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Attendance:

Robert Bartell, Dennis Baughman, William Cantor, David Chown, Kristin Cole, Marshal Coyle, Dianne Creagh, Harriet Darling, Barbara Eshbach, Ann Fetterman, Deirdre Folkers, Sukhdeep Gill, Frederick Haag, Harley Hartman, Abul Hasan, Cecilia Heydl-Cortinez, Michael Jarrett, Ali Kara, Andy Landis, Fulgentius Lugemwa, Kerry Magni, Michael Marcus, Maureen Muller-Kahle, Jennifer Nesbitt, Larry Newcomer, Mary Ritchey, Duke Sarafian, Javed Siddique, Abdul Siddiqui, Noel Sloboda, Stuart Stelly, Jane Sutton, Ken Swalgin, Emily Wenk, Anne Zardo-Zalik, Jeff Warner, Andrew Caldwell, Barbara Dennis, Sue Ruch, and Bill Vangreen.

 

I.   Meeting called to order at 12:12 p.m.

II.   Minutes from the February 7, 2013, meeting

A. Minutes approved.

III.   Communications from the administration, faculty, and committees

A. Announcements from the Dr, David Chown,  Office of Chancellor

1. Dr. Chown invited faculty and staff to schedule and attend small, informal “meet and greet” meetings with the chancellor.

2. Dr. Chown assured us that the recently vacated Web Analyst/Designer position will be refilled.

A. Announcements from the Bob Farrell, Interim DAAl

1. Bob Farrell sent his “DAA Report to Campus Senate” via email.

a.  Bob’s email included a number of important announcements and reminders, but of particular interest was the information he provided regarding the Elementary Education degree being proposed as a joint venture between the York and Harrisburg campuses.

b.   At Bob’s meeting on March 11, he learned that was a slight change in delivery for semester seven. For this reason, it was thought that Curricular Affairs would probably like to revisit and discuss the new version of the Elementary Education degree.

c.  Barbara Eshbach voiced concern that the oversupply of teachers in Pennsylvania could make it difficult for graduates to get jobs in that field. Barbara cited statistics from the U.S. Department of Education that stated a 426 percent difference between supply and demand in Pennsylvania.

d.  Michael Jarrett stated that the topic of job prospects was discussed in Curricular Affairs, and he could not recall any other degree where the offering of the new degree was contingent upon the probability of being hired.

e.  Abul Hasan added that the demographics of York and Lancaster are different from the rest of the state, and Harriet Darling questioned whether the statistic cited took into consideration the number of teachers soon to retire.

B.  Announcements from University Senators

1. Jane Sutton announced that she attended the University Senate meeting on Tuesday. Jane highlighted a number of items in the meeting’s agenda.

a.  Jane referenced the legislative report and suggested we look at appendix B which contains the recommendations that were passed regarding the self-study of the Senate. She stated there was a recommendation to create a Faculty Senate newswire to help create more connections between the University and local senates.

b.  Jane also encouraged us to take a look at an informational report (appendix K of the agenda) on faculty salaries.

c.  Jane mentioned two issues from the caucus meeting for non-University senators regarding changes to health care benefits that may be upcoming.

i. Spouses who have employment elsewhere with health care benefits will not be able to be tacked onto their spouse's health care insurance policy here at Penn State.

ii. Penalties may be instituted as a means of taking preventative health care measures. For example, penalizing smokers $900/year unless they go into a smoking cessation program.

d.  Regarding undergraduate education, Jane stated there is discussion to modify general education which has remained unchanged for over a decade.

e.  Jane stated that students are pushing for certain mandates on faculty regarding things such as syllabi. Faculty have also pushed back stating such matters should be handled by the Deans/DAAs.

C. Announcements from Faculty Council Representative, Sukhdeep Gill

1. Sukhdeep Gill announced that the SRTE survey was discussed in subcommittee and has been passed on to the Shreyer College for their input.

D. Announcements from Faculty

1. Jennifer Nesbitt announced that Dianne Creagh's colloquium will be presented on March 27 at noon in room 107, M.S. Grumbacher Information Sciences and Technology Center (Grumbacher)

2. Abul Hasan announced that a faculty conference room will soon be available in the Grumbacher building. The conference room is located in 205 Grumbacher

3. Deirdre Folkers thanked everybody that submitted suggestions regarding the functionality for the new ISIS.

F. Announcements from Staff

1. Andrew Caldwell reminded us that the Career Week events begin the week of March 25.  He gave a summary of the events scheduled for that week and stated that he will be sending out a Career Week email very soon.

G. Announcements from the Student Government Association (SGA)

1. Megan Herr attended on behalf of SGA. She mentioned the importance of faculty providing a syllabus no later than the first class for those classes meeting once per week on Thursday nights so that students can make informed decisions prior to the drop period ending.

H. Announcements from Senate Chair, Emily Wenk

1. Emily announced that during our next campus senate meeting scheduled for April 11 (the last of the semester/academic year) we will be holding elections for Secretary, Chair Elect, University College Faculty Representative, and both Ombudsperson and alternate Ombudsperson.

2. Emily announced that campus senate document archives do exist in the library and have been maintained by Barbara Eshbach.

3. Barbara Dennis stated that digital copies of some meeting minutes are available on the Penn State York website.

4. Deirdre Folkers suggested that the end of semester committee reports should be included in the archives as well.

I. Announcements from Senate Chair-Elect, Sukhdeep Gill

1. None

J. Announcements from Senate Committee Chairs

1. Fulgentius Lugemwa, co-chair of the Cultural Diversity and Enrichment Committee, proposed adding a diversity statement to all course syllabi.

2. Ann Fetterman announced that a Lunch and Learn session entitled “Superwomen” will be held Friday, March 15 at noon in the Community Room, Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center (Ruhl)  as part of Women’s History Month.

V.    Unfinished Business

1. None

VI.   New Business

1. The following two agenda items were discussed, but we were unable to make motions and have votes for these two agenda items because the Constitution states that items for new business must be distributed at least 72 hours prior to the meeting, and that announcement was sent out a few hours short of 72 hours. The two items discussed appeared on the agenda as follows:

a.  Motion from Curricular Affairs Committee to approve the Elementary Education degree to be offered at Penn State York (see supporting documents).

b.  Motion from the Cultural Diversity and Enrichment Committee to recommend the following statement be added to Penn State York course syllabi:

"Penn State York values diversity and strives to appreciate the differences among us and does not discriminate against any person because of age, ancestry, color, disability or handicap, national origin, race, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status.  We believe that creating a climate that promotes inter-group understanding within our diverse population is beneficial not only to the individual but also to the campus community.  That climate begins in the classroom by showing respect and courtesy for each other."

VI.      Forensic Business

1. None

VII.  Adjournment

A. Motion to adjourn was approved at 1:13 p.m.

VIII.   Next meeting will be held on August 22, 2013

 

 

Respectfully submitted,
Bob Bartell