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Attendance:
R. Bacha, C. Bare, A. Benharbit, W. Cantor, G. Collison, M. Coyle, H. Darling, J. Dawson, C. Dorworth, R. Dovey, D. Eicher-Catt, D. Folkers, C. Gaston, T. Getz, J. Gibble, S. Gladfelter, F. Haag, A. Hasan, A. Henne, C. Heydl-Cortinez, K. Ishida, M. Jarrett, E. Jenkins, A. Kara, K. Knapp, O. Kucukemiroglu, K. Magni, L. Miller, J. Nesbitt, S. Shah, N. Sloboda, J. Smeltzer, S. Staton-Taiwo, J. Sutton, K. Swalgin, E. Wenk, V. White, D. Winters, Y. Beattie, S. Bett, R. Campbell, S. Christ, J. McCormick, J. Rodney, and S. Werner

Meeting was called to order at 12:10 p.m. by Chair F. Haag.

  1. Minutes

    Minutes of October 11, 2005, meeting of the Faculty Senate were approved without comment.

  2. Communication from administration, faculty, and chair
    1. Chancellor Dr. Joel Rodney
      1. said he knows nothing more about the budget since his unofficial "Town Meeting"; said Vice President of Commonwealth Campuses Romano had reported to him that the financial situation had not improved and that campus give-backs would be greater than previously indicated.
      2. reported on the status of faculty searches: the administration is trying to hire an FT1 in Chemistry for SP 06 and working to extend the position into next year; announced a meeting with English faculty 11/10 about the English search, which the Senate Chair will attend.
      3. reported that $598,211 had been removed from the budget since he arrived on campus in March, 2003; warned that next year will require further dramatic cuts.
      4. announced that he will reconstitute Budget Committee to address the anticipated budget cuts.

        Chuck Gaston requested that in view of the seriousness of current enrollmentand budget numbers he would like to attend high school visits; Dr. Christ said she would set up such visits for him. Rodney suggested that strong PSY students should accompany faculty on said visits.

