel
        1. Discussed the Senates interest in feedback concerning the ERS (Employee Reimbursements System) he has received eight or nine comments to date.
    3. Faculty Council Representative, Emily Wenk
      1. Guidelines for the fixed-term 1 (FT1) and fixed-term s (FT2) have been handed out and will be discussed under new business.
      2. Online SRTEs will be used this semester. She encouraged the faculty to be proactive to insure a high participation rate among students. A discussion issued regarding the implementation of the on-line SRTEs and how faculty can insure a high participation rate. Jane Sutton expressed a concern that the faculty involved in Promotion and Tenure would suffer from a poor response rate. Len Berkowitz stated that the rules say that a two-thirds response “should” be the criteria for promotion and tenure evaluation. The online SRTE system will not have an average available for classes of less than five students.
      3. Per the provost, it is preferred that classes be scheduled on a three-day a week schedule as opposed to a two-day a week schedule. This should have minimal impact on the York campus. It has been a concern at University Park, as Thursday has become the new Friday.
      4. The administrative rights that faculty have for their individual computers may be going away.
    4. Dr. McCormick
      1. Student complaints to the director of Academic Affair’s (DAA’s) office are expected to increase and are. He will put out a memorandum on how to deal with plagiarism.
      2. SRTEs will be online and no longer will there be paper SRTEs. The DAA will be putting into practice a block scheduling system to allow classes to schedule a block of time for any particular class to have a computer lab available for the completion of SRTEs. Priority will be given to Tenure Track faculty. The online SRTE system will be open from November 29 through December 10. Various other ideas were discussed to improve the participation, including having the SRTE set up as a requirement in eLion in order for the student to see their grades. There was also a concern expressed that the lab time to do SRTEs would take away for class time. Len Berkowitz noted that the Faculty Affairs report on the online SRTEs which is due in December will address the issue of response rates and is there a difference in the results as compared to the paper SRTEs.
      3. A special budget presentation will be scheduled as part of the December Senate meeting.
    5. Announcements from Faculty
      1. Deborah Eicher-Catt announced that communication arts and sciences (CAS) faculty will be sponsoring a presentation by Dr. Ronald Arnett of Duquesne University on Friday, December 3 at noon in the Community Room. His presentation will be “Existential Acknowledgement: Communication Civility in an Age of Diversity and Difference.”
    6. Staff
      1. No report or comments.
    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. Update from the Chair of the Chancellor Search Committee, Mike Jarrett
      1. Committee is working on evaluating candidates on line and will have a meting on Wednesday (November 10) to screen the candidates and select approximately ten for telephone interviews which will be scheduled for the later part of finals week. Final candidates would hopefully then be brought to the campus for further interviewing in January.
  3. Unfinished Business
    1. No Unfinished Business
  4. New Business
    1. University College Faculty Council, Fixed Term I /II Guidelines.
      1. Emily Wenk presented a Guideline document for the hiring and review of FT 1 and FT 2 faculty. A motion was made by Emily and seconded by Mark Casteel to approve the guidelines, enabling a discussion.
        1. A discussion issued regarding the lack of consultation with the DAAs and the ADAAs responsible for the implementation of such guidelines.
        2. There was concern expressed that the guidelines did not leave enough flexibility for issues which should be at the discretion of the DAAs and ADAAs.
        3. There was also concern for the consistency of hiring practices across the University’s campuses.
        4. The comments of the Senate will be taken back to the Council for their consideration.
        5. Emily withdrew her motion as did Mark his seconding of the motion.
  5. Forensic Business
    1. The Faculty Affairs Committee will be having a “brown bag” lunch time panel discussion with Advising Award winners participating on Thursday, November 1
  6. Adjournment
    1. Motion to adjourn was approved at 1:21 p.m.
      1. Motion made by Fred Haag
      2. Motion seconded by Harley Hartman