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Attendance:
R. Bacha, A. Benharbit, L. Berkowitz, W. Cantor, M. Casteel, P. Catina, G. Collison, H. Darling, J. Dawson, C. Dorworth, D. Eicher-Catt, R. Farrell, D. Folkers, T. Getz, S. Gill, S. Gladfelter, F. Haag, A. Hasan, C. Heydl-Cortinez, M. Hoch, K. Ishida, K. Knapp, O. Kucukemiroglu, K. Magni, M. Marcus, L. Miller, N. Mpofu, J. Nesbitt, L. Newcomer, N. Sloboda, J. Smeltzer, S. Staton-Taiwo, K. Swalgin, K. Trout, V. White, J. McCormick, K. Stupski

Meeting was called to order at 12:05 p.m. by Chair F. Haag.

  1. Minutes

    Minutes of August 29, 2005, meeting of the Faculty Senate were approved without comment.

  2. Communication from administration, faculty, and chair
    1. Chancellor Joel Rodney was not present due to an off-campus commitment.  
    2. DAA. Dr. McCormick:
      1. announced a reception for Duke Sarafian’s appointment as the first John T. and Paige S. Smith Professor (Friday, October 21, 2:00 p.m., Pullo Family Performing Arts Center Atrium)
      2. reviewed the number of CVs for job searches currently being held by Penn State central administration.  No CVs have been released to Penn State York.
      3. reviewed Chancellor Rodney’s letter on the "state of campus," focusing on questions about summer compensation for faculty.
        1. Orsay Kucukemiroglu asked McCormick a question about the percentage for prorating in relation to the number of students in classes; he suggested that the mandated changes might be unfair to those with large classes
        2. Abdelali Benharbit asked about exactly how much money will be saved by the decision.  McCormick did not have an answer to the question.
        3. Suzanne Gladfelter expressed concern over a perceived erosion of "shared governance" at Penn State York.
        4. Abul Hasan asked about the relationship between summer and academic year enrollments in relation to the budget-based decision to adjust faculty compensation. McCormick did not have an answer to the question.
        5. McCormick stated that in response to unanswered questions, he would contact the chancellor to generate a "more informed" account of how the summer pay rate decision was made.
        6. Haag, noted the importance of the chancellor forming a Strategic Planning Committee to address these concerns.
      4. announced that unit funds are available for pedagogical purposes.
        1. Jennifer Nesbitt asked McCormick about funds for scholarship, particularly RDGs.  No information was available.
    3. University Senators:
      1. Leonard Berkowitz declined to comment, having communicated electronically about the new college prior to the meeting.
      2. Mark Casteel noted that Franz’s committee has finalized the report to go to Faculty Affairs.  He added that the Faculty Advisory Committee is examining drops in enrollment; he also stressed the importance of this problem on the York campus, where the drop in numbers is the most precipitous.
      3. Abul Hasan, member of Faculty Benefits Committee, asked that any concerns related to benefits be sent to him.  He then presented a slide presentation of Kirch’s findings on the healthcare crisis.  Hasan claimed that we cannot sustain the current rate of benefits, in part because of changes in the medical profession, in part because of healthcare inflation. He reported that Hershey Medical Center has developed a pilot system to provide healthcare to its employees (not faculty). The presentation is available online, and Berkowitz has previously sent it to the faculty.
        1. During Hasan's presentation, Berkowitz clarified that the HMC plan does not currently apply to faculty at the HMC.
    4. Faculty Members:
      1. Deirdre Folkers informed faculty of upcoming "Conversations About College Teaching."  Folkers announced the next meeting on "Engaging Students," October 27 at noon in Room 112 of the Main Classroom Building, as well as upcoming meeting on "Plagiarism," on November 17 at noon in Room 112 of the Main Classroom Building. Sandra Staton-Taiwo expressed concern over the date due to a conflict, and Folkers said that she would investigate alternatives and then update Staton-Taiwo.
      2. Noel Sloboda noted his October 26 trip to Washington D.C. to see "Othello," stressing that it is open to the entire community and that several tickets are available (at a cost of $15 for students; $44 for faculty) in the Student Affairs Office.
    5. Senate Chair, Fred Haag.
      1. called for a volunteer to chair the Strategic Planning Committee in  2005 - 2006.
  3. New Business:
    1. Motion: Schedule Change
      1. Haag allowed Matt Hoch to request a schedule change.
      2. Hoch explained that he would like the use of thirty minutes (1:00 - 1:30 p.m.) of the "free period" on Tuesdays and Thursdays for rescheduling a MICRB 202 lab from 1:30 - 3:10 p.m. to 1:00 - 2:40 p.m.
      3. The motion was ratified with no dissenting votes.
    2. Reports were made by the following Standing Committees:
      1. Academic and Student Issues: John Dawson shared three highlights: student confidentiality concerns; ANGEL training; students interested in a lunch voucher program for prospective students.
        1. Folkers volunteered to assist anyone interested in ANGEL training.
      2. Haag noted that Curricular Affairs has not yet met this semester.
      3. Haag noted that no one was present from Diversity to report on the status of the committee.
      4. Faculty Affairs: Haag shared a written  report, noting that the committee is planning to work on faculty development and the Advisory Board; adjunct faculty salary issues; and summer salaries.
      5. It was noted that TLTAC is working to define the committee’s purview.
    3. General Discussion
      1. Haag shared that Romano is exploring the elimination of the Commonwealth Senate.
      2. Folkers asked about how large a role faculty could feasibly play in increasing and stabilizing enrollments, noting that the nature of faculty positions makes them poorly suited to address such matters.
  4. Adjournment
    1. Motion to adjourn was approved at 12:55 p.m.
The next Senate meeting is November 10, 2005, Location room 107, ISTC


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