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Attendance:
B. Babcock, A. Benharbit, L. Berkowitz, W. Cantor, M. Casteel, H. Darling, R. Farrell, D. Folkers, C. Gaston, S. Gill, S. Gladfelter, F. Haag, H. Hartman, A. Hasan, A. Henne, C. Heydl-Cortinez, M. Hoch, K. Ishida, M. Jarrett, E. Jenkins, A. Kara, K. Knapp, A. Landis, M. Marcus, J. Nesbitt, L. Newcomer, S. Pane, D. Sarafian, S. Shah, A. Siddiqui, N. Sloboda, S. Staton-Taiwo, S. Stelly, J. Sutton, K. Swalgin, K. Trout, D. Van de Streek, E. Wenk, V. White, S. Christ, J. McCormick, J. Rodney, S. Shaffer, S.Werner, and J. McLucas (SGA).

  1. Approval of the minutes from the March 27, 2007 Senate meeting:

    Change "newsletter" to “Agenda” under the heading “Announcements from University Senators,” bullet one. H. Darling moved, and M. Casteel seconded. Minutes approved as altered

  2. Elections for AY 2007-2008. Thanks offered to the nominating committee: M. Jarrett, C. Heydl-Cortinez, and E. Jenkins. The following candidates were elected:
    1. Senate Secretary (2007-08): Sandra Staton-Taiwo
    2. Chair-Elect (becomes Chair 2008-09): Robert Farrell
  3. Communications from administration, faculty, and committees:
    1. Announcements from the Campus Chancellor, Dr. Joel Rodney:
      1. Things are going well for the University, the College, and the York Campus. The state has funded York’s Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ) project; our science and engineering faculty will have opportunities for consulting, business start-up, and collaboration with York College colleagues. IST faculty may also find consulting and infrastructure opportunities.
    2. Announcements from the DAA, Dr. Joe McCormick.
      1. Three searches are successfully completed, Chemistry, CAS and History. HDFS has chosen to extend its search into the next academic year. A FTMY search in Biology will begin at the end of the semester.
      2. Dr. Harriet Darling has been promoted to the rank of Senior Instructor.
      3. Congratulations to J. Nesbitt on a positive 4th-year review.
      4. Congratulations to B. Babcock on receiving the Burness Teaching Award, M. Jarrett on receiving the Advising Award, and H. Deren for being named part-time instructor of the year.
      5. A celebration of C. Dorworth’s life will be held on Thursday evening, May 3 in the Community Room.
    3. Announcements from University Senators.
      1. A. Hasan: The Educational Equity and Campus Environment Committee will conduct a pilot project this fall to evaluate student response to "diversity questions" on the SRTEs.
      2. L. Berkowitz: The president has accepted only one of the new faculty ranks, Professor of Practice, that were discussed at our last meeting. This rank will be implemented only in very select cases. The committee on first-year seminars has begun meeting, as has a university-wide committee on women in science and engineering.
    4. Announcements from Faculty.
      1. D. Van de Streek proposed a Carol Dorworth Tribute Fund to support campus beautification, one of Carol’s passions. Faculty may contribute to the fund through payroll deductions and immediate contributions. J. Rodney noted that in the coming weeks the University Landscaping staff will be planting for beautification before the board arrives. This will give us a base. R. Farrell moved, and M. Jarrett seconded, a motion to establish the fund. The motion was approved by voice vote.
      2. S. Gladfelter announced that the IST faculty have been consulted about shifting the campus to Microsoft Office 2007 this summer. The faculty would like more feedback: comments may be sent to Joe Royer or L-YKFAC. A number of concerns about the program were raised and L. Newcomer recommended postponing the implementation so that we have more time for training. Further information about the possible implementation of Vista was requested.
    5. Announcements from Staff.
      1. S. Werner: At the end of April, people still receiving paper deposit slips will find a memo attached to their slips requesting that they move to electronic information through ESSIC.
      2. S. Christ: There will be a Town Meeting on Recruitment and Retention tomorrow. A farewell party for S. Bett will be held tomorrow afternoon, and the Academic Awards banquet is Friday evening. D. Folkers requested that those who cannot attend the Town Meeting send their comments to L-YKALL.
    6. Announcements from Student Government representatives.
      1. Last Wednesday, J. McLucas received the Rotary Award. He thanked the anonymous person who nominated him.
      2. The school supply campaign and book-order campaign were successful.
      3. Jessica Olan is the incoming president of SGA.
    7. Announcements from Senate Chair, Deirdre Folkers.
      1. Congratulations to J. McLucas for a successful year at SGA.
      2. Faculty/Staff Party Update: H. Deren will host a party on Saturday, May 5. More information is forthcoming.
      3. Standing Committees: Please work within the committee for find a chair for 07-08 and complete an End-of-Year Committee Report.
  4. New Business
    1. Curricular Affairs (W. Cantor)
      1. Motion for Approval of Fall 2007 Hiring Recommendations: In support of the baccalaureate degrees in Communications Arts and Sciences (CAS) and English, the Curricular Affairs Committee recommends hiring an additional faculty member in each of these two disciplines for the fall 2008 semester. The recommended rank for the CAS position is FTMY. The recommended rank for the English position is tenure -track. A PhD degree is required for both positions. The search for both positions should commence in fall 2007.
        1. J. Sutton noted for the record that the CAS faculty had proposed a tenure-track position.
        2. The motion was carried by a voice vote.
      2. Motion to Approve the Curricular Affairs Committee recommendation for hiring process, as described in attached diagrams.
        1. A forensic discussion on the method by which we make hiring decisions was proposed for a future Senate meeting. We have improved the process by involving Curricular Affairs, but we may wish to make further alterations for the good of the campus.
        2. Concerns were raised about the role of Strategic Planning, the possibility that Curricular Affairs decisions could be reversed by administration, and the options available for requests that are not approved by Curricular Affairs.
        3. Several faculty members complimented the committee on the work it had done in creating these documents.
        4. The motion was carried by a voice vote.
      3. Motion to Approve Theater Minor: The Curricular Affairs Committee endorses the Theatre Minor proposal which requires a part-time adjunct position at this time with the understanding that this position is budget neutral and that there is a commitment from Administration to continue to provide the funds for the necessary personnel to maintain the positions.
        1. The theater minor is budget neutral. There may be funding for a position, but that money is allocated for theater. This proposal will not take away from other positions.
        2. A number of concerns were raised about the proposal, including the difficulty of advocating for the minor when the faculty is/are part-time; the possibility that inadequate resources (human and financial) have been allocated to this program; the difficulty of assessing latent interest and, later, enrollments; the potential that these new offerings will dilute enrollments in other courses/programs, which will then be made to suffer for an apparent decline; and the need to promote all minors available on campus, not just this one.
        3. In response, J. Rodney noted that this model allows the campus to start small and build a staff as we develop population. This model is similar to the Schuykill campus proposal. L. Berkowitz stated that time is of the essence because we have a willing dean in Arts and Architecture. In addition, the Strategic Plan indicates that we will integrate PFPAC into campus programs, and the minor supports this objective.
        4. The motion was carried by a voice vote.
  5. Adjournment: W. Cantor moved, A. Hasan seconded, and the meeting adjourned at 1:31 p.m.
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