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Attendance:
A. Benharbit, L. Berkowitz, W. Cantor, P. Catina, M. Coyle, H. Darling, R. Dovey, D. Folkers, C. Gaston, S. Gill, F. Haag, A. Hasan, M. Hoch, K. Ishida, M. Jarrett, A. Kara, K. Knapp, O. Kucukemiroglu, A. Landis, D. Latzko, K. Magni, M. Marcus, J. Nesbitt, S. Pane, D. Sarafian, S. Shah, A. Siddiqui, N. Sloboda, S. Staton-Taiwo, J. St. Clair-Christman, S. Stelly, K. Stupski, K. Swalgin, D. Van de Streek, E. Wenk, V. White, S. Christ, J. Rodney, J. McCormick, S. Werner, J.  McLucas (SGA), and C. Bhushan (SGA).

  1. Approval of the minutes from the October 5, 2006, Senate meeting:

    The minutes were approved without amendment.  C. Gaston moved, and A. Hasan seconded.

  2. Communications from administration, faculty, and committees
    1. Announcements from the Campus Chancellor, Dr. Joel Rodney:
      1. Dr. Rodney noted that he had only just received budget information, but it appears that the campus is holding steady this year despite low summer enrollments which have offset our increased fall enrollment.  We will need to continue to increase enrollment to maintain our position.
        1. Dr. Rodney was asked several questions about the reasons for low summer enrollment. The reasons may include competition from HACC and a schedule that prevents UP students from enrolling in SU1. Dr. Rodney asked Dr. McCormick to investigate possible schedule conflicts.
      2. The York Campus has signed another memo of understanding (MOU) with a university in India. This program will start in 2009 and they are interested in business, engineering, and mining engineering (at UP). An affiliate campus of the University of Mumbai is interested in Biotech. We can expect about 100 students from this program, paying out-of-state tuition.
      3. The new director at the Lancaster Center is Karen Sheehe. Meetings continue to resolve some of the governance and financial issues at the center.
      4. Library/Science Building: Dr. Rodney is pursuing a naming opportunity with several local donors who wish to honor Ed Elias.
        1. Dr. Rodney was asked how much more money we need to complete the project. He stated that we need about $3 million more than we have on hand, and that we are pursuing a phased project so that we can work within our budget.
    2. Announcements from the DAA, Dr. Joe McCormick
      1. Dr. McCormick noted the loss of our colleague Carol Dorworth, and updated the faculty on plans for a memorial service on campus.
      2. His office is currently responding to the October accreditation visit; a final determination on accreditation will be made in July or August 2007.
      3. Three searches are underway and we are awaiting budget figures to embark on a fourth.
    3. Announcements from University Senators.
      1. L. Berkowitz reminded the faculty that he sent out an e-mail summarizing the most recent meeting.
      2. Hasan sought feedback on a review of the SRTE that is being conducted by the University Senate Education Equity and Campus Environment Committee. They are considering adding a question A5: “Rate the instructor’s skill in creating a climate conducive to learning for all students.” Several faculty commented that the question might not adequately measure the intended factors. Dr. Hasan asked that additional feedback be sent by e-mail. He also noted that the committee is tasked with checking university rules and regulations for diversity issues.
    4. Announcements from Staff.
      1. S. Christ thanked all for assistance with the Open House. Approximately 150 people attended. She noted that issues surrounding the new dual-enrollment program need attention. F. Miller has finished the enrollment report: we are up 66 students for the fall and up 6 for spring. There are some offers going out for next fall already. In response to a question about the effectiveness of all-U Open House Day, Dr. Christ reported that, anecdotally, reviews are mixed but a formal evaluation is not complete.
    5. Announcements from Student Government representatives.
      1. J. McLucas, SGA president, reported on recent fundraising and service events, noting the success of both the CCSG canned food drive and THONAPALOOZA. They are sending two dancers to THON, Kelly Dennis and Swara Shah. He also noted that SGA is resuming activity after a lull last year.
      2. He also reported on a meeting between the SGA and the Academic and Student Issues Committee regarding classroom etiquette and student/teacher interactions. Students are concerned about disruptive behavior among their peers, and they are disappointed when instructors are unable or unwilling to control this behavior. Students also raised some concerns regarding treatment of students by faculty. Students would also like to see greater faculty presence at extracurricular events (Thonapalooza, for example).
      3. The SGA has developed two possible projects to raise student awareness of etiquette issues:
        1. A comically exaggerated video portraying common classroom problems.
        2. A role-reversal workshop that sensitizes students to the effects of their behavior.
    6. Announcements from Senate Chair, Deirdre Folkers.
      1. D. Folkers thanked L. and K. Berkowitz for hosting the first faculty/staff party. She requested volunteers for future events.
      2. She also asked that faculty and staff alert her to any “bad” dates for spring Senate meetings
  3. New Business:
    1. Committee Progress Reports
      1. Faculty Affairs: D. Latzko mentioned three issues of note.
        1. A. Siddiqui is organizing faculty colloquia; one is planned for Feb. or Mar. and we seek volunteers for a second. Please contact Dr. Siddiqui if you are interested.
        2. Additionally we are exploring issues of staff support. Please contact the co-chairs, D. Latzko and J. Sutton, regarding any needs you have that are not being met.
        3. Two issues related to faculty teaching evaluation have also been under discussion: the possibility of online SRTEs and the frequency of peer evaluations.
      2. Curricular Affairs: We’ve been working on the process for hiring faculty and examining the need to hire in biology.
      3. Student and Academic Issues: The committee has continued to work on “etiquette issues.” As a follow-up to the meeting with students, the committee is considering etiquette guidelines. The committee seeks feedback on the definition of disruptive behavior and strategies that effectively minimize disruption in class.
      4. TLTAC: The committee is looking at enhancing teaching/learning environment in the classroom; for example, they are working on establishing default settings for A/V equipment in classrooms. The committee will meet with Holly to discuss how we go about making improvements to classrooms. The committee seeks student representative for this committee.
    2. Review of proposed Faculty Staffing Review Process (document distributed with November agenda): This flow chart arose from confusion about the role of Curricular Affairs in hiring. We outlined the process as we see it and considered how it should work. Discussion followed:
      1. A. Hasan raised two concerns.
        1. All the work of approval can be done, only to be cancelled by budget restrictions; we need to know how likely it is that the resources will be available.
        2. Initiation process does not have to begin at one point (DAA). B. Cantor stated that the diagram can be modified to clarify multiple initiation points.
      2. L. Berkowitz applauded the consultation and connection apparent in the diagram, but he called attention to the need to follow our long-range campus plan for hiring instead of responding to emergencies. B. Cantor responded that this is indeed the case, but we do need a system to respond to emergencies, which the document allows.
    3. Motion on Faculty Hiring in Biology: The Curricular Affairs Committee strongly moves that the campus administration initiate a search for a tenure-track position in Biology as soon as possible.
      1. The Science program has requested this hire, recommending a tenure-track search begin ASAP. Faculty raised questions about the fit of this hire with the existing long-range hiring plan as well as budgetary restraints that might affect the level of the hire and the problems with delaying a search. D. Folkers closed the discussion with the observation that this issue is intertwined with the previous topic of discussion and requires further examination.
    4. Resolution on Faculty Travel: Time considerations prevented the consideration of this resolution. D. Folkers suggested that feedback on the resolution (see November agenda) be sent to David prior to the next meeting, when the resolution will be discussed.
  4. Adjournment: C. Gaston moved, S. Gill seconded and the meeting adjourned at 1:29 p.m.

NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, December 12, 2006, at 12:05p.m. in ISTC 107.


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