      5. announced that an as yet unnamed Director of Development is being contracted; reported that the new appointee will begin 11/28/05.
      6. shared that the most recent meeting of the Advisory Board was positive; members of the Board indicated interest in recruiting students and contributing to the Strategic Planning Committee.
    2. DAA. Dr. McCormick:
      1. reported that the Business search remains active; the third candidate will arrive on 11/17 and deliver a formal presentation on 11/18.
      2. noted that the Search Committee had made a recommendation for the Chemistry candidate; said that he is in contact with the candidate and confident that he can present an attractive package.
      3. shared that Dr. Bob Farrell is being nominated for the George Atherton Award and that Dr. Leonard Berkowitz is being nominated for the Milton Eisenhower Award. Packets for feedback about both candidates will be circulated on campus.
      4. reiterated the availability of Schreyer Teaching Enrichment Travel Grants.
      5. reminded faculty of Unit funds being available for faculty development.
      6. noted that travel funds remain for any faculty who have not used their full $1,300 of professional development money.
      7. reported that Judy Bowman is well and improving but that he does not know when she will return to campus.
      8. noted that SRTEs will be placed in faculty mailboxes during Thanksgiving week; that an online SRTE pilot will also commence this semester.
    3. University Senators:
      1. The Chair conveyed message from Dr. M. Ansari on new P&T guidelines; he solicited input from all faculty. Comments will be taken by Haag (fch2@psu.edu) anytime prior to 11/30.
    4. Faculty Members:
      1. College of Education representative Dr. Noel Sloboda announced an upcoming talk for Education majors, "Surviving the First Year," by Dr. Dixie Winters, at noon, 11/14 (MCB 113).
      2. Co-coordinator Dr. Noel Sloboda announced upcoming College Teaching Conversation on "Plagiarism" by Dr. McCormick (11/17).
      3. Dr. Abul Hassan announced an all-day workshop organized by the American Council for Physics Teaching on 11/11.
      4. Dr. Dixie Winters announced an emergency meeting of the Curricular Affairs Committee on Monday. 11/14, 11:00 A.M.
      5. Athletics Director Kerry Magni reported a new program for student-athletes; stressed the importance of balancing academics and athletics; revealed that invitations would be forthcoming for faculty to encourage them to come out to games in support of student-athletes; stressed her desire to open lines of communication between faculty and Athletics Director.
    5. Student Government representatives:
      1. No representation was present from SGA.
    6. Senate Chair, Fred Haag.
      1. reported a discussion of Senate Chairs and Unit Heads on Wednesday 11/9; shared the conclusion arrived at in this discussion: University protocols must be followed in relation to faculty hiring.
      2. Dr. Mike Jarrett stressed the importance of involving the Strategic Planning and the Curricular Affairs Committees in relation to all searches and hires.
        Orsey Kuculemiroglu asked about the protocols in relation to renewal of contracts. McCormick responded that renewals are the purview of the DAA’s office.
        Rodney responded to Haag that protocols were followed in relation to recent searches and that current modifications of searches are a matter of finance rather than governance.
        Haag replied that if searches are in jeopardy, the matter should be returned to Committees. Rodney concurred.
        Dr. Abdelali Benharbit suggested that the Curricular Affairs Committee should be consulted in relation to hires to avoid privileging faculty in the disciplines.
        Dr. Deborah Eicher-Catt stressed the import of programs having input into searches.
        Dr. Abul Hasan remarked that in the Wednesday 11/9 discussion questions were raised about how to prioritize hiring in relation to a potentially dire budget situation.
        Suzanne Gladfelter asked if the Curricular Affairs Committee should address the role Committees playing in searches and hiring and suggested that Unit heads should attend the upcoming emergency meeting of the Curricular Affairs Committee.
  3. Discussion of letter from Delaware campus Senate Chair, Dr. Nancy Wyatt, to the Vice President of University College, Dr. Romano.
    1. Chair Fred Haag:
      1. reviewed Wyatt’s letter and asked for faculty input. Discussion ensued.
      2. concluded by informal consensus that the faculty should not respond to the letter.
  4. Report on retention efforts:
    1. Director of Student Affairs, Dr. Sharon Christ:
      1. explained that "Thank You" cards had been distributed for attendees to fill out; they will be sent (via the Office of Student Affairs) to military serving overseas.
      2. reviewed several new recruitment and retention efforts, including alternative Admissions hours, dual enrollment programs, and offerings at the Lancaster Center.

        Art Henne asked if dual enrollment programs were available to home-schooled students. The answer from Christ was affirmative.

      3. announced newly-secured state support for dual enrollment and JUMP programs.
      4. suggested new potential use of Penn State alumni in recruitment efforts.
      5. solicited support for an International Film/Book Club; reported that $5000 is available to support this initiative.

        Dr. Mike Jarrett asked about OPR dates, to determine why the reports start and end so early; he said that the timing is off for OPRs.

        Dr. Jane Sutton supported Jarrett.

        Dr. McCormick said that he would like input from faculty on OPRs, to determine if they require modification.

        Carolyn Bare asked about missing sign on Rafton Avenue for Penn State York; Valerie White asked about signage for the new library. It was suggested by Chair Fred Haag that both questions be referred to Holly Gumke in the Business Office.

  5. Reports from Standing Committees:
    1. John Dawson, Chair of Academic and Student Issues:
      1. reported that he had received feedback on confidentiality issues but not on ANGEL training. He still welcomes input.
      2. indicated that the Committee needs to discuss Convocation developments.
      3. asked Dr. Christ to comment on weak academic students and support available for them. She reported interest in exploring further support options.
      4. commented on an initiative to have Dr. Jennifer Nesbitt deliver a presentation in spring based on her recently published book.
      5. reported that plaques for Burness Teaching Award need to be fixed to ensure that they accurately reflect the rank of Dr. Burness. The repair should come quickly. It was suggested that the Business Office determine how much the repair will cost and that a collection be started to fund it.
      6. solicited suggestions from all Committees invested in faculty searches currently at risk.
  6. Adjournment
  7. Motion to adjourn was approved at 1:17 P.M.
The next Senate meeting is December 1, 2005, Location room 107, ISTC


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